A few footsteps from the site of the infamous Witch Trials of 1692, lies the historic Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, Massachusetts. Built in 1925, the hotel was named for one of Salem’s famous residents, author Nathaniel Hawthorne. If you’re interested in a Halloween Haunt with plenty of Paranormal Activity, consider a visit to this notable establishment.
Dark Destinations has an excellent summary of the haunted happenings at the Hawthorne Hotel. Local lore suggests the site upon which the hotel was built used to be an apple orchard owned by Bridget Bishop, the very first person executed during the Witch Trials. Unsuspecting guests are often said to catch a whiff of apples in the air.
Several locations are reported to be paranormal hotspots within the Hotel. Room 325 is reported to be a very “active” room, in which former guests have witnessed the bathroom light and faucet turning on by themselves. Further, guests in this room report being touched by invisible hands and hearing the sounds of a child crying. On the sixth floor, a spectral woman is seen wandering the hallway and pausing in front of room 612. Finally, the Nautical-themed restaurant called the Main Brace that used to be on the property, reportedly housed a large ship’s wheel that often turned on its own accord.
The hotel was featured on an episode of Ghost Hunters in 2007, and its Haunted reputation continues to grow. If you’re interested in making a Halloween trip to this Haunted Hotspot, be sure to get some rest beforehand – because you may be kept up all night by rogue plumbing and other “guests” who never left!