American Hauntings' Annual Fall Festival to Kick off the Halloween Season!
Join us for our 13th Annual FREE event to celebrate ghosts, hauntings & the supernatural!

Held at Milton School
1320 Milton Rd in Alton, Illinois

Daytime Event: Noon to 4:00 p.m.
FREE Admission!
American Hauntings' Annual Fall Festival Open House
October 4, 2014 from Noon to 4:00 p.m.
General Admission: FREE!
Hosted by Troy Taylor


Join American Hauntings for a special weekend event to kick off the Halloween season! Celebrate the start of autumn in Alton, Illinois -- "one of the most haunted small towns in America" -- and be chilled by presentations on ghosts, hauntings, spirit locations, true-life encounters, macabre history and death in America! Meet authors, speakers and guides to the strange and unknown, network with ghost enthusiasts from all over the region and later, join us for a special haunted tour or ghost hunt to make this a haunted weekend that you won't soon forget!
The annual kick-off to Halloween will be held in Alton, Illinois at the historic Milton School. The afternoon event has a free admission and guests are invited to join us for a line-up of great speakers and then join us in downtown Alton when the daytime events are over to take part in the evening's After Hours activities, which include two different Alton Hauntings ghost tours and a ghost hunt at the very haunted First Unitarian Church, hosted by Troy Taylor. It's going to be a great, spooky day and night in Haunted Alton and you don't want to miss it!
The host for the event will also be offering a special presentation, DISCONNECTED FROM DEATH, a look at the history of death in America and the evolution of funerary practices, mourning traditions, post-mortem photography and more. This is Troy's unique take on the book that he co-authored with April Slaughter, which will be available in Fall 2014.
The director of the Washington, Missouri Historical Society Museum will offer a special look at the legends, mystery and myths of BERTHA GIFFORD, a serial poisoner and murderer from the early twentieth century. Bertha was a farmwife in rural Missouri during the early 1900s who was accused of murdering 17 members of the local community.  Known for her cooking skills and her care for sick neighbors and relatives, Bertha was arrested in 1928 and charged with three murders. After her trial, she was found not guilty by reason of insanity and placed in an asylum, where she died in 1951. Marc will offer the true story of Bertha Gifford and the strange tales that linger today.
Some of the guides and staff members from American Hauntings will pass on some of their favorite stories, anecdotes and first-hand accounts from years of taking visitors to some of the most haunted places in Illinois and Missouri. Guides will include staff from the Alton Hauntings Tours, Haunted Decatur, Haunted Jacksonville and more!
The host of the American Hauntings' Haunted Cherokee Street Tour in St. Louis presents LIVING WITH GHOSTS, a first-hand account of her her very haunted house in Robinson, Illinois. She'll talk about what it's like to live in a haunted house and the strange happenings that her family dealt with for years!
The Sr. Genealogy Clerk for the Jefferson County Library brings tales of MURDER & MAYHEM IN JEFFERSON COUNTY from across the river in Missouri. Five of the most infamous murders in Jefferson County, Missouri occurred between 1872 and 1911. What is even more remarkable is that these murders have an uncanny connection among them!

Alton Hauntings Ghost Bus Tour
Fall Festival Tour on October 4

8:00 p.m. -- SOLD OUT!

Haunted History Walking Tour
Fall Festival Tour on October 4

7:00 p.m. -- SOLD OUT!

Late Night Ghost Hunt at Alton's
First Unitarian Church
Fall Festival After Hours Event on October 4!

10:00 p.m. -- SOLD OUT!