How to spend a spooky day in Salem, MA

Grab your ghouls and hop on the train to Witch City this month.

People walking down main street in Salem, Massachusetts.

Roughly 500,000 people visit Salem in October each year.

Photo by @salemflea

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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).

Pumpkins outside of the Ropes Mansion in Salem, Massachusetts

Don’t miss the Hocus Pocus recreation at the Ropes Mansion.

Photo by @andy_mutti

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 Cafefor a cuppa coffee or breakfast all day

🌮 The Rooffor tacos and other bites from above

🍪 Goodnight Fattyfor cookies to curb your sweet tooth

🍕 Flying Saucer Pizza Companyfor ‘za from the Slice Tent

🍺 Notch Brewingfor 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.

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