things to do in salem, top 10 halloween activities salem ma

I have written tons of blog posts about Halloween because, lets face it, everyone loves Salem in the fall. The city sees a surge of visitors and business goes through the roof. I have written about 100 things to do in the fall, general info about Halloween in Salem, things for creepy/horror fans to do in Salem, what not to do when in Salem for Halloween, etc. The list goes on. However, today it occurred to me that I have never covered MY personal favorite things to do in Salem for Halloween. I touched on it lightly for a Friday Favorites post, but today I want to elaborate a little more. These following ten items are places you can personally find me in the witch city, around Oct. 31st. Do you have your own favs? Feel free to comment below!

The Old Burying Point Cemetery and Witch Trials Memorial
I always make a stop over to the cemetery around Halloween for a quick wander. Sure, it’s crowded in the fall but I like taking a walk around the grounds.
Related: Salem Attraction Reviews: The Old Burying Point and Witch Trials Memorial

Visiting with Salem’s Black Hat Society
Xander and Borah can generally be found on Essex street in the fall, harassing tourists and taking pictures. They’re so much fun to hang around and I’m always happy to pay them a visit.
Related: A chat with the Salem Black Hat Society

Walks and Tours
Salem has many options for walks and tours which are a great way to sight-see in the witch city. As far as recommendations for which ones, it is hard to narrow down because they’re all so different. With options like walking workshops, night tours, food tours and more it comes down to what your preferences are.

People watching from Rockafellas
I’ve mentioned this before, but I really like the window booths in Rockafellas. Sitting in one of those for lunch or dinner while people watching is one of my favorite things to do. I was sitting in one of those booths a few years back, waiting on food when I purchased this domain name! 😛

Cry Innocent: The People vs. Bridget Bishop
The fall is when you can catch Cry Innocent and I always recommend it. It was suggested to me when I was a newbie tourist in Salem and I have passed the tradition along. It’s a good show and a nice way to spend some time in Salem.
Related: Salem Attraction Reviews: Cry Innocent: The People vs. Bridget Bishop

Brew Box and people watch
I know I mentioned people watching from Rockfellas which is one of my favorite perches, but my other favorite is the seating around the perimeter of Armory Park with coffee from Brew Box which is a few steps down the street. I hang out there with coffee in one hand and my camera in the other more often than not.

Hop the Salem Trolley
The Trolley takes you around Salem and brings you to a bunch of sight seeing locations, all within a reasonable amount of time. It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve been on board, I am always happy to hop onto a tour.
Related: Salem Attraction Reviews: The Salem Trolley

Browse the street vendors
Poking my head into the tents and shopping the local street vendors that set up shop is one of my favorite things. I love the unique, hand made goods and buying things that I know are one of a kind. Also, supporting local businesses and small businesses is awesome.

Breakfast food at The Ugly Mug Diner
The Ugly Mug is bound to be busy, but if you can get there early enough to score a seat, they have some of the best breakfast foods around, in my opinion. It doesn’t matter if you’re an eggs and toast kind of person or if you’re looking to go all out, they have you covered.

Browse New Age shops
Salem is home to many New Age shops that cater to a Pagan, Wiccan and Witchcraft based audience. Even though I have been into all of them a zillion times, I still like peeking into my favorite ones to see updated stock and say hello.
Related: The Friday Favorites — New Age Shops

Bonus: Larger Halloween events around Salem
The Hawthorne Hotel, The Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites, Rockafellas and more all host large scale Halloween day events, so be sure to keep an eye for those. They sell out fast, so buy tickets as soon as you’re able.

I hope you found this list helpful. Do you have your own favs? Feel free to comment below. Enjoy!! <3