Halloween: Frightfully good fun
October is one of my favorite months — the weather is neither too hot nor too cold, the trees and greenery are ablaze with color, the mosquitoes have dissipated and the number of fun things to do has proliferated. Halloween can be celebrated by all no matter what age or religion. It can be simple fun for families, like a corn maze or ghoulish fun like a haunted house or zombie laser tag. Check out our list of Halloween haunts below.
If you need a more structured event — say for a bigger crowd, take in the Hallowe'en Legends and Lore program this weekend at Old World Wisconsin historical site in Eagle. Listen to family friendly spooky stories and fun activities from Wisconsin's past.
If you want to scare yourself silly, a haunted house or barn might be in order. Whitewater's Fuzzy Pig's Shockwave Haunts are held Friday and Saturday — be aware this is an adult comedy haunted house paired with a more frightening house.
And if you want to know just how much of these paranormal activities are real and how much is just plan fun, attend the sixth annual Burlington Vortex Conference this weekend. There are sessions on UFOs, paranormal sightings, crop circles, alien abductions and the ancient history of the mound builders.
Take a tour of the haunted woods or get a psychic reading. Get more info at burlington news.net/burlingtonvortexconference.html.
Shockwave Haunts, Fridays and Saturdays through October, featuring adult comedy haunted house plus three frighteningly fun haunted houses, The Fuzzy Pig, N8660 Clover Valley Road, Whitewater. (262) 473-4574, shockwavehaunts.com
Haunted barn and haunted hay ride, Fridays and Saturdays through October, from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., Pearce's Farm Stand, W5740 N. Walworth Road, Walworth. (262)?374-0325, pearcefarms.com
Zombie Laser Tag, Fridays through Sundays in October, Geneva Ridge Resort (in the Haunted Forest), W4240 Wisconsin Highway 50, Lake Geneva. Zombies are roaming the countryside — your job is to survive until the extraction team arrives. (262) 729-0711, zombiesundead.com
Haunted Hayride, Fridays through Sundays in October, from 6 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays and from 6 p.m. to midnight Sundays, Dan Patch Stables, 2036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva. (262) 215-5303, danpatchstables.com
Spirit Hill Farm Pumpkinland, Saturdays and Sundays in October, with haunted barn, kids' maze, pumpkin patch, 7325 S. Wisconsin Highway 140, Clinton (I-43 exit 6, south). Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. (608) 449-0536, spirithillpumpkinland.com
Boo in the Bay, Oct. 25, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. with Spooky Walk beginning at the Lions Field House with family walk suitable for all ages and haunted spooky walk for fourth grade and older. Bonfire, ghost stories, music, prizes and games. (262)?245-2720, wbrecdept.com
Scare on the Square, Oct. 26, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Veterans Park, Elkhorn. Kids can enjoy an obstacle course, drawing booth, costume contest, storytelling. First 200 children will receive a free pumpkin.
Zombie Pub Crawl, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. Trot out that rotting flesh for a horrifying night on the Woodstock Square, downtown Woodstock, Ill. Ages 21 and above. thehauntedsquare.com
Boo in the Bay Pumpkin races, Oct. 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Barrett Memorial Library, 65 W. Geneva St., Williams Bay. For all ages — make your own wheel set or reserve one with a deposit. (262) 245-2720, wbrecdept.com
Trick or Treat on the street inside the Geneva Lake Museum, Oct. 27, from noon to 1 p.m., 255 Mill St., Lake Geneva. (262) 249-6060, genevalakemuseum.org
Children's Halloween Party, Oct. 27, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., with own of hayrides, costume contest, snacks and candy, clown, magician and face painting. Delavan Community Park, Wisconsin Highway 50 and South Shore Drive, Delavan. (262) 740-2335
Halloween Costume Bowling Tournament, Oct. 28, at 6:30 p.m. at Hawk Bowl, 1398 W Main St., Whitewater. (262) 473-9980
Hallowe'en Legends and Lore, Oct. 25-26, Old World Wisconsin historical site, W372 S9727 Wisconsin Highway 67, Eagle. Listen to family friendly spooky stories and fun activities from Wisconsin's past. Tickets:(262) 594-6301