A Season with the Witch: The Magic and Mayhem of Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts

"Ocker moves easily among the archivists, historians, and performers he interviews, and he describes the carnival atmosphere that descends upon “Witch City” with enthusiasm and vividness." —Publishers Weekly Starred Review

The 1692 Witch Trials sparked a strange alchemy that slowly transformed Salem into the Capital of Creepy. Every October, this city swells with witches, ghouls, and ghosts descend for its month-long Haunted Happenings. J.W. Ocker moves his family downtown for the full 31 days to experience it firsthand, visiting its historical sites and attractions and interviewing its leaders, citizens, entrepreneurs, visitors, critics, and witches to conjure a unique picture of this unique place.