Grab Your Broom and Visit These Popular Shops in Salem, Massachusetts
Nothing gets you quite in the Halloween spirit like a trip to Salem, Massachusetts.
Founded back in 1626, according to the town's website, Salem is most infamous for being the site of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials. During the course of the hysteria, 20 people were accused of witchcraft, put on trial, and tragically executed. Several others died in jail. You can learn more about these innocent victims here.
Today, Salem is arguably one of the top Halloween capitals in the country, as the Witch Trials have majorly played into the town's cultural identity. Several historic museums and attractions center on the trials, including the Witch House, Witch Museum, and the Witch Trials Memorial. Visitors can also wander metaphysical shops (including the oldest, Crow Haven Corner), go on ghost tours, explore other museums like the Peabody Essex Museum and the House of the Seven Gables, check out filming locations for the Halloween cult classic Hocus Pocus, and of course, look around at all the visitors and street performers dressed in costume for the holiday. There's no shortage of fun things to do in Salem, especially in October.
Among the countless shops that you can explore during your Salem visit, which ones are worth braving the lines to peek into? We took to Facebook to ask you, and got several recommendations. There's definitely something here for everyone, so grab your broom and let's fly to these 11 popular spots.
Grab Your Broom and Visit These 11 Popular Shops in Salem, Massachusetts
Speaking of Salem, here are some helpful tips for a fall trip to Witch City.