The festival has already kicked off in Salem, but that's no reason to wait until next year. Witches, ghouls and their fans have plenty to do in town in the next few weeks, like attending the Psychic Fair and Witchcraft Expo. It might be the only place you can get a palm reading, past life reading and visions for your future all at the same time.
The Salem Witches Halloween Ball is set for October 26 this year, with famous [Ed note: really?] witch Fiona Horne providing the tunes. It happens at the Hawthorne Hotel, the historic and haunted inn downtown. Be sure to dress your best: Big prizes will go out to the top costumes.
If this all seems a little to fun for a death festival, don't worry. On October 20, a team of ghost hunters will set out to a local graveyard to scout for spirits. And October 28 is the day that Salem's own medium, Leane Marrama, conjures the dead in what's being called an "authentic seance."
Salem isn't too far from Boston, so you'll probably be flying into Logan International. If you can live through that, you'll make it through the Festival of the Dead.