Looking for Halloween spookiness? We gathered up a host of ghostly fun from family-friendly to seriously spooky Halloween festivities in the Waukesha Pewaukee area this October. (***UPDATED 10/21/19***)
Get Seriously Spooked at the Wisconsin Fear Grounds
If being seriously spooked is your thing, then you must make it a point to go to the Wisconsin Fear Grounds in October, located at the Waukesha County Expo Center. The will be the last year for the Wisconsin Feargrounds with the all-new “ANARCHY”.
Morgana, her eight witch sisters and their army of minions, will unleash all manners of havoc and chaos upon all those that visit. Imagine the worst parts of the Bible and Revelations, then you have only begun to scratch the surface of the ANARCHY that will follow. Plagues, pox’s and pestilence are just the beginning of this final conflict as you journey into ‘hell’ one last time.
If you are fortunate to survive and escape ANARCHY, you will find yourself lost in the latest evil plan, the Labyrinth. Night after night, from every corner of the grounds, the spirits of year’s past wreak chaos and havoc in the confusion and misdirection known as Labyrinth. You’ll wonder what’s real and what’s a figment of your imagination when everything you think you’re sure of becomes a mirage. Find the exit or be trapped for all eternity in the Labyrinth.
Wisconsin Fear Grounds is open weekends in October. Advance tickets are available here.
Halloween Parties at Local Bars
There are even adult-friendly Halloween parties in Waukesha Pewaukee. Wear your costume to one of these parties Oct. 26:
Cue Club Annual Halloween Bash
Enjoy live music by the Milwaukee Tool Shed band, costume prizes and drink specials.
Rox Bar Orange & Black Costume Party
Stop by Rox Bar for their annual Orange & Black costume party with prizes for best costume, drink specials and DJ music starting at 9pm.
Nettie’s Irish Pub
Starting at 9pm, stop by Nettie’s Irish Pub with music by DJ Kurt.
Taylor’s People’s Park Halloween Party
Starting at 9pm, Taylor’s People’s Park will have costume prizes throughout the night, spooky decor and spooky spins with DJ Evensteve. Appetizer and drink specials.
Waukesha Ghost Walks
Waukesha Ghost Tours have spent a lot of time researching supernatural and weird stories around Waukesha. They have added new stories and content with their haunted history tour. The tour is not like a Halloween haunted house. No rent-a-ghouls have been hired to jump out and startle you. However, if you’re captivated by local folklore and Wisconsin legend tripping or just interested in sparking your imagination with strange tales about Waukesha, this tour is for you!
Meet at the corner of North Barstow and Corrina — it’s right by the entrance to the riverwalk in Downtown Waukesha. Tours start at 7:30pm and tickets are available here for October 18 26 and 27.
Halloween Legends & Lore at Old World Wisconsin
Supernatural tales brought to Wisconsin over the generations come to life as you explore the Crossroads Village after dark at this always spooky, sometimes scary, family-friendly Halloween Legends & Lore event at Old World Wisconsin. This event occurs October 18-19 and 25-26 from 5:30-9:30pm. Cost is $12 for adults and $9 for children.
Marcus Majestic Theatre October Fright Nights
Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in October, enjoy a retro Halloween fright flick at Marcus Majestic Theatre for just $6. Here is the line-up of movies Oct. 10-26:
Friday the 13th – October 10-12 A Nightmare on Elm Street October 17-19
- Halloween (1978) October 24-26
Halloween Fun Fest in Pewaukee
On October 26 from 12-1:30pm, stop by merchants on Wisconsin Avenue for Halloween Fun Fest in Pewaukee. Dress your family and furry friends in costumes, enjoy games and crafts. Dog costume contest starts at 12 at End of the Leash.
Spooky Space at Horwitz-DeRemer Planetarium
See the Spooky Space Planetarium show at the Horwitz-DeRemer Planetarium on Saturday, October 26 at 1pm. Cost is only $5. Recommended for ages 8+.
Lasertag Adventure Zombie Adventure Week
Embrace the spooky season with Zombie Adventure Week at Lasertag Adventure on Oct. 30, 31 from 6-9pm and Nov. 1-2 from 7-11pm. Special adventure where Zombies enter the Lasertag arena includes two hours of all-you-can-play, two slices of pizza, one bottomless soda for $20.
Monkey Joe's Spooktacular Fun
On Friday, October 25 during Monkey Joe’s regular business hours, kids can enjoy Halloween fun including costume prizes, trick-or-treating and raffles.
SkyZone Halloween Bash
On Saturday, October 26 from 9am-2am, kids 8-14 can dress up, jump, play Halloween-themed games at SkyZone Milwaukee. Tickets are $29.99 in advance for up to 4 hours of jump time or $34.99 the day of the event.
Even More Area Haunts
The team at Lake Country Family Fun has done some extensive research on other area Halloween haunts if none of these options work for your schedule.
If you’d like to take your littles trick-or-treating while visiting, be sure to check out this comprehensive guide to Milwaukee-area trick-or-treat times.
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The Hollow at Phantom Lake (Oct. 4-5 & 11-12, 2019)
Stroll through the family-friendly Jack O’Lantern wonderland at Hollow at Phantom Lake YMCA October 4-5 and 11-12. Over 1000 hand-carved illuminated pumpkins will adorn trails covered in pixie dust. Tickets are $12 per person.
Howl-O-Ween (Oct. 18)
Howl-O-Ween is a fun Halloween-themed evening event on October 18 from 6-8:30pm for kids 10 and younger at Retzer Nature Center. The event features night hikes, campfire, planetarium shows, kids games and crafts, and a DJ dance party. The cost is $15 per carload and food and beverages are available (for an additional cost).
Lapham Peak Fright Hike (Oct. 18 & 19, 2019)
On October 18-19 Lapham Peak State Park will be riddled with ghosts and goblins along the beautiful moonlight paths at the park from 6-8:30pm.
Jack-O-Lantern Jaunt/Halloween Haunt (Oct. 18 & 19)
Walk the haunted trails, enjoy live music and concessions by the bonfire. This event sells out fast, so advance tickets are recommended, as well as a Lapham Peak state park pass.
The Mukwonago Jack-O-Lantern Jaunt/Halloween Haunt is a family-friendly event held at Field Park in Mukwonago October 18 and 19 from 6-8pm. Cost is $2 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under. See this link for all information on where to park,etc.