Salem is known worldwide as the city of the witch trials. Its historical reputation is so fearsome that it has spawned a permanent presence in the American mind and culture. The prominence of the term “witch hunt” is traceable to Salem.
While Salem of 1692 had no real witches, today, the city is a nexus of feminist Wicca practitioners who are changing the city’s face and legacy. In the course of its embrace of Pagan, LGBTQ, and female leadership, Salem has rebranded itself as an up-and-coming food spot, cultural center, and, of course, Halloween must-see.
Every October, the city hosts Haunted Happenings, a month-long schedule of spooky and weird events culminating in a Halloween extravaganza. Amongst the costumes and parties, the witches of Salem emerge in full force to take ownership of the past and embrace the city’s feminist future.