Haunted house brings thousands to Alton in October - KMOV.com

Haunted house brings thousands to Alton in October

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McPike Mansion in Alton, Ill. (Credit: KMOV) McPike Mansion in Alton, Ill. (Credit: KMOV)
ALTON, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

Alton is said to be one of the most haunted cities in America and McPike Mansion is said to be the most haunted piece of property in Alton.

Sharyn Luedke and her husband bought the home in 1994.

She’s a firm believer that while no one’s “living” at the home, that doesn’t mean its empty.

Tours are offered monthly throughout much of the year but in October they really ramp up.

In the early 1990’s, a local historian wrote about Alton’s haunted history.

The city embraced it and its haunted reputation has grown ever since. There’s even a theory as to why there are so many spirits in Alton.

“All of the buildings around here … their foundations and even upper levels are made out of limestone and that attracts and traps the spirit energy according to the spirit tour providers,” said Stephanie Tate of Convention & Visitors. 

It’s a $600,000 economic impact.

Haunted tours are booked solid for October. There’s even a new craft brew tour. 

At the McPike Mansion, visitors have said they’ve felt something touch them, others say no such luck.

Tours run from $5 to $20 but Luedke said she’s not getting rich off of it.

The money goes back into the house. Rehabbing a building like that can be a life-long project.

“I used to go in the house and say out loud, ‘Listen, guys if you want this house fixed up you’d better not scare me cause if you do I’m out of here,’” said Luedke. 

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