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Spooky MA & CT Road Trip Ideas

With Halloween looming, it’s the perfect time to take a spooky road trip! Massachusetts and Connecticut are dotted with notorious spooky sights and with Halloween around the corner, it’s a great way to explore the area with the family. Beware – some of these spots are for more daring folks! As you plan your Halloween road trip, consider stopping at these haunted places:

Salem, MA

Salem fully embraces its spooky reputation with its Haunted Happenings Celebration. Its claim to fame is the Salem Witch Trials which took place in the 17th century. During this time, hysteria surrounding witches overran the city and many people were tried and executed on the grounds of witchcraft. Nowadays, it’s home to one of the largest Halloween celebrations in the country. As a popular Halloween destination, the city doubles in size in October! From ghost tours to Halloween shops, and entertainment, there’s something for the whole family. 

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Danvers, MA

There’s no shortage of spooky sights in Danvers. Danvers State Hospital is a notoriously haunted site. It was used to film the horror film “Session 9”. A mental hospital opened in 1878, it was known for its gruesome conditions and questionable medical procedures. The hospital remained open until 1992 until later being transformed into an apartment complex. And then in 2007, fires began mysteriously breaking out in the building without reason.

If you decide to visit, the original facade still remains, along with the cemetery and the exterior of two wings. And while you are in Danvers, be sure to check out the Salem Village Witchcraft Victims’ Memorial

Fall River, MA

Fall River is home to the Lizzie Borden House. It’s the original home where a 1982 double-murder took place. Nowadays, it’s a hotbed for paranormal activity. It’s hosted numerous paranormal activity shows and documentaries. Visitors are welcome to take a tour, and for the particularly daring, can book a night in the Bed & Breakfast. It’s a stop you won’t want to miss on your spooky road trip. 

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Hartford, CT

Make a stop in Hartford, CT, and visit the Mark Twain House! This is the home of the late American author and it has since turned into a museum open for visitors. For the daring, make sure to check out their Graveyard Shift Ghost Tour. And for those looking for something a bit less spooky, they also offer tours in daylight hours.

Not too far from the Mark Twain House is Harriet Beecher Stowe Center. During the Halloween season, the museum hosts an Otherworldly Tour to pay tribute to Stowe’s fascination with the paranormal.

Wethersfield, CT

The Witch Trials took place in places outside of Salem, including Wethersfield. In fact, the Wethersfield Witch Trials preceded the ones in Salem. Stop by the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum. There you can take the Witches and Tombstones tour to learn about the trials. The tour also shows visitors the sight of the 1782 mass murder – known to be one of the first in the country. 

There’s no shortage of spooky things to see on your CT and MA road trip. This spooky road trip has things for the whole family, but some may be spookier than others. And before you set off on your road trip, make sure to check that your car is ready to drive on the slick autumn roads. And if you have any questions about your MA or CT car insurance, chat with an Encharter agent!

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