Sunday, November 02, 2008

Goodbye Halloween

The Halloween season is over. I spent Friday night enjoying the sights of Salem's Haunted Happenings. I've lived in this area for years but have never gone to Salem on Halloween night. It was a mad house.

This time of year, people come to Salem from all over. There were about a hundred thousand people in town. The streets shut down around 5 pm. Most of the non-tourist businesses had to close for the day. I had to leave work early just to be able to get home.

Just walking around seeing all the costumes was fun. One of the best costumes was a Sarah Palin look-a-like with Joe the Plumber.

Christine Hamill of North Andover and Taylor Ryan of Ontario dressed as Sarah Palin and Joe the Plumber on Halloween Night. Photo by Deborah Parker/Salem News Friday, October 31, 2008.

Along the wharf there was a carnival. Riding the pirate ship was cool. It swung up so high you could see across the harbor to Marblehead. I had my hands in the air and screamed like a little girl. (What else is new.)

Next was the haunted house. There were several to pick from. We went into Frankenstein's Laboratory. As I stated before, I'm not to brave when it comes to spooks but I enjoyed it nonetheless. (Again more little girl screaming.) I hate when people jump out at you. There was some guy dressed up like a pig. He would sneak up behind you and snort in your ear. It was pitch black except for a couple of strobe lights that were more blinding than the were helpful. You never knew what was going to come out at you.

The night was capped of with a fireworks display. There was some confusion as to when it was going to start. We stood over by the train station for almost an hour waiting. At that point we had Bandit. He was a like a little magnet: Everyone wanted to pet him and say hello. He was a good boy. I held him in my arms during the display. He didn't flinch once. Most dogs don't like the loud noises; he could careless. He was just excited to be out with all the people.

Now the streets have quieted and things are back to normal. Till next year.

Here's a few pictures from the Salem News.

Daphne Alespeiti of New Jersey decided to dress as a witch for her second trip to Salem for Halloween. Photo by Deborah Parker/Salem News Friday, October 31, 2008.

Dressed as Frankenstein, Rick Hamlin visiting from Texas, explored a graveyard in downtown Salem Halloween night. This is the third Halloween Rick and his family have made the trip north to Salem. Photo by Deborah Parker/Salem News, Friday, October 31, 2008.

Halloween revelers wait in line outside the Hawthorne Hotel Halloween Night. Photo by Deborah Parker/Salem News Friday, October 31, 2008.


Greg said...

Going to Salem on Hallowe'en is something I've always wanted to do. How cool! And the costumes look great!

dit said...

That sounds like a fun time.

Anonymous said...

Looks like you had a great time with a lot to see. Glad you guys had a great time! It was amazing to see how many people left work early on election day from downtown Chicago. Almost like there was an evacuation order.