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Salem, MA: Travel Guide

Join me on an epic adventure to Salem where we explore this historic city and various Hocus Pocus filming locations!

As the world transforms into a tapestry of golden hues, my heart races with the approach of my cherished holiday: Halloween. There's an undeniable enchantment that beckons me toward the captivating embrace of Salem. If you share my passion for this time of year, you understand that Salem is more than just a destination—it's a pilgrimage for every Halloween aficionado's dreams.

Yet, amidst the alluring aura of this season, be cautious, for Salem's magic can ensnare kindred spirits from all corners. Fear not, as I stand ready to guide you on an authentic Hocus Pocus pilgrimage through Salem in this enchanting travel guide. Embark on a magical journey through Salem's enchanting streets, discovering iconic filming locations from the beloved Hocus Pocus movie and other historic gems that encapsulate the spirit of Halloween. This travel guide offers a curated experience, ensuring your trip to Salem is truly unforgettable.

Embarking on the Hocus Pocus Trail - Discovering Iconic Filming Locations Within Salem’s Walls:

Ropes Mansion (Allison’s House): 318 Essex Street

Step into the enchanting world of Hocus Pocus at the Ropes Mansion, adorned with whimsical decor that pays tribute to the beloved movie.

Allison’s House, within the Ropes Mansion, is a cherished piece of Salem's history. It's here, within Allison's House, that Max and Dani meet Allison before their fateful visit to the Sanderson Witch Museum.

Salem Old Town Hall (Parents’ Halloween Party): 32 Derby Square

Feel the festive energy at Salem Old Town Hall, where kindred spirits gather to celebrate Halloween.

This is where the iconic "I Put a Spell on You" performance takes place, a scene that's etched in every Hocus Pocus fan's heart.

Max & Allison’s School: 56 S. Washington Square

Feel the excitement as school lets out at Max & Allison’s School, the former Phillips Elementary. Remember those days when the bell rang, and everyone rushed out, ready to embrace Halloween's thrill? Think back to Max unlocking his bike, the air charged with the promise of spooky nights and magical encounters. This is where the adventure truly begins.

Salem Common (Where Max Flirts with Allison): N Washington Square

Step into Salem Common, the enchanting ground where Max tried his hand at flirting with Allison. But, hold onto your witch's hat – Allison had her own magic up her sleeve. With a mischievous "trick or treat," she handed Max his own number back, setting the stage for a bewitching romance. This spot isn't just a location; it's a reminder that in Salem, the unexpected is always on the horizon.

Hocus Pocus Filming Locations Slightly Outside of Salem:

Old Burial Hill: Orne Street, Marblehead

Dive into history at Old Burial Hill, Marblehead's time-worn gem that holds stories dating back to the Revolutionary War.

This is where the bullies first come across Max when he’s biking back from school. It's also where Max imparts some unexpected advice to Ice – learning to breathe through his nose when he didn’t know what to do with the rest of his afternoon.

Thackery Binx’s House, Pioneer Village: 98 West Avenue

As one of the oldest living history museums in the U.S., this site doesn't just showcase history, it envelopes you in it.

With its doors swinging open only on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 4, and especially bustling in the spirited month of October, be sure to time your visit right.

You wouldn't want to miss this fascinating glimpse into the past, where the echoes of Sarah luring Emily through the sounds of her enchanting tunes still seem to linger.

The Dennison’s House: 4 Ocean Avenue, Salem

Max and Dani's home in Hocus Pocus, located at 4 Ocean Avenue, holds a special place in fans' hearts.

Serving as the epicenter of their unforgettable escapades, it's where their remarkable journey takes flight and where they rally to thwart the witches. Please remember that this is a private residence, so let's honor the homeowners' privacy as we revel in the magic they've inspired.

Other Iconic Salem Can't-Miss Gems:

The Burying Point

Step into the pages of history at The Burying Point, where tales from Salem's earliest days come to life. This ancient cemetery holds the stories of generations, including those who lived through the infamous witch trials.

Wander through the resting place of Salem's past inhabitants, among them notable figures like Judge John Hathorne, who played a role in the trials. Feel the weight of history as you uncover the lives of those who left their mark on this enigmatic town.

House of the Seven Gables

This historic mansion, famously depicted in Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel, invites you to step into a world of maritime lore and colonial history.

Walk through the very halls that inspired Hawthorne's tales, and discover the stories of Salem's seafaring legacy, its resilient inhabitants, and the spirit that shaped this remarkable place.

Salem Witch House

Stand before the solemn Salem Witch House, a witness to the trials and tribulations of the town of Salem’s past.

Secure same-day tickets to delve into its chilling narrative, a haunting reminder of Salem's intricate past.

Salem Witch Trials Memorial

This sacred space commemorates the lives of those accused, providing a moment of reflection on the strength that carried them through the darkest of times.

As you walk through this serene memorial, you'll connect with the resilience and unity that defines Salem's enduring spirit.

Samantha's Bewitched Statue in Salem

Gaze upon the enchanting 'Samantha's Bewitched Statue' in Salem. A tribute to the beloved TV show, this whimsical statue features Samantha, the mischievous witch, perched atop a broomstick. Learn about its pop culture significance and snap a bewitching photo with this iconic landmark on your Salem exploration. A must-visit for fans of classic television and all things magical!

Salem's Magic Retail Therapy

Embark on a retail journey through Salem's charming corners, where treasures embody the town's mystique. From Maria's Sweet Somethings to Oak + Moss, The Coven's Cottage, and Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery, experience the magic of shopping. Weekdays are your golden ticket to a less crowded experience, where you can relish the enchantment at your own pace. For some extra enchantment, dive into tarot readings at Crow Haven Corner Witch & Psychics Shop, immersing yourself in Salem's mystical aura. If you’re able to shop any day other than the weekend during the spooky season, it's advisable as long lines tend to form. As I was unpacking my Halloween decorations this year, I was reminded of all of the fabulous items I purchased while on this trip and they’re items I’ll absolutely cherish forever as I prepare to celebrate my favorite holiday each year.

As our journey through Salem's enchantment comes to a close, let's take a moment to savor the magic we've uncovered within this captivating blend of history and Halloween. From reliving cherished Hocus Pocus scenes to uncovering Salem's hidden treasures, this adventure has been a heartfelt exploration of all things enchanting.

Here's to the enduring enchantment of Salem, the irresistible charm of Hocus Pocus, and the lasting magic of our shared journey. I'll see you again soon, Salem!


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