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With half-o-ween about a month away, I figured a fun blog post covering 100 things to do in Salem, MA in the fall is in order!! What are some of your favorites? Feel free to chime in in the comments and share. <3 I hope this list helps spark some ideas for you.

  1. Go on the Hawthorne Hotel’s annual Halloween party
  2. Participate in the Devil’s Chase 6.66 mile run
  3. Check out the Howl-o-ween Pet Parade
  4. Enjoy live music at the Fountain Stage
  5. Catch the Children’s Costume Parade
  6. Participate in the annual candlelit walk and Samhain ritual with Nu Aeon/White Light Pentacles
  7. Shop local vendors at the annual October open markets (there are tons!)
  8. Take a tour of Pioneer Village
  9. Go on some rides at the Derby street carnival (note: decisions about the carnival coming back for 2018 are in the air as of now)
  10. Wander the annual Psychic Fair and Witchcraft Expo
  11. Check out the Halloween Biz Baz Street Fair
  12. Get spooked at the Salem Screams Haunted Magic Show
  13. Catch a showing of Legacy of The Hanging Judge at the House of the Seven Gables
  14. Catch a showing of Spirits of the Gables at the House of the Seven Gables
  15. Have fun at the Haunted Happenings Grand Parade
  16. Go to the Salem’s Witches’ Ball with the Salem Witches
  17. Hop the Salem Trolley for a Tales and Tombstones tour
  18. Visit the Hocus Pocus filming locations in Salem
  19. Run in the Wild Turkey 5 mile road race
  20. Enjoy drinks at the annual Salem Harvest Fest
  21. People-watch and enjoy all of the costumes
  22. Get a tarot reading
  23. Attend the annual Heaven and Hell Party at Sea Level Oyster Bar
  24. Shop for a new wand at Wynott’s Wands
  25. Scope out the annual costume party at the Gulu-Gulu Cafe
  26. Check out the October PEMpm event
  27. Attend the Dumb Supper: Dinner with the Dead with the Salem Witches
  28. Enjoy the current exhibits at the Peabody Essex Museum
  29. Snack on chowder, apple cider donuts, fried dough and more from the street vendors
  30. Warm up with some hot tea at Jolie Tea Co.
  31. Grab some snacks at the Salem Common Food Court (2018 pending)
  32. Go to the Wicked Nights on the Wharf Costume Ball at the Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites
  33. Check out Tales & Ales at Gallows Hill
  34. Go on a tour of the House of the Seven Gables
  35. Check out a haunted walk or tour
  36. Take a selfie with a favorite at the Salem Wax Museum
  37. Take in some history at the Old Burying Point and Witch Trials Memorial
  38. Catch some more history at the new(er) Proctor’s Ledge Memorial
  39. Get scared at the Chambers of Terror
  40. Scope out the ever popular Salem Witch Museum
  41. Grab a picture with the Bewitched statue
  42. Catch a showing of Cry Innocent: The People vs. Bridget Bishop
  43. Tour the Custom House
  44. Say hello to the Friendship of Salem
  45. Dress up as witches with your friends for a photo shoot at Witch Pix
  46. Say “arrggghh!” at the New England Pirate Museum
  47. Walk the Salem Heritage Trail
  48. Get your friends together for a ride on the Salem Spirits Trolley
  49. Try to solve your way out of Escape Room Salem
  50. Get spooked in multiple dimensions at the 4D Haunted House at The Salem Time Machine
  51. Get your face painted outside of the Magic Parlor
  52. Check out the Witch History Museum
  53. Score some Salem souvenirs at Coon’s Card and Gift Shop
  54. Go on a walking workshop with Now Age Travel
  55. Snack on OG treats from Ye Ole Pepper Companie as your Halloween candy
  56. Enjoy a mead or wine tasting at Pamplemousse
  57. Shop for haunted antiques at Pickering Wharf Antiques
  58. Browse the creepy revamped dolls from Kat’s Creepy Creations, seen in the front of Witch City Thrift and Consignment
  59. Take a tour of the Witch House
  60. Enjoy a pumpkin spice latte from Jaho
  61. Costume watch from a window booth at Rockafellas
  62. Check out the Witch’s Ball collection at Witch Way Gifts
  63. Take a selfie with the Witch Bitch of Salem
  64. Wander Crow Haven Corner, the oldest witch shop in town.
  65. Enjoy the gorgeous presentation and interior of The Coven’s Cottage
  66. Find the Salem Black Hat Society and take a picture with them
  67. Get free hugs from The Salem Satan
  68. Buy some early Christmas presents for your friends from Witch City Wicks
  69. Enjoy local treats on a Salem Food Tour
  70. Catch some creepy flicks at Salem Horror Fest
  71. Get the creeps at Count Orlok’s Nightmare Gallery
  72. Take pictures in your costumes in front of all of the gorgeous and colorful Salem street art
  73. Snag some spooky reads from FunDead Publications at Salem retailers that carry their books. (Jolie Tea Co., Witch City Wicks, The Witch House and Wicked Good Books)
  74. Spend some time at the Salem Willows Park and Arcade
  75. Check out the Witch Dungeon Museum
  76. Enjoy the tunes with Haunted Harmonies a cappella performances
  77. See a spell casting with Within the Witching Hour
  78. Grab some Salem hoodies and swag to take home at Witch Tees or Coon’s Cards and Gifts
  79. Enjoy some food at Taste of the Gables at the House of the Seven Gables
  80. Wander the Salem Spice Festival
  81. Stay the night in the newly opened Hotel Salem
  82. Get a picture taken with Frankenstein, generally located in the area of CVS or the Peabody Essex Museum on Essex Street
  83. Wander the Salem Witch Village and take a picture with the witch statue there (seen in the image for this post)
  84. Catch a ride on the Schooner FAME of Salem
  85. Graze your way through the city with Salem Sips and Bites
  86. See a movie at CinemaSalem
  87. Walk the historic McIntire District
  88. Grab a bike with the Zagster bike share program and cruise the city
  89. Swing by Enchanted, who knows you might run into Laurie Cabot, “the official witch of Salem”
  90. Join in on a seance with OMEN
  91. Enjoy the many street performers along Essex street around Halloween
  92. Take a walk along Winter Island Park
  93. Check out the scenery from a Mahi Cruise
  94. Stroll the Salem Common with a cup of coffee
  95. Play some old school arcade games at Bit Bar
  96. Watch for popups as they are announced through the year to get your hands on unique and delicious foods
  97. Enjoy some sugary goodness with Goodnight Fatty
  98. Throw together a last minute costume with props from around Salem to join in on the festivities
  99. Enjoy some candlepin bowling at Flatbread Co.
  100. Catch the “arrest” of Bridget Bishop in front of the old town hall before the showings of Cry Innocent: The People vs. Bridget Bishop

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