Halloween events offer opportunities for spine chilling fun

By Kathi Kresol
Contributor

Haunted Rockford is Rockford’s only Historical Haunted Tour Company. They sponsor haunted tours, paranormal investigations, live gallery readings, and other events year-round at locations in and around Rockford. Check out the entire October Schedule at hauntedrockford.com.

Upcoming events through Haunted Rockford:

Paranormal Investigation of Tinker Swiss Cottage
Friday, September 23, 7-11 p.m.
411 Kent Street, Rockford

Haunted Rockford is partnering with renowned Ghost Investigator Dale Kaczmarek and his Ghost Research Society (GHS) to investigate  this exciting location. There have been many claims to paranormal experiences in this historic home and it was featured on the SyFy Channel’s Ghost Hunters paranormal show. Guests will meet up for the investigation at the barn. We will travel through four “hot spots”  in an actual paranormal investigation. Kathi Kresol will share the history of the houses and details of the ghostly encounters and then team members from GHS will show you how to operate their equipment. Guests may also bring their own equipment to use on the investigation.

The price for this event is $40 per person and must be paid in advance online at hauntedrockford.com. If you need to make other arrangements please contact Kathi at (815) 871-4239.

Pre-Conference Event (Do not have to be an attendee at the conference to join us)
Haunted Rockford’s Dark History Bus Tour
Friday, September 30 (Other dates: October 8, 28) 7-10 p.m.

Come experience Rockford’s Dark History! Climb aboard our luxury bus (Yes, there is a bathroom on board) and listen as local historian and author, Kathi Kresol, shares researched and documented stories including ghastly crimes, suicides and ghostly encounters. We will visit several locations including cemeteries to experience the spots where these stories took place. We will be spending time off of the bus so please dress accordingly for the weather.

The price for this event is $30 per person and must be paid in advance online at hauntedrockford.com. If you need to make other arrangements please contact Kathi at (815) 871-4239.

Illinois Paranormal Conference
Saturday, October 1, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main Street, Rockford

The conference will feature speakers and vendors from all aspects of the paranormal. Featured Speaker in 2016 will be Mark Nesbitt. Mr. Nesbitt was a National Park Service Ranger/Historian for five years at Gettysburg before starting his research and writing company. Living in Gettysburg has given him a unique “insider” perspective which he drew on while writing his popular Ghosts of Gettysburg series. He has authored over 20 books spanning several genres, including the paranormal, history, and true crime. Mr. Nesbitt has been seen on The History Channel, A&E, The Discovery Channel, The Travel Channel, Unsolved Mysteries, regional television shows, as well as heard on the Coast to Coast AM radio program.

Also Speaking at the Conference in 2016: Dale Kaczmarek of Ghost Research Society; Filmmaker John Borowski; Chad Glovier & Travis Dahlhauser of Greater Rockford Apparation & Ghost Group; Randy Sunby & Cindy Heinen of the Society for Anomalous Studies; and Terri Reid, Local author and Noah Leigh of Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee.

The conference is a great place to speak to people active in the paranormal. Visit hauntedrockford.com/illinois-paranormal-conference-2016 for more information.

The price for this event is $20 per person and must be paid in advance online at hauntedrockford.com. If you need to make other arrangements please contact Kathi at (815) 871-4239. Prices purchased at the event will be $5 more, so register now.

Post Conference Event: Encounters with the Other Side
Saturday, October 1, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Join Kathi Kresol of Haunted Rockford and Steve Litteral of Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum for this exciting event. We will gather in the barn for stories of the ghostly encounters that Kathi and Steve have experienced throughout the years. We will also hear tales from psychic Sara Bowker of her visits with the dead. This event will include a tour of the very haunted Tinker Victorian mansion.

The price for this event is $30 per person and must be paid in advance online at hauntedrockford.com. If you need to make other arrangements please contact Kathi at (815) 871-4239.

Other venues hosting paranormal events:

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum
411 Kent Street, Rockford
October 7, 14 and 28; 7-10 p.m.

Join us at Tinker for scintillating tales from paranormal experts, listen to audio clips found in the Tinker Cottage, and enjoy a tour with the chance to have your own paranormal encounter. Guests are welcome and encouraged to bring their own equipment (cameras, camcorders, audio recorders, emf). Each event begins in the Barn. These events are $25 per person. Check out the museum’s full schedule and purchase tickets at tinkercottage.com/paranormal.html.

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