Haunted Salem - #1 Haunted Destination on Our Spooky Road Trip

The week of July 19 my family was on vacation. We took a spooky road trip to Salem MA and Sleepy Hollow NY with a side trip to the Lizzie Borden House in Fall River, MA, and a trip to NYC.

Salem was my main destination. This is a bucket list trip I've been planning and saving for about 1 1/2 to2 years. 

You can't throw a stone without hitting a "haunted" location in Salem. So many of the buildings are from the 1800s or earlier, meaning there's bound to be a ghost story or two attached to them.

We only had two full days in Salem so we didn't get to see or do all the things we really wanted to but I jammed as much as possible into our schedule and got into 99% of my top-tier destinations.

Here are a few of the locations we went to or by that have ghost stories attached to them. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on how you look at it,  we didn't encounter any spookies on the trip.

The Witch House is the last standing structure with direct ties to the 1692 witch trials. It was owned by Judge Jonathan Corwin, a magistrate with the court of Oyer and Terminor which sent nineteen people to the gallows. 

Rumors have circulated that the ghost of an old man has been seen sitting in a chair. Haunting footsteps, whispers, and shadows emanate throughout the structure. 

For years investigators wanted to access the house but were always denied until 2011 when Ghost Adventures was allowed an overnight investigation. Batteries died, crazy things happened, they captured the sound of a child humming and caught an EVP of Bridget Bishop naming Mary as her accuser.

The House of Seven Gables was made famous by Nathaniel Hawthorne's book of the same name. The tour guides deny any spooky activity. Stories circulate in part because Hawthorne himself found the house to be eerie and set his tale of horror in the old place. 

The house became so famous that in 1908 Caroline Emmerton bought it and turned it into a museum to match the description in the novel- creating the hidden staircase and secret passageway that were not original to the home. 

Creepy and spooky yes, but is it actually haunted? No one knows, however, there are supposedly five unique ghosts haunting the premises.

Nathaniel Hawthorne's birthplace is also on the property of The House of Seven Gables. It was moved from Union Street to its present location in 1958. Supposedly the ghost of a seamstress haunts the house.

Not just a fun photo opp, Bunghole Liquors is one of Salem's haunts. During Prohibition, the location was a funeral parlor and downstairs it hosted an illegal speakeasy. They smuggled in liquor from the wharf across the street through an underground tunnel.

The location is said to be very haunted.

They have a ghost cat, a woman, and other spirits lingering from the funeral home.  

Sidenote- I really think they are missing an amazing source of revenue by not selling stickers, buttons, and t-shirts with the Bunghole name and logo. We would have totally bought them all. They have a few things online (which are not great) but nothing in store. They really need a designer and marketing team. 

The Stephen Daniels House is touted as the oldest bed and breakfast in the United States, it was built in 1667 by a sea captain. This place is adorable and if I ever go back to Salem I want to stay there or at least take a tour. Rumors say the place is haunted by a ghostly feline and Captain Stephen Daniels himself, neither are scary spirits. Both tend to welcome guests to the B&B. 

The site of the Old Witch Gaol (Jail) is now an office building and is said to house the spirits of those who were once held in the old jail. Apparations of the jailers have often been seen as well. Whatever lurks in here is not something to be messed with. It is sad, angry, and oppressive. One woman who worked there was attacked by unseen hands while her co-workers helplessly watched. She left and has never returned. A priest was called in to do an exorcism, he left crying that the spirits did not want him there and to this day will not admit he was ever there.

When the old Witch Gaol was razed they burned all the wood...except one piece which was salvaged and used in the construction of the building that is now The Witch Dungeon Museum

Originally a house of worship in the 70s it was turned into the Witch Dungeon Museum but not without mishap. Numerous accidents delayed the opening including a man's fall from a 30-foot ladder. Now the location is haunted by a hooded apparition, shadow figures, ghostly voices, an aggressive man in red pants who tries to seduce female workers, and a presence that tries to push guides down the stairs.

The Old Burying Point Cemetery also known as Charter Street Cemetery dates to 1632 and is the second oldest cemetery in the country. It is home to several of Salem's earliest residents including those who took part in the Salem Witch Trials. The cemetery has its own Lady in White apparition along with a crying child.

The Witch Trials Memorial is adjacent to the cemetery.

St Peters Church is another popular haunt mentioned during many of Salem's Ghost Tours. One source of possible hauntings is because when an addition was added to the church, it was built over the cemetery. The bodies were left under the new portion of the church while the stones now sit in front of the church fenced in.

Lyceum Hall and restaurant Turner Seafood are said to be haunted by Bridget Bishop the first person to be executed during the Salem Witch Trials.
This area was once her apple orchard and many people often report smelling apples and apple blossoms. Apples appear in the area though there are no apple trees anywhere near it now.

Since it opened in 1973 many people have reported seeing apparitions, often of a woman wearing 17th-century clothing. Quite a few strange things have happened here.

The Ropes Mansion is best known as a Hocus Pocus filming location and shows up in all the Hocus Pocus tours. It's also said to be haunted by Judge Ropes.

The information on most of the hauntings was found in 
The Ghosts of Salem by Sam Baltrusis. 

Some details were provided by Dr. Vitka of Spellbound Tours.

Photos are all mine.

Coming in August - The Ghostly Tales of Flint By Anna Lardinois

 Haunted Flint has been adapted into a Middle-Grade book for kids.

The material from Haunted Flint has been condensed and revamped into kid-friendly tales, now the haunted locations of the Vehicle City are ready to be enjoyed by younger readers. 

The Ghostly Tales of Flint
By Anna Lardinois

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Arcadia Children's Books 

Release Date: August 2, 2021

Paperback ‏ : ‎ 112 pages

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1467198358

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1467198356

Book Description:

Ghost stories from the Vehicle City have never been so creepy, fun, and full of mystery!

The haunted history of Flint comes to life--even when the main players are dead. 

Visit the Capitol Theatre to spot ghosts from the basement to the balcony. Or check in to a certain haunted hotel and see if the restless spirits keep you up all night. Flint is so spooky, there's even a whole haunted neighborhood--Carriage Town! 

Dive into this spooky chapter book for suspenseful tales of bumps in the night, paranormal investigations, and the unexplained; just be sure to keep the light on.

Arcadia Publishing      Amazon 

Author Sign Ups Now Open for the 2021 Haunted Halloween Spooktacular

Halloween is coming. The stores are starting to put out Halloween decor. 

That means it is time to start planning your Halloween season promotions.

September and October are hot sales times for paranormal romance, urban fantasy, horror, paranormal erotica, and cozy mysteries with paranormal elements.

Bewitching Book Tours is offering a fun Halloween Themed Book Tour option open to all authors who have a book featuring supernatural characters, terrifying tales, haunted homes, wicked or wonderful witches, vampires, werewolves, demons and more.

This is a Halloween tour option, not a group event where your book could get lost in the crowd of other books.

This special tour package offers authors individual tours combined with the cross promotion of an overall Halloween event, a group Rafflecopter, and a group Facebook party. 

Yes, each author receives their own Halloween themed tour during Bewitching Book Tours’ Haunted Halloween Spooktacular from October 1-29

Each participating author will receive:

* 1 Month Halloween Theme Virtual Book Tour (retail value $145)

* Custom Tour Banner and Instagram Graphic

* Professional Media Kit and Social Media Script with Custom Hashtags

* Option to Offer Review Copies

* Group Rafflecopter for Cross Promo

* Time Slot in Multi-Author Halloween Facebook Party

* Inclusion in the Trick or Treat for Books Event

This is Bewitching Book Tours 6th Annual Halloween Spooktacular. 

To participate you’ll need to provide details for one book you wish to promote including a high resolution jpeg of your cover and an excerpt. 

You’ll also need to provide 2 Halloween theme guest blogs (which can be recipes, music playlists, costume ideas or DIY tutorial, etc- anything Halloween related), short Halloween flash fiction story, or a Halloween poem. 

For the Facebook Party you’ll need quizzes, games and a few small prizes for your author party block (ebooks, $5 gift cards, etc).

The early bird fee for this promotion is $99 per author for one book. If you wish to promote additional books each additional book is $50.

This event has a limited number of spaces available. 

Payment is required at time of sign up to reserve your space.

Great Reviews for Pumpkins and Party Themes 50 DIY Designs to Bring Your Halloween Extravaganza to Life


5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect and Inspiring!

It’s a strange observation, but one of my first thoughts with this book was that it’s the perfect size to tuck in your back and take to the craft store and use it as your shopping guide!

This book is so well organized and the instructions and photos (which are well done) are easy to follow and the ideas are so inspiring!

What a perfect guide to serve as a launchpad for Halloween ideas, whether you’re throwing a party or just decorating at home or the office.

L. Mailloux

5.0 out of 5 stars Full of ideas - gorgeous book!

I love Halloween, and this book has inspired me to start decorating for the Halloween season. The photography is gorgeous and the instructions are fun and easy to follow. I can't wait to start putting together my first theme party!


5.0 out of 5 stars Great, Easy, New Ideas for Halloween Decor and more

Great book for exciting Halloween decor - easy to follow directions and great illustrations.


5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and creative Halloween party ideas - now with More Pumpkins!

This year, we're going to have a different kind of Halloween than we've ever had before, and we Halloween folk will be particularly challenged to come up with new ways to make our (appropriately socially distanced and masked, of course!) parties fun and exciting. "Pumpkins and Party Themes: 50 DIY Designs to Bring Your Halloween Extravaganza to Life," a new book by my Samhain Sister Roxanne Rhoads, is full of original and creative ideas to make your Halloween festivities extra special, virus or no virus!

Party planners can choose from ten different fun and spooky themes, including Vampires, Frankenstein, Steampunk, Edgar Allan Poe, and more. But there's something unique about this party book…

After a brief introduction to the history of the Jack-o-Lantern, "Pumpkins and Party Themes" provides a detailed guide to the dos and don'ts of pumpkin carving and all the proper tools and techniques needed to safely and efficiently create a gourdly masterpiece.

Better still, the book includes complete instructions and templates for 50 different DIY pumpkin creations from carved, painted, or mixed media designs. In fact, it's packed with detailed, full-color photos and illustrations that not only help you create your Jack-o-Lanterns (using real or artificial pumpkins), but also suggest some fabulous ideas for color palettes, decorations, activities, and costumes to help kick your Halloween party up to the next level!

"Pumpkins and Party Themes: 50 DIY Designs to Bring Your Halloween Extravaganza to Life" is a fun and unique guide to planning a pumpkin-centric gala for the creative Halloween enthusiast. And there's even a recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds to reward yourself afterward for a job well done!

Tina Evans

4.0 out of 5 stars Very user friendly

I love the little suggestions for color palettes, costumes, and food and drink. The instructions were easy to follow and there was a good variety of themes to suit individual likes. These would work well for a Halloween party of a Halloween birthday party and general macabre décor for anyone who likes skulls etc. I would have enjoyed some recipes to go with the drink/food suggestions.

I loved how there were templates included for the designs featured in the themed segments.

The short history was informative and fun to read, and the detailed description of carving a pumpkin was awesome, would have liked some before, during and after pics of this part though, especially for first-timers.

I received a complimentary copy of this from the author in exchange for an honest review.


5.0 out of 5 stars Halloween Lovers Must Have This Book!

Pumpkin and Party Themes is a book full of great Halloween party, celebration, and just plain fun ideas. The book includes a brief history of pumpkins and Jack O'Lanterns. I enjoy historical aspects of holidays and this book delivers.

The book includes pumpkin carving basics, tricks, and tips. Written in an easy to understand way, the book will be a wonderful addition to anyone's crafty, DIY bookshelf. The author even includes step-by-step instructions on how to create some of her designs. The end of the book includes stencil patterns, as well.

My favorite parts of the book are the steampunk and coffin sections. I can't wait for everyone to have the change to grab this book. You will love it and be as excited to try some of the projects as I am!!

50 DIY Designs to Bring Your Halloween Extravaganza to Life

Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Skyhorse 
Release Date: August 25, 2020
ISBN-10: 1510751165
ISBN-13: 978-1510751163

Book Description

Bring your Halloween party theme to life with these quick tips and tricks!

Pumpkins and Party Themes features ten unique party themes with five do-it-yourself pumpkin designs for each theme. The pumpkin projects have a variety of decorating ideas that include carving, painting, and mixed media craftiness and easy-to-follow steps on each creation. Author Roxanne Rhoads also includes quick ideas on how to bring the theme to life through décor, costumes, and activities. These fun party themes range from gothic elegance to Edgar Allan Poe, under the sea, let's get literary, and more!

With beautiful full-color images to illustrate the tools needed, steps to follow, and final products, this book makes for the perfect gift for Halloween enthusiasts and party hosts alike!

Amazon      IndieBound      BN      Kobo     Chapters     

Summerween Giveaway

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Chapter 7 of Haunted Flint: A Ghostly Production: The Capitol Theatre #HauntedFlint #TheCapitolTheatre

Rumors of hauntings have swirled about The Capitol Theatre for decades. 

Have you ever experienced something frightening there? 

Learn more in Chapter 7 of Haunted Flint 

A Ghostly Production: The Capitol Theatre



Chapter 9 of Haunted Flint: Filled with History: Avondale and Glenwood Cemeteries #HauntedFlint #AvondaleCemetery #GlenwoodCemetery


Restless spirits long separated from their burial grounds 

lurk among the ancient stones in Avondale Cemetery. 

Learn more in Chapter 9 of Haunted Flint: 

Filled with History: Avondale and Glenwood Cemeteries