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“So great!!”
Review of Hocus Pocus Tours

Hocus Pocus Tours
Ranked #1 of 31 Tours in Salem
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Trumbull, Connecticut
2 reviews
“So great!!”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

I randomly came across this tour on trip advisor and thought I should try it out. My dad and I had a great time and learned a lot! Our group was only 18, and Susan knew all of our names just minutes into it. She was really good with the younger kids in my group, and made the tour interesting for people of all ages. This seemed to be the best tour in salem; there was no weird costumes or made up stories; it was fact but it was funny and interesting at the same time. Defiantly worth the $29 for the two of us!!

Visited August 2013
Thank Jen G
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English first
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44 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“This walking tour is a must...”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

Please do not let the name of this tour discourage you. Susan and Rich do a wonderful job with the historical facts of Salem. Our group was small and with the odd question took just under 2 hours to complete. This tour will suit all including those with limited physical abilities. Best part...the cemetery (memorial) and the abandoned building with open windows and lights on adjacent to it. No doubt a creepy conclusion.

Visited August 2013
Thank GDKanata
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London, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed August 11, 2013

We were a little worried about getting stuck on a gimmicky witchcraft tour but Flora at the Northey Street B&B recommended Susan's Hocus Pocus tours as they have a far more historical focus due to Susan's background working at many of the historical sites in Salem herself.

The tour was fantastic, even better than I could have hoped for - there was a huge amount of historical information ranging from events to architecture, lots of funny anecdotes about spooky happenings and obscure trivia all told in a charismatic manner - really varied content and really well told. In fact the hour and half tour pretty much just flew by!

Another bonus was the size of the group was kept small, so you weren't miles behind straining to hear and Susan's husband Rich helped keep everyone together - that added attention to organisation was a brilliant touch and really helped keep the flow of the tour together. Susan also took the time to introduce members to one another at the beginning and remembered several names, and spoke with us - rather than AT us, as several tour guides tend to do.

Could not recommend more!!!!

Visited August 2013
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48 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“Graet Tour Small Group”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

Loved this tour as our Hosts were great and the tour was small and more intimate. They touched on all the popular sites and some and I wasn't aware of . Susan knew her town well and had worked at other venues prior to developing her own tour so she was well informed.

Visited July 2013
Thank Tom A
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Fraser, Michigan
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 4, 2013

This tour was both informative and touching. During the 90 minute guided walking tour, you could tell that Susan and Richard are clearly passionate about this city. The stories about Salem's dark days gave us goosebumps and made us think about the way history can repeat itself. Susan's knowledge about the history of this town is clear. The Salem Witch Memorial at the end of the tour is a highlight, and may bring a tear to your eye.

Visited July 2013
Thank Jennifer B
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