Connected \\ September 27, 2022
Inside the Peabody Essex Museum’s new Halloween pop-up shop
It's about that time of year — days are getting shorter, summer flowers are starting to fade, school has started and the occasional chilly evening indicates that autumn is upon us.
For most New Englanders, that means a bit of mourning that summer is over, but we trade that for the excitement and change of season that fall brings. Fewer places are more beautiful than the North Shore of Boston in autumn, but if you live in Salem, there is something a bit extra about the season. Everyone who lives in Salem has differing opinions regarding the subject and what it brings. Still, however one feels about it, we can all agree that there is nothing like Salem, Massachusetts in October.
This year, the Peabody Essex Museum is embracing the season like never before. We have scheduled many fantastic programs and events, from the spooky to the thought-provoking, so keep an eye on the PEM Eerie Events calendar to keep updated.
When you think about it, Halloween is the perfect event for a museum to be part of because, at its core, there is so much creativity involved. What other holiday has people not only thinking of the most festive lawn display and decorations but also about the critical question — what are you going to be?
Our new pop-up shop — now open at 181 Essex Street, a short walk from PEM on the pedestrian walkway — can help with these big questions. We have stocked it with some great finds from around the world that will help you decorate your home and yourself! Hours are Thursday–Sunday, from 11 am–6 pm
Sterling silver by Daniel Low & Company from PEM’s collection and on view in the Salem Stories exhibition. Photo by Kathy Tarantola/PEM.
Daniel Low & Company
Locals might remember Daniel Low & Company and their Washington Street store, now occupied by Rockafellas restaurant. The store was known for classic Salem souvenirs. The brand was recently revived and some of the old favorites have been reproduced, thanks to some of the original companies that made them back in the day. We have partnered with the new proprietor to offer all of the classic reproductions they provide and even some updates! You can learn more about Daniel Low & Company and their witch souvenirs from Curator Paula Richter as part of the Salem Witch Trials Walk, our brand new self-guided audio tour.
Curator Paula Richter in the Salem Stories exhibition for recording for the Salem Witch Trials Walk. Photo by Kathy Tarantola/PEM.
What does the Fox say?
OK, we couldn't resist. But, really, what does the fox say anyway? In our fox mask, anything it wants to. We have a great variety of paper mask kits, including fox, raccoon, unicorn and others.
Photo by Kathy Tarantola/PEM
Be the butterfly you have always wanted to be
One of our favorite finds is our new capes; the larger version includes wires that will allow you to spread your wings and flit fearlessly! Each is constructed from an exceptionally lightweight fabric that gives the impression of floating in the air.
Cocktails from the other side
Having trouble thinking about what kind of drink to make? Get a little help from beyond with our Ouji board drink diviner. If you are planning a Halloween gathering, this item pairs perfectly with our palmistry cheese board.
The Salem Halloween Wreath
Our friends at All For Knot rope weaving have created an exclusive wreath for the PEM Shop to celebrate the Halloween season in Salem. Each is handcrafted in Nova Scotia from recycled lobster rope and ready to bring seasonal color to your doorway.