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Witch Dungeon Museum - Salem
Witch Dungeon Museum

The Witch Dungeon Museum does a live reenactment of the 1892 Witch trials in Salem. The line (like the Witch museum across town) is very, very long. It gives basically the same story, so you may not want to do both in one day. The lines take up a lot of time, I suppose it would depend on how long you are planning to stay in town. This does have the benefit of having real actors instead of light up dioramas, but I would not suggest to bypass the other museum, silmpy because it is a Salem landmark. It would be almost like going to Yellowstone and not seeing Old faithful, or London without seeing Big Ben. Might not be the highlight of your trip, but still you have to do it. Anyway, long story short, stop by here if you have some extra time.....

Address: 16 Lynde St Salem, MA

Phone: 978.741.3570

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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The Madness of Essex Street! - Salem
The Madness of Essex Street!

Essex Street is the center of all the hubub. So many people crowd this street which is lined with shops and resturants, and during Haunted Happenings, street vendors selling all sorts or wares including jewlery, clothing, light up wiches hats, ect... It does get a little overwhelming, but I would definately recommend walking through this way at least once during your visit.

Address: Essex Street Salem, MA

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 1, 2005
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Salem Common - Salem

Salem Common

The Common

The Common is a large expanse of grass and trees in the middle of town with benches and a large gazebo in the center. On Halloween, the common is a commotion of vendors and music and general excitement.
Lots of Halloween festivities for the kids are held here.
There are also a plethora of Porta-Potties if you don't want to wait on the mile long line at the Visitor Center. However, if you decide to use the porta potties, may I suggest only using them only towards the beginning of the day...as it gets into the night after probably THOUSANDS of people have used them, it might not be such a great idea.

Website: http://www.hauntedhappenings.com

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 8, 2004
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Roger Conant....at night - Salem

Roger Conant....at night

Roger Conant Statue

The Statue of Roger Conant is well known as a symbol of the town of Salem, though it is often mistaken for the likeness of a witch. Shrouded in a billowing cloak and a somewhat pointy hat, Roger is placed in front of the Witch Museum, across from the common. (The placement doesn't do much to dispel the rumors, nor does his attire) Conant was actually the founding father of Salem back in 1628. He dedicated his life to serving the town, living here until his death in 1679, he was 87 years old.

Address: Washing Square West and Brown Street

Directions: Directly in Front of the witch museum

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 8, 2004
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Salem Witch Museum - Salem

Salem Witch Museum

Salem Witch Museum

The Salem Witch Museum is really more of a theatrical performance, well not exactly a performance, a diorama with voiceover would be a bit more accurate, than a museum. The lines on Halloween are huge. You buy your ticket in advance in most cases and then return at the time of your appointed show. Instead of a ticket you get a color coded sticker which allows the tourguides to know by which color which time you are booked for. When it's your time you are led into a large room with a red circle on the floor. The circle bears the names of those who were wrongfully accused of witchcraft at the time of the hysteria. The program continues telling the story of the witchcraft trials and hysteria illuminating each appropriate diarama with each chapter. The show is only about a half hour long. It is informative and a great way to learn about this time if you didn't know the history before coming to Salem. It definately feels like one of the things you "have" to do when in town, well at least the one time....
Of course when you are done with your "tour" you walk out into a large gift shop with all sorts of witchy souveniers.

Hours are 10-5 year round
10-7 in July-August
Special extended hours during Salem's Haunted Happenings in October

Admission:
Adults $6.50
Children $4.50

Address: 19 1/2 Washington Square North Salem, MA

Other Contact: www.hauntedhappenings.org

Phone: (978)744-1692

Website: http://www.salemwitchmuseum.com

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 8, 2004
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The Visitor Center - Salem
The Visitor Center

The visitor center was hustling and bustling on Halloween. Mostly because people were crammed in waiting for the bathrooms, but there were a few people who were braving the crowds to get info on the area. My advice, do all your research beforehand if you are going to Salem during haunted happenings.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 3, 2004
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The Friendship - Salem

The Friendship

The FriendSHIP

The Friendship is a reproduction tall ship that stands in the marina at Pickering Wharf. It is really a great site to see. Make sure to take notice of the details such as the maiden who sits at the prow of the ship. Tours are given aboard, and special scary tours are given during Haunted Happenings.

Address: Pickering Wharf

Other Contact: www.hauntedhappenings.org

Phone: 978-741-8100

Website: http://www.salemweb.com/frndship/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 2, 2004
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Salem Cemetary - Salem

Salem Cemetary

Burying Point 1637

The Burying Point is the oldest cemetary in New England. It is open from dawn to dusk, free of charge. I would imagine it would be a pretty creepy place without a hundred people trampling around. The gravestones are from the 1600's and have that thin haunted house quality about them. Some of the inscriptions are interesting, worth taking the extra minute to read.

Address: Charter Street Salem, MA

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 2, 2004
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House of 7 gables - Salem

House of 7 gables

House of Seven Gables

If you have ever read the Nathaniel Hawthorne novel, or even if you haven't, the House of Seven Gables really is a must see for any Salem visitor. Built in 1668, The Turner-Ingersoll Mansion as it is also called, is the oldest surviving wooden mansion in New England. It's interesting to see the settings where the book took place and compare it to how you had pictured it in your mind. The grounds overlooking the water are beautiful and inside there is even a secret passageway.

The house is open for touring Monday through Saturday 10am - 5pm. In Jul-October 31st 10am -7pm. with Special evening tours taking place during Haunted happenings, the October Halloween celebrations.

Address: 54 Turner Street Salem, MA

Other Contact: www.hauntedhappenings.org

Phone: (978)744-0991

Website: http://www.7gables.org/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 2, 2004
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Town Hall - Salem

Town Hall

Town Hall

This was one of our first stops in Salem. As we walked down the cobblestone way we were bid to come inside by a man dressed in period costume. When we went in we found ourselves in the midst of a psychic faire, with tarot card readers, palm readers, gemstone readers and the like. There were also a few vendors selling jewlery, wings, t-shirts and bric a brac. I meant to return to get a gemstone reading, but alas, we did not get a chance.

Address: Derby Square Salem, MA

Website: http://www.salemweb.com/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 2, 2004
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