15 haunted attractions to get scared at around Milwaukee this Halloween season
With Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew, football games and apple picking comes haunted houses, ghost walks and creepy corn mazes.
Whether you're begging someone to go on a Halloween adventure (you may or may not survive), or you're the one being asked (read: forced), here are 15 places to get freaked out this fall in the metro Milwaukee area.
1. The Hill Has Eyes
WHAT: The Hill Has Eyes features five outdoor haunted attractions: Containment - A Hooded Experience, Failed Escape, Hunger Hollow, Scare Lift and Carnivore, all of which span 45 acres, according to its website. A Not So Scary Halloween Party for guests ages 6-12 will be offered from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 and 25.
ADDRESS: The Rock Sports Complex at Ballpark Commons, 7005 S. Ballpark Drive, Franklin
HOURS: Box office hours are 6:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Sunday and 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Attractions open at 7 p.m. Thursday and Sunday and 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The attractions are open Sept. 27-29, Oct. 3-6, 10-13, 17-20, 24-27 and Oct. 31-Nov. 2.
PRICE: $30 to $38 for general admission on-site, and $35 to $43 online. $45 to $53 for a VIP speed pass. Tickets for the Not So Scary Halloween Party are $15, or $20 for a VIP speed pass.
WARNING: All participants must fill out a waiver, and those younger than 18 must have a parent or guardian sign a waiver. The waiver warns that participants will be shocked by an electric current. Participants should not enter if they have a pacemaker or heart condition, a physical condition impairing their ability to safely navigate haunted forest trails, a mental condition impairing their ability to safely handle stressful environments, are pregnant, claustrophobic or sensitive to strobe lights.
2. The Dark Carnival Haunted House
WHAT: A haunted house with more than 40 rooms of "fear-inducing actors, special effects, lighting, and sound," its website says.
ADDRESS: 212 E. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc
HOURS: Ticket check-in is from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 5, 11-12, 18-19, and 25-26. Doors open at 7 p.m.
PRICE: $20 for general admission and $25 for a fast pass
WARNING: Attendees ages 10-12 need parental supervision. Those ages 4-11 are welcome to attend a "Lights on Day" at the haunted house from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 26, which costs $5 per person online and $7 at the door.
3. Port Washington Ghost Walk, Hunt
WHAT: The ghost walk "explores ghost stories and sightings in paranormal Port Washington," according to its website. Ghost hunts can be added to ghost walks, where attendees get outfitted with equipment and spend time with investigators.
ADDRESS: The tour starts at the Wisconsin Chair Co. historical marker next to Dockside Deli, 218 E. Main St., Port Washington
HOURS: The original Port Washington Ghost Walk runs six times each night, Oct. 25-26. Start times are from 7 to 9:40 p.m. The Port Washington Ghost Walk and Ghost Hunt: Cemetery is at 10 p.m. Oct. 25-26. The Port Washington Ghost Walk and Hunt: Mystery Downtown Location is at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Oct. 19, and 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25-26.
PRICE: $16 for the original Port Washington Ghost Walk, $36 for the Port Washington Ghost Walk and Ghost Hunt: Cemetery, $36 for the Port Washington Ghost Walk and Hunt: Mystery Downtown Location. Online registration is recommended. Walk-ins, if available, are cash only.
WARNING: Participants must be older than 13. The ghost walk is about two hours; the ghost walk with a cemetery ghost hunt is more than three hours, and the ghost walk with a mystery downtown location is more than two hours.
4. The Haunt
WHAT: The Haunt is a haunted house inside a county fair show barn. "On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being a pumpkin patch and 10 being pee-your-pants-scary), we are about a 6," according to its website. It's been put on for 13 years, and is a fundraiser for Ozaukee County 4-H.
ADDRESS: Ozaukee County Fairgrounds, W67 N866 Washington Ave., Cedarburg
HOURS: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11-26
WARNING: Recommended for those older than 11 years old. Anyone younger than 13 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
It takes about two hours and numerous artists to create all of the creatures wandering about The Haunt at the Ozaukee County Fairgrounds in Cedarburg.
5. Wisconsin Fear Grounds
WHAT: This year's Wisconsin Fear Grounds haunted houses are Anarchy, the "final battle between good and evil," and Labyrinth, which has "chaos and misdirection." This is the Fear Grounds last year, according to its website.
ADDRESS: Waukesha Expo Center Grounds, 1000 Northview Road, Waukesha
HOURS: 7 to 11:30 p.m. Oct. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, and 25-26, and 7 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 20 and 24.
PRICE: $20 for a standard ticket, $30 for a fast pass, and $15 for early bird tickets, which are limited in quantity for guests who arrive between 7 and 8 p.m. All tickets include both haunted houses. Cash only on site.
WARNING: Not recommended for children younger than 10.
6. Spooky Stalks Haunted Cornfield
WHAT: Spooky Stalks Haunted Cornfield is filled with Halloween-themed scenery, illusions, and scary surprises, according to its website.
ADDRESS: 12000 W. Appleton Ave., Milwaukee
HOURS: 7 to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 11-12, 18-19, and 25-26. Additional dates might be added.
PRICE: $13 cash only
WARNING: Not recommended for children younger than 12. Those 18 and
younger must be accompanied by an adult.
7. Fright Hike
WHAT: The 22nd annual Fright Hike is a more than 1-mile trail in Lapham Peak State Park that will have wandering characters and skits. Live music and concessions by a bonfire will follow.
ADDRESS: Evergreen parking lot at Lapham Peak State Park, W329 N846 Highway C, Delafield, in the Kettle Moraine State Forest Lapham Peak Unit.
HOURS: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 18-19
PRICE: $10 online and $15 cash only at the door, if available. Lapham Peak State Park requires a $5 per vehicle fee or valid annual state park sticker to access the park.
WARNING: Recommended for children older than 12. There could be uneven, dark, and muddy forest trails, the website says.
8. Milwaukee Ghost Walks
WHAT: During the more than 1.5-hour walking tour around the Historic Third Ward, guests hear haunted history, ghost stories, Fortean folklore and recent reports of paranormal activity, all documented through historical research, archival newspaper reports and firsthand accounts, according to its website.
ADDRESS: Tours depart from St. Paul Avenue and Water Street, in front of the Milwaukee Public Market, 400 N. Water Street.
HOURS: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26, and Nov. 1-2
PRICE: $20 online
WARNING: The walk covers 1.5 miles.
9. The Fear District
WHAT: The Fear District has three separate 3,600-square-foot haunted areas: Dead Man's Wharf, Scare Acres and Vampire Village. There will be themed food and drinks for sale, and scary movies will be played on a handful of nights.
ADDRESS: The Fear District has entrances at the south end at North Phillips and West Highland avenues; from the east at The Beer Garden, 1133 N. Old World 3rd St.; and at the north end near Phillips and West Juneau avenues.
HOURS: 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26-Nov. 3.
PRICE: Admission of $20 for adults and $15 for children allows a walk through each within a period of two hours. A $25 flex pass will allow attendees to walk through the haunted attractions without time constraints. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time online at ticketmaster.com or at the Fiserv Forum ticket office. There will be an onsite ticket booth during hours of operations.
WARNING: Each attraction has kid-friendly options during the day, but they will become more adult-oriented haunted houses after 6 p.m. Adult attendees should not wear consumes that cover the face.
The Deer District has been transformed for Halloween into the Fear District with haunted houses, Halloween movie screenings and themed food and drink. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
10. The Darkside Haunted Adventure
WHAT: The Darkside Haunted Adventure spans more than 40 acres and has six haunts: The Descent, Twilight Nightmare, Backwoods Revenge, Mephistopheles Lair, Schizophrenia and Foxglove Nursery. There's also a midway area with a light show and food, according to its website.
ADDRESS: N1255 Hoard Road, Ixonia
HOURS: It's open Oct. 5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26, 31, and Nov. 1-2. Ticket sales are from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. for Zombie Expedition paintball and 6:30 to 10 p.m. for The Dark Side Haunted Adventure. Both start at 7 p.m. and run until all guests have finished.
PRICE: $30 for the entire Haunted Adventure, $15 for Zombie Expedition paintball, and $40 for a combo ticket with Zombie Expedition paintball and a fast pass to the Haunted Adventure.
WARNING: Recommended for those older than 12.
11. Death: A Grave Undertaking
WHAT: Death: A Grave Undertaking is a 90-minute, docent-led walking tour through "some of Cedarburg's most haunted historic stops," its website says.
ADDRESS: Tours begin and end at the Cedarburg Cultural Center, W62 N546 Washington Ave., Cedarburg
HOURS: 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. Oct. 18, 19 and 25. Ten groups of 20 leave every 15 minutes.
PRICE: $18 in advance and $25 at the door, if available
WARNING: Content is geared for those older than 12. There is no seating or bathrooms. Sidewalks may be dark, leaf-covered, wet or uneven, the website says.
12. 3-D Haunted House and Museum
WHAT: A three-level haunted house. The first level has four rooms with different themes, the second level features a stairwell that guests have to navigate through, and the third level is a dungeon. The Left for Dead option gives groups of six or fewer a mission to find either a lost child or object in the house while staff tries to catch them. Once a participant is touched three times, they're eliminated. A museum featuring "weird and twisted" items is at the top of the building.
ADDRESS: 3124 N. Seventh St., Milwaukee
HOURS: 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 4:30 to 11:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday year-round.
WARNING: Left for Dead participants must sign a waiver and be older than 9.
13. Waukesha Ghost Walks
WHAT: Waukesha Ghost Walks are haunted history tours, where guests learn "supernatural and weird stories" about Waukesha, according to its website.
ADDRESS: Walks start at the corner of North Barstow Street and Corrina Boulevard, by the entrance to the Riverwalk in downtown Waukesha
HOURS: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4-5
PRICE: $20 online
WARNING: Dress appropriately for walking outside, including walking shoes. The tour runs even in cold temperatures and light rain.
14. iCombat zombie laser tag
WHAT: iCombat is putting on Halloween sessions with actors in zombie costumes and a Hollywood-style movie set, according to a news release. The zombies attack two teams of laser tag players. Players have to shoot the zombies to temporarily stop them. If a zombie gets within 5 feet of a player, the player is dead.
ADDRESS: 1023 Spring City Drive, Waukesha
HOURS: After 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday Oct. 18-26.
PRICE: $35 for a 60-minute session. Reservations are encouraged and can be made at barracks.icombat.com, or by calling 855-454-4426.
WARNING: Due to the intense action, players must be 13 or older, a press release says.
15. Milwaukee Haunted History Pub (Bar) Crawl Tour
WHAT: A City Tours MKE guide will take attendees "back in time to walk the footsteps of the city’s most acclaimed haunted locations," according to its website. The three-hour tour will take place on and off a cruiser or bus. Two drinks, light-up glassware and instructions on how to use divining rods and ghost meters are included.
ADDRESS: Tours meet in downtown Milwaukee. The ticket will list the exact location.
HOURS: Bus tours run at 4, 6 and 7 p.m. Oct. 4, 13, 18-19, 25 and 31, 6 p.m. Oct. 5 and 26, and 4 and 7 p.m. Oct. 11-12. Cruiser-style tours run at 7 p.m. every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in October, plus Sunday, Oct. 13.
PRICE: $40 for bus tours and $65 for cruiser-style tours
WARNING: Attendees must be at least 21 years old. Bringing a camera is recommended since some stops have "active ghost sightings," the website says.