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31 Days of Halloween with The Kelly Society Day 3 - Salem at Halloween!

31 Days of Halloween

with The Kelly Society

Day 3

Hey there, everyone! My name is Pam Harrington, and I’m Neal’s sister. I’m so glad Neal found Vivien. Seeing them together warms my heart. It took them a while to let me in on the details of her psychic talent and paranormal cleansing process, but I’m good with it. I think they believed I’d be freaked out, but I too have experienced supernatural stuff. I do believe there’s another realm out there that sometimes touches our world.

I told Vivien I’d been to Salem, Massachusetts for Halloween weekend years ago and she got excited for me to create a post about Salem at Halloween. I’ll include a few photos of myself as well from circa 2005, when I dressed up as Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

There’s so much to do and see in Salem, the only way I can break it down is by category. So, I collected photos of different slices from the city and I’ll add some explanation.

For those who may not know, Salem is famous for the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, where a series of investigations and persecutions caused 19 convicted “Witches” to be hanged and many other suspects imprisoned in Salem Village. Years later, one of the young girls who went into seizure fits and accused these people of witchery confessed she’d made it up. But, by then many innocent lives had already been lost in this horrible tragedy.

There are many statues and places honoring those who died, but in addition, Salem has embraced the magic of Samhain, Halloween, and those who may be a little bit different.

Here we go!

Essex Street – this is a pedestrian street in the center of Salem, where many shops and restaurants abide. During the Halloween season (not just Halloween weekend) people stroll up and down in costume, in Halloween accessories, or without a costume but they definitely take photos with those adorned in their Halloween best. The season begins on October 1st in this magical town and runs through November 1st—the Day of The Dead.

Essex Street

Also, my friend and I toured the locations used in Disney’s film Hocus Pocus. Fans will recognize these places:

It’s just a bunch of Hocus Pocus!

The enchanting stores and restaurants of Salem!

Halloween Balls at the Hawthorne Hotel

Again, there's too much to cover in the Witch City, but I'll leave you with some of the core historical attractions of Salem (and a little Bewitched).

Happy Halloween Season!

Pam Harrington for

The Kelly Society

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Judith Sterling
Judith Sterling
Oct 03, 2020

Yes, Salem is amazing, and I love living here. I imagine this Halloween will look quite different, though. I guess we'll see. In the meantime, I'm working at The Witch House today, and it should be a busy day. Have a lovely Saturday!

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