Salem, Massachusetts is most well known for the Salem witch trials. In the duration of these trials, 19 innocent people were killed under the accusations of “witchcraft”. Now, Salem can be recognized for its huge Halloween celebrations every year that capitalize on the memories of the witches that once lived there. Whatever there doing there obviously works because they pull in about 5 million dollars. But, the real question is, do these people know what happened there or do they know even who these “witches” were. That is why these celebrations are disrespectful and not telling the whole story.
First of all, kids who go to this celebration aren’t in the least bit thinking about what actually happened in Salem. All they know is there were witches there and that gets their imaginations going. A historian isn’t standing next to them all day narrating every witch like activity they partake in giving hints that explain how what there doing actually has anything to do with the Salem witch trials at all. If kids did know the history they would respect the situation a little bit more and maybe even think of it in a different point of view. Instead of thinking Salem! Halloween! Fun! They might think Salem! Halloween! Fun! That’s horrible what happened to those people! Even though some may say that the kids are just there to have fun and play, they still should think about the people who were killed there.
Secondly, not only is the event not totally thought about historically by people, the people who set up the fair that know about what happened are disrespecting the people that were killed there. The setup brings in about $5,000,000 dollars, which is good for the city, but is loosing all historical memory of what actually happened there really worth it. Instead of the city being known for the witch trials, now it is known as the place where the Halloween party is held and there were witches there. The people who were murdered there could of lied and...