Date Of Visit: October 29, 2016
Location: Salem Commons, Washington Square North, Salem, MA
Hours: They lock up the cart the pumpkins are stored in each night so they are not accessible to be viewed until around 9 or 10 a.m. and they lock them up in the evening.
Parking: Parking is available in the two main parking garages in Salem or you can try your luck with on or off street parking. Parking restrictions are strictly enforced this time of the year. It’s $20 a day to park in most garages and lots no matter how long you stay.
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Highlights: pumpkins decorated by children in various age groups
What would Halloween be without pumpkins? You do not have to worry about if you visit Salem, MA. Pumpkins are everywhere; in front of businesses, on people’s porches and in a little cart in Salem Commons.
The pumpkins, which were decorated earlier in October, have been on display in Salem Commons during the entire Halloween season as part of the Haunted Happenings festival in Salem.
The pumpkins, arranged by age group, range from the humorous to the (sort of) scary. I especially like the elephant pumpkin.
Salem Commons also has a variety of food trucks, amusement rides for children and Halloween decor. In fact, it may get overlooked with so many other things going on in the city.
During my stay in Salem, I saw lots of costumed beings, both human and pet.
Grayson, a Yorkie who will be 3 in December, was the bomb in his Galaxy Samsung Note 7 costume. If you want to see more of Grayson, and you really should, you can connect with him on Instagram @GRAYSON_THE_YORKIE (GRAYSON_THE_YORKIE)
I saw Grayson later that day on Essex in a different costume.
Ginny, a 6 year old Siberian Husky, looked like an angel with her wings on.
The K-9 police dog of the Salem Police Department below is Perky. I love the look of complete attention to his partner in his eyes.
The humans who dressed up for the day wore even more interesting costumes than their canine counterparts.
While I think some of the costumes may be self-explanatory or from sources I am not aware of, I will do my best to describe the costumes. Feel free to correct me or add to these descriptions in the comment field if there’s a costume I cannot identify.
first row (left to right): zombie, night of the living dead zombie, more zombies – pirate zombies maybe, Kramer
second row (left to right): colonial-era guitarist, pirates
third row (left to right) Jawa, Randy “Macho Man” Savage, zombie, wolf and little red riding hood
fourth row: man dressed as woman, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetle….I almost said it three times with Lydia (although I think she looks more Alice In Wonderland)
fifth row (left to right): headless horse person (I think it was a woman in the costume), not sure but it was a very cool costume
sixth row: “Alex” (from “A Clockwork Orange”), “Frank” from “Donnie Darko”, “Frankenstein” and I’m not sure about the last one (possibly Rusty Jones, Brawny, Grizzly Adams, OK now I know I’m dating myself here…)
And, yes, I have even more (many more) costumed people and animals to show you in future posts! Happy Halloween!
Here is a video of the decorated pumpkins:
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