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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 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 Salem.
But no matter what time of year you visit, a ghost tour is a great addition to your trip.
We’ve compiled a list of 9 Salem ghost tours to consider. Which spooky walking tour will you choose?
Salem Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour
This is one of the most well-known and popular ghost tours in Salem. Your knowledgeable guide will lead you through the streets of Salem to cemeteries, historical points, and homes where paranormal activity has been reported.
Candlelit Ghostly Tour
This 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 Ghost Tour by Salem Ghosts
You’ll see up to 10 of Salem’s most famous sites on this 1-hour tour. Reviews rave that the tour guides are amazing story-tellers.
Mysteries & Murders of Salem Guided Walking Tour
Perhaps slightly different from your everyday ghost tour, this Salem walking tour focuses on tales of death and murder. These can get a bit grisly, so this is an adults-only tour. Spend an hour exploring the spooky nighttime streets of Salem with your guide.
Ghosts of Salem Tour
Looking for a family-friendly Salem ghost tour? This is the one! 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 tour include the Ropes Mansion, Old Burying Point Cemetery, and the Salem Witch Trials Memorial, among other spots.
Midday Haunted History of Salem Walking Tour
Prefer not to take your tour in the evening? This option will suit you well: a midday experience of local haunts.
This can be a good choice for families with kids.
The 1-hour tour provides a solid overview of Salem’s dark past. Departing at 2:30 pm, you’ll hear tales both chilling and humorous from your guide.
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 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 tour. 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!
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