Spirits of the Past coming this weekend in Salem

SALEM –Spirits of the Past will make a special Halloween appearance at the Ruth Smucker House, 271 S. Broadway Ave., in downtown Salem as the home of the Salem Federation of Women’s Clubs becomes The Spirit House for the weekend.

The family-friendly event will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, featuring true scary scenes from local folklore of Salem and Columbiana County. The house will be easily accessible, including the first floor and the “terrifying” back yard.

Admission is $5, with other donations accepted for the Federation as part of the fundraiser to help with upkeep of the home. The event is sponsored and produced by Salem Preservation.

According to a press release, a few of the familiar stories will include such local favorites as Johnny-No-Face, the local butcher that was killed by his own butcher knife, The Beehive girl, the local Bloody Mary, the Mushroom Lady and the Salem, Ohio witchcraft trials of 1894. Other tales to be told include the story of Cry Baby Bridge, Pretty Boy Floyd’s demise in East Liverpool (Floyd and a replica of his 1930s car can be seen at the house) and the recreated funeral scene of local high school boys killed by a train who reportedly still haunt Hope Cemetery.