Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts – Part 1

Due to Salem’s infamous yet popular historic witch trials, the city has been associated with witches and horror in general. Rather than recoil from this reputation, they embrace it with a month-long celebration of Halloween that culminates in a giant carnival feel on Oct 31st. We attended yesterday, roaming the streets and just soaking up the atmosphere.


12 thoughts on “Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts – Part 1

  1. Kate Lester

    Some of us who live here just avoid the town for a month and try to find streets that aren’t gridlocked with tour buses. A fun event but I’m always glad when it’s over. Now I can go see the excellent Alexander Calder at the Peabody Essex Museum in town. There is so much more to Salem than the witches.

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      We wondered what it would be like to live there and have all this happening. I agree with you about Salem being more than witches and horror. My wife was born there and we visit several times a year, mostly for reasons other than witches.

    1. Gary

      He was a three-headed dog! He wouldn’t hold still long enough for the photographer to get a picture showing all three. πŸ™‚

  2. Alexandra

    oh.my.god… amazing costumes captured so well…
    Halloween is celebrated big time in the US, right?
    it’s been gaining more popularity only lately in my country… haven’t seen any such costumes here… scary… lol πŸ™‚

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Halloween has become huge here. When I was a boy, there was only trick-or-treating and an occasional haunted house run by a local charity. Now we have very well done, almost professional haunted houses, haunted hayrides, haunted corn mazes and haunted amusement parks. There are lots of street fairs and other festivities with wild and sometimes scary costumes.


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