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There are a handful of attractions in Salem that I will pretty much always recommend, and Cry Innocent is one of them. The show is always good, ever changing and a staple of the fall in Salem if you ask me.

First, some logistics.

From the Cry Innocent website:
“The year is 1692. Bridget Bishop has been accused of witchcraft and YOU are on the Puritan jury. Hear the historical testimonies, cross-examine the witnesses and decide the verdict. Is Bridget Bishop capable of witchcraft? Play your part in history.”

You can purchase tickets at the cart on the corner of Essex as well as online here. Pricing is $25.00 for general admission and free for children 6 years and under. Please note purchasing online does mean a service fee will be added to your total.
Show times can be seen over on my calendar or at the ticket purchase link provided.

The show takes place in the Salem old town hall and the “arrest” of Bridget Bishop happens on Essex Street about ten minutes beforehand. Cry Innocent is a reenactment of a 1600’s witch trial where you as a member of the audience are on the jury. As a jury member you are allowed to ask questions, debate and cross-examine until a decision is made and Bridget Bishop is declared guilty or innocent. As I mentioned above, the show is different every single time because you’re never going to have the same audience twice, which makes it so unique from other shows which are static or structured.

Do I feel the ticket price is worth it? Absolutely. The cost of the ticket is worth the 45 minutes to an hour show. If you have small children who might not be able to sit still for that long, I would factor that in…it does go upwards of an hour. Other wise, it is family friendly. There are no parts that are overly violent though the discussion does deal with adult themes (the witch trials, hanging, etc).

Would I recommend this to someone visiting Salem? Of course, and I do regularly. It’s a fun event and is right in the middle of downtown Salem so there is little to no travel required if you’re already enjoying Haunted Happenings.

Would I see the show again? Yes. I would without hesitation.

Do you have an attraction in Salem you’d like me to review? Feel free to let me know. I hope this was helpful in planning your itinerary in Salem. Enjoy!! <3


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