Nothing gets you quite in the Halloween spirit like a trip to Salem, Massachusetts.

Founded back in 1626, according to the town's official website, Salem is most infamous for being the site of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials. During the course of the hysteria, 20 people were accused of witchcraft, put on trial, and tragically executed. Several others died in jail. You can learn more about these innocent victims here.

Today, Salem is arguably one of the top Halloween capitals in the country, as the Witch Trials have played largely into the town's cultural identity. Several historic museums and attractions center on the trials, including the Witch House, Witch Museum, and the Witch Trials Memorial. Visitors can also wander countless metaphysical shops (including the oldest, Crow Haven Corner), go on ghost tours, explore other museums like the Peabody Essex Museum and the House of the Seven Gables, check out filming locations for the hit Halloween film Hocus Pocus, and of course, look around at the visitors and street performers dressed in costume for the holiday. There's no shortage of fun things to do in Salem, especially in the fall.

Now, all that said, there is a proper way to approach a visit to Witch City. During September and October, the town becomes extremely crowded and busy. If you want to eliminate or minimize the stress that can come with a spooky season visit to Salem, here are some important tips to keep in mind.

Here Are 10 Tips for a Fall Visit to Salem, Massachusetts

Let's take a look at some of the many fun things to do in Salem.

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