Salem Witch Trials (Halloween)

 

Salem Witch Trials

The Salem witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts between February 1692 and May 1693. The trials resulted in the executions of twenty people, fourteen of them women, and all but one by hanging. Five others (including two infant children) died in prison.

Festivities

Witches, Frankenstein, & Lord Voldemort…plenty of amazing street art performances, a wax museum, candlelit tours, & a new Witch Mansion Haunted House on Essex street off of Lafayette street located in the Museum Place Mall. They even had a carnival…

Shops

A nazar (Turkish: nazar boncuğu, Old Turkic: gökçe munçuk, meaning “blue bead”) is an eye-shaped amuletbelieved to protect against the evil eye (“evil eye”, from nazar and boncuğu from “boncuk”, which means “bead” in Turkish). The word “nazar” is derived from the Arabic نظر, “sight” or “seeing”. In Persian folklore, it is called a cheshm nazar (چشم نظر) or nazar ghorboni (نظرقربونی).[1] In Urdu, it is also called “nazar” (نظر).

The evil eye is a curse believed to be cast by a malevolent glare, usually given to a person when they are unaware. Many cultures believe that receiving the evil eye will cause misfortune or injury.[1] Talismans created to protect against the evil eye are also frequently called “evil eyes”.[2][3]

 

Wicked Good Books

http://www.wickedgoodbookstore.com/img_0648I stumbled across this cute little book store while in the area yesterday. The name of the store is what grabbed my attention, Great choice! It was well worth it. Well organized & great picks. If ever in the area & looking for a good book I highly recommend you stop here. Located also on Essex street.

Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus is a 1993 American comedyhorror Halloween film directed by Kenny Ortega; starringBette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker; written by Neil Cuthbert and Mick Garris; and based on a story by Garris and David Kirschner. It follows the villainous trio of witches, who are inadvertently resurrected by a male teenager as a virgin in Salem, Massachusetts.

The Ropes MansionHocus Pocus tours bring you around to some of the films most popular filming locations (Allison’s House aka Ropes Mansion)

      img_0664We took the commuter rail from North Station in Boston. The Newburyport / Rockport line. It’s a pretty quick trip, about 25-30 minutes. Passing stops Chelsea, Lynn, Swampscott & then finally Salem. The train lets you off a short walk from downtown where you can find all the excitement. Most of the streets are blocked off to traffic during this time so I wouldn’t necessarily recommend driving out there.

salem.org

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40 thoughts on “Salem Witch Trials (Halloween)

  1. Opher says:

    An estimated 2 million people were killed in Europe for witchcraft by Christians. Some were boiled or burnt alive in boiling tar which was set alight, some burnt at the stake slowly, some hung, some drowned and many jumped off cliffs.
    Many of these were practicing the old pagan religion, some were herbalists and most were completely innocent of anything other than be the victim of persecution. Poor women horribly murdered in the name of religion.

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    • sbwritingsite says:

      Wow. That’s a lot to take in. This past weekend I learned the history of the Salem witch trials, but didn’t know it occurred other places as well. It is hard for some to accept anything other than their own beliefs. “…More people have died over religious conflict than any other reason.” -Gwyneth Paltrow. It’s unfortunate really.

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  2. stomperdad says:

    Excellent buffet of Halloween “treats” here 🙂 Wicked Good Books is a an awesome name for a bookstore! As for the witch trials, it’s just another stain on fabric of human history. It was a movement taking place across oceans as word spread and beliefs flared.

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  3. greenpete58 says:

    Thanks for liking my post “Witches, Wizards, Puritans and Periwigs.” (And for following my blog!). Since you live in Boston, you’re probably quite familiar with Salem and its history. I think there’s now a monument to the victims there. Anyway…I like your blog, and thanks again!

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  4. Mike Senczyszak says:

    Love it! I visited the Salem Witch Museum way back, probably around 1990. I bought a Tarot Deck there, still have it. Miss Boston also, one of my favourite cities.
    Great post, nothing like stoking up the Halloween vibe! Cheers!

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    • sbwritingsite says:

      I wanted to get a tarot card reading for my birthday, but some of my friends involved had different opinions about it. “It’s the devils work,” & so on. That didn’t really spook me out I just know that it is definitely not for some people. What are your experiences about it? I am still very curious.

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      • Mike Senczyszak says:

        No real experience with Tarot Cards, although I’ve always had a fascination with the occult. I actually saw the deck at the museum when I visited, and they were the exact same cards used in a James Bond film from the 1970’s, Live and Let Die, so I had to get them. Glad I did. I understand some people’s trepidation with Tarot and the occult in general, it’s similar to messing around with a Quija Board, harmless fun for some, not to be messed with by others. I did a post on Quija Boards a few months back, if you do a search on my site it will come up.
        Glad to have come across your site!Stay in touch.

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      • sbwritingsite says:

        Yes, it deserves some further looking into. & same here ! I’m definitely going to read your post on the Quija board, sounds interesting. If I come across anything worth mentioning I will keep you posted.

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