Do you want to hunt for ghosts or listen to ghost stories this Halloween season? There are a bunch of awesomely spooky things to do in the Rockford area. Did you know that our own Tinker Swiss Cottage was featured on Ghost Hunters and many people believe it to be haunted? Check out one of these events for a scary fun Date Night!
Please note: These events are intended for kids 13 and up unless noted.
Ghost Tours and Ghost Hunts
Paranormal Tours of Tinker Swiss Cottage
Where: 411 Kent St., Rockford, IL
Go on a tour of one of the known haunted houses in Rockford!
When: October 7: Paranormal Tour w/ Quantum Paranormal from 7 – 10 pm
October 14: Paranormal Tour with Kathi Kresol and Terri Reid from 7 – 10 pm
October 21: Paranormal Tour with Joel Ramsey the “Paranormal Professor” from 7 – 10 pm
October 28: Paranormal Investigation with Midwest Ghost Investigators from 7 – 11 pm
October 29: Rockford’s Most Haunted Tour, from 6 – 11 pm
December 3: Ghosts of Christmas Past from 7 – 10 pm
Cost: $25 – 50 per person
Spirited Ghost Tour of Coronado Performing Arts Center
Take a two-hour tour of the Coronado, hear supernatural tales, and see a short skit.
Where: 314 N. Main St., Rockford, IL
When: October 9 from 4 pm – 6 pm
October 10 from 6 pm – 8 pm
Cost: $20 per ticket
The Most Haunted Tour 2022
Where: Veterans Memorial Hall (211 N. Main St., Rockford, IL)
Tinker Swiss Cottage (411 Kent St., Rockford, IL)
Graham Gunestea House (1115 S. Main St., Rockford, IL)
When: October 29, 2022 from 6 pm – 11 pm
Cost: $50 per person, Get tickets here
Haunted Rockford will tour three historical locations in Rockford that have all reported ghostly encounters and paranormal happenings. You will learn the history of these locations and go on a mini-investigation at each site. Groups involved include the Society for Anomalous Studies, Ghost Head Soup, and the Ghosthunter Dan Norvell Project.
Spooky Local History with Kathi Kresol at The Nordlof Center
118 N. Main St., Rockford, IL
When: October 8, 2022 from 1 pm – 2:30 pm
Kathi Kresoll shares the strange tales, weird crimes, and haunted history of Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. There is no registration required for this event.
True Tales of Things That Go Bump In The Night at Tinker Swiss Cottage
411 Kent St., Rockford, IL
When: October 14, 2022 from 7 pm – 10 pm
Cost: $25 per person, Get tickets here
Tinker Swiss Cottage invites local authors Terri Reid and Kathi Kresol for a night of scary stories. Samantha Hochmann, Executive Director of Tinker Swiss Cottage will also share stories about Tinker.
Midwest Spirit Fest and Paranormal Conference at Thornton Distillery
400 E. Margaret St., Thornton, IL
When: October 16, 2022 from 11 am – 7 pm
Cost: $10 per person, Get tickets here
Midwest Spirit Fest is a paranormal conference featuring speakers, psychic readings, and investigations of a haunted, underground artesian well.
Paranormal Wisconsin: Tales of Ghosts, UFOs, and Mysterious Creatures at Beloit Public Library
605 Eclipse Blvd., Beloit, WI
When: October 18, 2022 from 6 pm – 7 pm
Enjoy a presentation by Chad Lewis about alien abductions, haunted places, mysterious creatures, and other spooky happenings reported in Wisconsin.