Oct 242013

Adults, your turn to party in Salem. Last weekend we pointed out many of the fun things taking  place for kids. Things weekend it’s literally one party after another or at the same time. Better have your costumes & real IDs handy! Many of these may be sold out, so call or email as soon as possible.

Christian Day10/25
The Official Salem Witches’ Halloween Ball, 7:30pm – 12:30am
Join Christian Day and the Witches of Salem with guests Dragon Ritual Drummers for a night of magic, music, and rituals at one of Salem’s most magical Halloween parties! You are invited to join them as in days of old when fires burned on every hilltop and Witches gathered to feast, rejoice, and cast spells for the new year! Dance in the Hawthorne Hotel Grand Ballroom, feast on sumptuous hors d’oeuvres, and participate in the Costume Contest . Book tickets at www.festivalofthedead.com, 978-666-0765

Harry Potter Salem Halloween Ball,  8pm-midnight
DJs Alvis and Zombi will play Halloweeny/80s New Wave/Wrock/ Goth/Industrial music, there will be photo opportunities, and a full bar. All ages welcome, 21+ to drink (bring ID). You may not bring your own alcohol. Costume required (HP preferable but any fabulous costume will do) Knights of Columbus Ballroom, 94 Washington Square East, 978-745-3408

Fright Night Ball, 9pm-1am
Come to Rockafellas for their Fright Night Ball upstairs in Colonial Hall. Cash giveaway upstairs for best costume. DJ Carla D spinning upstairs. Other features to the night include psychics, horror movies, liquor tasting, chef prepared delights and various swag. They will be offering VIP balcony tickets. For details & reservations go to www.RockafellasofSalem.com, 978-745-2411

Highrock’s Masquerade Ball, 6-9pm
This Ball is to benefit the North Shore CDC! Family-friendly gathering with games, dancing, and merriment at Salem’s Old Town Hall, 6-9pm. Admission gets you 2 drinks (21+, please bring I.D.), dinner catered by Celia’s Restaurant. Your favorite costume or fancy attire with a mask! The North Shore Community Development Coalition connects Salem’s families in need with affordable housing, education, and services to thrive. For more info visit www.highrocknorthshore.org or email brynn@highrocknorthshore.org.

5th Annual Zombie Prom, 8-11:30pm
The petrifying costumes, the non-stop dance party, the crowning of a Prom King & Queen and the 400+ Zombies who attended Zombie Prom last year, proves why this is one of the most talked about, anticipated Halloween Parties to attend in Salem. For more info, go to http://www.victoriastationsalem.com/, 978-745-3400

Nightmare on Hawthorne Blvd, 8-12am
The Annual Costume Party held at the historic Hawthorne Hotel is a night of food, music, and controlled chaos, interrupted only by a fantastic costume contest with up to $1,700 in prizes.  For more info, see http://www.hawthornehotel.com/Halloween, 978-744-4080.

Gulu Gulu Halloween Party, 8-11pm
It’s that time of year again! Our annual ticketed event featuring the music of the amazing DJ Noel Snow, dancing, a costume competition, and the best food & drink this side of Czechoslovakia!  Gulu Gulu Cafe, 740-8882

Voodoo Ball, 9pm-1am
Come to Rockafellas for their Voodoo Ball upstairs in Colonial Hall. With a Voodoo theme, choose your poison and dress to the nines because the best costume upstairs receives big cash giveaway. DJ Carla D spinning upstairs. Other features to the night include psychics, horror movies, liquor tasting, chef prepared delights and various swag. They will be offering VIP balcony tickets. For more info go to www.RockafellasofSalem.com, 978-745-2411

Oct 092013

What exactly are you planning to do with last year’s costumes? Will you arrive again at cousin Jerry’s party as Bigfoot? And what about little Jack & Jill? Maybe they’ve outgrown “Toy Story.” If you’re like most people, as much as you don’t want to, you will end up tossing the costumes into the trash and buying new ones. But there is an economic and ecological alternative: swapping costumes. And you can do it Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week, right here in Salem.

The City of Salem Recreation Department will be accepting costumes for its 2nd Annual Salem Costume Swap at the Salem Senior Center. You may drop off gently used adult, kid or pet costumes Thursday from 8am to 7pm and Friday from 8am to 4pm. They will also accept Halloween accessories.

In return, you will receive one swap ticket to claim a new-to-you costume at the actual Salem Costume Swap on Saturday, October 12th at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem, 13 Hawthorrne Blvd.

No costume to swap? Still want to shop? No Problem! Stop by the Salem Boys & Girls Club that day from 10am to 1pm to purchase any costume for $5. Proceeds will benefit Salem youth programs.

Green Halloween®, a non-profCostum Swapit community initiative set up to create healthier and more sustainable holidays, began sponsoring National Costume Swap Day in October 2010. In partnership with Kiwi Magazine and Swap.com, parents, young adults and kids across America can come together to swap out once-used Halloween costumes and walk away with something new.

According to their website “Swapping half the costumes kids wear at Halloween would reduce annual landfill waste by 6500 tons, equal to the weight of 2500 midsize cars.”

So, make it an eeek-ological and eeek-onomic Halloween.

Sep 102013

Raised mugs will be the order of the day at Salem’s Old Town Hall this Saturday, 9/14/13 from 7-11pm as Pamplemousse and Social Palates are joining forces to host the third annual Salem Ma Oktoberfest.

The German-themed event will feature beer from local breweries as well as traditional fare from Salem businesses including Polonus Deli, the Flying Saucer Pizza Company and the Lobster Shanty. A continuous line up of entertainment includes local acts The Nick Consone Band, Qwill, and Freevolt.

Oktoberfest Salem MA (photo courtesy Social Palates)

“Everyone had such a good time last year, there were games, contests and many showed up in traditional costume,” says Pamplemousse’s Diane Manahan. “We knew right away that this would become an annual tradition.”

Featured highlights for this year will be the Bratwurst eating contest, the Apple Challenge, Kazoo-kioki, and the German costume contest with prizes in each category. The host this year is Erik Rodenheiser of the Griffin Theater as Olga, the Angry German Beer Wench.

All proceeds will benefit the Salem YMCA. Last year’s event raised over $5,000 to support the Y for All Campaign.

Manahan adds that “Local politicians are donating their time and dressing up in traditional German costumes to help with the cause. Look for State Senator Joan Lovely, Councillor at Large William Legault, Councillors Josh Turiel and Tom Furey as well as David Eppley and Beth Gerard who are running for Ward 4 and 6.”

Tickets are $20 per person (21 and older, please) and include admission, German hats and kazoos, a souvenir mug. Beer from Blue Hills Brewing, Narragansett, Cody Brewing and Notch will be available for $2 and $3 as well as German wine. A variety of German faire will be available for purchase.Tickets can be purchased at Pamplemousse, Salem Cycle, The YMCA (all located in downtown Salem) and at the door. This event has been sold out each of the past 2 years, so get your tickets early!