The McPike Mansion is reputed to be one of Alton's most haunted sites.
ALTON — A sordid past of murder, war, death and destruction has led to Alton’s haunted present.
Through the years, many travelers have investigated and inquired about the unexplained happenings and psychic phenomena found throughout Alton. Several locations that are noted to be extremely haunted, including the infamous McPike Mansion and Milton School, have been featured on television shows on the Travel Channel and Syfy Channel.
The Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau is offering a new app to share photos through social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The app also features haunted events, a listing of haunted tour providers and a gallery of shared haunted photos.
The Haunted App can be downloaded for free in iTunes or Android stores by searching for Haunted Alton or by going to www.VisitAlton.com/HauntedApp.
“This app will allow anyone to share their haunted experience through a photo-sharing system that you can link to your own Facebook, Instagram or Twitter profile,” said Brett Stawar, CEO/President of the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau. “You can also add a caption to the photos and run one of six filters, including original, on the photo before sharing.”
Other haunted locations include the First Unitarian Church, where a former pastor who committed suicide is reputed to haunt the historic church; and the Piasa Masonic Lodge, where a spirit of a Confederate soldier is said to haunt the basement.
Home to the Underground Railroad and burial ground for more than 1,000 confederate soldiers, it is possible that the voices of the past are calling out from beyond the grave right here in Alton. Haunted schools, restaurants, houses and cemeteries intrigue visitors to the region year after year to further explore the haunted past.
How to share your haunted photo
Step 1: Visit a haunted Alton site. Open app and click on haunts. Make sure to click on the haunted site you are at.
Step 2: Click on camera icon after you open the haunted site.
Step 3: Snap photo and add one of five filters if you want or leave as original.
Step 4: Add a caption and share on your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts. Sharing to personal social media accounts is not required. (Don’t forget to use hashtags #VisitAlton, #HauntedAlton and #EnjoyIllinois.)
Step 5: View shared photos.
For more information on the app, go to www.VisitAlton.com/HauntedApp or call the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau at (800) 258-6645.