Get your sea legs (then outrun the zombies) aboard the USS Salem
This perfectly preserved WWII heavy cruiser is a beloved staple of the Boston museum circuit, and happens to be scary AF. That’s official, courtesy of Ghost Hunters. The ship’s well-documented hauntings include apparitions, disembodied footsteps, and the noises of a crew working on an empty ship, all of which may date to the USS Salem's stint as a hospital and morgue for disaster victims in the 1950s.
But if ghosts don’t scare you, maybe zombies will: this year, the Salem is being transformed into a haunted tour that definitely beats a hayride. Ghost Ship Harbor gives you three different tracks to explore a plague outbreak scenario in which the ship is humanity’s last hope. Don’t bring kids.
Toast JFK's ghost at Union Oyster House
Rumor has it that long-time patron John F. Kennedy still haunts the walls (and, according to some reports, the washrooms) of America’s oldest continually operated restaurant. The Oyster House has its share of tourist kitsch at this point, but the low ceilings and cramped corridors do evoke earlier, darker times. Plus, the chowder’s not bad.