Today is Friday, Oct. 18, and here are the five things you need to know:
1. It should be another nice day in Salem. The National Weather Service is predicting that local residents can expect it to be cloudy, with a high near 69. Tonight should be clear, with a low around 45. (sunrise, 7:00 a.m.; high tide, 11:12 a.m.; low tide, 5:22 p.m.; sunset, 5:56 p.m.)
2. It's here! The Haunted Happenings Carnival will open to the public this afternoon on New Derby Street. The carnival is scheduled to run from 2 to 9 p.m. Click Here to take a look at some of the rides that were being set up Thursday morning.
4. In case you missed it Thursday, the Northeast Animal Shelter is asking for your help locating a sick kitten stolen from the Highland Avenue animal shelter sometime Tuesday. Click Here for our full story.
5. Today in History: On Oct. 18, 1867, the United States purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million.