Pumpkins appearing on doorsteps. Students heading back to the class room. Aah, the scent of fall is in the air. And, In Salem, the local’s are busy getting ready for Salem’s version of the seasonal invasion that happens in sleepy beach towns that are suddenly overrun by tourists looking to bask in the sea and sun. October, in Salem, the visitor’s converge on our historic seafaring town to take part in a different kind of seasonal activity. Our population swells during September and October and it is not just the students returning to Salem University that cause all the traffic commotion. Visitors come from all over the world to experience Salem’s darker side.
Salem has a distinctive adaptation of the traditional Oktoberfest that is celebrated with steins of German beer, German music and the St. Pauli Girl – Salem’s own Haunted Happenings; a month long celebration of remembering the dark history of what happened in Salem in 1692. On tap is pumpkin ale, Witch’s Brew iced tea, (available at the Salem Wax Museum), readings by psychic mediums, reenactments of the 1692 witch trials along with all things that go bump in the night.
Haunted Happenings begins the fright on Friday, October 1st with harbor cruises, trolley tours, and tales of the men and women who wandered the dark side of Salem. This year’s celebrity guest is Tony Moran from the movie, Halloween. For a listing of every terror filled day and night check out the official website of Haunted Happenings at www.hauntedhappenings.org. When visiting Salem, remember that Salem is a walking town and the real fright could possibly very well be the feeding of the parking meters.
The culmination of Salem’s October Haunted Happenings is this year’s themed grand event – The Bedlam Behind Bars Costume Ball at the Hawthorne Hotel. Tickets are $90.00 per person and you must be 21 or older to attend. Salem – stop by for a spell or a lifetime.