Are you one of the many Bostonians planning a day trip to Witch City this month? Don’t get spooked by the crowds — here’s a quick guide to making the most out of your Salem soiree.
How to get there:
We recommend taking the train to avoid the scariest thing of all (searching for parking amidst road closures).
Hop on the Commuter Rail at North Station with a $10 weekend pass, or take the ferry from Long Wharf ($45 round-trip for adults).
What to see:
First, consult the handy dandy Salem Haunted Happenings Map for an overview of the attractions. Then, make sure you hit these top three experiences.
The Witch House, 310 Essex St.
Also known as the Jonathan Corwin House, the striking black home belonged to a judge during the witch trials.
The Salem Witch Museum, 19 1/2 North Washington St.
Learn more of about the infamous witch trials through a detailed look at the events of 1692 + an exhibit called “Witches: Evolving Perceptions.”
Haunted Happenings Marketplace, Salem Common
Shop along the Common and other locations downtown during the final three weekends of October. There will be street performers, pop-up murals + photo stations.
If time allows, take a trolley tour or walking tour to get your bearings and visit a psychic.
Where to eat + drink:
☕ Gulu Gulu Cafe — for a cuppa coffee or breakfast all day
🌮 The Roof — for tacos and other bites from above
🍪 Goodnight Fatty — for cookies to curb your sweet tooth
🍕 Flying Saucer Pizza Company — for ‘za from the Slice Tent
🍺 Notch Brewing — for a brew or two at the biergarten
What else to know:
If you decide to drive, use the satellite parking lot + take a free weekend shuttle downtown.
The Common hosts free movie nights with spooky selections like ParaNorman.
Not into the official tours? Set off on your own adventure finding Hocus Pocus filming spots.