Exploring Fall in America’s Spookiest City: Salem

Oh October, where the weather gets cooler, the people get friendlier (because really, who can be upset when the leaves are falling and hot cider is in season?), and everything gets a little spookier. There’s nothing like a light fall breeze to finally make the outdoors sound appealing after spending several months glued to the air conditioner.

So what’s there to do?

Whether you like to spend your time outdoors hiking, biking, or wandering quaint city streets admiring the best the season has to offer, there is always something wonderful this time of year. While every place has something to offer in autumn, some places truly transcend when the leaves start to fall.

Going to school in New England, I spent four years surrounded by historic towns that took full advantage of the October season, one of the most popular being Salem, Massachusetts. The infamous town that combines rustic charm with a seriously haunted history epitomizes everything about this spooky season.

Not only does it have something going on every day during October to commemorate the season, but this is one town that always has the Halloween spirit. Reading about Salem definitely makes me wish I would have made the trip when I was only a few hours away, because everything from the town’s eerie past to the picture-perfect Instagram spots make this place a great October outing.


With events this month ranging from The Salem Psychic Fair & Witches’ Market to Horror Trivia, there is something for everyone this month, including The Annual Salem Witches’ Magic Circle on the 31st. But, while October brings out some wicked events, this town stays haunted year round with attractions such as the Salem Witch Museum, the Witch House, and the Bewitched statue, paying tribute to the show that had its seventh season filmed there. Salem’s rich history, much of which dates back to the 1600’s, has
inspired countless films (including the ever popular Hocus Pocus) and novels, as well as other pop culture references.

No worries if the witches don’t appeal to your party, there is no shortage of places to help celebrate the season right in Salem. Deacon Giles Distillery, advertising it’s “damn righteous spirits”, offers tours of the site as infamous as the craft cocktails they serve. This bar, and others in the area, offer another way for those of age to explore the area.

While the sights and spirits of Salem are timeless, there is no arguing that October is prime time to soak in this spooky town. If you’re up for the haunted getaway, pull on your favorite sweater and slip on those riding boots to explore this historic wonder.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *