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A Town Steeped in Scary History
“Nobody uses their Halloween costumes as much as we do in Salem,” says Kate Fox, executive director of Destination Salem. On Haunted Happenings, a guide to all things Halloween-related in Salem, Massachusetts, there are more than 1,000 events in the month of October and people from all around the world flock to the city in the fall to experience the spooky celebrations.
Located just 45 minutes north of Boston, Salem is best known for the witch trials of 1692 where mass hysteria led to more than 200 people being accused of practicing witchcraft, and ultimately 20 innocent people were executed. The tragedy has led to Salem becoming synonymous with witches. The city has embraced their history by preserving artifacts in museums and offering tours to educate visitors.
If you’re thinking about heading to New England's famous Halloween haunt, start making your reservations now. Approximately 500,000 people visit Salem in October and hotels fill up a year in advance. If you’re lucky to secure a room, here are a few hot spots for your to-do list.