Visiting Salem, Massachusetts in October!

Going to Salem, Massachusetts in October was a trip I was looking forward to since last year! The locals dress the town up in Halloween decorations and tourist from all 50 states come together to visit. I mean who doesn’t like gorgeous fall colors along the East Coast with their stunning architecture? You can almost feel the history of each home as you pass by and admire their beauty, but the turning leaves make the scenery even more ‘bewitching.’๐Ÿ˜‰

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Bewitched Statue

The Best Time To Go:

The best time to visit Salem is during the month of October. This is when they decorate the town and have outdoor events, but this is also the most busiest time of the year for them. Plan for large crowds of all ages and people bumping into you 24/7. I’m not one for crowds myself, but it wasn’t the worst experience. Since there are so many people in town, there tends to be longer lines for the tours and some also sell out fast. This unfortunately happened to me forย ย The Witch House.ย I would suggest arriving in the morning to beat some of the crowds and also get good parking! We found parking to be an issue both days we visited.

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Outside The Witch House
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Outside The Witch House
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Outside The Witch House
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The Witch House

Another thing to keep in mind is the weather! It was extremely cold the first day because it rained and it was very windy. Don’t underestimate the climate in New England because I know I did! Luckily for us, it warmed up a bit the following day and the rain cleared, but it was still low 50’s by the ocean.

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Pretty Fall Colors Outside Our Hotel
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Pretty Fall Colors Outside Our Hotel

What To Do/What To See:

There are so many attractions to see and with all the events they have throughout October, it’s kind of challenging to do Salem in one day. I would definitely suggest two days if you want to see mostly EVERYTHING. Especially with the large crowds and lines. Some places I would suggest visiting are:

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In Line To Get Inside Hex
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Salem Witch Museum
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Salem Witch Museum

Aside from these places, they also have NUMEROUS cute stores for shopping, MULTIPLE witchcraft stores for visiting and/or shopping too, and a Psychic Fair & Witches’ Market. Here you can get your palm read or a tarot card reading just to mention some services they offer. My friend Laura and I got a reading done atย Crow Haven Corner.ย It was very interesting to say the least! I encourage anyone who’s into psychic readings or have been wanting to get one done, to do so here in Salem.

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Shouts To Laura For These Pictures!

Like I mentioned prior, we weren’t able to go inside The Witch House since it was sold out, but this seemed to be one of the most popular places with tourist taking pictures nonstop. This is the home where Judge Jonathan Corwin lived in the 1600s and it’s the only building left that has a direct connection to the Salem Witch Trials. The outside of the home is truly magnificent.

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John Willard’s Memorial
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The Old Headstones

Another great location is The Old Burying Point. Some of these headstones date back to the early 1670’s. This is also where they have the memorial for Bridget Bishop, Sarah Good, Rebecca Nurse, and John Willard to name a few. Bridget Bishop was the first to be hanged for witchcraft. We made sure to pay our respects here.

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Sarah Good’s Memorial
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Rebecca Nurse’s Memorial
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Bridget Bishop’s Memorial
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The Graveyard
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Outside of The Burying Point
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The Graveyard

One of our last stops was at Ropes Mansion. They have a beautiful garden in the back along with multiple benches and a pond with fish. It was really peaceful when we sat down for a bit to rest our feet from wearing heels all day LOL! It was also nice because we saw a couple get married and take their wedding photos.

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In The Center Of The Garden
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Shouts To Laura For These Pictures!
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Some Of The Pretty Flowers In The Garden
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Shouts To Laura For These Pictures!
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This Was So Cute! (Take a Book; Bring a Book)
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Outside Ropes Mansion
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Shouts To Laura For These Pictures!
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Outside Ropes Mansion (Also known as Allison’s House from Hocus Pocus)

Where To Eat/Go Out:

We ventured off to Boston both nights for dinner after leaving Salem, but we were able to grab lunch in Salem the second day. Some places I would recommend checking out are (below are Salem & Boston locations):

The seafood was absolutely amazing, but that was expected while being on the East Coast! We made sure all of our meals consisted of fresh seafood somehow!๐Ÿ˜Šย We didn’t make it to The Black Rose or Cheers, but this was recommended to my friend Laura, so I figured I would share as well! Union Oyster House is the oldest restaurant in Boston and Bell In Hand Tavern is the oldest bar! I thought that was super cool because we didn’t plan that at all when we grabbed dinner both nights. We kind of just went with our instincts. There’s also several bars on this street making it easy to shift into the nightlife after dinner. It was nice to get out since I stopped going out as much back at home in Indiana.

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Laura & I

Overall, Salem was an awesome weekend trip! We got to explore Massachusetts and see some incredible places with a lot of history! I think I would go back if I can fit another trip in my itinerary. I guess we’ll have to see next year!

Xox

La Flare

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John Ward House
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  1. Itโ€™s a great time of year to go judging by your beautiful pictures – and of course – Halloween! I will definitely put this trip on my bucket list.

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    1. Yes! It’s a fun little weekend trip if you have time! I would most definitely go back to do the things I didn’t get a chance to do! Thank you so much for reading!๐Ÿ–ค I hope you get to make it one day ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. It was ! I did some reading on the history months prior, but it was gorgeous in autumn! I would definitely go back! I hope you make it soon! Thank you so much for reading !๐Ÿ–ค

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    1. Boston was great to visit as well! I really wish we got to spend more time there, but I agree! The seafood was phenomenal! Thank you so much for reading! Hope you get to make it to Salem one day! Xoxo

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  2. I absolutely love Salem! I go here multiple times a year, but in my defense, I only live 45 minutes away. It’s definitely at its best during the month of October. They really dress up the town and all sorts of happenings and tours exclusive to Halloween occur. We always make a trip during October – we’re planning to head there this weekend! Glad you had fun!

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    1. Wow, that’s awesome! I’m slightly jealous! lol!! I really want to go back & do the things I didn’t get a chance to! Massachusetts was so pretty in the fall! I have been to Connecticut in the summer, but Massachusetts honestly stole a small piece of my heart hahaha. Thank you sooooo much for reading! Have fun this weekend ! Xoxo

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    1. Yessss girl! October is GORGEOUS with all the trees turning into fall colors! And Salem is an added bonus!๐Ÿ˜Š I hope you get to make it one day! Dress warm though! It’s really cold by the ocean! Thank you soooo much for reading!๐Ÿ’• xoxo

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  3. Oh my goodness, this looks like it was so much fun! All of the red and yellow leaves were lovely and it looks like the town of Salem is just beautiful! October sounds like the best time to go and there looks like there’s so much do to there as well. I’ve always wanted to go and now you’ve really made me want to book a trip for next October! Your pictures were stunning and made the town look even more fantastic and your outfit was so freaking cute! Great blog post! Now I’m crossing my fingers that I can go next year!! Also, I love that people pay their respects to those who have passed from the witch trials. Such a lovely sentiment to such an awful tragedy.
    Emily | https://www.thatweirdgirllife.com

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    1. I hope you get to make it someday! And yes, it was extremely cold! Hahah I wasn’t as prepared as I would have liked to be, but nonetheless, it was still beautiful. Thank you so much for reading ! ๐Ÿ–ค

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    1. That’s funny you mention that because I met a guy in Boston and he kept telling me how Cape Cod was super popular for the east coast and how many people go during the summer. I might have to check it out. Thank you so much for reading!๐Ÿ˜Š

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  4. I visited this Salem during my first trip to New England. Thankfully, it was during the summer so it wasn’t busy at all. I thought it was kitschy, especially for such a dark period of our history, but the magic shops were fun!

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