Educational and Fun- A ghost tour with a teenage boy
My 11 year-old son had the day off school and I wanted to find something to do with him that would fit his interests and could teach him something. I decided Salem, MA would perfectly fit the bill, all the better that it’s October and my son loves a bit of a scare!
This article should help you plan an ideal day in Salem, Massachusetts, whether you want to experience history, art or architecture.
Do I need a car in Salem and where should I park?
Witch Dungeon Museum
The Salem Screamery
We were hungry for a snack and I love ice cream, but I was a little suspect that Salem Screamery would be all about tourists and little about quality. Thankfully, I was dead wrong (had to do that, as I’m in Salem). Christiana, the owner who left her corporate job for her love of ice cream served us our ice cream. Although she did carry mass-produced Bliss ice cream, her homemade ice cream was creamy, creative and really tasty.
Witch History Museum
We then went to the Witch History Museum. It was less interactive than the Witch Dungeon Museum, but I preferred this tour as I felt I learned more. Be sure to read the signs with all the facts in the waiting room. They were very informative. Tours start every half hour.
Salem Witch Village
My son loved learning more about the witches. He learned what lore was true and about the origins of our holidays. We did this at the Salem Witch Village. Our guide, Michael, did a great job educating us and keeping us entertained. The Witch History Museum is on an alley way with many other witch-themed attractions and haunted houses.
Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie
On the Heritage Trail across from the House of the Seven Gables is the US’ oldest candy shop, Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie. It contains some interesting early candy making machines as well as most types of candy for sale.
The House of the Seven Gables
Salem’s Sinister Stories Ghost Tour
By far our favorite part of our day was our 5 o’clock ghost tour with Kenneth of Sinister Stories of Salem. He is an interesting gentleman. He has a long history in Salem. Kenneth is a Quaker, very soft-spoken and a born storyteller. To be sure that you can hear him, he wears a microphone. He walked through town, sometimes breaking out in mournful song or stopping to tell ghost stories related to the town’s histories. His information was both historical and supernatural. The 90-minute tour went well over two hours and my son and I were never bored. In December he does a different tour regarding St. Nicholas lore that I am interested to go back for.