A season with the witch : the magic and mayhem of Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts / J.W. Ocker.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: "A single event in its 400 years of history--the Salem Witch Trials of 1692--forever changed the city's character and reputation in America. Salem has never left the shadow of those days but instead thrives as a haven of the bizarre and a modern outpost for the weird. Despite its year-round eldritch spirit, 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 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. From these exchanges, he creates a picture of this unique place and the people who revel in, or merely weather, its witchiness. Experience the thrills (and chills) of Halloween through the eyes of a curious and adventurous outsider in the city that has defined this day for generations."--Back cover.
    • Content Notes:
      Introduction: Salem for a spell -- Welcome to Witch City -- On a witch hunt -- Witch way to the gallows -- Wax witches -- The art of selling Salem -- Witches vs. pirates -- Grave magistrates and judges not -- A walk on the weird side -- Fictitious witches -- The real witches of Essex County -- More than witches to fear in Salem -- That's Hawthorne, with a "w," as in "witch" -- The "city" in Witch City -- Witch citizens -- H-day -- Epilogue: Salem after the spell.
    • Notes:
      Includes index.
    • ISBN:
      9781581573398
      1581573391
    • Accession Number:
      2016023647
    • Accession Number:
      ocn951563326
      951563326
    • Accession Number:
      fay.516075
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      OCKER, J. W. A season with the witch : the magic and mayhem of Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts. [s.l.] : The Countryman Press, 2016. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 18 ago. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Ocker JW. A Season with the Witch : The Magic and Mayhem of Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts. The Countryman Press; 2016. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.516075. Accessed August 18, 2019.
    • APA:
      Ocker, J. W. (2016). A season with the witch : the magic and mayhem of Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts. The Countryman Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.516075
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Ocker, J. W. 2016. A Season with the Witch : The Magic and Mayhem of Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts. The Countryman Press. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.516075.
    • Harvard:
      Ocker, J. W. (2016) A season with the witch : the magic and mayhem of Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts. The Countryman Press. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.516075 (Accessed: 18 August 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Ocker, JW 2016, A season with the witch : the magic and mayhem of Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts, The Countryman Press, viewed 18 August 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Ocker, J. W. A Season with the Witch : The Magic and Mayhem of Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts. The Countryman Press, 2016. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.516075.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Ocker, J. W. A Season with the Witch : The Magic and Mayhem of Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts. The Countryman Press, 2016. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.516075.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Ocker JW. A season with the witch : the magic and mayhem of Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts [Internet]. The Countryman Press; 2016 [cited 2019 Aug 18]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.516075

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2016 September #2

What better place to celebrate Halloween than Salem, Massachusetts? Festivities begin with a parade on October 1 and end with Halloween parties and costumed celebrations on October 31. In between, Ocker, a travel writer with an Edgar Award, and family stay the entire month, exploring Salem's many attractions. Although the witch trials in 1692 only lasted for nine months, Salem has been branded "Witch City," overshadowing its maritime history. Ocker samples everything: cemeteries, museums, gift shops, performances, wax museums, and more. He talks to street performers and street preachers as he tries to understand the appeal of the city. He interviews curators, haunters, costumed tour guides, a policeman, the mayor, and cemetery caretakers. Ocker devotes whole chapters to real witches, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and TV shows and movies set in Salem. His comic asides lighten the details of haunted houses, hangings, and hysteria without disrespecting the history. The result is a fresh, fun glimpse of a town that has come to grips with its sordid history and prospered. Armchair travelers will enjoy the trip. Copyright 2016 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2016 September #1

Travel writer Ocker (Poe-land) takes readers along with him and his family on an enjoyable trip to Salem, MA, during the month of October. The town is one of the largest Halloween-themed tourist spots, and the author examines how the holiday connects with its solemn past. Both the witch trials of 1692–93 and the life of 19th-century author Nathaniel Hawthorne, who was born in Salem, are woven through the narrative, giving it a solid historical starting point from which to explore the area's modern take on witches and Halloween. The result is an entertaining and historical guide to the varied sites of Salem, with Ocker interviewing everyone from the mayor to local archivists to men in scary costumes, covering burial sites of witch trial judges, and perhaps the most awesome Halloween street party ever described in print, with Ocker's good humor and touch of sarcasm marking his readable style. VERDICT A fun read for anyone who enjoys Bill Bryson-style travel writing, this entry will make readers want to visit Salem.—Sara Miller Rohan, Archive Librarian, Atlanta. Copyright 2016 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2016 August #5

This lively chronicle—part travel guide, part history lesson—charts the peculiar relationship between Haunted Happenings, the month-long Halloween celebration held annually in Salem, Mass., and the town's historic legacy as the site where 20 people were executed during the infamous witch trials of 1692. As depicted by Ocker (Poe-Land), Salem's embrace of what was once its stigma is a case of civics tempered by commercialism. Plaques and monuments around town call attention to the events of the early 1690s, but many historic sites have been built over—the site of the executions, for example, is now behind a Walgreens—and visitors are instead directed to self-styled museums that offer tours, wax dioramas, and historical reenactments. In the book's most fascinating chapter, Ocker notes with irony that the Peabody Essex Museum, which possesses the only true artifacts from the trials, is endowed as an art museum and distances itself from the city's branding for its October festivities. Ocker moves easily among the archivists, historians, and performers he interviews, and he describes the carnival atmosphere that descends upon "Witch City" with enthusiasm and vividness. 25 b&w photos. (Oct.)

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