Egyptian Theatre to host ghost hunter for a haunted overnight event


The Egyptian Theater will host an overnight haunted house starting at 10 p.m. on Oct. 25.

By Samantha Brockett

Grab you ghost hunting gear for the Egyptian Theatre’s annual haunted overnight featuring the set from the Amenti Haunted House.

The historic Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., will be hosting a haunted overnight event from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Oct. 25.

The event will teach visitors about the historical aspects of the theater and give them the opportunity to investigate some of the paranormal activities.

“In the beginning of the night, the patrons will get a tour and learn about not only the history, but some of the haunting that has been experienced in the theater,” said Derek Gibbs, the Egyptian Theatre’s membership and marketing director. “The patrons will learn and be trained on how to use some paranormal investigation tools and then use them to explore the theater on their own to find paranormal activity in the theater. They will be exploring the theater at night in the complete dark which is pretty creepy.”

Alex Nerad, Egyptian Theatre executive director, said this event is unique compared to other haunted overnight events that have been held in the past.

“This is the first time that we have had the haunted overnight event happen while the haunted house has been set up in the theater,” Nerad said. “People will have the opportunity for people to investigate the theater for paranormal activity with the haunted house set up.”

The event will be hosted by one of the founders of the Illinois Ghost Hunters, Willy Adkins.

Adkins has investigated the theater numerous times and has witnessed some paranormal activities during his investigations.

“The theater has experienced shadow figures, doorways and EVP (electronic voice phenomena) recordings,” Adkins said. “This event coming up will be a whole different environment because the haunted house will be set up.”

Gibbs has noticed some paranormal phenomenon happening while working at the theater.

“Doors open and close around the theater often,” Gibbs said. “Occasionally you can hear foot steps walking across the stage when you know for a fact no one is actually walking on it. I’ve never seen a ghost but there is enough weird things going on around here that makes me believe that there is a possibility of something paranormal to be happening.”