As a Witch growing up here, I have seen this parade almost all of my life. It was really naughty to watch the parade back then. Now it is an event everyone wants to be part of, and a tradition I am very proud of.
Salem, Mass. (PRWEB) October 10, 2011
No place on earth is happier that October has arrived than Salem, Mass., The Witch City. Every October for the past 30 years, this popular tourist site has transformed from a small New England town into the Halloween Capital of the World. This year marks the 30th Annual Haunted Happenings, a month long festival than begins with a parade on the first Thursday of the month. The Young Witches of Salem will be making their first public appearance together since the launch of their online reality show as they join the Mayor and the entire city in celebrating the beginning of the season. They will be joining the largest Halloween parade in the world along with schools, clubs, citizens and businesses who all get together to put on this mile-long train of floats, costumes, and all manner of spooky entertainment to celebrate Halloween in Salem.
Young Witches member Danielle, who is a lifelong resident of Salem, provides this perspective about Haunted Happening and the Parade, “As a Witch growing up here, I have seen this parade almost all of my life. The first time I saw it was when I was 9 years old. It was really naughty to watch the parade back then. Now it is an event everyone wants to be part of, and a tradition I am very proud to be involved in as well.“
As a parade novice, Lexi Renee shares this, “Honor those who serve is the theme (of the parade) this year. I think it is very important that we remember those Wiccans and Pagans that have served their country, especially at the cost of their lives. Our freedom to be a Witch and openly practice our traditions is possible because of their sacrifice. We will remember them at the World of Witches Museum also, where we honor them with an exhibit. During this season, we want to feel closer to their spirits and give them love and affirmation. This parade is a wonderful way to start.”
On the Friday following the parade, another example of Salem’s love of Halloween is the Official Mayor’s Night Out, where the honorable Mayor Driscoll leads the young people and their families in an evening of trick-or-treating. This is a tradition where businesses and attractions open their doors to Salem residences with candy and free admission as a thank you to the locals. The Young Witches of Salem will be participating as well with a special treat; a fairy tale Witches Candy Cottage that is nearly five feet tall. This will be open to youngsters for candy snatching at the World of Witches Museum, on Pickering Wharf. There will also be free tours of the museum to local residents in appreciation for being part of the cities festivities.
The Young Witches of Salem love Halloween and they will share their experiences for the entire month of October through their online web series and interactive website. To see more about The Young Witches, go to the website at TheYoungWitches.com for weekly episodes of the show, along with bonus video footage and much more. For additional information you can call the World of Witches museum at 978-594-1569. Email address is Ed(at)witchschool(dot)com.
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