Scare Yourself at These Haunted Wisconsin Attractions
From haunted paper factories to spooky ski slopes, choose your scare this spooky season in terrifying places across the state.
Haunted houses are so 2019.
With the pandemic entering its second Halloween season, many haunted Wisconsin attractions have turned to outdoor scares.
There is a huge range of offers, from those run by groups of volunteers as a fundraiser to nifty business operations that can leave you sleeping with the lights on for weeks to come.
Unless otherwise noted, attractions are open every Friday and Saturday evening in October, with special events on Sunday, October 31. Here are a few :
Sparta’s House of Shadows in a spooky old orphanage
The House of Shadows in Sparta gets top marks for historical fear as it is located in a former orphanage built in the 1930s to house abandoned and neglected children.
Locals say the old orphanage hospital is really haunted and the whole building looks spooky. La Maison des Ombres offers a less scary version from 6 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. and the super scary tour from 6.30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Boys and Girls Club of Sparta are rightly taking advantage of the event.
Merrill haunted sawmill pays homage to Wisconsin history
Merrill’s haunted sawmill also lives up to its location in one of the great industries of the Northwoods. (People old enough to remember the 1990s know that there was in fact a murder in a factory in which the victim was thrown into the tub of a Green Bay paper mill.)
The Merrill Sawmill is haunted by the ghost of an undead carpenter named Vincent Mudgett.
This attraction benefits the Friends of Vincent Foundation, which supports children in the Merrill neighborhood. They also involved the youth of the region in the planning and organization of the event. The sawmill opens on October 8.
Terror in Tyrol brings mad ghouls to the ski slope
A haunted ski resort? Why not?
The Terror of the Tyrol Basin, located near Mount Horeb in southern Wisconsin, made its show in the woods. Visitors ride a chairlift to the top of the hill, then follow a trail that winds through the woods.
Along the way, they’ll meet professional actors and four attractions, including Onslaught, Hecate’s Labyrinth, The Twisted Woods, and The Scrapyard. Those who survive will find themselves at the bottom of the tube hill, where the “magic carpet” elevator will take them back to the parking lot.
Screamin ‘Acres haunts a cornfield near Stoughton
One of the top haunted attractions in the Madison area is Screamin ‘Acres, located on Eugster Farm between Stoughton and Oregon.
The lair includes The Meat Market, where local butchers have turned into zombies in search of fresh meat; Crawl Space, an underground bunker with a tunnel entrance on the edge of the cornfield; The Last Resort, which has an evil-Nazi-scientific theme straight out of “Indiana Jones”; Side effects, a confusing maze; and Deathtrap, which this year offers “shock therapy”.
Screamin ‘Acres is not open on Halloween.
The Oconto County Terror Trail is Wisconsin’s longest haunted trail
According to the residents of Haunted Wisconsin, who visit and rank these attractions, the Northwoods Trail located half an hour north of Green Bay near Brookside is the longest haunted hike in the state.
It promises 20 acres of weird woodland experiences.
2021 is the venue’s final year, so go now or regret it forever.
The trail opens on October 9 and is open on October 15, 16, 22, 23 and 29.
Wisconsin Fear Fest is new this year near Beaver Dam
The organizers of this event, located at the Dodge County Fairgrounds, claim to have visited 57 other haunted places and selected the spookiest elements of each.
In addition to the haunted houses, the site will feature ax throwing, paintball, food and drink. Entry to the Fear Fest grounds and parking will be free.
However, several activities require admission. Admission is required for the outer haunted house, Blackout Biohazard, which has a zombie theme, and the inner house, The 13th Ward Asylum, which features a spooky hospitable setting. Fear Fest opens October 8.
Abandoned haunted house complex receives national kudos
This place, close to Milwaukee and Chicago, is located off I-94 in the village of Mount Pleasant.
The Wall Street Journal wrote it to be among the haunted houses “giving new life to zombie malls.” It features four distinct attractions: Ambush, Hysteria, Tracker, and Ax Throwing, which organizers say will set you up for the zombie apocalypse.
Billed as “the fear capital of the Midwest,” the venue is open Friday and Saturday evenings in October and the first weekend in November.
Neenah Burial Chamber will bury you alive in a terrifying pit
This sister attraction of the Abandoned Haunted House complex features two haunted houses: Madness and Adrenaline. It also has the Phobia Haunted Woods, an outdoor attraction.
New this year is a scare called Buried Alive Trapped, in which you and up to 30 people will be “buried alive” in a pit filled with 80,000 black balls. Organizers promise it will be “really terrifying for the claustrophobic”. Open the same program as the haunted complex; some passes are good at both sites.