The place to be in New England on Halloween is Salem, Massachusetts. Home of the Salem witch trials of 1692. Every year thousands flock to Salem, for one of the biggest annual Halloween Festivals in Massachusetts. The Grand Parade kicks off the Halloween season filled with pageantry, music, and thousands of Salem’s students from kindergarten to college.
Warning the following events is for adults only, and not for the faint of heart.
The Salem Witches Halloween Ball
Friday October 27, 2006
8:30 – 7:30pm Tickets are $150 per person 21 and over
Held in the grand ballroom of Salem’s historic Hawthorne hotel, the witches’ ball is the world’s most exclusive event! Each year during Halloween, the witches and warlocks welcome strangers from around the globe to Salem. The people of the shadows have used this magical evening to walk where most fear to go. By invitation only. There is a $666 cash prize for the best costume so come dressed to bewitch! 2nd place prize winner will receive 2 tickets to the vampires masquerade ball (2006 or 2007), Free tarot readings. An eclectic mix of music from pop to Goth, top 40, industrial with famed DJ addam bomb
A cash bar, and hors d’oeuvres
The Vampire’s Ball
The Lyceum Bar and Grill
Saturday, October 28, 2006
8:30 – 12:30pm Tickets are $95 per person 21+
Prepare to partake in an evening of erotic fear and morbid lusts as Countess Bathoria returns to the witch city for a sexy sequel to her 2004 debut, a naughty adventure so controversial that she made the Boston herald, the Salem news, and CBS news! The Countess flies to us from her lair in Montreal to host a night of sinful passions. The Lyceum a haunted restaurant becomes the setting for The Countess descent. Be Warned, These events are not for the faint at heart or the young. Evening enticements include, Cash prize for the most Provocative costume (no nudity allowed), A gothic fashion show featuring the Dark Clothing of the Fools Mansion, Enjoy the voluptuous vixens of the black cat burlesque show, Discipline by Bathroom’s Harem, Witness Blood Ceremonies, Music by UltraPlush
Annual Halloween Costume Ball
Hawthorne Hotel, Salem Common
Saturday, October 28, 2006
8pm – Midnight 21+ with proper ID
This is the biggest costume party in town; the theme this year is There is No Escape! Enjoy three levels of entertainment featuring DJ’s and popular local band HUSH, with a Costume Contest with $1500 in prizes and a cash bar
Events in Salem will entertain children and adults alike. Nathaniel’s in the Hawthorne hotel features children brunches throughout October. They can come dressed in costume, receive special treats and decorate their own pumpkins. On Halloween, there will be a pumpkin carving demonstration by local art students and a pie eating contest, As well as many 21+ Halloween parties and festivals taking place during America’s Halloween Festival.
October 15th is Salem Halloween children’s day. Admission is free featuring rides, games, and entertainment for the whole family. . Saturday October 28th, a children’s costume parade on Salem Common at 12pm. Then walk over to the party at the Phoenix school on 89 Margin Street. Without question, Salem is definitely a haunting experience into a Halloween you will never forget.
The Fool’s Mansion
127 Essex Street, Salem (978) 740-9595
The Fool’s Mansion features medieval, mystical, and gothic costumes as well as custom made outfits. With a large selection of jester hats their specialty, hence the name of the store.
177 Essex Street, Salem (978 745-0444)
Samantha’s offers renaissance, Goth, and other costumes from different eras. As well as accessories and custom made cloaks and capes. Located in downtown Salem Samantha’s is filled with hundreds of items for all your Halloween needs.
The Magic Parlor
213 Essex Street Salem
Fangs are custom made and fitted by Rob Fitz; special effects make up artist who has worked on many Hollywood films.