Built in 1869, Alton's McPike Mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
When thinking about the paranormal in the Riverbend, the McPike Mansion in Alton is always in the forefront.
Tours at the historic building begin on Sept. 27 and run each weekend in October. Built in 1869, it currently sits on the National Register of Historic Places.
“There are 32 to 35 spaces available on each tour and they can register online and pay online, or pay in cash that night,” proprietor Sharyn Luedke said. “The tour is an hour and a half long, and we have pictures of the residents and some ghost pictures.”
There is also a Native American shaman, Sandy Korba, who communicates with spirits and teaches visitors how to use dowsing rods.
“Every tour we give a pin that says, ‘I survived the McPike Mansion,’” Luedke said.
The 16th annual Ghostly Halloween Campout at the mansion is scheduled for Oct. 25 and includes a séance in the cellar, ghost ground tours, hot dogs, chili and more for dinner, live music, door prizes, and doughnuts and coffee the next morning. For an additional $20, visitors may also get a tarot card reading.
Tents and camping gear are suggested and campers must be 18 to attend. No alcohol is permitted.
“We always do the electric slide to ‘Ghostbusters,’” Luedke said. “It’s only $10 more than the tour and you get a souvenir, good food; it includes a tour and a continental breakfast. It really is a good deal. We will also be selling merchandise there.”
Funds raised from tours and events go to the continued restoration of the McPike Mansion. For more information, visit the website at www.mcpikemansion.com.