The city of Salem will host several theatrical Halloween events throughout October.

The city of Salem will host several theatrical Halloween events throughout October. 


Salem Theatre offers ‘Chilling Tales’


The Salem Theatre Company brings back to the stage a creepy collection of the classics, with new adaptations of master works of the macabre by Edgar Allan Poe and Salem’s own Nathaniel Hawthorne. “Chilling Tales” will be offered on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 9-31 at the Custom House on Derby Street, opposite Derby Wharf. Performances are offered every 30 minutes from 5-9 p.m.


“Chilling Tales” is presented for the seventh year in conjunction with the National Parks Service. In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Poe’s birth, the STC will stage two of his most gruesome, terrifying tales, as well as an additional offering from Hawthorne.


Cost: $15 for ages 13 and up; $10 for ages 6-12. Tickets are available at salemtheatre.com and on show dates beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the STC Box Office, located at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site on Derby Street. (Phone reservations will not be accepted.) For information, call 978-790-8546.


Salem Trolley's Ghost & Legends Tour


Salem Trolley's Ghost & Legends Tour will be held daily in October, 6:30-8:30 p.m. A costumed escort shares tales of hauntings during this trolley trip through Salem's darkened streets, resurrecting the witchcraft legacy and spellbinding legends and lore. Travel to the Witches Cottage for a paranormal theatrical presentation of Salem's macabre and unusual history.


Reservations suggested. Tickets sold by phone and in trolley office only. For information, including cost, call 978-744-5469 or visit SalemTrolley.com.


'Legacy of the Hanging Judge'


The House of the Seven Gables will host “Legacy of the Hanging Judge” in the Nathaniel Hawthorne House. Shows are Oct. 9-11, 7:30-9:30 p.m.; Oct. 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 7:15-11 p.m.; and Oct. 31, 7:15-11 p.m.


Scenes from the witchcraft hysteria are reenacted in this presentation, held in the rooms of Hawthorne’s birthplace. Shows run continuously and last 35 minutes.


Reservations strongly recommended. Cost: $15, with combo prices available for multiple events at the Gables. For information and registration, call 978-744-0991 ext. 104, or visit 7gables.org.


‘Spirits of the Gables’


“Spirits of the Gables” will be offered by the House of the Seven Gables. Shows are Oct. 9-11, 7:30-9:30 p.m.; Oct. 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 7:15-11 p.m.; and Oct. 31, 7:15-11 p.m.


Witness two families entangled by a curse in this presentation, acted in the mansion that inspired the story. Shows run continuously and last 35 minutes.


Reservations strongly recommended. Cost: $15, with combo prices available for multiple events at the Gables. For information and registration, call 978-744-0991 ext. 104, or visit 7gables.org.


‘Spiritways: A Night in Besieged Salem Village’


Gordon College’s History Alive! presents “Spiritways: A Night in Besieged Salem Village,” a terrifying nighttime visit to the Salem of the infamous "afflicted girls.” Shows are offered Saturdays, Oct. 10-31, 7-11 p.m., at Pioneer Village in Forest River Park.


Children under 13 only admitted with a parent or legal guardian. Not recommended for young children. Cost: $13, with shuttle and combination tickets with “Cry Innocent” available. For tickets, visit gordon.edu/historyalive/productions. For information, call 978-867-4767.


‘Cry Innocent’


Gordon College’s History Alive! presents “Cry Innocent: The People Versus Bridget Bishop” at Old Town Hall in Derby Square. Shows are held daily in October; see show times on the web site.


The play tells the story of Bridget Bishop, accused in 1692 of witchcraft. The audience sits on the Puritan jury, hearing historical testimonies, cross-examining the witnesses and deciding the verdict. The actors respond in character to comments and questions.


Cost: $9 adults, $8 seniors/students, free for children under 6. Group discounts and combination tickets with “Spiritways” are available. For tickets, visit gordon.edu/historyalive/productions. For information, call 978-867-4767.


‘Eerie Evenings’


“Eerie Evenings” will be offered every Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16-31, in the Witch House, 310 Essex St. Performances are every 20 minutes from 6 to 10 p.m.


This collection of eerie tales and startling stories will be performed by costumed actors in the 17th-century home of witch trials Judge Jonathan Corwin.


Advance prices are $10 for adults and $5 for children 6-14; or $2 extra on the day of the show. For tickets and information, call 978-744-8815 or visit witchhouse.info.


Salem Gazette