October Haunted Happenings in Salem, Massachusetts

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Autumn is the very best time for a road trip, if you can swing the time off from work. The temperatures are pleasant, the leaves are showing off their best colors, and you can combine your leaf-peeping with a celebration of all things Halloween in Salem!

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The Salem witch trials were a shameful chapter in American history. More than 300 years later, Salem is a thriving town that has learned to leverage its reputation for the tourist trade as "The Witch City." That kicks into high gear in October with Salem Haunted Happenings, a month-long festival celebrating both the history of the witch trials and the more fun side of Halloween witches. Find an event that aligns with your interests, with a schedule for each, or consult the events calendar to see what you might want to schedule your trip around. Keep in mind the most popular events will sell out, so you'll want to buy tickets or reserve a slot early. Happy travels!

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