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Halloween in Salem 2009

Posted in Salem with tags , , , , on August 19, 2012 by Janet Glenn

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So my thoughts on Salem. Where do I begin? There was nothing that I didn’t love about Salem. I felt totally comfortable there and I had kindred spirts all around me. No one thought that what I do with Halloween’s Unseen is sick and crazy, they think it is brilliant. I was welcomed. I didn’t have to hide Halloween’s Unseen because of people that would not understand. I was encouraged. I could wear my witch hat any day, any time I wished. Salem is very proud of it’s witchy past and the poor, innocent people who were so wrongly accused and executed as witches will never be forgotten. Compassion for the lost ones is worldwide because of Salem. And on a more personal level, Salem is very enchanting and has an atmosphere and it physically wraps itself around you. Salem literally stays with you and it even stayed with me for a few days after I returned home. It’s very hard to explain but I did not want to leave. I was already missing being in Salem as soon as I got home. I am already planning another trip at some point next year. I also didn’t get to see or tour everything in Salem and Boston so I will be going back for that as well. To wrap it up, a person who is really into anything paranormal can not only make a living in Salem but feel completely comfortable while you’re doing it! Hmmmmm, food for thought!

Love to each of you!
Janet
Halloween’s Unseen (and proud of it)!

November 2, 2009 – Day 7

Posted in Salem with tags , , , , , on August 19, 2012 by Janet Glenn

Awww, last day in Salem. Even with everything, I’m incredibly sad to leave Salem. Please don’t make me! I drag ass and pack up my shit. I don’t want to go! Did I already say that? Well, I don’t want to go! The idea of going back to Houston repulses me. I’m thinking, I want to stay longer but I’m broke on my ass. I’ve got to go. After all, I’m the “no credit card kid.” Cash only, baby! And I’m almost out of cash. So I check out but I’ve got to wait here in the hotel lobby for a couple of hours for my ride to the Boston airport. Guess I’ll just sit here and stare out the windows for a couple of hours. Can’t really move around much. What if he comes early or something? So here I sit looking out the windows at Salem. Two hours have now passed and oh look, there’s my ride …. with a flat tire! Oh shit, the day has begun! And a lady is driving! Sorry ladies, but I’d rather have a male driver at this point! She jumps out all chipper and shit and comes around to help me and I point at the back tire and she really goes off! I’m thinking, this is not my problem, this is not my problem! She’s running around in small circles repeating over and over, “What shall I do? What shall I do?” I shrug. So she thinks and then calls in. Good idea! The dude tells her to at least find a gas station and air it up and meet him at such and such place and they’ll trade cars. Good idea! So she asks me, “Where’s the nearest gas station?” I shrug. I do reluctantly at this point look over Salem and I spy a gas station sign. I do at least tell her that. We go, get air and drive. I’m not letting this get to me. It’s not my problem. I’m just too beat up! So we do get to the designated meeting place and we switch cars.

On the way to the airport, I see this gorgeous subdivision on a cliff overlooking Revere Beach. Yes, that Revere! Oh, I must come back! The most beautiful Victorian homes I’ve ever seen in my life! I will be back!

As we’re driving down the freeway to Boston, we see the other car with the dude driving by us and the tire is almost flat again. We just laugh and laugh and laugh! Finally, at the airport. These security dudes are pretty rigid. I practically had to get nude to get through and the lady security had a couple of issues with me and she was downright mean! Then it dawned on me as I finally passed through. This is the Boston airport where those two flights left and flew right into the World Trade Center! And this is where those terrorists were! I look around as if their ghosts are still hanging around here. I immediately check my attitude and understand why security was like that. Jesus, they’re just doing their jobs …. now. It was quite unsettling, let me tell you. I never thought I’d be this close to anything having to do with September 11th. I feel humbled.

Okay, I walk on through and what’s the first thing I see? A BOOKSTORE! Yes, there is a God in the Boston airport! I have some time so I peruse the books, buy a couple for the flight and go in search of something to eat perhaps. I know …… So I find a Wendy’s. One last splurge, right? I order up, get all situated at my table with my books and my food and I notice that there’s quite a storm brewing outside. Perfect! Then I bite my burger. IT SUCKS! It tastes like friggin’ airport food! No sense complaining, it’s a friggin’ airport! This is not my problem! So I pick at my burger, eat my fries and gulp my drink down and watch the storm roll in all the while. I love the weather in New England and it always seems so dark. Yes, I’m in my element. Please don’t make me go! Well, almost flight time. I go to the gate. I’m hearing the flight’s late, not late, late, not late and shit, it was on time. I dejectedly move through the jet way, onto the plane and to my seat. No smelling my face now I guess. I’m at a window seat but I’m just so sad, I don’t even want to smell my face.

And I get home. And that’s the end of my trip. I didn’t realize I’d feel like this. Salem kept a piece of my heart it did and now I’ll never be completely happy again unless I am there. See you next year – Haunted Happenings 2010!.

Luvs,
Janet

November 1, 2009 – Day 6

Posted in Salem with tags , , , , , , , on August 19, 2012 by Janet Glenn

Okay, I awake and it’s still the same day! I’m the fuck getting out of this hotel and going back to Salem for my final night! I pack, check out, grab a doughnut and coffee, arrange my ride to Salem and step outside to wait. It’s fucking freezing!! Sorry about the fucking “F” word so much. I’m just still fucking pissed. Now see? What I said about Salem weather? If you feel a cold breeze and especially a cold breeze accompanied by rain, you’re in for some cold-ass weather! Oh, and it’s cold but I’m on my way to Salem!

Salem Harbour

And now for the next leg of my trip. I arrive at my new hotel, Salem Waterfront Hotel, and I check in but I can’t get in my room until 3:00 p.m. I’m okay with that. I’m in Salem and I can explore! And low and behold, this hotel sits right on beautiful Salem Harbor. Now how did I manage to do that? I’m so excited so I set off with my camera in tow. I get quite far from the hotel. The Harbor and the day is so lovely, it’s beyond words. It’s cold and in the afternoons here it’s darker in the sunlight and I’m loving it …. walking, walking. And then I feel this rumble and low-grade pain in the lower part of my belly. Oh dear, you know? The food at the Halloween Ball last night somehow didn’t taste right. I suddenly remember this right here, right now. Next thought? You know, I’m here in beautiful Salem taking in the lovely sights of the Harbor and I’m about to shit my pants. Right here in Salem. Now who’d ever thought that? I’m in trouble. I’m a long way from the hotel, I’m not even in my room yet and I HATE to shit in restaurants! So I walk. Walk, walk, walking. Don’t I look normal? Just walking along, enjoying the sights, holding my ass as tightly closed as possible. My, my this is turning into a long walk. Walking, humming, oh dear. How much longer must I go and I sure hope I can find the public restroom in the hotel fast. I hope I don’t have to wait in line. I hope I don’t crap my pants. All these thoughts going through my head. Walking, isn’t Salem beautiful? The pain is getting worse, more insistent. Oh God, I hope I make it! Now I’m praying. The hotel finally. I race to the restroom after I ask where it is, good no line. I enter, tear at my clothes, sit, nothing. Nothing! I mean, for a long time nothing! People come and go, various sounds and smells and there I sit. Nothing. Was it just cramps with no issue? Good! I was so worried and ashamed. Didn’t have to be! But these cramps hurt and I don’t know what to expect. So I wait and just as I’m about to give up, it happens. It’s really fast and it’s over, just like that. Pain, everything gone. Never did come back. I thought I would be sick for the rest of the day. I feel that I’m being toyed with but I got some beautiful photos! ***Mental note: Do not eat at Ball next year.***

I at this point have an appetite. I know, weird. Typical Texan. So I get into my room and then go in search of food. First things first, ice cream! And it tastes rotten and old. Oh my gawd, what’s with this place? I throw away the ice cream and literally run away from it! Oh my gawd! But I’m really hungry and very bewildered at this point. So I walk and walk (again). It’s Sunday night in Salem, the day after Halloween, and everything is closing or is already closed. Hmmmmm, looking around. Keep walking. It’s cold. I’m hungry. I’m alone. Walking. I did A LOT of walking in Salem! And finally, there it is. Brothers Diner! It looks all cozy inside, warm with its fogged up windows. I’m going in. It smells so good! It’s a cafeteria-like place and these guys are treating me like I’m really, really welcome. I belly up to the food bar and create my dinner. Thank you, thank you. It’s so good. Thank you for feeding me. Thank you for being here. While I’m eating, I’m really soaking up the culture of this place. The way everyone talks with their accents and all, I’d swear I’m sitting in some little diner in the Bronx or something. It sounds and feels so New York. I’ve never been to New York but I’m sure this is exactly how it would be. Some character-looking dude makes a grand entrance in the door and throws his arms out wide and announces, “I’m back!” Just like in the movies made in New York. It’s uncanny. I’m getting a very weird feeling come over me like I’m in the Twilight Zone or something and I’m suddenly not in Salem anymore. Oh dear, that’s really scary. Must shake that feeling off! I have found that when you travel alone, you just have too much time to think and my brain’s been having one hell of a good time with me on this trip!

So, I finish eating and I get the HELL back to my hotel room! I go to bed at 9:30 p.m. I’m exhausted and tomorrow is another day here in Salem, Mass! Say goodnight, Janet!

I’ve included a few photos below of my walk through Salem on this day. Hope you like these as much as I did taking them!

My 2nd Place Winner

This is the original of my 2nd place winner in the Salem Photo Contest (at the top of this page).

House of the Seven Gables

House of the Seven Gables on Salem Harbor

Morning Glory Bed and Breakfast

Morning Glory Bed and Breakfast on Salem Harbor

Spooky Store Fronts

Spooky Store Fronts on Salem Harbor

Witch's Brew Cafe

Witch’s Brew Cafe

Halloween 2009 – Part 2

Posted in Salem with tags , , , , , , , on August 18, 2012 by Janet Glenn

Okay, 2:00 a.m. – morning after Halloween – back home. Well, back at my hotel in Beverly at least. What a horrifying experience getting here! I never felt such relief to step into a hotel as I did tonight. If I come back to Salem (and I will), I will never stay outside of Salem again! Clearly, the shuttle service that took us to Salem earlier did not know what they were doing! After I attended the Halloween Ball festivities, I set out to meet up with the shuttle at the Salem Witch Museum at midnite – our pre-arranged time and spot. Salem Witch MuseumWhen I arrived, I called as instructed and said I was ready to be picked up. The guy on the other end was frantic, spouting out instructions and directions to me – someone who didn’t have a clue where in the hell she was – on foot, lost and from Texas for crap’s sake! I gathered that I was supposed to meet the Van at a specific intersection somewhere in Salem. Hmmmm. I began walking and found a policeman directing traffic. I said, “See, look, I’m from Texas and I’m pissed and lost and I need to get to such and such intersection.” The policeman was nice and helpfully – eagerly even – pointed the way …. down a dark, spooky street to my left. Finding my wayAt least I walked the right direction! I look down the street and it’s all houses – old houses – on both sides with some having people lurking around the porches. I’m not scared of ghosts but I am scared of people so I am not liking the idea of walking down there for a couple of blocks. Anyway, here I go, a very perturbed, somewhat overweight witch still dressed up in all her witchy best about to walk down a street that at this moment looks like it’s probably the scariest street in Salem. Oh, I’m so far from home – a totally solitary witch at this point. So I walk …. down the very middle of the street. What a sight I must have been! I’m peering at the houses as I go making sure no ghosts or zombies come running out. I am in Salem after all and Halloween has just ended. So I walk and I finally reach the intersection. There are no street signs. Now I’m not going to go into this here but why oh why are there never street signs when your life absolutely depends on it?! I do see two groups of people standing on either side of the street. I assume these are my people and choose the group that has the nicest looking lady standing there. So we wait, and wait under this huge tree. The lady and I speak. She has about as much information as I do but at least she’s a human presence for me. We wait and then it begins to rain. Salem has great weather. It happens when you least expect it. And there goes a cold wind. I have been in Salem long enough to know that you don’t take cold breezes lightly. So me and my beautiful hat are getting soaked and it will only be a matter of time before we are freezing as well. And I have no where to go, no way to get there. I see in front of me two guys from my hotel jumping into a cab and driving away. They could have offered to share that cab …. and fare …. with some of us. I would have. I’m from Texas. We wait, we get wet, we get nervous. And then alas, two Vans show up! We are elated and run and lurch to said heaven-sent Vans …. and neither are going to our hotel. The hell you say! Our group that had gathered were in no mood to hear this and quite literally jacked up both drivers and piled our asses into the Vans whether they liked it or not. “Now ***pointing gun at driver’s head*** if you know what’s good for you, you’ll get your skinny ass moving to Beverly!” And he did! We were packed in like sardines, soaking wet and stinking but we managed a civilized conversation during our ride.

We made it! Shit, we frickin’ made it. I get out of that fucking Van (never again), walk straight to my room, very gingerly hang up my hat to dry and fall face down on the bed. See youse in the morning.

Janet

Halloween 2009 – Part 1

Posted in Salem with tags , , , , , on July 4, 2012 by Janet Glenn

Salem Spook 2009

 

Halloween Sunset in Salem

Okay, about my Halloween in Salem. It was way more than I could have ever dreamed it would be! Firstly, the atmosphere was, well, Halloween! It was super windy with the smell and feel of Autumn and just a hint of a storm on the way. It reminded me of so many of my Halloweens in years past. Do you feel it? Aww, nostalgia …. moving on…. I didn’t know that Salem would fill up with over 100,000 people strolling along the streets in costumes. Picture for yourself at Mardi Gras in New Orleans but without the alcohol-fueled bad behavior. Halloween in Salem is a peaceful, happy event. Everyone talks to each other and poses for pictures. It is illegal to drink alcohol in public in Salem and everyone knows it and lives by it. It was so refreshing to see so many people gathered in one spot that were happy and loving the holiday festivities. I felt safe in Salem on Halloween. That’s more than I can say about Houston! Oh, and look at the lovely Halloween sunset in Salem behind a street performer. I wish my camera could have captured it “live” but this will do nicely I think!

About my costume! I was a witch and I bought the most beautiful purple felt witch hat. It is adorned with chiffon and autumn foliage. There is a picture of it in the blog here and you’ve probably already seen it if you are reading this. I included a gothic blouse, black skirt, striped stockings and some witchy shoes. I found it humourous that the only thing I had to buy was the hat. I can always throw a costume together with the clothes that I own. Everything I have is gothic, black, striped and pointy! I was flattered by a couple of people wanting to take pictures of me and with me. It really is a classy hat!

Salem Halloween Costumes

About the costumes in Salem! I can honestly say that as of now, there’s nothing I haven’t seen in costume wear! There were thousands and thousands of costumes and I think I tried to take a picture of every single one of them. There were so many people walking by that all I could do was point my camera into the crowd and hope to get something good. This method did not disappoint me! I got some excellent crowd and costume pictures! I’ve included a few here. I will have all my Salem photos pulled together for everyone to see.

Besides walking and experiencing Salem on Halloween, I attended a Halloween Ball at the Hawthorne Hotel. As you know from my prior posts, the Hawthorne is an historic and hopefully haunted hotel. On the night of the Ball, the hotel was transformed into the biggest haunted house you could ever wish for. Their theme this Halloween was taken from VH1’s Rock of Love so it was Rock of Horror. Pretty clever. I was a bit surprised by the security measures they took but I guess they have to these days. As I entered the door, I suddenly felt hands going all over my body. Whoa, WTF? They were even squeezing the bag that I was carrying. Probably feeling for weapons. I spoke with one guest who was dressed as “Edward Scissorhands” and let me tell you, he looked just like him. “Edward” was complaining because security made him “check” most of his costume at the door. Apparently he had what looked like scissors for hands (duh) and security did not like that one bit. So there he was only half of “Edward Scissorhands” and he was making his displeasure known. Hawthorne Hotel Halloween BallI felt bad for him because he really put a lot of effort into his costume. I knew exactly who he was even without the scissor hands. That made him happy that at least people knew who he was trying to portray. As I’m sure you are wondering why, the people in Salem take their Halloween costumes very seriously and besides that the Ball was really expensive! The band was excellent and they rocked the night away. And one more thing about the Ball, I don’t know how many of you have attended a Halloween Ball completely alone but it is really not a good experience. When I took a moment to look around at all the people, I felt a bit fearful at being among all these strangers. I didn’t know a soul and each face somehow looked scary to me. Oh well, it was Halloween after all and everyone gets a scare, right? Right!

Salem Halloween Costumes

Let’s see, what are some of the costumes that I saw? I saw a man dressed as a stove, I saw the Octo Mom and all her babies, I saw a nurse escorting her patient along, her patient being in a straitjacket. I saw Bret Michaels, Daisy and Hulk Hogan. I saw Thing 1 and Thing 2 (don’t ask). I saw two headless horsemen, witches in drag, one only wearing a leotard, high heels and a witch hat (leaving a little more than I cared to see visible). A very handsome Fire Chief. Oh wait, he wasn’t in costume! I saw lot’s of guys and girls dressed in Victorian flair. I even saw Mozart! Scarlet and Rhett Butler were in attendance and the famous witches from Hocus Pocus, the Sanderson Sisters were happily in Salem once again. I saw lots of ghosts, ghouls and zombies, a few brides, birds and kitty cats. I could go on and on. Some people went really gory and some went with sexy and glamourous. There were many vampires and some of them looked a little too real for my taste! I found that in Salem, if someone wants to be a vampire, they just don’t cram plastic vampire teeth in their mouth, they actually have vampire teeth installed and these are very real. They also wear vampire clothing and it’s not a costume. This is their everyday wear. It’s a little unsettling to see but at the same time, it looks really elegant and “in style” like they are trendsetters. It was lovely!

Salem Police

The only real downside of Halloween was leaving to go back to my hotel which I will go into in the next chapter. The other noticeable downer was that when Halloween is over, it is frickin’ over! The Salem Police come out in full force, dressed in riot gear and march right smack down the middle of the streets ordering people to go the hell home! Some of the lucky cops get to ride the most beautiful horses I’ve ever seen. They are HUGE! And when the fireworks are over, it’s fucking OVER! I guess you can’t blame them; after all they’ve had “Haunted Happenings” for a full 31 days and I can just imagine what nonsense they’ve had to deal with. But let’s not mention the millions of dollars they’ve raked in from all those visitors!

So with all that being said, let’s move on to my Halloween disaster. Huh? Oh, and I hope you enjoy the Halloween photos I’ve included below.

Hope you had a happy Halloween!
Janet

Salem 2009

Salem 2009

Salem 2009

Salem 2009

Salem 2009

Salem 2009

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October 30, 2009 – Day 4

Posted in Salem with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 10, 2012 by Janet Glenn

Well alrighty then, it’s the day before Halloween! Actually as I write this post, it is Halloween morning. I have a very busy day planned for Halloween but first things first. Let me tell you about my day today.

When I awoke this morning, I knew I had to check out and find another place to stay. Here I am over 1,600 miles from home, all by myself and almost homeless. Well that’s how it felt! I had a few anxious moments there but I just went and took care of my business. I got another hotel room at the Wylie Inn in Beverly, MA which is only about 2 miles from Salem. The hotel has a schuttle that runs back and forth from Salem. $15.00 per ride – 2 miles. Can you imagine the prices around here?! Everybody has it figured out how to make money!

Beverly Window View

Anyway, this place is new and it sits on a college campus so it’s very scenic. There’s a photo of my view out of the windows. Is that a ghostly mist in the photo perhaps? It’s really strange but this room feels really creepy to me and it’s a modern building. I don’t know if it’s the smell or what. It smells new, like new carpet and it’s immaculate. Boy, that’s enough to make me feel strange right there! It does sit on the edge of what looks to be like some very dense woods. Maybe that’s it. I don’t know, I just feel spooked here. The Hawthorne Hotel was very old and historic and I didn’t feel spooked there at all. You wouldn’t think a brand new place would make me feel like this. For some reason I begin to hum the theme from Poltergeist…… hmmmmmm

Salem Witch House

Okay, I’ll shake that feeling off if possible. My day before I got my new room allowed me some time to explore some more of Salem. I went to the Witch House and got some better pictures. I’ve included one here. This house is the only one in Salem that has absolute ties to the Salem Witch Trials. The judge lived there and well, we all know what they did to those poor women and men. 19 were hung and one was crushed to death. There were an additional 150 people in prison awaiting trial. All accused of being witches. None were witches, well, of course not! This is a very interesting story and we will be presenting this on Halloween’s Unseen at some point.

Salem Witch Hat

I also bought my hat! Oh, you must see it. There it is in the photo. I’m going to the Halloween Ball on Saturday night at the Hawthorne and the hat is part of my costume. I love it! I was so happy to find it! At least I’ll be able to wear something pretty to the party!

Salem Police Witch Logo

So, dear dark ones, I will sign off for today. I hope you like the photos that I’ve included! Here’s a photo of a Salem police car with their witch logo on the door. Oh, how appropriate!

Oh, and I musn’t forget, I ran across a vampire in my travels and he was so kind to pose for me. I know that New Orleans, Louisiana has vampires but it seems that Salem, Mass does as well! What a friendly guy! (shiver)

Happy Halloween!
Janet

Salem Tour Vampire

October 29, 2009 – Day 3

Posted in Salem with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2012 by Janet Glenn

Oh my gawd – Day 3! I walked literally for over 9 hours and I’m so exhausted! I want to tell you that it was worth every step. I took 100s of photos and took 3 tours. The tours were so interesting. Of course, I will share what I’ve learned. I have enough material to last me into next year!

Salem Witch House

Early on I struck out on my own and walked and walked and walked. I found a lot of my friends from MySpace. They have businesses in Salem and they were making tons of money! I’m so happy for them! I have half a mind to get a business of my own up here! And I found the Witch House! This is really the main attraction for me! I can’t believe I’m actually standing here next to it taking pictures. Also, I found the Bewitched Statue that was donated to Salem by TV Land in memory of the Bewitched show that used to come on. The likeness of Elizabeth Montgomery (Samantha) was incredible. It looks just like her and I’ve included a larger photo below. I did love that show and it was so nice to see it being recognized in such a manner. Salem Hocus PocusI was also able to get a few pictures of the Witch Memorial and the “The Burying Point” cemetery which I’ve included below. The Cemetery Tour was so up my alley and the things I learned were awesome. Our Tour Guide loves Salem and is a true historian of Salem’s troubled past. I will have much more on the cemetery and the Salem Witch Trials so be looking for it in this Blog. And too, I don’t know if y’all remember me telling you but the movie “Hocus Pocus” is one of my very favorites and it was filmed in Salem. I found many of the locations and there’s “Allison’s House.” Cool? Yup!

Salem Bronze Witch Statue

It was really fun to just walk up and down the pedestrian mall and look at the shops and see the various entertainment. My ultimate favorite was the “Bronze Witch Statue.” She was a scream! I could have watched her for hours and the only thing she did was grunt and kiss at you if you put money in her tip bucket or try to steal your hat, purse or wallet as you walk by. Her performance was brilliant. I will go tomorrow and get some video of her to share.

I do have to take care of something tomorrow for I will be briefly homeless. I need to find another hotel because the Hawthorne’s prices have gone up considerably. They are way over my simple head! As soon as I get settled in somewhere else, I can rest and start getting ready for the Halloween Ball on Halloween night at the Hawthorne. I am so fortunate to be going!

Anyway, I must put my broom away for now and rest. I hope you will enjoy my photos for today. I’ll speak to my spookies soon!

Love to all,
Janet

Salem Bewitched Statute

Salem Old Burying Point

Salem Witches Memorial

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