Image from “A Short History of the Salem Village Witchcraft Trials” by M.V.B. Perley, 1911.

Get ready for our favorite month! This October, we’ll introduce you to the Salem Witchcraft Trials, and some of the people involved. To this day, historians do not agree on a cause for the outbreak of suspicion and arrests on the grounds of witchcraft of citizens in February of 1692. Some hold that practices of folk magic and the dark arts by citizens roused suspicion in the Puritan town. Others propose that cold weather and a poisoning of crops led to mysterious symptoms that were interpreted as curses. Some say that the “afflicted girls” lied to get attention or achieve revenge against those in other families. Others blame mass hysteria for leading innocent men and women being arrested for witchcraft.