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ALTON — The 20th annual Haunted America Conference will return June 24-25 to the Atrium Hotel.
For generations, Alton has boasted spectral sightings, weird happenings and ghost events — including dozens of paranormal encounters during past conferences.
The 2016 conference will include lectures and presentations, a speakers panel, haunted tours, ghost hunts, vendor booths, Darker than Art exhibit, the Haunted America Masquerade Party and more.
Author, historian and conference founder Troy Taylor said he expects this year to be better than ever.
“Last year, which marked our first return to Alton in almost a decade, we had our largest and most successful conference in its history,” he said. “We expect it to be even more popular in 2016 because we’ve really pulled out all of the stops with more speakers, more special events, more tours, more ghost hunts, a traveling museum of haunted artifacts, and more.”
Join authors, experts and paranormal enthusiasts for a weekend of hauntings, monsters, the supernatural and the unexplained.
Returning for the conference is Ghostly Talk Radio, a paranormal radio show.
New to the conference is Planet Weird HQ, which will display artifacts of the strange, bizarre and haunted.
“A lot of our attendees come back every year because it may be the only time they get to see old friends and others they’ve met through our event,” Taylor said. “I think there’s a lot to learn, a lot to share, and a lot of fun to be had at the conference. The majority of our guests would never miss it.”
Guests will be able to gather research on ghosts and hauntings that they won’t get anywhere else; meet other ghost hunters from all over America and visit Alton — a town teeming with both history and haunts.
General admission is $50 for both days, with tickets for after-hour ghost hunts and special events still available. For information, visit americanspookshows.com.