Completed: 5. Travel to Salem, Massachusetts in October
I know there are a few more uncompleted goals left on my 2014 list, but I think it’s safe to say that visiting Salem in October may go down as as my favorite completed goal of the year. It was a dream come true — some women dream about marriage and children, I dream about witches and zombies.
Plus, I had great company. My sister, mom, and aunt joined me on my bucket list journey.
We started off by taking the scariest cab ride from Boston (that Uber has since refunded because they are the best company on earth). It almost seemed fitting that we nearly died during our entry into Halloweentown.
We arrived safely *pantomiming the sign of the cross* at our home for the next few days, a wonderful house we discovered through Airbnb. It was my first time using the service and I had a wonderful experience. Instead of a standard hotel, we got to stay in an amazingly, charming, historic house within walking distance of the town. The owner was so very hospitable. We couldn’t have asked for anything more.
Going on the Hocus Pocus Tour was the only firm plan of the evening, so we hung out after dinner and watched scary movies until we needed to depart. We strolled down to our meeting location and were further blown away by the other historic homes in the area. Most of the town decorates for Halloween… and they go ALL out. I love the enthusiasm.
We met up with our tour group and journeyed through the crowded city. Though I enjoyed the tour, I expected more “Hocus Pocus” the movie and less hocus pocus as a general concept, but whatevs. It was informational and allowed us to get acquainted with the layout of the town, so it was worth the money.
But I did feel like a super nerd for wearing this t-shirt on the tour.
I woke up early the next day to catch the 6.66 mile Devil’s Run passing by our house and for a solo run/walk of my own to check out the places of interest mentioned on the previous evening’s tour (but not visited), like the Ropes Museum aka Allison’s house in Hocus Pocus and the Elizabeth Montgomery – Bewitched statue.
This also allowed me ample time with these places of interest before the crazy crowds formed later in the day. I stopped at a local coffee shop, picked up breakfast, then made my way back home to get ready for the day. We came back down down to Essex Street again around 1-ish. By that time, it had officially turned into a Halloween shit show. The best kind of shit show.
Once we got to the end of the market area, we went back home to prepare for the Zombie Prom. Keep in mind, it had been a little more than 24 hours and I saw the house featured in Hocus Pocus, was bombarded with witch trial history, witnessed runners dressed like devils, and took part in the craziness that is Essex Street the Saturday before Halloween. The Zombie Prom was the cherry on top of the most perfect Halloween sundae.
We flew out the next day and on the plane I told my mom, “I already miss Salem.” Sigh.
PLEASE make this journey if you share my affinity for Halloween culture.
A few other general observations:
- Maybe we went too late, but Virginia’s fall foliage is killing it right now and I wasn’t as impressed with Salem’s foliage as I thought I’d be.
- This whole Airbnb experience was so pleasant, I’m considering listing my condo.
- We got our makeup done at MAC (so that’s twice this year that I’ve had my makeup professional completed – a 2014 goal) when we arrived in Boston and now I’m obsessed with filling in my eyebrows.