I know that it isn’t possible for everyone to make a visit to Salem, for many reasons. Sometimes distance is the issue, money, family obligations, etc. However that doesn’t mean you can’t channel some Salem vibes into your day! The little list below is some suggestions on how to do just that.
1. Have a Hocus Pocus marathon
Now this one should be obvious, and not just because it’s October and Freeform is pretty much playing it on loop as we get closer to Halloween. Salem actually served as the filming location for many scenes in the movie! To check out a breakdown of where they are, click here.
2. Check out local fall activities in your area
Make hot chocolate, mull apple cider in your crock-pot, wander a pumpkin patch…you get the idea. If you’re in New England, take a little car ride through some back roads and check out the foliage. This time of year is gorgeous, so enjoy it! Getting a taste of the autumn energies around you might be just what you need.
3. Browse Halloween costume inspiration online
There are those who dress up for Halloween in Salem like it’s their career, and it is nothing short of amazing. I recently did a little interview with MrBones of Salem as well as The Salem Black Hat Society (which can be found here and here), and I also have a Pinterest board of costumes which can be seen here. In addition, there are many makeup gurus on YouTube who create fantastic tutorials, Spirit Halloween’s website is loaded with ideas and Instagram is also a goldmine, just search the appropriate hashtags. Decorating your house and planning your costume will be sure to get you into some spooky vibes for this time of year.
4. Curl up with a book
Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote The House of the Seven Gables, and if you can’t get to Salem to see the actual location, reading about it might do the trick. You could also check out the Images of America book about the House which is all from a historical perspective if that’s more your thing. I also collaborated a few months back with Wicked Good Books to come up with a collection of spooky titles as well as ones that are about Salem so if you need more inspiration you can check that out here.
5. Follow social media accounts related to photographing Salem
There are some amazingly talented photographers in the area who simply take gorgeous pictures of the Witch City. Some of my favorites are on Instagram and they are Hello Salem and Salem Weather. In addition to that (though they aren’t Salem specific) I like IGersMass and History of Massachusetts.
I hope that helped some of you guys channel some Witch City vibes, where ever you are in the world!! <3
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