People will be celebrating Halloween all over the place, but most will not be having a celebration quite as epic as Salem, Massachusetts. No matter what the season visitors are spellbound by Salem wanting to learn its secrets and history, but during Halloween, the town comes alive. For thirty days Salem is gushing with balls, séances and tours. Witchcraft and the supernatural envelop this town with folklore and ritualistic traditions and Halloween is no exception.
This is not your typical town and this won’t be your typical Halloween. The celebration starts at the beginning of October. It is jammed packed full of activities for the average celebrator or someone who is ready to immerse themselves for the entire month. For the not so faint of heart, a séance can be performed or if you’re curious about your future, tarot card readings are held every day by a psychic. At night, visit one of the haunted houses for a scary wonderful time. Feeling bold, go on a ghost tour and see if you can spot some unearthly creatures. Browse through magic and witch shops to find your perfect gem stone or buy your own tarot cards and learn how to tell fortunes.
For a glitzier holiday, book a cruise on the harbor. You’ll spend an hour and half drinking cocktails and listening to haunting stories. There is another cruise for a leisure afternoon of camera ready fall foliage to see and admire. If you’re like me and enjoy a little tea in the afternoon, there is a three course tea in honor of Halloween at the Hawthorne Hotel. In the evening at the same hotel enjoy a dinner in complete silence.
This year I will miss Harry Potter as J.K. Rowling branches off into a new story line but in Salem Harry Potter is still alive if only for a few days. There is a ball in honor of him as well as a place to make your own wand. Put on your favorite Harry Potter costume and walk in the parade.
As much as I like Harry Potter, it doesn’t have the eerie feeling as a psychic festival. One where you can take classes, meet mediums and watch people channel the dead. Throughout Salem, shops will be open to learn how to be a medium, learn automatic writing and how to communicate with the dead. Figure out which herbs to buy for what potions, what stones bring the happiness you seek and the type of oils you want to use for personal use. The very well-known book “Book of Shadows” is available to buy at numerous shops. Clothing of all varieties including capes and swords to polish of your costume can be found.
Many balls will be held throughout October including the Vampire Ball, but the main ball is the Witches Ball held at the Hawthorne Hotel. Special guest singers and a belly dancer will perform, prizes will be given away for the best costumes, and a DJ will be in the main ballroom where you can drink, eat and dance the night away.
Wind down with the holiday tradition of trick or treating and end at the North River by watching fireworks bring this festival month to a close. Whether you believe in ghosts and witches, or just have fun pretending you do, Salem will leave you wondering on which side of the moon of believing you fall under.