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October Performances

Our legendary October Performances have been gracing the halls of our historic homes for two decades. Over this time, our staff, cast, and crew have been delighted to share Hawthorne’s stories with generations of visitors.

These performances will retire at the end of 2020. The decision not to offer these unique programs after 2020 was very difficult. Our work with Anne Lucas and our talented cast and crew will be a lasting legacy at our historic site and within Salem’s Haunted Happenings programming.

On select weekend nights in October, step into the world of Salem author Nathaniel Hawthorne. Experience two dramatic theatrical performances played out within historic houses connected directly to Hawthorne himself. Tickets for the 2020 performances will be available in early summer. Stay up to date with our website and subscribe to our newsletter.

The Legacy of the Hanging Judge and Spirits of The Gables were created in 2001 by local writer Anne Lucas, and have been performed on October weekends since then.


For our cast and crew over the years: we would like to show our gratitude with a cast and crew reunion on October 8, 2020. Please save-the-date! We’d love to raise a glass with you and give you a chance to preview the 2020 performances. If you’d like to be considered for a role in the final season, please email Anne Lucas ( It would be wonderful to bring some of our legendary characters back! We will have strong publicity and outreach about the potential retirement of the performances, encouraging visitors to take what may be the last opportunity to savor our history in this unique way.

Spirits of The Gables

Get swept into Hawthorne’s tale of guilt, greed and revenge as the characters from The House of the Seven Gables (1851), come to life and recount their stories while you walk through the very house that inspired Hawthorne’s timeless novel. Performances begin every five minutes in The House of the Seven Gables and last approximately 35 minutes. Last performance begins at closing.

Legacy of the Hanging Judge

This experience takes visitors back through Nathaniel Hawthorne’s birth home to the events of the infamous Salem Witch Trials, through the eyes of the author, whose own ancestor, Judge John Hathorne had a hand to play in the tragic events of 1692. Performances begin every ten minutes in The Nathaniel Hawthorne Birthplace and last approximately 35 minutes. Last performance begins at closing.

Combination Tickets

Combination tickets are available for both shows. When purchasing a combination ticket, be sure to schedule your performance start times at least 50 minutes apart to ensure that you will make it to your second performance.

Tickets are non-refundable and times cannot be changed once booked.