Friday, October 30, 2009


Along with the passing out of the Halloween candy, I always bake Ghost and Black Cat Sugar Cookies. I'm not sure how scary they are, but they are a welcome treat.

In my neck of the woods, Halloween is taken seriously. My town sits next to Salem, Massachusetts, that is infamous for the Salem Witch Trials of the 1690's.

In contrast, Witches seem to be embraced in our current era, as can be seen all through the city. Is that Samantha from "Bewitched"?

Walking through Salem yesterday though, I can't attest to what happened to the witch that this hat belonged to! It did just rain......

During Halloween, beautiful Salem Common takes on a carnival type atmosphere, complete with fried dough stands and costumed partying. Every town is a little different in their celebrations.

Back in my Marblehead Old Town neighborhood, trick or treating can be like being on a movie set. The star studded movie, The Witches of Eastwick, was partially filmed just a few blocks from my house. This time of the year, neighbors here set their own scenes. On crisp Halloween nights with a full moon it feels otherworldly. Angry Pirates,

creepy spiders,

with their webs,

dancing ghosts,

untimely deaths,

and far reaching mail slots are just a few of the settings.

I'm not sure if I'd want to walk through Marblehead's Historical Old Burial Hill on a dark Halloween night,

but on a sunny October afternoon overlooking the harbor, it is a place for reflection and reverence.

Revolutionary heroes and prominent historical figures are buried here and marked with headstones that speak volumes. And if you look hard enough, you might even see a visitor. Happy Halloween!!

Thanks Zac!

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