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Season with the Witch: The Magic and Mayhem of Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts
Season with the Witch: The Magic and Mayhem of Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts | J W Ocker
Salem, Massachusetts, may be the strangest city on the planet. A single event in its 400 years of history the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 transformed it into the Capital of Creepy in America. But Salem is a seasonal town and its season happens to be Halloween. Every October, this small city of 40,000 swells to close to half a million as witches, goblins, ghouls, and ghosts (and their admirers) descend on Essex Street. For the fall of 2015, occult enthusiast and Edgar Award winning writer J.W. Ocker moved his family of four to downtown Salem to experience firsthand a season with the witch, visiting all of its historical sites and macabre attractions. In between, he interviews its leaders and citizens, its entrepreneurs and visitors, its street performers and Wiccans, its psychics and critics, creating a picture of this unique place and the people who revel in, or merely weather, its witchiness."
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overtheedge
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Absolute fun!
We join the Ocker family as they spend a month in Salem, Massachusetts. Touring historical sites, museums and cemeteries and many of the sites associated with the Salem Witch Trials. There is a chapter about the Maritime museum and Nathaniel Hawthorne's tribute.
#teamslaughter #scarathon #scavengerhunt #aboutHalloween
5 points for Halloween theme
1 point scavenger hunt
6 total points
Cool cover!

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Librarybelle
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I really enjoyed this #orangecover book! Ocker decides to live in Salem, Massachusetts in order to understand the history of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, and how that history impacts the city today. He covers so much and really makes you think about Salem. #FallIsBooked

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🧡 2mo
ferskner This sounds AMAZING. 2mo
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booksbrewsandbooze
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MaleficentBookDragon
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No reading tonight. I just took a night tour of Salem. So many shops that had books in them. I did the window shopping tonight to plan out my purchases tomorrow.

DoonTheGoon Hope you're having fun!!! 13mo
Texreader Oooh that sounds awesome. Have fun!! 13mo
Q84 Sounds awesome! 13mo
Cathythoughts Stunning picture 13mo
MaleficentBookDragon @Cathythoughts thank you. I like it too. 13mo
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Susannah
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Day 4, Orange Books: Looking around, I see a lot of orange spines but very few orange books. Since the only other orange book I seem to have is reserved for tomorrow's BIG books entry, here's an all-over orange book that's also on my TBR this month. It's a bit long, so I hope I like it! 🎃

#31bookpics #orangebooks
@howjessreads

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Sara_Planz
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I like Ocker‘s books because they really feel like you are sitting with the people he is interviewing and having that conversation with them. It examines not only the folklore but the meaning and lasting impact of the 1692 Witch trials on Salem and pop culture.

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Sara_Planz
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Book 3 for the #readathon. Loved his book about Poe and just picked this up when it was on sale a few days ago. Miss Harvey is ready to go.

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 1y
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Dorianna
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J.W. Ocker and his family packed their bags and lived in Salem, Massachusetts for the entire month of October. His goal was to find out what makes Salem, well, Salem. This book was both fun and interesting as you follow Ocker on his journey through Salem‘s infamous history and how it looks through the lens of the city‘s present day. It‘s like a combination of history, travel memoir, and cultural observations.

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Dorianna
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The creepy events and timing that led to Salem‘s Haunted Happenings. 👻

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quietjenn
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Further adventures in seasonally thematic reading.

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Dorianna
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Enjoying a quiet afternoon reading about Salem, Massachusetts.

Soubhiville Creepy! 2y
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Librarybelle
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I read this last year and really enjoyed it...an exploration of all facets of Salem, including those places that try to look beyond what happened in 1692. #orangeandblack #hallowreads

ValerieAndBooks Looks good! We visited recently one spring— very quiet there at that time of year 😊. 2y
Librarybelle @ValerieAndBooks Salem has been on my travel bucket list for quite some time...I'd like to go when it's a little quieter. Spring may be the time! 2y
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AprilMae
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#witchreads for this October! I think I'll start you this week!🎃👻🎃

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bookshopsc
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When the author moves his family to Salem for the month of Halloween in order to research and explore the town's history and its current culture, he finds a town unlike any other. A month long celebration of ghosts and ghouls embraces and even profits off of a past that many have tried to forget. This book is a fun, lighthearted look at a not so fun or lighthearted period in our country's history. - Jade

Laylafinn I plan on visiting Salem this month, so this may need to be read beforehand! 2y
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Redwritinghood
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#ORANGEYOUGLAD This was a great book that I read last October.

Emilyrjones22 Oh I need a book set during a holiday for my challenge. This sounds perfect! 3y
Redwritinghood @Emilyrjones22 Yes, it should be perfect. There's so many about Christmas but not many for Halloween. 3y
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Librarybelle
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Part snarky humor, part travelogue, with a dash of philosophical pondering, Ocker lives in Salem, Massachusetts as he really tries to get to know the city. What makes Salem so special? Does it diminish the memory of those who suffered during the witch trials? I loved reading this - Salem is on my to visit list because of the history - and it reminded me a lot of Sarah Vowell's books. Also, it was the perfect time of year to read this!

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Redwritinghood
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This was a fascinating look at Salem, MA, its history and present culture. The author moved his family to the city for the entire month of October, its busiest month of the year, to view the general madness of Salem at Halloween. The book is filled with history of the city and the tragedy of the Witch Trials, as well as interviews with various business owners, politicians and performers who make the city their home year round.

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Redwritinghood
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I don't usually have snacks when I read, but I do like to have coffee or tea. Since it's Friday, however, I decided to be a little wild and add a chocolate bar. Shown here with my two #scaretober reads. #readingsnacks #booktober

valeriegeary Don't get too crazy now.... 😁 3y
Zelma Everyone on Litsy is getting wild for their Friday! 😂🎉 3y
Redwritinghood @valeriegeary I know. I'm outta control. 3y
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Amanda.T
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Give me all the witch books you have.

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CherylDeFranceschi
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Here's a teeny piece of my #allhallowsread TBR.

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booklover76
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A really excellent history/travel guide of Salem, Massachusetts. After reading this book, I want to visit Salem. Ocker does a fantastic job of covering the diverse history of this coastal town. He fairly presents both sides of the Halloween celebration and lets the reader make their own conclusions. If you are looking for something different, give this a read!

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booklover76

"Tea can make a political rally seem like a librarian conference and a prison riot a chess tournament "

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booklover76

"...I planned to walk the path of the condemned, the gallows walk: from the site of the courthouse to the site of the jail to the site of the executions. Except unlike the Witch Trial victims, I would stop at Walgreens at the end of my trek for a Coke Zero."

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booklover76

On describing the Halloween parade in Salem:
"The parade started out innocently enough, with all the usual townie fanfare... That one guy from every city who dresses as Batman and has built his own Batmobile."

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Librarybelle
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Excited to start this!

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LiteraryLona
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Just getting started on this one!