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Hocus Pocus Tours

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Address: 164 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970-3701
Phone Number: +1 781-248-2031
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Capture the historic spirit of Salem's yesteryear on this award winning,...

Capture the historic spirit of Salem's yesteryear on this award winning, daily, 90-minute walking tour. Hear stories of intriguing people, discover the truth about Salem's infamous Witch Trial Hysteria, experience the authentic story of Salem's most notorious murder, and find out what locations were used in the movie Hocus Pocus.

More than fifteen stops dot the tour route, including Salem's old jail -- a one-time residence for the Boston Strangler, the site of the Old Witch Gaol (prison), the Witch Trial Memorial, the field where Giles Corey was pressed to death, and the cemetery where a Witch Trial magistrate is buried.

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Interseting and informative Tour of Salem

The tour guide was easy to understand and entertaining, as well as informative. Although I cannot say that it was a spooky tour, it was a great historical journey through the town... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Mar B
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West Palm Beach, Florida

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The tour guide was easy to understand and entertaining, as well as informative. Although I cannot say that it was a spooky tour, it was a great historical journey through the town and its popular places.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The tour guide was great. She was animated and very passionate. There were some gaps in history which I wish had been better explained. We also had zero interest in the Hollywood movie hoccus poccus which was mentioned too many times. That time would have been better filled with more history. Overal though a good tour.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Susan and her husband Rich are passionate about this tour and the history of Salem. We were so looking forward to it having read the great reviews and they lived up to form! Susan's delivery and interaction with the group was 'spell-binding' and she really knows her stuff. This town is fascinating and we already want to go back and... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Susan was just a delight as well as her husband Rich! The night we went on the walking tour it was cold and windy, very windy. Susan was incredibly informative and you could see her love and passion for Salem's rich history right from the get-go. Everyone's questions were answered throughout the tour, seriously ask them anything about Salem! Susan... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Where to start..this was a trip for my daughter, Erin's birthday. We booked the tour based on all the great reviews and we were not disappointed. The tour group the night we went only consisted of 3 of us. It really felt like a very personal tour of a city Susan and Rich love. They were passionate and great storytellers.... More 

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Jersey Shore, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Susan and Rich are a fantastic team! Recently went on the Hocus Pocus Night Tour and couldn't have been more please! The tour was approx. 90 minutes, but Susan continued to answer questions and keep the group engaged even when our time was up! The history and knowledge of Salem that both guides shared with the group was interesting and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Susan & Rich's passion for the town's history were clearly evident throughout the tour. Susan was an excellent and engaging story-teller, keeping us guessing on some "ghost" stories as well as explaining the intricate histories and little-known facts of Salem's past. I visit Salem with my family every year, and I learned so much more about the Witch Trials as... More 

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Marietta, GA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was our third tour with Susan. Some "ghost stories" but the history is fascinating and Susan knows her stuff. A must if you are in Salem.

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Agawam, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a great time with Susan and Rich on our tour of Salem. Susan's presentation style is so engaging. Our 10th and 11th grade students really enjoyed hearing all about Salem's rich history, including the witch trials, murders, along with filming locations of Hocus Pocus the movie. We especially liked how we ended our tour at the Memorial, which... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was the absolute amazing and informative tour. Susan is an amazing narrative to this tour; capturing the attention of 2 teenage boys and an 11 year old boy is most definitely worth a mention. Susan, and her husband, Rich, maintained order and stayed on track. They took the time explaining all highlights to the tour. I would recommend taking... More 

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