Joining one of the many ghost tours in Salem MA is an essential thing to do in this spooky New England destination. Particularly if you’re visiting Salem in October around Halloween, there’s perhaps no better way to get an inside look at the haunted places and goings-on in and around this historically rich, spooky town!
But no matter what time of year you visit, a Salem MA ghost tour is a great addition to your trip. Don’t forget to scope out some of the Hocus Pocus filming locations while in town, too.
We’ve compiled a list of top Salem ghost tours 2023 has to offer. Which of these scary tours in Salem is for you?
👻 Highly-Rated: Salem Ghosts: Witches, Warlocks, and Hauntings 2023
👻 Most-Reviewed: History & Hauntings of Salem
👻 Likely to Sell Out: Mysteries and Murders of Salem
👻 Family-Friendly: Salem Kids Slightly Spooky Tour
Salem Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour
This is one of the most well-known and popular Salem Massachusetts ghost tours. Your knowledgeable guide will lead you for 1.5 hours throughout the streets of Salem to cemeteries, historical points, and homes where paranormal activity has been reported.
Candlelit Ghostly Tour
This Candlelit Ghostly Tour is one I have personally taken and can recommend. My husband and I took the tour on a visit to Salem and it is short with some great, creepy stories and visits to cool sites.
Armed with tiny lanterns, we followed our tour guide to notable sites around the town of Salem and learned a bit of the “hidden” history. It was just the right level of spooky for me (who is a bit of a baby!)
The Candlelit Ghostly Tour is run by the Salem Wax Museum, and meets there. During the busy month of October, ghost tours on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday run every 30 minutes from 5pm-10pm during October. During the remainder of the week (and during the summer) nightly tours begin at 7:30pm.
Salem Ghosts: Witches Warlocks & Hauntings
The You’ll see up to 10 of Salem’s most famous sites on this 1-hour Salem ghost tour. You’ll learn about the paranormal, dark, and deadly of sites including the Salem Athenaeum and Ropes Mansion. Lots of positive reviews for this tour; many rave that the tour guides are amazing story-tellers.
Mysteries & Murders of Salem Guided Walking Tour
Perhaps slightly different from your everyday spooky ghost tour, this Salem walking tour focuses on tales of death and murder. These terrifying tales can get a bit grisly, so this is an adults-only tour. Spend around 2 hours exploring the spooky nighttime streets of Salem with your expert guide.
Ghosts of Salem Tour
Looking for a family-friendly Salem MA ghost tour? Even kids can enjoy this spooky tour of Salem. This tour is historically accurate and takes guests to haunted points of Salem, including some that have been featured on popular ghostly reality shows!
Salem 1-hour Ghost Tour
Highlights of this Salem ghost walking tour include the Ropes Mansion, Old Burying Point Cemetery, and the Salem Witch Trials Memorial, among other spots.
Self-Guided Smartphone Ghost Walking Tour in Salem
Want to go at your own pace? Consider a DIY ghost tour. Although this will be a very different experience than a guided Salem ghost tour, it’s an affordable option for those on a budget or who want to wander more slowly through the town. A pre-recorded narrator shares the history of sites as you go.
Salem Voodoo Vampires and Ghosts Walking Tour
Are you looking for Salem’s scariest ghost tour? This popular ghost tour of Salem has tons of high reviews! Reputed to be a ghost tour that “escapes the gimmicks” you will dive into historic Salem with your guides, who are actual historians and paranormal investigators!
Ready to hear the local legends of witchcraft, voodoo, vampires, and—of course—ghosts? This is probably the tour for you.
History & Hauntings of Salem Guided Walking Tour
Explore 400 years of fascinating history on this 2-hour ghost tour in Salem MA. Guides are frequently cited as knowledgeable and entertaining. If you want to have fun and learn something about spooky Salem, from the Witchcraft Trials to present day supernatural phenomenon, book this tour!
Black Cat Tours Guided Walking Tour
Voted one of the 10 best ghost tours in the USA, Black Cat Tours are always a great choice when you’re looking for a Salem ghosts tour. With an option for a Ghostly Night Tour or an adults only extra scary late night haunted Salem tour called The Moonlight Prowl… guess it just depends on how much of a scare you’re up for!
Inside the Daniels House
If you’re looking for a Salem haunted house tour that you can actually go inside, check out the day tour Inside the 1667 Daniels House, where you get to see for yourself what the fuss is about. You’ll enjoy coffee and tea refreshments as you learn more about this preserved 17th century mansion.
This historical Salem home not only has some haunted happenings, but you can actually book a room and stay the night if you dare! Check it out in our list of the best places to stay in Salem.
Salem’s Dark History: Witchcraft Hysteria
If you’re looking for great haunted Salem historical tours where you leave feeling like you gained new information you hadn’t heard elsewhere, Dark History: Witchcraft Hysteria walking tour might be exactly what you’re looking for. This 90-minute walking tour in Salem covers popular spots like Burying Point Cemetery as well as some lesser known haunted historical Salem sites.
Salem Kids Slightly Spooky Tour
Okay, this is another one is for the kiddos! Some/most Salem spooky tours are waaaaay too scary for most kids, but the Salem Kids Slightly Spooky Tour is just the right amount of witchy history, lore, and ghost stories to make for a fun family-friendly tour! This tour is recommended for kids 6 and above.
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