Halloween may be over, but that doesn’t mean Salem, MA isn’t still spooky and fun after October 31st! There’s still so much to see, do, and explore in this historic city, both witch-related and not. So don’t think the fall fun is over – the best is still yet to come!
Stay in a Historic Hotel
Established in 1925, the Hawthorne Hotel is a luxurious and historic hotel that is sure to impress. Located right in downtown Salem, it’s not only conveniently located for exploring the city, but the historic architecture and incredible service ensures a memorable stay.
If you’re looking for a post-Halloween scare, the Hawthorne is also often ranked as one of the most haunted hotels in America. That means if you want a spooky stay in Salem any time of year, it’s the place to book. Guests have reported moving furniture, sightings of ghostly figures, and unexplained noises. However, even if you don’t get a supernatural experience, you can still enjoy the luxurious amenities and fine dining at Nathaniel’s restaurant. Don’t forget to pick up a classy and unique souvenir at their gift shop, 1925 at the Hawthorne.
Witch Trials and Museums
When you think of Salem, of course, you think of witches. If you missed Halloween but still wish to hear the legends and history regarding the witch trials and colonial life, you have your pick of museums and exhibits.
Jonathan Corwin, the heir to one of the largest Puritan fortunes in New England, purchased a house in Salem in 1675. Seventeen years later, Corwin and his family would take part in the most famous Witch Hunt in American History and his house has now become known as the Witch House.
Open year-round, you can tour this house from mid-November to mid-March and get a taste of colonial life. Gain a deeper understanding of the people involved in the Witch Trials through stories and seventeenth-century artifacts and furniture.
Witch Dungeon Museum
The Witch Dungeon Museum where you can see the award-winning reenactment of the trial of Sarah Good and get a guided tour through the dungeon exhibits. Open 10 am to 5 pm through November, the mood is set the moment you step inside. You’ll walk through the forest, visit Old Salem village, and experience an acclaimed performance of a witch trial adapted from a historical transcript.
Pirates of Salem
Salem doesn’t just have witches – there are pirates, too! Do you want to see real pirate treasure? At Real Pirates Salem, you’ll get to see the world’s only fully authenticated pirate treasure ever found! Retrieved from the wreck of the Whydah Gally off the coast of Cape Cod, the treasure consists of coins, jewelry, weapons, and more.
Open year-round, you’ll see immersive exhibits, enjoy family-friendly tours, and experience a swashbuckling outing you’ll never forget. Learn about Captain “Black Sam” Bellamy and the love of his life, the so-called “Witch of Wellfleet.” Visit the Discovery Lab and dive into the preservation of historical artifacts. Go on a journey with famed underwater archaeological explorer Barry Clifford through an audio tour.
Salem, MA doesn’t stop being an adventure once October ends. Skip the Halloween traffic and plan your next Salem trip this November. It’ll be a wicked good time.