Rockford’s Tinker Swiss Cottage offers paranormal tours

Online Staff Report

The descriptive words are the same, but the meaning is very different. For the Halloween season, haunted houses across the country are springing up and quickly opening their doors in the hopes of frightening and terrifying guests. Many Americans will visit these establishments and will leave scared and entertained.

These haunted houses differ considerably from “a haunted house,” which is an actual home that is haunted. At real haunted homes, the season isn’t a concern because every day, throughout the year, could bring a chilling and haunting experience for guests. Day or night, a real haunted house has the ability to change someone’s perspective on death and the afterlife.

Rockford is lucky to boast of a haunted Victorian home, the Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, 411 Kent St. The cottage has been investigated by numerous paranormal researches, including the national renown team of Ghost Hunters’ TAPS.

It was a real gift to have the group from Ghost Hunters come and investigate the cottage,” said Steve Litteral, executive director of Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum. “The things that they found really helped to boost Tinker into the paranormal spotlight.”

In the month of October, Tinker hosts a variety of Paranormal Tours with lectures by paranormal experts, captured ghostly audio clips, and a nighttime tour where you may get the chance to have your own ghostly encounter.

Paranormal tours will be on Fridays, Oct. 4, Oct. 11, Oct. 25, and Nov. 1 from 7 to 10 p.m. Cost is $20 for museum members, $25 for non-members and $30 at the door.

Contact Tinker at (815) 964-2424 for more details or visit

Posted Oct. 2, 2013

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