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TRAVEL - Pioneer Village and The Dark Arts

October 31, 2018


Pioneer Village was built in the 1930s and is America’s first living history museum. The structures provide a glimpse into what life was like in the 1600s. 








The park is very small and can be toured in less than an hour. So don’t allocate too much time there unless there is a special event. It is located along the water on the outskirts of Salem, MA but is still a walk-able distance from everything. 


If you’re a fan of the Disney movie Hocus Pocus, be sure to stop by the park. It was used as a filming location for some of the movies' scenes. There is even a replica of the book of shadows in one of the houses. Do these scenes look familiar?







This year the park hosted their first Dark Arts Market presented by The Black Veil. The event had a long list of goth vendors including

  • Seven Sisters

  • Burial Underground

  • Witch City Wicks

  • November Sage

  • and many more 



 Does the black and white make this guy creepier?  He also did not talk... and moved incredibly slow.  Extra creepy points.


Eerie music flooded the park and could be heard from the parking lot. The walkway was lined with candles and fog rolled out of the entrance.  The gates were guarded by several macabre costumes volunteers, with several more lurking inside. There was even a hauntingly beautiful fashion installation taking place while we were there by Ashley Rose Couture. I’m kicking myself for not taking a picture now, but I was too mesmerized (and slightly afraid) to snap a shot. I was able to find her Instagram though @ashleyrosecouture!  Terrifyingly gorgeous right?!





I hope that they continue this event next year.  It will be much creepier when the park isn't under construction and caution tape.  The park and event were free but we were sure to leave a donation and encourage everyone to do so as well.  


To see the rest of my Salem, MA trip head over to the travel category on my blog!




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