HAUNTED AMERICA 2018
after-hours EVENTS

Haunted america conference after-hours events are special tours, workshops, ghost hunts and events that are priced separately from conference general admission. Each are filled on a first come / first served basis and each event has limited spots available for the best experience.
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PRICING FOR ALL EVENTS WILL BE ADDED PRIOR TO TICKETS GOING ON SALE STARTING JANUARY 8, 2018

FRIDAY AFTER-HOURS EVENTS | JUNE 22

ROSEMARY ELLEN GUILEY | 9:30 PM REUNION WITH THE DEAD: BLACK MIRROR SCRYING For thousands of years, shiny black surfaces have been valued as one of the most powerful ways to open the gates to the spirit world. In this workshop, you will learn how to scry (gaze) into a black mirror to make contact with the dead, and be guided into the mirror for an astral journey. All your senses can come into play. Visions, sounds, smells, and even tactile sensations may arise, and, of course, vary by individual. Bring your own mirror or use one of ours. 

ROSEMARY ELLEN GUILEY | 9:30 PM
REUNION WITH THE DEAD: BLACK MIRROR SCRYING

For thousands of years, shiny black surfaces have been valued as one of the most powerful ways to open the gates to the spirit world. In this workshop, you will learn how to scry (gaze) into a black mirror to make contact with the dead, and be guided into the mirror for an astral journey. All your senses can come into play. Visions, sounds, smells, and even tactile sensations may arise, and, of course, vary by individual. Bring your own mirror or use one of ours. 

APRIL SLAUGHTER | 9:30 PM DISCONNECTED FROM DEATH Join April Slaughter as she presents Disconnected From Death: an in-depth look at the history of caring for and memorializing the dead. Learn how once common home held-wakes evolved into today's typical funeral, the rise and fall of the seemingly bizarre practice of postmortem photography, and other lesser-known traditions that have shaped how death impacts our society today. Spend time with April as she illustrates how death has evolved into something far less focused on loss, grieving, and keeping the memory of those we love alive and well in the modern day; death is big business, and business is booming.

APRIL SLAUGHTER | 9:30 PM
DISCONNECTED FROM DEATH

Join April Slaughter as she presents Disconnected From Death: an in-depth look at the history of caring for and memorializing the dead. Learn how once common home held-wakes evolved into today's typical funeral, the rise and fall of the seemingly bizarre practice of postmortem photography, and other lesser-known traditions that have shaped how death impacts our society today. Spend time with April as she illustrates how death has evolved into something far less focused on loss, grieving, and keeping the memory of those we love alive and well in the modern day; death is big business, and business is booming.

GHOST HUNT AT THE MCPIKE MANSION | 10:00 PM Join hosts Len Adams and Rene Kruse, along with mansion owner Sharyn Luedke for an investigation at one of the most haunted houses in the region.  Take part in a ghost hunt of the grounds and experience an eerie darkroom session in the spirit-infested wine cellar! You'll hear about the history of his infamous Alton home and a chronicle of the strange stories that have been part of its lore for years -- then split up into groups to see if the location is really as haunted as so many people claim! 

GHOST HUNT AT THE MCPIKE MANSION | 10:00 PM
Join hosts Len Adams and Rene Kruse, along with mansion owner Sharyn Luedke for an investigation at one of the most haunted houses in the region.  Take part in a ghost hunt of the grounds and experience an eerie darkroom session in the spirit-infested wine cellar! You'll hear about the history of his infamous Alton home and a chronicle of the strange stories that have been part of its lore for years -- then split up into groups to see if the location is really as haunted as so many people claim! 

GHOST HUNT AT THE MINERAL SPRINGS HOTEL | 10:00 PM Join American Hauntings for an investigation behind the eerie walls of one of Alton’s most haunted places as we take conference guests to the legendary Mineral Springs Hotel during a search for the building’s lingering spirits! We'll peel back the layers of legends and expose the true hauntings of this unnerving and eerie place! See the haunted staircase, the legendary swimming pool, and eerie "Pearl's Room," along with the rest of the building! Is it really as haunted as so many people say? You’ll have the chance to find out for yourself!

GHOST HUNT AT THE MINERAL SPRINGS HOTEL | 10:00 PM
Join American Hauntings for an investigation behind the eerie walls of one of Alton’s most haunted places as we take conference guests to the legendary Mineral Springs Hotel during a search for the building’s lingering spirits! We'll peel back the layers of legends and expose the true hauntings of this unnerving and eerie place! See the haunted staircase, the legendary swimming pool, and eerie "Pearl's Room," along with the rest of the building! Is it really as haunted as so many people say? You’ll have the chance to find out for yourself!

SATURDAY AFTER-HOURS EVENTS | JUNE 23

Ghosts of the Great River Road Dinner Tour HOSTED BY TROY TAYLOR | 6:30 -9:30 PM Join Troy and Lisa for a Dinner Tour to wrap up the conference weekend! Come along for a bus tour from the Best Western Premier to nearby Grafton and experience the ghosts that linger along the historic Mississippi River Road! The evening includes bus tour, ghost stories and haunted places from Troy Taylor, and dinner at the Aeries Winery in Grafton. Don't miss this special event! 

Ghosts of the Great River Road Dinner Tour
HOSTED BY TROY TAYLOR | 6:30 -9:30 PM

Join Troy and Lisa for a Dinner Tour to wrap up the conference weekend! Come along for a bus tour from the Best Western Premier to nearby Grafton and experience the ghosts that linger along the historic Mississippi River Road! The evening includes bus tour, ghost stories and haunted places from Troy Taylor, and dinner at the Aeries Winery in Grafton. Don't miss this special event! 

Alton Hauntings Walking Tour HOSTED BY LUKE NALIBORSKI | 7:00-10:00 PM Journey through old downtown Alton in search of the lingering spirits of the city's most haunted locations! Based on the book by Troy Taylor and named as the "most authentic" in the region! See how the events of the past have created the hauntings of what is now being called "one of the most haunted small towns in America." The Alton Hauntings Tour is an entertaining, often spine-tingling trip back into the history and hauntings of the city -- don't miss the local haunts!

Alton Hauntings Walking Tour
HOSTED BY LUKE NALIBORSKI | 7:00-10:00 PM

Journey through old downtown Alton in search of the lingering spirits of the city's most haunted locations! Based on the book by Troy Taylor and named as the "most authentic" in the region! See how the events of the past have created the hauntings of what is now being called "one of the most haunted small towns in America." The Alton Hauntings Tour is an entertaining, often spine-tingling trip back into the history and hauntings of the city -- don't miss the local haunts!

ROSEMARY ELLEN GUILEY | 7:00 -9:30 PM REUNION WITH THE DEAD: THE DUMB SUPPER Part the veil to the Other Side and honor the dead in a dumb supper, a unique event presented for the first time at Haunted America. Based on old divination rituals, the dumb supper is a meal eaten in reverse, from dessert to appetizer, and in silence, while music evokes memories of those you love who have made their transition. We will start the evening with a brief history and explanation of the dumb supper, and conduct an opening ritual to part the veil. An altar will be present for you to place mementos of your loved ones, even your beloved pets. A seat is always reserved for the dead, and they will be present! Join us in this powerful ceremony, a night you will remember. Includes dinner and beverages. Adults only. No photography or recording out of respect of privacy.

ROSEMARY ELLEN GUILEY | 7:00 -9:30 PM
REUNION WITH THE DEAD: THE DUMB SUPPER

Part the veil to the Other Side and honor the dead in a dumb supper, a unique event presented for the first time at Haunted America. Based on old divination rituals, the dumb supper is a meal eaten in reverse, from dessert to appetizer, and in silence, while music evokes memories of those you love who have made their transition. We will start the evening with a brief history and explanation of the dumb supper, and conduct an opening ritual to part the veil. An altar will be present for you to place mementos of your loved ones, even your beloved pets. A seat is always reserved for the dead, and they will be present! Join us in this powerful ceremony, a night you will remember. Includes dinner and beverages. Adults only. No photography or recording out of respect of privacy.

SARAH SODERLUND | 7:00 - 9:30 PM A GHOSTLY PORTRAIT Hosted by Paranormal Sarah, this workshop gives you a hands-on experience in ghost photography.  This workshop will cover the basics of photography and how knowledge can be power in parapsychology investigating. The workshop also includes a live photo session that will give participants the interactive ability to choose their own paranormal phenomenon and capture it on camera with a professional portrait, all at once!  From ectoplasm, possession and even a live ghost in the photo, nothing is beyond reach when you attend this workshop -- held on-site at the haunted Mineral Springs Hotel! Fee includes one professional para-portrait as a special gift! 

SARAH SODERLUND | 7:00 - 9:30 PM
A GHOSTLY PORTRAIT

Hosted by Paranormal Sarah, this workshop gives you a hands-on experience in ghost photography.  This workshop will cover the basics of photography and how knowledge can be power in parapsychology investigating. The workshop also includes a live photo session that will give participants the interactive ability to choose their own paranormal phenomenon and capture it on camera with a professional portrait, all at once!  From ectoplasm, possession and even a live ghost in the photo, nothing is beyond reach when you attend this workshop -- held on-site at the haunted Mineral Springs Hotel! Fee includes one professional para-portrait as a special gift! 

SHERRI BRAKE | 7:00 - 9:30 PM DOWSING AND PENDULUM WORKSHOP An ancient art with a modern twist!  Everything you want to know about dowsing rods and pendulums, but were afraid to ask! A hands on class with paranormal researcher, author and class instructor, Sherri Brake. Learn the ancient art of working with rods and pendulums in a variety of applications. These tools can help you in your paranormal investigations, find unmarked graves and much more. Learn how to choose a good pendulum for yourself and receive a complimentary one of your choosing. Learn to “feel and see” your aura. Discover ways to use dowsing rods to find lost items, energy areas and much more. It is estimated that 80% of people have this ability, so come and explore with Sherri! (Participants will receive one complimentary pendulum per person. Dowsing rods will be available for workshop use and purchase if desired) 

SHERRI BRAKE | 7:00 - 9:30 PM
DOWSING AND PENDULUM WORKSHOP

An ancient art with a modern twist!  Everything you want to know about dowsing rods and pendulums, but were afraid to ask! A hands on class with paranormal researcher, author and class instructor, Sherri Brake. Learn the ancient art of working with rods and pendulums in a variety of applications. These tools can help you in your paranormal investigations, find unmarked graves and much more. Learn how to choose a good pendulum for yourself and receive a complimentary one of your choosing. Learn to “feel and see” your aura. Discover ways to use dowsing rods to find lost items, energy areas and much more. It is estimated that 80% of people have this ability, so come and explore with Sherri! (Participants will receive one complimentary pendulum per person. Dowsing rods will be available for workshop use and purchase if desired) 

GHOST HUNT AT THE MCPIKE MANSION | 10:00 PM Join hosts Len Adams and Rene Kruse, along with mansion owner Sharyn Luedke, for an investigation at one of the most haunted houses in the region.  Take part in a ghost hunt of the grounds and experience an eerie darkroom session in the spirit-infested wine cellar! You'll hear about the history of his infamous Alton home and a chronicle of the strange stories that have been part of its lore for years -- then split up into groups to see if the location is really as haunted as so many people claim!

GHOST HUNT AT THE MCPIKE MANSION | 10:00 PM
Join hosts Len Adams and Rene Kruse, along with mansion owner Sharyn Luedke, for an investigation at one of the most haunted houses in the region.  Take part in a ghost hunt of the grounds and experience an eerie darkroom session in the spirit-infested wine cellar! You'll hear about the history of his infamous Alton home and a chronicle of the strange stories that have been part of its lore for years -- then split up into groups to see if the location is really as haunted as so many people claim!

GHOST HUNT AT THE MINERAL SPRINGS HOTEL | 10:00 PM Join American Hauntings for an investigation behind the eerie walls of one of Alton’s most haunted places as we take conference guests to the legendary Mineral Springs Hotel during a search for the building’s lingering spirits! We'll peel back the layers of legends and expose the true hauntings of this unnerving and eerie place! See the haunted staircase, the legendary swimming pool, and eerie "Pearl's Room," along with the rest of the building! Is it really as haunted as so many people say? You’ll have the chance to find out for yourself!

GHOST HUNT AT THE MINERAL SPRINGS HOTEL | 10:00 PM
Join American Hauntings for an investigation behind the eerie walls of one of Alton’s most haunted places as we take conference guests to the legendary Mineral Springs Hotel during a search for the building’s lingering spirits! We'll peel back the layers of legends and expose the true hauntings of this unnerving and eerie place! See the haunted staircase, the legendary swimming pool, and eerie "Pearl's Room," along with the rest of the building! Is it really as haunted as so many people say? You’ll have the chance to find out for yourself!

GHOST HUNT AT THE FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH | 10:00 PM Take part in an investigation at Alton's most chilling spot! You've heard about it -- experience it for yourself! Dating back to the turn of the nineteenth century, the church did not begin to develop its reputation for a unnerving hauntings until 1936 when the minister of the church committed suicide in the building. Since that time, literally dozens and dozens of people have experienced the strange activity in the building, along with first-hand encounters with the lingering ghost. Don't miss your chance to find out if it's truly haunted for yourself!

GHOST HUNT AT THE FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH | 10:00 PM
Take part in an investigation at Alton's most chilling spot! You've heard about it -- experience it for yourself! Dating back to the turn of the nineteenth century, the church did not begin to develop its reputation for a unnerving hauntings until 1936 when the minister of the church committed suicide in the building. Since that time, literally dozens and dozens of people have experienced the strange activity in the building, along with first-hand encounters with the lingering ghost. Don't miss your chance to find out if it's truly haunted for yourself!