3 friends and I went on this tour last night 10/20/07 It is so not worth the $13. First of all you are herded like cattle all around town with about 75-100 other people. 25-30 would have been much better to deal with since you DO NOT GET TO VISIT THE INSIDE OF ANY BUILDING YOU ARE HERDED TOO! You're brought to these sites and told the stories about them and the definitions of orbs, ectoplasm etc... Now you are trying to listen to the tour guide over everyone's voices and other tours that you bump into. Then you hear the tour guide telling everyone how "the night before" 10 people saw ectoplasm behind him or the "lady in black" went through the wall and those 10 people out of the possible 75-100 on this tour saw the lady THROUGH A WINDOW! I'm sure those same 10 people also heard that another 10 people experienced all this on the tour the night before that. Now our experience with Mollie the owner. She's a social retard. She is not nice to her customers. She's got an attitude and it's very obvious from watching the bickering between the two employees in her office selling the tickets that SHE'S IN IT FOR THE MONEY! If she knows her stuff about ghost hunting, it would've been nice if she were the tour guide but she had to go back to her other business " The Ghostly Parlour" to tell ghost stories. Back to my tour guide. I'm sure it was for reference however; he constantly mentioned TAPS aka Ghost Hunters on the Sci-Fi Channedl. I'm a huge fan and I am from RI. I didn't appreciate the fact that Spellbound Tours would even use real ghost hunters in their explainations. I have a lot of respect for Jason, Grant, Steve and the rest of the team who by the way profile Salem on the 10/24 episode of Ghost Hunters. It's free advertisement for my RI boys but Spellbound Tours absolutely in NO way should have the audacity to compare themselves to TAPS. I hope the boys are aware their name is being used by this worthless tour. I would not recommend this tour to anyone. I visit Salem multiple times a year for the last 15 years and I now know why I have never bothered to to these tours. THEY'RE NOT WORTH IT! By the way they mention Vampirism but there is nothing in Salem that has anything to do with it. Oh and Mercy Brown isnt the only RI Vampire!
BEWARE, THE ONLY THING FRIGHTENING ABOUT THIS TOUR IS HOW THE OWNER! My husband and I bought tickets over the internet for Spellbound Tours' highly, advertised and over-hyped ghost tour this past weekend. By chance walked by their offices in the afternoon so I stopped by to make sure we were all set. Thankfully I stopped in because apparenlty we were to meet somewhere entirely different that night and we needed to trade in our internet tickets for a yellow ticket. Had I not stopped by, I would've never known that. That night we met at the "bell," along with about 200 other people! After 15 minutes or so a bunch of us noticed that they were taking some people into a group. Before you knew it, 50 or so people walked off in a group. It appeared that they were breaking up the group but no one could hear anything. We then were told to follow this obnoxious women, all 150 of us. People were running across busy streets, dodging cars as we tried to keep up with her. When we got to specific destinations no one could hear her talking... and when we could we regretted it. Her jokes were AWFUL and her tour guide skills pathetic. A few people gave up and left, and eventually so did my husband and I. We went back to their main offices where the owner was. In front of us were 3 or 4 people complaining and asking for their money back. The owner was extremely rude, defensive and apathetic. She said she didnt care about what we had to say and that she would not issue a refund. When we turned to leave, there were 15 or so more people behind us with the same intentions but she asked us all to leave. On behalf of all the angry familys that night, please DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS TOUR. Try the Candlelit Ghost Tour (part of the Salem Wax Museum). They carried microphones, were very nice, funny, entertaining, had small groups, made sure everyone could safely follow them and took us to all the same places.
I purchased tickets one month in advance and was not told that there is no cap on how many people can attend the tour. In my group there were about 150 people. The tour guide was a little old lady who could not speak nearly loud enough for more than a few people in front of her to hear. She literally ran from place to place and started talking without waiting for anyone to keep up or meet up her. More than 1/3 of the group left because it was such a terrible tour. We all went to the owner of the company and she would not even listen to the complaints. She basically pushed everyone out of the office and locked the door. This woman needs to be put out of business. Do not waste your time.
First, our day starts off with a phone call being place Spellbound Tours to pre-book tickets and we are informed that they WILL NOT reserve tickets over the phone even with a credit card. It is first come first serve. Okay, fine. So, since we live a couple of hours away we leave about six hours earlier than necessary to ensure that we have our tickets.
We have decided to take this tour on a Saturday in October, of course, it's Halloween season.
We begin and I would guess that there were about 80 - 100 people in our tour group - with one tour guide. I think by the first site that I knew that it wasn't going to work. We had such a large group that more than half of the group could NOT hear the tour guide. Many of the ticket holders asked her to speak up and nothing. Half way through her story at the first stop another tour guide company come through when his micro-phone - which clearly they were getting their $$ worth.
We moved on to the second site and it was no better. If I were to have to guess I would say about 14 people left at that point (that I am aware of).
We went to go make a complaint to the owner and she was completely rude. At that point when I arrived other people from my tour had already been in there and she did not want to hear anything I had to say or the other six people standing behind me. She apparently does not stand behind her own business. That there should tell you something. It wasn't about getting a refund but a least the woman to acknowledge people and their complaints after the time people took out of their schedules.
I would NEVER recommend this place to anyone. I would have been willing to give it another try with another tour guide, however, with the TERRIBLE customer service - ENOUGH SAID.
Is that how you want to be treated?
We tried to take this tour on a Saturday in October. I can't comment on the quality of the tour because there were over 100 people in our group. We walked to the first site and be the time we got there we think the guide was half way trough the story of the graveyard. I say I think because there was no way to hear the guide, she did not speak loud and with the large crowd it was imposible. At that point we left the tour since it was clear we would not get to hear any of the stories or see much of anything.
The worst thing was the attitude of the owner. Wnen we and other on the tour went to her to request a refund she said tuff luck we do not give refunds. She tried to tell us we should have know how bad it was going to be on a Saturday in October. She also tried to blame everyone but the guide for our inability to hear what was being said.
This tour may be fine but I would not do it on a weekend in October.
That's exactly what this ghost walking tour is. Some may get confused and think you’re just going to hear a story and go into some places. With the spellbound tours it's great if you want to actually see haunted sites and try and catch a ghost/spirit for yourself. I had a great time hearing stories of things that actually happened and what experiences people had. We even got to walk into a cemetery were someone from the Salem witch tries was killed. So for this tour make sure you bring a camera. If you’re really into catching something on video or camera it is said that a video camera works great and even with the disposable camera's you can get good pictures of ghost as well. i got some pictures but nothing big, but we did have fog to deal with, which does effect pictures on a digital camera. After we were done walking around and visiting haunted locations (no you don't get to go into buildings and such, but can't with any of the walking ghost tours so don't complain about that) we were told some stories about myths on vampires. We were also shown some picture that others who have gone on the tour before took of actually orbs and ghost apparitions. If your into the whole ghost hunting thing and want a shot at catching something on camera then this is great, but if you just want to hear some stories and not really care or believe about catching something then the other tour would be better for you. But for me I would defiantly go again just to see if I can catch something and rehear the stories
On a trip to Salem we took the Vampire and Ghost Hunt Tour. Our guide was very enthusiastic and animated, and made a lot of corney jokes that were actually cute. She didn't take herself very seriously, but it does seem like she takes the 'spirit world' VERY seriously. She is 'realistic' about it though, if you can be, she will flat out say what is fake and what is real, or at least, what she believes is real.
You get to visit several spots in Salem, including the old Salem jail which is actually pretty spooky. Then at the end of the tour you sit on the steps of the courthouse and the guide told us all about the history of vampires, which was surprisinly interesting.
If youre the kind of person who is really not into this type of thing you will have a hard time not laughing, they talk about things like 'paranormal activity readers', which had my better half laughing and I think might have hurt the guides feelings. No one on the tour really seemed to believe in any of the stuff, but there isn't a reason to make fun of it either. So only go if you can at least pretend it's real, otherwise its no fun.
They even show some photos at the end of Mollie's, the owner, photos of various 'encounters' and they're fun to look at. It's definately a fun way to spend 75 minutes in Salem. There were other tours walking around, and this one seemed to be a little less cheesey, the guides for other tours were wearing wigs and costumes, etc. Although, there was a candlelit tour that walked by that look very nice. You can sign up for that one by the Salem Witch Village, but we didnt have time to take it.
Spellbound's Ghost and Vampire Walking Tour... Not worth my time and money. The guide was long winded and only took the tour to 4 of Salem's sites. Not to mention that Mollie Stewart the owner of Spellbound is curt, rude, and nasty. Definetly not in the top Ten of America's Most Haunted tours maybe the bottom ten would be better.
I want my money back! Honestly, get a map and meet some locals to find out about Salem. The tour guide, Jeff, talked and talked and talked. Some of the information was wrong and I got the impression he became a tour guide because he likes to hear himself talk.
What should have been fun, informative, and spooky turned out to be well...blah.
This tour is not run by locals. It has such a vast amount of misinformation that it's startles me to think it's still in existence. Ghosts and witches are a cottage industry in Salem and this tour is just the result of carpet bagging enthusiasts looking to cash in on the local flavor. The research is either non existant or dead wrong and it really shows that those who set up this "tour" had no real working knowledge of the area or seemingly of basic historical facts that all of us in New England knew by the time we were in 6th grade.
I was embarrased to have taken some visitng friends on this tour once I realized that the tour script was fabricated to suit the author's incorrect perceptions of Salem, witches and local ghost lore.
There are a number of accurate, fun reputable tours that can be found in Salem, MA...don't waste your money on this one.
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