On the day before Halloween, my best friend and I took a quick trip on the commuter rail to finally visit Salem during its prime season. Over 70,000 people visited the town on Halloween this year and I can attest that there were thousands when we visited the day before. The city streets were packed with crowds in outrageous costumes, spooky street performers, and shops chock full of witchy gifts and creepy knick knacks.
Admittedly, I'm not a huge fan of the creepy and gory during Halloween, so we didn't spend time on any ghost tours or haunted houses. But, there are several walking tours for any history buffs interested in learning about the past settlers and witch trials that took place in Salem previously. We did enjoy strolling around the quaint streets with its grand mansions and temporary vibrant autumnal trees. Thanks to some planning beforehand, we also realized Salem had its own tiny lighthouse on the connected Winter Island Park. While it's a bit far from the train station, it's well worth the trek to take in the passing sailboats and crisp, salty air of yet another quaint little New England town.
Who: Everyone— except those who don't enjoy Halloween
What: Exploring the town of Salem in a day
Where: Salem, Massachusetts
Wear: You'll fit right in wearing a Halloween costume or your best witchy attire
Mine included: Vest: Unknown | Shirt: Anthropologie | Skirt: Forever 21 | Shoes: Ann Taylor Sunnies: Kate Spade
When: Fall, specifically during Halloween // Take the MBTA Commuter Rail and it's only about a thirty minute ride
Why: If you love New England, Halloween, lighthouses, history, and even good, seasonal ice cream, this job is for you.
Tyro Tip: Visit the Ropes Mansion used in the movie Hocus Pocus and grab delicious pumpkin ice cream at the Salem Screamery.