The Ultimate Halloween in Massachusetts!
Halloween isn’t just a one-night deal in Massachusetts. Throughout the month of October, the Bay State comes to life with all things spooky! From Boston to Salem, you’ll find an endless array of activities to enjoy and places to visit. Here are 10 options that fit perfectly within the Halloween theme.
In the weeks leading up to Halloween, Harbor Sweets is your go-to candy shop for celebrating the season. In addition to homemade chocolates decorated for Halloween, they feature lollipops and more for prospective Trick-or-Treaters.
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Dubbed the best haunted attraction in Massachusetts, Chambers of Terror is known for its “frightful fun.” Shows run all summer and end a day or two after Halloween. This isn’t recommended for small children or those for whom a fright could pose health problems.
Known for their yearly Halloween parties, GEM Italian Kitchen, Nightclub and Lounge hires the best entertainment—their live DJ spins themed music all night long. Costumes, drinks and themed décor make this the perfect place for adults to celebrate Halloween.
For the very best Halloween costumes around, be sure to check out the Joker’s Wild. From standard props to the season’s latest and most popular masks, they have everything you’ll need to spend the holiday in disguise.
5. Joshua Ward House, Salem, MA
The land upon which the Joshua Ward House was built was where Sheriff George Corwin once lived. He was responsible for carrying out many of the executions that took place during the Salem Witch Trials. The home is said to be haunted by a woman and a man who seem to be hunting for Corwin. They have been spotted in several spots within the house, and numerous paranormal activities have been reported throughout the years.
The Joshua Ward House at 148 Washington Street is a Federal style brick home that sits upon the land once belonging to Sheriff George “The Strangler” Corwin. Corwin was the High Sheriff of Essex County, Massachusetts, during the Salem Witch Trials. He was known to strangle the accused by an old English method of “tying neck and heels” in which the victims’ bodies were forced into hoops, necks roped to feet until blood gushed out of their nose and mouth. Well hated, Corwin carried out the arrests of the accused and the executions at the gallows of those condemned during the trials. Corwin also pressed to death with rocks Giles Corey, an 80-year-old farmer, who refused to stand trial for witchcraft. Corey’s last words were “Damn you Sheriff I curse you and Salem!” Four years later, at age 30, Corwin had a fatal heart attack and died. His family, fearing his body would be dismembered by an unruly crowd, interned his body in the cellar. They also did so because Phillip English, a wealthy merchant who was arrested by Corwin in 1692 tried to put a lien on his corpse until he was reimbursed for the damages suffered at the hands of Corwin during his imprisonment. Today, the house is a recently opened Bed and Breakfast called “The Merchant” and notably one of the most haunted houses in New England with many claims of ghostly encounters. #salemmahistory #salemwitchtrials #visitsalem #joshuawardhouse
Just one of several Boston Halloween booze cruises, Nightmare on Boston Harbor 9 features drinks, costumes, dancing and more. The indoor cruise sells out fast, so book as soon as possible.
Enjoy a trolley tour through Boston on the Boston Ghosts and Gravestones Tour. Take in some of the oldest cemeteries around and visit the resting place of Cotton Mather, who played a key role in the Salem Witch Trials.
Enjoy a haunted hayride and other spooky attractions—including Castle Morbid and Nightmare Mansion—at Witch’s Woods. The whole family will find something they love. There’s even a Jack ‘O Lantern Jamboree that isn’t spooky, and is perfect for those too little for the scary attractions.
Dress up in costume and attend the Salem Witches Halloween Ball. You’ll enjoy dancing and music, along with magic and “powerful rituals.” This is an adults-only event.
Located at the Hawthorne Hotel, Hollywood Horror is an adult (21 and over) Halloween party. Featuring costume prizes, appetizers and a cash bar, there’s spooky fun for the grown-ups at this gathering.