Hope you lovelies had an awesome Halloween weekend. Andy and I spent a bewitching Saturday in Salem Massachusetts. We’ve been to Salem numerous times but never during Halloween weekend. We’ve enjoyed learning about the city’s rich history and looking at the Puritan styled homes during our previous visits but this time we wanted to embrace the Witch City spirit and partake in some of the fun Halloween activities. We were not alone. More than 250,000 people visited Salem over Halloween weekend last year and this year was no different. Salem has become synonymous with Halloween due to its association with the Salem Witch Trials. Each year the city attracts more than one million tourists from all around the world, bringing in at least $100 million in tourism spending.
The shadow cast by the witch trials held in 1692 is still keenly felt. The witchcraft hysteria led to more than 200 people being accused of practicing witchcraft, death of twenty-four accused witches, 19 were hanged, one was pressed to death, and four died in prison.
Our visit could not be complete without stopping by the Salem Witch Museum. This museum draws 300 000 visitors annually and features life-size stage sets, exhibits and tours exploring the 1692 Salem witch trials, plus witchcraft today.
Heavy traffic and finding reasonably priced parking was a bit of a nightmare. If you’re coming from the Boston area, I would recommend taking the commuter rail. Once in the city use the Zagster bike share program to explore the city. You can rent a bike at a cost of $3 an hour, and trips under one hour are FREE. Awesome deal right?
So what are you plans for the big night?
Well no Halloween is complete without a sweet treat. Thought I’d leave you with my “dressed up” favorite peanut butter and apple treat.
- 1 green apples, each quartered
- peanut butter or sunflower butter (to glue everything on)
- Shaved almonds or sunflower seeds (for teeth)
- 1 strawberry, sliced (for tongue)
- 1/2 a banana (for eyes)
- Chocolate chips (for eyes)