I am sorry to drag out this hackneyed phrase, but Halloween morning in Salem really is the calm before the storm. I’m pretty calm myself, having managed to avoid most of the things that annoy me (the Salem Witch Museum–the most egregious trader on tragedy by far, Essex and New Derby Streets, tour guides–walking founts of misinformation) about this prolonged “holiday” for most of the month of October. I’m looking forward to November 1st (tomorrow!!!), but a bit concerned that I don’t have enough candy to get me through the night, as this is a Friday Halloween with projected good weather. I was praying for rain this morning as I took a walk under the clouds (that’s how much of a Halloween grinch I have become) but then the sun broke out, casting Salem in a beautiful light. Of course it will be even more beautiful tomorrow, or perhaps on Monday, when all of the porta-potties, motorcycles, and demons have left.
Big pumpkins and Big candy: there are big pumpkins on River Street every year, and every year I complain to my students about having to spend so much money on candy–so this year one of them (Samantha Ferraro) drew me with my very full shopping cart.
October 31st, 2014 at 9:10 am
I like the Halloween flowers and the “rest in Pieces” Tombstones.
Here we don’t have trick or treaters, but we’re having a Halloween party tonight! You’re invited!
October 31st, 2014 at 10:50 am
Wish I was there.
October 31st, 2014 at 9:14 am
Do you have Mischief night up there in Salem?
October 31st, 2014 at 10:51 am
We really don’t–it’s all about Halloween, although you could say that every October night has the potential to be mischief night.
October 31st, 2014 at 12:12 pm
We live behind another house, so we rarely get trick-or-treaters.
By the way, how do you know the demons have left by Monday?
October 31st, 2014 at 12:13 pm
It’s a great question. Most of them will have left, but several live here all year long.