Spooky Fun Around Washington County
Looking for something spooky to do with your little ghosts and goblins this October? We’ve compiled a list of the best *family friendly* creepy activities near Washington County. Take a peek….if you dare!
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Meadowbrook Creepy Cornfield (West Bend)
Explore a PG version of Meadowbrook’s Haunted Cornfield. No actors… just creepy props and a corn maze for your family to solve. Available days (10am-6pm), Sunday & Thursday nights (6pm-10pm) and Tuesday & Wednesday nights (6pm-8pm). Closed Mondays. Admission prices vary.
Marcus Theatres Flick or Treat (Menomonee Falls, Mequon, Waukesha)
Head over to Marcus Theatres on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings this October to watch some of your favorite spooky kids’ movies. Admission is $3 for all.
Dwelling of Despair and Forest of Fear (Slinger)
Ready to get spooked? Check out the children’s matinees at this popular Slinger Haunted House. Visit October 14th and 22nd from Noon-4pm. The lights are on and admission is $6/person.
Night Runs – Pumpkin Train Rides MLES (Jackson)
Late night fun for little ones! Head over to MLES Railroad Park (on the border of Jackson and Cedarburg) on Friday nights in October for Pumpkin Train Rides in the Dark. Your kids will love seeing all of the lights, pumpkins and decorations that have been hung for this fun event. (Free Admission – Oct 6, 13, and 20, 6:30-9pm)
Halloween Candlelight Cave Tour (Chilton – 50 mins N of Kewaskum)
Enjoy a family-oriented evening exploring Ledge View’s trails and caves by candlelight, and meet some unusual personalities with strange stories to tell. The minimum recommended age is 5 years old with parent. ($6/person. Friday, Oct. 20 5:30-8:30pm & Saturday, Oct. 21 4:30-8:30pm)
Luminary Night Walk (West Bend)
Enjoy the night at Lac Lawrann Conservancy with luminary lighted trails, readings from scary tales, and stargazing. End your evening with a campfire and refreshments. No registration required! (Free admission – Saturday, Oct. 28 6:30-8:30pm)
Autumn Night Hike (Horicon)
Dress in your Halloween costume and enjoy a night hike on the marsh. Test your senses and uncover the truths about some mythical stories! (Free admission – Saturday, Oct. 21 7-8pm)
Happily Haunted Gardens (Sheboygan)
Experience Bookworm Gardens at night as thousands of twinkling lights illuminate the gardens for two weekends of not-so-scary fun! Wander the bewitched and glowing gardens, trick-or-treat at the treat stations, listen to book characters read aloud, and come dressed in your costume for lots of fun! (Admission is $5/person. Event dates are: Oct 20-21 & Oct 26-28, 5-8pm)
P.S. We think Bookworm Gardens is worth the drive!
Trails & Treats: Hallow’s Eve Hike (Saukville)
Meet some amazing creatures of the night up close and personal at this Riveredge Nature Center Event. Take an evening hike, carve pumpkins, and listen in to creepy tales around the campfire. Costumes are welcome and advanced registration is required. (Cost Per Child: Non-members: $9.00. Event is October 22, 6-9:30pm)
Spooktacular (Fond Du Lac)
Spooky fun at the Children’s Museum of Fond Du Lac. Families are welcome to participate in a costume contest and parade, enjoy fun crafts and games, and make a delicious treat at the Caramel Apple Bar. After families make their way through the dark hallways and tunnels, they’ll stumble upon a Mad Scientist in her laboratory and her monstrous experiment in a show that is both spooky and full of laughs. (Friday, Oct. 20, 4-7pm. Admission is $6/person.)
Lapham Peak Fright Hike (Delafield)
Each Halloween, for two nights only, the beautiful moonlit paths of Lapham Peak State Park are riddled with ghosts and goblins. Walk the haunted trails, if you dare! Afterwards, enjoy live music and concessions by the bonfire. Purchase your tickets online to secure a spot – this event sold out last year! (October 20 & 21, 6-8:30pm, $7/person)
Head to Retzer Nature Center for a Halloween themed evening, filled with not-so-spooky entertainment and activities the whole family will enjoy, including guided hikes, a DJ dance, crafts, games, planetarium shows, and more! (Friday, Oct. 13, Admission is $15 per carload.)
Night at the Zoo (West Bend)
Come enjoy the Shalom Wildlife Zoo at night (walking only). Wear a costume, bring a flashlight & some marshmallows to roast over a fire by the bears. (October 27, 28 & 29, Special evening hours until 9PM). Normal zoo admission applies.