One of my all time favorite movies growing up was the 90’s hit ‘Hocus Pocus’. My absolute favorite time of year is the fall, my favorite holiday in Halloween, and my favorite color is orange. I mean, pumpkins, fall foliage and Indian corn are just my thing! So when I had the opportunity to visit Salem, MA on our vacation, I jumped at the opportunity. All my childhood dreams were going to come true! (Side note: I think this would have been a lot more fun for me if I had visited during the fall months vs the summer months.)
Our first stop in Salem was to Allison’s house! (318 Essex Street) This is located near the downtown/historic area so be prepared for heavy traffic. We decided to pay the $5 to park in a parking garage a few blocks away which ultimately made our life a lot easier. Allison’s house in the movie was located at Ropes Mansion. This is such a gorgeous area because at the back of the mansion there was a beautiful garden that we were able to walk thru. This was quite a magnificent area and Ropes Mansion was pretty spectacular as well. I was having all the good vibes!
We decided to walk to our next stop because it was less than a half mile away. It just seemed to be easier that way.
Next stop was to Old Town Hall. (32 Derby Square) Old Town Hall was located in the Historic District where the street is shut down and only pedestrians are allowed to walk around. There was a lot of different little shops/museums nearby for you to spend the day. Old Town Hall also had it’s own museum available for you to check out. We were on a time crunch so we decided to pass on the museum. However, I was totally digging the atmosphere around there. I could’ve hung out near Old Town Hall for hours on a bench in the shade and read a good book!
I was feeling my Halloween spirit real strong that day! 🎃👻
Our last stop was to Max and Dani’s house! (4 Ocean Ave) This was what I was the most excited for and I definitely saved the best for last. We decided to walk the 1.5 miles from Old Town Hall to Max and Dani’s house because I thought ‘why not!’ What a great way to see more of the city. Half way thru the walk I quickly regretted that decision! I would suggest driving because there is ample amount of street parking for you to park. The house is located in what I would call the suburbs. The neighborhood was beautiful, quiet and was settled right next to the bay. I felt a little awkward taking a picture right next to the house where people actually live. And to think that someone may have been home at the time! But then again, I have this feeling they get this a lot!
The sheer joy I had when getting the opportunity to visit this area in which one of my absolute favorite films when I was 7 was created, was a dream come true! Don’t ask my husband about this tho, he was not as big of a fan of the movie as I was. Needless to say, he was well over it. And if you don’t believe me, this picture shows exactly how he felt about it! HA! 🤣🤣