One last post on Halloween in Salem and then the endless event will be over! I want to move from the long perspective of the past to the very busy present and show those of you who do not live in the environs of Salem just how busy the Witch City is at this time of year. The photographs below were taken during a stroll (wrong word: too peaceful) around the city center: down Essex Street to the Common, and back home via Derby Street and the waterfront. If I wanted to show you what Halloween really looks like in Salem, I would offer up images of traffic, crowds, and rows of porta-potties (spelling???), but who would want to look at those? I’ll try to do better than that.
Essex and Washington Streets, crowded with people and cars.
Temporary tent-shops. Somehow, even the cute hats above look a bit ominous.
A witchcraft purveyor who can’t SPELL.
Salem’s answer to Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, a living statue, and a street preacher, steps away from each other on Essex Street.
Zombie dancers waiting for their cue in Derby Square.
Carnival-time on the Common and Derby Street.
October 28th, 2011 at 6:56 am
Oh, NOW i see why you want to come and hide in my barn! That is MENTAL! I love the street doomsday preacher chappie with his sign.. and the zombie girls. Your town has gone crazy, never mind they will all move on soon.. won’t they? c
October 28th, 2011 at 7:27 am
I think back to the “day’s of yore” ( Heritage Days + it’s parade ) ; frankly, this is much more fun !
October 28th, 2011 at 7:28 am
And it’s not even the weekend yet…
October 28th, 2011 at 7:58 am
Those living statues are the best! I saw them in Mexico.
Get ready for the endless Christmas crap!
October 28th, 2011 at 8:12 am
Looks fun. Have fun.
October 28th, 2011 at 8:44 am
Your place is jumping compared to my little sleepy town. Salem is the place to be for Halloween.
October 28th, 2011 at 11:19 am
I’ve been thinking about you! Glad to see all is well – albeit crazy busy. Hang in there. The weekend is nearly here.. and nearly gone! LOL
October 30th, 2011 at 7:49 am
October 31st, 2011 at 11:50 am
Drag queens in Salem?! Who knew? I live in Salem too, and have avoided downtown as much as possible this month. But I think I’ll walk home from work tonight, as the buses will be way off schedule, and stroll through the center of town just to be a part of the activity for a little bit.
October 31st, 2011 at 12:04 pm
Me too…you can’t fight it at this point. LOVE your blog name!