Frankenstein's Castle, Salem, Massachusetts, Witch Village, Haunted House, Diapersonaplane, Diapers On A Plane, creating family memories, traveling with kids, family travel

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.


The haunted house is located in a portion of Salem’s Wax Museum. After entering, the doorman will slam the door shut a few times in an attempt to startle you, which is in no way frightening as you just watched him do it for all the people in front of you in line and know to expect it.

Frankenstein's Castle, Salem, Massachusetts, Witch Village, Haunted House, Diapersonaplane, Diapers On A Plane, creating family memories, traveling with kids, family travel
Witch Village

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.

Frankenstein's Castle, Salem, Massachusetts, Witch Village, Haunted House, Diapersonaplane, Diapers On A Plane, creating family memories, traveling with kids, family travel

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, Caramel’s French Patisserie and touring Harbor Sweets!

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