Happy Halloween-A Ghostly Weekend

Happy Halloween Jeremy!  Hope you’re doing something fun, like dressing up really scary and handing out candy to trick-or-treaters!  I know how much you like spooking others, this could be your chance to have a lot of creative fun doing it.




This weekend was one-of-a-kind for me.  It started Friday night when Jim and I went out to Pere Marquette, Illinois to stay in the lodge for a paranormal investigation!  The real deal too.  A paranormal investigation team, Altered State Paranormal (A.S.P.), was there and they had all the equipment and same attitude as Grant & Jason on the “Ghost Hunters” show.  What I mean is they are scientific in their approach.  Since it was the Halloween weekend there were a lot of other folks who came for the “creepiness” of it, so it was just slightly over crowded and a few “nay-sayers” among the group.


Jim and I had a great time.  Starting at 7pm with a cocktail and appetizers, got briefed on the location and how this investigation would be ran.  We split up in teams and over the course of the next several hours we investigated lots of spots around the lodge.  They served breakfast the next morning and did the “reveal” of evidence that was captured.  It was entertaining, but not a lot happened that convinced me that we met up with folks who aren’t using a body.



On the way home we stopped off at Ruebels Hotel in Grafton.  It felt like we stepped back into the late 1700’s in the wild west.  Nice place and nicely restored.  We had a yummy lunch then set out to tour the hotel.  To our amazement, there wasn’t anyone around on the hotel side and we were able to roam the halls, go upstairs and just experience the place.  That was cool.  I took some pics.






Once we left there we headed on down the river road and turned in to Elsah.  OMG, this is a little village that seems to have been lost in time.  I loved its uniqueness.

Definitively a place you should drive over to see some day.  Basically, you go to Alton and head west on the river road and it’s on the right just outside of Alton.  There are huge bluffs just west of the village that I wanted to go see, but we were sort of running out of energy and time.



Ok, I just had to show you this picture.  I have no idea whose pickup it is, but they have figurines glued all over it.  Wild and weird.

We stopped to ask a man how to get up to the bluffs and he suggested we take a side street and head up to the college!  Are you kidding me? There is a college in this village!!??

Yep!  Ok, so we headed up the little road to see Pinicia College!  We were told we could go to the bluff from there.  We pulled in to the college driveway and was met by a young man whose job it was to ensure anyone coming in was “supposed to be there”.  When let him know we were just sightseers, he happily went to the guard shack and brought us out a magnetized sign to put up on the roof of the vehicle and a map of the campus showing us the “tour route”.  Hmmmm, seems others have toured before us!

It was wild!  Among some obvious modern structures they built and designed to match, were some really old college buildings.  Wow. Amazing to look at and just imagine what it was like in the old days.  I didn’t get the best pics because I took too many shots from the passenger side and through dirty windows, but you get the idea how neat the place was.  There was a lookout pullover and that is where we were able to look down on the Mississippi River and see all the way to St. Charles!  Amazing view.  One you should do.  As I said, we never found the way to those huge bluffs but I’m betting I go back someday soon to see more.





That was fun.  Pere Marquette was a cool first time “ghost hunting” experience, but like I said, not really enough to convince me.  No, worries, I found the big one!

The same paranormal team leading the investigation at the lodge was doing another “all-night” investigation this next night at a highly active location in Alton.  The location was the old Milton Schoolhouse.  OMG, yes!!!  THE old Milton Schoolhouse that Jason and Grant (from TAPS, Ghost Hunters) investigated a year or more ago.  I watched that episode thinking “oh my god, if I could go there too”!  It was so active they just started laughing at all the activity.  I wanted to go to this one tonight too.  No, I had not slept the night before and no, Jim was not going to be able to go.  No worries, I called Heather!  Yes sir, she was brave enough to go with me.  It was scheduled from 8:30 pm until 6 am.  Heck, no problem for her, she slept until 11:30am.




The schoolhouse was truly the experience I was looking for.  I believe it was one of the creepiest places I’ve been in at dark.  Remember when we used that one room in that old, old haunted school, for the Ability School?  Well, Milton Schoolhouse was 20 times the size at 80,000 square feet, and a lot more active with spirits.  Like I expected, the investigation was very professionally done using all the best equipment.  I had an experience there that sealed the deal for me (but couldn’t be documented) and Heather had one that was easily documented.  So now, I believe I have my personal “physical” evidence I felt I needed.  But it’s like crack, now I’m hooked and want more!  LOL.  Funny, I thought Heather would be scared to death, but she certainly wasn’t.  She was completely willing to be in communication with anything that might have wanted to communicate.  Nice.



So it was a great weekend.  Like usual, you were thought of many times, and no, not just when we had yummy food!!! 😉



3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Drew on October 31, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Cool post, Meshell! I’ve been up the River Road many times now…the most recent was last weekend when my Sunday school went together. I love all the places you mentioned, although I’ve never been to the Milton Schoolhouse. I’ll have to check it out sometime! If you like hauntings, have you ever been to the Lemp Mansion in St. Louis? I haven’t, but they do tours, and I hear they’re great! They also do murder mystery dinners and all sorts of similar things.

    The next time you go up the River Road, make sure to also take the Brussels ferry across the River and drive up the road several miles until you reach Brussels, Illinois! When you get into town, there will be an OLD red hotel on your right called the Wittmond Hotel. You don’t order there…they just start serving you all sorts of home style food. The sausages are amazingly tender, and they also bring you delicious fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, apple sauce, and on and on! It’s pretty cheap too (although be sure you bring cash or check…they don’t take cards!)

    Whether you’re in Elsah or Alton, both have a little shop called “My Just Desserts.” My mom and I stopped at the one in Elsah one afternoon and got pie to take home, and it was DELICIOUS!

    When you’re at Principia, a friend and I found out the hard way that you don’t go off the tour path! We accidentally made a wrong turn one time, and as soon as we did, a guy came out of nowhere, blocking my car, and told us the way we should have turned. Then by the time we made it back to the front gate, the guy up there knew we’d accidentally strayed as well. They were really friendly about it, but it still kind of creeped us out. I haven’t been back since. It’s a BEAUTIFUL campus though!

    I know you’re writing for Jeremy, but I loved this post as well. Thanks for sharing, Meshell!


  2. Oh Drew!! I am excited again just reading your comment. Thanks so much!

    Actually it means a lot when someone comments when I post, because this is actually a very stuck “one-way flow” of course, because Jeremy can’t respond IF IF IF he even reads it. So when someone reads it and acknowledges me, it feels good!

    It’s funny I was going to tell Jeremy the week before that we took Jim’s step-mom and dad over to have brunch at the Wittmond Hotel (OMG, that was an amazing experience for me!!!). We went across the Golden Eagle ferry and ate, then went across the Brussels ferry and over to Alton – and had dessert at “My Just Desserts”! WOW, it was an amazing experience. 🙂

    LOL, what a funny story about Principia College! I then found out it is a Christian Science college. Did you hear about the Dec 3 “event” at Elsah? Mom, Heather and I are going to be there!

    Oh, here’s the info: lol, I’m a commercial:
    Saturday, December 3, 2011
    Activities throughout the afternoon from 3 pm through 6:30 pm
    The Village of Elsah will open its doors for the annual “Home for the Holidays” house tour. Seven charming homes in this historic village will be on display, festively decorated for the holiday season from 3:00 to 5:45. In addition, two bed and breakfast inns, the village’s two churches featuring special music, the Elsah Museum, and 19th century Farley’s Music Hall will be open for the tour. The tour will be followed by an old fashioned caroling procession from the river to Selma Square where the tree lighting will take place at 6:30 pm. Visitors may walk through the village or enjoy free horse-drawn carriage rides courtesy of the recently opened LaSalle Street Café. Come early to eat lunch and visit the new shops that have opened!
    Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the Alton Visitor’s Center, at several business in Elsah, or, after 1:00 pm on the day of the tour, at either the Village Museum or at Farley’s Music Hall where you will also find a special meal service for an additional cost of $10.
    For more information call 618-374-2821


    • Posted by Drew on November 2, 2011 at 7:04 pm

      Oh I’m glad you enjoyed my comment! I’ll try to remember to comment more often in that case. 😉 I’ve read most, if not all, of your posts, but I have comments more ready for some of them than others.

      Yep…I knew about Principia from a while back. If I remember right, I think I heard it’s the only Christian Science college in the world. How it ended up in Elsah, Illinois, of all places, I have no idea, but I guess it’s gotta be somewhere! 😛 The first time I drove through there with my family, the guy at the front gate told our family that the reason they’re so strict about who may be on campus is because of the fact that people used to come have big parties on the campus, and they don’t believe in using alcohol or any other addictive substances. Hence my creepy DEtour. 😛

      The tour of Elsah sounds SO COOL! Thank you for mentioning that because I had no idea! How did you find out about it? I just might be there!


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