Salem (search) police say they're expecting a large crowd for Wednesday's dedication of a "Bewitched (search)" statue in Lappin Park.

The statue depicts Samantha Stevens, the fictional witch played by the late Elizabeth Montgomery in the popular 1960s sitcom.

Salem officials say it's all meant to be in fun and will hopefully drum up more tourism for the so-called "Witch City."

But some have criticized the statue, saying it trivializes the real and tragic events that occurred in Salem in 1692, when 20 people were put to death after being accused of witchcraft.

The ceremony, scheduled for noon EDT, comes two days after "Bewitched" co-stars Nicole Kidman (search) and Will Ferrell (search) attended the New York premiere of the movie adaptation of the TV show.