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Frighteningly good fun

October 31, 2006|by ALEXANDRA CANTONE

Are you bored doing the same old thing on Halloween? Do you want to have some real fun? OK, maybe it's too late for this year, but start making plans for next year to visit one of the scariest places on the planet - Salem, Mass.

Salem is a town full of ghosts, witches, haunted houses, history and even levitating people. In 1692, in the Puritan Christian community of Salem, several people were accused of being a witch. Witchcraft was seen as connected to the devil, sinful and horrible. If someone was accused of being a witch, they were subjected to a witch trial. Guilty verdicts were typical. People who were found guilty were either killed or sentenced to a lifetime of prison. Overall, 24 people died, 19 by hanging.

In modern Salem, every street is extremely busy with tourists, shoppers and witch trial re-enactors. A young woman accused of being a witch runs up and down the streets with her friend. They are trying to find a way to make sure that the young woman isn't found guilty.

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Throughout the town of Salem there are many historical sites. There are many statues, homes, museums, and even a graveyard where many of those convicted as witches were buried. Tour guides direct visitors through all of these fascinating sites.

There are also a lot of exhibits that are definitely more modern. There are a few scary haunted houses and ghost tours. There are also shops where visitors can make crafts items. In one building you can make a wax hand and a sand art candle, and you can take a picture in a dungeon.

Another modern activity is shopping. There is a normal mall filled with many stores, a haunted house, and even a magic lair shop. OK, maybe not so normal. The magic lair shop has "magic" wands for sale.

More shops crowd the streets of Salem, some of which are the best Halloween stores I've seen.

Salem is a very educational place to go. It is full of modern but still scary sites to see. It is also the kind of place that you go to and can never be bored. Salem is fascinating and in my opinion the No. 1 place to spend Halloween.

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