Today, Salem makes the most of this heritage all October long.
Its annual Haunted Happenings attracts 250,000 visitors.
Some accounts say that Prince Vlad III was imprisoned in the castle for two months in the mid-1400s.
It’s the only building left with direct links to the Salem Witch Trials.
The former home of Jonathan Corwin, one of the trial judges, it’s now a museum displaying 17-century life.
Visitors take in eerie sights like “witch pins” and a bottle with finger bones.
There, they discover the similarities between Vlad the Impaler and Dracula.
Vlad reportedly impaled tens of thousands of his enemies on stakes.