Frequently asked questions
Did you change your name from “The Witches Cottage”?
Yes! We are now Gallows Hill, same owners, same show, with improvements to the lobby and the show.
Is this a guided tour?
Nope! You start by visiting our mini museum, with portraits that come to life, explaining about the witchcraft hysteria and mythological witches. You’ll see replica artifacts and life size figures of a witch and Sheriff Corwin. Then you’ll venture into the darkened theatre for our FIVE STAR witchcraft & ghost experience. Allow 45 minutes for the mini museum and show. Due to busy weekends In October, the museum is not always available for viewing.
How much are tickets, and how do I reserve my seat?
Adults: $12 Child $7 These are not timed tickets.
After 4:45pm, tickets are: Adults: $13 Child $8. These are timed tickets.
We have several special events, listed on the home page tabs, with pricing and times.
You may reserve a ticket by purchasing on line, or come to the box office and buy a ticket for the next available show.
What is the Gallows Hill Main Show?
It’s a LIVE, riveting 4D theatrical experience, providing a well rounded view of The Salem Witchcraft trials, witches of mythology and legend, and ghost stories from Salem and the surrounding area, including the infamous Gallows Hill. What is 4D? The audience will encounter witches and ghosts up close as they make their way PAST the first three rows, using our “Fright plank” Other effects include eerie fog, glowing green orbs that appear on the audience, and ghostly special effects, some of them happening right above you. Groups have extended shows, with a talk back, mock trial and more!
Our intimate theatre seats 72 people, so every seat is a good one. Our show is open to the public daily in October, and available for groups April – November.
Is it scary?
Due to the content, the show does has some starling and scary moments. The darkened theatre provides the perfect setting for witchcraft and the supernatural. Witches, ghosts, and strange entities make appearances, and our special effects, including ghostly fog, and “4D” elements intend to frighten you.
Our “fright plank” extends into the audience, so the thrills can be quite close to you. We suggest sitting close to the stage if you want a thrill, and further back if you are a bit jumpy. It is recommended that if you have a child(or an adult!) that has some reservations about going in, or is frightened before hand, it’s best to stay out in the lobby.
Is it about The Salem Witchcraft Trials?
Yes, and so much more. You’ll get the facts on the witchcraft trials,learn the locations of important sites during the witchcraft hysteria of 1692, including Gallows Hill and see some truly frightening testimony taken from the transcripts of the witch trials. You’ll also experience legends of local witches, hear about Salem hauntings and witness some truly supernatural events.
The after show talk is a great opportunity to ask questions about Witches as they relate to history, myth and fact.
Are you open at night?
Yes, We offer evening shows Thursday-Sunday, starting at 4:45pm. last show is at 8:15pm. We also offer a variety of nighttime events, see the home page tabs for events and times. For groups, you can book a starting at 9am up until 9PM
My ticket says 10:15am start time, do I have to come at 10:15am?
No, we have shows that run every 30 minutes, you can see a show anytime from 10-5. After that, you must have a nighttime ticket. (In October, weekend lines are long, so came early to see the first available show.)
If I bought a ticket on line, can I cut the line?
No. However, there are two separate lines, one for pre-sold tickets, and one for purchasing tickets. If you bought a ticket on line, you can get into the pre-sold tix line, which is generally shorter and less wait time. The VIP pass is the only ticket that allows you to see the next available show without waiting in line. Go to the events tab, and select VIP Pass to learn more about the VIP Pass.