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Jerry’s Fright Fairs (Witch City Consignment, Salem, MA)

Date Of Events: October 13 and 28, 2018

Location: Witch City Consignment, 302 Essex St, Salem, MA

Highlights: art, memorabilia and other horror related items for sale


The Witch City Consignment shop had two fairs: Freaks, Antiques And Uniques which was held October 13 and 14 and Jerry’s Fright Fairs which were held the last two weekends of the month.

The “boo-tique” specialized in art, dolls and masks among other types of horror related products.  There were two levels of vendors with dozens of artists at the shop.

Toni Gangi’s The Monkey Biz specializes in art with a twist.

Move over American Girl, Kat sells cute little dolls at Kats Creepy Creations.

There was lots of art by a variety of artists at the fair.

Oneail FX sells masks and effects for all of your Halloween needs.

The Witch City Consignment store also sold their own wares.  Everything from figurines and old magazines to holiday decorations (with a heavy emphasis on Halloween decorations of course).

The shop featured not only horror themed products.  There were also artifacts of a bygone era.

Sometimes you come across items that peak your interest, even if you wouldn’t want to buy them for your own use.  I always find things like these old photos to be so interesting.  I wonder where are these people now?  What were they really like and what is their story?

I had to take a close up of this Halloween decoration since my we had the very same decoration while I was growing up.  I wonder if it’s the same one.  It’s wonderful to think of how one random decoration can make you flush with nostalgia.


Of course, during my visit to the fair there were lots of people and dogs in costume for Halloween.

Dogs were dressed up for the holiday as well!


Sawyer, Super dog on the left, is an 11 year old Beagle.  Jack, dressed as Batman on the right, is a 10 year old Cavalier.

The appropriately named Lucifer is a 10 month old Siberian Husky.


Astra is a 8 month old Samoyed.


I met Faith, an 8 year old, Pitt Bull and American Bulldog mixed breed dog.


Faint Of Art – Part I (Salem, MA)

Date Of Visit: October 8, 2017

Location: The Bridge at 211, 211 Bridge St, Salem, MA

Hours: Hours may vary

Cost: Free

Parking: There is limited parking available at the location.  There is also metered street parking throughout Salem.

Highlights: art created by local artists


  • Exhibit is up until October 29


Art and Halloween are the perfect combination for Salem.  With a thriving art community and its dark history, the Salem Arts Association, “Faint Of Art” exhibit makes for a great display for this time of the year!

The exhibit, being displayed at the Bridge at 211, consists of art created mostly by people from Salem and the neighboring towns and cities such as Lynn and Peabody.

While there is more than just the Faint Of Art display at the Bridge, the Faint Of Art display is located in the foyer or hallway of the building.

The art mostly consists of mostly paintings, photographs and sketches.  Some of the works had a glare reflecting off the glass they were framed in which I couldn’t avoid capturing unfortunately.  Consequently,  had to take some of these photos from unusual angles to cut down on the shadows and glare.

The first work I noticed was very scary and set the tone for the rest of the exhibit.


Nightmare is by Anne Benecke..  It is an oil on canvas painting.



Hera by Joey Phoenix.  Color photograph.



Into The Night by Leo Vincent.  Reverse oil painting on paper.


It’s Harvest Time by Charles Lang.  Acrylic.


Heretic by Adrian Rodriguez.  Ink on rag paper.


Masks by Adrian Rodriguez.  Ink and watercolor on rag paper.


Gates Of Freedom by Raymond Gilbert.  Oil on canvas.


It’s Alive by Kevin Kusiolek.  Pastel.


One of my favorites is Here Comes The Bride by Carli Kusiolek.  Yes, she is married to Kevin.  That’s a lot of talent in one family.


History Of Flights And Fancy: Fish Food For Wild Thoughts by Brian Gordon.  Cut paper, sewn zippers and thread.


Girl With The White Dress by Elizabeth Sheehan.  Oil and cold wax.


Haunting also by Elizabeth Sheehan.  Acrylic on canvas.


Nevermore by Sheila Farren Billings.  Mixed-media.


Frighteningly Friendly by Cindy Allen.  Acrylic. (Honorable Mention)


She Laughed by Maura McGonagle.  Ink on paper.


Ghost Ship 2  by Rod Parker.  Photograph.




I make that face a lot, too.  Man In The Mirror by Leo Vincent.  Reverse oil painting on paper.


Jenny by Joey Phoenix.  Acrylic on canvas.


The Gargoyle by Nancy Barnes.  Pastel.


Another one of my favorites.  Monsanto by Heather Stewart.  Acrylic on canvas.


Gargoyle Palace by Roberta Will.  Sumi stick wash, pen, ink.


Raymond Gilbert.  Oil on canvas.


Godzilla by Peter Grimshaw.  Mixed-media.


The Creature From The Black Lagoon by Peter Grimshaw.  Mixed-media.


Anything You Want But Nothing You Need by Raymond Gilbert.  Oil on canvas.


Til Death Do Us Part by Carli Kusiolek.  Watercolor, pen and ink.


Untitled by Heather Meri Stewart.  Pen and ink.

While this concludes the photos from the “Faint Of Art” collection, there were many more works of art displayed in the other rooms at the Bridge at 211 which I will include in my next blog post.

Which one did you like best?  Let me know in the comments below!





2017 Zombie Walk (Salem, MA)





Date Of Event: October 7, 2017 (usually the first Saturday in October each year)

Location: Collins Cove Park, E. Collins Rd, Salem, MA

Parking: street parking can be found on Collins St. and the surrounding neighborhood

Website: Salem Zombie Walk

Handicapped Friendly: Yes

Dog Friendly: Yes

The zombies have invaded Salem, MA.  And I don’t just mean the ones engrossed with their phone screens wandering through the streets.

No, these zombies are participants in the annual Salem Zombie Walk.

There were zombies of all ages, attire and degrees of scariness.  It’s never too early to get into the Halloween spirit and these people were definitely in the spirit of the season!

But, my favorite zombies have to be the families and children who have dressed up for the walk.  After all, the families that stalk together stay together.

There’s nothing cuter than “zombie kids!”

The zombies arrived in a variety of different vehicles.  “Witch Taxi.”  How appropriate.  Was her broom broken?

After a quick game of zombie kickball, they all got lined up and began the walk.

Although there weren’t any dogs in the zombie walk (although they are welcome), I did see these cute dogs on the way to the park.

Gatsby is a 1 year and 3 month old Golden Retriever.

Baloo (named after the character in The Jungle Book) is a 5 year old Pomeranian.

These two friends watched the parade from the window of their home.  Perhaps I’ll see you next year…if the zombies don’t get you first!

Below are some videos from the festivities at the zombie walk.