Hi! I'm Anna, and I love everything creepy, supernatural, and strange — no matter the season.
So, I ventured to Salem, Massachusetts, last year during the spookiest month, and it ended up being one of the best trips of my life. Here are some extremely rad secrets I learned while there:
1.First of all, Hocus Pocus, a Halloween staple, was filmed there — and you can visit every iconic filming spot in a single day.
2.Even better, you can grab some snacks and a blanket and actually watch Hocus Pocus during the Halloween season in Salem on a giant screen, with a crisp fall breeze at your back.
3.There are a bunch of secret events in Salem during October that only the locals know about, so you'll only hear about them if you ask around.
4.This underrated town absolutely has the most intriguing, entertaining, and creepiest ghost tours I've ever been on.
5.Salem is also the perfect place to learn the *real* facts behind the infamous Salem Witch Trials, and there are many places to get your Witch history fix — but make sure you arrive extra early, because there are usually long lines.
6.One of the most haunted buildings in the world, the Hawthorne Hotel, is just a few steps from the Witch Museum — and the air feels like it is crawling with ghouls.
7.Salem is WAY more witch-friendly than its past suggests: between 2–4% of Salem's current population identifies as real-life witches.
8.And because it's a hub for all things witchy, you have some of the most impressive occult stores in the US right at your fingertips.
9.While you're going in and out of the town's fabulous shops, you'll walk past some of the most unique vendors selling snacks, goodies, and offering Salem-centric photo opps.
10.Oh, and bring your stretchy pants, because the food in Salem is beyond impressive — and since October is officially spooky season, quite a few places offer creepy-themed modifications to their usual menus.
11.The official Witch Trials Memorial is actually a solemn, very respectful tribute to the victims who were hung as a result of the trials.
12.I can tell you firsthand: If you're planning on solely visiting Salem, renting a car will actually be more of a pain than a convenience.
13.However, if you have any plans to leave the city center during your stay, renting a car as soon as you book your trip is the way to go.
14.If you're a horror movie fan, there's a huge Horror Fest where you can meet spooky celebs and befriend other fans of fright.
15.There is only one standing building in Salem that is directly related to the Witch Trials, and it's one of the spots absolutely everyone wants to visit while in town.
16.Of course, during late September through the end of October, you can visit a Halloween-centric haunted attraction in addition to Salem's authentic ghost and historic offerings.
17.And finally, if you're up for it, Salem is one of the only places where you can experience an authentic séance with the dead.