Breaking through the fourth wall with terrifying visions to send tingles up even the sturdiest spines, the Witches Cottage live witchcraft and ghost show interacts with audience members for a chilling introduction to Salem’s supernatural side. Guests begin their journey in the theater’s lobby, mystically transformed into an old witch’s cottage complete with bubbling cauldron, pictorial remnants of the witchcraft trials of 1692, and a utility closet full of retired brooms. Guests will feel around in the foggy 75-seat theater for their seats and gasp in horror as a shadowy wendigo spirit slinks toward the audience. Rekindle entrepreneurial ambitions of opening a soul pawn shop as you witness a puritan entering into a dark pact with the devil, and then retire said dreams as you meet, face-to-face, the soulless entities of the underworld’s darkest corners. Throughout the show, Salem history and legend weave truth and myth into ghostly tales, blurring the lines of reality as if they were mere suggestions. The spooky performance ups its terror quotient during evening shows, with special nighttime events scattered throughout the week.
Kim and Corey were working for a ghost-story tour company in Salem when they noticed something. Well, it wasn't really something, so much as the absence of something that caught their attention. Tourists walked away from their ghost-story tours disappointed, seeking a more intimate encounter with the famous bumps in the Salem night. So the duo decided to start their own tour company, putting their private practice to good use. They founded Paranormal Salem and armed their guests with ghost-detecting equipment before taking them to some of Salem's most notoriously haunted sites.
Their ghost tour's hands-on style has earned them accolades such as Best New England Attraction of 2012 from About.com, and a featured spot on the Biography Channel's My Ghost Story. Their late night tour begins at the Witch Trials Memorial before embarking on a two-hour exploration of indoor and outdoor sites that are rife with stories of ethereal sightings, strange noises, and eerie stomach growls.
Unless they?re drinking copious amounts of his namesake beer, tour goers along the Freedom Trail won?t likely catch a glimpse of famous revolutionary Sam Adams. But they will hear tales about his struggle for freedom from the British?the kind of struggle that made Boston a hotbed of revolutionary activity in the 1800s. Led by costume-clad tour guides, The Path to Independence tour takes visitors along the red brick path toward famed landmarks such as Boston Common, Old Granary Burying Ground, Old South Meeting House, and Old North Church. At each spot, they?ll learn about the site?s role in colonial Boston, from its founding years in the 1630s to the fight for American independence and the key players in the fight, including Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, and John Hancock.
At the Old Town Hall in Salem, the players of the History Alive! acting troupe don the garb of Puritan citizens and slip into the roles of the Salem witch trials' accused and accusers during its signature performance, Cry Innocent. The play depicts the trial of the doomed Bridget Bishop, her supposed victims, and the other villagers, with professional actors staying in character even when communicating with the audience. Through its interactive productions, the company hopes to provide viewers with new insights on not only the 1690's, but the present day. The company's past and future productions include a comedic murder mystery centered around Cpt. Joseph White.
When all was said and done, the infamous 1692 Salem Witch Trials resulted in the execution of 20 people?primarily women?accused of witchcraft. On Witch City Walking Tours' 60-minute Witchcraft Hysteria tour, a certified historian brings to life the true story of this dark historical chapter. Of course, plenty of spooky things have occurred in Salem since the colonial era. During the 90-minute Mysteries & Hauntings of Salem tour, attendees explore graveyards and murder sites by the glow of lantern light while learning lesser-known anecdotes of the city's haunted past. For an alternative to the macabre, check out the tour offered every weekend afternoon that focuses on the town's historical architecture, which dates as far back as the 17th century.
Salem Pedicab's well-versed guides provide emissions-free, human-powered tours that traverse historic downtown Salem in open-air bicycle taxis. Ride past Burying Point—the oldest cemetery in Salem—and soak up its inherent beauty and tranquility. A rolling jaunt down Chestnut Street showcases the glam of a national historic landmark, replete with architecturally stunning houses built by 19th-century sea captains and merchants hiding from their secret wives at world's end. The House of the Seven Gables—the inspiration for Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic novel—conceals mad matrons, conniving uncles, and a secret stairwell in its many-cornered walls, and the Counting House and Colonial Revival Gardens giggle as they count up their quaint charms. Other street-side attractions include the Salem Witch Museum, Pickering Wharf, and Salem Common, with additional stops available upon request.