Raise your hand if you have watched Hocus Pocus. I know my hand is raised proudly, which why I had to visit Salem, Massachusetts and explore where the film was shot. IT is also appropriately nicknames Witch City, with taxi’s adorned with broomsticks on the side and the town bicycle shop even named “Wicked Cycles” with a witch hat logo. It is the place to be for any fan of halloween. In fact, while I was there I learned later that HERMIONE GRANGER was there… yes, Emma Watson is even a fan of learning more about witch craft. Or, perhaps she was there to perfect some spells.
I hadn’t been to Salem since a field trip back in Elementary school, so I enlisted my best friend Sarah and Helena and explored Salem. When we first arrived an older man gave us a parking tip that if you park in the MBTA garage all day parking is $2 and a quick walk to Essex St. where all the tents are set up. We walked into a lot of shops, many who had lines out the door just to get in. One of my favorites was the wand store, which was almost just as great as the Universal Studios wand store in Harry Potter World. We went to lunch at Rockfellas, great food and even better they had Downeast Pumpkin Cider on draft (if you know, you know).
After lunch, we went and took pictures with a few of the many set up along the streets, they’ll remind you they work for tips. Got some great insta shots. I think I will go back and do some more haunted things, such as the haunted candle lit stroll through Salem. We wrapped up by going to the Witch History Museum, which was fun, but wanted to be around more mystical places.
It was well worth the quick 45 minute drive down from the Seacoast of New Hampshire to visit. Matt and I are already planning a night, which I know will be WAY busier, to go to some creeeeepy places and get spooked before Halloween arrives.
Any more ideas from fun places to go to during this time of year? Let me know!