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You may not understand what Halloween is all about, despite your belief. After all, the goal hasn't always been to carve pumpkins and gather candy. There have been Halloween celebrations for over a thousand years. Originally a religious holiday, it gradually lost its religious overtones as it became more and more secular throughout the ages. Today, Halloween is seen as a fun occasion where people dress up, especially kids.
History of Halloween
Halloween is an ancient tradition that has been enhanced by many eras, civilizations, and religious contexts. The Christian holiday known as "All Hallows" or "All Saints, " which is observed on November 1st, is associated with Halloween. The church traditionally celebrates this day by joyfully recalling the lives of the saints and martyrs who have already attained paradise.
Many ideas and rituals, both from pagan (pre-Christian) traditions and from non-Biblical concepts that entered the church, were introduced. Such is praying for souls said to be still in heaven or providing sacrifices for the deceased. There was also a belief that the ghosts of the dead would walk the earth until All Saints Day, and that on Halloween, they would use their final opportunity to exact retribution on those they despised. That is why people dress up to avoid being recognised by ghosts. Another (pagan) practice was that individuals would play games to predict their fates.
Real Story Behind Halloween
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Halloween's origins may be traced back to the Celts of ancient Ireland, who celebrated the new year on November 1. That day marked the end of the beautiful, fertile summer months and the beginning of the harsh, gloomy winter, a season most commonly associated with death. So, on October 31, the night before the new year, they celebrated (insert the eerie voice) Samhain. It was a night when the line between the living and the dead worlds blurred, and spirits might return to wander the earth. These pesky ghosts ruined crops and caused havoc, but the hazy divide between the physical and spiritual worlds made it simpler for Celtic priests to forecast the future year.
The practice of carving Jack-o'-Lanterns began in Ireland when turnips were used instead of pumpkins. It is said to be based on a fable about a guy named Stingy Jack who continually captured the Devil and only let him go if Jack agreed not to go to Hell. When Jack died, he discovered that Heaven did not want his soul either, so he was doomed to roam the Earth as a ghost for all eternity. To light his path, the Devil provided Jack with a blazing piece of coal in a carved-out turnip. To drive away bad spirits, locals began carving frightful faces into their turnips.
Wearing Scary Costumes
The Samhain feast, which celebrated the end of the Celtic harvest season and the onset of their winter, lies at the very heart of Halloween's history. Because winter signified the "darker half" of the year, the beginning of it (Nov. 1) became known as the day the dead would return to haunt the land. People would dress up in ghost costumes before leaving their houses in an attempt to "fit in" with the dead, in addition to leaving food and drinks on their doorsteps in the hopes of pleasing the haunted spirits.
Young ladies thought that by casting charms or playing the Ouija Board game on Halloween, they may learn the name or glimpse the face of their future spouse. To acquire answers, women would use yarn, apple peelings, or mirrors. Consider utilising an Ouija Board to get all of your life's answers! If only that were true!
Also, in the 11th century, Christians preferred to pray for the spirits of the dead rather than hide from them, thus Halloween became more about dressing up in costumes for ritual purposes. Surprisingly, as part of those rites, eleventh-century choir boys dressed up as female virgins for Hallow Mass.
Halloween costumes of the early twentieth century were horrifying, drawing inspiration from the holiday's pagan and Christian roots. According to Lesley Bannatyne, an author who has done a significant study on the history of Halloween, individuals used to dress up in sombre, serious costumes rather than the pop culture-inspired costumes that are currently popular.
The origins of trick-or-treating are hotly debated, but there are three main ideas. According to the first belief, Celtic people would put food out at Samhain to please the ghosts that travelled the Earth at night. People began to dress up like these otherworldly entities in exchange for similar food and drink offers over time.
According to the second explanation, the candy boon derives from the Scottish tradition of guising, which is a secular variant of "souling." During the Middle Ages, children and poor people would often collect food and money from neighbourhood households in exchange for All Souls' Day prayers for the deceased. Guisers abandoned prayers in favour of non-religious behaviours like songs, jokes, and other "tricks."
According to a third explanation, contemporary American trick-or-treating evolved from "be snickering," a German-American Christmas practice in which children dressed up in costumes and then called on their neighbours to see if the adults could identify the identities of the kids. If no one could identify the youngsters, they were rewarded with food or other rewards in one variant of the practice.
The fear of black cats stretches back to the Middle Ages when these gloomy felines were seen as a sign of the Devil. It didn't help that suspected witches were frequently found to have cats, particularly black ones, years later. People came to assume that the cats were a witch's "familiars"—supernatural beings that would aid in the practice of evil magic—and black cats and spookiness have since been associated.
Black and Orange
The customary Halloween colours of black and orange are also derived from the Celtic celebration of Samhain. For the Celts, black denoted the "death" of summer, while orange marked the harvest season in fall.
Bannatyne attributes the symbolic significance of orange and black for Halloween to the former being reflective of darkness (Halloween was traditionally regarded to be a night-time event) and the latter being evocative of fire and the autumn season since the hue is suggestive of harvest.
"These colours make sense: Halloween comes on the eve of winter and has always been about the shift from the light (summer) to the darker (winter)," the historian explains. "Black and orange evoke nighttime bonfires; they also evoke ripe pumpkins (life) in contrast to the lightless, barren winter (death)."
Dipping for Apples
For many years, the game of bobbing for apples has been a mainstay at Halloween gatherings, but its origins are more entrenched in love and passion. The game originated as a wooing ritual at a Roman festival honouring Pomona, the goddess of agriculture and abundance. While there were other variants, the premise was that young men and women might use the game to forecast their future relationships. When the Romans invaded the British Isles in 43 AD, the Pomona celebration merged with Samhain, a forerunner of Halloween.
Pranks vary by location, but the pre-Halloween ritual known as "Devil's Night" has a varied origin depending on whom you ask. Some believe that pranks began as part of May Day celebrations. However, Samhain, and later All Souls Day, involved some good-natured mischief. When Irish and Scottish immigrants immigrated to America, they took the tradition of Mischief Night as part of Halloween with them.
Lighting Candles and Bonfires
Towering bonfires were used to illuminate the way for spirits seeking the afterlife during most of Halloween's early history. Candles have mostly supplanted big traditional fires in recent years.
Going door-to-door collecting goodies has long been a component of Halloween celebrations. However, before the mid-twentieth century, "treats" were not always sweets. Fruit, nuts, cash, and toys were all equally likely to be distributed. Trick-or-treating became popular in the 1950s, and candy merchants responded by marketing little, individually wrapped candies. People began to prefer confections due to convenience, but candy did not completely dominate all other snacks until the 1970s when parents began to fear anything unwrapped.
Their origins may be traced back to an Irish legend about Stingy Jack, who deceived the Devil for monetary gain. When Jack died, God refused to admit him to heaven, and the Devil refused to admit him to hell, so Jack was doomed to walk the world eternally. To frighten away Jack's wandering soul, people in Ireland began carving demonic faces out of turnips. When Irish immigrants arrived in the United States, they began carving jack-o'-lanterns out of pumpkins, which were natural to the area.
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September 22 - November 4
Burial Chamber Haunted House Complex
Spend the night at our haunted house complex and you’ll see some of the best haunted houses in Wisconsin and have stories for a lifetime! There's a reason we're rated so highly! Trapped Buried Alive Experience Adrenaline Haunted House Insanity Haunted House Phobia Haunted Woods NEW for 2022 - The …
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September 23 - November 4
Abandoned Haunted House Complex
Abandoned Haunted House Complex is home to three entirely different Haunted Houses designed to attack our customer's senses in multiple ways to ensure people of all types are entertained. Hate to wait? We offer Quickpass tickets to skip the general admission lines! AMBUSH HAUNTED HOUSE Ambush Haunted House is an …
Haunted Attraction, Haunted Cornfield, Haunted House, ...
September 29 - October 28
Dominion of Terror
Founded in 1974, the Dominion of Terror is ‘Raising Money for OUR Community, One Scare at a Time!’ Come if you dare, leave if you can to Eastern Wisconsin's Premier Haunted Attraction, Open Weekends in October. Each year we design, construct, use and then tear-down 20+ rooms in our Haunted …
Haunted Attraction, Haunted House
October 6 - October 28
Terror on Rural Street
Terror on Rural Street is one of the highest rated haunted houses located in Hartford, Wisconsin just minutes north of Milwaukee. Our haunted house featured 17 terrifying rooms with high tech effects and over 30 costumed actors ready to scare you and your friends.
September 30 - October 28
The Dark Side Haunted Adventure
Voted Wisconsin’s Scariest Haunted Attraction year after year. Now in our 21st year we offer 6 haunts covering over 40 acres with a large indoor cue, Zombie Expedition Paintball, and Midway light show with more food and snack options.
Haunted Attraction, Haunted Cornfield, Haunted Hay/Wagon Ride, ...
September 29 - October 29
The Haunted Sawmill
The 13th Annual Haunted Sawmill “The 13th Door." Prepare to be scared!!
Introducing: Stressor Manor, a brand new, stand alone haunt at The Berlin Tannery! Renowned psychotherapist, Dr. Strong, has met an unfortunate demise! You're invited to attend his celebration of life inside of his home, known as Stressor Manor. Dr. Strong was known for treating the most deranged individuals in the …
Twisted Tales of Horror
Twisted Tales of Horror at Govin's Farm in Menomonie, WI. returns for 10 big nights of scares for the 2022 season. This is one of the biggest and the best Halloween Hauntings in Western Wisconsin twisting through 2+ acres of corn field and is only $15.00 +tax a person. We …
Family Friendly, Haunted Attraction, Haunted Cornfield, ...
Get ready for a night of heart-pounding thrills and spine-tingling chills at the Zombie Shoot! We're back and bigger than ever with a bone-chilling array of attractions that will leave you screaming for more. The Zombus Showdown Hop aboard the Zombus if you dare! Our custom-designed Zombus is your only …
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A Walk of Terror
Subject 347 has opened The Vault for the 2023 season! The creative minds of Moxie 2, LLC & Dr. Scary’s Haunted Houses have joined forces to bring you our largest attraction to date as well as a que line filled with unique entertainment including Fear of Fire and Don Vort …
October 7 - October 15
Autumn Color Weekend
Train Rides Amid the Brilliant Hues of Fall There’s nothing comparable to enjoying the beautiful brilliant hues of autumn in the rural Sauk County countryside from the comfort of our restored vintage passenger cars. Join us for “leaf-peeping” in style along the unspoiled right-of-way of our historic former Chicago & …
Family Friendly, Train Ride
October 21 - October 28
Celebrate the spooky season at BOO Harbor in Sheboygan, WI! Blue Harbor Resort has lined up all the festive Halloween activities right here to make your stay spook-tacular from a festive breakfast buffet to kids activities, trick-or-treating, and even a costume contest! And for the adults? A Bloody Mary Bar! …
Family Friendly, Costume Contest, Jack-O'-Lantern Display, ...
September 16 - November 5 OPEN TODAY
Bayfield Ghost Walk
Expect to learn more about paranormal encounters and ghost sightings at opulent local homes and charming B&Bs such as Le Château Boutin, Greunke’s First Street Inn, and At Ships Quarters. Many lesser-known and unassuming haunts are also included such as Morty's Pub and Andy's Grocery.
Paranormal, Ghost Tour
Bedlam of Berlin/Welcome to Hell
Bedlam in Berlin Welcomes you to a brand new haunt this season! The former "Purgatory" and "New Kind of Hell" have been completely dismantled and rebuilt into one large, multi-level haunt for the new season. This mentally unstable attraction of crazy people, along with devils and spirits lurking about, will …
October 13 - October 31
We are a free, one of a kind, kid friendly, drive by only Halloween spooktacular. This a weather permitting event. We use about 200 skeletons dressed as your favorite movie characters and some projections. Donations of cash goes to the Lupus Foundation of America, WI Chapter.
Family Friendly, Halloween House/Yard Display, Kid Friendly Haunt
October 19 - October 22
Boo at the Zoo
Enjoy “merry not scary” Halloween happenings at the Zoo! Boo at the Zoo features wicked family-friendly activities including a Trick-or-Treat Trail, live pumpkin-carving demonstrations, dazzling light shows and…ANIMALS! All ghosts and goblins (and their parents) are encouraged to come in costume! The Zoo’s Halloween Activities Are a Real Treat! - …
Family Friendly, Train Ride, Trick-or-Treat/Trunk-or-Treat
Booo! At the Barn
Get into costume, bring your friends! and come and enjoy live music with Sonic Circus Come out to the heated barn and enjoy some live music with Sonic Circus. Save money and guarantee your admission by getting your ticket(s) early. This event gets bigger and better every year! Doors open …
Adults Only, Party
Boos & Brews Halloween Pub Crawl
It's the New Glarus Boos & Brews Halloween pub crawl! Registration fee includes 4 drink tickets (beer & rail drinks only), professional photography, and chance to win prizes. First 200 tickets sold online get a free Boos & Brews sparkly skull mug. Costumes HIGHLY encouraged! Visit participating downtown bars for …
Adults Only, Pub Crawl
Boos & Ghouls Night Out
Join us for the most epic Halloween Party of the year!! Stroll The Corners of Brookfield to enjoy wine in your very own souvenir glass while sampling great food pairings and listening to the sounds of our Elmbrook musicians!! Nine Wine Stops with two varieties each include: - Here Chicky …
Adults Only, Wine Tasting
May 6 - December 31 OPEN TODAY
Brew City Ghosts: Macabre Milwaukee
Experience for yourself Milwaukee’s dreaded past and the dark chronology that cemented its bloody foundations. Visit the many haunted locations of Milwaukee while walking down shadow-veiled streets and eerie riverside spots of Brew City and hear evidence of the hauntings that continue to disturb the city each night. Follow closely …
Buffalo Bill's Haunted Trail
Are you ready to embark on a spine-chilling journey through our Scary Haunted Trail? Prepare yourself for a night of frights, screams, and heart-pounding thrills. As the trees whisper with ghostly secrets and shadows dance with sinister delight, you'll find yourself engulfed in a world where nightmares come to life. …
Haunted Attraction, Haunted Trail
Camp 5 Terror
Haunted house in the Northwoods of Wisconsin (Crivitz). Owned and operated by family. Open for 5 weekends in a row-starting with Sept 29th. Lots of detail and plenty of creepy characters to scare you at every corner. $10.00 regular ticket. $20.00 for VIP (fast pass) tickets. Bonfires, waiting queues and …
October 20 - October 28
Camp Oh Da Ko Ta Haunted Hayride & Walk
You won’t want to miss this year’s Haunted Hayride & Walk. Join us for a family friendly Halloween event at Camp Oh-Da-Ko-Ta in Burlington, WI. Your evening begins as you board the hay wagon and travel through the haunted woods at Camp Oh-Da-Ko-Ta. Every turn will have you sitting on …
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October 6 - October 29
Camp Tapawingo Haunted Voyage
Walk through the spooky twisting trails and travel back in time through the abandoned cabins.
Haunted Attraction, Haunted House, Haunted Trail
Chris Moon: Psychic Medium/Paranormal Investigator
Chris Moon was voted "Best Male Instrumental Transcommunication and Real Time Spirit Communication Researcher" in the world. Join us for his presentation on communication with "the other side" from the early days of seances to the modern times of Electronic Voice Phenomena (E.V.P) and the Ghost Box in which he …
Paranormal, Ghost Tour, Paranormal Discussion
Connell's Field Of Screams
When night falls, the orchard's most horrifying creatures come out to play once again at the Connell's Field of Screams. Come take the scary wagon ride out to the fields and walk through the terrifying corn field in the darkness of night if you dare. Spooky characters abound. Hot cider, …
October 7 - October 28
Cook-Rutledge Mansion Flashlight Tours
The Cook-Rutledge Mansion will once again be hosting flashlight tours of our historic mansion during the Halloween season! These special tours are limited and will sell out fast, call 715-723-7181 to reserve your spot today!
Family Friendly, Other
Countdown to Halloween
Approximate showtimes for our Countdown to Halloween are listed below! The pipe organ will play during 15 minute breaks between each movie. NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984) - 6:30 PM Rated: R In this classic of the horror film genre that launched a movie franchise, a hideously scarred pedophile who …
May 12 - November 26
Cream City Cannibal Walking Tour
ADULTS ONLY! The Cream City Cannibal: Jeffery Dahmer True Crime Tour As seen on the BBC, yes, that BBC. this tour is so gruesome, that NBC called it the " Tour of Terror" and NETFLIX picked this tour as one of the eight most unique adventure tours in the world …
Adults Only, Paranormal, Ghost Tour, ...
October 6 - October 7
Event is now SOLD OUT Start off the Halloween season by exploring our Halloween themed trails! Festivities will include the Haunted Trail, Creatures of the Night Trail, Little Spooks Trail, live owls, and a horse-pulled wagon ride on the Pumpkin Prairie Trail. Youth are encouraged tryout their best critter costumes!
Family Friendly, Festival/Party, Hay/Wagon Ride, ...
September 30 - October 29
Creepy Forest and Cornfield at Meadowbrook Pumpkin Farm
We offer both a daytime and nighttime Haunted Forest and cornfield. This family friendly ***NO ACTOR*** creepy exhibition takes about 35- 45 minutes to complete. It's an action packed gallery of spooky haunting creatures and scenes and haunted houses along the Forest and Cornfield trails that bring you back to …
October 27 - October 28
Creepy Hollow is a haunted trail located in Central Wisconsin. It is open for one weekend during the month of October. Creepy Hollow is a sinister, mysterious woods that screams into the night. Will you dare to step into the darkest parts of terror?
Dan Patch Stables Haunted Hayride and Barn
Come out and enjoy a full filled night of spook-tacular haunted hayride AND haunted barn fun!! HAUNTED HAYRIDE: Our first few rides from approximately 6:00-6:45 are “kid friendly” all of the monsters are still in the woods, however they are not jumping on the wagons. All loud noises are removed …
October 6 - October 31
Dark Chambers Haunted Attraction
Dark Chambers is the tri-states most exciting haunted attraction experience. With all the scares you love, dark turns and terrifying sights that will get your heart pounding. Grab your friends and anyone else you think will help you make it out and come test your mortality inside the Chambers...
October 1 - October 31 OPEN TODAY
Disney Villain Manor
Come see some favorite Disney villains scheming to take over Halloween through the windows of their manor. This is a home and yard decoration only. Feel free to stop by and take pictures.
Family Friendly, Halloween House/Yard Display
September 8 - October 29
Door County Corn Maze at DENN
Can you escape our GIANT 12 acre corn maze? It’s a game-theme adventure that’s loaded with activities to keep you entertained! Our maze has fun 11 games hiding inside like Plinko and a mini golf hole!!! Play the game & whatever you land on will indicate which maze path you …
Family Friendly, Maze / Trail
August 30 - October 13
Downtown West Bend Ghost Walk
The Downtown West Bend Ghost Walk returns in fall 2023 for a limited time! Author and paranormal investigator J. Nathan Couch, as seen on TRVL Channel’s “In Search of Monsters” and History Channel’s “UnXplained,” leads this haunting experience. Historical information is blended with local legends and eyewitness accounts on this …
October 6 - October 8
Dracula presented by MainStage Academy of Dance
MainStage Academy of Dance Artistic Director Eddy Bray transforms the oft-told tale of Dracula into an elaborately staged ballet with a unique and eerie score that audiences can truly sink their teeth into. The family friendly production casts a spell with special effects, amazing choreography, and a few surprises hidden …
Family Friendly, Miscellaneous, Play/Musical, ...
September 9 - October 29
Enchanted Valley Acres Fall Fun
Are you up to the challenge of finding your way through over 8 acres of corn mazes? 2023 Corn Maze Design is Butterflies and Flowers! There are 2 mazes within the 8 acres corn maze – do 1 or do both! The smaller maze takes about 15-20 minutes and larger …
Family Friendly, Corn Maze, Hay/Wagon Ride, ...
September 29 - October 31
Evil Falls House of Tormented Souls
It has been said, "The Evil" can use a lost soul to feed their own, extending their physical being indefinitely. All through the ages of time, man has struggled to keep balance of mind, body and spirit. These three chattels together create a whole being. Take one away...the two remaining …
October 7 - October 21
Fall Colors Tour
The perfect beginning of any special night starts with a savoring rich sunset on beautiful Delavan Lake. Our enclosed main level is climate controlled offering a full bar, while the open-air upper deck offers amazing panoramic unobstructed views of the 11 miles of beautiful Delavan Lake shoreline.
Field of Screams
If you enjoy being terrified, this walk is for you! Meander along paths in a field filled with a menagerie that will give you nightmares! The haunted walk is free; donations are welcome. No rain date – watch New Life Church Facebook page for severe weather-related cancellation.
October 13 - October 28
Field of Screams Haunted Trail and Barn
Haunted Trail and Barn voted Favorite West Central Wisconsin Haunted Attraction in 2022.
Forest of Freaks
Get ready for a hauntingly good time at the Forest of Freaks Haunted Trail! Brace yourself for two terrifying trails packed with clowns, witches, zombies, hillbillies, chainsaws, and more! Test your shooting skills at the Shoot-A-Freak Paintball target range and hit your mark! Satisfy your hunger and quench your thirst …
The Nicolet Players, in partnership with the Rhinelander Masons, are once again leaving the safe confines of the Nicolet Theatre to bring back the Fright Factory this Fall! Make your way through the dimly lit passageways and creepy spaces of the Historic Masonic Lodge in downtown Rhinelander filled with delightfully …
May 19 - October 28
Ghost Boat: Journey into Haunted Canyon
An adventure filled with legend, mystery and horror! As dusk falls on the river, climb aboard the boat that will ply the black waters enroute to the haunted canyon. During this creepy moonlit cruise, you’ll hear the legend of Whiskey Jack and the old mining settlement that gave the canyon …
Haunted Attraction, Haunted Trail, Other
Ghosts, Goblins, Howlin' Good Time
Ghosts, Goblins & Howling Good Times Craft Fair Fundriaser is being held on Saturday, October 14th, from 10AM-3PM. Bring the entire family for a fun time at the Meadowbrook Pumpkin Farm & Market. Well behaved, leashed dogs are welcome to join the entire family for a romp through the Creepy …
Family Friendly, Miscellaneous, Hay/Wagon Ride, ...
August 25 - November 4
The Old Glenbeulah School opened in 1916 and closed in 1995 and sat dormant for 27 years. Join us on the ghost tours of our school where things do more than just go bump in the night. Teams and guests have investigated here and they hear footsteps, see shadows, hear …
Glow Yoga on The Grand Stage
Presented by Inner Sun Yoga Join us for Glow Yoga on The Grand's stage! Light up the night under a black light with glow sticks while enjoying a mindful yoga session. Session led by Inner Sun Yoga. Space is limited to 40 participants. Admission includes water + glow stick(s). Bring …
October 20 - October 27
Gothic History Tours
Cedarburg is quaint. Charming. Doggone enchanting! Right? But when the valiant Gothic History folks started digging they were shocked at what lurks beneath the surface - distressing, dark and even more disturbing tales of murder, mayhem and misappropriation of cemetery plots. Bring your courage, a hanky and maybe your lawyer …
Paranormal, Ghost Tour, Other
September 24 - October 28
Govin's Corn Maze & Fall Fun
Come out and enjoy the fun this fall in our 11 acre corn maze, pick out a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, shoot a pumpkin from the pumpkin cannon or enjoy one of the many other activities we have for all ages. Never been in a corn maze and afraid …
October 5 - October 31 OPEN TODAY
Grayson's Heritage Avenue Holiday Light Show
Grayson has programmed lights to dance along with Holiday songs that you can listen to on 99.7FM and view from the comfort of your vehicle. He is 14 years old and has been working with Mike from Jamestown Lights since he was 3. He helps set up the lights, wire, …
September 22 - October 28
Green Bay Fear Haunted Attractions
Established in 2003, join Green Bay Fear Haunted Attractions in celebration of our 20th year of FEAR! You don't want to miss this year! Join the Ringmaster, the Master of the Macabre, as he takes center stage to showcase all of the iconic creatures that make Green Bay Fear Haunted …
HOLLOW-een at the Cave of the Mounds
HOLLOW-een at Cave of the Mounds in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin is all of October. October 1st through 31st. Costumes are encouraged. They will be led by a guide and trick-or-treaters will receive a mix of rocks and fossils at stations in the cave. Don’t be afraid of the dark – …
Family Friendly, Trick-or-Treat/Trunk-or-Treat, Other
October 20 - October 21
Halloween Candlelight Cave Tours
Enjoy a family-oriented evening visiting Ledge View's trails and caves by candlelight. Meet some unusual personalities with strange stories along the way. Educational rather than scary. Minimum age is 5 years old with parent. No strollers, please. Caves are accessed by stairs and ladders. Wear old clothes, you may get …
Halloween Eve at The Grand Oshkosh
October belongs to The Ghosts of the Grand this season! What would Haunted Happenings be without a Halloween AND Halloween Eve Grand Finale(s)?! Here's what is happening on October 30 for Halloween Eve: 3:00pm-11:00pm: $10 Ghost Tours 3:00pm-11:00pm: Tarot Card Readings by MysticKarma ALL NIGHT: Haunted Happy Hour in The …
Miscellaneous, Paranormal, Ghost Tour
September 30 - October 31 OPEN TODAY
Halloween Fun at Red Ridge Ranch
Day Time Halloween Activities all for one rate ● Hay Maze ● Pumpkin Painting (includes pumpkin of your choice) ● Inflatable Moon Walk ● Petting Zoo ● Tractor drawn hayride (approx. 20 min)
Family Friendly, Hay/Wagon Ride, Maze / Trail, ...
Halloween Glen: The Musical
Milwaukee Recreation is thrilled to announce the return of Halloween Glen for its 30th year! This fall's event promises to be the biggest bash yet, as we roll out this year's exciting theme - "Halloween Glen: The Musical" - where squirrels make a scene, duck divas do duets, and all …
Family friendly Halloween event presented by the Bill Cook Chapter Izaak Walton League of America. Activities include a wagon ride through our haunted woods, Outdoor Heritage Education Center trailer, kids activity area, haunted music, and free food and drink.
Halloween Hauntings is a bewitchingly good time for everyone, and all ages are invited! Activities include: - Trick-or-treat through Museum exhibits (costumes encouraged) - Encounter creepy, crawly beasties with "the animal dude" - Learn about birds of prey from the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center - Go on a spine-chilling ghost …
Family Friendly, Festival/Party, Trick-or-Treat/Trunk-or-Treat
October 19 - October 21
A 35-year Tradition of Celebrating Halloween the Natural Way Halloween Haunts combines the make-believe, spooky fun of Halloween with the beauty of nighttime nature to create a fun event for the whole family. For three nights each year, Wehr's woodland is transformed into an Enchanted Forest complete with a cackling …
Family Friendly, Jack-O'-Lantern Display, Maze / Trail
October 6 - October 21
Halloween Legends and Lore at Old World Wisconsin
Troves of supernatural tales brought to Wisconsin come to life at this always spooky, sometimes scary, Halloween event for the whole family. Tonight, the veil is thin between this world and the next. Whose footsteps do you hear in the crisp fall eve? Explore the historic Crossroads Village after nightfall …
Family Friendly, Kid Friendly Haunt, Maze / Trail, ...
October 6 - October 27
Halloween Miniature Golf
Halloween Mini Golf is coming! This October, play 18 holes of spookiness designed to be fun for the whole family. This event includes mini games, costume contests, LOTS OF CANDY, thrills on the course, and Mini Golf!
Halloween Soirée 2023
Join us for the second annual Halloween Soiree to benefit DaneMAC- an evening of great costumes, snacks, music by Dance Floor Heroes, dancing, and a raffle! Serving Dane County since 2018, DaneMAC is a non-profit organization that provides services to survivors of gender-based violence.
Halloween Trick or Treat Party at Liberty Heights Park
Liberty Heights Park. Eighborhood association presents Halloween Trick or Treat Party! Enjoy an adult beverage from Component Brewing and New Barons Brewing Cooperative. Grab a bite from My Aunties Kitchen food truck. Trick or Treat with your family and pups through the park. Bring your fur baby to the Pup …
Family Friendly, Costume Contest, Festival/Party, ...
Halloween at Heritage Hill
Join Heritage Hill as we put the “treat” in trick-or-treat for Halloween! Hands-on-History activities will theme towards all things fall and spooky - Pumpkin bowling by Tank Cottage with Scott’s Sports - Story time in the Moravian Church with Lions Mouth Bookstore - Snap Apple in the Gazebo with The …
Family Friendly, Trick-or-Treat/Trunk-or-Treat
Halloween at The Grand Oshkosh
October belongs to The Ghosts of the Grand this season! What would Haunted Happenings be without a Halloween AND Halloween Eve Grand Finale(s)?! Here's what is happening on October 31 for Halloween Eve: 5:00 pm: FREE Craft Pumpking Painting (while supplies last) 5:00 pm: Trick or Treating 5:00pm-11:00pm: $10 Ghost …
Family Friendly, Miscellaneous, Paranormal, ...
Halloween at the Haunted Inn
Join us for Halloween at the Inn. Come in costume and tour the 1840's Stagecoach Inn decorated for Halloween! Will you meet our ghost? (Family friendly, not too scary decorations). While you are there, you can: Tour the haunted Stagecoach Inn, play games, make a craft and more. Trick or …
Family Friendly, Festival/Party
Halloween in Delafield
One of Lake Country’s favorite events! Enjoy business Trick-or-Treat while you stroll Downtown Delafield. Additional tented SPOOKY spaces will be on Milwaukee Street during the event as well! The Delafield Area Chamber of Commerce invites the community down to see the amazing carvings by our area schools! See pumpkins come …
Family Friendly, Festival/Party, Jack-O'-Lantern Display, ...
October 7 - October 31
Haunted Chippewa History Tour
Returning this October, The Haunted Chippewa History Tour takes to the streets of lil Chippewa Falls, telling all the macabre stories the town has to share. Happening every Saturday (with special Tours on Halloween and Friday the 13th) in October! But be quick, and reserve your spots now because Tours …
September 8 - October 27
Haunted Downtown Walk
Got ghosts? Baraboo does. Baraboo Does Hear the stories about the ghosts that put the boo in Baraboo. This is an easy one hour walking tour. Great for the whole family.
Haunted Forest and Cornfield at Meadowbrook Pumpkin Farm
An evening of entertainment. Enjoy a bonfire as you muster up the courage to enter The Haunted Forest and Cornfield. Will you survive? Leave the real world behind and enter the Haunted Spirit World in the Haunted Forest and Cornfield as it comes to life! 40 minutes of terror as …
Haunted Halloween Golf Cart Rides
Limo sized golf carts either 6 and 8 passenger will tour your group through the decorated course, haunted woods and equipment sheds, extremely fun event for everyone to enjoy. You stay on the cart the entire time, your shoes will stay clean and dry! "Kid Friendly" by request Please call …
Family Friendly, Haunted Attraction, Kid Friendly Haunt, ...
October 8 - October 29
Haunted Happenings Family Friendly Ghost Tours
October belongs to the Ghosts of The Grand during all 31 days of the spooky season! Haunted Happenings: Ghost Tours feature a trip into the past highlighting the 140-year history of the oldest operating theatre in Wisconsin and the spirit stories within. Family Friendly Tours run 30-45 minutes each covering …
Family Friendly, Paranormal, Ghost Tour
October 3 - October 13 OPEN TODAY
Haunted Happenings Ghost Tours
October belongs to the Ghosts of The Grand during all 31 days of the spooky season! Haunted Happenings: Ghost Tours feature a trip into the past highlighting the 140-year history of the oldest operating theatre in Wisconsin and the spirit stories within. Get a look into areas of The Grand …
October 4 - October 26
Haunted Happenings: Craft Cocktails
Want to be the coolest host at your Halloween Bash? Come to The Grand Lounge and learn to make some kooky spooky craft cocktails! With help from the presentation, you will be building five different cocktails at your tables in small groups. This class also includes a Haunted Happenings Ghost …
Haunted Hayrides at Red Ridge Ranch
Visit us on Fridays and Saturdays in October for haunted hay rides. Come see what all the screaming is about if you dare. - The complete ride takes 20-30 minutes from start to finish. We have 3 wagons available, each one holds 10-15 people comfortably. - Enjoy being haunted on …
Haunted Hearthstone: Sequential Killers of the Victorian Age - Season Six
Hearthstone’s most popular event is back and more chilling than ever in this new theatrical performance that brings you face-to-face with Victorian serial killers. Vignettes in each room of the museum bring to life sequential killers - they weren’t called serial killers at the time - and their nefarious deeds. …
March 20 - November 30 OPEN TODAY
Haunted History Tour
There is more to the Dells than waterparks and Roller Coasters (Dells uncovered)! The haunted trolley Experience will take you to the darker side of the Dells. We believe the truth can often times be more frightening than fiction. Prepare to learn about the hidden side of the Dells and …
October 7 - October 31 OPEN TODAY
Haunted Hollow is an event that is different than any other. This is not your normal haunted yard. This yard is 600 ft long and filled with the unimaginable. All scenes can be viewed from the comfort of your vehicle. Live characters roam the roadway waiting to scare you and …
Family Friendly, Haunted Attraction, Halloween House/Yard Display, ...
Our haunted house is unique with unexpected scares and surprises! Our haunted hallways offer fun Halloween attractions for children between 7-8pm and full scares between 8-11pm. Hot chocolate and snacks are available! All proceeds from the Haunted House are donated to Biehl Bridges to Recovery and Anthony House.
Haunted House: A Night to Dismember
The twenty-third annual “Haunted House—A Night to Dismember” will include many new rooms and hair-raising surprises! More than 100 members of North’s Drama Club create the spine-chilling cast of characters that inhabit the house. The popular non-scary flashlight tours will continue to be available during all hours the house is …
October 19 - October 31
Haunted Mini Golf
While conquering the course, enjoy delicious spooky cocktails and snacks. Sip on a haunted concoction while experiencing Milwaukee’s most thrilling mini golf. Gather your fellow ghosts and ghouls, and prepare for a chillingly good time—experience the spookiest round of mini golf you've ever played.
Haunted Attraction, Other
October 7 - October 29
Haunted Path ltd
12 room Haunted house in it's 18th year in operation. We welcome all ages as we can adjust the scare level as needed. When staffed we have up to 45 volunteers to give you a different experience around every corner. Open every Fri And Sat in Oct from 6 to …
September 16 - November 11
Haunted Pub Crawl
Enjoy 2 Types of Spirits on this Haunted Pub Crawl This unique haunted tavern tour will get you up close to the “spirits” of Door County. You’ll enjoy the “intoxicating” tales of the peninsula’s haunted pubs and taverns. The trolley tour will spend approximately 45 minutes in each of the …
Haunted Warehouse is an annual fundraising event presented by the AD German Warehouse Conservancy, Inc. Our event has small groups enter each warehouse to be scared and test their bravery. Visitors will meet their fears and then scream for more. This event has two separate types of scare levels to …
Hidden Hills Haunted Barn
Walk through the tragic life of Erlend Norgaard for the scariest haunted barn in the area. Kid friendly scares from 5-6pm. We also have a Grass Maze, Costume Contest (1st prize worth $100 of farm fresh meat), Spooky Scavenger Hunt, Chest of Mysteries, Painted Pumpkins, and more!!!
Family Friendly, Haunted Attraction, Costume Contest, ...
Hidden Trails Corn Maze
4 Mazes in 1! Our Corn Maze features four separate mazes for the price of one! Each maze varies in length and difficulty, while providing entertainment for all ages! Checkpoint Sponsor Rewards: The Blue (2.6 miles) and Green (2 miles) Mazes offer special area discounts. Each checkpoint is sponsored by …
Horrors of the Household
As beautiful as they were, Victorian homes could be deadly… as there were perils lurking in every room. Poisonous wallpaper, adulterated food, killer cosmetics, even exploding plumbing were just some of the dangers that filled gorgeous Victorian mansions like Hearthstone. Back by popular demand, this tour which sold-out in 2021 …
House of Shadows
The House of Shadows is an interactive haunted attraction/fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Sparta. We take a "reportedly haunted" former infirmary of the Wisconsin State Child Center and turn it into a haunted house each year for your spooktacular pleasure. The Not So Scary attraction runs from …
October 13 - October 27
Hudson Trolley Ghost Tours
Is Hudson WI haunted? Experience the darker side of our city as a collection of mysterious stories, from our local residents, are transcribed for this haunted tour. Have you met the Ghost of Hudson? Would you like to? Maybe or maybe not! New stories will be told but many of …
September 28 - October 29
Over 1,000 Jack-O'-Lanterns will light up the night! In the crisp fall air, stroll through the Zoo along a dedicated paved pathway and become immersed in dazzling lights and charming decorations. The intricately designed jack-o’-lanterns will look like pieces of art during the day and come to life at night …
Family Friendly, Jack-O'-Lantern Display
Come one, come all to the 2023 Jack-O-Lantern Festival! Featuring a lot of the same fun events such as pumpkin painting and cotton candy from Lakeland Family Resource Center, pumpkin carving contest and story time with Spooner Memorial Library, 5k Zombie Run/Walk with Spooner Health, inflatables and carnival games for …
Family Friendly, Festival/Party, Run / Walk
Get spirited away at the second annual Jack-O-Lantern Jubilee presented by WaterStone Bank on Saturday, October 28, from 11 AM - 2 PM, in Red Arrow Park. We'll cast a spell on Downtown and brew a not-so-scary Halloween festival for ghosts and ghouls of all ages! The event features free …
October 1 - October 2
Kip's Grand Escape
An Escape Room-Like Scavenger Hunt Throughout The Grand Oshkosh The Grand has experienced strange events for the past thirteen days only to discover that the root of it all trails back to a spirit named “Kip” that resides in a doll kept in the theatre. The doll is typically secured …
April 22 - November 3
Lake Geneva Ghost Walk: Downtown and Lakefront Tour
This isn’t just a resort town for the living... Creepy old mansions with echoing halls and dusty relics. The weird happenings at Otto Young’s 100-room Stone Manor. These beautiful homes and buildings are really something else, and on this 90-minute walking tour of downtown Lake Geneva, your guide focuses on …
Lake Lawn Queen Family Halloween Party
Bring the whole family aboard the Lake Lawn Queen for lots of Halloween Fun! Featuring Mr. Pickles who will delight and entertain children and adults alike with tunes, magic, and fun. Costume prizes, hot dogs & chips, cash bar. Halloween candy for all of the kids! 10:30am – 12:00pm: Meet …
Lake Lawn Queen: Adult Halloween Boat Bash/Monster Mash Afterparty!
Crawl aboard our Spooktacular Lake Lawn Queen for an Adult Halloween Boat Bash Cruise! A live DJ will be playing your favorite “Monster Smashes” and Jams and be sure to dress in your best costume as there will be prizes! Enjoy a glass of our Witches Brew & More BOO-zy …
Adults Only, Costume Contest, Party
September 22 - November 10
Lakeshore Pedal Ghost Tours
Downtown Kenosha is a hotbed of paranormal activity, and you will learn all about our resident ghosts and spirits. We will share tales about a sunken ship, haunted historical sites, and mysterious happenings. We will make two bar stops for you to enjoy some "spirits" during our 90-minute ride. Additionally, …
Lapham Peak Fright Hike
Each Halloween season, for two nights, the beautiful, moonlit, paths of Lapham Peak are riddled with ghosts and goblins. Brought to you by the Friends of Lapham Peak, Fright Hike is a mile long walk through the dark forest with scary scenes performed by local organizations. Proceeds benefit the Friends …
Family Friendly, Haunted Attraction, Haunted Trail, ...
MSS/TTT Trunk-or-Treat 2023
Medical Support Services/Tender Touch's Trunk-or-Treat is back for 2023! Join us and local community partners on Saturday, October 21st, from 12:30 to 2:30PM for treats and spooky fun. Trunk-or-Treat will take place in the rear parking lot of our Kenosha clinic, located at 3615 Washington Rd, Kenosha. There will be …
October 13 - October 21
Mariner Manor is Muskego’s NEWEST HOME HAUNT!! Our Halloween display is lit nightly from dusk-10pm (weather dependent) drive by and enjoy the lights and decorations now through Halloween. We are extremely excited to announce NEW in 2023 the Manor doors will open select nights this October for a family friendly …
Haunted Attraction, Home Haunt
September 29 - October 7
Marinette Moose Lodge Haunted Trail & Haunted House
Over 1000' of Haunted Trail, with over 20 scary scenes ending up at a Haunted House Haunted House can have up to 28 different themed rooms. Paid R.I.P. Upgrade: 1) Extra Trail scenes 2) Extra Haunted House Rooms 3) Free Selfie Board & Backdrop use 4) Key Chain* for Free …
May 6 - December 30
Milwaukee Haunted History City Tour
A Haunted Milwaukee Tour for All Ages Join us at City Tours MKE for ghost stories of times past and some of Milwaukee’s great urban legends! We will take you to locations famous for ghost sightings and we’ll walk through a park that offers great views in the daytime but …
May 13 - December 30
Milwaukee Haunted History Pub Crawl Tour
An Unforgettable Haunted Bar Crawl of Milwaukee, the Brew City Did you know that Milwaukee is said to have more ghosts per square mile than any other city in America? Come find out exactly why that claim just might be true on our 21+ “Spirit Tour”. (For a ghostly tour …
Monster Mash Adult Halloween Party
It’s Halloween time, and we’re throwing a party at Lake Lawn Resort featuring The Hair Band Night! Join us for a rockin’ good time with live music, spooky spirits, and wicked brews. In addition to our selection of great craft beverages, we’ll be serving up tasty seasonal treats. Don your …
May 27 - October 28 OPEN TODAY
Murder & Mayhem Tour
Mayhem, murder, and bone chilling fun! Step aboard the trolley as we weave through and retrace the steps of the Peninsula’s most wanted criminals, past and present. Hear shocking stories including the Canal Shack Killing and infamous Furnace Murder! Experience the dark side of the Door County. Pick up Location …
North Shore Bank Zoo Boo
Celebrate the Halloween season at the NEW Zoo & Adventure Park. No tricks – Treat Stations are back! Bring your trick-or-treat bags and don’t forget to wear your costumes – adults and kids alike are encouraged to dress up! Throughout the event, guests can enjoy kids’ games, ride the carousel, …
Welcome to the Manor! We are a full haunted house experience operated from our home in West Allis, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee. During the month of October our property transforms into a fully immersive haunted experience. Located at 9730 W. Montana Ave. just blocks away from the famous “Candy …
Open Road Harley-Davidson Trunk-or Treat
Fond du lac.
Open Road Harley-Davidson is hosting a trunk-or-treat event for kids of all ages. Come join us as we'll have a costume contest, pumpkin carving, a pet costume contest, and of course treats. Motorcyclists will have their saddlebags & tour packs stacked with treats from 11:00am-3:00pm.
Family Friendly, Costume Contest, Trick-or-Treat/Trunk-or-Treat, ...
Paranormal Sleepover at The Grand Oshkosh
The opportunity you've been waiting for is finally here- get the chance to spend the night in one of Wisconsin's top ten most haunted theatres and see what paranormal experiences you can uncover! This overnight adventure features paranormal investigating opportunities with C.A.P.S. (Cryptids Anomalies Paranormal Society). Schedule of evening: 7:00 …
Paranormal, Ghost Tour, Paranormal Discussion, ...
September 8 - October 31 OPEN TODAY
Pearce's Corn Maze
In addition to our 12-acre professional maze Pearce's Farm Stand provides you with the opportunity to buy the very best locally grown produce. We have a variety of items to satisfy your every craving for seasonal, fresh, fruits, vegetables and more. Pearce's Farm Stand is especially known for its wonderful …
October 6 - December 3
Perdition Pines Haunted Event
Screaming every Friday & Saturday night in October! IMPORTANT: We apologize for any inconvenience; this event/attraction is not handicapped accessible. All of our guests must be able to walk, stand and be well balanced in order to successfully make their way through. Our attraction feature strobe lighting, smoke/fog effects, latex …
October 18 - October 21
The Bay View Neighborhood Association would like to invite you and your family to this annual Bay View tradition. This four-day, family-friendly event brings over 2,000 Bay View residents and Milwaukee neighbors to Humboldt Park Pavilion. Guests come to carve pumpkins, admire the display of 1,000 lit pumpkins, enjoy live …
October 21 - October 22
A Harvest Time Tradition Finding your Halloween pumpkin is more fun at Mid-Continent Railway Museum. Climb aboard the Pumpkin Special and make your way to Quartzite Lake where pumpkins brought to the train from a local farmer await your arrival. Pick out your pumpkin(s) of choice and bring your newly …
Red Barn Corn Maze
Find your way through our 7 acre corn maze! Spend hours exploring our 2023 maze with over 3 miles of trails. Learn about Wisconsin history and geography as we celebrate 175 years as a state! Test your investigative skills by finding the checkpoints and solving the "Farm Scenes Investigation". Hunt …
Family Friendly, Hay/Wagon Ride, Maze / Trail
Red Barn Haunted Corn Maze
Friday Nights in October Tall Corn. In the dark. Rustling wind. Distant animals howling. Actual spiders. And if that isn't scary enough... Farmers aren't scary. Until they're stalking you. Children aren't scary. Unless they live in the corn field, only seen at night. Dolls aren't scary. Except when they are. …
Haunted Attraction, Haunted Maze, Haunted Trail
REVENGE Haunted Attraction returns October 2023 for our FINAL season of terror at The Chase Stone Barn featuring a fresh design with new scares around every corner. For the past 7 years REVENGE has transformed this historic landmark into the stuff of nightmares, only to disappear without a trace come …
River Prairie Ginormous Pumpkin Festival
The 2023 River Prairie Ginormous Pumpkin Festival is presented by Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire & WESTconsin Credit Union Date: Saturday, September 23rd Time: 8:30AM - 2PM; Pumpkin Drop at 3PM Location: River Prairie Park, Altoona, WI For Spectators: The 2023 River Prairie Ginormous Pumpkin Festival celebrates giant pumpkins …
Romp in the Swamp
Join us for our 30th annual Romp in the Swamp event, presented by Essity — a cherished autumn tradition where adventure meets celebration. This year, we’re back and better than ever, and we can’t wait to have you join the fun! Your adventure begins as you take an enchanting hay …
Safe & Spooky Halloween at Stonefield
Grab a bag for stashing your candy and a flashlight, and come investigate what goes bump in the night at this family-friendly event at Stonefield. This evening is chock-full of fun and sweet treats with “Light Fright” for the little ones until 6:00 p.m. After hours, the ghosts and ghouls …
Family Friendly, Kid Friendly Haunt, Trick-or-Treat/Trunk-or-Treat
October 13 - October 14
Sawdust City Fright Fest
The Sawdust City Fright Fest is dedicated to building on our love of horror and our years of experience in and around the genre. We want to create a festival and environment that would primarily benefit independent filmmakers, with emphasis on, but not limited to, Wisconsin Independent Horror Filmmakers, and …
November 3 - November 11
Scare USA 2023 Blackout Experience
1 Glow Stick + No Time Limit + Find The Exit! The Blackout Experience is nothing like the Main Event, yet highly recommended for thrill seekers! The Blackout Experience has been rated as one of America's Scariest and Most Intense Light's Out! Watch the sky for bright beaming lights! When …
Scare USA 2023 Main Event
Join Scare USA as we celebrate over a decade of fear! You will experience one of the most interactive, in-your-face, high energy, intense, phobia-generated attractions in the United States. Consistently rated as one of the Top Attractions in America and the Scariest Haunted Attraction in Wisconsin. Get your scare on …
Schuster's Haunted Forest
Endure a nerve racking ride into the deep, dark woods, and stumble to the entry of Schuster's Hauinted Forest. Don't forget about the fall treats! Our bakery is open until 10pm serving our apple cider donuts, farm fresh pumpkin cake, caramel apples, soft pretzels, and brats! New! for 2023 Public …
September 30 - November 5
Screamin’ Acres Haunted Houses
Screamin' Acres in Stoughton, WI is open for another season of sheer terror! Our most famous attraction, Side Effects (3D), has been completely re-created as an all new 3D experience - Side Effects: Recharged! Come see the insanity as it pops off the walls in one of America's most unique …
April 8 - October 28
Sensual Daydreams presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show
In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry). As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker (Meat Loaf) and …
April 28 - October 28
Shadow of City Hall Ghost Walk
In Room 507, a hotel guest was unexpectedly locked out one evening. The key card just stopped working. A hotel security guard came to help, but he was unable to get any key card to work. Then both men heard movement in the room and became convinced that somehow an …
This is the longer, grittier, more salacious version of the Shakers Original Ghost Tour. Get down and dirty with decades of scandal. As if that weren't exciting enough, we make use of classic divining rods to speak to the spirits at Shakers. This tour is truly a hands-on ghost experience …
Shakers Ghost Tour
Voted one of the FIVE most haunted bars in the entire nation, Shakers Original Ghost Tour lets you take an uneasy glimpse into the establishment's sordid past. Once home to a cemetery, speakeasy, and brothel, Shaker's walls DO talk - and the tales they tell aren't always pretty. 60 minutes. …
August 18 - November 11
Sheboygan Asylum Ghost Investigations
Welcome back for another year of tours with the Fox Valley Ghost Hunters. Tickets for the asylum sold out last year and this year we have 8 less weekends so they will sell out faster. This year won’t be any different. Be sure you know what date that you want …
One of Southern Wisconsin's best haunted houses. All new for 2023. Featuring two different long haunts this year. Homemade wood fired pizza and a full bar available. Check us out on Facebook and on Youtube.
Join us for a spooktacular Skeleton Skamper like no other! Lace-up your running shoes and put on your most creative and fun costume as we race through the eerie, spooky trails of Verona. Runners of all ages are welcome to participate in this thrilling event filled with surprises at every …
Family Friendly, Run / Walk
October 12 - October 28
Ski Sprites Presents CarnEVIL
The Ski Sprites Hounted House is in full swing, preparing to make you scream! Last year we brought you The Bloody Chocolate Factory, this year, we bring you CarnEVIL!
Soul Reapers Haunted House
You want to experience a truly terrifying haunted house? Soul Reapers Haunted House exists for this reason. What's a Soul Reaper? They are the scariest, most ruthless monsters of Hell and Satan has summoned them to devour your pathetic souls! Hearing your screams brings the Soul Reapers great satisfaction. Will …
Species Spooktacular | Afternoon
Come in costume and learn about some of nature’s spooky and misunderstood animals! We’ll dispel myths about them and share their ecological importance. Meet live animal ambassadors in our Great Hall, including snakes, tarantulas, turtles, and raptor ambassadors! Also vote for your favorite of our costumed taxidermy animals. Hike our …
Species Spooktacular | Morning
October 15 - October 21
Spirits of The Grand Tours
Historic characters, both real and imagined, are center-stage in this interactive guided tour of one of the most haunted theaters in Wisconsin. Since 2010, SPIRITS OF THE GRAND tours have been a highlight of the "October Season" at the historic Grand Oshkosh. With over 140 years of history and experiences …
Miscellaneous, Paranormal, Ghost Tour, ...
Spirits of the Silent City: Unfinished Business
The 2022 inaugural “Spirits of the Silent City” immersive, after-dark experience a week before Halloween sold out all three nights and will return this year. (Tickets go on sale Sept. 1.) Produced under theatrical lighting by Forest Home Cemetery in collaboration with Caper Company, professional actors bring heavily researched stories …
Spooks on Spurr's Mansion of Misery & Forest of Freaks
Spooks on Spurr is a haunted attraction in New London, Wisconsin. The old "Spurr Mansion," as the local folks call it, is a beautiful house built in the 1800's. The stories you will hear about the "Spurr Mansion" and the surrounding wooded area, will give you goosebumps. Six years ago, …
Spooktacular will feature interactive stage entertainment, balloon animals and virtual reality with Edge VR. Children also will have the opportunity to have their faces painted, play fall-themed games, decorate cookies and put their artistic skills to work at Halloween-themed craft stations. In addition, the Center for Childhood Safety will be …
October 10 - October 31
Spooky Hollow Experience
October 10 27th Annual Light-up ceremony Sponsored by a new food truck! Come early to enjoy dinner at a local food truck. Truck will arrive at 4:30 PM Officially starts at 6:30 PM With countdown to light-up at 7 PM October 10 - 30 open for viewing: Nightly from 6:00 …
Sprecksel Slaughterhouse Presents: Mine Blown
We're back!! This year celebrating our 10th year haunting in Rhinelander! Who is ready for MINE BLOWN?!
Summoning Spirits with Peter Boie
Part of the Alberta S. Kimball Foundation Series Reach beyond the grave with an all-new show that will make you scream! Summoning Spirits is a séance-meets-magic show designed to get your adrenaline pumping with help from the other side. Written and performed by Peter Boie, one of the country’s top …
Miscellaneous, Paranormal, Other
Superior Spooktacular Parade
The 9th Annual Superior Spooktacular Parade will take place on Saturday, October 28 at two o'clock pm. The parade starts at the intersection of 14th Street and Ogden Avenue running north to Broadway Street, and then east on Broadway to Hughit Avenue. There are several other fun Halloween activities taking …
Family Friendly, Parade
Tarot Card Class
Presented by MysticKarma Come learn more about the mystic art of tarot card reading with the help of Victoria from MysticKarma! Join us in The Grand Lounge for an evening of education on tarot cards and how to read them + tarot card themed drinks (1 free included in ticket …
September 29 - November 4
Terror Shed Haunted House
Experience Halloween like never before at Terror Shed Haunted House. Entering into the Haunted house there will be FOG, FOUL SCENTS, MILD SHOCKS, DIZZINESS, CLAUSTROPHOBIC AREAS, LOUD NOISES, WATER, STROBE LIGHTS, VIBRATING FLOOR, CROOKED HALLWAYS, PITCH DARKNESS and actor that will be scaring you every turn you take in the …
Terror at Tyrol
Terror at Tyrol is one haunted attraction with 4 different attractions/themes within and begins with a chairlift ride to the top of the hill. TWISTED WOOD TRAIL Pierce the vail of night. Follow the path that winds through a forest of fear. The deranged denizens of the dark are waiting …
September 16 - October 31
Terror on the Fox
Experience Terror on the Fox Haunted House, Wisconsin’s Favorite Halloween Tradition. Halloween lives here!
Local yard haunt . The Clownatorium was a tavelling Circus until it was burned down by the townsfolk Of Manitowoc. It has returned to take revenge with It's ghost clowns running loose.
The Dark Side at The House on the Rock
Come See The Dark Side Of The House… If you have ever wondered if the dolls come alive at night or if you find the displays troubling during the day, wait until you see them in the dark. Your nightmares will become real. You will stroll down the walkway of …
Celebrating 16 years of scaring you silly. If you're looking for a great scare this Halloween season, try The Haunt. After more than a decade, we know exactly how to create a haunted house that will get your heart pounding and your skin crawling. Our event is handicap accessible! The …
The Haunted Hillside
We are a Haunted Trail, you take a walk through the woods, not knowing what May jump out at you. We offer options when going through the trail. October 6 & 7, no actors on the trail, but props will be on. The rest of the Friday and Saturday nights …
The Hill Has Eyes
The Hill Has Eyes: 45 Acres & 60 Minutes of Sheer Terror – Dare to escape Wisconsin’s top outdoor haunted trails. Test your courage through four gruesome outdoor attractions, all for the price of one: • First, you’ll enter Failed Escape. Walking amongst a society of mutant hillbillies formed from …
October 1 - October 29
The Hill Has Eyes Not So Scary Halloween Party
Visit us on Sunday's for our Not So Scary Halloween Party. Ideal for kids and families who want to experience The Hill Has Eyes attractions when its not so scary. Our actors will take you on a guided tour through the attractions and kids will get to Trick or Treat …
The Hollows at Phantom Lake YMCA
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Halloween Horror Nights 2023: Check Out All the Haunted Houses, Ranked from Least to Most Scary
'The Last of Us,' 'Stranger Things,' 'Chucky' and more run rampant at Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights, running select nights through Nov. 4
Halloween Horror Nights is reminding us to never go alone.
In its third year post- COVID , the 32nd annual Halloween spooktacular at Universal Orlando Resort has found both new and old footing, tapping into what it has arguably always done best with its theme-park events — original creative content — while leveraging several intellectual properties (IPs) that have managed to be lifted to an impossibly fresh level.
Aside from five Scare Zones — all designed to tell the twisting story of this year's icon, Dr. Oddfellow — 10 haunted houses , a death-defying live show, tons of themed food and drink and more are scattered throughout the specially ticketed evening event at Universal Studios Florida, running on close to 50 select nights from now through Nov. 4.
As for the featured IPs, horror fans will rejoice over titles like The Exorcist: Believer , Chucky: Ultimate Kill Count , returning favorite Stranger Thing s (this time focusing on its fourth season) and, of course, The Last of Us .
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And scare wise, there's something for everyone. As Lora Sauls, Universal Orlando Resort's Senior Manager of The Creative Development Group and Show Direction, tells PEOPLE, "Of course every year we want to just go bigger, go better, go more horrific with our intellectual properties , but also we just want to write amazing original-content stories."
She also notes how a focus on Dr. Oddfellow — who made his first appearance at HHN more than two decades ago — is "something setting this year apart so much" from the ones that came before it.
"He's truly controlling the entire Scare Zone program with his journey of becoming immortal and he's inviting all of you who love fear and just soak up fear to follow his journey," she says. "He's a man of deceit; he likes to tell lies, so he may offering you immortality, but he really is just going to ultimately make you part [of an exchange] for your soul."
Below, you'll find a list of this year's 10 haunted houses ranked from least to most scary in the opinion of this writer, who has attended Halloween Horror Nights most years since 2002 and is familiar with the IPs, the lore of the event and Universal Orlando itself.
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10. Dueling Dragons: Choose Thy Fate
This house is stunning in both design and execution. It's a testament to the lifelong Universal fan, who (like me) rode the original Dueling Dragons roller coaster at the Islands of Adventure park — that has since been re-themed once, before being replaced by Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure — and wants to relive those medieval memories.
"There are some graphic things in nature, but it's just a fun story of two competing warlocks fighting over Merlin's spell book," Sauls tells PEOPLE.
If you want to be transported into a fantasy world that maybe isn’t what you quite expected as the main character — with a bit of a choose-your-own-adventure vibe, featuring a Fire vs. Ice callback to the original attraction queue — this maze is perfect for you. If you’re looking for screams and don’t have a nostalgic attachment to the original Dueling Dragons coaster, you might not get as much out of it.
9. The Last of Us
This might be a controversial opinion, but the house based on The Last of Us — very specifically the video game and not the TV series, per se — isn’t super scary. But it’s a true homage to the game, down to a perfect replication of the sound the clickers make.
Is it fun? Absolutely. Do you root for (non- Pedro Pascal ) Joel and Ellie ( Bella Ramsey in the TV series) as they fight for their lives? Of course. But the chill-down-your-spine factor doesn’t get quite there — and that’s okay. It doesn't have to. The scenery, casting, music, etc. all more than make up for it.
And The Last of Us is a popular IP for a great, and unique, reason: It goes beyond horror in the type of humanizing way that the zombie genre arguably hasn't quite mastered before.
8. Chucky: Ultimate Kill Count
Admittedly, I may have put this house at No. 9 or 10 if I’d only seen some of the later movies in the Child’s Play franchise, but it (expertly) recreates some of the scenes from the original films that I watched (probably way too early) in my childhood that are still seared into my memory, so it gets a bump. Keep your eyes peeled for a particularly iconic Jennifer Tilly scene from (the very underrated) 1998 comedy-horror classic Bride of Chucky !
My main complaint for this house is that the first half transports you right into the movies, but the second half feels very random. I was hoping to see something substantial from the most recent season of the show — or even from the upcoming White House-focused season ! But no such luck. (I still want to do it again.)
7. Universal Monsters: Unmasked
One thing Universal has no shortage of is monsters, and they have leveraged that fact most years, inserting traditional horror icons into their houses like Dracula, the Wolfman, etc.
The fact that they can continue to play on this classic theme and remain fresh — this time with newcomers Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the Invisible Man, the Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame — is impressive. And this time, we get to do it all in Paris!
The biggest scare factor in this house is the Invisible Man, from the bandaged face to the creepy voiceover that sounds too sane to actually be sane ... not to mention the strobe lights that activate at just the wrong moment, when he’s a little too close for comfort.
6. Stranger Things 4
Any other year, I probably would have ranked HHN’s Stranger Things houses a bit less scary. But season 4 of the hit Netflix show leaned into traditional horror more than its predecessor installments and, as a result, felt like it lent itself perfectly for a house at this event — and Universal took full advantage in re-creating its most iconic scenes.
The design and layout of the rooms, the casting, the perfect use of music and lighting — everything about this year’s house made you feel transported into 1986 Hawkins, Indiana, in the best (and most bone-chilling) way possible, and was my favorite Stranger Things house at HHN to date.
Slight spoiler: You may see more than one version of Vecna.
5. YETI: Campground Kills
This house has been kind of marketed as the “funny” one for 2023, meaning there is usually at least one of those every year. So I went in expecting to laugh the way I have in the past for horror-comedy-type houses like 2009's Leave It to Cleaver .
But no laughs were in sight, as this house felt the closest to real life to me in the sense that it involved an entire family in the monster's path, doing something as innocent as camping.
What you don't see was almost as creepy as what you do, as the standout portions of YETI: Campground Kills involve genius use of silhouettes paired with screams — backed, of course, by a remote expanse of forestation inside which no one can hear said screams.
4. Dr. Oddfellow's Twisted Origins
The main-attraction accompaniment to the intertwined Oddfellow-story-focused Scare Zones, this maze offers a traditional carnival-istic feel with some oddities (out for blood, naturally) thrown in for good measure.
HHN is no stranger to the creepy-carnival aesthetic, having leaned into clowns many times in the past with icons like Jack and by leveraging IPs like Killer Klowns from Outer Space . But the popcorn-butter glean in Twisted Origins only serves to distract unwitting guests from the fact that Oddfellow is lurking in every seemingly safe space to procure your soul.
3. The Darkest Deal
This, admittedly, was the house I was least excited about, as I'm not a huge music person and the storyline synopsis reads, "Blues musician Pinestraw Spruce will have to face the music after meeting with The Collector and trading his soul for musical glory."
But the (beautifully executed) bluesy backdrop is enhanced by an aesthetic and chill factor not entirely unlike the From Dusk Till Dawn house at HHN 2014, in the sense that we're all just here for a good time and suddenly realize maybe we were lured on false pretenses.
All I can say is ... watch your back.
2. Bloodmoon: Dark Offerings
Who doesn't love a good kill cult? In this Colonial-era house, a blood moon influences a bunch of moon worshippers to turn on anyone who doesn't follow their beliefs, with no one spared.
I don't know if it was the old-timey setting that reminded me a bit of The Witch (2016) or the chilling sounds of frantic stabbing piercing the air seemingly at every turn, but every second of this house gave me an unsettling feeling that I couldn't shake for the rest of the night.
"It's probably not one for the kids," Sauls tells PEOPLE.
1. The Exorcist: Believer
Confession: the original Exorcist movie never really scared me much, and the previous house based on that film that HHN did in 2016 was one I loved but didn't feel particularly shaken by compared to some others that year. I even watched the original film a few weeks ago in preparation, as The Exorcist: Believer doesn't hit theaters for several more weeks.
The haunted house based on the new film — which will mark Ellen Burstyn 's return to the franchise for the first time since the first movie, 50 years ago — has been marketed as a "trailer" of sorts for the upcoming sequel, so it was hard to go in without knowing what to expect.
I will say there are scenes you might expect, but the scareactors' proximity to guests as they walk through the house paired with a feeling of complete loss of control gives it the No. 1 spot on my list — and that probably would've been the case even if it didn't include the staircase that original fans will recognize and, like me, immediately nope their ways past.
Tickets for Halloween Horror Nights 32 — as well as upgrades like Express Pass, Frequent Fear Pass, Rush of Fear Pass and more — are on sale now at universalorlando.com/hhn .
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Haunted houses 2023: ie guide to halloween's bone-chilling best, attention, inland empire fear-seekers. this list is for you ....
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INLAND EMPIRE — Fall is officially here, and it's time to start prepping for Halloween.
Part of the seasonal fun for many in the Inland Empire is braving the region's haunted attractions. Use our annual guide to find the most scream-worthy near you. (We've included some tamer options, too, for the faint of heart.)
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SEPT. 30- OCT. 31: All Saints Asylum Halloween INFESTED! Haunted House . Enter if you dare!
SEPT. 29-OCT. 29: 'Haunted Harvest' Corn Maze: Frosty’s Forest & Pumpkin Patch . "One of the largest haunted experiences in Southern California." ------------
OCT. 6-29: Coffin Creek Haunted House . Returning for its 16th terrifying year. -------------
OCT. 27-29: 'A Very Bizzy Haunted Maze': Bizzyland Gardens . All ages invited to this one.
SEPT. 29-OCT. 31: Riverside County SCARE & Pumpkin Festival: Fairgrounds . "For those brave enough to dare, the Carnival Carnivore haunted house offers frights untold."
SEPT. 30: 'Bracken Fern Manor Lockdown' Ghost Experience . A once-in-a-lifetime (if you survive) experience.
OCT. 27-29: Storm Halloween Festival & Marketplace: Diamond Stadium . Alongside family-friendly fun are such events as a zombie-battle maze.
SEPT. 22-OCT. 31: LA Haunted Hayride: Griffith Park . Tagline: "Veil between living and dead is at its thinnest." Oh, boy.
OCT. 13-31: Haunted Hayride & Trail Of Terror: Greenspot Farms . Wicked monsters & screaming lost souls take over the farm. Have fun!
SEPT. 29-OCT. 29: 'ScareScape' Halloween Haunt: Heritage Hill . New event with four mazes, food trucks, roaming monsters & more.
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Ghostly footsteps. Spooky, unexplained shadows. Inside this haunted Kentucky theater
The old Art Deco theater was built to carry sound, but sometimes it does it when no one else is there.
Often you can hear echoes from The Capitol’s lobby all the way up in the upper balcony, and from the stage downstairs into the green room. Occasionally, it sounds like doors are slamming and the heavy soles of men’s dress shoes are clomping across the lobby floor.
This column started with that spooky bit of lore about the sound of men's dress shoes in the historic theater on Bowling Green ’s town square. It ends with me dumbfounded and wondering if I might have crossed paths with the dapper spirit wearing those loafers.
But before we get to the part where I discuss whether or not I saw a ghost, let's dive into the history of this haunted place.
Why do theaters, old performance spaces often attract ghosts?
The old theater has operated as part of the Warren County Public Library system since 2021, but its history goes much deeper than that. The iconic building is a community staple, and the theater's manager, Magnolia Gramling, says most people in the area have memories with it. Just about everyone who comes through the doors has stories about performing on its stage, touring it on field trips, or going to see a movie there with their grandparents back when it operated as a film house.
Overall, the history of the theater is a little fuzzy, but it first opened as a vaudeville house in the late 1890s and it was remodeled in the 1930s as a movie house. The theater underwent a massive renovation in the early 1980s and it reopened to the public as the Capitol Arts Center. Now that it's part of the library system, much of the programming there is free to the public, and Gramling says the library is in the early stages of launching a community-driven history project about the theater. They're eager to collect old ticket stubs, memorabilia, and oral stories to help preserve its legacy in Bowling Green.
Some of the stories just happen to brush with the paranormal, too.
Ghost stories and theaters go hand-in-hand. They’re like museums, hospitals, and churches in that way. So when Gramling welcomed me to the theater in late September for a tour, we invited Tamela Smith, a paranormal researcher in the area, to join us.
Candidly, Smith says she's hard-pressed to think of a theater that doesn’t have a ghost story tied to it, and there are plenty of superstitions linked to the performing arts. Often directors will leave a seat empty or flowers for the resident ghost on opening nights, and most stages have a “ghost light” that they leave on when the theater is closed.
Since the vaudeville house first opened nearly 130 years ago, countless characters have died or fallen in love on its stage. Audiences have laughed and cried. Theaters are hotbeds for nerves, passion and suspense, and the iconic building on Bowling Green’s town square is no exception.
“I really think all theater spaces are a little bit haunted,” Gramling told me, noting that every night before she locks up the last thing she does, is turn the ghost light on for The Capitol's spirits. “People that are (performers) in theater have these big personalities. So, it doesn't surprise me that folks who perform their whole lives would not stop.”
That made sense to me.
“If I was going to pick somewhere to haunt for the rest of my life, gosh, I'd want it to be a theater,” I mused, standing in the empty theater. “An afterlife full of entertainment.”
“For better or for worse,” Gramling said.
“Imagine hearing that same song during rehearsal over and over and over again,” I said, reconsidering it. “You know, one that's an earworm that never really leaves.”
“That’s a totally different kind of haunted,” Gramling said.
We laughed at that moment, but later, when I caught a glimpse of what appeared to be the theater's ghost, I wasn’t laughing at all.
More than one spirit haunts The Capitol theater building in Kentucky
Smith's primary project at the moment is finishing up a book on the ghosts of Western Kentucky University , but she had done a paranormal investigation at The Capitol a few years back with a group of students. During that time, they'd detected spikes in energy using an EMF reader , which measures ambient electromagnetic fields, specifically when they asked direct questions to the spirits.
Think along the lines of “Is there anyone here?” or “Do you have anything you’d like to say?”
Most of Smith's knowledge about The Capitol’s haunted activities stems from doing interviews with people who have first-hand experience with the unexplainable. Once Smith heard a story about an apparition that happened after a group of children practiced songs in a second-floor conference room. As one of the adults was ushering the singers back to the theater, she turned around and saw three young girls standing in the space. They weren’t part of her group.
When she turned back to look at them again, they were gone.
Smith had another story, too, about a worker, who was lingering after hours in an upstairs office. When that woman turned off her computer, she saw a shadow flash on her screen as though someone was moving behind her. No one else was in the building.
Over the years there have been plenty of stories about people, who are up in the balcony, spotting figures in the seats below when no one else is in the building, Gramling said. Lights flickering and the sound of doors opening and closing are common. Sometimes, chairs will flap up or down when no one is sitting in them.
Between the three girls and the sound of men’s dress shoes, Smith says, it’s clear there is more than one spirit at The Capitol, but there’s no way to know what their tie to the space might be. That afterlife link could be to the modern theater, the old vaudeville house, or even the land. Over the years there may have been props or costumes that led paranormal activity into The Capitol.
Whatever it is, there’s a lot of it.
Is that wispy figure with a handlebar mustache a ghost?
Before we said our goodbyes, I pulled out my phone and took a few photos of the stage from the balcony so I could remember the eerie details such as the dated exposed brick, the worn chairs, and the ominous lighting for this column. I thanked whatever ghosts might be in the building for letting us come, and I asked whoever they were not to follow me home. (This is an important thing I learned in 2021 on another haunted Halloween assignment for The Courier Journal. )
Then about four days later, I sat down to write this.
When I pulled up those pictures, I almost dropped my phone.
There in the left corner of the picture near the front of the stage was a wispy, blurred figure. As I zoomed in further, I saw the outline of a man’s face and a long, pronounced handlebar mustache.
Could this be the face of the man walking around in the dress shoes in the lobby?
I called Gramling, immediately.
“I think there’s a ghost in one of my photos,” I told her, with shaking hands as I texted the image to her.
“I totally see it,” she said. “Isn’t that right where Tamela said she was sitting when the EMF reader was going off?”
I sent the images off to Smith, who was so intrigued and excited, that she made an appointment to go back to the theater the next day. She wanted to see if she could find a light pattern that might explain this figure. Part of being a paranormal researcher is ruling out the obvious, and she wanted to do her due diligence. Essentially she was checking to see if there was a way to explain this unexplainable image on my phone.
Turns out, what we all suspected might be an apparition was most likely an unusual phenomenon of the carpet pattern and the ghost light that Gramling had placed on the stage.
It was spooky, but Smith said, it was almost certainly not a ghost.
But the two of them did decide, however, they were interested in doing another paranormal investigation at The Capitol to see what else they could learn. They told me I’m welcome to come along.
I laughed, nervously, at the invitation.
If I can’t handle a fluke with a carpet pattern, I certainly can’t stomach meeting three ghostly little girls.
Features columnist Maggie Menderski writes about what makes Louisville, Southern Indiana and Kentucky unique, wonderful, and occasionally, a little weird. If you've got something in your family, your town or even your closet that fits that description — she wants to hear from you. Say hello at [email protected] or 502-582-4053. Follow along on Instagram and Twitter @MaggieMenderski.
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2023 Sarasota Halloween Events and Haunted Houses
Here's my annual list of Sarasota Halloween Events, Haunted Houses and Festivals around the sun coast area. Have Fun!
All dates, times and events are subject to change, cancellation or postponement by organizers. Before making any major plans check with event organizers to confirm date of event. The Calendar is updated as information is made available .
October 1, 2023: The 35th Annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest features hay rides, pony rides, pumpkin painting, face painting, mini train rides, a petting zoo and more. Lots of Halloween decorations for sale, too, from scarecrows to hay bales. Admission, Parking, Petting zoo, playground, live music, and decorated photo spots are FREE! Individual rides and game activity booth, including pony rides, unicorn encounter, hug a goat and pumpkin painting, has their own set price ranging from $1 – $10. Children’s Costume Contest every Saturday at 2 p.m. in front of the animal barn and free to participate in. Torres Family Circus and Extreme Riders Free daily showtimes each weekend 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. While some vendor booths may accept cards, many are cash only so please be prepared. For your convenience they will have ATMs set up. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Additional dates: Oct 7 - 8, Oct 14 - 15, Oct 21 - 22 and Oct. 28 - 29. Free admission and parking. East of I-75 off exit 210, on the right. 7410 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL.
October 1- 31, 2023: Are there ghosts in Sarasota? Find out for yourself on a guided, dark and creepy, 75-minute Sarasota ghost walk. Experience the spirited and sinister side of Sarasota on this one-of-a-kind walking tour to learn more about the area and some of the residents who still call it home – many, many, many years later. Hear the haunting tales and feel the chill in the air. Boo! Reservations required – Parental discretion is advised – not recommended for small children. $24.95. Sarasota Sun Coast Tours, 301 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL. 941-893-4664.
October 1 - 31, 2023. Check out the Spooktacular Ghost Tour . If you’re looking for something truly unique, take the Haunted History Tour. This 75 minute tour is packed with history and ghost stories. We’ll also share ghost hunting tips and tricks. Hear live audio of a disembodied voice in a local Venice building. You’ll even have an opportunity to catch your own ghost by using real paranormal investigation tools. You'll leave wanting to find your own local haunts. $20 per person. Venice, FL. 817-714-6092. [email protected]
October 7 - 8, 2023: The 35th Annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest features hay rides, pony rides, pumpkin painting, face painting, mini train rides, a petting zoo and more. Lots of Halloween decorations for sale, too, from scarecrows to hay bales. Admission, Parking, Petting zoo, playground, live music, and decorated photo spots are FREE! Individual rides and game activity booth, including pony rides, unicorn encounter, hug a goat and pumpkin painting, has their own set price ranging from $1 – $10. Children’s Costume Contest every Saturday at 2 p.m. in front of the animal barn and free to participate in. Torres Family Circus and Extreme Riders Free daily showtimes each weekend 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. While some vendor booths may accept cards, many are cash only so please be prepared. For your convenience they will have ATMs set up. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Additional dates: Oct 14 - 15, Oct 21 - 22 and Oct. 28 - 29. Free admission and parking. East of I-75 off exit 210, on the right. 7410 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL.
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October 13, 2023: The 21st annual Goblin Gathering is an event hosted by Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources and held at GT Bray Park. Little and big goblins are invited to gather at GT Bray Park on Friday, October 13, for a better-than-ever free trick-or-treat and more event! This year they're adding more Halloween decorations, an animal experience and a haunted treat trail to the bounce houses and costume contes with 5 costume categories. Event entry and trick-or-treating is free. This always-popular event will feature a costume contest, food trucks and a spooky trail to explore. A $5 wristband will be sold for children to participate in the face painting, petting zoo, pony ride and bounce houses. Parental participation and trick-or-treating is free. Wristbands will be on sale beginning Friday, October 6, at the front desk inside the G.T. Bray Recreation Center (no refunds or replacements will be issued). Wristbands will also be available on a cash-only basis at the event entrance on the day of the event. 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. GT Bray Park, 5502 33rd Avenue Drive West, Bradenton, FL. More info at: 941-742-5923. Sarasota Halloween Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
October 13, 2023: It's Witches Night Out! Join SRQ County Parks for a positively enchanting evening! Guests (witches and wizards) will enjoy music, dancing, shopping, food and drinks. Dress in your favorite witch or wizard attire, or you can dress as a muggle. Don't miss the thrilling costume contest with fantastic prizes up for grabs. Their “Witches Mart” features amazing local vendors, and you can even have fun with tarot card and intuitive readers, for entertainment purposes only of course! Gather your favorite witches and wizards for free photos at thespooktacular photo booth and capture some great memories! Hang out for an enchanting “Witches Dance” by talented local artists. To quench your thirst, delightfully wicked potions, including non-alcoholic beverages, will be available for purchase. Your $35 advance reservation includes:• Swag bag • Live DJ • Photo booth pictures • Tasty morsels • Costume contest entry. This is an event for adults 18 and older. Advance registration required. No tickets will be sold at the door. 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Historic Edson Keith Mansion in Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL
October 13 - 31, 2023: You're invited “Lights at Spooky Point,” which features an array of fantastic creatures and cute creations designed with lights along an eerily lit path through the woods at the preserve and outdoor museum of Historic Spanish Point. Visitors also will see familiar historic sites like Mary’s Chapel and the Pioneer Graveyard in a mysterious (but not too scary) new light during this event for all ages. There will be a one-way path from the Welcome Center Gazebo through several popular areas on the Historic Spanish Point bathed in the glow of orange, purple, and red lights. Along the way, guests will encounter flying “ghost orchids,” webs with “spider orchids,” giant “bat orchids,” vine-twisted skeletons, plenty of pumpkins, and other surprises. This nighttime walk through the woods will finish at a hay maze before guests return to the gazebo to exit. Selby Gardens will offer two entry times each evening for Lights at Spooky Point: 6:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. A limited number of tickets will be available for each entry time and must be purchased in advance, either through the Selby Gardens website or at the Welcome Center on either campus. Ticket prices are $20 for Selby Gardens members, $30 for non-members, $15 for ages 5 to 17, and free for children 4 and under. Please note: Any guests under 18 years old must be accompanied by an Adult ticket holder. Historic Spanish Point, 401 N Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL.
October 14, 2023: Manatee Village Historical Park is hosting “ Cemetery Tours ,” a free hour-long tour of the 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds led by a member of Manatee Village's staff. Tours cover different facets of life during Manatee's Founding Period (1840-1918) as well as stories of those buried in the burying grounds. Topics vary depending on the staff member leading the tour. Space is limited and filled on a first come, first served basis. All members of your party must be present to receive a wristband. Check in at the Wiggins General Store at Manatee Village Historical Park on the morning of the tour to receive your free wrist band. Please note that this is an outdoor event. Participants will traverse over curbs and uneven terrain. There will be no seating during the tour. Tours may be canceled due to inclement weather and rain dates will not be given. 9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Repaets on October 28, 2023. (941) 749-7165. Manatee Village Historical Park,1404 Manatee Avenue East (State Road 64) Bradenton, FL.
October 14, 2023: Check out the 5K SUP Rec Paddle & Costume Contest at NBP! Come dressed in your best for our 5K paddle and SUP costume contest! Costumes are optional. Prizes will be awarded for best individual costume or best group theme. Note: All costumes must be tasteful and appropriate to be permitted to participate in the event. Open to all ages and skill levels! Hop on a paddleboard, test your balance, get a great workout and have a blast! With Halloween just around the corner, we encourage you to add an extra level of fun by participating in our costume contest! Wear a costume that best shows off your SUPerpower! Participation is optional but there will be a prize for the best costume or for the group with the best costume theme. As this is an event open to all ages, all costumes must be tasteful and appropriate. Following the Rec race, checkout the food and drink vendors throughout the park. Receive complimentary access all weekend long to watch the SUP World Cup races. This event is BYOB (Bring your own Board) or, if you don’t own a board, you may rent one through the park or the local rental company they are working with. 10 a.m. There's also a beer tent and vendor market. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL. (941) 358-7275
October 14 - 15, 2023: Get into the 32nd Annual Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival featuring fun for all including craft show, live music, live shows, pioneer trades village, scarecrow displays, charity pumpkin games, hayrides, pony rides, petting zoo, frog jumping championships, kids train ride, fresh roasted sweet corn, rock climbing wall, face painting and more. Additional dates: Oct 21 - 22 and Oct 28 - 29. Admission $15, kids 10 & under free, parking $5. Cash only. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Hunsader Farms: C.R. 675, halfway between S.R. 64 & S.R. 70, 10 miles east of I-75. Heading north on I-75 from Sarasota take exit 217A or heading south on I-75 take exit 220. 941-322-2168. Sarasota Halloween Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
October 14 - 15, 2023: The 35th Annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest features hay rides, pony rides, pumpkin painting, face painting, mini train rides, a petting zoo and more. Lots of Halloween decorations for sale, too, from scarecrows to hay bales. Admission, Parking, Petting zoo, playground, live music, and decorated photo spots are FREE! Individual rides and game activity booth, including pony rides, unicorn encounter, hug a goat and pumpkin painting, has their own set price ranging from $1 – $10. Children’s Costume Contest every Saturday at 2 p.m. in front of the animal barn and free to participate in. Torres Family Circus and Extreme Riders Free daily showtimes each weekend 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. While some vendor booths may accept cards, many are cash only so please be prepared. For your convenience they will have ATMs set up. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Additional dates: Oct 21 - 22 and Oct. 28 - 29. Free admission and parking. East of I-75 off exit 210, on the right. 7410 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL.
October 19, 2023: It's the Manatee County Sheriff's Office Sheriff's Spooktactical Night! It's a Spooktactical evening of family fun at the Manatee County Sheriff's Office Operations Center! MCSO Units and community partners will have vehicles on display, demonstrations, activities for kids, free food, and trick or treating at each unit's station. Food truck options available with a cost. 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Manatee County Sheriff's Office, 600 Highway 301 Boulevard West, Bradenton FL. (Parking will be available at the former Desoto Square Mall across from the Operations Center on 301 Blvd. W.)
October 20 2023: It's the Arlington Park and Aquatic Complex Haunted Trail Carnival complete with frightfully fun games, tricks and treats and a haunted trail carnival. Enjoy carnival style games along the half mile walking trail, a costume contest, face painting and more. Perfect for ages 2 - 13. Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult. Free. No registration required. 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Arlington Park and Aquatic Complex, 2650 Waldemere St, Sarasota, FL
October 20 - 21, 2023: It's the 10th Annual Halloween Haunted Trails at Oscar Scherer State Park. SCARY TRAI: If you dare, join us on this night time adventure along the darkened wooded roadway on your way to the Haunted House. You never know what frightening figures you might encounter and if you're lucky, you might just make it out alive. Warning: Scary Trail is not suitable for young children or the faint at heart. KID'S TRICK OR TREAT TRAIL: For younger Halloween enthusiasts, there's a fun trick or treat trail around Lake Osprey. The trick or treat trail features booths, activities and interactive games, and of course, candy! Don't miss the glow in the dark "Little Monster Manor" Fun House and more! HAUNTED HOUSE: Want to take your scare to the next level? Check out the infamous Haunted House sponsored by the Nokomis Volunteer Fire Department. Frightfully good fun, if you dare! Warning: Haunted House is not suitable for young children. Sponsored concessions will be on hand to feed you & your wee beasties. Get your Haunted Trails T-shirt at the Friends Of Oscar Scherer Booth! T-shirts will be on sale for just $15. Get yours before they're gone! Food Drive - Non-perishables Only This year at Haunted Trails event has partnered with the South County Food Pantry to support those in need. Ticket Sales Open Labor Day Sept. 4th 8 a.m. Tickets are online only. Buy tickets online here .10th Annual Halloween Haunted Trails: Friday Oct. 20 & Saturday Oct. 21 only. 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. Oscar Scherer State Park, 1843 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL More info at 941-483-5956. Sarasota Halloween Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
October 21, 2023: It's a Pumpkin Splash ! Come take a swim and pick out your favorite pumpkin from a Floating Pumpkin Patch and then decorate or carve your pumpkin! Only $10/Participant. $2 per addtional children All ages welcome. 11 a.m. a.m. - 1 p.m. Parental/Guardian assistance required for carving pumpkins. Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex, 2650 Waldemere St, Sarasota, FL. Register at Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex and Parks or on line. Sponsored by Recreation District - City of Sarasota, FL.
October 21, 2023: Calling all goblins and ghouls...join in for frightfully fun Halloween Trick-or-Treating at The Mall at University Town Center! Dress in your favorite costume* and follow the Trick-or-Treat Trail throughout the mall, scaring up goodies from your favorite stores along the way. The wicked good-time will also include: Fangtastic Character Meet & Greets, A Spooktacular Dance Party & More. The event takes place mall-wide & outside at The Mall at University Town Center’s East Grand Entrance. *No toy weapons permitted. 5:30 pm. - 7:30 p.m. The Mall at University Town Center, 140 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, FL
October 21 - 22, 2023: The 35th Annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest features hay rides, pony rides, pumpkin painting, face painting, mini train rides, a petting zoo and more. Lots of Halloween decorations for sale, too, from scarecrows to hay bales. Admission, Parking, Petting zoo, playground, live music, and decorated photo spots are FREE! Individual rides and game activity booth, including pony rides, unicorn encounter, hug a goat and pumpkin painting, has their own set price ranging from $1 – $10. Children’s Costume Contest every Saturday at 2 p.m. in front of the animal barn and free to participate in. Torres Family Circus and Extreme Riders Free daily showtimes each weekend 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. While some vendor booths may accept cards, many are cash only so please be prepared. For your convenience they will have ATMs set up. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Additional dates: Oct. 28 - 29. Free admission and parking. East of I-75 off exit 210, on the right. 7410 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL Sarasota Halloween Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
October 21 - 22, 2023: Get into the 32nd Annual Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival featuring fun for all including craft show, live music, live shows, pioneer trades village, scarecrow displays, charity pumpkin games, hayrides, pony rides, petting zoo, frog jumping championships, kids train ride, fresh roasted sweet corn, rock climbing wall, face painting and more. Additional dates: Oct 28 - 29. Admission $15, kids 10 & under free, parking $5. Cash only. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Hunsader Farms: C.R. 675, halfway between S.R. 64 & S.R. 70, 10 miles east of I-75. Heading north on I-75 from Sarasota take exit 217A or heading south on I-75 take exit 220. 941-322-2168. Sarasota Halloween Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
October 21 - 25, 2019: TBD for 2023. The SCF Venice Pop Culture Club Hosts its 12th Annual Haunted House, "Seasons of Fright." It seems that Halloween isn’t the only holiday with scare-power. In “Seasons of Fright” at SCF Venice, the fictional stars of other holidays (think the Easter Bunny and Cupid) will get a nightmarish makeover. Parents should be aware that even though there is not an age recommendation for the haunted house, it may not be appropriate for younger children. Tickets will be sold at the door for $3 (cash only). A percentage of the proceeds will benefit Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC), a nonprofit agency in Sarasota that serves victims of domestic and sexual violence and promotes a violence-free community through awareness and education. 10/21-10/24: 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.,10/25: 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF), Lakeside Pavilion at SCF Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL. More info: 941-408-1476.
October 25, 2023: Bring the whole family for a howlin' good time at our annual Trunk or Treat at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex. Kids of all ages will enjoy a safe and spooky evening filled with fun, games, and candy! Prizes will be awarded for best costumes and trunk decorations. Free. No registarion required. 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th St, Sarasota, FL. RSVP on Facebook to stay up to date with event details!
October 26, 2023: It's the return of Nathan Benderson Park’s annual NBP Trick Or Treat On The Lake. More than 6,000 children and families will come to NBP in their spookiest, silliest, star-studded costumes for an evening of not-too-spooky trick-or-treating along the candy trail, themed children’s activities, live music, and a Halloween movie on a large video screen! Free. 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free admission but there is a $10 fee for parking on the island. Regatta Island. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota FL.
October 26, 2023: It's the Bark-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest held in the Arlington Park Paw Park. from 5:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Sure to be a howling good time! Dress up your dog and walk in the judged costume parade for a chance to win dog-friendly prizes. Free; pre-registration is encouraged for the costume contest. Treats and prizes. Free. Arlington Park and Aquatic Complex, 2650 Waldemere St, Sarasota, FL. 941-554-2110.
October 26 - 28, 2023: The Players Centre for Performing Arts is proud to present the 7th annual Legend of Sleepy Hollow at The Sarasota Polo Club. This family-friendly, spooky, festive play about Ichabod Crane, the object of his affection Katrina, his rival Brom Bones, and of course, one of the most famous ghosts in America, the Headless Horseman has become a Halloween Favorite in Sarasota. Sleepy Hollow is known for its many ghost stories and the towns people that love to tell them, but the most prominent specter haunting the region is The Headless Horseman. Each night there will be a costume contest! *Please bring your own chairs and/or blankets, this is an outdoor event. 6 p.m. Adult tickets $25, Kids $10, October 28 there's also a Fall Festival. The fall festival includes food trucks, face painting, games, candy, a bounce house and more! Only those with bracelets are allowed in. These can be purchased ahead of time or at the door. Adult-$25, Kid-$20 with a bracelet Kids-$10 without a bracelet. Family 4 pack- $75: This gives you: 2 adult tickets to Sleepy Hollow, 2 kids tickets to Sleepy Hollow and 2 Fall Festival bracelets Bracelets at the door $15. Fall Festival starts at 3 p.m. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow begins at 6 p.m. Tickets here or call 94-365-2494. Polo Field Grounds, 8201 Polo Club Lane, Sarasota FL.
October 27, 2023: Lost Creek is hosting their Annual Halloween Block Party. A huge hit last year, again this year there will be food trucks along with music and Trick or Treating, Costume parade is at 5 p.m. So be sure to dress up in your Halloween Costume! This event is open to the public! Additional Parking for non residents across the street at Lakewood Ranch Park. 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Free admission. Lost Creek, 11140 Lost Creek Terr, Bradenton, FL. Bring a bag for candy.
October 27, 2023: It's the annual BooFest at Lakewood Ranch Main Street! It's family-friendly fun including entertainment, food and drink vendors, and more. Have your children bring their trick-or-treat bags to collect the many treats that will be given out from their generous sponsors and merchants. Don’t forget to dress up for the children’s costume parade! Get ready to get spooky, you’re bound to have a HOWLING good time! This event is free and open to the public. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, FL.
October 28, 2023: Check out the downtown Sarasota Farmer's Market for a spooktacular Halloween market! There will be many vendors going all out to decorate their booths with the most creative and festive displays for their chance to win a prize. And make sure to bring your little ones, because they have a special treat for them: trick or treating! Yes, your kids can go from booth to booth and collect candy and goodies from the friendly vendors of the Sarasota Farmer's Markt. 7 a.m - 1 p.m. Downtown Sarasota, FL.
October 28, 2023: The 20 th Annual Boo Run is a family oriented 5K run or walk. There is also a Virtual 5K Run or Walk. Exciting changes this year with a brand new certified 5k course in Lakewood Ranch! In-Person Option - Saturday, October 28th - 5k run or walk with pups at 8:05 am 5k run or walk with Humans starts at 8:00 a.m. Boo Dash starts at 7:30 a.m. Your race entry includes a chip-timed 5k, bib, finisher medal, and race shirt. Overall M/F and Age Group awards will be available to age group winners. Sponsor Village, along Tervis Tumblers and Costume Contest!
October 28, 2023: The 16th Annual Sarasota Dog-A-Ween costume contest returns to the Sarasota Farmers Market Halloween Festival. Goblins and ghoulies, candy corn and cornstalks, doggie costume contests and parades: It’s time for dogs to get a scary groove on and don the Halloween garb. The Annual Dog-A-Ween costume contest returns to the Sarasota Farmers Market Halloween Festival. All proceeds benefit the Donte’s Den Foundation. 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. check in and get your entry number at Lemon Ave. & 1st Street Downtown Sarasota. Pre-register online here. Fee: $15 (Thank you in advance for pre-registering to participate by Oct. 25th) 10 a.m. Parade. 10:15 a.m. Contest. Parking is available in Whole Foods Parking Plaza. Registration Address: 1451 1st Street Sarasota FL
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October 28, 2023: Check out the Bradenton Public Market for a spooktacular good time with Halloween at the Market from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.! This family-friendly event includes trick or treating with vendors, face painting with Manatee School for the Arts Academic Team from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m, and a dance performance by Slick Motion Studios at 10:00 a.m. Bradenton Public Market, 400 Old Main Street, Bradenton, FL. Sarasota Halloween Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
October 28, 2023: Manatee Village Historical Park is hosting “ Cemetery Tours ,” a free hour-long tour of the 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds led by a member of Manatee Village's staff. Tours cover different facets of life during Manatee's Founding Period (1840-1918) as well as stories of those buried in the burying grounds. Topics vary depending on the staff member leading the tour. Space is limited and filled on a first come, first served basis. All members of your party must be present to receive a wristband. Check in at the Wiggins General Store at Manatee Village Historical Park on the morning of the tour to receive your free wrist band. Please note that this is an outdoor event. Participants will traverse over curbs and uneven terrain. There will be no seating during the tour. Tours may be canceled due to inclement weather and rain dates will not be given. 9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. (941) 749-7165. Manatee Village Historical Park,1404 Manatee Avenue East (State Road 64) Bradenton, FL.
October 28, 2023: It's the 2023 Boo! at The Bazaar with Free Trick or Treating (inside). They don't care your age - just come in your Halloween costume and have fun.. All of their Bazaar Family will be giving out candy. Trick or Treat with them and the princesses from Belle's Princess Parties! More than 20 stops to visit. Plus, lots of surprises and activities. Come in your Halloween costume and have fun. 10 a.m. The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime, 821 Apricot Avenue, Sarasota, FL. Sarasota Halloween Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
October 28, 2023: This year, they're bringing back Snuffy's famous DRAGON EGG HUNT at The Children's Garden! Put on your costumes and join in for a magical scavenger hunt and find your own dragon eggs with treasure and candy inside! Then enjoy a coloring craft along with a spooky story. Whoever finds the decorated dragon egg hidden in the Garden can turn it in for a special prize! As a special treat, Sarasota Ben & Jerry's will be handing out FREE SCOOPS at the garden starting at 10am while supplies last! This event is included with the cost of admission and free for members while dragon eggs last.The hunt begins at 10:00 a.m. sharp. Admission::0-2 Yrs.Free. 3-12 Yrs. $6. Teens-Adults $10.. 60+Seniors $9. How quickly can you find the dragon's eggs? The Children's Garden, 1670 10th Way, Sarasota, FL. The Children’s Garden is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit public charitable organization.
October 28, 2023: Bring the whole family to Ed Smith Stadium for a Spooktacular Halloween-themed movie shown on the outfield video board. Bring your blanket to watch from the stadium seating. Enjoy free children's games, activities, a sensory area and community booths in the stadium concourse and on the baseball field from 5 to 6:45 p.m. At 6:45 p.m. join the Orioles' Bird, for a Halloween costume parade around the bases. The feature movie, "The Nightmare Before Christmas," rated PG, will begin at 7 p.m. Concessions available. Coolers are not permitted. Admission is one non-perishable food item. Open to all ages. Entry at the left-field gate begins at 5 p.m. Children ages 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St, Sarasota, FL Sarasota Halloween Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
October 28, 2022: TBD for 2023. It's the 21st Annual Clancy's Halloween Party and Costume Contest. They'll be giving away $500 in cash and prizes for best costume in the categories: Scariest, Funniest, Sexiest, Most Original and Best Dressed Couple.The entertainment will be Twinkle and Rock Soul Radio from 6 p.m.- 10 p.m. Open 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Clancy's, 6218 Cortez Rd., West, Bradenton, FL. More info: 941-794-2489.
October 28, 2023: It's BOO! at The Bishop Join The Bishop and other community partners for safe, family fun. Trick-or-Treat within the Museum while visiting with local community members. Light activities will also be provided for children as they explore! Child-friendly costumes are encouraged. You’ll leave with candy and plenty of great memories! Admission: $5. Free for kids under 4. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. p.m. The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St., W., Bradenton, FL.
October 28, 2023: It's the Monster Beach Bash at Dry Beach at Fisherman's Village. There will be a DJ, Bunce Houses and Themed Cocktails. Activities include a costume parade for the little ones– a perfect chance for parents to capture those adorable moments in their spooky attire. Costume Contest, open to ALL ages. There's a category for every age group, top three in each category will be chosen by judges and win fabulous prizes, crowd favorite will receive grand prize! Groove to the beats of a live DJ and let the littles loose in the bounce houses while you enjoy an evening filled chilling fun! Free admission Fishermen's Village - Sunset Beach Club (Dry Beach located on west side of the village) 6 p.m. - 10 p.m, Fishermen’s Village (Sunset Beach Club Tiki Bar), 1200 W Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, FL
October 28, 2023: It's the Joyland Live's 27th Annual Boo Bash featuring Scareland Haunted House plus yearly costume contest with $3,500 in prizes. Give-aways, food and drink specials, music with live DJ. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Party starts at 9 p.m.. Cover charge. Joyland Live, 8341 Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota FL.
October 28, 2023: It's the Gator Club's Annual Halloween Block Party with 2 live bands. Outside live music by 22N. Inside music will be by Johnny Diamond and DJ, Kelly Crawford. They will have two separate costume contests. $1500 in cash and prizes plus food trucks outside with Smokin Mama Lora's Barbecue, fo’cheesy and Killicks kitchen. 6 p.m. - 12 a.m. The Gator Club, 1490 Main Street, Sarasota, FL. 941-366-5969.
October 28, 2023: There's a Halloween Block Party in downtown Sarasota. It's the El Melvin Day of the Dead Block Party! Outdoor food drinks and live music. $1,000 cash giveaway to winner of the costume contest. Starts at 4 p.m., live band 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., costume contest 9 p.m. - 10 .p. m, DJ 10 p.m.- 2 a.m. El Melvin Cocina Mexican, 1355 Main Street, Sarasota, FL. 941-366-1618. Sarasota Halloween Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
October 28 - 29, 2023: The 35th Annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest features hay rides, pony rides, pumpkin painting, face painting, mini train rides, a petting zoo and more. Lots of Halloween decorations for sale, too, from scarecrows to hay bales. Admission, Parking, Petting zoo, playground, live music, and decorated photo spots are FREE! Individual rides and game activity booth, including pony rides, unicorn encounter, hug a goat and pumpkin painting, has their own set price ranging from $1 – $10. Children’s Costume Contest every Saturday at 2 p.m. in front of the animal barn and free to participate in. Torres Family Circus and Extreme Riders Free daily showtimes each weekend 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. While some vendor booths may accept cards, many are cash only so please be prepared. For your convenience they will have ATMs set up. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free admission and parking. East of I-75 off exit 210, on the right. 7410 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, Sarasota Halloween Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
October 28 - 29, 2023: Get into t he 32nd Annual Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival featuring fun for all including craft show, live music, live shows, pioneer trades village, scarecrow displays, charity pumpkin games, hayrides, pony rides, petting zoo, frog jumping championships, kids train ride, fresh roasted sweet corn, rock climbing wall, face painting and more. Additional dates: Oct 29 - 30. Admission $15, kids 10 & under free, parking $5. Cash only. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Hunsader Farms: C.R. 675, halfway between S.R. 64 & S.R. 70, 10 miles east of I-75. Heading north on I-75 from Sarasota take exit 217A or heading south on I-75 take exit 220. 941-322-2168. Sarasota Halloween Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
October 28 - 30, 2022: TBD for 2023. Jiggs Landing turns into the "HAUNTED FISH CAMP." See Jiggs himself come back just for Halloween and other scary creatures lurking in the pavilion. Even the kid's play area is spooky. The giant wolf spider may be seen on the giant web. Tales of Halloween from the 1940s will be shared around the fire. Smores can be eaten under the night sky. Children (12 and under) are free, all others are $5. 8:00 p.m. Jiggs Landing, 6106 63rd St E, Bradenton, FL
October 29, 2023: It's First Kids Pumpkin Fest! What's not to love about this event? Celebrate all things fall in their First Kids building featuring balloon artists, face painters, candy and more! Kids wear your costumes! While kids are enjoying this special event, parents will have the opportunity to hear from Christian Psychologist, Dr. Charles Lowery, as he speaks on mental wellness and balancing life's demands. 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. First Sarasota, 1661 Main Street, Sarasota, Fl. 941-365-2846.
October 29, 2023: It's the Children's Garden's "Bubble and Brew - A Witchy Halloween Just for You!" The Garden has transformed into a Witch's Garden with a Halloween Nature Scavenger Hunt along with a Bubble & Brew Station that's sure to delight all little witches, goblins, ghouls. Color your black cat ear headbands, enjoy a story about a witch & her little animal friends, and sip on some yummy witch tea from the Garden - if you dare! Whoever wears the best witch hat will receive their own Halloween Witchy Wand craft kit. Don't forget to grab your "Hocus Pocus" trick-or-treat bag, too! This event is included with the cost of admission and free for members while supplies last. 10 a.m. - noon. Admission::0-2 Yrs.Free. 3-12 Yrs. $6. Teens-Adults $10.. 60+Seniors $9. The Children's Garden, 1670 10th Way, Sarasota, FL. The Children’s Garden is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit public charitable organization.
October 29, 2023: Grab your racket and get ready to serve up some frightful forehands and ghoulish backhands! Payne Park Tennis Center is hosting its first-ever Trick or Triples tennis event ! Think 3-on-3. Spooky! Prepare for a thrilling day of tennis, costumes, and surprises. Dress up in your scariest or silliest costume and compete in the costume contest for a chance to win some wicked prizes sponsored by the USTA. Admission is free for PPTC pass holders and $10 for non-pass holders. (Wear a costume and save $5!) Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited, so pre-register or call 941-263-6641 for more information. 9 a.m. - Noon. Payne Park Tennis Center, 2050 Adams Ln., Sarasota, FL
October 29, 2023: Enjoy the Selby Gardens Spooktacular with the whole family. With fun and not too scary festivities, bring your camera for pictures of your costumed family! Enjoy traditional, wholesome Halloween happenings like trick-or-treating, arts and crafts, fun and educational activities, as well as more frightening (but not too scary) options for older children including an inflatable corn maze and storytelling.10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Members: Free, Member's Guests: $11. Regular admission: Adults $26, kids 5 - 17 $11. 4 and under are free. Food available for purchase. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL. Sarasota Halloween Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
October 30 - 31, 2023: This Halloween, once again, local artists Dave Gordon and Elln Hagney, will transform the cul-de-sac in front of their home into A FREE family-friendly mass wedding inspired walk-a-bout, Halloween on S. Lime Ave ! The installation offers multiple distinct haunted areas for guests to enjoy and features, projection mapping, custom made animatronics, special effects, games, interactives, a scavenger hunt and more. Described as heavy in humor with a little edge, Halloween on S. Lime is perfect for the entire family. Madam Dementia invites you to celebrate the marriage of Joe Skeleton to Diana Moss Swamp Monster in a mass nuptial celebration. Attend or participate in the mass nuptials performed by celebrity JP Magic Mirror, get your picture taken with the bride and groom. For this most unique celebration Madam Dementia has planned a banquet filled with multiple interactive experiences, games, and entertainment. Including a DJ, Circus and of course the Singing Pumkin Trio. 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Halloween on South Lime Ave, 133 S Lime Ave, Sarasota, FL. For more information call 617-823-5081. Sarasota Halloween Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
October 31, 2023: For the 39th year Siesta Key will host the “Safe Treats.” This FREE event provides a safe venue for children to trick-or-treat and is a fun afternoon for the entire family. The event includes merchants in Siesta Village and on South Siesta Key. Bring your little ones to trick or treat and look for participating members displaying festive balloons. Don’t forget to hop on the free Siesta Key Breeze Trolley which makes a continuous loop between the Siesta Key Village and Turtle Beach, with multiple stops along the way. 3 - 6 p.m. Siesta Key, FL. Sarasota Halloween Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
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October 31, 2023: Time for ghosts, goblins, monsters, and tricks or treats! The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the annual " TRAIL OF TREATS." This super fun event will kick off at the AMI Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach. A costume contest for ages up to 11 will be judged promptly at 4:00 p.m. and participants should plan to check in at the Chamber at 3:30 p.m. They will have four age groups for the contest, with trophies awarded! After the judging and snacks, kids will have the opportunity to safely trick or treat at area businesses in Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach and Anna Maria. Approximate timetable for trick or treating: 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. City of Holmes Beach, City of Bradenton Beach, City of Anna Maria. AMI Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach, AMI, FL.
October 31, 2023: It's the Children's Costume and Halloween Parade in downtown Venice. . Show off your costume and meet at 4:30 p.m. in Centennial Park. The parade down West Venice Avenue will begin promptly at 5:00 p.m. led by the Venice Lions Club float and members. More than 500 children are expected to receive candy treats from its members. Following the brief parade children will be free to trick or treat for more goodies at participating locations along the avenues. It is an event for all ages and fun for the whole family.Visit the Trunk-or-Treat in the parking lot of the Merchants of Venice building (206-210 Miami Avenue West). Historic Downtown Venice, FL. Sarasota Halloween Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
October 31, 2023: There's a Trunk or Treat event with free music, candy, games, prizes and a dunk tank. 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Frist Baptist Church, 312 Miami Ave W,, Venice, FL.
October 31, 2023: It's the 15th Annual Fright Night on St Armand's Circle for Halloween fun.There will be haunted store fronts, frightening characters around every corner and statues dressed in the Halloween spirit. Kids can trick-or-treat around The Circle with numerous shops and restaurants contributing to the Halloween spirit with customized promotions. Free. 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. St. Armand's Circle, St. Armand's Key, Sarasota, FL. Sarasota Halloween Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
October 31, 2023: The Gator Club Presents their Halloween Party complete with live music from DJ Ryan & DJ Kelly Crawford starting at 10 p.m. Costume contest with cash prizes. No Cover charge. 6 p.m. - ? The Gator Club, 1490 Main St, Sarasota, FL
November 3 - 4, 2023: It's the annual Dia de los Muertos / Festival of the Skeletons , one of the highlights of the year! Dias De Los Muertos is a colorful festival centered around the traditional Day of the Dead. From 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. on Friday, and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday, Grab your friends and come on out to explore the art during their biggest event of the year - Festival of the Skeletons! Enjoy the galleries, shops, restaurants, live music, and tasty treats during one of Bradenton's favorite events. Village of the Arts, 1227 12th St W, Bradenton, FL. Sarasota Halloween Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
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The scariest Halloween attractions in Upstate NY: 20 best haunted houses and more
- Updated: Sep. 21, 2023, 9:23 a.m. |
- Published: Sep. 21, 2023, 9:11 a.m.
A scene from the Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses at 778 Broadway, Route 9W, Ulster Park, N.Y. Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses
- Geoff Herbert | [email protected]
What are the best haunted houses in Upstate New York? The scariest Halloween attractions in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany and everywhere in between include spooky hayrides, bone-chilling trails of terror, scream parks, escape rooms and truly terrifying zombie zip-lining.
There are plenty of real-life haunted places across the region, including documented instances of paranormal activity and ghost sightings, but if you want a fun scare this October, check out our list of 20 must-try horror experiences and events for 2023.
Note: Check official websites for hours, pricing; some may require reservations in advance. Also, beware: Some places are not recommended for younger audiences and may require cash only.
Featured on the “Today” show and named the No. 1 horror attraction in America by hauntworld.com and USA Today, this Catskills Region collection of 10 attractions changing every Halloween season includes a theatrical one-mile hayride, corn maze, escape rooms and more.
Location: 778 Broadway, Route 9W, Ulster Park, NY
More info: headlesshorseman.com
Frightmare Farms Haunted Scream Park
Frightmare Farms’ Haunted Scream Park, located half an hour outside of Syracuse, features a haunted house, twisted labyrinth, a condemned mine trail, and a haunted hayride through the forest. Voted scariest experience by syracuse.com readers.
Location: 4816 State Route 49, Palermo, N.Y. 13069
More info: frightmarefarms.net
Dark Matter Scream Works
Rochester’s indoor haunted attraction promises to chill your spine with five attractions: Blood Manor, Circus of the Damned, Phobias, Contagion and House of Krampus. A “Scare Cam” also captures photos of people getting scared and posts them on Facebook .
Location: 296 Greece Ridge Center Drive, Greece, NY
More info : darkmatterscreamworks.com
Another nightmare in Rochester: Try not to freak out as you face toxic zombies in the Undead Zone, the Sinister Sewers beneath the manor, and Hillbilly Hell, an old abandoned ranch filled with (gulp) serial killers.
Location: Southtown Plaza, 3333 West Henrietta Rd., Rochester NY
More info : nightmaremanorhauntedhouse.com
Cayo Industrial Horror Realm
An intense haunted house experience geared for adults featuring a labyrinth of twisted walls with horrific encounters plus real-world conspiracies, conflicts, pandemics and hidden agendas. Children under 12 not recommended.
Location: 530 Harbor Way, Rome, N.Y.
More info: cayoindustrial.com
Frightworld: America’s Screampark
Five terrifying attractions include the Carnival Boneyard, Nightstalkers Reloaded, Eerie State Asylum, Grindhouse and... Insanity. Named the third best haunted house in the U.S. by BuzzFeed.
Location: 1001 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, N.Y.
More info: frightworld.com
Field of Horrors
Things that go bump in the night creep around every corner on attractions like Dr. Morbid’s Haunted House, Return of the Mummy’s Curse, and the Condemned Manor. Voted the scariest attraction in the Capital Region; not recommended for children under 10.
Location: 100 Farrell Rd, Troy, NY
More info : fieldofhorrors.com
Zombie Zips? This tour is not for faint of heart. Your nightmare begins with a corpse-guided tour along a serial killer infested forest to then be hauled into the trees among complete, utter horror. Once in the trees you will be launched in complete darkness … alone, afraid and vulnerable … along a screaming steel cable hundreds of feet along Mountain Ridge Adventure’s awesome Zip Line Park.
Location: 300 Weatherwax Road, Schenectady, NY
More info : mountainridgeadventure.com/zombie-zipline-adventure/
Formerly known as “Fright Nights at the Fair,” the expanded location in an 82,000 square foot factory near Carrier Circle features five haunted attractions. The “greatest haunt on earth” was named one of the 20 best haunted attractions in the Northeast by USA Today.
Location: 1 LePage Place, Syracuse, N.Y.
More info: thefrightnights.com
Rolling Hills Asylum
Do you dare roam the halls alone? Get committed to a 3-hour psych hold, go on a ghost hunt or take a flashlight tour around the “authentically haunted” institute seen on “Ghost Hunters,” “Ghost Adventures” and “Paranormal Challenge.”
Location: 11001 Bethany Center Rd, East Bethany, NY
More info : rollinghillsasylum.com
The Trail of Terror
Volney’s trail of terror features a cursed forest and a 5,000-square foot haunted house filled with old school horror fun.
Location: 475 Clifford Rd, Fulton, N.Y.
More info: Facebook or the-trail-of-terror.business.site
Demon Acres Haunted House & Hayride
Less than 40 minutes outside of Syracuse, Hannibal’s extreme hayride in the “Depths of the Dark Forest” and a “Demon’s Den” promise scary fun. Other attractions include “Jail Break,” dropping brave souls in the middle of a prison riot, and an “Insane Asylum” escape room.
Location: 341 County Route 36, Hannibal, N.Y. 13074
More info: demonacres.com or Facebook
13th Hour Rising Haunted Hayride
An immersive haunted hayride event delivers high-octane fears, phobias and carnage that will make you scream, plus a twisted mind maze dubbed “The Passage.” Not recommended for children under 8.
Location: Chengerian’s, 84 Merrit Road, Fulton, N.Y. 13069
More info: 13thhourrising.com
Fright Fest at Six Flags Darien Lake & Great Escape
The Six Flags theme parks get creepy on the weekends in October with zombies, scare zones, haunted mazes, haunted houses and more.
Location: 9993 Allegheny Road, Corfu, NY (Darien Lake); 1172 State Route 9, Queensbury, NY (Great Escape)
More info: sixflags.com/darienlake (Darien Lake) and sixflags.com/greatescape (Great Escape)
Double M Haunted Hayrides & Haunted Houses
For over 25 years, ghost cowboy Scary Harry and the rest of the gang have been haunting Saratoga County with a Double M haunted hayride through dark woods filled with “spirits and creatures of unimaginable beings.” Other fun includes Brutality, Blood Moon Farm and the Last Inn, where they check in and sometimes don’t check out.
Location: 678 NY-67, Ballston Spa, NY
More info: doublemhauntedhayrides.com
Trail of Terror, Hunt
Take a wild ride on a haunted bus, get dropped off in a cornfield and follow the path through multiple shacks, trailers and woods for a unique haunted experience.
Location: 10042 S. River Road, Hunt, NY
More info: facebook.com/TrailofTerrorr
Night Terrors Haunted Farm
As you pass through the farm you’ll feel the presence of the many restless souls waiting in the darkness at attractions like Maize Mayhem, the Hive, and Spellbound.
Location: 4193 Rte 7 Schoharie, NY
More info: nightterrorshauntedfarm.com
Freak at the Peak
Greek Peak Mountain Resort’s mountain coaster will turn into a haunted thrill ride, plus a zombie zip line will soar over the undead.
Location: Greek Peak Mountain Resort, 2000 State Route 392, Cortland NY
More info: greekpeak.net
Wood Creek Hollow
Hollows Hayride is a “journey through a desolate town,” a Psycho Path walking trail features horror icons, and the Crypt Keepers Courtyard offers food, artisans and a tarot reader. All guests must be 18+ or accompanied by an adult over 21.
Location: 3851 Wood Creek Rd, Rome, NY
More info: Facebook
The fear of the Southern Tier features four haunted attractions, including the Orphan House, the Jerkus Circus and Motel 666.
Location: 3037 New York 352, Big Flats, NY
More info: tagsylvania.com
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The Columbus Dispatch
Halloween 2023: Your guide to haunted houses, attractions near Columbus and across Ohio
Ohio has no shortage of haunted houses and attractions, which makes sense as the state is regularly named one of the most haunted in the country .
Around Columbus and within driving distance are some truly scary haunted attractions in a variety of settings, including experiences at the old Ohio State Reformatory and the Historic Licking County Jail, an old schoolhouse, a former town hall and more.
Ohio sites are named among the top haunted attractions and best theme park Halloween events in the country, according to USA Today readers. Escape from Blood Prison at the Ohio State Reformatory was named among the nominees for top haunted attractions. Kings Island's Halloween Haunt and Cedar Point's HalloWeekends were ranked 4th and 9th, respectively, for top theme park events.
Read on for 13 of the top haunted houses and attractions driving distance from Columbus.
Where : 2605 Northland Plaza Drive
When : Open through Nov. 4. Dates and times vary; see website
Highlights : Make your way through two haunted houses, one where a cult is summoning demons and a new attraction, where high school students mistakenly release an "unspeakable force" on the eve of Halloween, aka Devil's Night.
Admission : Tickets online only, starting at $19.99 and vary based on date and demand
Age recommendations : Not recommended for children younger than 13. Anyone under 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Information : fearcolumbus.com
Carnage Haunted House
Where : 3770 Refugee Road
Highlights : Make your way through two haunted areas: The Bayou is a swamp full of cursed creatures, and The Entity is an abandoned hospital occupied by a spooky being.
Admission : Starting at $25
Age requirements : Anyone younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Information : carnagehauntedhouse.com
Where : Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 Powell Road, Delaware County
When : Select Thursdays for 21+ adult night and Sundays, 6 to 10 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 6 p.m. to midnight, Sept. 22 through Oct. 29
Highlights : Four haunted houses include Eternal Darkness, Pleasant Screams Laboratory, the Sinister Sideshow and new this year, Grave. Scare zones include Photosynthesis and Welcome to Dead River. Rides, including a bumper car experience amped up for scares and a 50-foot-tall drop tower, are also included with admission. However, the park reserves the right to close gates and stop admission if the park reaches capacity.
Admission : $29.99 in September and Sundays in October, $33.99 for Fridays and Saturdays in October, and $44.99 for adult nights, plus $10 parking
Age recommendations : Not recommended for children under 13.
Information : zombiezibay.columbuszoo.org
Escape from Blood Prison
Where : Ohio State Reformatory, 100 Reformatory Road, Mansfield
When : Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. to midnight and Sundays, 7 to 10 p.m., Sept. 29 through Oct. 29
Highlights : Tour the old reformatory by night, with abundant scares. Add a touch pass, which allows all scare actors to touch you, for a more frightening experience.
Admission : Online tickets only; Starting at $40 with parking
Age requirements : For ages 10 and older. Be prepared to show proof of age (birth certificate or school ID) for anyone who looks like they might be younger than 10.
Information : bloodprison.com
Where : Cedar Point, 1 Cedar Point Drive, Sandusky
When : Thursdays, 6 p.m. to midnight; Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to midnight; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., through Oct. 29. Operating dates and times subject to change without notice; check website before visiting.
Highlights : Along with the regular Cedar Point rides and other activities, the park will have special Halloween activities and shows during the day, and three indoor haunted mazes and five scare zones at night.
Admission : Starts at $49.99 online, or $99 at the gate plus $30 parking
Age recommendations: "May be too intense for young children ..."
Information : cedarpoint.com/events/halloweekends
Where : Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason
When : Fridays and Saturdays, 6 p.m. to midnight, and select Sundays, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. through Oct. 28. Operating dates and times subject to change without notice; check website before visiting.
Highlights : Enjoy the usual thrill rides along with a family-friendly Tricks and Treats Fall Fest by day, and four scare zones, five mazes, haunted attractions and live shows by night.
Admission : Starts at $44.99 online, or $99 at the gate plus $30 parking
Age recommendations: "Halloween Haunt is intended for mature audiences and is not recommended for children under 13." Guests younger than 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years old after 4 p.m., a year-round rule.
Information : visitkingsisland.com/events/haunt
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Mohican Haunted Schoolhouse
Where : 155 W. Third St., Perrysville
When : Select Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., through Nov. 4; Sunday, Oct. 22, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Highlights : A 30-minute, 1920s, haunted schoolhouse experience over 3 floors, including an "ominous" basement and an outdoor exhibit featuring "terrifying creatures."
Admission : $24 online, $30 at the door
Age recommendations : Children 12 or younger must be accompanied by an adult, and "do not bring children that cannot capably navigate a haunt by themselves."
Information : mohicanhauntedschoolhouse.com
Where : 525 Brimstone Road, Wilmington
When : Friday and Saturday nights in October and Nov. 4. Ticket office opens at 7 p.m. and closes at 11:30 p.m. Hayride queue closes at 11:45 p.m. Attractions start running at dark and run until lines are empty.
Highlights : The Ohio Renaissance Festival's scary sibling serves up five horrific experiences: a relatively tame Haunted Hayride, a high-intensity Forgotten Forest adventure, a Psychosis maze rated five out of five skulls for creepiness, and zombie attractions, including a Dead Shot paintball shooting gallery where guests attempt to shoot zombies.
Admission : Online prices (prices at the door are $5 more): Haunted Hayride, $20; Forgotten Forest, $18; Psychosis, $11; Zombie Assault, $7; Dead Shot Paintball, $11; Axe Throwing and Cranium Crusher, $5 each. Combo and fast pass packages are also available. $3 parking
Age recommendations : Some attractions for ages 8 and older, others for ages 13 and older
Information : brimstonehaunt.com
Jail of Terror
Where : 46 S. Third St., Newark
When : Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. through Oct. 7; Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. to midnight through Oct. 28; Sunday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Highlights : Meet the spirits haunting the Historic Licking County Jail, which first opened in 1889 and is the death site of three sheriffs and 19 inmates, according to the Jail of Terror website.
Information : newarkjail.com
Haunted Town Hall
Where : 103 S. High St., Lafayette
When : Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m. to midnight
Highlights : Two-story indoor haunted attraction in Lafayette's original town hall built in 1899. Scenes depict a terrifying mayor and the town hall's many uses as a fire station, school, theatre and library over the years. Also features a five-minute escape room.
Admission : Escape room, $7, Haunted Town Hall starting at $15. Combo and fast pass packages are also available.
Information : hauntedtownhall.com
Where : 311 Rose Ave., Marion
When : Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 28, 8 p.m. to midnight
Highlights : A 15,000 square-foot, ten-acre, interactive, military/sci-fi-themed attraction where "recruits" come face-to-face with a doctor who runs a frightening super soldier program.
Admission : Starting at $30
Information : hauntedhoorah.com
J&J Field of Screams
Where : 5482 State Rte 61, Shelby
When : Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 30 through Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Highlights : A newer haunted attraction located on J&J Rietschlin Farm , features a quarter-mile hayride, haunted corn maze and new in 2023, haunted woods.
Admission : $20
Age recommendations : Not suggested for children under 10
Information : jjfieldofscreams.com
Where : 13861 Broad St. SW, Pataskala
When : Thursdays through Saturdays through Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Highlights : Haunted attraction also known as Dead Acres, features a hayride, paintball gallery, movie screen, and walk-thru haunt with actors, animatronics and robotics. Known for its intense and realistic atmosphere. Expect graphic violence and horror.
Age recommendations : "If you are wondering if your kids are too young, your kids are too young."
Information : deadacres.com
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This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Halloween 2023: Your guide to haunted houses, attractions near Columbus and across Ohio
Boo! Can you survive these 6 Halloween attractions?
We all love the fall, but what really sets this season apart for the adrenaline-adept is the amount of spine-tingling, shiver-sending, spooktacular haunts available.
So where should you go to get your annual jump scares in? Luckily we've compiled a list of the most fright-worthy haunted attractions in the South Jersey and Philadelphia areas.
Creamy Acres, Mullica Hill
Fright fanatics in South Jersey know that it's not Halloween without a trip to Creamy Acres' Night of Terror.
Take The Ride of Terror through 25 acres of land and prepare yourself to be afraid. But the attractions don't stop there. Experience the twisted take on farm life in The Harvest, live all of your phobias and fears in Dark Dreams and watch out for clowns on The Playground.
Get your tickets here .
Terror in the Junkyard, Egg Harbor Twp.
Every weekend in October, join the Scullville Volunteer Fire Company for a hauntingly fun hayride and maze.
Looking for some sensory-friendly Halloween fun? Register for their free Oct. 21 hayride for no lines, flashing lights, jump scares or loud noises.
Visit their website here .
Fear in the Forest, Pemberton
Can you survive this frightening, family-owned forest haunt? Open for only two days, beware of the Jersey Devil, watch your step through the cranberry bogs and, whatever you do, don't get lost.
If you can make it out of the forest and to the haunted cabin, be sure to celebrate your toils and troubles with some music and food.
Snatch your tickets for Oct. 20 or 21 here .
Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia
Where better to soak in all of the Halloween fun than one of the most haunted places in America?
Notorious for being frightening all year round, this rumored-to-be-haunted landmark comes alive during the October season.
Dive into five haunted houses, historic tours and themed bars and lounges and so much more, if you dare. Whether you're a thrill seeker or a haunted history buff, there's something for you to enjoy this season.
Lincoln Mill Haunted House, Philadelphia
Test out a newer neighborhood haunt this season, with a twisted backstory guaranteed to make you scream.
Once the Mad River bar, this Manayunk building has transformed into a tantalizingly-terrifying attraction sure to send you home with nightmares. Learn about the legend of Viktor Kane and how his tormented employees still haunt the site of the Lincoln Mill.
Love Halloween but could do without the jump scares? Be sure to check out the Lights On Behind the Scenes Scavenger Hunt.
Get your tickets here.
Fright Factory, Philadelphia
Can you make it out of this one alive?
Weave through 25,000 square feet of terror in this transformed warehouse, experiencing thrills in Industrial Nightmare, South Side Sanatorium and Fright Factory Unholy.
The Fright Factory describes itself as a "high scare, high startle, adult themed haunted house," so maybe leave the kids at home.
Get your tickets here
Check out these spooky spectacles around Philadelphia to celebrate Halloween
Ready for Halloween thrills?
The spookiest holiday of the year is fast approaching, and Philadelphia has plenty of frightful festivities to go around!
6abc has gathered a list of scary and some not-so-scary events in the Philadelphia area.
If there's any Halloween activities you're excited about, send us a tip below.
HAUNTED HOUSES, SPOOKY SIGHTS
- Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia (Sept. 22 - Nov. 11, select dates)
- The Valley of Fear in Bucks County (Sept. 22 - Oct. 30)
- The Bates Motel in Delaware County (Sept. 22 - Oct. 31)
- Lincoln Mill Haunted House in Philadelphia (Sept. 23 - Nov. 4, select dates)
- Pennhurst Asylum in Chester County (Sept. 23 - Nov. 4, select dates)
- Scream Mountain at Spring Mountain Adventures in Montgomery County (Sept. 29 - Oct. 28, Fridays & Saturdays)
- Sleepy Hollow Haunted Acres in Bucks County (Sept. 29 - Oct. 29, Fridays & Saturdays)
- Haunted Attractions at Winding Brook Farm in Bucks County (Sept. 29 - Oct. 31, select dates)
- Fright Factory in South Philadelphia (Sept. 29 - Oct. 31, select dates)
- No Hope After Dark in Bucks County (Sept. 30 - Oct. 31, select dates)
- Grim Philly Tours in Philadelphia (Ongoing)
- Philly Ghosts: Phantoms of Philadelphia Tour (Ongoing)
- Ghost Tours of New Hope in Bucks County (Through Nov. 18, select dates)
- Spirits of '76 Ghost Tours of Philadelphia (Through Nov. 25, Fridays & Saturdays)
- Ghost Tours of Philadelphia (Through Nov. 30, daily)
- Ghost Tours of Phoenixville in Chester County (Oct. 6 - Oct. 28, Fridays & Saturdays)
- Candlelight Ghost Tours at Fort Mifflin in Philadelphia (Oct. 7 - Oct. 29, select dates)
- Ghost Shows at City Winery in Philadelphia (Oct. 7 - Oct. 8)
- Halloween Drag Brunches at Evil Genius Beer Company in Philadelphia (Oct. 8, Oct. 15, Oct. 29)
- The Mystery of Irma Vep at Bristol Riverside Theatre in Bucks County (Oct. 3 - Oct. 21)
- The Rocky Horror Show at Bucks County Playhouse (Oct. 13 - Oct. 28)
- Twilight in the Gardens at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens (Oct. 25)
- Month of Macabre at The Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville in Chester County (Through Oct. 31, select dates)
THEMED POP-UP BARS
- Edgar Allan Poe Speakeasy at Craft Hall in Philadelphia (Oct. 12 - Oct. 14)
- Fourth Annual Monster Mash Bloody Mary Challenge in Northern Liberties in Philadelphia (Oct. 21 - Oct. 29)
- Nightmare Before Halloween Pop-Up Experience at Craftsman Row Saloon in Philadelphia (Through Oct. 31)
- Uptown Upside Down at Uptown Beer Garden in Philadelphia (Through Oct. 31)
- Boo at the Zoo at the Philadelphia Zoo (Oct. 14 - Oct. 29)
- Trick-or-Treat Street at Franklin Square in Philadelphia (Oct. 28)
- Trick-or-Treat Trail at Morris Arboretum & Gardens in Philadelphia (Oct. 28)
- PumpkinFest 2023 and South Street Trick-or-Treating in Philadelphia (Oct. 28)
- Trick-or-Treat at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia (Oct. 29)
- Halloween Brick or Treat: Monster Party at LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Montgomery County (Through Oct. 31)
PUMPKIN PATCHES & FALL FESTS
- FallFest at Shady Brook Farm in Bucks County (Sept. 8 - Oct. 29)
- Scarecrows in the Village at Peddler's Village in Bucks County (Sept. 11 - Oct. 29)
- Fall Harvest Festival at Hellerick's Family Farm in Bucks County (Sept. 14 - Nov. 27)
- Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards in Delaware County (Sept. 16 - Nov. 5)
- Pumpkin Harvest at Milky Way Farm in Chester County (Sept. 23 - Oct. 29)
- Pumpkin Playground at Longwood Gardens in Chester County (Oct. 6 - Oct. 30)
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Halloween Events In Spokane
Halloween in Spokane is not just a single day of spooky celebrations, but an entire season of fall events, haunted houses, pumpkin patches and more happening throughout the entire month of October. Whether you are looking for upcoming live music events happening this weekend, or want to take a tour of the spookiest spots in the city, here’s everything you need to know about Spokane Halloween.
A GUIDE TO SPOKANE HALLOWEEN EVENTS 2023
The sun dips low in the sky on crisp fall evenings, and the trees are exploding with red and gold, which puts Spokane in the mood for some creepy, crawly fun. Halloween frights range from finding the gnarliest pumpkin for the perfect jack-o-lantern to scare-your-pants-off haunted locales. Here is a guide to local Spokane Halloween haunts and happenings.
It's the scariest time of the year, with the haunted locations and buildings throughout Spokane revealing their secrets for just a short time. Spokane has a long history of ghosts, graveyards and haunted mansions, with visitors coming from across the Inland Northwest to visit these locations. The Spokane Public Library assembled a list of haunted places around downtown Spokane that are ready for a spooky walking tour. Get the map of the haunted Spokane walking tour here .
Pumpkin Picking at Green Bluff
Nothing says Halloween like a glowing jack-o-lantern. Finding that perfect gourd can be just as much fun as creating its maniacal mug. Skip the grocery store and head to Green Bluff for picturesque pumpkin patches, along with mind-bending corn mazes, hayrides, fresh cider, and plenty of u-pick goodies.
All October long, the famous Garland Theater hosts special viewings of all your favorite spooky and scary movies. With familiar favorites like Beetlejuice, The Shining, Corpse Bride and much more, there is always something to interest any lover of Halloween flicks. The shows are $5 and play throughout the month of October. Check the Garland Theater website for showtimes and tickets.
Fright Flights Haunted Zip Tours
Get ready to scream through your way through the haunted woods of Liberty Lake with Mica Moon Zip Tours! You'll zip line your way through haunts, scares, and screams during this evening zip tour. Limited space available so reserve your spot in advance. Don't miss your chance to be terrified!
Join the Spokane Zombie Crawl
Since 2012, Spokane has hosted an annual Zombie Crawl, where hundreds of people come together from across Washington for a night of costumes and craziness! Dress up as your favorite zombie or become a zombie hunter and chase the undead through downtown Spokane! This year’s zombie crawl is happening on October 1st in downtown Spokane. Be sure to visit the Spokane Zombie Crawl website to register before the event takes place.
Spokane Halloween Bar Crawl
If craft cocktails, creative costumes, and late night walks touring the best bars and nightclubs in the city sounds like your type of Halloween, then you should not miss the annual Spokane Halloween bar crawl. Featuring 5 amazing venues, an exciting costume contest and delicious food from local favorites, the Spokane Costume Bar Crawl always makes for a spooky night to remember.
More Halloween Events in Spokane
- Downtown Spokane
- Spokane International Airport
- Spokane Valley
- Kendall Yards
- Browne's Addition
- University District
- Sprague Union District
- North Monroe District
- Garland District
- Audubon Downriver
- Latah Valley
- Liberty Lake
- Market Street District
- North Spokane
- Green Bluff
- West Plains
- Manito Cannon Hill
- South Perry District
- Spokane County
- Audubon Downriver District
Downtown Spokane Spokane Convention Center 334 W Spokane Falls Blvd Phone: (509) 534-5380 Website
Halloween X-Spo 334 W Spokane Falls Blvd Spokane, WA 99201
The Great Pumpkin Race and Family Carnival
Downtown Spokane Riverfront Park Clock Tower Meadow 507 N Howard Street Phone: (509) 232-0864
The Great Pumpkin Race and Family Carnival 507 N Howard Street Spokane, WA 99201
Campbell House Dark History Tours
Browne's Addition Campbell House at The MAC 2316 W First Ave Phone: (509) 456-3931 Website
Campbell House Dark History Tours 2316 W First Ave Spokane, WA 99201
Trunk or Treat on the River
Downtown Spokane Ruby River Hotel 700 N Division St Phone: (509) 323-2585 Website
Trunk or Treat on the River 700 N Division St Spokane, WA 99202
Downtown Spokane The Knitting Factory 919 W Sprague Ave Phone: (509) 244-3279 Website
Spooky Rave 919 W Sprague Ave Spokane, WA 99201
October 27 to October 29
Browne's Addition Browne's Addition - RSVP Only Phone: (509) 850-0056 Website
Spookwalk RSVP Only Spokane, WA 99201
October 27 to October 28
Halloween Bar Crawl
Downtown Spokane Fast Eddie's 1 W Spokane Falls Blvd Website
Halloween Bar Crawl 1 W Spokane Falls Blvd Spokane, WA 99201
October 28 to October 30
Public Paranormal Investigation Lockin
Downtown Spokane Lasermaxx Spokane 202 W 2nd Ave Phone: (509) 624-7700 Website
Public Paranormal Investigation Lockin 202 W 2nd Ave Spokane, WA 99201
Ghoul Ol’ Fashioned Fun at Camp Dart-Lo
Spokane Valley Camp Dart-Lo 14000 N Dartford Dr Phone: 509747191 Website
Ghoul Ol' Fashioned Fun at Camp Dart-Lo 14000 N Dartford Dr Spokane, WA 99208
Downtown Spokane Downtown Spokane 10 S Howard St Website
Spo-Candy Crawl 10 S Howard St Spokane, WA 99201
Do Spirits Return
Downtown Spokane The Bing 901 W Sprague Ave Phone: (509) 227-7638 Website
Do Spirits Return 901 W Sprague Ave Spokane, WA 99201
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Picking Your Pumpkins
Many local farms offer u-pick pumpkin patches. Enjoy harvesting pumpkins, gourds and seasonal sunflowers. Get your hands and boots dirty and take some fun seasonal photos.
Pumpkin Patches to Visit this Fall
Celebrate Halloween with a special family adventure at one of these great local pumpkin patches. These regional farms are open for pumpkin picking and enjoying harvest season.
Haunted Houses, Hayrides & Hikes
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Heceta Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast
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Trick or Treating
On October 31, regional shopping districts, indoor malls, community centers and city programs commonly coordinate safer trick or treating environments for children. Popular destinations include 5th Street Public Market and Valley River Center .
Here is a round up of Halloween-themed activities happening across the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region.
More Spooky Ideas
- Scary movies — Stay home and scare yourself. Or if horror is not your thing, check out movies that feature Lane County ! Order pizza or pop some popcorn. If you get really inspired make some popcorn balls!
- Taste chowder in Florence — nothing like sipping warm chowder while looking out over a foggy ocean.
- Bake an apple pie — Instead of picking pumpkins, pick local apples, then spend Halloween being domestic.
- Carve your pumpkins — This is good old fashioned fun!
- Chuck some axes — Oregon Axe offers a unique sport for those 12 and up.
Throw Axes at Oregon Axe in Springfield.
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Halloween events in the Appleton, Green Bay areas offer scary to not-so-scary fun
Editor's note: This story has been edited to correct some of the information in the Terror on the Fox event.
Halloween is lurking just around the corner, and there are lots of places to celebrate all things pumpkin, spooky and haunted.
Here’s a list of haunted houses and other Halloween-related events happening in the Appleton and Green Bay areas and beyond.
TERROR ON THE FOX
- What: Terror on the Fox is a haunted event featuring a ride on an antique passenger train, video screens and computer-controlled sound, lighting and animatronics.
- When: Gates open at 7 p.m. on select nights now through Oct. 31.
- Where: National Railroad Museum, 2285 S. Broadway, Ashwaubenon.
- Admission: Tickets start at $19.99 on select nights. Other nights they start at $24.99, depending on the pass you choose. Tickets can be purchased online in advance but the box office is also open on the grounds during regular business hours.
- Contact: 920-360-9950, terroronthefox.com
- What: Two indoor haunted houses, one outdoor wooded trail and four burial simulators
- When: 6:45-11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday Oct. 6-28; 6:45-10 p.m. Nov. 3 and 4 for blackout nights. Note: Not all events are open on all nights.
- Where: 500 N. Lake St., Neenah
- Admission: $20 and up.
- Contact: 920-727-4669, burialchamber.com
GREEN BAY FEAR
- What: Haunted house presented by the Beja Shriners, featuring Shawano Manor, Howling Hollow and Mr. Jingles Funhouse.
- When: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday Oct. 6-29; Kids days are 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 21 and 28; The Apocalyptic Side Show is Oct. 27 and 28.
- Where: Beja Shrine Center, 1950 Bond St., Howard.
- Admission: $20 general admission, $30 fast pass
- Contact: 920-309-0981, greenbayfear.com
More: What time is trick-or-treating in Brown County communities? Here are the details.
THE REALM OF DARKNESS
- What: Haunted house
- When: 7-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6-Nov. 4; 6-9 p.m. Sundays in October. Lights are on for Family Day 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 14.
- Where: W2091 County JJ, Kaukauna
- Admission: $20 general admission, $30 fast pass.
- Contact: therealmofdarknesshaunt.com
SPOOKS ON SPURR
- What: Tour the Mansion of Misery or the Forest of Freaks. Live music, concessions and bonfire each night. Bands play 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
- When: Ticket sales start at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday Oct.6-28.
- Where: W10121 Spurr Road, New London
- Admission: $20 for Mansion and $20 for Forest, no fast pass. Tickets sold at the door only.
- Contact: Search for “Spooks on Spurr” on Facebook or 920-841-1879
- What: “Sequential Killers of the Victorian Age.” Strange and scary practices of the Victorian era and possible sightings of long-deceased residents.
- When: 6-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in October; entry times vary.
- Where: Hearthstone Historic House Museum, 625 W. Prospect Ave., Appleton
- Admission: $20
- Contact: 920-730-8204 or hearthstonemuseum.org
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- What: Haunted bus, trail and gellyball attractions. You get to shoot zombies (with paintballs).
- When: 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Oct. 6-28
- Where: 2055 W. Frontier Road, Little Suamico
- Admission: Various packages available. Visit the website for options.
- Contact: hauntedzombiebus.com or 920-826-5554
PUMPKIN CARVING EVENT
- What: Pumpkin carving and decorating event. Bring your own pumpkins and carving tools. Pumpkins will be used to decorate for Zoo Boo.
- When: 4-8 p.m. Oct. 11
- Where: NEW Zoo, Suamico (at the Pines Shelter)
- More: Guests must register in advance to secure a carving time. Capacity will be limited. Free pizza and soda offered to participants
- Contact: Register at newzoo.org or email [email protected]
- What: Costumes are encouraged, and each guest over the age of 1 will receive a bag of candy, ride the carousel and enjoy the maze as well as a scavenger hunt.
- When: Staggered start times 4-8 p.m. Oct. 13-14, 20-21, 27-28
- Where: NEW Zoo, Suamico
- Admission: $15 with children under 3 admitted free (ticket still required). Tickets are available at North Shore Banks or online at newzoo.org .
- Contact: 920-434-7841
- What: Halloween-themed event includes a pumpkin-decorating contest, hay wagon rides, horse grooming, scavenger hunt, games, coloring and more.
- When: 9 a.m., 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. Oct. 14
- Where: The BEAMING Barn 2692 County GG, Neenah.
- Admission: Free for children 5 and younger and seniors, all others is a $5 donation at beaminginc.org/event/boofest.
- Contact: “BOOfest 2023!” on Facebook
SAWDUST CITY FRIGHT FEST 2023
- What: A horror film festival, primarily by Wisconsin filmmakers.
- When: 7 p.m. Oct. 13 and 12:30-9 p.m. Oct. 14
- Where: Time Community Theater, 445 N. Main St., Oshkosh.
- Admission: Free Oct. 13, but reserve seats online. Oct. 14 all day pass is $12, or feature film only is $5.
- Contact: timecommunitytheater.com
THE GREAT PUMPKIN TRAIN
- What: Entertainment, crafts, games and a chance to ride the train to the pumpkin patch
- When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 14 and 21
- Where: National Railroad Museum, 2285 S. Broadway, Ashwaubenon
- Admission: $18
- Contact: 920-437-7623, nationalrrmuseum.org
TRUNK OR TREAT COMMUNITY HALLOWEEN PARTY
- What: a non-traditional trick or treat event. Costumes are encouraged.
- When: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 14
- Where: Child Care Resource & Referral, 1001 W. Kennedy Ave., Kimberly
- Admission: FREE
- What: Hosted by Fox Crossing Parks & Recreation Department, families walk through the jack-o’-lantern lit trails and collect candy. Afterward, enjoy hot chocolate, and children can take home a craft kit. There will be a bon fire, weather permitting.
- When: 5 p.m. or 5:45 p.m. Oct. 17
- Where: Fritsch Park, 1651 Sandys Lane, Fox Crossing
- Admission: $6 per child
- Contact: Registration required by Oct. 10 at 920-720-7108 or foxcrossingwi.gov
BREWS AT THE LEACH
- What: Adults can enjoy a Halloween Party at the zoo that includes craft beer, food trucks and live music by Conscious Pilot. There will be costume contests.
- When: 5-9 p.m. Oct. 20
- Where: Leach Amphitheater, Oshkosh (moved due to trail construction)
- Admission: Free
- What: Haunted hayride and haunted house, food, refreshments, bonfire, and children’s activities.
- When: 6-9 p.m. Oct. 20-21 and 27-28
- Where: Outagamie Conservation Club, N3502 Mayflower Road, Hortonville
- Admission: All ages $8 per person; $1 discount with canned good donation. Children ages 12 and younger get $3 off with a coat donation. One discount per person.
- Contact: 920-739-9211 or wiocc.com/hauntedhayride
GREENVILLE FRIGHT NIGHT AT THE PARK
- What: Haunted pavilion, paranormal zoo, hayride, kids activities, bonfires, pumpkin decorating, dance party, face painting, hearse displays and food and beverages.
- When: 6-8 p.m. lights are on and the spooks are friendly; 8-10 p.m., the lights go out and the scares begin, Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 26-28
- Where: Greenville Community Park (State 15 and State 76 in Greenville)
- Admission: $15 for adults, $10 for ages 5 to 18 and free for children ages 4 and younger
- Contact: greenvillecivicclub.com/fright-night
CANDLELIGHT CAVE TOURS
- What: Guided tour of caves by candlelight; meet unusual personalities with strange stories to tell. Minimum recommended age is 5 with parent or guardian. Half-mile guided walk departs every half hour.
- When: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 20; 4:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 21
- Where: Ledge View Nature Center, W2348 Short Road, Chilton
- Admission: $9 per person. Must be purchased in advance on the website.
- Contact: 920-849-7094, ledgeviewnaturecenter.org
- What: A self-guided, half-mile walk through accessible trails lined with hundreds of jack-o-lanterns. There will be a bonfire. Halloween stories will be read inside.
- When: 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 21
- Where: Brillion Nature Center, 1135 Deerview Road
- Contact: 920-756-3591, brillionnaturecenter.net or on Facebook
ROMP IN THE SWAMP
- What: Explore the trails and collect treats at trick-or-treat stations along the way. Hay wagon rides, kids games, face painting, crafts and more will be available. There will be a chance to win prizes in costume contest.
- When: 2-4 p.m. or 5-7 p.m. Oct. 21
- Where: Bubolz Nature Preserve, 4815 N. Lynndale Drive, Appleton
- Admission: $12 per person at bubolzpreserve.org/romp-in-the-swamp/. Must register in advance.
- Contact: bubolzpreserve.org
- What: Come in costume and enjoy trick-or-treat stations, concessions, games, crafts, prizes and more. Due to trail construction, the event has been moved.
- When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 21
- Where: Leach Amphitheater, Oshkosh
- Admission: $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 2 to 12 and free for children age 1 and younger. Purchase tickets at https://tinyurl.com/bdezxk2z .
- Contact: 920-236-5082, ci.oshkosh.wi.us/Parks/MenomineeParkZoo/ZooloweenBoo.aspx or facebook.com/OshkoshParks.
- What: Games and trick-or-treating and a spooky area for those who wish to enter.
- When: 1-6 p.m. Oct. 21
- Where: UWO - Albee Hall, 776 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh.
- Admission: Free, but donations are welcome.
TRUNK OR TREAT
- What: Trick-or-treat from trunks decorated in Halloween. Lunch served inside.
- When: 10:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 22
- Where: First United Methodist Church, 325 E. Franklin St., Appleton.
- Admission: Free.
A NIGHT TO DISMEMBER
- What: The Appleton North High School Theatre Department presents its annual Haunted House. Non-scary flashlight tours will be available during all hours. There will be carnival games, a mini-inflatable haunted house for young children, a bake sale and concessions.
- When: 1-4 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. Oct. 27-28
- Where: Appleton North High School auditorium, 5000 N. Ballard Road
- Admission: $7 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Tickets are available at the door
- Contact: AppletonNorthTheatre.org
- What: Hosted by Menasha Parks and Recreation Department, search the Menasha Parks and Trail system in pursuit of 10 specially marked hidden pumpkins.
- When: Oct. 21-26
- Where: A “Picnic by Pumpkin Light” will kick off the week 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at Smith Park, Menasha. Register for the dinner at menasha.recdesk.com
- Admission: The Pumpkin Hunt is free.
- What: Haunted trail through Hatten Park. Concessions and admission are available at the main shelter.
- When: Oct. 27, with 4:30 p.m. trick-or-treat trail for kids 12 and younger, with the spooky trail starting at 6:45 p.m.
- Where: Hatten Park, 801 Warner Allen Road, New London
- Admission: $3 per person
- Contact: “2023 Hatten Haunted Trail” on Facebook
- What: Kids can go from car to car to gather their Halloween treats
- When: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 29
- Where: Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 3009 N. Meade St., Appleton, back parking lot.
Contact Mara Wegner at [email protected] or 920-996-7241.
10 Must-See Michigan Haunted Houses in 2023
If you love Halloween haunted house attractions , you’ve come to the right place! We currently have 79 spooky haunts listed in Michigan, including twisted trails , haunted hayrides , home haunts , corn mazes , and more!
Here’s a list of some of the most popular haunted houses on our website that you don’t want to miss this season!
10. Erebus – Pontiac, MI
Erebus is a four-story tower of terror haunted house located near Detroit. It is one of the world’s largest haunted attractions. Are you ready to time travel? They open on September 15th.
9. Deranged Haunt – Romulus, MI
Deranged Haunt is an outdoor haunted trail. Wander amongst the dark woods through many decrepit buildings along five acres of frightening fun! Returning September 22nd.
For more details, check out Team Michigan Macabre ‘s 2022 review HERE .
8. The Scream Machine – Taylor, MI
At The Scream Machine Haunted Attraction , a new experiment in fear is coming in 2023 at their new location! In addition to the main haunt, they also provide two 5-minute mini escape rooms.
7. Scarefest Scream Park – New Era, MI
Scarefest Scream Park has four haunted attractions, nightly bonfires, bands, DJs, movies, and midway entertainment. They also offer a heated beer tent with various food vendors! The scaring starts September 15th.
6. Nightmare Realm – Mattawan, MI
Nightmare Realm is west Michigan’s immersive haunting experience. Horrors will be revealed starting October 6th.
For more information about the experience, check out Team White City Devil ‘s 2022 review HERE .
5. Awaken Haunted Attraction – Leslie, MI
Awaken Haunted Attraction opens September 29th, 2023. They offer multiple haunted attractions plus a mini escape room and paintball. They are also known for having special guests throughout the season. Tony Moran and Doug Tait will be there on select nights in October this year.
4. Rotten Manor – Holly, MI
Rotten Manor is a highly detailed and immersive attraction with multiple haunts at one location. New for 2023 is The House of Wax, where you will find your favorite horror scenes on display!
3. Hush Haunted Attraction – Westland, MI
Mystery, adventure, and horror await you at Hush Haunted Attraction . For 2023, you can experience 4 haunted attraction, three secret bars (if you choose), Sinister Snacks; a culinary haven, Eerie Essentials, and more! Opening night is September 29th.
For more information about the experience, check out Team Freddy’s Angels ‘ 2022 review HERE .
2. Eloise Asylum – Westland, MI
Eloise Asylum is a truly haunted Halloween attraction! The doors to the asylum open September 23rd. Although very new to the haunt scene, this haunt is quickly making their way to one of the best in America!
1. Niles Scream Park – Niles, MI
Niles Scream Park is celebrating its 50th season in 2023! At Niles, they put the “care” in “scare.” In 2022 alone, the park donated more than $134,000.00 to local charities! Quite literally, Niles is the largest non-profit charity haunt in America. The screaming begins September 8th.
For information about the experience, check out Team Freddys’ Angels ‘ 2022 review HERE .
For a full list of all scary attractions in Michigan, please visit our Michigan Haunted House Directory
Now get out there and STAY SCARY!
Note from the editors: This list is not a top haunts list. We are not saying these are the best or scariest haunts in the state or the only ones you should visit. It would be best if you considered these when making your Halloween season plans, as they are some of the most popular amongst our reviewers and our site visitors.
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A Guide to Haunted Houses Around Seattle (Halloween 2023)
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September 19, 2023
Are you a freak for fall ? Ready for a Halloweentime right of passage? A trip to a haunted house is perfect fodder for a good date, especially a first date. (Long lines + trauma bonding = a chance you’ll have a plus one for Christmas.) So, ghouls and goblins, we’ve got a guide to some local forsaken sites that have yet to be forbidden. But beware, some horrors follow you home.
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📆 Friday, September 22nd – Saturday, November 4th 📍 Georgetown Morgue: 5000 E Marginal Way S, Seattle 🎟 Starts @ $35
Want a haunted house in a location with an allegedly creepy history ? Put Georgetown Morgue on your list.
Billed as one of the “most intriguing historic urban morgues,” the Georgetown Morgue claims to have a gruesome history. In addition to serving as a morgue and crematorium, the morgue’s owners suggest the site has been the home of a missing body—later found dismembered—and other deaths. That includes the alleged “ Seattle crematorium massacre ,” where the morgue’s haunted house operators say that in October 1968, armed assailants forced all nine of the morgue’s staff members into a crematorium chamber . Leaving everyone as ash . ( Evidence supporting this story is scant .)
The rumored morgue history serves as the backdrop to a terrifying Halloween experience. Your ticket gets you into a walkthrough attraction in the style of a catacomb , where creatures (actors) roam. For those who want to experience more fear, add a new dark maze experience for an extra $8 a ticket. You and your group will try to flee a pitch-black maze. Good luck. (Leave young ones at home, as kids under 12 are prohibited.)
Free parking is available, with public transportation nearby. The experience is wheelchair accessible. No drinking is allowed, but there are plenty of spots nearby. Remember there’s a “no touch” policy (you don’t touch them; they don’t touch you). Because of their reputation as one of the best scares, the lines are often long—but there’s a VIP line for an additional charge.
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📆 Friday, September 29th – Saturday, November 4th 📍 Freighthouse Square: 626 East 25th Street, Tacoma 🎟 Starts @ $17
Descend into the depths of the sea where creatures from the dark come to life at Frighthouse Station , located at Freighthouse Square near the Tacoma Dome. This haunt visits the seaside village of Ammet Bay, where locals have returned from unspeakable terrors beneath the waves. With creepy set and character designs, this H.P. Lovecraft-inspired spookfest is a special nightmare.
While the organizers behind Frighthouse recommend no one under 12 visits, they do offer a “ Wand of Courage ” for the faint of heart. For an added $5 fee, you can equip yourself with a wand where, if you raise it and yell, “Back, evil thing! I command you!” you’ll make the monsters retreat . (If you don’t follow the instructions correctly, they’ll still pursue.) An “ Ultimate Fright Pass ” gets you faster access (less waiting in line) and a swag bag of spooky souvenirs for $40. No drinking, smoking, or vaping allowed. Also, no flash photography. This location is wheelchair accessible with assistance.
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📆 Saturday, September 30th – Sunday, October 29th 📍 Stocker Farms: 8705 Marsh Rd, Snohomish 🎟 Starts @ $28.95
Billed as Washington’s “original haunted corn trails,” Stocker Farms’ Stalker Farms is another spot with multiple attractions.
The “ Slasher Family Homestead ” and “ Pogo’s Funny Farm ” are full of torments for the fearless, featuring traditional haunted experiences like scary clowns and chainsaw-wielding creeps. The farm also offers a non-haunted nighttime corn maze that’s good for kids, plus a giant jumping pillow, ball toss zone, farmer foosball, and fire pits for rent. A VIP option , which includes a third haunted trail, “ Eski’s Dark Harvest ,” and a “ shooting gallery ,” is available. Hang out in the midway space before or after to enjoy food vendors, carnival-style gaming, and live entertainment on busy nights.
Heads-up: Wheelchairs are allowed, but accessibility could be an issue. All attractions are outside, so there can be mud, bugs, corn stalks, uneven ground, fog, and, yes, rain! A flash sale starts on September 25th, with online tickets at 30% off.
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📆 Saturday, September 30th – Sunday, October 29th 📍 Thomas Family Farm: 9010 Marsh Rd, Snohomish 🎟 Starts @ $31
Come here for a one-stop spooky spot for everyone. Thomas Family Farm’s Nightmare on 9 experience admits you to multiple attractions. First is the “ Vogel Institute ,” an indoor haunted house operating on the farm since 2012. Then there’s “ The Haunted Trail ,” a quarter-mile-long walk through the imagined ghost town of “Blackreach.” And the “ Zombie Paintball ” ride lets you shoot ghouls back into their graves. Want something without monsters? Try the “ Night Corn Maze .”
Most activities are for ages 12 and over, with kids under eight not allowed. But onsite, there’s free access to a nighttime pumpkin patch , food court , and general store . You can even rent a fire pit . For those old enough to drink, there’s a beer garden . (Helpful if you need some bravery.) Parking is available, and a fast pass can be purchased to reduce wait times. Receive a discount plus free admission to the corn maze if you combine two or three activities.
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📆 Friday, October 6th – Sunday, October 29th 📍 Wild Waves: 36201 Enchanted Pkwy S, Federal Way 🎟 Starts @ $35
A family-friendly theme and water park by day—beware, the fright comes out at night . Popular with teens, Wild Waves’ Fright Fest has multiple terror-inducing attractions.
The “ Chamber of Souls ” serves as a traditional haunted house. Make your way through ghouls, corpses, and a zombie outbreak. Then head to “ Camp Whispering Pines ,” a trail where tortured camp counselors and slaughtered campers abound. The “ Voodoo Swamp ” is a shadowy bog full of creepy crawlers and curses. The first two come with admission, but the swamp costs an extra five bucks.
To reduce wait times, a VIP pass includes a separate line, the three haunted attractions, plus four thrill rides. Rollercoaster after, anyone? For those under 13 (or anyone who wants fun without fear), there is “ Booville ,” a kid-friendly, scare-free area with games, a magic show, and a Halloween costume contest. Tip: Plan to carpool due to paid parking. Buy tickets in advance because reservations are required.
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Looking for some spine-chilling fun? 5 haunted houses and mazes to visit in Memphis
It's that spooky time of the year once again, and what better way to spend the Halloween season than getting chased by a clown with a chainsaw?
Here are five Memphis-area haunted houses and mazes ready to terrorize and terrify this Halloween.
HauntedWeb, one of the most popular haunts in the Mid-South, returns for its 20th year of scaring Memphians. This iteration's four haunted houses and three escape rooms can be found at 2665 South Perkins Road, in the Trolley Station Shopping Center at the intersection of I-240 and Perkins Road. For ticket pricing and more, visit hauntedweb.com .
The Mid-South Corn Maze and Haunted Maze
A classic family-friendly activity by day and a chilling experience by night, the now 22-year-old Mid-South Corn Maze turns haunted on Friday and Saturday from 7-10 p.m. Those brave enough to enter the Agricenter's 10-acre corn field will have to dodge all kinds of ghouls and ghosts. Tickets and information on other activities at the maze can be found at midsouthmaze.com .
Wicked Ways Haunted House
"Blurring the lines between horror and reality," Wicked Ways Haunted House offers an all-indoor haunted house filled to the brim with sinisterly talented actors and photo opportunities. Found at 160 Cumberland St. in Binghampton, Wicked Ways also offers two smaller attractions which began in 2022 — Tormented Extreme Virtual Reality Encounter, which involves a VR headset, and a quick 5-minute escape room. Times, dates and tickets can all be found at wickedwayshauntedhouse.com .
Jones Orchard — Shadowlands
Jones Orchard in Millington, normally a purveyor of jams, jellies, peaches and other fruits, transforms into a spine-chilling visit every Friday-Sunday in October. Shadowlands offers two main experiences — the Festival of Fear, a corn maze "swarming with monsters and mayhem", and Hysteria, which will have fear-seekers running from hermits hungry for human meat. Visit jonesshadowlands.com for directions, tickets, hours and more.
Cedar Hill Haunted Farm
Cedar Hill Haunted Farm in Hernando features five different haunts including a daunting zero-flashlight trail that will have guests jumping at every turn. There's also a haunted barn, hayride, corn maze and apocalypse scenario where guests are armed with paintball guns to take out zombies. Visit hauntedfarm.ms for directions, tickets, hours and more.
Commercial Appeal reporter Brooke Muckerman contributed to this report.
Jacob Wilt is a news reporter for The Commercial Appeal. He can be reached at [email protected] .
The 26 Best Haunted Houses for a Seriously Scary Halloween
Ah, fall. The leaves are turning , the apple cider is brewing and the undead are chasing you through the halls of a haunted house. If your idea of a great Halloween involves being scared out of your wits, we’ve got you covered. Haunted houses around the country start opening their creaky doors in September and there’s something for everyone, whether you want lightly spooky or absolute nightmare terror. This year things are bit different due to COVID-19 safety measures, so it’s best to plan ahead and buy tickets online in advance. You’ll also want to read up on any required safety precautions, such as mask wearing. From family-friendly fun to adults-only haunts, here are 26 of the best haunted attractions around the country to experience this fall. (Warning: Some of the images and videos below are seriously scary… proceed with caution.)
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1. Knott's Scary Farm
When: September 16 to October 31, 2021
Where: Buena, CA
What to expect: Southern California’s biggest Halloween event is full of scares, including numerous haunted mazes and attractions. There are also more than 1,000 terrifying creatures wandering the amusement park, so watch where you walk. The event is recommend for those over 13 years old.
2. The Bates Motel And Haunted Hayride
When: September 24 to October 31, 2021
Where: Glen Mills, PA
What to expect: Walk through a haunted forest, filled with terrifying sets and monsters, on a trail known as the “Psycho Path” and then head into the Bates Motel, a haunted house known for its high-level special effects. Don’t miss the Revenge of the Scarecrows Haunted Corn Trail, a haunted corn maze that will send you running back to the car in fear.
3. Midnight Terror Haunted House
When: September 24 to November 6, 2021
Where: Oak Lawn, IL
What to expect: Taking up over 26,000 square feet, Midnight Terror Haunted House emphasizes using live actors to horrify its guests. There’s a lot to explore, including the “Factory of Malum” and “Black Oak Grove,” which are full of terrifying surprises. There’s an extensive story behind everything you see, making the experience all the more realistic.
4. The Haunted Trail Of Balboa Park
Where: San Diego, CA
What to expect: Explore two haunts in one location: The Haunted Trail and The eXperiment Maze. Follow a twisting trail through Balboa Park once you escape the mile-long maze, but watch out for dangers lurking behind the trees. Favorite horror icons, like Pennywise and Michael Meyers, can be found throughout the haunted attraction. This one is best for those over the age of 10.
5. Headless Horseman Hayrides And Haunted Houses
When: September 25 to October 31
Where: Ulster Park, NY
What to expect: One of the most famous haunted attractions in America, Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses covers 65 acres and includes a haunted walking trail, corn maze and five haunted houses. There are a few special children’s days where the terror is toned down for younger (or weak of heart) guests. The entire experience lasts about two hours, giving you plenty of time to enjoy everything.
6. Netherworld Haunted House
When: September 24 to November 13, 2021
Where: Stone Mountain, GA
What to expect: Walk through Stone Mountain’s famed Halloween attraction, which is filled with live actors, monsters and intense special effects. It’s regularly named one of the best haunted houses in the U.S., and it features two haunts, Netherworld and Cyber Shock, which take about 45 minutes to explore in total. The minimum age is five, although kids who scare easily should probably skip this one.
7. Shocktober Fest
When: October 1 to November 6, 2021
Where: Sinking Spring, PA
What to expect: Located on Tulleys Farm, Shocktober Fest features 10 haunts, including “The Island,” “Twisted Clowns” and “The Chop Shop.” It’s notably immersive, with lots of live actors and special effects, although the event isn’t just about the scares. There are also two stages of live music, plus bars and street food options. Bring the whole family—if you dare.
8. Bayville Scream Park
When: September 24 to November 7, 2021
Where: Bayville, NY
What to expect: Discover seven terrifying attractions at Bayville Scream Park, one of Long Island’s favorite haunted attractions. It’s intended for older kids and adults (although there are a few tamer kid’s days on the calendar) and the park also boasts a selection of food, including two full-service restaurants and two bars. Best of all, one ticket covers the entire Halloween season, so you can return to explore different haunts on multiple days if you can’t see them all at once.
9. Haunted Hills Hospital
Where: Columbia City, IN
What to expect: Join the deranged mental patients at Haunted Hills Hospital, a haunted attraction that only the truly fearless will survive. For a truly horrifying experience, book a ticket to one of the blackout days, where guests will explore the hospital in total darkness. It also includes access to the new Mayhem Midway, which features axe throwing, a live DJ, an escape room and food vendors.
10. The Haunted Mines
When: September 25 to November 6, 2021
Where: Colorado Springs, CO
What to expect: The long-standing Haunted Mines experience takes over 28,000 square feet, with 2021 embracing a bigger and even better collection of scares. Many of the sets and actors are based on mysterious real events from Colorado’s mining history, but try not to think about how much of it could be true as you venture through the rooms.
11. Field Of Screams
When: September 10 to November 13, 2021
Where: Mountville, PA
What to expect: Field of Scream is often named one of the best haunted houses in the country, and for good reason. It includes four attractions, including a hayride, two houses and a haunted woods, and it makes for a terrifying night out during the Halloween season. There are also concessions with food and drinks and live bands take the stage on several nights of the yearly event.
12. The Dent School House
When: September 17 to November 6, 2021
Where: Cincinnati, OH
What to expect: A murderous janitor roams the halls of The Dent School House, a Halloween tradition in Cincinnati. The attraction, set in an actual schoolhouse and based on a true story, gets upgraded each year, with new sets and effects throughout the rooms. All ages are welcome, although those with a low fear threshold might want to avoid these classrooms. The Dent School House has food on sale for guests, as well.
13. Haunted Overload
When: October 8 to 31, 2021
Where: Lee, NH
What to expect: Located on the DeMeritt Hill Farm, Haunted Overload’s mission in all in the name. The attraction is different from year to year, but it always hosts a nighttime haunt for adults and daytime hours for kids looking for something slightly less scary. Follow along a scary trail, where you never know what might jump out at you.
14. The 13th Floor
When: September 11 to November 6, 2021
Where: Denver, CO
What to expect: Explore a secret “13 th floor,” which is filled with sinister creatures and scares at Denver’s favorite haunted attraction. There are two separate haunted houses for 2021, “Frost-Bite” and “The Dollmaker,” both of which welcome older kids—think PG-13 and up—for a jolt of terror. Buy a skip the line ticket to avoid waiting outside ahead of entry.
15. Cutting Edge Haunted House
When: October 1 to October 31, 2021
Where: Fort Worth, TX
What to expect: Cutting Edge Haunted House is set in a 100-year-old abandoned meat packing plant, which sets the stage for the screams to come. It takes about an hour to explore the multi-themed rooms, filled with sets, actors and monsters, and visitors should prepare themselves for a fully immersive experience.
16. Fright Fest At Six Flags Great Adventure
When: September 10 to October 31, 2021
Where: Jackson, NJ
What to expect: Come during daylight hours for family-friendly scares or arrive after dark to experience the full terror of Six Flags’ annual Fright Fest. It includes live shows, a trick-or-trail trail, haunted mazes and rides, including the new Jersey Devil Coaster, which roars through eerie nighttime fog.
17. The 13th Gate
When: October 1 to November 13, 2021
Where: Baton Rouge, LA
What to expect: Intended to blur the line between reality and horror, The 13 th Gate is a 40,000-square-foot haunted house that is not for the easily scared (or for children). It takes visitors through a pirate ship, the dangerous streets of Whitechapel with Jack the Ripper, hidden subterranean passages filled with live snakes and a zombie-infested graveyard, all of which are terrifyingly realistic.
18. Pennhurst Asylum
Where: Spring City, PA
What to expect: Navigate the maximum security wing of Pennhurst Asylum, before exploring the mental hospital’s morgue and 1,200-foot tunnels, which once housed a government research facility. It’s an immersive attraction with great storytelling behind it, and visitors should be prepared for special effects that involve fire and smoke. This one is for older guests, so find a babysitter for the kids.
19. Halloween Horror Nights At Universal Studios
When: September 3 to October 31, 2021
Where: Los Angeles, CA and Orlando, FL
What to expect: Universal Studios’ annual Halloween celebration features numerous themed attractions, including a haunted house based on Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House . There are also frightening experiences based on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Beetlejuice , and it’s scary enough that kids under 13 should stay home. Visitors can also expect live shows and five special “scare zones.”
20. Cedar Point Halloweekends
When: September 17 to October 31, 2021
Where: Sandusky, OH
What to expect: For something more family-friendly, head to Cedar Point on select weekends throughout the fall. There is trick-or-treating for young kids, and haunted attractions and mazes for those a little older. Don’t miss America’s Spooky Roller Coast, which is terrifying when the sun goes down.
21. Blood Manor
Where: New York, NY
What to expect: New York City’s Broadway hosts Blood Manor, an annual haunted house that features 10,000 square feet of themed rooms and a labyrinth of passageways and corridors. It’s designed to be the most intense attraction of its kind in New York, and it’s not recommended for anyone under 14 (or for those who scare easily). The house is wheelchair accessible, so this is a good pick for anyone with limited mobility.
21. Reaper’s Revenge
Where: Scranton, PA
What to expect: There’s a lot of terror to explore at Reaper’s Revenge, an annual attraction that hosts a hayride, a horrifying carnival and several other themed haunts. A ticket includes access to all over the site’s offerings, and it can take nearly two hours to experience them all. Food is available for purchase, should you not be too nervous to eat. Keep kids under 10 at home.
22. A Petrified Forest
When: October 1 to 30, 2021
Where: Altamonte Springs, FL
What to expect: Plan a night out to A Petrified Forest, which boasts three haunted trails, live music, food trucks and activities. The haunted attractions are considered PG-13 level, but kids of all ages are welcome to attend.
23. Haunted Schoolhouse And Laboratory
When: September 18 to November 6, 2021
Where: Akron, OH
What to expect: Comprised of two separate haunted houses, Akron’s Haunted Schoolhouse and Laboratory brings double the scares for one ticket. It’s notably scary (kids are 12 should stay home) and guests can book into the even more terrifying blackout nights to creep through the attraction in the dark.
24. Frightmare Manor
Where: Talbott, TN
What to expect: Located on the site of real-life serial killer Jeremiah Lexer’s former plantation, Frightmare Manor covers 20 acres, with numerous walk-through attractions. It’s so absolutely terrifying that if you make it through the entire experience and beat the so-called “Nightmare Challenge,” you get your money back.
25. Scary Acres
Where: Hope, RI
What to expect: Head to Scary Acres to immerse yourself in three terrifying attractions, including the “Haunted Woods” and the “Master’s Castle.” There are also bonfires, food and live entertainment, making it feel like a Halloween theme park come to life. There’s no age restriction and plan for at least 90 minutes (if not longer) to go through all three haunts.
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