TCD’s 2013 Halloween Guide
From spooky adventures and costume parties to family-friendly fare, TCD has your list for what events to haunt this Halloween season.
October is finally here, and there’s almost more exciting, autumnal novelties to look forward to, including cozy sweater weather, the changing leaves, and pumpkin-flavored everything. It means that Halloween is right around the corner, and TCD wants you to be fully equipped for every haunted happening that Milwaukee has to offer, from pumpkin patches to booze cruises. With this comprehensive Halloween guide, you’re sure to find the right level of fright for you.
We’re starting off with haunted houses, but if your October adventures of choice are more family-friendly, grown-up or outside the city, click on those links to get right to what you’re looking for.
This haunted house was built in the late 1800s and was the scene of a horrendous murder in 1943. Since then, strange things have been happening in the building, and many say they can feel the eerie sensation of a ghostly presence when they walk through the door.
- Where: 734 W. Historic Mitchell St.
- When: Every Friday and Saturday in October from 7–11:30 p.m (the house closes early at 10 p.m. Oct. 20, 27, and 31)
See how much fright the largest haunt in Wisconsin has to offer when you enter this 20,000-square-foot haunted house. Not only will you encounter more than 70 unearthly creatures and zombies, but you also get two haunts for the price of one!
- Where: State Fair Park, Gate 4, 1200 S. 84th St.
- When: Every Friday-Sunday from Oct. 11–Oct. 27.
- Fridays from 7 p.m.–midnight
- Saturdays, “Lights On” tour 3-5 p.m.; regular tours from 6 p.m.–midnight
- Sundays 6–9 p.m.
- Hauntfest is also open from 7-10 p.m. Oct. 17, 23, 24, 30, and 31 and November 1 and 2
Journey into this haunted cornfield where it may be difficult to distinguish props from real creatures. You will encounter things like abandoned cars, a dizzying vortex, and the undead, so be wary of your surroundings.
- Where: 12000 W. Appleton Ave.
- When: Oct. 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 & Nov 1-2 from 7–10:30 p.m., weather permitting
This trilogy of terror features three separate haunted houses in which they’ve “taken fear to the next level.” Come see why the Wisconsin Fear Grounds have been rated the best haunted house in Wisconsin four years in a row, but don’t come alone.
- Where: 1000 Northview Rd., Waukesha
- When: Every Friday and Saturday from Oct. 4–Nov. 2 from 7–11:30 p.m.
- Additional dates: Oct. 24 & 31 from 7–10 p.m.
This is one house that won’t make you feel at home. It’s been around for 30 years, making it one of the oldest and scariest in Southeastern Wisconsin.
- Where: St. Gabriel School (formerly St. Hubert School), 3733 Hubertus Rd., Hubertus
- When: Every Friday and Saturday in October
- Fridays starting at 7 p.m.
- Saturdays starting at 6:30 p.m.
If you think this century-old farmhouse looks creepy from the outside, wait until you get in. With three floors to overcome, you’ll start at the top and work your way down into the cellar, where your screams won’t be heard by the outside world.
- Where: 620 Baehring Drive, Slinger
- When: Every Friday and Saturday from Oct. 4-Nov. 2
- Fridays from 7–11 p.m.
- Saturdays from 6:30–11 p.m.
- Kids’ matinee, Oct. 19, 12–4 p.m.
- Additional dates: Oct. 24, 7–10 p.m.
Next up, a mix of family-friendly options, including locations for a variety of local pumpkin patches. If there’s any local haunted houses we’ve missed, feel free to let us know in the comments!