Missing October? Find “October” Experiences in Salem All Year Long
While October only comes around once a year, there is lots to see and do in Salem year-round! See which October activities are still taking place whenever you decide to visit, and start planning your next trip to Salem today with the recommendations included in this post.
Note: Salem businesses are subject to capacity and other limitations set by state and local governments during the COVID-19 pandemic. Especially during this time, please contact individual businesses to confirm hours and availability and review COVID-19 preparedness in Salem before you visit here.
Museums & Attractions
The Witchery‘s broommaking kits are available to go outside of October. Pick them up and follow their online tutorials and craft your own brooms at home or in your Salem hotel room. Learn more at thewitcherysalem.com.
Psychic readings are available year-round in Salem! If you find yourself missing October psychic fairs at Omen and Crow Haven Corner, you can still book a reading with their psychics whenever you plan your visit. Salem’s newest Witch shop, Pentagram, is offering readings with Leanne Marrama and Timothy Reagan, and if you aren’t ready to travel quite yet HausWitch has you covered with their online psychic portal.
“The Salem Witch Trials 1692” at the Peabody Essex Museum is the first exhibit of its kind featuring original documents and artifacts related to the Witch Trials. It was extremely popular in October and sold out quickly due to capacity limits on the gallery it’s in, however the exhibit is up until April 2021 so we recommend planning a visit to the museum now that the October crowds have thinned out. Learn more at pem.org.
Walking & Tours
- Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours: Open through the end of November, bewitchedafterdark.com.
- Black Cat Tours: Open during November, blackcattours.com.
- Haunted Footsteps: Open weekends November-March, daily beginning in April, hauntedfootsteps.com.
- Salem Night Tour: Open year-round with tours nightly at 8 pm, salemghosttours.com.
- Salem Trolley: Daytime tour runs weekends in November, salemtrolley.com.
- Salem Witch Walk: Runs through the end of November, witchwalk.com.
- Sinister Stories of Salem: Open select dates through December, sinisterstoriesofsalem.com.
- Witch City Walking Tours: Open year-round, witchcitywalkingtours.com.
Far from the Tree Cider expanded their patio with a new tent and is serving hot mulled cider along with their rotating tap selection all month long. Visit the taproom on your November visit or order cans to pick up at farfromthetreecider.com.
Melt has seasonal ice cream flavors on their menu (while they last!). If you’re still craving pumpkin ice cream, “Trick or Treat” (vanilla ice cream with pieces of M&Ms, PB cups, Kit Kat and Twix), and even vegan pumpkin Oreo are on the menu until they’re gone (or until the store closes for the winter). Find all of Melt’s rotating flavors at meltsalem.com.
Black Veil Shoppe of Drear & Wonder brings spooky season vibes to every month of the year with their collection of “beautifully grim” art pieces, clothing, jewelry, candles and peculiar gifts. Add some additional candles from Witch City Wicks, all locally made in Salem, and you’ll be enjoying October vibes at home all year long.
Of course, what’s October in Salem without stopping at a few Witch shops? Many have online stores and all are open year-round, so whenever you plan your next visit to Salem, be sure to stop at:
- Artemisia Botanicals
- Crow Haven Corner
- HausWitch Home + Healing
- Hex: Old World Witchery
- Omen: Psychic Parlor & Witchcraft Emporium
- The Cauldron Black
- Coven’s Cottage
Don’t leave town without picking up a Salem souvenir- Find tee’s, sweatshirts, hats, and more at Coon’s Card & Gift Shop, Trolley Depot, or District Trading, or find other uniquely Salem gifts at Vampfangs, Emporium 32, or Hive & Forge.
To extend your visit to Salem, consider an overnight stay! All of Salem’s hotels, inns, and B&Bs are in walking distance to our museums and attractions, shops, and restaurants.
The Hampton Inn is the newest hotel in Salem, offering Hilton accommodations plus complimentary breakfast, Wi-Fi, an indoor fitness center, and heated pool right downtown.
Find a complete list of places to stay in Salem at salem.org/stay.