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October 26, 2012

Salem braces for Halloween

Huge weekend crowds expected despite hurricane threat


There’s even more happening tomorrow.

It starts with the Devil’s Chase 6.66-mile Road Race and goes on to Family Fun Days on Salem Common, a concert at the East India Square fountain stage, a free mead tasting at Pamplemousse, a haunted movie night on Salem Common, a Voodoo Ball at Rockafellas, a True Blood Bash on Pickering Wharf, and a costume party at the Salem Waterfront Hotel hosted by Billy Costa of Kiss 108.

Of course, there is a long list of daily events, like the Fiesta Shows carnival on Derby Street. For a complete lineup, go to

There will be activities across the city on Halloween night. One of the newest is hard to explain. It’s called “projection mapping,” a kind of light show that will be done on the side of Tabernacle Church on Washington Street. It’s a new technology that can make structures appear to light up like a candle or crumble in pieces.

As usual, Halloween will end around 10:15 p.m. when fireworks go off over the North River.

“It’s similar to Disney World,” Gilligan said. “When they set off the fireworks, everyone knows the park is closing, and they start heading home.”

The MBTA is running extra trains this weekend and on Halloween day.

Although the weather is unpredictable and Halloween falls on a Wednesday, the city is also preparing for large crowds on Halloween day and night. In past years, estimates have approached 100,000.

“To me, it doesn’t matter what night of the week it is,” Gilligan said. “It’s Halloween night in Salem, and people want to come.”

Tom Dalton can be reached at

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