Alton, this quaint river town, has become known as "One of the Most Haunted Small Towns in America." Through the years we've had many travelers investigate and inquire about the unexplained happenings and psychic phenomena found throughout the haunted hills of Alton. It is through these experiences that common stories of the hauntings of Alton have withstood the test of time.
Today, several experienced psychics and paranormal investigators offer guided haunted tours to satisfy your appetite for quality haunting experiences. Alton's Most Haunted House...the notorious McPike Mansion has been featured on several television shows and investigated by numerous paranormal investigators who have found the haunting of the McPike Mansion to be authentic.
For more information on Haunted Alton or to receive a FREE visitors guide, please contact the Alton Visitor's Center at (800) ALTON-IL or click here to request or download a guide
A long, dark and often bloody history of floods, epidemics, death, murder, the Civil War, the Underground Railroad and more make the small town of Alton a treasure trove of strange and ghostly tales, dark history and haunted destinations. From the smallpox catastrophes at the Confederate Prison to the mob killing of martyr Elijah P. Lovejoy, many curses clouded the future of Alton.
Many blame limestone rock for so much paranormal activity in Alton. Most of Alton either sits on limestone or has neighborhoods of houses built using limestone. Our region is rich with limestone, from the bluffs that adorn the Great River Road to the architectural wonders that make up 'Millionaire's Row.' It is this limestone that is said to retain the psychic residue of events that can still be experienced today. For more information and a list of haunted tour providers, click here.
Fall & Haunted Events
Fall is about more than vivid fall leaves and bonfires. It’s about wandering through an intricately-designed corn maze. It’s about a day of family fun at a harvest festival. It’s about having a hair-raising experience on a haunted tour. And, yes, it’s about vibrant fall colors along all of our rivers and routes. Grab your jacket and join us this fall throughout the Great Rivers & Routes region.
Alton is considered "One of the Most Haunted Small Towns in America," and it’s time you found out why. Take your authentic ghost hunting adventure to the next level with one of the city’s walking tours in hopes of getting a glimpse of the shades, shadows and souls that reportedly walk the historic streets and haunt the ancestral buildings of the region.