TELL US: What's the Biggest Halloween Inconvenience for Locals?

There's lots of good that comes with the bewitching season, but we're sure there are some things you would change if you could.

Before you know it, Halloween will be here.

As William Legault mentioned early in the week, Halloween is already upon us, even though we're not yet into October.

No doubt, there will be traffic, tours and tons upon tons of people.

There's lots of fun (and money) that comes to our city with the season — but for you, as a resident, is it worth it? In your opinion, what's the most inconvenient part of Halloween for the locals?

Let us know in the comments.

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KlassySalem September 21, 2012 at 04:33 PM
It's a fun time of year filled with petty annoyances. I'd start with idiot drivers, and idiot pedestrians who ignore the "Don't Walk" light, making the traffic that much worse.
bobhc2 September 21, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Lets see the whole thing is crazy! Used to admire it when you are a kid , but when you learn the truth about what happend to the people who were hung/crushed etc, I thought why do we have a carnaval for people who died for no reason and should be memorialized instead. On the bottom of that the traffic and I cannot enjoy my own city which I grew up in so you contemplating moving out of Salem for good! And can we please take the tv witch and move her down to the willows where it should be and put something important there instead!
Chris September 21, 2012 at 06:08 PM
The one problem I have with the traffic is on Halloween day, when they close the roads. If I get home from work too late, I find myself being directed away from where I live-unable to get home. I understand having to close the roads for the crowds of tourists, but I'd expect an exception to be made for the people who actually live in Salem. Apart from that, I'm cool with everything on Halloween.
Dan Faust September 23, 2012 at 12:03 PM
parking is worse every year...........
Diane Wolf September 23, 2012 at 12:21 PM
You took the words right out of my mouth, Klassy!
Diane Wolf September 23, 2012 at 12:25 PM
I've seen a recent uptick in property damage, mostly to the shops & restaurants downtown, caused by folks who have lost their sense of Right & Wrong because they are either wearing a mask, intoxicated, or both. (Planters overturned, windows broken, displays ruined etc.)
Don Nadeau September 23, 2012 at 01:33 PM
I am glad the Dark Riders are gone. I am very impressed by the amount of community and cooperation. I would ask that visitors join the spirit and wear costumes and not just dress like tourists. Also I would always want warm and clear weather. Global warming is helping with that, I think. Maybe those who benefit from the increase revenue can create an insurance fund to take care of the inevitable damage that comes along with this govt-managed (very well, I must add!) money-making spectacle. Happy Autumn Equinox everyone!
Lisa Dolloff September 23, 2012 at 01:39 PM
The only thing I hate is what jerks the locals turn into around this time, and then they blame it on the tourists. Half the people from here get this weird attitude that EVERYone else is a tourist, and forget that we have a surplus of bad drivers and bad walkers for the 11 other months of the year. I get yelled at for being a stupid tourist (I'm a local) at least once a year while trying to (legally, in a crosswalk, not against a light) cross a street. They're too impatient. Hello Salem, we get crazy in October. You know it's going to happen, so make extra time to drive wherever you're going, instead of acting like a psychopath and then trying to blame it on other people.
Maggi Smith-Dalton September 23, 2012 at 03:52 PM
More difficult for residents each year.
Tom Uellner September 23, 2012 at 04:57 PM
I'll second that.
Antoine M. Boisvert September 23, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Actually, I find it impinges less and less as the city embraces it and provides a better framework. Maybe because I have kids now, I am not as much of a halloween hater as I used to be.
adrienne September 23, 2012 at 08:22 PM
More of eyesore than an inconvenience. The Carnival on Derby Street and the people it attracts. Since when does a ferris wheel & fried dough have anything to do with Halloween? And, take Samantha to The Northshore Mall.
wesley smith September 23, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Wow after reading all these comments I guess it is true the more older you get the more you start hating things...I love helloween time in salem I moved from lynn to salem so my 3 daughters could enjoy helloween in salem me and my family love salem around helloween time...!!!!!
Dawn A. Carafa September 24, 2012 at 02:04 AM
As an annual visitor, I must be fair and say that it is the rude tourists that come and make it difficult for those of us that never lose sight of the fact that we are merely "yearly nuisances”: We descend upon this wonderful city. Please be mindful of the fact that many people live or work here. Never forget that you are merely a “guest”. Pretend you are visiting a family member and treat all you meet with that kind of respect.
Lia September 24, 2012 at 03:19 AM
I've been commuting from Gloucester for several years (had two apartments in Salem, working on another - I'm an honorary resident, right?) and the worst thing is definitely the traffic. Both the increase in cars/busses and the giant mobs of people crossing the street can add an extra 15-20 minutes onto my 30min commute.
john September 24, 2012 at 04:54 AM
The worst thing is the cost to taxpayers. The city always finds a way to make it look like we made money. How can parking meters pay for the police overtime? I stay home and monitor my police radio calls for stabbings and drunks and fights. Is this what halloween is suppose to be like.
PJ September 24, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Driving up Washington street throughTown Square (in front of Rockafellas) can be very difficult. I hope the city puts an officer out there every single good weather weekend this year starting with next weekend. Uncontrolled pedestrians at this crossing cause major back ups. Some years we don't get the officer out there in time and it's just awful. In general, during the month of October our bigger problem is now pedestrians who don't observe crossing signals-- we may need more officers controlling them-- New Derby/Congress/Hawthorne Blvd intersection and New Derby/Washington St.
Dan Faust September 24, 2012 at 06:15 PM
age has nothing to do with what we are talking about, glad you enjoy salem at halloween time, most residents tire of the lack of parking etc..........
Jeffrey Phifer September 24, 2012 at 07:40 PM
I wholeheartedly agree about the drivers and pedestrians ignoring the "Don't Walk" light...but i would go further then that in one way ...that pedestrians cross streets in middle when there are crosswalks just ahead or behind them ...and that is also part of the problem too i think.
SuzannM September 24, 2012 at 07:57 PM
The thing that disturbs me is the lack of respect for the town and the people. There is an element the crazy, of the hooligan and trouble maker on the weekends and Halloween night for sure. Its really kind of scary. My firend was attcked last year out of nowhere and woke up in the hospital the next day. Its definitely the thing of having a mask on and thinking you can get away with breaking the law and hurting people. It gets scarier every year. I don't like not being able to get around town for sure or the people who just walk out in the street not only in crosswalks at green lights but everywhere. I think the police should give out jaywalking tickets.
Thomas Vallor September 25, 2012 at 04:05 PM
This! I live RIGHT downtown and hate people who live in the quieter areas of Salem who don't understand downtown is different! If you are going to walk down Essex st in October don't complain about getting handed flyers! If you are going to drive downtown Salem in October don't complain about the traffic or pedestrians getting in the way! If someone's really a local they should know how it works! Also, I agree with the person above - my MAIN problem is people who don't dress up on Halloween night. If you are out partying and drinking in Halloween night and not in costume, you are a moron.


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