- Students & Group Tours
- Health & Safety
- Haunted Happenings
- Visitor Centers
- Notable Locals
- 10 Free Things to Do in Salem, MA
- The Destination Salem Radio Show
- Business Index
- Marijuana Guidelines
- Education & Community
- Native History & Indigenous Acknowledgement
- Weekend at a Glance
- All Listings
- Museums & Attractions
- Psychics & Spiritual Growth
- Salem Heritage Trail
- Sweets & Treats
- Witch Shops & Occult
- Chocolate & Candy
- Inns and B&Bs
- Regional Accommodations
- Map of Salem
- Love My Local MA
- Information Centers
- Salem Witch Trials of 1692
- Modern Witch & Occult
- Hocus Pocus
- The Journey from 1692 to Salem’s Modern Witch Community
Home » Things to Do » All Listings » Frankenstein’s Castle
288 Derby Street Salem, MA
Frankenstein's Castle is now open everyday 12-4:30
- Capacity: 150
- Comp Policy: Contact Sales Manager
- Terms: Cash/Check/Credit Card
- Motorcoach Parking: No
- Discounts: Military: Yes AAA: Yes
- ADA Compliant: No
- Pet Friendly: No
- Function Space Available: No
- Family Friendly: Yes
Voted Salem’s best haunted house. Step into The Wax Museum’s dungeon and witness the horrors of Dr.Frankenstein with live actors and animatronics. Now featuring a “Frank’s Castle Behind the Scenes” morning tours.
252 steps away
Curly Girl Candy Shop
419 steps away
312 steps away
Flying Saucer Pizza Company
478 steps away
279 steps away
8902 steps away
Frankensteins Castle and Haunted Witch Village
Own this Attraction?
“Two premier Haunted Houses!”
Frankensteins Castle and Haunted Witch Village is a Haunted Attraction located in Salem, MA.
288 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970
( Click for Fullscreen Map )
About This Attraction:
# of Attractions: 2
Frankenstein’s Castle Salem’s newest haunted attraction is inspired by the classic period of literary horror. Step into the lower dungeon of the Salem Wax Museum and enter the notorious dungeon of Dr. Frankenstein. Wind your way through the dark, curving hallways and see the darkest side of a madman’s quest to create a most horrid monster. Please use discretion when purchasing tickets for children.
Frankenstein’s Castle is open daily from 12pm-4pm from July 1 – Labory Day. Extended hours and different pricing during October.Tickets are available on our October Ticket page.
The Haunted Witch Village At night in October the Witches and Guardians leave the Village and the darker side of our maze comes alive. Our museum goes haunted with ghouls, goblins and all matters of things that go bump in the night. Salem’s longest running and largest haunted attraction.
This Haunted House is only open weekends in October. Tickets are available on our October Ticket page.
Have you visited this attraction?
Submit their First Guest Review!
See anything that needs updated? Let Us Know!
Disclaimer from The Scare Factor: Our listings are usually only updated a couple of times per year. A lot can change in that amount of time, especially during Halloween season. For this reason, even though we try our best to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information possible, it is ultimately your responsibility as a customer to do your own due diligence and research the attractions directly that you would like to visit. We are not liable for any mistakenly inaccurate information that you may find on our website. We appreciate your understanding and, as always, stay scary! ~ The Scare Factor
The Scare Factor provides reviews and directory listings for Halloween haunted houses, haunted trails, haunted hayrides, scream parks, and other types of haunted attractions.
All rights reserved. Copyright 2023©️
Join our spooky adventures!
Subscribe on youtube.
We visit Halloween haunted attractions year-round! Follow us for haunted house walkthrough videos, behind the scenes footage, and more!
Just added to your cart
View our 2023 haunted neighborhood booklet, the haunted neighborhood: your first stop in salem, the salem wax museum and salem witch village provide year-long entertainment and host the epicenter halloween in salem, "the haunted neighborhood.".
Located on a dead-end street across from the Peabody Essex Museum and adjacent to the Tricentennial Witch Trials Memorial and The Charter Street Old Burying Point – reputed to be the 2nd oldest burial ground in the country. Each attraction boast gift shops with maritime gifts, confectioneries, books, T-shirts, and Pagan & Wiccan supplies. During Salem's October celebration "Haunted Happenings", the street is transformed into the"Haunted Neighborhood" with six of the cities best and longest running attractions, including haunted houses and walking tours. Various discounts combination passes are available!
- Bringing Salem to life - in wax! - since 1993
- Year Round Tickets
- October Tickets
- Guided and Walking Tours
- Haunted Houses
"The Enchanters" Ice Witches exhibit begins in October
- A sleek, design-based exhibit by @mads_oneilfashion will be featured in the Haunted Neighborhood
Salem's longest running Haunted Houses
- Frankenstein's Castle and The Haunted Witch Village
Salem's longest running Walking Tour
- The Candlelit Ghostly Walking Tour is held nightly in July & August and every 30 minutes in October
Halloween in Salem starts at The Haunted Neighborhood
- October 2022 will feature six attractions. Multi-attraction, discounted tickets
Amazing fun time. Anyone coming into Salem don't miss this spot. The haunted houses are so worth ti! Highly recommend. Lolly Deserto
The wax museum is a history lesson of the local area and personalities. The costumes were accurate. Some of the figures were creepy and seemed ready to move! Laurie Montour
Great place, great prices and super friendly knowledgeable staff! Noel Culter
Plan Your Visit
282-288 Derby Street Salem, Massachusetts OPEN EVERYDAY
July-September: 10am - 7pm October: 10am - 10pm November-December: 10am - 4pm January-Febrary - CLOSED March-June: 10am - 5pm
- Choosing a selection results in a full page refresh.
- Press the space key then arrow keys to make a selection.
Your source for Pumpkin Patches, Hayrides, Haunted Houses, Corn Mazes, Museums, Ghost Tours, Costumes Stores & more in New England!
Type of attraction-activity, indoor-outdoor, facility type, ticketing type, admission type, age recommendations, timing-hours-season, salem attractions, property extras.
- New Hampshire
- Rhode Island
HALLOWEEN NEW ENGLAND
Feed Your Inner Monster at New England's # 1 Website for Halloween Events, Haunted Houses, Haunted Corn Mazes, Haunted Hayrides, Pumpkin Patches, Ghost Tours, Horror Film Screenings, Halloween Supplies and Costume Stores.
- Disney Magic
- Disney Wonder
- Disney Fantasy
- Castaway Cay
- St. Maarten
- Salt Lake City
- Puerto Rico
- Playa del Carmen
- Car Rentals
- Treats and Snacks
- Theme Parks
- Local Attractions
- Where Are We Going?
Haunted House Family Review of Frankenstein’s Castle in Salem, Massachusetts
Please, explain to me how Frankenstein’s Castle is voted Salem’s Best Haunted House? What exactly were the criteria for elements of judging? Are there no other Haunted Houses within driving distance to choose from? Was judging completed by kindergartners? Was the judging based solely off of Frankenstein Haunted Houses? Maybe it was up against other Haunted Houses that have a clown stand in for Frankenstein’s Monster.
► Ranking : #stinkydiaper
Frankenstein’s Castle – Haunted House 288 Derby St, Salem, MA 01970 Phone: (978) 740-2929 Hours: Vary Prices: Adults $9 | Children 6-14 $7
In Salem’s Witch Village there are four attractions to choose from. Day time hours include Frankenstein’s Castle and Salem’s Wax Museum, plus two occurring after dark: A Candlelit Tour of Salem, and a Spell Casting Session. There are also a few shacks set up for village eats, and a couple booths to pose for pictures as witches.
Frankenstein, and his monster, are notably missing from the attraction, and instead a clown has taken over the cave. Supposedly, it has scenes from Frankenstein’s lair although with the strobe lights flashing wildly it was too dark to see anything.
Only one group is allowed in at a time, partly because the attraction is so short, partly because there is only one clown in the arena to scare you. We groped our way through the small corridors in the short maze, witnessed the clown pop out from behind a curtain four or five times and then heard him scamper off to the next designated spot.
In three minutes we reached the finale where the clown turns on his vacuum cleaner.
The doorman gave our son a bag of glow in the dark insects as he exited. We considered it a consolation prize.
► For Kids : This is so bad. It’s bad for adults, it’s bad for kids.
Have you been to Frankenstein’s Castle? No, not the one in Germany. Actually, yes, let’s chat about that one, because this one doesn’t deserve anymore space on the internet.
► Nap-Time Version : Frankenstein’s Castle is no Haunted House. This is a complete misnomer for this pathetic hall of dissatisfaction.
Check out our activities in Salem, Massachusetts this Halloween! Including the Witch Dungeon Museum , touring Harbor Sweets !
RELATED ARTICLES MORE FROM AUTHOR
The five fantastic animal kingdom lodge restaurants that you need to try, 3 sweet reasons everyone is in love with mister donut, the best free view of tokyo [travel hack].
There are other better Frankenstein attractions in Lake George, NY, Niagara Falls, ON, and at Indiana Beach amusement park in Indiana.
Comments are closed.
- For Haunt Owners
- Browse By State
- Haunted Attractions
- Haunted Houses
- Haunted Hay Rides
- Zombie Hunts & Shootouts
- Haunted Mazes / Haunted Corn Mazes
- Haunted Trails
- Home Haunts
- Theaters & Plays
- Scream Parks
- Paranormal Events
- Zombie 5k Runs
- Haunted River Tours
- Other Event / Attraction
- Ghost Tours
- Halloween Parties & Nightlife
- Escape Games
- Other Events
- Haunted Places
- Advertise With Us
Set Your Location
Salem wax museum & haunted neighborhood cookie -->, share your review.
Salem Wax Museum & Haunted Neighborhood Salem, MA
Contact Salem Wax Museum & Haunted Neighborhood
Halloween in Salem, Ma starts at The Haunted Neighborhood! Seven attractions are open in October at the Salem Wax Museum's Haunted Neighborhood. Salem Wax Museum of Witches and Seafarers: An open gallery style wax museum, which features 50 London made wax figures. The scenes in our galleries depict pinnacle figures and situations in Salem's history from its founding in 1626 through to Hysteria of 1692 and into the Mercantile trade of the 18th century. The galleries lead down into the interactive area which gives you the opportunity to learn nautical knot tying, do grave stone rubbing on recreated headstone from our landmark Charter Street Burying Point or you can get a first hand experience of detention during the Witch Hysteria by being locked in our life-size recreated jail cell. The Salem Witch Village: A 15 min guided tour concerning the myth versus the reality of witchcraft in both the ancient and modern world. Your tour guide, who is also a practicing witch, will take you through our indoor maze and demonstrate scenes that mark important landmarks in Witchcraft history. The tour discusses the origin of stereotypes such as devil worship, flying on brooms and black cats, different persecution periods such as the Salem Witch Trials and the Burning Times of Europe as well clarifies what it really means to be a witch today Frankenstein’s Castle: Salem's newest haunted attraction is inspired by the classic period of literary horror. Step into the lower dungeon of the Salem Wax Museum and enter the notorious dungeon of Dr. Frankenstein. Wind your way through the dark, curving hallways and see the darkest side of a madman's quest to create a most horrid monster. Please use discretion when purchasing tickets for children. The Haunted Witch Village: At night in October the Witches and Guardians leave the Village and the darker side of our maze comes alive. Our museum goes haunted with ghouls, goblins and all matters of things that go bump in the night. Salem's longest running and largest haunted attraction. Candlelit Ghostly Walking Tour: This half-hour walk through the streets of Historic Salem takes you to many of our most haunted houses and locations. This tour discusses the history of the building as well as the different accounts of spirit activity. The tour guide will advise you on the best methods of ghost photography as well as the different types of spectral evidence that appears on people's home photography. Some highlights of our tour are the Joshua Ward House, the Howard St. Cemetery and Old Salem Prison and the Lyceum. This attraction must be booked prior to date of tour. Graveyard Tour: We are fortunate to have on our premises the Charter Street Burying Point or Old Salem Burying Point, America's second oldest cemetery. The tour of this cemetery runs 30mins in length and discusses some of the cemeteries more colorful inhabitants like Colonel John Hawthorne, the notorious Hanging Judge of the Witch Trials, and Captain Richard More whose grave is the only known resting place of a Mayflower passenger. The tour will also discuss the Puritan funerary art unique to our cemetery as well as the Tercentennial Memorial to the Witch Trials victims located adjacent to the cemetery. It is strongly advised to book this tour prior to your arrival or you may be subject to tour guide availability. This tour is available as a compliment to our standard tours. A Spellcasting, Within the Witching Hour: A live presentation by a real practicing witch. She will take you through all the steps of a ritual circle from creating sacred space, to magical working to releasing your spells. Participation is welcomed. What we call infotainment. So come enter the temple. Followed by Q + A time permitting. This attraction must be booked prior to date of tour.
Posted Jul 2019
Was at the Salem Wax Museum's Haunted Neighborhood this past weekend and had a blast. Haunted houses were great. There was this announcer with the most incredible voice that was so nice to my daughter after she got so scared in Frankenstein Castle. He gave her a gift and was so nice to her. Recommend this place to everyone.
Posted Oct 2017
Get the Haunts.com Phone App
Subscribe now to receive upcoming events, scary good savings & more this Halloween season!
10 Things You Need To Experience During Salem's Haunted Happenings
Posted: October 10, 2023 | Last updated: October 10, 2023
- Salem, Massachusetts is known for its haunted attractions and its history of the Salem Witch Trials, making it the perfect place to celebrate Halloween at the Haunted Happenings event.
- Visitors can experience spooky activities like exploring the Chambers of Terror Haunted House, touring the Witch House museum, and witnessing a live witch trial reenactment at the Witch Dungeon Museum.
- Other activities include taking walking tours to learn about the city's seafaring history and haunted locations, exploring the Haunted Happenings Marketplace for food, drinks, and shopping, and watching the Salem Haunted Magic Show for bone-chilling illusions. Don't forget to visit Frankenstein's Castle for a truly frightful experience.
Explore the fascinating history of America's most haunted town and enjoy these 10 things that can only be experienced during Salem's Haunted Happenings celebration. Every year, Salem, Massachusets throws the world's largest Halloween celebration - Haunted Happenings ! While there are so many things to see in Salem during Halloween , there are specific spooky activities that can only be done from October 1-31 at Haunted Happenings.
Home to some of the best haunted attractions in the US , Salem is infamously known for the Salem Witch Trials and public executions in 1692. Today, brave visitors can visit the Old Salem Jail, where accused witches awaited their fate, and walk the eerie streets where ghosts have roamed. Salem is beloved by Halloween enthusiasts around the world and pulls out all the stops when it comes to Haunted Happenings. Explore the fascinating history of spooky Salem and enjoy these things that can only be experienced during Salem's Haunted Happenings celebration.
Related: 10 Haunted Locations Around The U.S. Worth Knowing (One Might Even Be Near You)
Chambers Of Terror Haunted House
Officially named "Salem's Scariest Haunted Attraction," the Chambers of Terror Haunted House is not for the faint of heart!
Guests can enjoy the terrifying haunted house every day from September through October and even hang out afterward for Fireside Ghost Stories.
- Location: 59 Wharf Street, Salem, MA, 01970
- Tickets: Tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 for children
- Hours: Noon to 10 p.m.
The Witch House
The only remaining home in Salem that is directly tied to the 1692 witch trials, known as "The Witch House," now acts as a museum for guests. This 17th-century home was the residence of Judge Jonathan Corwin, who served on the witch trials court.
Today, visitors can literally walk through history and see what it was like to live through this time period. The Witch House is hands-down one of the best witchy things to do in Salem .
- Location: 310 1/2 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970
- Tickets: $9 per person
- Hours: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tickets for The Witch House must be purchased online in advance.
Related: 10 Best Hotels With Halloween Activities In Salem For A Ghoulishly Good Stay
Halloween On The Hill
For one month only, Salem's Halloween enthusiasts have the chance to see Long Hill completely transformed into an autumn celebration. Their fall season-themed trail displays over 1,000 jack-o'-lanterns, beautiful Halloween decorations, hundreds of multicolored mums, light displays, live music, and so much more!
This is a completely family-friendly event and perfect for little ones who aren't big fans of the scary Halloween celebrations. Visitors can even enjoy hot apple cider and fun fall treats around the property.
- Location: 572 Essex Street, Beverly, MA 01915
- Tickets: Tickets must be purchased online and will not be sold at the venue.
- Hours: Wednesdays to Sundays, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Witch Dungeon Museum
Looking for spooky things to see during the Haunted Happenings in Salem? Step foot into 1692 and witness a live witch trial reenactment!
This professional reenactment is a "must-see" during Haunted Happenings and is followed by a guided tour through the witch dungeons and Gallows Hill. There are only a few select weekends and extended hours in October to choose from, so guests should plan accordingly.
- Location: 16 Lynde Street, Salem, MA 01970
- Tickets: Tickets cost $13 for adults and $10 for children. Tickets can be purchased at the site.
- Hours: 7 days a week- 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (only open on certain weekends in October during Haunted Happenings.)
Related: 10 Best, Spookiest, & Scariest Haunted Attractions In The U.S.
Witches And Seafarers Walking Tour
A spooky, historic walking tour in Salem awaits those who are ready to embark on a seafaring journey. This brand-new Witches and Seafarers Walking Tour is available in Salem just in time for the Haunted Happenings celebration.
Tourists have the opportunity to walk the old streets of Salem, learn more about the history of the port city, and even hear some seafaring tales.
- Location: 1 Liberty Street (Adjacent to the Old Burying Point)
- Tickets: $20 per person and can be purchased online
- Hours: Begin at 3 p.m. daily
Candlelit Ghostly Walking Tour
In search of one of the spookiest things to do at Salem's Haunted Happenings event? The Candlelit Ghostly Walking Tour takes visitors through Salem's most haunted locations, such as the Joshua Ward House, Old Salem Prison, and the Howard St. Cemetery.
Be advised, there may be ghosts wandering the street alongside participants.
- Hours: Tours begin at 12 p.m (last approx. 1 hour)
Haunted Happenings Marketplace
Haunted Happenings in Salem is bringing back one of their main events - the Haunted Happenings Marketplace. The market is filled with small business vendors, food and drinks, street performers, pop-up photo stations, and more!
Visitors can enjoy the Salem nightlife and fall ambiance in Derby Square and Forten Park on Saturdays and Sundays. After exploring the market, guests can explore the best themed restaurants in Salem and enjoy their seasonal fall menus.
- Location: Derby Square, Salem, MA 01970 and Forten Park, 289 Derby St, Salem, MA 01970
- Tickets: No tickets required
- Hours: September 30- October 29 Saturdays 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Salem Haunted Magic Show - Hysteria: Sideshow!
Mind-reading, unexplainable magic, and magical illusions will make for a truly unforgettable experience in Salem, Massachusetts. The Salem Haunted Magic Show puts its best foot forward every year to present the most bone-chilling and incredible magic for its audience. Plus, it's 100% interactive.
This Salem Haunted Happenings show is appropriate for all ages and a fun way to experience Halloween in Salem, which is definitely worth the visit .
- Location: 50 Washington Street, Salem, MA 01970
- Tickets: General Admission Seating: $18 each, Preferred Seating: $28 each, VIP Seating: $38 each
- Hours: Friday to Sunday, starting at 6:30 p.m. Shows are typically 75 minutes.
Tickets for The Salem Haunted Magic Show can be found online and must be purchased in advance.
Guilty! A Salem Witch Trial
If guests have ever wanted to experience an immersive, haunting adventure in one of the top Halloween destinations on the East Coast , then a live Salem witch trial is the perfect activity. The audience is put on trial for witchcraft and must prove their innocence to the Judge.
This is one of the best things to do during Salem Haunted Happenings for those who want to learn more about the Witch Trials in a more interactive and immersive way; audience members can give testimony and act out a historically accurate witch trial. This is truly an unforgettable experience in Salem during Halloween.
- Location: 7 Lynde Street, Salem, MA 01970
- Tickets: Tickets are $24 for adults and $20 for children
- Hours: Thursday-Monday 6:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.
Watch Mary Shelley's literary horror come to life in Frankenstein's Castle Haunted House . Frankenstein's Castle is considered the best haunted house in Salem and contains a mixture of live actors and animatronics recreated in the dungeon of Dr. Frankenstein.
Haunted Happenings in Salem isn't complete with Frankenstein, and his haunted house is sure to give every visitor a good fright.
- Location: 288 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970
- Tickets: Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children
- Hours: 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in October
More for You
Trump's Legal Immunity Claim Rejected by Former Republican Officials
The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2024
Where is Utah ranked after beating USC on the road?
US redirects Navy carrier strike group, deploys high altitude defense missile system and patriot battalions to the Middle East amid escalations by Iran in the Israel-Hamas war
Significant winter storm to bring near-blizzard conditions, bitter cold to West and Plains
Education Ministry removes Greta Thunberg from curriculum after Hamas support
Mitt Romney hits out at Donald Trump, says he represents a 'failure of character'
Arkansas Governor Signs Executive Order Banning ‘Woke’ Words in State Documents
Winners and losers from Week 8 of the college football season
US moves carrier to Middle East following attacks on US forces
Here is the average income for retirees in the US — how do you compare?
Scientists Reveal New Findings About Older Adults Who Take Vitamin D
Liz Cheney ties House GOP chaos to Trump’s behavior
How long before a phone is outdated? Here's how to find your smartphone's expiration date
Arizona governor blocks Saudi Arabia from pumping water in the drought-stricken state: ‘It’s unacceptable’
Pilots from Ukraine set to fly real F-16s, but there's a catch
Is It Actually Cheaper To Change Your Car's Oil Yourself?
How Ukraine is beating the Russian airforce with US missiles
Housing Market 2023: Avoid Buying a Home in These 10 Places If You Want It To Gain Value
'Go woke, go broke': Billionaire Chamath Palihapitiya suggests that Northeast cities like NYC and Boston are hemorrhaging income due to political ideology — while the South keeps booming
The Salem Wax Museum Frankenstein’s Castle and Haunted Witch Village
Where: https://salemwaxmuseum.com/collections/haunted-houses Salem Wax Museum 282 Derby Street Salem , MA
Categories: Date Idea, Kid Friendly, Performing Arts
Event website: https://salemwaxmuseum.com/collections/haunted-houses
We have nearly 20,000 sq.ft. of museum and haunted house space, which provide us ample space to ensure customer and staff social distancing through line and self-guided tour spacing. We ask that all our guests exercise best judgement and follow the regulations set forth by Massachusetts.
Frankenstein’s Castle - open daily 12-4pm in August and 10am-10pm in October
Inspired by the classic period of literary horror. Step into the lower dungeon of the Salem Wax Museum and enter the notorious dungeon of Dr. Frankenstein. Wind your way through the dark, curving hallways and see the darkest side of a madman's quest to create a most horrid monster. Please use discretion when purchasing tickets for children.
Haunted Witch Village - open Saturdays in August from 10-7pm and daily 10am-10pm in October
The Witches and Guardians have temporarily left the Salem Witch Village and the darker side of our maze is alive. Our museum has gone haunted with ghouls, goblins, and all matters of things that go bump in the night. Salem's longest-running and largest haunted attraction
Currently open and following all social distancing guidelines. Only one group allowed at a time and masks are required.
Share this event
Salem's Premiere Haunted House
Witch Mansion has surprises around every corner as its inhabitants are just dying to meet you! In Salem’s Scariest Haunted House, your ghoulish ghost-host will usher you mortals into a twilight world of spirits, ghouls and apparitions of the Netherworld and beyond! Come see Salem’s largest gargoyle or perhaps meet our giant spider? Witch Mansion is Salem’s most visited haunted house; with high-tech animations and creepy ghost illusions, you won’t believe your eyes as you enter a twilight world of ghosts, beasts, and banshees.
Are you brave enough to enter?
Click a photo to enlarge it!
Don't Take Our Word For It...
" Epic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This was the most epic haunted house, the giant spider scared the crap out of me! EPIC!" -Bob T
" We had a blast. AWESOME! We had a blast. The monsters were amazing. This was like a Disney show, we were amazed and even got free spider rings. Thanks" - Stanley U
" Best haunt in Salem! I can't say enough good things about this show! Great scares, great look, great price. I wish more haunts were just like this one. Hands down the best haunted attraction in Salem. If you can only go to one, go to Witch Mansion...and if you have time to go to others, you might as well go through again!" - Dusti L
" AWEESOOMMENNESSSSSSSSS!!!!!!! This is the event to go this Halloween season. If you're in the area you must definitely check this place out! SCARYYY!!" - Jimenez88
" BEST HAUNTED HOUSE EVER! Salem's Witch Mansion is a terrifyingly terrific time! I was able to choose the level of fright! No other haunted house has that! I chose ten of course! I really enjoyed it and i hope you would check it out for a thrilling adventure! Dont miss this one! Salems only real haunted house!" - aVeX F
" Holy crap, that was awesome!!!! I was more than a bit wary about it when I noticed it was not an actual house...but when I walked in right as a group of twenty-somethings came bolting back out the entrance from the first scare I knew I was in for a treat. So, I dropped my $8 at the door with the pretty girl working the register and pulled my big boy pants up and headed in... No way am I telling you about the tour because this is something you MUST experience for yourselves!!! I have been to Haunts all over the US and Australia and this, my friends, took the bloody cake, believe!!! Yes, it only took about ten minutes to get through but that's also because the girls I brought with me nearly peed their pants halfway through from getting scared so thoroughly, lol... This is a must for when you're visiting Salem!!!!" - Charlie V.
Salem's Witch Mansion is open select days & hours May through October, and every day/night in October.
Call (978) 825-1300 for specific dates/hours!
Look for our discount coupons in various Salem businesses & establishments!
Contact & Find Us
Witch Mansion Salem is located at 186-1 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970
- Share on Tumblr
It Came From Amazon V
How To Detail Haunted House Walls
Oct 16 2013
- By Weird Jon in Articles
Location: 288 Derby Street Salem, MA 01970 ( Directions ) Dates/Times: June 28-September 2 & most of October: Times vary by each day (Dates/Times and prices subject to change as years go by) Admission: $8 per adult, $6 per child (6-13) and $6 per senior ( Prices vary during the off season ) Phone: (978) 740-2929 Website: http://www.salemwaxmuseum.com/index.html
The Salem Wax Museum of Witches and Seafarers (also known as the Salem Wax Museum) opened in 1993 with a collection of wax figures made in London depicting events from Salem’s history. Back when I first visited Salem in 1997 or 1998, the wax museum had dipped its toes into the world of haunted attractions by opening the “House of Wax” attraction. Sadly, I didn’t get a chance to visit either during my trip, but I did get to visit the haunt two years after it was renamed and rethemed as the “Hall of Illusions” in 2000 (more on that later). In 2004, it was rethemed once again as “Frankenstein’s Laboratory,” which later became “Frankenstein’s Castle” in more recent years.
My experience at the Hall of Illusions was…not good. Although I spotted a few giant spiders on the walls while walking down the stairs leading to the haunt, most of the first portion of the haunt was a lengthy dark hallway. Occasionally people would jump out, but there was nothing else going on. There weren’t even any “dark maze”-style scares like putting bits of hose and fake fur on the walls so people think they’re touching snakes and animals. Believe me, I checked. Next was the worst variant of a “dot room” I have ever seen, which is especially tragic given that it was one of the few actual illusions in the haunt. A good dot room places people in an area completely covered in a simple pattern that is only lit by a strobe light. An actor wearing a full body costume and mask matching the pattern slowly moves around the patrons so they get the impression something is in there with them, only to attack once their confusion and fear is at its maximum. Instead, the people behind this haunt opted for a single checkered wall, with the edges clearly marked by old toys and light from the next area streaming in. Making matters worse was the fact the actor in the checkered bodysuit was wearing a clown mask. I think they were shooting for a floating clown head effect, but all it did was make it painfully clear where the actor was at all times. After this was another jump scare and a small area set up with a few dead tree limbs in an attempt to look like a haunted forest. It was a good effort, but was far too small and the chainsaw-wielding maniac’s hiding place was all too easily seen when you entered the room. The path to the exit was another pitch black hallway in which the final illusion of the haunt occurred. When you get halfway through, a laser light show suddenly bursts out of nowhere. It was, in my opinion, the sole good scene in the haunt, which took advantage of the eyes of visitors just getting adjusted to the darkness just before being hit with a light-based surprise (thankfully the laser was mounted well above anyone’s line of sight). If the use of darkness for the bulk of the haunt was done to make the final scare even more unexpected, I would further compliment this as a nice bit of misdirection (albeit with the darkness in the earlier part of the haunt needing better scares).
After having gone through some name and theme changes in the years since I visited, I had originally written off the idea of reviewing it as being pointless since the overall experience was probably completely different from when I was there. Hearing numerous negative reviews of the Frankenstein’s Laboratory incarnation being nothing but jump scares did not dissuade me from that view (especially since it sounded like it had gone even further downhill). But after watching a walk-through video of the haunt’s most recent incarnation, I changed my mind.
Although the scenes were different, there were some elements of my visit there. Sadly, dark hallways are still part of the haunt and there only seem to be a handful of performers. However the length of the dark parts appear to be shorter now and black lights have been added. It’s not as good as it would be if they added more scares, but it’s definitely a start. The other improvements are much more impressive. See that picture of entrance posted above? That’s technically not the real entrance of the haunt. Going down the stairs now takes you to an awesome skull encrusted doorway that leads to some black light scenes and a detailed graveyard. I was also impressed with the quality of the dungeon room. The quality of scares has also improved. Rather than “jump scares,” the actors use scare tactics similar to those seen at Hanson’s Haunted Farm and Hayride. That said, the performances I saw in the video needed a little work (one especially needing to know when to quit). Although there aren’t any scenes that have a direct connection to Dr. Frankenstein, I do understand that Frankenstein’s monster might appear in the haunt on occasion (but wasn’t in the video I saw). I was surprised by the complete lack of animatronics. Given their small number of actors, one would think such props would be a great way to increase the amount of scares.
Someone involved clearly has at least some knowledge of haunted attractions, as their using a strobe light to “liven up” a static scene was an excellent choice. That said, not every static scene has to use strobes. This, combined with the improvements made since the time I visited the haunt have convinced me Frankenstein’s Castle has potential. It turns out I’m not the only one who has noticed the improvements either. As the space it is located in limits the size of the haunt (it takes under 5 minutes to complete) and moving seems unlikely, either additional scares should be added or the price should be lowered in order for me to recommend it more. Adding a hellevator and/or an area filled with dangling objects patrons have to navigate through could help make the overall experience seem longer and give customers more bang for their buck. The haunt’s performers could also control multiple scares and use misdirection in order to create a more intense experience. Why run through a long dark tunnel when eerie portraits or glowing murals could be added? Hell, I’d be happy to offer more detailed advice to the owners if they’re interested.
While those reading this in the future should check out whatever haunt the Salem Wax Museum is presenting (I’m sure the current name and theme will eventually change at some point) to see if the attraction has further improved, those interested in a 2013 visit should definitely go for a discount. I’ve heard of people getting a few bucks knocked off the price by presenting their AAA card in the past, but I can’t say for sure if that still works. Those interested in visiting the Salem Wax Museum, Haunted Witch Village and “Within the Witch Hour: A Spellcasting” in addition to Frankenstein’s Castle should seek out the “Wicked Special” (assuming your visit is in October), which works like you get to visit four attractions while only paying for about two. No matter when you go, please feel free to let me know what your experience was like.
Final verdict: 2 skulls out of 5
UPDATE: I recently found a new walkthrough video of Frankenstein’s Castle from 2013 and watching it was very enlightening. Save for the graveyard and ghost at the beginning (and the heavy use of dark hallways), the attraction was changed for the 2013 season. I can’t say for sure it will change again for 2014 and beyond but it does seem likely. Although there are still some problems (which I will get to later), things have definitely improved. There are now animatronics and misdirection scares, along with spooky music and some scenes which directly tie into the Frankenstein legend! Sadly there are still plenty of standard jump scares and a few scares which are all to easy to predict. I suspect they are using a small amount of people to do multiple scares, which would imply the people behind Frankenstein’s Castle have a good grasp on making the most of a small pool of performers. There seems to have been some effort to cut down on the amount of total darkness, but there’s still lots of of room for improvement. But pure darkness admittedly can have its advantages. The use of sound in one pitch black area was absolutely perfect for building tension. I also recommend making more of an effort to disguise or hide the lighting effects. Visitors should not be able to see black lights or multicolor rotating party balls as they go through the attraction. But let’s not forget how improvements were made and they are on the right track. Even though they still have a ways to go before they get a perfect rating, I’m sure Frankenstein’s Castle will earn one by staying on this track. So I give the 2013 upgrade 2.5 skulls out of 5.
Special thanks to Halloween New England for use of the image!
- Frankenstein's Castle , Haunted Attraction , haunted attraction review , Haunted House , review , Salem Wax Museum
Leave a Reply Cancel reply
Your email address will not be published.
GdL16 Union Fellows
- Bucky Bones
- Chicago Ghouls
- Christopher Elam's OWARI
- Countdown to Halloween
- Horror Blogger Alliance
- Horror Host Graveyard
- Jon's Random Acts of Geekery
- The Feckless Goblin
- Six Foot Plus
- The Ded Dave Show Radio Show
- The Psychobilly Garden Party
© 2023 Gravedigger's Local 16.
Made with by Graphene Themes .
Bad Behavior has blocked 1025 access attempts in the last 7 days.
- Download App
- Delis, Pizza & Sandwiches
- Restaurants & Bars
- Sweets & Treats
- Gifts & Souvenirs
- Witch Shops
- Harbor Tours
- Museums & Attractions
- Psychics, Fairs, & Séances
- Special Events
- Spiritual Growth, Education, & Worship
- Trolley Tours
- Walking Tours
- Resident Resources
- Map of Salem
- Parking Shuttle Information
- Parking & Directions
- Tips for a Safe and Fun Halloween in Salem
- Restroom Locator
- Things to Do
- Places to Eat
- Places to Shop
- Places to Stay
- Facts & Fun
- Maps & Info
Haunted Happenings Marketplace
The Enchanters - Ice Witches
Chambers of Terror Haunted House is Salem’s Scariest Haunted Attraction, undisputed! Live monsters around every corner bring the terror. Nothing will touch you. Haunted House hours are during Sept. &…
The Lost Museum at Gallows Hill
Discover cursed artifacts, ghosts, creatures and more in this interactive, guided haunted adventure. Solve the mystery of the abandoned museum — or be forever lost! Combo tickets with The Gallows…
Witch Mansion has surprises around every corner as its inhabitants are just dying to meet you! Are you brave enough to enter Salem’s scariest haunted house? Current Hours: Current Hours…
Haunted Witch Village
Longest running haunted house in Salem brings The Witch Village to life! Open weekends in October. Combo passes, online, and same-day tickets are available.
Voted Salem’s best-haunted house. Step into The Wax Museum’s dungeon and witness the horrors of Dr. Frankenstein with live actors and animatronics. Now featuring a “Frank’s Castle Behind the Scenes”…
Hysteria at Connors Farm
Just minutes from downtown Salem, Hysteria at Connors Farm’s Haunted Fields is a 45 minute walking trail that takes you on a trek through creepy farm corn fields, dark orchards,…
59 Wharf Street, Salem, MA, USA
Chambers of Terror Haunted House is Salem’s Scariest Haunted Attraction, undisputed! Live monsters around every corner bring the terror. Nothing will touch you. Haunted House hours are during Sept. &...
7 Lynde Street Salem MA 01970
Discover cursed artifacts, ghosts, creatures and more in this interactive, guided haunted adventure. Solve the mystery of the abandoned museum — or be forever lost! Combo tickets with The Gallows...
186 Essex Street, Salem, MA, USA
Witch Mansion has surprises around every corner as its inhabitants are just dying to meet you! Are you brave enough to enter Salem’s scariest haunted house? Current Hours: Current Hours...
288 Derby Street Salem MA 01970
288 Derby Street Salem MA
Voted Salem’s best-haunted house. Step into The Wax Museum’s dungeon and witness the horrors of Dr. Frankenstein with live actors and animatronics. Now featuring a “Frank’s Castle Behind the Scenes”...
30 Valley Road, Danvers, MA, USA
Just minutes from downtown Salem, Hysteria at Connors Farm’s Haunted Fields is a 45 minute walking trail that takes you on a trek through creepy farm corn fields, dark orchards,...
Click a map marker to display listing and to learn more. Click on a numbered map cluster to zoom into areas with multiple murals.
Address: 59 Wharf Street, Salem, MA, USA
Address: 7 Lynde Street Salem MA 01970
Address: 186 Essex Street, Salem, MA, USA
Address: 288 Derby Street Salem MA 01970
Address: 288 Derby Street Salem MA
Address: 30 Valley Road, Danvers, MA, USA
Planning a trip to Boston?
Foursquare can help you find the best places to go to..
- frankensteins castle salem
- frankensteins castle salem photos
- frankensteins castle salem location
- frankensteins castle salem address
- frankenstein salem
- frankensteins castle downtown salem salem
- Your Privacy Choices
- Bahasa Indonesia
- Los Angeles
- San Francisco
- Washington, D.C.
- Great Britain
- More Great Places in Salem:
Foursquare © 2023 Lovingly made in NYC, CHI, SEA & LA
You might also like
Bar · $$
168 Essex St (Museum Place Mall Suite 100)
"Wednesday they play love music, and the quesadillas are the best in salem, nice and crispy with lots of good stuff minus the grease."
Sea Level Oyster Bar
94 Wharf St
"Fresh fish and tasty cocktails. You don't see a shrub all that often, and their strawberry basil version was nice and refreshing."
8 Central St, Salem, MA 01970
"The best way to see Salem. It is a one-hour tour that takes you through different parts of the city highlighting what we are famous for and revealing some history that is not well known."
Places people like to go after Frankensteins Castle
Salem Wax Museum
288 Derby St (at Liberty St.)
"Salem Wax Museum boasts the largest museum gift shop in area! Ships in bottles to ships for mantles, maritime gifts and New England confectionaries as well as books, curios and a variety of T-shirts."
Appears on 2 lists
Created by Andy Gonzalez Nieto 41 items • 1 follower
Created by Anna V 51 items
Is this your business? Claim it now.
Make sure your information is up to date. Plus use our free tools to find new customers.
Download Foursquare for your smart phone and start exploring the world around you!
- Fall Attractions
- Winter Attractions
- Spring Attractions
- Summer Attractions
Haunted Houses in Salem, Massachusetts
Salem, Massachusetts is home to a number of spooky haunted house attractions that are sure to give you chills this Halloween season.
Since Salem is near Boston, with a distance of about 25 miles, these haunted houses are well within driving distance from Boston.
The following is a list of haunted house attractions in Salem, Mass:
Chambers of Terror:
Address: 59 Wharf Street, Salem, MA
Chambers of Terror is a walk-through haunted attraction that offers visitors a spooky and immersive experience.
The haunted house features demons, ghouls, psychos, and creatures of the night and was created by professionals with over 30 years experience in the Halloween industry. The attraction features two shows: Fireside Ghost Stories and the Chambers of Terror Haunted House.
View this post on Instagram A post shared by Chambers of Terror (@chambersofterror)
Chambers of Terror is open mid-September through October, daily from noon to 10pm.
Count Orlok’s Nightmare Gallery:
Address: 217 Essex Street in Salem, MA
This is not a traditional haunted house, but rather a wax museum that showcases an impressive collection of life-sized wax figures of classic horror movie characters. It’s a spooky and immersive experience for horror enthusiasts.
The museum features vampires, werewolves, zombies, demons, madmen represented here by over 60 life sized hyper realistic reproductions made by Hollywood special effects artists.
View this post on Instagram A post shared by Count Orloks Nightmare Gallery (@countorloksnightmaregallery)
Count Orlok’s Nightmare Gallery is open from the middle of September to Halloween.
Address: 288 Derby St, Salem, MA
Frankenstein’s Castle is a walk-through haunted attraction that is inspired by the classic literary Gothic novel Frankenstein.
The attraction is located in the basement of the Salem Wax Museum where visitors will make their way through Dr. Frankenstein’s dungeon while the doctor is on a quest to create a terrifying monster.
Frankenstein’s Castle is open daily from June through the end of October.
Haunted Witch Village:
The Haunted Witch Village is a walk-through haunted house attraction that features ghouls, goblins, and other scary creatures. The attraction is located in the Salem Wax Museum and features a journey through a dark, scary maze.
View this post on Instagram A post shared by The Salem Wax Museum (@salemwaxmuseum)
The attraction is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10AM to 10PM in October only.
Hysteria at Connor’s Farm:
Address: 30 Valley Road, Danvers MA
Hysteria at Connor’s Farm is a haunted walk-through attraction in Danvers that features a Haunted Fields corn maze .
Visitors to the farm wander through a creepy corn field, spooky orchard, haunted forest and swamp and a historic cemetery from the 17 th century while trying to avoid the terrifying creatures that live there.
In 2017, Popsugar named Hysteria at Connor’s Farm one of the 7 scariest corn mazes in America and Boston Magazine named it one of the best corn mazes in Massachusetts.
View this post on Instagram A post shared by Hysteria at Connors Farm (@hysteria.connorsfarm)
In 2023, Travel & Leisure Magazine named Hysteria at Connor’s Farm one of the creepiest haunted corn mazes in America and Boston Magazine named it one of the best haunted houses in Massachusetts.
Hysteria at Connor’s Farm is open Friday and Saturday nights in October and on Halloween.
Lost Museum at Gallows Hill:
Address: 7 Lynde Street, Salem, MA
The Lost Museum at Gallows Hill is a walk-through haunted attraction that features ghosts, monsters and cursed artifacts deep inside a creepy haunted museum.
View this post on Instagram A post shared by Gallows Hill Museum/Theatre (@gallowshillsalem)
Visitors travel from room to room while they try to solve the mystery of the abandoned museum. Each room is filled with special effects, animatronics, living portraits and more.
The museum is open daily from October 1 to October 31.
International Monster Museum:
Address: Witch City Mall, 186 Essex Street Salem, MA
The International Monster Museum is a walk-through haunted house attraction that features creepy monsters and creatures from around the world.
View this post on Instagram A post shared by International Monster Museum (@monstermuseumsalem)
Visitors make their way through this interactive museum where they will encounter these monsters up close and experience special effects, animatronics and more.
The museum is open daily at 11AM year round.
Professor Spindlewink’s World of Wizardry:
Address: 194 3/4 Essex Street, Salem, MA
Professor Spindlewink’s World of Wizardry is not a typical haunted house and is instead a walk-through attraction where visitors explore six magical realms.
View this post on Instagram A post shared by ✨Professor Spindlewink’s World of Wizardry ✨ (@salemworldofwizardry)
Visitors navigate their way through an enchanted forest, crystal cave and other magical places where they will encounter mythical beasts like unicorns, mermaids and even an ice dragon.
The attraction is open daily from 10AM to 5PM year round.
Address: 186-1 Essex St, Salem, MA
Witch Mansion is a walk-through 4D haunted adventure that combines live actors, special effects, and illusions to create a spooky experience centered around the story of a haunted house.
View this post on Instagram A post shared by Witch Mansion Haunted House (@witchmansionsalem)
The mansion is crawling with witches, ghosts, vampires, banshees and other creatures of the night as visitors make their way through the rooms and experience the attraction’s high-tech animations and creepy ghost illusions.
The mansion is open on select days May to September and every day in October. Call the mansion for specific dates or hours.
If you are a big fan of haunted house attractions, check out this article on the history of haunted houses .
For more ideas on fun things to do in Salem, check out this article on the annual Salem Halloween Parade or this article on fall foliage in Salem .
Sources: Rich, Andrew. “Professor Spindlewink’s World Of Wizardry Brings More Magic To Salem.” WBZ News Radio, 13 April. 2023, wbznewsradio.iheart.com/content/professor-spindlewinks-world-of-wizardry-brings-more-magic-to-salem/ “Haunted Fields.” Hysteria at Connor’s Farm, hysteriaatconnorsfarm.com/hauntedfield “Flashlight Maze.” Hysteria at Connor’s Farm, hysteriaatconnorsfarm.com/flashlightmaze McArdle, Molly. “The Country’s Creepiest Corn Mazes.” Travel & Leisure,22 Aug. 2023, travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/fall-vacations/haunted-corn-mazes “Best Haunted Houses in Massachusetts.” Boston Magazine, bostonmagazine.com/arts-entertainment/haunted-houses-massachusetts/ Reints, Renae, “The Best Corn Mazes in Massachusetts.” Boston Magazine, 22 Sept. 2017, bostonmagazine.com/arts-entertainment/2017/09/22/best-corn-mazes-massachusetts/ Yi, Nicole. “7 of the Scariest Corn Mazes in America.” Popsugar, 27 Oct. 2017, popsugar.com/smart-living/scariest-corn-mazes-america-44063882 Haas, Tim. “Nine Spooktacular Halloween Attractions In New England.” WGBH, 1 Oct. 2019, wgbh.org/culture/2019-10-01/nine-spooktacular-halloween-attractions-in-new-england “About.” Chambers of Terror, chambersofterror.net/about “Haunted Houses.” Haunted Happenings, hauntedhappenings.org/things-to-do/haunted-houses/
Toast The Spookiest Day Of The Year At This Haunted Speakeasy In Massachusetts
Kim Falchek has been exploring the towns, trails, and hidden gems of Massachusetts since her college days in Boston. When not writing, Kim enjoys photography, going on road trips, and spending time at the beach. Kim has previously been a contributing writer for LA Family Travel, Global Munchkins, and Latched Mama. She currently lives in Salem, Massachusetts where she and her family embrace all things Halloween!
More by this Author
If you live in or near Massachusetts, you probably already know that Salem is the place to visit for all things spooky and scary! I can tell you from firsthand experience that Halloween night here is simply magical and so much fun. Costumed tourists fill the streets, as eerie music and foggy lighting effects pour from haunted houses and witchy attractions. A ghostly presence surrounds the area while visitors party and fireworks explode over the city sky. Halloween night in the witch city is like nowhere else!
A UFO Was Sighted In Massachusetts 71 Years Ago And It's One Of The Most Fascinating UFO Sightings In History
The Spirits At One Of Massachusetts Most Haunted Hotels Are Beyond Terrifying
Massachusetts Urban Legends, Myths & Folklore: Not Your Average Bucket List Season 2
Do you plan on attending the haunted prohibition speakeasy? If not, how will you celebrate Halloween night? For more information on this spooky event, please visit the Haunted Speakeasy event website or the Haunted Speakeasy Facebook page.
If you are looking to stay overnight in Salem, the Hawthorne Hotel is a great option. Not only is this hotel historical, but rumor has it that the building is haunted.
OnlyInYourState may earn compensation through affiliate links in this article.
Want more Massachusetts in your inbox?
Get the latest on things to see, do, and eat around Massachusetts!
Thank you! You will receive your first email soon.
An error occured.
- These 8 Haunted Cemeteries In Massachusetts Are Not For the Faint of Heart
- Hunt For Ghosts And Experience History Aboard A Guided Night-Time Trolley Tour Of Boston, Massachusetts
- A Haunted Fortress In Massachusetts, Fort Revere Park Is Truly Creepy
- The Oldest Hotel In Massachusetts Is Also One Of The Most Haunted Places You’ll Ever Sleep
- The Beautiful State Park Where You Can View The Best Fall Foliage In Massachusetts
- The Most Remote Small Town In Massachusetts Is The Perfect Place To Get Away From It All
- The Entire Family Will Love This Short And Simple Hike In Massachusetts
- The French Toast From In a Pickle Restaurant In Massachusetts Is So Big, It Could Feed An Entire Family