to-do list: The Salem Witch Museum uses stage sets with life-size figures and voice-overs based on actual trial documents to tell the story of the hysteria that led to the deaths of 19 women and men convicted of being witches. $9.50/adults, $6.50/kids. 19 N. Washington Square, (978) 744-1692, www.salemwitchmuseum.com.
Cry Innocent does live reenactments of the 1692 witchcraft trial of Bridget Bishop. $12/adults, $8/kids. Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square, (978) 867-4767, www.cryinnocentsalem.com.
Let Lorelei, Salem’s “Love Clairvoyant,” read your tarot cards and palm. Private sessions are $90; couples’ readings are $150. Crow Haven Corner, 125 Essex St., (978) 745-8763, www.crowhavencorner.net.
The Salem Witch Walk, a 90-minute tour of historic and current sites led by a practicing witch, also originates at Crow Haven Corner. $13. (978) 666-0884, www.witchwalk.com.
Take a sail on Salem Harbor aboard the Schooner Fame, a full-scale replica of a War of 1812 privateer. $35/adults, $15/kids. Pickering Wharf Marina, Wharf Street, (978) 729-7600, www.schoonerfame.com.
Go on a Lighthouse and Fall Foliage Tour or Halloween Boo’s Cruise with Mahi Mahi Cruises. $19-$25. Pickering Wharf Marina, (978) 825-0001, www.mahicruises.com.
At the Peabody Essex Museum, you’ll find three centuries of art and architecture from New England and around the world, including a 200-year- old, 16-bedroom home that was moved from China. $18/adults (Chinese house $5 extra); kids 16 and under free. 161 Essex St., (978) 745-9500, www.pem.org.
Built in 1668, the Turner Ingersoll Mansion—the inspiration for Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House of the Seven Gables—has been restored to its 18th-century glory. You’ll also visit Hawthorne’s birthplace, which was moved to the property. $12.50/adults, $7.50/kids. 115 Derby St., (978) 744-0991, www.7gables.org.
for thrifty types: Join the locals for breakfast or lunch at Red’s Sandwich Shop, where many omelets and other morning
offerings are under $6 and midday entrées never exceed $9. 15 Central St., (978) 745-3527, www.redssandwichshop.com.
On the Salem Maritime National Historical Site tour of the U.S. Custom House and the reconstructed 18th-century tall ship Friendship of Salem, you’ll learn how the town was one of the nation’s busiest ports for 200 years. Tickets are free but timed, so reserve a spot. 193 Derby St., (978) 740-1650, www.nps.gov/sama.