Volunteers aid Salem's Halloween tradition in shutdown
SALEM, Mass. (AP)
- The Massachusetts city at the center of notorious witch trials of 1692 has lined up dozens of volunteers and some port-a-potties for visitors, replacing services they lost when the National Park Service closed its visitor center in the partial government shutdown.
Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll said on Friday that the timing of the shutdown couldn't have been worse because many of the city's annual visitors show up in October during the so-called "Haunted Happenings."
Nancy Ryan of Manhattan, Ill., says the shutdown is affecting her trip. She said she hopes members of Congress have to come to Salem to use the port-a-potties "because that's where they belong."
Salem warlock Christian Day says if the government shutdown doesn't end soon, Salem witches may have to come together and "do a little magic to push it along."