Salem - Salem, Massachusetts., has, in recent years, acquired reputation of "The Witch City." This year, as Halloween approaches, Salem, which prides itself Halloween capital of the world, is abuzz with news of special plans for Haunted Happenings.
A group known as the Young Witches of Salem is filming online as part of celebrations of Haunted Happenings season, a reality show about their lives as young witches.
Halloween season fun and entertainment in Salem began on October 1. The Young Witches of Salem are broadcasting a web series on the lives of young witches Lexi Renee, Caitlin Rose, Peter Murphy and Danielle Young, who, while managing the drudgeries of work-a-day personal lives, take time off to learn the craft of Wicca from leaders and Elders in Salem.
Lexi Renee, youngest member of the caste, is just 18. She recently graduated from high school. She moved from her home in South Carolina to Salem. In her high school days in South Carolina, Lexi led a Wiccan group called the Order of the White Vixen. She says Wiccan groups are widespread in U.S. high schools:
"In every High School, there is a secret circle; you just have to find it. Sometimes you may be the one who starts it, but it is always there.”
Danielle Young, another of the cast members, is native to Salem. She is 24 years old and full-time maiden priestess of Temple Tituba in the Salem Chapel at the World of Witches Museum. She says,
"Salem can be a very lonely place for a Young Witch. The Elders of Salem take on very few students, groups are extremely private, and there are few public rituals performed. It requires knowing somebody who knows somebody who knows the High Priestess to get an invitation.”
Danielle Young has been involved in efforts to open up Wicca activities in Salem and provide interested members of the community with access to the Wicca culture of Salem.
The reality show, focusing on Lexi Renee, Caitlin Rose, Peter Murphy and Danielle Young, real members of the Witch community, will allow the audience participate in interactive video. The production will include the use of Actionable, Taggable video with clickable links built into the show. The series will be featuring the Young Witches both in front and behind the camera. Director Foxglove, age 22, explains:
“When people want to learn something, they want more than just facts; they want the story behind the facts. With The Young Witches project, I have been challenged to do more than simply report about them, I need to tell their story in terms that the audience will enjoy. This is reality-based programming, but it is also a dream come true for The Young Witches. They will be living a real-life fairytale that concludes with a costume ball: the Official Salem Witches Ball. This is a story about transformation; one that can happen at any time to anyone if they come to Salem.”