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(WHDH Boston)   Planning on visiting Salem, MA over the Halloween season? Well, TOO DAMN BAD   (whdh.com) divider line
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2020-08-05 9:18:09 AM  
2020's been cancelled. All the dead people out front shoulda told ya.

Wait till someone breaks the news to the kids that they can't go trick-or-treating this year or sit on Santa's lap and tell him what they want for Christmas.
 
2020-08-05 9:35:25 AM  
I've found that visiting Salem "off-season" is a much better experience anyway.  Not having to deal with crowds, and businesses actually happy to see you makes for a pleasant time.
 
2020-08-05 9:35:45 AM  
Salem in October is fun, but the least fun thing about it is the sheer number of people in a town that isn't quite designed to handle them.

/ Okay, more specifically the least fun thing is attempting to find a place to park, but that's a consequence of the sheer number of people.
// I recommend Salem in the off-season
 
2020-08-05 9:38:42 AM  

CarnySaur: I've found that visiting Salem "off-season" is a much better experience anyway.  Not having to deal with crowds, and businesses actually happy to see you makes for a pleasant time.


Yeah, Salem is actually a pretty cool little city, shame about the 'we used to burn witches' schlock that happens for about 6 months of the year.
 
2020-08-05 9:41:24 AM  

CarnySaur: I've found that visiting Salem "off-season" is a much better experience anyway.  Not having to deal with crowds, and businesses actually happy to see you makes for a pleasant time.


THIS. Salem is a cool town with a historic hotel, the Hawthorne, and lots of other historic sites. I was only there once during the Halloween season and someone was stabbed; I learned to go only in the off-season very quickly. FYI- I was not the stabbee or the stabber.
 
2020-08-05 9:48:28 AM  
Ok, Pennywise, you've obviously had your fill of children...
 
2020-08-05 9:50:58 AM  

CarnySaur: I've found that visiting Salem "off-season" is a much better experience anyway.


Martian_Astronomer: // I recommend Salem in the off-season


Rockport and Cape Cod are also kind of neat during the winter. Yes, about half the restaurants are closed, but when you find one that's open you can actually just sit there and chat with the owners, and it's usually pretty interesting. I also particularly like going onto the beach on the ocean side of Cape Cod and seeing nobody for miles in either direction, and watching the plovers race ridiculously up and down the shore.

I mean, look at these guys: (The one in the video hasn't reached full speed, and sometimes they do this in pairs like little tiny dirt bikers.)

Piping Plover Running on Sand
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2020-08-05 10:20:03 AM  
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2020-08-05 10:36:47 AM  

bthom37: CarnySaur: I've found that visiting Salem "off-season" is a much better experience anyway.  Not having to deal with crowds, and businesses actually happy to see you makes for a pleasant time.

Yeah, Salem is actually a pretty cool little city, shame about the 'we used to burn witches' schlock that happens for about 6 months of the year.


I'm a former resident, and that statement makes absolutely no sense to me.
 
2020-08-05 11:53:57 AM  
i grew up in massachusetts and the best field trips were to Salem.  If you get a chance to visit when the pandemic is over,go to the House of seven Gables.
 
2020-08-05 12:14:24 PM  

Walker: 2020's been cancelled. All the dead people out front shoulda told ya.

Wait till someone breaks the news to the kids that they can't go trick-or-treating this year or sit on Santa's lap and tell him what they want for Christmas.


Stolen from Salem Horror Fest's FB page. SHF is/was the only reason to brave the Salem crowds in October.
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2020-08-05 12:16:04 PM  
LOL, formatting fail. But yeah, I'm still planning to put up all the Halloween decorations this year. People can still look. More people are taking walks around the neighborhood than ever. I'm guessing I'll put some bags of candy out for people to take, if they want.
 
2020-08-05 1:33:30 PM  
We were in Salem last year a day or 2 after Halloween. It was great. My husband was initially creeped out, since he had no idea what Salem was. That made it even better for me.
 
2020-08-05 5:40:25 PM  

AteMyBrain: bthom37: CarnySaur: I've found that visiting Salem "off-season" is a much better experience anyway.  Not having to deal with crowds, and businesses actually happy to see you makes for a pleasant time.

Yeah, Salem is actually a pretty cool little city, shame about the 'we used to burn witches' schlock that happens for about 6 months of the year.

I'm a former resident, and that statement makes absolutely no sense to me.


That's because I typed months instead of weeks.  Oops. The six weeks before Halloween get real tacky and crowded.
 
2020-08-05 6:40:59 PM  
It's always bothered me how such a tragic event has been exploited every year. Not surprising because this is still America, but still bothersome.
 
2020-08-05 10:33:24 PM  

bthom37: AteMyBrain: bthom37: CarnySaur: I've found that visiting Salem "off-season" is a much better experience anyway.  Not having to deal with crowds, and businesses actually happy to see you makes for a pleasant time.

Yeah, Salem is actually a pretty cool little city, shame about the 'we used to burn witches' schlock that happens for about 6 months of the year.

I'm a former resident, and that statement makes absolutely no sense to me.

That's because I typed months instead of weeks.  Oops. The six weeks before Halloween get real tacky and crowded.


I witnessed neither weeks of tackiness, nor anything resembling "we used to burn witches schlock", (whatever that means)  in the years I lived there.

The witch image is certainly prevalent, and compromises a small part of the tourist industry. As far as the actual Salem Witch Trials, most people in the area are pretty familiar with the history, and the fact that people were tried and hung (no one was ever "burned") in old Salem Village, which is now Danvers. But I seriously doubt anyone today identifies with those prosecutors from over 300 farking years ago.

Salem's got a lot of interesting historical sites, and ( at least when I was there) a thriving business community and a pretty cool social scene. For a few days around Halloween they had the Haunted Happenings events. And I remember people wearing some crazy costumes out to the bars on Halloween weekend. Other than that, there's nothing "tacky" going on. As a matter of fact, I'd consider Salem one of the least tacky places I've ever lived.
 
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