It's time once again for an eagerly anticipated fall tradition - the annual fall road trip. For the past several years, I've planned a long weekend (usually Thanksgiving weekend) trip. My philosophy is a simple one: why spend Thanksgiving cooking turkeys when you can simply leave town instead? And whenever possible, I try to include something Halloween-related in my journey.
So this year, it's off to Massachusetts: Boston, Concord, and Salem. Because nothing says "Halloween" quite like Salem in October. I've visited before, both in October and in the "off-season": July. The contrast is startling. It doesn't even feel like the same city. Each October, anyone with even a passing interest in Halloween, witches, ghosts, and cheap souvenirs, gravitates to its streets. In many ways, Salem is the perfect Halloween destination. But the best thing about making a second October trip is knowing where to go, what to do and most importantly, what to avoid. So, for the next two days, I'm off to embrace everything I love about Halloween in the Witch City. Ghost walks and pumpkin ice cream are at the top of my list.