Top 9 Things to do in Salem, Mass This October

Get out of the city and spend a day exploring Salem this month! With more than 1 million visitors each year, The Witch City only grows in popularity during the autumn season. Plan your visit in advance by booking any tickets early and leave your car behind if possible. 

Take a Walking Tour

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While walking tours may be one of the more common things to do in Salem, you will cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time. Visitors can book daytime or nighttime walking tours lasting between 1 and 2.5 hours. 

Most tours include a stop at some of the most haunted places in New England such as The Witch House (also known as Jonathan Corwin’s House), House of Seven Gables, and Burying Point Cemetery

Salem Night Faire

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Pioneer Village is hosting the Salem Night Faire over two weekends this year! You can visit the 4th annual event Friday or Saturday October 22—23 and October 29—30. Admission is $5 per person. The festivities behin at 5:00pm and end at 10:00pm.

Shining Moon Studio

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Our friends at Shining Moon Studio will be participating at the Salem Night Faire. Their merchandise selection is substantial and includes everything from Tarot-inspired pins, shirts, and purses to engraved journals and artwork. Guests can even have their Tarot cards read in a private chariot.  

Visit the Hocus Pocus Movie Locations


The most-watched Halloween movie of all time is Hocus Pocus. Take a stroll through Salem and stop by Thackery Binx’s House (98 West Ave), Old Town Hall (93 Washington Street), and Max & Dani’s House (4 Ocean Ave).
Prefer movies filmed in Boston?

 Crow Haven Corner

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Crow Haven Corner is the oldest witch shop in Salem. Rumor has it Tom Brady and Katy Perry have both had spells cast in their favor by resident witch, Lorelei. Two rooms in the house are even available to book for a night via Airbnb

Salem Witch Museum

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Take a step back in time to 1692 at the Salem Witch Museum. Visitors can learn about the dark side of the Salem Witch Trials. We recommend booking tickets in advance as October is a popular month. 

Peabody Essex Museum

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Visitors to Salem Thursdays through Sundays (and holiday Mondays) should make time to stop by the Peabody Essex Museum. This month a host of events revolving around Salem’s spooky history are calendared

Salem Trolley Tour

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Want to explore Salem but don’t have much time? Take a ride on the 1-hour Salem Trolley Tour which operates daily between 10:00am and 5:00pm.

Festival of the Dead


Operating daily throughout the month of October is Salem’s Festival of the Dead. Located at 176 Essex Street visitors will encounter witches, psychics, and mediums.  

Staying the Night?

The Salem Inn offers 40 overnight guest rooms and is conveniently located on 7 Summer Street. If you’ve ever wanted to stay at a haunted bed and breakfast, the Inn has seen its fair share of paranormal activities across the years…