Salem, Mabon season

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Here's the nighttime ghost tour we took -- loved it! Would definitely do again, as it probably evolves a little with each guide's personal experiences.
Some of the museums:
The Witch Dungeon, Pirate Museum & Witch History Museum are run by the same company & you can get a discount buying a ticket to all three. They're easy walking distance and guided tours run every half-hour. The Dungeon was the best, I think.  I've been to the Salem Witch Museum before, and its OK. We also visited the new Lizzie Borden museum, was not that great unless you're really into Lizzie, and it was basically all reading signs.  The Wax Museum is neat and has the best displays, and a nice gift shop.
Essex Square is the hot spot for stores, but I recall there being more near the waterfront or near the House of Seven Gables from my last trip.  As the shops are pretty much clustered so it is best to walk through twice, the second time to buy. There was a good t-shirt shop, Trolley Square, right in that Essex Square area. If you have aspiring witches in your group, there are a couple serious stores in which to get supplies. They should make a list of what they want ahead of time, as it can be overwhelming. The Broom Closet has a huge selection of herbs if anyone is looking for obscure ingredients for spellcasting. It's across the "street" (no cars allowed), from Trolley Square and the Walking Tours place. Of course there's a bunch of campy, touristy shops selling all sorts of trinkets for the Goth crowd.
Would have liked to visit the Salem 1630 Pioneer Village, similar to Plimoth Plantation, but did not get the chance this time.
Here's a great site for historical info:
Remember Salem is still a suburb of Boston and people drive like idiots, & getting around can be confusing. Best parking is in one of the garages. Some stores will validate your parking if you spend a certain amount of money, which could happen pretty easily if everyone in your group buys a couple shirts or something.
Confectionary stores where the biggest rip. I certainly appreciate fine chocolates and candies, but they were way too expensive -- that from a person who buys cinnamon from Pampered Chef..... speaking of, there was a really cool spice store down by the wharf. :)
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