Halloween Rental in Witchy Salem, Mass.

From eerie ghost tours to parades to haunted houses, spooky happenings take place every October in Salem, Mass., the site of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. It's a place where tourists flock to bed and breakfasts or rent homes (such as the one pictured left) to relive bewitching history as they celebrate Halloween.

This two-bedroom, 1.5-bath rental house, with 12-inch-wide pumpkin pine floorboards, is a three-minute walk from Town House Square, the site of the Salem Witch Trials.

The Salem Witch Trials resulted in the arrest of hundreds of men and women and the execution by hanging of 19 who were convicted of practicing witchcraft. Another four of the accused died in prison awaiting trial. One man was even pressed to death by stones. More than 300 years later, the trials' chilling aftermath remains in more ways than one.
The trials came about after several girls supposedly became strangely ill, perhaps with allergies, an infection or from the creativity of their imagination. When a doctor couldn't cure them, he said that their symptoms of pain and fever were perhaps the result of the supernatural.

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The girls' bodies would form into grotesque, frozen poses and the girls complained of biting and pinching sensations. They also told tales of spells and omens from two women, who came to be suspected as witches.

Historian Peter Hoffer, says the BFF girls simply "turned themselves from a circle of friends into a gang of juvenile delinquents." However, other villagers soon came forward to offer ever-so-spooky stories of cheese and butter mysteriously gone bad, or animals born with deformities, after visits by one of the suspects.

It is said that the horror of the witch trials still lingers in supernatural echoes heard on the streets of Salem, Mass.

More than 300 years later, this rental is designed to dispel any negative energy. The backyard is landscaped according to feng shui principles and in zen garden style, with a tea house, koi pond and fruit trees. The 2,500-square-foot home, which also has two lofts, sleeps eight and rents for up to $450 per night or $2,000 for a week, according to HomeAway.com.

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