People come from all over dressed in costume and ready to celebrate witchcraft and the underworld. And there isn't a lack of it in Salem. Salem takes full advantage of it's past to help you celebrate. There are 3D Haunted Adventures , a parade, a carnival,, graveyards, witch museums, ghost tours, witch tours and plenty of celebrating the macabre. And if you need a psychic reading, Halloween in Salem is your place. But did you know that Salem has a seafaring past and you can visit a large historical park there? I didn't. Had we had more time, I would've liked to dig into the rest of Salem's history.
A very old and large graveyard sits in the middle of town where some of the most important people from Salem are buried. But none of the victims of the Salem Witch Trials are buried here. Since they were accused of unsavory "witchcraft", the family members of the hanged had to pick up their bodies and bury them elsewhere.
In fact, when my daughter and her friends went to Salem to celebrate Halloween last year, the graveyard appeared so disney-esque to them that they thought it was fake. It is, however, very real. And very old.
So if you want to celebrate Halloween with a little bit of fun, a little bit of ridiculousness, and a little bit of history ...head to Salem. Prepare for crowds and parking issues. But have fun. And Happy Halloween!
If you want to read more about the Salem Witchcraft Trials and various theories on what caused the young girls fits, you can do that here