Salem 2013

October 21, 2013 — I don’t think I need to say too much about Salem to introduce these pictures. I’ve written a ton on this blog about the city and its attractions. Those posts should be easy to find in the Halloween Season archives (just control + F Salem on the page).

Suffice it to say for the purposes of this post that we spent more than four hours on Sunday walking its streets with no real purpose other than to let Halloween waft around us like so many incense-scented gift shops.

And, sometimes, we took pics. I tried hard to make sure they weren't the same ones we take every year, so you won't see the city's signature attractions in this set. But you'll see some cool stuff.

What it's like bein' neighborly in Salem.

Ok. So these next pics need some special explaining. You're about to see the home of some good friends of ours, Becky and Hans. They're the ones we watched Lords of Salem with earlier this year. The ones with the Spooky Town collection. The ones we met at our overnight at Lizzie Borden's. And they don't just live in Salem, they contribute to it. They get as many people coming by their house every Halloween season to take pictures of their decorations as many of the professional attractions in the city. This year, they went big.

I won't give you their address, but they're on the Heritage Trail, so just follow that bloody line far enough and you'll know what it's like to feel that the Grim Reaper is ready for you, and has chosen giant spider as the cause of your demise.

A rare behind-the-scenes peek at what it takes to be a giant grim reaper.
They still hadn't quite finished their
witch set up while we were there,
so they sent us this picture later that night.

And that was our day in Salem. It's getting to the point that I don't remember what the Halloween season was like before we moved within visiting distance of it.