Halloween 2015 in Salem MA

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Spooky greetings from beautiful Salem, Massachusetts, a.k.a. Witch City, or the Halloween Capital of the World.

We made it through yet another season, and wanted to share some of our favorite memories with you!

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We started out Halloween week with a ribbon cutting ceremony for Koto, one of our favorite restaurants in Salem.

They have the best sushi and sashimi on the North Shore.

More pics from the event soon. If you’re up our way, definitely stop in for a bite. We love Annie and Leo.

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As always, so many of our neighbors and local businesses decked out their pads.

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We even got invited in to a haunted house at this place once the sun started to sink, as we went on our evening walk to check out the party in town.

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It was hard to refuse these two, but we were on a mission to take pictures for you guys, so we reluctantly passed.

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The crowds by day were bananas

There were so many people in town during the day, the city actually had to move street closures up a few hours to accommodate the crowds.

The most recent count we saw put the number of revelers well over 100,000 on Saturday, October 31. The streets were packed as we approached downtown.

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Here are some of our fav costumes from Halloween day

Some people spare no expense on their costumes.

We saw some really creative stuff. Here are some of our favs.

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There were two really good sets of Ghostbusters wandering around taking pics with peeps.

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As well as a handful of fantastic Frankenstein’s monsters.

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Take a gander at some of our other favorites.

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(This guy was rocking an AMAZING falsetto to go with the get-up.)

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We even ran into longtime DJ friend, Addam Bombb, over in the Old Burying Point Cemetery.

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Old Burying Point is the oldest boneyard in Salem, and doesn’t lack for its share of living visitors every October.

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A quick visit to Stickwork

We popped by the Stickwork display, an amazing art installation by artist Patrick Dougherty. It was swarming with people.

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The street preachers were out in force

This is a very real thing. People come to Salem to protest Halloween. 

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But don’t worry, you can still get a free hug from Satan

This guy is out every year. He’s the happiest Satan we’ve ever met.

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And as usual, police from many neighboring towns were at the ready, to help keep the peace. You know, just in case.

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Humans aren’t the only ones who dress up

There was a Freddy Kreuger dog. (“He HATES the hat.”)

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This is our friend Luna from Day of the Dog, a great pet shop and groomer down on Pickering Wharf.

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And there were lots of other beasts in hats and other finery.

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There was even a love connection.

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Our favorite costume of the day—and night

Hands down, this Maleficent was our favorite costume this Halloween. I wish I had gotten this guy’s name to give him credit, his costume and act were fantastic. (Are you out there? Email me!)

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Salem on Halloween night

As the sun goes down, the party really gets started. Like I said, it was wall-to-wall people.

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Check out the train station. The crowd was lined up all the way to the road to catch the MBTA.

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Here are some of our favorite costumes and shots from Halloween night.

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Until next year, happy haunting!

Thanks to all of you guys who come out every year and make Halloween in Salem, MA a total blast. See you next season!

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Ghosts of Halloweens past

Can’t get enough Salem at Halloween? Check out past our posts about Halloweens in Salem since 2008.

Salem Halloween 2014

The Hungry Mouse Halloween Salem MA 2014

Salem Halloween 2013

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Halloween 2012

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Halloween 2011

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Halloween 2010

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Halloween 2008

(2009 must have gotten spirited away…)

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Jessie Cross is a cookbook author and creator of The Hungry Mouse, a monster online food blog w/500+ recipes. When she's not shopping for cheese or baking pies, Jessie works as an advertising copywriter in Boston. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her husband and two small, fluffy wolves.

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