Trick or Treat Trials
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When you grow up in Salem, Massachusetts, Halloween's a BIG DEAL. If you also happen to be born on Halloween in Salem then ... well ... your birthday's guaranteed to be good! And that's how the star's aligned for TagYerit's songwriter, guitarist, vocalist Flo (Polansky) Newman. Every birthday cake had its orange frosting with its flynig witch emblazened across the icing.
The trick or treating through Salem's neighborhoods was primo and sometimes ... besides the much coveted candy, some neighbors also stuffed little birthday presents in her treat bag. As soon as the sun set ... the race was on ... and it was serious!
And Salem itself? There wasn't a Dairy Queen ice cream stand - it was the "Dairy Witch". There were businesses with names like "Witch City Motors" and even the football team is "The Salem Witches" (theme song "We are the witches, the mighty mighty witches ...) and so forth. All this on top of the field trips to all of Salem,'s historical sights including the actual Court House where Judge Hathorne (Nathaniel Hawthorne's great uncle) passed the hideously skewed and tragic judgements during the Salem witch trials. And the ominously named Gallows Hill always spooked us kids out.
All these things converged to also inspire Flo along with husband Rich to become prolific pumpkin carvers. Some of their pumpkins can be seen framing the song lyrics here. So hope you'll give a listen to this story song of some of Flo's Halloween adventures in Salem.