While Salem is much more than witches and spooks, there’s no denying that this small coastal town is a hot spot for the supernatural. You can’t throw a stone without hitting a ghost in this small town.
Read on to find out why Salem is a beautifully creepy place with incredibly high levels of alleged paranormal activity.
Most people associate Salem with the infamous witch trials, but that’s just the tip of the spooky iceberg.
This charming coastal town is hiding countless sites that have been supernatural hot spots for years.
In 1692, the deadliest witch hunt in American history ravaged the town of Salem and claimed the lives of 19 people.
Ever since, the town has been thought of an especially spooky place. Let's start with Burial Point.
Also known as Charter Street Cemetery, this burial ground was established in 1637 and houses many of Salem’s most famous figures.
As if the atmosphere here wasn't spooky enough, reports of ghosts roaming the headstones at night and phantom lights make this a truly eerie spot.
The Jonathan Corwin House looks like something out of a dark fairytale, and it has a reputation to match.
Nicknamed "The Witch House," this is the only remaining structure in Salem with direct ties to the infamous witch trials. Judge Jonathan Corwin purchased the house in 1675 and was later one of the judges during the trials. The house is said to be haunted by the spirits of those he condemned to death, as well as the tortured soul of the judge himself The house is now a museum, and open seasonally to the public.
Gallows Hill was the site of the first execution of the Salem Witch Trials.
In total, 18 accused witches were murdered here as part of the hysteria. The area is now a large playing field, but there have been countless reports of ghost sightings over the years.
The House of the Seven Gables is so haunted, it inspired one of Nathaniel Hawthorne's greatest novels.
It’s one of the most visited structures in Salem, and locals call it the Turner -Ingersoll Mansion. Built in 1668, the home was eventually owned by Susan Ingersoll, cousin to the famous author.
Susan’s ghost reportedly haunts the home, and the phantom of a young boy has been spotted playing in the attic. Employees and visitors alike frequently cite strange occurrences such as flickering lights, ghostly laughter and cold spots as evidence that this famous home is awash in paranormal activity.
The Ropes Mansion is considered one of the most haunted in town.
Nathaniel Ropes was Loyalist judge in the 18th century. He died of smallpox in 1774 while his home house was being pelted with rocks by an angry mob. His wife Abigail burnt to death when her dress ignited from the fireplace in 1839. They're said to have never truly vacated the grounds. Fans of the film Hocus Pocus might recognize this spot as Allison's home.
The Salem Jail was built in 1885 and once housed the town's most heinous criminals.
The structure was abandoned for years…and many believe it’s because the old jail is dangerously haunted. The angry ghosts of the former prisoners are said to roam the halls here, rattling their chains and letting out eerie screams in the night.
Salem's Winter Island certainly looks like it could have a few wandering spirits of its own.
Of course, if you head to Salem on Halloween, you'll be in for a carnival of spooky fun.
Salem comes alive during the month of October, when the town pulls out all the stops to put on a full 31 days of ghoulish fun. There are masquerade balls, ghost tours, street parties, special dining events and a magnificent town-wide celebration on Halloween evening.
There's no denying that Salem is a spooky town unlike any other in the country.