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October 2018

Haunted Rockford: Tales of Ghostly Encounters

October 25, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Byron Public Library, 100 S. Washington St
Byron, IL 61010 United States
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Kathi Kresol, local historian and founder of Haunted Rockford Paranormal Tours will share strange tales, ghost stories and hidden haunted history from Rockford, IL.  Kathi, founder of Haunted Rockford Tours and author of Rock River Times column, “Voices from the Grave,” has been researching local history for more than a decade. Please register for this event on the library website http://www.byron.lib.il.us/  

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Twisted Spirits: Haunted Pub Bus Tour

October 26, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Hope and Anchor English Pub, 5040 North 2nd Street
Loves Park, IL 61111 United States
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$30.00

Celebrate the Halloween Season in true Haunted Rockford style!  We will start our tour at the very haunted Hope and Anchor English Pub.  Kathi Kresol of Haunted Rockford will share the history of this location and Hope and Anchor staff will share the ghostly encounters that they have witnessed.  Then we will travel in a coach bus to different haunted pubs throughout the city where you will have a chance to experience spirits of both kinds: liquid and ghostly! Get…

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Spooktacular Haunts at Anderson Japanese Gardens

October 27, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road
Rockford, IL 61107 United States
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Join us for a Hoo-rifically Spooky Halloween in the Anderson Japanese Gardens.  The Garden is partnering with Hoo Haven Wildlife Rehab and Education Center and Haunted Rockford for a Halloween event that will be fun for the whole family!  Children are invited to come dressed in costume and explore the Garden in a new and spooky way! Registration not required; FREE for Garden Members; non-member pay regular Garden admission prices at the event:  Adults $9.50, Students $7.50.  Tickets can be…

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Paranormal Investigation of the Historic Veterans Memorial Hall

October 27, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main Street
Rockford, IL 61107 United States
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$40.00

Celebrate Halloween with Haunted Rockford! Haunted Rockford is thrilled to be invited to partner with the renown Ghost Hunter Dan Norvell for a special Paranormal Investigation of the historic Veterans Memorial Hall.  This exciting event will let you be the paranormal investigator!  Guests will be in small groups as you join the team in the most active locations in the Hall.  You are welcome and encouraged to bring your own equipment (cameras, camcorders, audio recorders, emf detectors, etc.). Director of the…

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Haunted and Historic Stateline Presentation

October 29, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Boulevard
Beloit, WI 53511 United States
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For Teens and Adults: Join paranormal investigator and local historian Kathi Kresol and Spirit Medium Sara Bowker as they discuss some of their ghostly encounters.  Kathi Kresol's book "Haunted Rockford, IL." will be available for purchase.   This program is free and open to the public.  Registration isn't required.        

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Haunted History and Legends of Northern Illinois

October 30, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Boone County Historical Miuseum, 314 S State St
Belvidere, IL 61008 United States
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Kathi Kresol, local historian, and founder of Haunted Rockford Paranormal Tours, will be presenting a talk about some of the most intriguing local ghostly legends.  Kathi has been researching Rockford’s history for a decade; she has been published in several books including her solo projects Murder and Mayhem in Rockford, and Haunted Rockford, Illinois.  Kathi also writes a column for the Rock River Times titled, "Voices from the Grave". Tickets available at the event or through the Museum.  Cost will…

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November 2018

Paranormal Investigation at Historic Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum

November 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tinker Swiss Cottage, 411 Kent Street
Rockford, IL United States
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$40.00

tinkerHaunted Rockford is proud to partner 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 and new Executive Director Samantha Hochmann will share the history of…

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December 2018

Ghosts of Christmas Past

December 1, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tinker Swiss Cottage, 411 Kent Street
Rockford, IL United States
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$20.00

Come celebrate the holidays Haunted Rockford style at Tinker Swiss Cottage! This program will start in the barn.  Kathi Kresol and Samantha Hochmann will present the history and share the ghostly encounters experienced by staff and visitors.  Psychic Sara Bowker will share her impressions of who actually lingers in the halls of this historic building.  Guests will be allowed to tour the house and see the most haunted rooms.  The house will be decorated for the Holidays in true Victorian fashion!…

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February 2019

Dead Guy Festival 2019

February 23 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main Street
Rockford, IL 61107 United States
$15.00

This event will feature speakers on ghosts, insanity, murder and mayhem.  The ladies from Haunted Rockford are thrilled to invite you to this very unique program!  Kathi Kresol will share some of the area’s most Notorious Crimes and Sara Bowker will share her impressions of spirits that linger in the locations. Other speakers will include: Eve Harker from the Luna Datura Curious Gifts will give tips on cleansing your house of negativity.  New to the conference this year are the…

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Paranormal Evening at the Graham-Ginestra House

February 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Graham-Ginestra House at the Ethnic Heritage Museum Center, 1129 S. Main Street
Rockford, IL 61101 United States
$20.00

We are so excited to be invited to this brand new location!  This historic home was built in 1857 by Freeman Graham.  It was recently acquired by the Ethnic Heritage Museum and the Midwest Ghost Investigators were the first team invited to investigate the building!  Haunted Rockford's Kathi Kresol will share the history of the location and Psychic Sara Bowker will give her impressions of any who might linger here.  Nino Enna and Sara will share the evidence and their…

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March 2019

Paranormal Evidence Revealed

March 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main Street
Rockford, IL 61107 United States
$10.00

Haunted Rockford is excited to announce this extra special event!  We will be joined by several local Paranormal Investigation Teams for a sharing of their favorite evidence they have captured.  This will be a wonderful opportunity to see actual evidence of ghostly encounters and get your questions about the paranormal answered by the experts! Teams include Midwest Ghost Investigators, Ghost Head Soup, and the Society for Anomalous Studies. All proceeds will be donated to the Veterans Memorial Hall. Tickets are $10.00…

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April 2019

Paranormal Evening at the Victorian Garden B&B in Monroe, WI

April 6 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Victorian Gardens Bed and Breakfast, 1720 16th Street
Monroe, WI 53566 United States
$30.00

Haunted Rockford is so excited to be invited back to this historic location! Kathi Kresol and Sara Bowker will join Dean Thompson and his Ghost Head Soup Crew for this very special event.  They will share results from their investigations at the location and owners Tia and Tony will tell of their ghostly experiences in this house built in the 1890's. We will give you the history of the family members that may linger and psychic Sara Bowker will share her impressions of the…

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Paranormal Event at the Roadhouse Restaurant

April 7 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Road House Restaurant, 807 S 7th St
Oregon, IL 61061 United States
$25.00

This restaurant has become a haunted landmark because of an unsolved murder that took place near the site in 1948. It was featured on an episode of “Dead Files” and has been discussed in numerous books and podcasts.  Haunted Rockford is proud to join Ghost Head Soup Paranormal Investigators in presenting the story of this unsolved crime and the ghosts who linger here.  We will hear the story of the murder, the hauntings of this historic location and Ghost Head…

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Spiritual Awakening: A Paranormal Conference

April 14 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
UAW 1268, 1100 West Chrysler Drive
Belvidere, IL 61008 United States

  Haunted Rockford's own Kathi Kresol and Sara Bowker are honored to be invited to this brand new conference! Spiritual Awakening: A Paranormal Conference hosted by Uaw Local 1268 Paranormal Committee   From the Facebook Event Page: "It's our first ever paranormal conference hosted by UAW 1268 Paranormal Committee. This event is free to the public. Featuring special guests: - Kathi Kresol - Kevin Ekburg - Dan Norvell We will have Mediums/Psychic, Animal Communicator, Tarot readings, Reiki healing, CBD oils,…

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May 2019

Paranormal Evening at the Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum in Poplar Grove

May 10 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Poplar Grove Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum, 5151 Orth Road Ste. A-1
Poplar Grove, IL 61065 United States
$20.00

Haunted Rockford is very excited to be invited to this brand new location!  This museum contains hundreds of artifacts all dealing with transportation.  We will take a tour and curator Mike Frederiksen and Event Coordinator Trudy Konopka will share the history of the museum and the artifacts. Haunted Rockford's Kathi Kresol will share the history of the area and Sara Bowker will share her psychic impressions of any spirits who linger at the location. The price for this event is $20.00…

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Paranormal Investigation of the Tinker Swiss Cottage

May 18 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tinker Swiss Cottage, 411 Kent Street
Rockford, IL United States
$40.00

Haunted Rockford is excited to be back at Tinker Swiss Cottage this time with the Society for Anomalous Studies!  Did you ever want to see what a real paranormal investigation is all about?  This is your chance to find out! This exciting event will let you be the paranormal investigator!  Guests will be in small groups as you join the team in the most active locations in the Cottage.  You are welcome and encouraged to bring your own equipment (cameras,…

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June 2019

Cedar Bluff Cemetery Tour with the Rockford Historical Society

June 8 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cedar Bluff Cemetery, 1200 Rural Street
Rockford, IL 61107 United States

Haunted Rockford's own Kathi Kresol will be joining the Rockford Historical Society for this year's Cemetery Walk.  Each year in mid June the Society selects one of Rockford's major cemeteries for the Cemetery Walk.  Volunteers select individuals interred in the cemetery, research the person's past, and interpret their findings for those who attend the "walk".  The interpreters are often dressed in costumes of the period associated with their subjects.  They often bring related items to enhance their presentations given near…

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Cedar Bluff Cemetery by Lantern Tour

June 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cedar Bluff Cemetery, 1200 Rural Street
Rockford, IL 61107 United States
$20.00

Join Haunted Rockford as we tour Cedar Bluff Cemetery, one of the oldest cemeteries in Rockford.  Local historians, Kathi Kresol and Amanda Becker will share the long forgotten stories of people from Rockford’s past, both famous and infamous. This is a walking tour so please wear comfortable shoes. Water and bug spray will be provided. The price for this event is $20.00 with advanced reservations and $25.00 at the event.  Please register here or by calling Kathi at 815-871-4239. Please note:…

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City by Starlight- Haunted Rockford Walking Tour – 6/14/19 – 7:00 p.m.

June 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main Street
Rockford, IL 61107 United States
$20.00

There are two walks for this date, one starting at 7:00 PM, the second starting at 9:00 PM.  This event page is for 7:00 PM and tickets ordered on this page are only valid for the 7:00 PM Tour. Haunted Rockford is very excited to partner with the Rockford Public Library for a paranormal tour of the downtown area in Rockford.  Local historian and author, Kathi Kresol will tell the ghostly tales of Rockford's historic places.  These stories will include…

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City by Starlight-Haunted Rockford Walking Tour – 6/14/19 – 9:00 p.m.

June 14 @ 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main Street
Rockford, IL 61107 United States
$20.00

There are two walks for this date, one starting at 7:00 PM, the second starting at 9:00 PM.  This event page is for 9:00 PM and tickets ordered on this page are only valid for the 9:00 PM Tour. Haunted Rockford is very excited to partner with the Rockford Public Library for a paranormal tour of the downtown area in Rockford.  Local historian and author, Kathi Kresol will tell the ghostly tales of Rockford's historic places.  These stories will include ghastly…

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July 2019

Paranormal Investigation of the Tinker Swiss Cottage with Dale Kaczmarek

July 19 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tinker Swiss Cottage, 411 Kent Street
Rockford, IL United States
$40.00

Haunted Rockford is thrilled to partner with Tinker Swiss Cottage to bring the 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. Haunted Rockford's Kathi Kresol and…

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Unsolved Crimes of Winnebago County

July 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Poplar Grove Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum, 5151 Orth Road Ste. A-1
Poplar Grove, IL 61065 United States

Local historian and author,  Kathi Kresol will share some of the stories about unsolved crimes she has uncovered in her research of Rockford's past.  Kathi has been researching Rockford's history for over 10 years for Haunted Rockford Tours and her local newspaper column, "Voices From the Grave."  Her first book, Murder and Mayhem in Rockford, was published in November 2015. The price of admission is $5.00 and can be paid at the door.  There is no fee for museum members. …

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Greenwood Cemetery by Lamplight Tour

July 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Greenwood Cemetery, 1011 Auburn Street
Rockford, IL 61103 United States
$20.00

Join Haunted Rockford as we tour one of the oldest cemeteries in Rockford where our founding families were laid to rest. Kathi Kresol will share the long forgotten stories of people from Rockford’s past, both famous and infamous. This tour will include a little history and mystery. This is a walking tour so please wear comfortable shoes. Water and bug spray will be provided. The price for this event is $20.00 with advanced reservations and $25.00 at the event.  You…

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August 2019

City by Starlight – Haunted Downtown Walking Tour – 7PM

August 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main Street
Rockford, IL 61107 United States
$20.00

Haunted Rockford is very excited to partner with the Veterans Memorial Hall for a paranormal tour of the downtown area in Rockford.  Local historian and author, Kathi Kresol will tell the ghostly tales of Rockford's historic places.  These stories will include ghastly murders, accidents, and ghostly visits.  All proceeds will go to the Veterans Memorial Hall. This will be a walking tour so please dress appropriately for the weather.  We will meet at the  Veterans Memorial Hall parking lot at…

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Unsolved Crimes of Winnebago County

August 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tinker Swiss Cottage, 411 Kent Street
Rockford, IL United States

Tinker Swiss Cottage has invited local author and historian Kathi Kresol to share some of the most notorious unsolved crimes in the area.  Kathi has been researching the darker side of Winnebago County history for over a decade.  Her book "Murder and Mayhem in Rockford, Illinois" was published in 2015. The cost for this lecture is $10 for non-members and $5 for Tinker members.  Payment can be made on the Tinker website:  http://www.tinkercottage.com/lectures.html  

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Special Event – Haunted Rockford Walking Tour with Midway Village 08/24/19

August 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main Street
Rockford, IL 61107 United States
$20.00

Please meet at the Veterans Memorial Hall Parking Lot.   Haunted Rockford is very excited to announce that we are partnering with Midway Village Museum to offer a very SPECIAL EVENT!  Local author Kathi Kresol will lead the group around the haunted spots of downtown Rockford where costumed interpreters from Midway Village Museum will make Rockford’s ghostly history come alive.  Hear the dark tales of murder, grisly accidents, and spirits who linger throughout the Forest City.   The walking tour…

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September 2019

Special Event-Haunted History Walking Tour with Midway Village 09/07/19

September 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main Street
Rockford, IL 61107 United States
$20.00

Please meet at the Veterans Memorial Hall Parking Lot.   Haunted Rockford is very excited to announce that we are partnering with Midway Village Museum to offer a very SPECIAL EVENT! Local author Kathi Kresol will lead the group around the haunted spots of downtown Rockford where costumed interpreters from Midway Village Museum will make Rockford’s ghostly history come alive.  Hear the dark tales of murder, grisly accidents, and spirits who linger throughout the Forest City.   The price for…

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Writers Workshop at the Rockton Centre Branch Library

September 9 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Rockton Centre Branch Library, 3112 N. Rockton Avenue
Rockford, IL 61103 United States

Get some ideas and support with new friends! Have writers block? Need some encouragement to get started? Just want to chat about writing? Join us for a workshop to get some of those creative juices flowing! This workshop will have special guests that will give us some tips on their particular genres. There has been a change to this schedule! September 9th's meeting the guest will be the amazing Terri Reid.  Terri is the author of the very popular Mary…

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The 2019 Illinois Paranormal Conference – The Biggest Event of the Year

September 28 @ 10:30 am - 6:00 pm
Rockford, IL United States
$20

Join Tinker Swiss Cottage and Haunted Rockford for the eight annual Illinois Paranormal Conference. The conference will feature speakers and vendors from all aspects of the paranormal. Samantha Hochmann from Tinker Swiss Cottage and Kathi Kresol from Haunted Rockford Paranormal Events are hosting the Illinois Paranormal Conference again in 2019.  The conference will be Saturday, September 28, 2019 at the Veterans Memorial Hall at 211 N. Main Street, Rockford, Illinois.  The doors will open at 10:30 a.m. to allow guests…

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Special Investigation at the Tinker Swiss Cottage – Join Us After The Conference!

September 28 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tinker Swiss Cottage, 411 Kent Street
Rockford, IL United States
$40.00

This special event will include different investigation teams in a public investigation of the Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and grounds!  We will be joined by Dale Kaczmarek and his team, the Ghost Research Society and Ghost Head Soup investigators to investigate the spirits of Tinker! The evening will begin with a presentation by Dean Thompson from Ghost Head Soup.  Dean will share some of his favorite evidence captured during his many years of investigating the paranormal. Haunted Rockford's own Kathi Kresol…

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October 2019

Ghastly Crimes and Ghostly Encounters Presentation

October 10 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Talcott Free Library District, 101 E Main St
Rockton, IL 61072 United States

Local author and historian, Kathi Kresol shares the strange tales, weird crimes and hidden haunted history of Northern Illinois.  From haunted houses to eerie cemeteries, lost spirits, dark crimes and more, Kathi has spent more than a decade collecting the spooky tales of the region! This event is free and registration is not required.  

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Unsolved Crimes of Winnebago County Presentation

October 11 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Rock River Branch Library, 3128 11th Street
Rockford, IL 61109 United States

Local historian and author, Kathi Kresol, returns to host an hour of true crime mystery.  All new stories!  Not all material suited for young children. This event is free and registration is not required.

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Belvidere Haunted Houses Tour

October 12 @ 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Boone County Historical Miuseum, 314 S State St
Belvidere, IL 61008 United States
$50.00

Haunted Rockford is honored to be a part of this special event!  We will be visiting three historical locations in Belvidere.  All of these sites have reported ghostly encounters and paranormal happenings.  The history of these fascinating locations will be shared by the owners and Kathi Kresol.  Sara Bowker will join us to share her impressions of who might linger in the halls.  We will also have experienced paranormal investigators along who will share their equipment to help capture evidence. …

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True Tales of Things That Go Bump in the Night

October 18 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tinker Swiss Cottage, 411 Kent Street
Rockford, IL United States
$20.00

Celebrate Halloween with Tinker Swiss Cottage and Haunted Rockford!  Local authors Terri Reid and Kathi Kresol will be joining us for this special evening of spine-tingling and bone-chilling stories! Terri Reid, best-selling author of the Mary O’Reilly paranormal series and Kathi Kresol, founder of Haunted Rockford Paranormal Events will share their favorite tales of their own paranormal encounters and other local legends.  After the presentation, Samantha Hochmann, Executive Director of Tinker Swiss Cottage share the history of this unique home…

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Historical Hauntings at the Rockford Public Library!

October 23 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Rockton Centre Branch Library, 3112 N. Rockton Avenue
Rockford, IL 61103 United States

The Rockton Centre Branch Library is presenting a special Halloween Happening! Hear and see the evidence collected during paranormal investigations! This program will offer an exploration of the haunted, historic locations that the Society for Anomalous Studies has investigated.  They will discuss the locations history and legends and show the paranormal evidence they captured during their investigations. This program is free to the public and registration is not required; join us!

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Spooktacular Haunts

October 26 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road
Rockford, IL 61107 United States

Join us for a Hoo-rifically Spooky Halloween in the Anderson Japanese Gardens.  The Garden is partnering with Hoo Haven Wildlife Rehab and Education Center and Haunted Rockford for a Halloween event that will be fun for the whole family!  Children are invited to come dressed in costume and explore the Garden in a new and spooky way! Registration not required; FREE for Garden Members; non-member pay regular Garden admission prices at the event:  Adults $9.50, Students $7.50. 

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Rockford Haunted Historic Locations Tour

October 26 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main Street
Rockford, IL 61107 United States
$40.00

Haunted Rockford is honored to be a part of this special event!  We will be visiting three historical locations in Rockford.  All of these sites have reported ghostly encounters and paranormal happenings.  The history of these fascinating locations will be shared by the staff members and Kathi Kresol.  Sara Bowker will join us to share her impressions of who might linger in the halls.  We will also have experienced paranormal investigators along who will share their equipment to help capture…

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Ghastly Crimes and Ghostly Encounters -True Stories of Rockford’s Past

October 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Rock River Branch Library, 3128 11th Street
Rockford, IL 61109 United States

Kathi Kresol, local author and tour guide, returns to share all new peculiar and puzzling tales.  Rockford's past is full of murder and ghostly mischief.  Not all material suitable for young children.   This event is free and registration is not required.  

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Haunted History: Ghosts of the State Line

October 29 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Rock Valley College, 3301 N Mulford Road
Rockford, IL 61114 United States

Local author, historian, and founder of Haunted Rockford Paranormal Events, Kathi Kresol, will share her favorite stories of lost loves, spine tingling encounters with ghostly apparitions and unexplained bumps in the night.  Kresol has spent countless hours researching and tracking down the legends and ghost stories of Illinois.  She weaves historical research with actual personal accounts of the hauntings into her stories of the weird and unusual happenings in Forest City. Join us in the Rock Valley College Library for…

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