Photo Diary: Salem Halloween

DSC_0034Last night, we celebrated our first Halloween in Salem. It was crazy, to say the least. Salem is a pretty low-key place 11 months out of the year, but in October, it's crazy. Driving is a nighmare as there are tourists everywhere! It's not hard to believe that October is Salem's best month in terms of business. While other cities may add tons of employees over the holiday season, October is the Salem holiday season.

DSC_0044I ventured out with Maggie (dressed in her special bow she received at daycare!) around 4:30 to snap some photos before it got dark. The streets were blocked off and full of entertainers, vendors and people dressed in costume.

DSC_0046DSC_0037Maggie was probably the most "under-dressed" dog in Salem yesterday, as many pooches came out in costume to celebrate Halloween.

DSC_0053This lady actually recognized Maggie from the dog park (of course, I didn't recognize her in full makeup!) and invited us in to her shop for a treat.
DSC_0053This guy? He was standing near the Bewitched statue and the Christian outreach people- not sure what their official title is. They had big megaphones and kept talking about Jesus and sinners.

DSC_0049 DSC_0049This lady dressed as a pregnant statue and was one of the best costumes I saw all night, other than what seemed like the entire cast of Spaceballs. I wish I'd been able to snap a picture of them, but I was sitting in a restaurant eating dinner and only saw them through a window. They even had a Pizza the Hut!
DSC_0040If you're in MA next year, I definitely encourage you (I'm looking at you, dad!) to head up to Salem on Halloween, even if it's just to take pictures.