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Halloween in July and August? The answer is a screeching yes!

I would like to start off by first welcoming all my new subscribers! I am so thankful to have you along for this broom ride. For those of you who have never been to Salem, the city is quite beautiful at all times of the year. You should definitely visit beyond the fall season to get a chance to really take in all of the architectural beauty, maritime history and ocean life when tourist numbers are low. In recent years, Salem has also become a hub of various art events and a foodie adventure, so be sure to stay tuned for that information. For example, I am particularly excited about the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) exhibition "It's Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art." This will be running August 12th through November 26th and will have film posters, horror masks, and sculptures. According to the PEM, these works of art show "the evolution of horror and sci-fi films and how they have played upon contemporary societal fears." This particular collection is owned by Kirk Hammett, guitarist of Metallica. I am a huge fan of Golden Age comics like Crypt of Terror and Tales from the Crypt which have similar subject matter in their covers so I am really looking forward to this event. I will send out a message when I attend and I am guessing it will be spectacular.

I am sure you at least know Salem for its witch history from 1692 where twenty people were wrongfully executed for witchcraft. Or maybe you know Salem for its off the charts Halloween celebration. Well, I am here to tell you that Salem does Halloween right and I am a huge Halloween fan, I mean huge. So why am I talking about this in July you ask yourself? Well, because the profoundly awesome capital of Halloween doesn't throw this bash together overnight. It is meticulously planned a year in advance. Yes, a year AND the best place to get all of the info about what will be happening in SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER is Salem Haunted Happenings. Salem Haunted Happenings is a magazine that details all of the festivities leading up to October 31. If you go to the link above I provided, they will mail a copy of the magazine to your house starting this month. Right now last year's magazine is still online for your to check out some of the events. I will send another message when I get my copy of Haunted Happenings. That's all for now, have a spooktastic day and remember to update your zombie evacuation plan yearly.

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