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NEW HAUNTED HISTORY DOWNTOWN WALKING TOURS!
Discover Downtown Decatur's Most Haunted Spots -- and locations NOT featured on the bus tours!

July 9: Haunted History Downtown Walking Tour -- 7:00 PM: Departs from the Lincoln Theater
Walking tour of downtown Decatur's most haunted locations! Spirits, scandals and sins -- and locations NOT included on ANY of our bus tours! This is your only chance to discover some of the city's best-kept secrets and terrifying haunts! $22 Per Person

July 23: Haunted History Downtown Walking Tour -- 7:00 PM: Departs from the Lincoln Theater
Walking tour of downtown Decatur's most haunted locations! Spirits, scandals and sins -- and locations NOT included on ANY of our bus tours! This is your only chance to discover some of the city's best-kept secrets and terrifying haunts! $22 Per Person

July 30: Haunted History Downtown Walking Tour -- 7:00 PM: Departs from the Lincoln Theater
Walking tour of downtown Decatur's most haunted locations! Spirits, scandals and sins -- and locations NOT included on ANY of our bus tours! This is your only chance to discover some of the city's best-kept secrets and terrifying haunts! $22 Per Person

August 13: Haunted History Downtown Walking Tour -- 7:00 PM: Departs from the Lincoln Theater
Walking tour of downtown Decatur's most haunted locations! Spirits, scandals and sins -- and locations NOT included on ANY of our bus tours! This is your only chance to discover some of the city's best-kept secrets and terrifying haunts! $22 Per Person

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Tours: All Haunted Decatur Tours are approximately 3 - 4 hours in length, depending on the tour. Public tours are available in the summer and fall each year! Halloween Season Tickets on Sale Starting August 15!
Time: Most tours will begin at 7:00 p.m. unless marked otherwise. We have additional tours and dates in the fall.
Prices: $22 Per Person (Walking Tours)
$30
Per Person (Haunted History Bus Tours)
$40 Per Person (Ghost Hunter's Bus Tours)
Departs: Lincoln Square Theater - 141 North Main Street in Decatur. Free Parking on Street or in Surrounding Lots After 5:00 p.m.

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!

Haunted Decatur Book!
The tour is based on the best-selling book by Troy Taylor! Click on the cover to see Haunted Decatur titles!
Public Tours: Tour season for the Haunted Decatur Tours runs from May- November each year, with our fall tours being in highest demand. The tickets for the Halloween season tours go on sale August 15, 2016 and will be sold on a first come / first served basis. Tours for Halloween 2016 will include our Haunted History Bus Tours, Downtown Walking Tours and our extended "Ghost Hunter's Bus Tours."

Private Tours:
Private Haunted Decatur Tours are available for groups of up to 45 people. Private tours require a minimum of 25 people to book. Walking Tours, Haunted History Bus tours Ghost Hunter's Bus Tours are available. Advance notice and payment is required. A 30-day notice and payment are required for reservations. Private bus tour prices start at $30 per person (minimum $750) and we can go up to as many as 45 people. Walking Tours are also available, starting at $22 per person Click Here to Reserve a Private Tour!

Private Tours for October:
All private tours for October must be booked no later than September 15, 2016. 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

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 -- $40 per person

Downtown Walking Tours: W
alking tour of downtown Decatur's most haunted locations! Spirits, scandals and sins -- and locations NOT included on ANY of our bus tours! This is your only chance to discover some of the city's best-kept secrets and terrifying haunts in a whole new way! Uncovered the wickedness and weirdness of downtown Decatur!

All Haunted Decatur Tours Depart from the Lincoln Theater in downtown Decatur, located at 141 N. Main Street. Please plan to arrive about 15 minutes before the start of the tour so that you can check in with the guide.

Restrooms are available at the Lincoln prior to the start of the tour.

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The Lincoln Theater
One of the Most Haunted Places in America!

Danzeisen Meat Packing Plant
What Strange Secrets Once Lurked in this Building?

Ghosts of Millikin
The History & Hauntings of Millikin University

Greenwood Cemetery
One of the Most Haunted Graveyards in America!

Common Burial Grounds
The Lingering Hauntings of Decatur's Original Cemetery
Railroad Phantoms
History & Mystery of Decatur's Railroad Hauntings

Shellabarger Grain Tower
A Mysterious & Haunted Spots from Decatur's Past

Pythian Children's Home
Although Vanished Many Years Ago, Haunted Memories Remain

The Race Mansion
Once Regarded as the Most Haunted House in Decatur!

Peck Cemetery
The Mysterious Forbidden Cemetery located near Decatur
The Avon Theater
History & Hauntings of Decatur's Original Movie Palace

Powers Mansion
The Ghostly Past of One of Decatur's Most Legendary Homes

The Culver Mansion
Was this Home Cursed by the Indian Burial Ground it was Built on?

The Harrold House
Unfinished Business from the 1920s Haunts a Decatur Home

Spirits of the Speakeasy
The History & Hauntings of the Secret Rooms Above Downtown Decatur
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