What began as a horrifying incident, the Salem Witch Trials, has now created a destination for anyone seeking ghoulish hauntings.
The Salem Witch Trials officially began in February of 1692 after a doctor diagnosed two female children (9 and 11) as bewitched after having seizures, screaming fits, etc. Eventually, other girls began having the same symptoms, which lead to a Caribbean slave, Tituba; a homeless woman, Sarah Good; and, a poor, elderly woman, Sarah Osborn, to be accused of bewitching the girls.
The trials lasted until May of 1693. During this period, 150-200 people (women, men and children) would be accused and/or tried of witchcraft. In the hysteria, 19 people would be hung, seven more died in jail, and one older man was crushed to death by stones.
While the guilty verdicts were later annulled by the courts, there was a lingering anger in the community. Even centuries later, the Salem Witch Trials are talking and focal points for historians, authors, and filmmakers alike.
The entire month of October now features events grouped into the Salem Haunted Happenings. They run events like Halloween Balls, Horror Fests (movies), Walking Ghost Tours, a Ghosts and Legends Trolley, Halloween on the Hill, seances, and more. Be sure to visit The Witch House, former home of one of the judges in the trials for more tours.