To celebrate, I’m revisiting a post I did over a year ago about our visit to the Salem Witch Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. Touting itself as “Salem’s Most Visited Museum,” the Salem Witch Museum offers probably the best overview (with only a tiny bit of scary thrills) of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692.
Using dramatic lighting, a voiced-over narration, and life-sized figures, the Salem Witch Museum details the events leading up to the summer of 1692 when a group of bored girls accused their servant (and several others) of witchcraft. By the end of the hysteria, 19 men and women were hanged and 1 man, George Corey, was pressed to death.
The reenactment can be a little scary for younger visitors as the presentation/performance is done in dim light so know your kids and whether they can handle this kind of presentation. After the show, visitors are herded into an exhibit detailing the history of witchcraft and the ancient (and more modern) practice of Wicca.
And just to put a little bit of shiver into your Halloween, check out this statue of Roger Conant, the founder of Salem, located just outside the museum in the traffic circle . . .
. . . with his scary Pilgrim dress and stern face, it’s enough to put the “Boo!” in your Halloween.