Just a few hours drive away from our home in New Hampshire is the now famous city of Salem, Massachusetts. Every year, thousands of tourists descend to the area for Halloween festivities. The streets come alive with vendors as well as costumed visitors. The shopping offers a plethora of items from the typical tourist purchases to unique crafts. Witch themed attractions are plentiful, from wax museums to re-creations of the witch trials. While I prefer visiting at less busy times, it is always an adventure to go during Halloween.
With the commercial side of Salem, the true meaning often gets lost, so I recommend taking a side trip to the memorials and less touristy spots. The Rebecca Nurse House is just a few short miles away. Rebecca was one of the unfortunate victims to be hung during the witch trial, and is also a great (times many) aunt of mine. Another victim, Susannah Martin, was my many times great grandmother, so visiting Salem offers a chance to connect with my family history.
Salem is an important part of the American culture. I encourage a visit to learn about one of our darkest moments. The historical aspects of Salem are fascinating and worth the trip!