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.
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…
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). 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. Talismans created to protect against the evil eye are also frequently called “evil eyes”.
Wicked Good Books
http://www.wickedgoodbookstore.com/I 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 is a 1993 American comedy–horror 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.
Hocus Pocus tours bring you around to some of the films most popular filming locations (Allison’s House aka Ropes Mansion)
We 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.