Nothing gets you in the Halloween spirit like a trip to Salem, Massachusetts.

Founded in 1626, Salem is most infamous for being the site of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials. Throughout the course of the hysteria, 20 people were accused of witchcraft, put on trial, and tragically executed. Several others died in jail. You can learn more about these innocent victims here.

Today, Salem is one of the top Halloween capitals in the country, as the Witch Trials continue to influence the town's cultural identity. Various museums and attractions center on the trials, including the Witch House, Witch Museum, and Witch Trials Memorial. Tourists can also wander countless metaphysical shops (including the oldest, Crow Haven Corner), go on ghost tours, visit the House of the Seven Gables, check out filming locations for the hit Halloween film Hocus Pocus, and of course, people watch and say hello to street performers dressed in costume for the holiday. There's no shortage of fun things to do in Salem, especially in the fall.

All that said, there is a proper way to approach a visit to Witch City. During September and October, the town becomes extremely crowded and busy. If you want to eliminate or minimize the stress that can come with a spooky season visit to Salem, here are some important tips to keep in mind.

Here Are 10 Tips for a Fall Visit to Salem, Massachusetts

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Now, let's take a look at some of the many fun things to do in Salem. Which of these activities are you most excited for?

Get in the Halloween Spirit With These 8 Spooky Things to Do in Salem, Massachusetts

‘Tis the season for Salem’s Haunted Happenings. Whether you’re a regular like me, or you’re going for the first time, this is a helpful breakdown for must-sees and must-dos in Salem, MA.

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