Use public transportation, Salem urges October visitors

Salem is having a record year of visits in October, and the city advises people to arrive either by public transport.

“Visitors will save time, money and the inevitable frustration felt when people get stuck in downtown traffic jams that occur when garages and lots are full and street closures go into effect.” , said Kate Fox, executive director of Destination Salem.

Crowds increase every weekend as Halloween approaches, which falls on a Sunday.

“Based on parking activity in October, we would expect city garages and downtown lots to be full around 10 a.m. or even potentially earlier on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the other weekends in October, ”said Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll. “We work closely with the MBTA and provide free satellite parking with weekend shuttle service so that we can help visitors and residents enjoy Salem Haunted Happenings with minimal parking hassle.”

The MBTA has added additional trains and the Salem Ferry operates larger vessels as needed on Saturday October 30 and Sunday October 31. Additionally, the town of Salem will provide free satellite parking and weekend shuttles. Wearing a mask is compulsory in public transport and the shuttle.

Destination Salem has provided additional helpful tips for navigating the city during the Haunted Events of Salem:

  • To get the most out of the Salem Haunted Happenings experience, visitors should plan ahead by making reservations and purchasing tickets, where applicable.
  • Free parking shuttles include an accessible bus that will stop at the Salem High School and Jefferson Avenue lots, as well as Riley Plaza.
  • Check the capacity of the MBTA garage on Twitter @mbta_parking. The nearest MBTA garages are located at 252 Bridge Street in Salem, 325 Broad Street in Lynn, and 100 Rantoul Street in Beverly. The train ride from Lynn or Beverly to Salem takes less than five minutes.
  • On Halloween night, the MBTA garage and the surface lot adjacent to Salem will be closed to vehicle entry and exit between 6 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.
  • Complete information about the event is available at

Parking and traffic updates are shared through the Destination Salem app and Haunted Happenings on Twitter, as well as the City of Salem app and Twitter feed.

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