- When to Go: September and October are busy but really bring the season to life!
- Where to Stay: Book somewhere early or make a day trip of it by staying in Boston or another surrounding town (like Marblehead)
- What to Pack: Comfortable walking shoes
- Must See: The Hocus Pocus filming locations!
- Would I Go Again? Yes! Especially after watching Hocus Pocus. It’s such a fun way to get into the Halloween spirit and to learn about history!
It’s October which means spooky season is here! And what better way to start off this month than a trip to Salem, Massachusetts. This little town is full of historical sights along with filming locations from one of the most traditional Halloween movies – Hocus Pocus! My friend and I met up early and grabbed coffees to walk around the town. Most of the witch-related things are within walking distance of the town center so once you find parking you’re good to go (wear your walking shoes). We followed the signs and parked in a mall structure so we could leave the cars there for hours without worrying about rushing to get back to move them.
There are a lot of sights to see and it definitely gets busy in the weeks leading up to Halloween so I would recommend starting your day early to fit in as much as you can! There is a lot of fascinating history to be learned and so much to see!
Make sure to take some time to pop into HausWitch located at 144 Washington Street Salem, MA to get the cutest “Witch City” souvenir mug to commemorate your trip.
Here are some of the Hocus Pocus filming locations in Salem (and surrounding areas) which are super fun to see in real life:
- Pioneer Village (Binx’s House): 310 West Ave Salem, MA.
- Max and Dani’s House: 4 Ocean Avenue Salem, MA.
- Ropes Mansion (Allison’s House): 318 Essex Street Salem, MA.
- Salem Common: Salem, MA.
- Phillips Elementary School: Salem, MA.
- Old Town Hall (Halloween Party): 161 Essex Street Salem, MA
- Old Burial Hill: Orne Street Marblehead, MA. (this cemetery overlooks the water and is so expansive! It’s a very interesting stop to make and I would recommend if you have the time!)
For these you’ll need to drive so they’re a great way to spend your afternoon/evening as you head out of the area and can make stops on the way. My favorites are seeing the Pioneer Village and the Old Burial Hill even though they were both a bit more out of the way. They both really brought the movie to life. Another favorite stop of ours was at Max and Dani’s House! Parking is limited there so try to find parking on a nearby street and walk over. We happened to bump into some people who were dressed to fit the Hocus Pocus theme which made it that much better.
Have you seen Hocus Pocus 2 yet? It’s getting such mixed reviews! I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.