For some people, Halloween is nothing more than a quaint children’s holiday on the last day of October. For others, Halloween is a month of haunted houses, ghostly tours and spooky happenings! What better place to celebrate a whole month of Halloween than in Salem, Massachusetts, home of the infamous Salem Witch trials.
In 1692 the village of Salem believed that witches were in their midst, and were responsible for tormenting a group of teenage girls. In June of 1692 a special court was convened to hear the cases against those accused of witchcraft. By the time Governor William Phipps disbanded the court in October of 1692, 19 men and women had been hanged for the “crime” of witchcraft.
Salem, Massachusetts has embraced its bewitching past, and has activities almost every day in October during its Haunted Happenings Halloween Festival.