While staged haunted events with actors in makeup and costume are gearing up for the season, an event that offers a glimpse into the real world of haunting phenomena is being offered on September 28th at Rockford’s Veterans Memorial Hall. The Illinois Paranormal Conference will be offering a day of presentations by paranormal experts, psychics and ghost hunters.
Among the presenters will be keynote speaker, Curt Strutz. A paranormal explorer, Curt has traveled across the United States to infamous haunted locations. In Curt’s "Visiting the Beyond” program you will see and hear about his travels and his own paranormal experiences.
Cassidy Rae Owens, star of the web series, “Dead People See Me”, is a teenage psychic/medium and paranormal investigator. With a different perspective, Paul D. Smith has been psychic all his life but only accepted his gift as an adult. Both will share their insights into the spirit world.
Educator and researcher, Mary Marshall is the director for The Paranormal MD, a technology based paranormal research group. Mary also hosts the The Paranormal MD Radio Show. The show's website indicates that not only are ghosts discussed but also inter-dimensional beings, aliens, UFOs and psychic phenomena.
Aside from these and other speakers, attendees will have the opportunity to peruse a variety of vendor’s booths. Real haunted house information, authors of paranormal books, metaphysical services, local ghost hunters and related items will be available.
For those brave souls who want the chance of experiencing their own spirit encounters, for an additional fee, two events are being offered. The first is a paranormal investigation of the Tinker Swiss Cottage on September 27th with special guests Cassidy Rae Owens and paranormal investigator, Jason Wilkerson. The cottage was investigated by the Ghost Hunters crew and featured in the Fear Factory episode.
The second event features spirit communicator, Mark Dorsett who will be holding a live gallery reading after the conference. Rev. Dorsett will connect with spirits who have crossed over and relay messages to audience members.
Going from 11AM until 6:30PM and costing a mere $15 in advance, the Illinois Paranormal Conference is a deal for anyone interested in the real world of the paranormal. Much of this conference information, including the list of speakers and options to buy advanced tickets, can be found on the Haunted Rockford website.