Haunted house guide, 2011
Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on Sept. 25, 2011 at 9:02 a.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on OnMilwaukee.com, but it's possible some details, specials and offers may have changed. As always, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the businesses mentioned in the guide.
If you're looking for a good way to get your blood pumping this Halloween, a visit to any of these area haunted houses should do the trick. Combining rooms of terror, corn mazes and spooky hikes, local businesses, organizations and schools set out to scare you senseless.
Times, dates and details of each haunted house vary, so be sure to check individual websites for additional information.
Bear Den Haunted Woods
Bear Den Zoo
6831 Big Bend Road, Waterford
$12 for ages 12 and older (not recommended for young children)
Fridays and Saturdays 7-11 p.m.
Take your "final ride" into the Haunted Woods via hearse or hayride, then brave the elements and a cast of spooky spirits as you navigate the scary side of the great outdoors.
The Corn at Linder's Farm
19075 W. Cleveland Ave., New Berlin
$10 per person, or $9 with a non-perishable food item
Fridays and Saturdays 7-11:30 p.m.
Prepare to be frightened in a mile-long journey through a corn maze that's been haunted since the 1860s. Three ghostly farmhands still lurk the soil, waiting for any that dare to pass through after dark.
Dominion of Terror
2024 N. 15th St., Sheboygan
$13 per person ($2 off coupons available at Sheboygan Q-Marts)
Fridays and Saturdays (Wednesday-Monday Oct. 26-31) 7-10 p.m.
Over 30 years of terror will be unleashed in a maze of blood-chilling rooms. Brave it if you dare, or pay the Dominion a visit during daylight for a not-so-spooky children's matinee trick-or-treat Oct. 22.
Dr. S. Cary's Haunted House and Corn Maze
N551 Wishing Well Dr., Fort Atkinson
$12 per person (online discounts available)
Fridays and Saturdays 7-10:30 p.m.
Dare to brave 3,600 square feet of horror-filled haunted house. Just when you think you've made it out alive, the 2,700-square-foot special effects maze routes you right back in for round two of terror. Come by day Friday through Sunday for a family-friendly corn maze adventure, inflatables and a visit to the pumpkin patch.
Emslie's Haunted Barn
2731 Northview Road, Waukesha
$3 in the morning and $8 at night for haunted barn; $2 and $4 for the hayride
Fridays and Saturdays 7-10 p.m.
A true choose-your-own haunted adventure. Bring the family by day throughout the month of October for a matinee tour of the haunted barn and other farm fun, or come around after dark Fridays or Saturdays for a chilling trip through the woods on a hayride and barn tour as the grounds come alive with scares for thrillseekers young and old alike.
Lapham Peak State Park
W329 N849 Hwy C, Delafield
$5 per person plus $7 car admission
Friday and Saturday (Halloween weekend only) 5:30-9 p.m.
Take the one-mile hike through the terrifying trails of Lapham Peak State Park as you pass by dark and scary scenes along your path.
Hartford Jaycees Haunted House
620 Baehring Dr., Slinger
$12 per person, $5 children's matinee (Oct. 22)
Fridays 7-11 p.m., Saturdays 6:30-11 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27, 7-10 p.m.
Travel down the wooded path toward the century-old three-story haunted farmhouse, where the smell of fear and chainsaw gas lingers in the cool night air. Journey through endless rooms and corridors through all three floors and into the cellar, where the scares get scarier and the screams get louder.
Unlike the traditional haunted house, Haunt Spots tours are self-guided road trips. You download the tour itinerary and audio stories and explore at your own pace. No guides, no crowds and no one spoiling the fun. As you travel to each destination, you and your friends listen to an audio story filled with history and reported ghostly activity. Each tour also includes a detailed "caper" which guides you through the step-by-step process of making your own personal paranormal connection.
Haunted Cornfield at Meadowbrook Pumpkin Farm
2970 Mile View Road, West Bend
$20 per person
Fridays and Saturdays 8-11 p.m.
Trek through six acres of cornfield as creatures come to life, the fog rolls in and eerie sounds fill the night air. The waiting area offers a deceptively cozy bonfire to tell scary stories around before your number's up. Visit by day for family-friendly scares and matinee prices ($12.50, or $8 for kids 7 and under).
550 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc
$15 per person ($2 off coupon available online)
Fridays, Saturdays and Thursdays (Oct. 20 and 27) 7-11 p.m.
Situated in a vacated 1900s (rumored to be haunted) school, Haunted High greets its student body with over 60,000 square feet and three floors of decrepit hallways, a 20-foot vortex tunnel of terror, mirror maze and a host of ghoulish school spirits. Stop by for Lights On Day, Oct. 23, too.
Haunted History Ghost Walk
Muskego Settlement Centre
W180 S8100 Racine Ave., Muskego
$10 per person
Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22 7-10 p.m.
Tour the Settlement Centre and grounds on a ghoulish ghost walk. The Muskego Players will bring ghost stories to life in each building ... any maybe even raise some unexpected spirits!
4585 S. 76th St.
$20 general admission (early bird and "lights on" discounts available)
Fridays and Saturdays; select Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays (also open Halloween)
Hauntfest is back with an all-new location and all-new theme. Hollywood Halloween has resurrected demons and murderers from films of the past and brought them together for a season full of thrills and chills. The Last Ride also returns this year to give guests the final ride of their lives - into the grave.
Hubertus House of Horror
3733 Hubertus Road, Hubertus
$12 per person
Fridays 7-11 p.m. and Saturdays 6:30-11 p.m.
Terror awaits you at the Hubertus House of Horror schoolhouse every Friday and Saturday night in October. Going on 28 years, this granddaddy of Wisconsin haunts is one of the area's longest-running haunted houses.
Kemper Center Ghost Tours
6501 Third Ave., Kenosha
$15 tour admission, $7 prison admission, $17 combo
Fridays through Sundays 7-11:30 p.m.
This over-100-year-old institution is reopening its doors weekends in October for tours of the Kemper Center Haunted House and "prison." Long said to be one of the most haunted structures in Wisconsin, the Kemper Center is airing its secrets, scares and haunted things that go "bump" in the night.
Mars Haunted House
734 W. Mitchell St.
$12 for adults, $10 for children (must be accompanied by an adult)
Fridays and Saturdays 7-11:30 p.m., Sunday Family Nights (plus Oct. 27 and 31) 7-10 p.m.
Located on the second floor of a historic commercial building on the corner of 8th and Mitchell Streets, this haunt has drawn lines around the block for nearly two decades with its high-intensity scares and claims of actual spirits lingering in the building. Expect even more crowds this year, as the house has been completely upgraded for 2011. Mars promises visitors guaranteed frights by their ghouls and goblins - or the real thing.
5121 W. Howard Ave.
$9 general admission
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 7 p.m.
Grab dinner at Paulo's Pizza and then head to the basement to find the restaurant's dirty secret. Uncover zombie activity, hideous monsters and human experimentation. Recommended for individuals 10 years old and above.
Ozaukee County Fair Grounds
W67 N866 Washington Ave., Cedarburg
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-29 6-10 p.m.
$10 (cash only)
Get ready for some intense scares out in Cedarburg. If you make it all the way through alive, you can return for round two for half price that night only.
Port Washington Ghost Walk
Downtown Port Washington
Saturday, Oct. 29 7-9 p.m.
$13 per person in advance, $16 at the tour
Take a candlelight ghost walk through paranormal Port Washington, ending in a mysterious mini-tour of the city's notorious necropolis. Tours step off every half hour.
Racine's Factory of Fear
Old Factory Building
615 S. Marquette St., Racine
Thursdays 7-10 p.m., Friday through Sunday 7 p.m.- 12 a.m.
$12.50 per person, $10 with student I.D. (Saturdays only)
Now entering its third year of demented torture, the 25,000-square-foot Factory of Fear is located in a century-old factory with its own chilling history. Guaranteed to keep you up at night, this gathering place of the psychotic, wicked and undead awaits your arrival.
Six Feet Under
Masonic Lodge #37
317 South St., Waukesha
$10 in advance, $12 at the door (cash only)
Fridays, Oct. 21 and 28 7-11:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Oct. 22 and 29 6-11:30 p.m.
Legend has it that the story of the Hound of the Baskervilles sprang into life when Sherlock Holmes set out to solve a murder. Today, this beast and others like it lurk deep within the bowels of infamous Baskerville Hall - howling, hungry and awaiting visitors. Brand new for 2011, this interactive haunted attraction brings thrillseekers face-to-face with an ancient horror as Holmes and Watson embark on a mission to find Baskerville's missing heir in the labyrinth of danger and certain death. Do you have the courage to join the search?
Spooky Stalks Haunted Cornfield
12000 W. Appleton Ave.
$10 per person ($3 off opening weekend admission with three non-perishable food donations)
Fridays and Saturdays 7-11 p.m.
Situated on the outskirts of Milwaukee lies a parcel of haunted land cursed by ancient spirits. This unique outdoor experience takes visitors through twists and turns of a truly haunted cornfield. Spooky Stalks is not recommended for children under 12 years old.
Terror on Rural Street
147 N. Rural St., Hartford
$12 per person
Fridays and Saturdays, 7-10:30 p.m.
Terror on Rural Street is a 17-room haunted house with many high tech effects and over 30 costumed actors. Animatronic effects are mixed with live actors to bring you a new level of fear.
Waukesha County Expo Center
1000 Northview Road, Waukesha
$13 for Morgan Manor and $30 for all four haunted houses
Fridays and Saturdays (daily Oct. 26-31) 7-11:30 p.m.
More than 55,000 square feet of terror await you at this three-in-one horrific haunt. Visit Morgan Manor, Morgana's Torment and Unstable all in one terrifying location.
Hey! Thanks for including the Port Washington Ghost Walk. The link to the website is actually http://www.capercompany.com/halloween2010.html
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