SALEM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — If you've ever wanted to live the magic of Disney's Hocus Pocus film franchise, now may be your chance as Salem's Ropes Mansion & Garden on Essex Street is decorated for Halloween in the theme of a witch's brew.
The house, which is featured in Hocus Pocus as the character Allison's home, is closed for the self-guided touring season— though the outside garden is open every day from dawn to dusk. Fan of the Sanderson trio Kelsey Wagner tells WBZ's Brooke McCarthy that the house is something of a spectacle, straight off the screen.
"It's like a staple in the movie, like one of the main characters' house— she throws this big, grand, marvelous party. I think that it's wonderful, I love the pumpkins and the hay, I like that it's not too overly decorated. The mansion itself is super haunted and super historical," Wagner said.
The décor effort from the Peabody Essex Museum will stay up until Halloween and all are invited to check out the new digs— if you dare.
As part of the PEM's "Eerie Events" the mansion will host "Haunted Histories after Dark," a Friday story-telling session that's based on true accounts, and in November, "The Salem Witch Trials: The Towne Sisters," takes the centerstage with an experience that features original documents from the 17th century, painting the picture of what that time period was like.
Taylor and Megan came all the way from Georgia to visit Salem for the spooky season, the pair saying the Ropes Mansion was a sight to behold.
"It was a must, there's great Halloween spirit here— it just looks exactly like the movie, you can literally pick up screenshots of the scene and just vision Max right there on his bike," Taylor said.
Also on Friday, the PEM's Curator Dan Finamore will hosts "Curator Talk Series: Spine Chilling Posters of Classic Horror Films" to explore iconic horror and science fiction movie art from the halls of history.
WBZ's Brooke McCarthy (@BrookeWBZ) reports.