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Hocus Pocus Tours

164 Essex St., Salem, MA 01970
+1 781-248-2031
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Ranked #2 of 37 Activities in Salem
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: Capture the historic spirit of Salem's yesteryear on this award winning, daily, 90-minute walking...
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Owner description: 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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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Susan and Rich are such wonderful tour guides. They exude passion to what they are telling us about. We learned more than we could have expected. Thank you so much for such a great time and all the new fascinating knowledge of Salem we now have.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014 via mobile

I am so glad that I found this tour for my boyfriend and I on our trip to Salem yesterday. We were greeted so warmly by Susan and her husband Richard and even offered us heating pads for our hands and feet! Which is so hospitable and smart of them to do because it was soo cold at night! Anywhoo,... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

This is a must do tour if you're in Salem. Susan (our guide) was just brilliant guiding us through the streets of Salem, bringing history to life with her stories. I only knew the basics coming to Salem and to be honest it was the witch trials that brought me here. But we left with some much more interesting knowledge... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This tour was great. It was cold and they gave us hand and feet warmers. The guide and her husband were full of history and helpful with recommendations of things to see and do.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

I arranged this tour as part of a fun group event during a business meeting in Salem this past October, and it was fantastic. My co-workers and I all thoroughly enjoyed the blend of history and hauntings, and absolutely adored Susan and her husband, who made the excursion fun and enjoyable despite the wind and rain. Susan is a passionate... More 

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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

This tour was great fun and looked at the history of Salem without pandering to the Witchety side of things. We learned loads and Susan was a great narrator, keeping us engaged for the whole 90 minutes. Of course we also learned about the witch trials and the poor innocents who were killed during the mass hysteria of the time.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We only had one day in Salem on a holiday from AUS so had to fit a lot into one day, this tour was the perfect way to top it off (our tour was at 5pm so was the last thing we did). Susan was a fantastic guide, very knowledgeable about every little detail of all things Salem. The tour... More 

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

My husband and I enjoy visiting Salem every fall and wanted to try out a tour this year. I'm not a big fan of haunted houses and scary movies so we were excited that this was a historical tour. After experiencing it, I can say our choice of Hocus Pocus was perfect! The tour was full of rich history brought... More 

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Weymouth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Need to be aware that despite the name this is a historical tour of Salem and not a ghost tour like most of the rest in town. There are some token offerings to possible hauntings but mostly its historically factual but delivered in a fun energetic way by Susan the guide. She and her husband take you round the sites... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

I went on a Hocus Pocus Tour on October 19th and was very impressed! The tour guide was very knowledgeable and you could tell that they were really passionate about the history of Salem. I usually hate visiting Salem in October because of the crowds and all of the gimmicks, but this tour was not like that at all! It... More 

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