Things to Do in Salem Massachusetts during Spooky Season

Are you headed to Salem Massachusetts in October? The things to do in Salem MA in October are endless. It’s one of the best places in the entire world to spend the spooky season.

And even if you’re not a huge Halloween fan, there’s still plenty to do in October or any month that makes the Witch City a worthy destination.

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Things to do in Salem Massachusetts in October
Things to do in Salem Massachusetts in October

Salem is full of deep and fascinating (and tragic) history, beautiful and unique architecture, and a definite festive spirit.

I have been dreaming of visiting Salem for as long as I can remember. I’ve always been drawn to the creepy and spooky stories and destinations. Halloween has always been my favorite holiday and fall is my favorite season.

I couldn’t think of a more perfect place to want to be and considering all the amazing things to do in Salem MA in October or anytime, Salem quickly became one of my favorite places I’ve ever been.

Things To Do in Salem Massachusetts in October – Main Attractions

So, you’ve decided to visit Salem in October, but what is there to do? The good thing? What isn’t there to do? The things to do in the city of Salem the entire month of October are neverending, especially for the fans of anything spooky, creepy, Halloween, or horror-related.

It’s the best time of the year to visit for spooky vibes.

Even if you just go and walk around the city without ever going into a building, you’ll have plenty to enjoy. From live music to street performers to historic buildings and historic homes, there’s a ton to do all within a short walk.

Hocus Pocus Filming Locations

Most of Hocus Pocus – one of the most iconic Halloween movies ever – was filmed in Salem, Massachusetts.  In fact, Hocus Pocus is the most popular Halloween movie! You’ll need a car to get to many of the locations, but many are located in the middle of the city.

Here’s a full guide to the Hocus Pocus filming locations in Salem, including Ropes Mansion, Salem Common, and more.

Things to do in Salem Massachusetts in October

Peabody Essex Museum

The Peabody Essex Museum hosts a global array of art, science, history, and culture. The roots of the museum date back to 1799 and the founding of the East India Marine Society, an organization of Salem ship captains and supercargoes.

Nathaniel Hawthorne Sites

Are you a fan of American literature? There is plenty of history here involving the Hawthorne family and the inspiration for Hawthorne’s novels.

House of the Seven Gables

The House of Seven Gables was built in the late 1600s – 1668 – and is New England’s oldest wooden mansion. It is, of course, famous due to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s fictional work, The Scarlet Letter.

Whether you’re a fan of classic literature or just a fan of beautiful architecture, the House of Seven Gables is a must-see while looking for things to do in Salem MA in October.  During October, they even run special performances throughout the month. As you’ll soon find out, the whole town gets into the Halloween spirit.

Things to do in Salem Massachusetts in October – House of the Seven Gables

Interested in visiting the House of Seven Gables?

Address | 115 Derby St, Salem, MA 01970
Hours | 10am to 7pm daily
Cost | $16
Website |

Nathaniel Hawthorne Statue

Near the center of the city, you’ll find the statue of Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Things to do in Salem Massachusetts in October – Nathanial Hawthorne Statue

Interested in visiting the Nathaniel Hawthorne statue?

Address | 20 Hawthorne Blvd, Salem, MA 01970
Cost | Free

Bewitched After Dark Walking Tour

Want to get a historical and possibly spooky tour of Salem? Take a Bewitched After Dark walking tour. These tours are led by local historians and you’ll definitely see Salem in a whole new light once you’re done.

You’ll learn all about Salem’s colonial history, the hysteria of 1692, the Salem witch trials, and witchcraft history in Salem.

Take a Ghost Tour

What else makes more sense when visiting Salem in October than taking a ghost tour? It’s like peanut butter & jelly. There are several ghost tours in Salem as to be expected but why not take one with the longest-running ghost tour in Salem – they’ve been around for 22 years! The Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour is one of Salem’s most haunted attractions.

Like many ghost tours, they combine amazing and enchanting storytelling, dark humor, and great historical knowledge to describe and present Salem’s haunted and witchy history.

The tours are around 90 minutes each and tour guides are led by knowledgeable guides through places with paranormal activity, cemeteries, and more spooky locations.

Visit the Old Burying Grounds

Salem’s oldest cemetery, the Charter Street Cemetery, was founded in 1637. The Charter Street Cemetery, or the ‘Old Burying Grounds,’ is the final resting place for at least two members of the Court of Oyer and Terminer – including John Hathorne – the great-great-grandfather of writer Nathaniel Hawthorne.

The Old Burying Grounds is located directly behind the Witch Trials Memorial and is open from dawn to dusk. Please treat the cemetery and graves with respect.

Things to do in Salem Massachusetts in October – Old Burying Grounds

Interested in visiting the Old Burying Grounds?

Address | Charter St, Salem, MA 01970
Hours | dawn til dusk
Cost | Free

Things To Do in Salem Massachusetts in October  – Witch Hysteria

Witch Trial Sites

There are many things to do in Salem MA in October and no visit would be complete without paying your respects at the witch trial sites all around town and learning about the history of the Salem witch trials.

This includes everything from Proctor’s Ledge – the location of the hangings – to the Salem Witch Trials Memorial.

Things to do in Salem Massachusetts in October – Salem Witch Memorial
Things to do in Salem Massachusetts in October – Salem Witch Memorial

Interested in visiting The Salem Witch Trials Memorial?

Address | 24 Liberty St, Salem, MA 01970
Cost | FREE

Things to do in Salem Massachusetts in October – Proctor's Ledge

Interested in visiting Proctor’s Ledge?

Address | 7 Pope St, Salem, MA 01970
Cost | Free

Salem Witch Museum

Whether you believe in witchcraft or not, the Salem Witch Museum is quite an interesting place to visit. The museum is very complex with lots of insight and perception of witches. The museum is educational, thought-provoking, and, of course, a bit dark and…witchy.

You’ll learn about the witches of Salem which left the city with a sinister history and life in Salem during the time of the trials.

Things to do in Salem Massachusetts in October – Salem Witch Museum

Witch Dungeon Museum

Stock Up on Your Witchy Needs

Live in a part of the country where finding an alternative or new age store is near impossible? Have to order all your supplies online? Not in Salem! While in town, make sure to stock up on all of your witchy needs at the countless stores. These are a few of my favorites below!

Crow Haven Corner

Crow Haven Corner is the oldest witch shop in Salem, Massachusetts. You’ll find magical supplies, occult books, herbs, crystals, spell kits, candles, incense, potions, psychic readings, and more.

They also offer Salem Witch Walks in the evenings!

Things to do in Salem Massachusetts in October – Crow Haven Corner

Interested in visiting Crow Haven Corner?

Address | 125 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970
Cost | Free
Hours | 10am-9pm daily
Website |

The Coven’s Cottage

I’m not a huge expert yet, but The Coven’s Cottage was the most impressive and authentic witch store I’ve ever been in. They take things seriously too because you’re not allowed to take photographs or video.

The Coven’s Cottage opened in 2014, is family-owned and operated, and is located in historic downtown Salem. They focus on Norse, Germanic, and Celtic-based traditions, but offer products for many different pagan paths. You’ll find basic necessities and one-of-a-kind crafted items, original artwork, jewelry, organic herbs, altar tools, and more.

Things to do in Salem Massachusetts in October – Coven's Cottage

Interested in visiting The Coven’s Cottage?

Address | 190 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970
Cost | 11am-6pm Sun-Fri; closed Saturdays
Website |

Artemisia Botanicals

Artemisia Botanicals boasts a variety of natural healing herbs, organic teas, spell candles, and more witchy needs. Artemesia Botanicals was established in 1997 and has been serving the Salem community since with all sorts of quality products.

Things to do in Salem Massachusetts in October – Artemisia Botanicals

Interested in visiting Artemisia Botanicals?

Address | 3 Hawthorne Blvd, Salem, MA 01970
Cost | Free
Hours | 10am-6pm daily
Website |

The Witch House

The Jonathan Corwin House in Salem, Massachusetts, known as The Witch House, was the home of Judge Jonathan Corwin and is the only structure still standing in Salem with direct ties to the Salem witch trials of 1692, thought to have been built between 1620 and 1642.

Things to do in Salem Massachusetts in October – The Witch House

Interested in visiting The Witch House?

Address | 310 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970
Cost | $8.25
Hours | 10am-5pm daily
Website |

Take a Salem Day Trip from Boston

If you’re visiting Boston, you can take an easy day trip to Salem by taking the Boston to Salem ferry.

Salem Hotels

Here are some of the best hotels to stay at in Salem.


Ashley Hubbard

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