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Ghost Hunts!
Tours: Haunted Decatur Tours are approximately 3 - 4 hours in length, depending on the tour. Public tours are available April - November each year! See schedule below for a list of upcoming dates.
Time: See Schedule Below! Most tours will begin at 7:00 p.m. or 8:00 p.m. unless marked otherwise. We have additional tours and dates in the fall.
Prices: $30 Per Person (Haunted History Tours)
$45 Per Person (Ghost Hunter's Tour Tours)
Departs: Avon Theater - 426 North Water Street in Decatur
Free Parking on Street or in Parking Garage Across Water Street After 5

In 1854, Colonel Dan Conklin started a whiskey distillery, racetrack and brothel on the outskirts of Decatur, which would earn the city its first unflattering nickname of "Hell's Half Acre." It would go on to boast others, including the "Second Most Corrupt City in Illinois." During the 1920s, Decatur would gain infamy as a place where murder, bootlegging, prostitution, kidnapping, gambling, corruption and, of course, ghosts, were commonplace. Now, join us for our award-winning tours of Decatur as we journey back in time to uncover the "other side" of the city's history and reveal not only the scandals and sins that haunt Decatur, but the many ghosts that linger here as well!

The Haunted Decatur Tour was created by author Troy Taylor and Avon Theater owner Skip Huston in 1994 and is downstate Illinois' original ghost tour. It's one of the longest-running in the state takes a look at the darker side of the city -- revealing ghost stories, hauntings and spirits that you won't find in the history books.
From it's earliest days, the city of Decatur gained a reputation as a place where ghost stories were common -- from tales told by the settlers to haunted houses and hotels. But Decatur's dark origins can be traced back to the earliest days of the city, when the original settlers built over the top of Native American burial grounds that were scattered throughout the downtown area of what would become Decatur. The destruction of these burial mounds cast a mysterious pall over the city -- a darkness that continues to linger today.

Decatur's sordid reputation also added to the ghostly stories of the city through incidents of murder and death. Crime truly came to Decatur in the 1850s with the arrival of the railroads. Vice districts, gambling parlors and brothels sprang up in the wake of the railroads and the Civil War, bringing bloodshed and violence to the city.

From lost burial grounds to haunted theaters, the Haunted Decatur Tour is much more than just a run-of-the-mill ghost tour! This is not just a collection of ghost stories, but a true history of how the city became so haunted -- which means we also include  local sites of death, unsolved murders, strange crimes, gambling parlors, vice districts and more plagued the city in days gone by. We can promise that you'll never look at the city of Decatur in the same way again!

Private Tours:
Private Haunted Decatur Tours are available and can be booked with up to 13 people, or in larger vehicles with a minimum of 25. All private tours are offered at a flat fee, depending on the type of tour requested. Haunted History tours are available, as are Ghost Hunter's Tours! Advance notice and payment is required!
Click Here to see More About Private Tours!

Haunted Decatur Book!
The tour is based on the best-selling book by Troy Taylor! Click on the cover to see Haunted Decatur titles!
LAST TOUR OF THE SUMMER!

Saturday, August 9: Haunted History Tour -- Departs from the Avon Theater - 7:00 p.m.
$30 Per Person
Click Here to Make Reservations!
 

Tickets for the October Haunted Decatur Tours Go on Sale Starting Friday, September 12 at 9:00 AM!
All tickets will be sold on a first come / first served basis so plan to book early because we will sell out again this fall!

How to Get Tickets:
1. Return to the website on Friday morning, September 12 and look for the "Tickets on Sale Now" banner at the top and live links for Reservations below!
2. If you do not see the banners or links, refresh your browser until they appear.
3. We will NOT be offering any ticket sales by phone. ALL sales are online only!

October 10: Haunted History Tour -- 3- Hour Tour of Haunted Decatur! Departs from the Avon Theater - 7:00 p.m.
$30 Per Person
Tickets on Sale September 12!

October 10: Extended Ghost Hunter's Tour of Haunted Decatur - Extra Hour of History & Hauntings! Departs from the Avon Theater -- 8:00 p.m. $45 Per Person
Tickets on Sale September 12!

October 10: Night at the Culver House
Join us for a night inside one of Decatur's most famous haunted houses in the area! Closed to ghost hunters -- until now! Don't miss your chance to experience it!
Tickets on Sale NOW!

October 11: Haunted History Tour -- 3- Hour Tour of Haunted Decatur! Departs from the Avon Theater - 7:00 p.m.
$30 Per Person
Tickets on Sale September 12!

October 11: Extended Ghost Hunter's Tour of Haunted Decatur - Extra Hour of History & Hauntings! Departs from the Avon Theater -- 8:00 p.m. $45 Per Person
Tickets on Sale September 12!

October 12: Extended Ghost Hunter's Tour of Haunted Decatur - Extra Hour of History & Hauntings! Departs from the Avon Theater -- 7:00 p.m. $45 Per Person
Tickets on Sale September 12!

October 17: Haunted History Tour -- 3- Hour Tour of Haunted Decatur! Departs from the Avon Theater - 7:00 p.m.
$30 Per Person
Tickets on Sale September 12!

October 17: Extended Ghost Hunter's Tour of Haunted Decatur - Extra Hour of History & Hauntings! Departs from the Avon Theater -- 8:00 p.m. $45 Per Person
Tickets on Sale September 12!

October 18: Haunted History Tour -- 3- Hour Tour of Haunted Decatur! Departs from the Avon Theater - 7:00 p.m.
$30 Per Person
Tickets on Sale September 12!

October 18: Extended Ghost Hunter's Tour of Haunted Decatur - Extra Hour of History & Hauntings! Departs from the Avon Theater -- 8:00 p.m. $45 Per Person
Tickets on Sale September 12!

October 19: Extended Ghost Hunter's Tour of Haunted Decatur - Extra Hour of History & Hauntings! Departs from the Avon Theater -- 7:00 p.m. $45 Per Person
Tickets on Sale September 12!

October 23: Haunted History Tour -- 3- Hour Tour of Haunted Decatur! Departs from the Avon Theater - 7:00 p.m.
$30 Per Person
Tickets on Sale September 12!

October 24: Haunted History Tour -- 3- Hour Tour of Haunted Decatur! Departs from the Avon Theater - 7:00 p.m.
$30 Per Person
Tickets on Sale September 12!

October 24: Extended Ghost Hunter's Tour of Haunted Decatur - Extra Hour of History & Hauntings! Departs from the Avon Theater -- 8:00 p.m. $45 Per Person
Tickets on Sale September 12!

October 24: Night at the Culver House
Join us for a night inside one of Decatur's most famous haunted houses in the area! Closed to ghost hunters -- until now! Don't miss your chance to experience it!
Tickets on Sale NOW!

October 25: Haunted History Tour -- 3- Hour Tour of Haunted Decatur! Departs from the Avon Theater - 7:00 p.m.
$30 Per Person
Tickets on Sale September 12!

October 25: Extended Ghost Hunter's Tour of Haunted Decatur - Extra Hour of History & Hauntings! Departs from the Avon Theater -- 8:00 p.m. $45 Per Person
Tickets on Sale September 12!

October 26: Extended Ghost Hunter's Tour of Haunted Decatur - Extra Hour of History & Hauntings! Departs from the Avon Theater -- 7:00 p.m. $45 Per Person
Tickets on Sale September 12!

October 29: Haunted History Tour -- 3- Hour Tour of Haunted Decatur! Departs from the Avon Theater - 7:00 p.m.
$30 Per Person
Tickets on Sale September 12!

October 30: Haunted History Tour -- 3- Hour Tour of Haunted Decatur! Departs from the Avon Theater - 7:00 p.m.
$30 Per Person
Tickets on Sale September 12!
HALLOWEEN NIGHT!

October 31: Haunted History Tour -- 3- Hour Tour of Haunted Decatur! Departs from the Avon Theater - 7:00 p.m.
$30 Per Person
Tickets on Sale September 12!
HALLOWEEN NIGHT!

October 31: Extended Ghost Hunter's Tour of Haunted Decatur - Extra Hour of History & Hauntings! Departs from the Avon Theater -- 8:00 p.m. $45 Per Person
Tickets on Sale September 12!
TROY TAYLOR'S HOUDINI SEANCE RETURNS!

October 31: Spookapalooza!The Houdini Sťance returns to the Avon Theater! Join us as we contact the dead in this haunted theater for this special event! Can death hold Houdini? Find out!
Tickets on Sale NOW!

November 1: Haunted History Tour -- 3- Hour Tour of Haunted Decatur! Departs from the Avon Theater - 7:00 p.m.
$30 Per Person
Tickets on Sale September 12!

November 1: Extended Ghost Hunter's Tour of Haunted Decatur - Extra Hour of History & Hauntings! Departs from the Avon Theater -- 8:00 p.m. $45 Per Person
Tickets on Sale September 12!
 
Public Tours: Tour season for the Haunted Decatur Tours runs from April - November each year, with our fall tours being in highest demand. The tickets for the Halloween season tours go on sale September 12, 2014 and will be sold on a first come / first served basis. Tours for Halloween 2014 will include our standard Haunted Decatur Tours and our extended "Ghost Hunter's Tours."

Private Tours:
Private Haunted Decatur Tours (offered with our ghost van or larger bus) are available for groups of up to 13 people. We also offer large tours that require a minimum of 25 people to book. All private tours are offered for a flat fee, depending on the type of tour requested. Haunted History tours are available, as well as Ghost Hunter's Tours. Advance notice and payment is required. Click Here to Reserve a Private Tour!

Private Haunted Decatur Tours with our larger buses are also available for groups of 25 people or more. A 30-day notice and payment are required for reservations. Private tour prices start at $30 per person (minimum $750) and we can go up to as many as 45 people.
Click Here to Reserve a Private Tour!

Private Tours for October:
All private tours for October must be booked no later than September 5, 2014. We will be unable to accept any additional private tours after that date. Be sure to contact us in advance to book a private outing during the Halloween season!

Different Types of Public & Private Tours Offered:

Haunted History Tour: Travel throughout the city of Decatur in search of history, hauntings and spirits! Join us for a journey back into the history of one of America's most haunted towns and discover why Decatur has earned a reputation for ghosts and the unexplained. From old theaters to haunted houses, railroad stations and ghostly graveyards, you'll have the chance to possibly meet some of the past residents of the city face-to-face! Popular with ghost buffs and history enthusiasts alike and includes new and favorite haunted locations! Lasts approx. 3 hours -- $30 per person (Prices on all tours  + Tax and transaction fee)

Ghost Hunter's Tour:
  An expanded edition of the Haunted History Tour with additional locations and a "behind the scenes" look at the places that make Decatur so haunted! More History, More Hauntings and an additional hour of sites that aren't normally featured on the standard tours! Lasts approximately 4 hours -- $45 per person  (Prices on all tours  + Tax and transaction fee)

 Tour Departures:
All of the Tours depart from the Avon Theater, located at 426 North Water Street in downtown Decatur. Free Parking is available in the garage across the street. Please arrive no earlier than 10-15 minutes before the start of the tour. While drinks and popcorn are available at the Avon concession stand, it is a working theater, so please be respectful of the customers.


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