First of all, it took forever just to get into town, and then we couldn't find anywhere to park so we ended up paying $15 to park in a lot with all the other suckers. We walked downtown and it. was. a. madhouse. I felt like I was going to be trampled at every turn, and the quaint historic little town had been completely carnivalized beyond recognition. It was like everything that is wrong with Disneyland--mile-long lines for every attraction and haunted house (and most frustratingly for the ladies' room in the Visitor's Center), exorbitant prices, strollers everywhere--even the graveyards were absolutely crawling with tourists. It was a major disappointment.
After attempting to escape the crowds and explore off-the-map corners of the downtown area, we finally just threw up our arms and left. It's a shame, because I remember visiting Salem my freshman year of college and having a grand old time sipping hot cider and strolling through the empty streets (and the haunted houses were so scary!). We decided that we are definitely off-season people, and maybe we'll go back next year in like... September.
(dress/fur collar: H&M; necklace: DIY; shoes: Seychelles)
This is what I wore when we picked out our pumpkin yesterday. Again, I had a full fall day planned, complete with pumpkin patches and hay rides and all that good stuff, but it was miserably cold and rainy all day. We ended up just driving down the road to a local farm and picking out a few gems (one for carving, two for cooking... and a miniature gourd that I want to attempt to carve as well). I'm going to make a pumpkin and lentil soup and K is going to make a pumpkin pie.
Sadly, the foliage was pretty decimated by the recent rain/wind storms here in VT--the tree branches already look like creepy bare bones! Just in time for Halloween :)