This past Columbus Day weekend, the monsters and I jetted off for a fall New England getaway. I knew immediately one stop I wanted to make: Salem, MA. Salem is one of my favorite places in the world. I used to teach an American Lit. course and teaching all about the Salem Witch Trials was my favorite thing to do as we read Miller's The Crucible. I figured the girls were a good age to join in the fun, so off we went to Salem to experience their Haunted Happenings.
If you haven't been to Salem in October, you are missing out! Costumes are a-ok to wear any day of the month, and the entire town feels like a giant open air market devoted to all things Halloween and witches. The funny thing about the Salem Witch Trials is that none of the witches were actually witches at all, so none of the educational attractions are too scary for little ones (the haunted houses, however, may terrify them.)
We started out our day at the Witch History Museum. Our tour guide was super funny and made the experience a blast. We travelled downstairs with him to check out some reenactments of famous scenes from the trials. I had never went to this particular museum before, but I definitely recommend it.
Next up was another new attraction for me, Salem Time Machine. This is a really cool attraction: a fully 3D haunted house. There are various scare levels and the woman working was very helpful and told the ghouls to go on coffee break so we could walk through without any scares at all. My scaredy cats were still a little scared though, so they closed their eyes. Daddy Monster and I really enjoyed walking through though, and I can honestly say I have never seen a haunted house this unique. I imagine it can be truly terrifying with the jumping out scares, and I look forward to visiting again sans kiddos soon.
Finally, we went to an old favorite, The New England Pirate Museum. Zoe loves the pirate tales, and we even bought the girls some pirate hooks while we were there. While the museum does have some violent scenes of pirate debauchery, this is a great place to take the kids if the scares are getting to be to intense for them.
I cannot wait to get back to Salem and check out some more attractions, and you should too, Check out the Haunted Happenings page for links to all the great events Salem has to offer and have a spooktacular time!