Talk of Halloween, witches, and all that is spooky naturally lends itself to talk about the Salem Witch Trials. Hundreds of years later the story of the misguided community and the individuals who died at their hands remains a topic of massive interest. The various reasons for this is probably already the topic of a book but as an enthusiast of the history story myself, I think that what it comes down to is simply that it boggles the mind to think that this tragedy happened right here in America and by the early settlers we are taught to admire.
Because the interest in the story remains as hot as ever, there is an enormous amount of information available to learn about the Salem Witch Trials and get loaded up on some spooky Halloween conversation starters.
The Witches: Suspicion, Betrayal, and Hysteria in 1692 Salem by Stacy Schiff (anything by Stacy Schiff is awesome)
In the Devil’s Snare by Mary Beth Norton (I’m reading this right now)
(I highly recommend this one!)
History Channel full documentary on the trials (the quality of the recording is poor but this is a great look at the issues surrounding the trials)
Is there a witchy woman or a women’s history lover in your life? Get them a Salem Witch Trials-themed gift! You can’t go wrong.