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Salem Wax Museum

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Salem Wax Museum of Witches and Seafarers, Salem, Mass.

Open year-round and focused on Salem’s rich maritime history and, of course, the black magic hysteria that struck the town in 1692, the Salem Wax Museum of Witches and Seafarers lets its spook flag fly strong in October with the addition of the Haunted Witch Village and Frankenstein’s Castle, a “haunted attraction inspired by the classic period of literary horror” located in the “lower dungeon” of the museum.

As for the abysmally reviewed museum proper, it features London-made wax effigies depicting the usual suspects — long-haired dudes in frilly blouses and tricorne hats, bonneted ladies dangling from nooses, Nathaniel Hawthorne, et al. — and a ginormous gift shoppe hawking pentagram shot glasses and “Witch City” ashtrays.