Hey Haunted Hometowns....I'm still combing through the evidence from last night at Bluff City Cemetery but we caught a light anomaly on night-shot that does something pretty cool. When the video is done I'll post it up.
HIST-EERIE IS LAUNCHED!!
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My sincere apologies to anyone trying to call the Haunted Hometowns phone number since Monday. The weekend tours triggered my severe fibromyalgia, and I've been flat on my back in so much pain I could hardly draw a breath. Worse, I LOST MY FRIGGIN' VOICE! So I couldn't return phone calls even during the times I felt I could move.
Next year...answering service!
But I'm doing better today, and psyched to start the last drive for Halloween weekend! So don't wait, BOOK YOUR GHOST TOURS NOW! www.HauntedHometowns.com
Great group on the Asylum Cemetery Haunted History tour last night! Interested, attentive, and fascinated with the paranormal. Some were experienced investigators, others were paranormal "virgins", so it was a great blend. Entities galore too! My 360 degree EMF meter followed the movements of...SOMETHING...as it walked nearer then around us. Multiple demands of "Story!" from the Ovilus, and shadow people sighted in both sites within the old asylum grounds.
TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR THIS WEEKEND! http://www.hauntedhometowns.com/HistoricGhostHuntToursElginIL
Our Friday the 13th Asylum Cemetery Haunted History tour was audio recorded by Executive Producer Brian O'Keefe for an upcoming episode of First Light on WDCB radio, 90.9FM. The segment will run on Sunday, Oct. 22nd, but will also be available as a feed on their website (for those of us who aren't early birds). Brian is quite the skeptic, but I think he had a blast anyway! Check it out to listen in for a bit to the haunting Asylum tour experience! www.wdcbfirstlight.org
Haunted Hometowns was a corporate sponsor for the first annual Witches Night Out Naperville, supporting the Families Helping Families charity. We gave raffle gift certificates, $2 off tour coupons in all the free grab bags, and I donated my time to tell ghost stories during three, half-hour sessions inside the beautiful Settlement Chapel (which is associated with its own ghost legend, of course!). So much fun! Take a look at the "spellbinding" hats and the fun had by all, in this video segment that aired on the Channel 17 Naperville News! A great new Naperville tradition has begun, and I can hardly wait until next year for it!
I took this pic last night in Aurora at the foot of the Leland Hotel/Apartments from the Fox River bridge, also known as the Suicide Skyscraper.. The image in the upper right hand of the pic is in a couple of pics but not always in the same place. This is the mos clear of the pics. There was NO moon visible all night. Could it be the moon? The alien 'Mothership?" Any ideas? Thanks for the tour Dave!
Looks like it'll be a perfect weekend weather-wise to take a ghost walk tour and hunt for ghosts using our EMF ghost meters, available for FREE during the tour! Ghost tours running in both Naperville and Aurora this Fri./Sat. nights at 8:00 PM. Hurry to buy tickets for tonight's tours before the box office closes at 6:00, or call 630-978-7033 until 7:00. HURRY!
Sadly, the Save the Elgin Ghost Tours campaign failed to meet (or even come close to) our campaign goal necessary to run the Elgin tours this year. Those of you who did donate, I've made arrangements for your money to be returned, as per my promise.
However, I was impressed by how much interest the campaign generated. For a time it was even trending on the GoFundMe page! Pretty cool.
Thanks again for all who donated. The campaign is now ended.
-Diane Ladley, President & Founder
Haunted Hometowns Corp.
Walk your dog on a shivery ghost tour tonight in Naperville! Meet at 8:00 outside of Quigley's Irish Pub. Advance reservations required. Book online now and use promo code 2SPOOKY to get $2 off every ticket! Buy two tickets, get $4 off. Buy four, get $8 off. Dogs are free! PHOTO CAPTION: Grainy close-up from a photo taken by a tour guest of the old boarding house in Naperville revealing several ghostly figures inside the window. The house was abandoned, dark and closed up at the time this photo was taken.
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TWO IMPORTANT NOTES FOR YOU TO READ ABOUT THE ELGIN CEMETERY GHOST TOURS:
1. When you donate a minimum of $25 to the Save the Elgin Cemetery Ghost Tour campaign on GoFundMe.com/HauntedHometowns, you get an equal value of tour tickets in return. So donate $25, get 1 ticket to the Elgin Asylum Cemetery Ghost Tour. Donate more, get more tickets!
2. The Save the Elgin Cemetery Ghost Tour campaign will end on June 30, 2017. If the campaign goal of $4000 is not met, ALL DONATIONS WILL BE RETURNED IN FULL...AND THE ELGIN CEMETERY GHOST TOURS WILL BE DEAD AND GONE. You will not ever experience the thrill of hunting ghosts in a haunted Elgin cemetery at midnight because you didn't act in time to save this unique opportunity.
Please donate now, and we'll turn your donation into your tickets! GoFundMe.com/HauntedHometowns
Hunt for ghosts using genuine EMF ghost meters on this two hour ghost walk tour in Naperville's beautiful historic district! Honor Naperville's tragic WWI hero on this Memorial weekend, and learn why he haunts his old home.
This Memorial Day Weekend, Hear the Ghostly Tale of Naperville's Own War Hero, Oliver "Judd" Kendall, and honor the 100th Anniversary of World War I! TONIGHT ONLY...SAVE 15% USING THE PROMO CODE JUDD! Book now at m.HauntedHometowns.com
Memorial Day honors all those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defending America in war, and is officially celebrated on the last Monday in May. On this weekend in 1918, a young man from Naperville, Oliver "Judd" Kendall, made that sacrifice with particularly world-shaking consequences.
While attempting to take down a sniper to save his men amid the trenches of No Man's Land that was the battlefield at Cantigny, France, Judd had been captured by the Kaiser's German forces. Recognizing his officer status, he was taken behind enemy lines and tortured to get him to spill the Allied battle plans. On Judd's shoulders rested the lives of 12,000 men of the American and French armies.
Fearing he would break, which would let the Germans set a trap, the American generals almost called the entire battle off. But instead they put all their hopes on this man from Naperville, IL, and the attack commenced as planned. On the morning of May 28, 1918, they attacked the deeply entrenched German forces, and to their surprise...there was no trap! The Allies overwhelmed the enemy forces and took the strategically crucial village, thanks in great part to Judd having the grit and courage to endure three days of intense physical torture.
The Allied success at the Battle of Cantigny convinced the American public to enter fully into the war. That was the turning point that halted the German advance into England, pushed them back, and eventually defeated the Kaiser's dreams of European domination. So a case can be made that Judd Kendall saved Europe!
But what happened to Judd? Where is he now? And why do people experience frequent ghostly activity in the magnificent Naperville mansion that he was born and raised in...now the Jefferson Hill Shops and Quigley's Irish Pub?
FIND OUT ON OUR NAPERVILLE: HISTORIC DISTRICT GHOST TOUR, AND SAVE 15% OFF YOUR ENTIRE BOOKING BY USING THE PROMO CODE "JUDD". (CODE GOOD FOR THIS SATURDAY NIGHT ONLY!)
Please consider signing this petition to save the magnificent (and haunted!) Old Nichols Library in downtown Naperville from destruction! Built in 1895, and included in the National Register of Historic Places district, the City of Naperville wants to destroy it and sell the land to developers so there can be even more tourist shops in downtown...completely ignoring the fact that the old library's unique architectural beauty is integral to Naperville's charm. Please sign the petition, then pass it on!
As Graeme Shankland, British architect and planner said,
"A city without old buildings is like a man without a memory."
Lots of enthusiasm and sharing of the SAVE THE ELGIN GHOST TOURS fundraiser. "Sounds like fun," and "Let's go!" are the comments.
***But I have to remind them that there ARE no Elgin ghost tours right now, nor will there be without your help!***
We need to raise $4000 before we can open the tours. Our new contract with the City of Elgin calls for an up-front deposit of $3600, plus $400 more for the required liability insurance. So the only way you and your friends will attend our Elgin cemetery ghost hunts/historic tours this year, is if all of you donate now!
YOUR DONATION IS A SURE THING. If we don't meet the minimum, your donation will be refunded in full. We're not touching any of the money until the minimum is met. So your donation will either be returned or become a ghost tour ticket of equal value. IT'S A WIN-WIN-WIN!
So donate now to tour later. Thank you.
Only $55 donated so far toward keeping the Elgin tours open this year. Lots of enthusiasm for them...but without support from you, there won't BE any tours this year at all. Please help out at www.gofundme.com/HauntedHometowns. Thanks.
The ghosts in the old asylum cemetery are whispering their tragic tales...but without your support, no one will be there to listen. Donate now, and get an equal value of Elgin ghost tour tickets in return!
SAVE THE ELGIN GHOST TOURS! All three of the Elgin Cemetery Ghost Tours are in danger of closing because the City of Elgin--for the first time since we started the tours--now requires I pay $3,600 in advance, plus $50 per tours. Simply put, there's no way I can afford it. So I've started a GoFundMe campaign to see if together we can keep them running for 2017! Visit our campaign page now for details and rewards. www.GoFundMe.com/HauntedHometowns