The last two weeks of September and entire month of October are what we consider our 5th season. Fall is a favorite time of year for visitors to Salem, and because it can be very busy at this time of year, here are some tips to help you make the best of your visit to Salem and the Salem Witch Museum. See our Visit October page for further information.

  1. Plan, plan, plan…Where will you park? Can you take public transportation? Do your homework as Salem is very busy in the fall and our downtown is a mix of residences and businesses.
  2. We do not sell tickets in advance. Our tickets are sold online only through our website and go live at midnight of the same day. Choose your time to visit with us carefully. We cannot move your ticket time if you arrive late or miss your presentation as we sell out.
  3. Salem traffic is also very heavy during the fall and our parking garages fill up early in the day. Please note that there is no designated parking for the museum. We will not refund you if you miss your presentation as we hold your spot for the time you booked with us. If you must drive to Salem, arrive early and with a plan to secure a parking spot. Visit the Parking & Directions page for more information on parking options and public transportation.
  4. Travel as light as you can, and if you bring a stroller, bring the smallest one you have. We do not have stroller parking, do not allow wagons or suitcases into the building as we have no place to store them, and backpacks may be subject to search.
  5. While we love our pets, the museum is not a place for them. We only allow service animals into the building as defined by the ADA.
  6. Do not bring weapons, real or fake, to the museum or to Salem.
  7. Show up at your ticket time and not before. This allows us to keep lines at a minimum, as well as you and the residents of Salem safe by keeping our sidewalks passable. Please be aware, however, that you may need to wait outside on our front plaza for up to 15 minutes before entering the museum for your visit. Plan accordingly; especially during inclement weather.
  8. Bring a sense of humor and your patience. There is so much to see in Salem. Be respectful to our staff who are doing their best to ensure that you have a great experience. Be kind to each other and our fabulous residents who put up with traffic, lack of parking, and who can’t leave their homes on weekends.
  9. Visit the Haunted Happenings website for up-to-date information on what is taking place the day(s) of your visit, lists of recommended shops, restaurants, and attractions, and for street closures.
  10. Have a great time!