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Sinister Stories of Salem

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Sinister Stories of Salem, Massachusetts provides an entertaining two-hour daytime historical walking tour. Private tours available. In December enjoy the seasonal Salem Krampus Tour
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Hours Today: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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190 Essex St, The Coven’s Cottage, Salem, MA 01970-3705
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My boyfriend stumbled across the Krampus tour while looking for things to do during our Christmas break together. I was a little apprehensive at first (I’m not big into being spooked), but agreed nonetheless. We could not have asked for a better experience! We managed...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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KennethDykeGlover, Owner at Sinister Stories of Salem, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

This tour is especially inspired by my guests. Thank you for helping to make it a magical tour on a chilly and thrilling night. The historic Hawthorne Hotel is one of my favorite places all year for its Tavern and friendly staff. It’s hearth and...More

Reviewed 13 February 2019

Great walking tour. Tour guy very knowledgeable of everything Salem. Even had donuts for morning time. went on first weekend in October which was start of Halloween season for Salem.More

Date of experience: October 2018
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KennethDykeGlover, Owner at Sinister Stories of Salem, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for remembering back to October and leaving this review. I bought the donuts at Coffee Time Bake Shop in Salem, MA. They have a popular cider cake donut in the fall. I sometimes spring for donuts on Saturdays mornings in October when I...More

Reviewed 10 February 2019

One of the best tours I have taken. Kenneth is great; smart, funny and extremely knowledgeable. We (two of us) hired him offseason for a private tour and he regaled us with so many stories, facts and anecdotes.

Date of experience: February 2019
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KennethDykeGlover, Owner at Sinister Stories of Salem, responded to this reviewResponded 11 February 2019

Thank you kindly. Salem has much to offer even in February such as the Salem’s So Sweet festival. There were many whimsical and beautiful ice sculptures about the city this past weekend.

Reviewed 18 January 2019

It is now mid January 2019 and looking back on the holiday season, I have to say my absolute favorite day had to be the 1 day I spent in Salem, MA and took the Krampus tour at night. It was a purely magical tour...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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KennethDykeGlover, Owner at Sinister Stories of Salem, responded to this reviewResponded 19 January 2019

I was so pleased to see that you were returning for a third tour with me this last time. It is clear that Salem is a preferred destination for you and I am glad that I have been a part of that. It’s been my...More

Reviewed 16 January 2019

Went here on a day trip and it was raining and cold. The tour was still good and we saw a lot. Enjoyed the whole town.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 4 January 2019 via mobile

There is no way we would go to Salem without a tour and Kenneth’s was great. A good balance of history (and not just witch trials either) and humour. Kenneth is a kind gentle soul and we would 100% recommend going with him!

Date of experience: January 2019
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KennethDykeGlover, Owner at Sinister Stories of Salem, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2019

Thank you for your generous words. My best,

Reviewed 29 December 2018 via mobile

My daughter and myself had a day trip to Salem while visiting Boston, it was a wet, cold, miserable day.....but we were cheered up so much with this tour. We were all offered ponchos and umbrella’s and were provided with hand warmers too! Our host...More

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KennethDykeGlover, Owner at Sinister Stories of Salem, responded to this reviewResponded 29 December 2018

We had fun! I am pleased that you felt looked after. Thank you both for carrying the enthusiasm that you brought to my tour. My Best,

Reviewed 12 December 2018

This was my first time ever travelling to salem and I must say that this was the most perfect way to end the night. Upon arriving early I happened to mention that it was a bit chilly out and our tour guide, Krampus, went out...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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KennethDykeGlover, Owner at Sinister Stories of Salem, responded to this reviewResponded 29 December 2018

Krampus said that you were pretty excellent yourself. Greetings from Krampus.

Reviewed 28 November 2018

Kenneth was an absolutely brilliant tour guide. The tour was very in-depth and interesting, and we learned not only about Salem's witch-related history but also about the more general history of the village, seeing some of the oldest buildings and some other beautiful scenery and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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KennethDykeGlover, Owner at Sinister Stories of Salem, responded to this reviewResponded 29 December 2018

I dislike cold hands and cold hearts. Thank you for your warmest words. My best,

Reviewed 22 November 2018

Kenneth is amazing and is quite into all aspects of Salem. I highly recommend this tour if you only have a short time get a lot of information on what it was like during frontier Salem. We did this tour on a cold and windy...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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KennethDykeGlover, Owner at Sinister Stories of Salem, responded to this reviewResponded 29 December 2018

Eight big thumbs up! Oh my goodness. Thank you!

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KennethDykeGlover
I am sometimes asked if it’s ok to photograph or videotape on any of the tours. It is indeed ok to take photographs and film moments of the tour. Yes you can! However, accepted phone etiquette has changed greatly through the years because of the ubiquitous presence of smart phone technology. I do not encourage the use of devices for receiving and sending text messages or interacting on social media extensively while on my tour. That always conveys the feeling and message that that person does not wish to participate in the activity of the tour. I ask people to be fully present for the tour I have prepared to give and put down the phone and use it as a camera. Sometime business or family matters follow us on vacation and I understand that. Always if you step away from the group to conclude necessary business/family responsibilities it is never a distraction to me. In 1711, the minister of Salem’s First Church was so disturbed by one parishioner’s excessive texting during his service that he walked out of the meeting house and delivered the rest of his carefully written sermon to horse that was tied up to the meeting house hitching post.
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Please use your phone responsibility and politely on the tour you have chosen to participate in with other guests and your host. Let’s make a commitment to be fully present to one another.
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Response from KennethDykeGlover | Property representative |
The short answer is yes. However I cannot guarantee a space for walk-ons when I have reached my limit from guests who purchase on-line or the tour is sold out on line. However many people purchase at the store that I begin... More
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