Welcome, Autumn Equinox! As we enter chillier fall days, visit pumpkin patches, and begin to don our cozy sweaters, let’s remember we are also entering spooky season!
On this day in 1692, the last witches were hanged in the Salem Witch Trials. Seven women and one man were hanged on September 22, 1692, totaling about twenty lives taken. After this set of executions, public opinion began to shift and witch trials subsided. Over 250 years later, Massachusetts formally apologized for the events in the late 1600s. Now Salem has plenty of witchy attractions, to educate and entertain visitors, from the official courthouse documents at the Peabody Essex Museum to the witch wax models at the Salem Wax Museum.
Embrace your inner witch and get the most out of spooky season with these titles:
In Defense of Witches: The Legacy of the Witch Hunts and Why Women are Still on Trial by Mona Chollet
Wicked Girls: A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials by Stephanie Hemphill
The Salem Witch Trials: A Primary Source History of the Witchcraft Trials in Salem, Massachusetts by Jenny MacBain
A Season with the Witch: The Magic and Mayhem of Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts by J.W. Ocker
The Path of the Witch: Rituals & Practices for Discovering Which Witch You Are by Lidia Pradas