Summon the dead -- so to speak
Spiritualism during Victorian times was like when the modern Ouija board came out -- it was big. Spiritualists believed they could summon people from the dead and communicate with them. But the movement lost traction when it was found that fake mediums were taking people for a ride. At least local magician, Evan Northrup, is transparent about the whole thing. He’ll recreate a Victorian-style séance for believers and non-believers alike during “The Spirits Speak: Magic, Mediums, and Mentalism.” The event runs October 5-27 at the Salem Regional Visitor Center, 2 New Liberty Street, Salem.
Cost: Tickets range from $10 to $20.
Run for your life, in oversized shoes
Devils are creepy, but they’ve got nothing on clowns. Now you can dress up like Ronald McDonald and run screaming through the streets of Salem during the Creepy Clown 3.33 Miler. It's a shorter alternative to the city’s traditional Devils Chase 6.66 mile run (a distance chosen for obvious reasons), but are run together, and costume awards are also given out. Dressing up as Satan or that guy from It are not required, but why else would you do this run?
Cost: Devils Chase and The Creepy Clown are both October 27. Registration is $35 and $20, respectively.