In Salem, Massachusetts, ghouls, monsters, witches, vicious beasts and even little humans are gathering to take part in this year's Halloween haunted happenings.
Little Emma and her family come to the Witch City every year for the holiday festivities. And each year, they are greeted by a heavy police presence. This year is no different.
"We've got quite a contingency of police officers on hand prepared for the crowd," said Salem Police Captain Conrad Prosniewski. "We have plans and reviews in the past and are taking into consideration what has happened around the world. We've got issues, as well, that we're trying to address with security."
About 200 uniformed officers are on hand this Halloween. Additional plainclothes officers are also patrolling. That presence was noticed by Peabody resident Lori Coleman.
"In the five-minute walk, I've probably seen eight police officers already," Coleman said. "That's a good thing."
Police have some rules if you plan to head to Salem this Halloween weekend, including no drinking in public and no fake or real weapons with costumes. They also recommend taking the train rather than driving, saying you'll get to the festivities a lot faster.