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A Season with the Witch – Book Review

A Season with the Witch: The Magic and Mayhem of Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts.

3.5 out of 5 stars

The allure of Salem, Massachusetts is a large one if you’re someone who revels in Halloween and/or history. We all know the basic outlines of the Witch Trials but this book just proved to myself that I don’t know enough. Now, this isn’t the book to pick up if you’re looking to learn about the Witch Trials like myself, but it is the one to pick up if you’ve been wondering just how weird Salem gets around Halloween.

It was interesting to find out that Salem only really began putting an emphasis on Halloween a few decades ago. It sounds like a divided town. One where half the residents want to be known for arts and culture and the other half is proud of all the Halloween fun. One half thinks they are disgracing the legacy of the victims of the witch trials, while the other half thinks that they are honoring them.

The first half of the book is an examination of the city’s entire history, the second half gets more into the weird stuff. While I enjoy history, I didn’t exactly enjoy the manner in which the author recited the lore. I cannot pin point the exact reason that it bothered me but, I’ll go with mildly boring. The second half was more entertaining, hearing from real life residents.

LOTS of typos.

Overall, a decent travel book to inspire people to check out a legendary American city and have some spooky fun.