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.’πŸ˜‰

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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 forΒ Β The Witch House.Β 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 atΒ Crow Haven Corner.Β 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!😊 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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ME ❀️

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  1. Fall is amazing! Here in CA we don’t get colors like that much. Also, Salem looks so amazing. I love how it hasn’t been super modernized and looks historical. I need to plan a trip there someday!

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  2. Ooh I went to Salem for Halloween a few years back, and these photos are really making me want to go again – it’s such a gorgeous place!

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  3. Oh my goodness I loved reading your blog!!
    I thought my desire to go to Salem was strong, now I’m verging on obsessed haha. I was lucky enough visit Sleepy Hollow for the first time last October and it was a dream come true (I even got engaged there!) Which shows your the type of person I am haha. But now Salem is 110% on the agenda.
    Quinn x

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    1. Awwww congrats!! Hope you get to make it next year! I heard they are canceling this year due to corona, which is understandable.πŸ˜” thank you so much for reading!πŸ–€

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  4. Wow! Salem is huge on my bucket list and I was going this year but Covid got in the way (I’m from the UK so I cant travel to the US sadly). I am so excited to go and your post has reminded me that I have something to look forward to! Pictures look amazing! Great post, thank you for posting this!

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  5. One of these years I’m going to make it to Salem for Halloween! I mean, it’s kind of rite of passage for witches in the US, so I can’t believe I haven’t visited yet!

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  6. There is so much history behind Salem! Love that there is a strong culture during this time of the year. Love the colored leaves as well! Yum, I love the foods in Boston. So many good seafood out there, not to mention, the lobster rolls!! Glad you enjoyed your time out there!

    Nancy ✨ exquisitely.me

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  7. Amazing photos! Definitely I want to Salem one day, I think we want do it as part of a road trip vacay but goodness knows when! I had no idea there was this much to do however; and now I’m sooo excited! Thanks for sharing.
    Tidbitsofcare.com

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  8. Oh my gosh I would absolutely love to go to Salem one day, especially over Halloween! I’ve always heard amazing things about the Halloween decorations over there and would love to know more about the Witch trials that happened.

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  9. This is a trip that I SO want to take someday in the near future! Did you find that it was overrun with tourists/touristy events/tours? I have heard that it can be a little overwhelming this time of year, which has me wondering whether it’s better to plan a trip in October or to try going during the offseason.

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    1. Yes! It was very packed which made some things overwhelming. Like waiting in line to use the bathroom or wanting to go on certain tours. I found it hard to get around in general because there were so many people. The parking situation also sucked! I’d love to go back when it’s not so crowded, but unfortunately the full experience is in October. I’d still suggest going though! Just go early in the morning..thank you so much for reading!πŸ–€

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