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Spooky Halloween Activities in the Madison Area


Halloween is fast approaching, and just the month of October is enough to put many in a spooky mood. Some stay home and binge the thrillers on Netflix, and some seek out a more “in person” experience. Here are a few of the best ways for families of all ages to enjoy the Halloween season in the Madison area:

  1. Downtown Middleton Trick-or-Treat, Middleton While many Halloween activities are too spooky for the little ones (or for those who just don’t like scary things!), the Downtown Middleton Trick-or-Treat is perfect for trick-or-treaters of all ages.

  2. Haunted Hustle Marathon, Middleton If you’re feeling ambitious, sign up for this two-day Halloween weekend event featuring a half marathon, 10k run, 5k run, 5k stroller derby, and kids’ race. There will also be a costume contest with First through Third place for both individual and group costumes, so come dressed up!

  3. Haunted Straw Maze at Hermanson Pumpkin Patch, Edgerton A charming pumpkin patch by day and a haunted straw maze by night, Hermanson Pumpkin Patch has it all! Stop by during the fall season for some farm fun, and some nighttime haunts.

  4. Ghost Outpost Haunted House, Wisconsin Dells Rumor has it the Ghost Outpost features a man-eating rat, a maze with twisted torture victims, and many other bone-chilling chambers that are perfect for your pre-Halloween festivities.

  5. Ghost Boat Season of the Witch, Wisconsin Dells Some believe that the outskirts of Wisconsin Dells is home to an ancient and evil monster – the Witch of Wisconsin Dells. The Ghost Boat Season of the Witch is a haunted journey by boat that features legends and folklore as you ride up the river, followed by a walk through a haunted forest.

  6. The Darkside Haunted Adventure, Ixonia The Darkside Haunted Adventure provides a haunted experience based on a family farm established in the 1800s by an Irish settler, and includes attractions like The Descent, Twlight Nightmare, Backwoods Revenge, Mephistopheles Lair, Schizophrenia, and Foxglove.

  7. Screamin’ Acres Haunted Houses, Stoughton This Stoughton destination is not for the faint of heart. Attractions include a mind-melting 3D experience, a character interaction experience, a crawl space, slaughter haus, and blackout event.

  8. Halloween at the Farm, Waunakee Make your way to Waunakee on Saturday, October 26 for Halloween at the Farm – spooky fun for the whole family! Events include interactive chapters, s’mores, story telling, fortune telling, old-fashioned games and crafts, hay rides, live music, and so much more!

  9. Terror at Tyrol, Mount Horeb With five spooky attractions for all ages, Terror at Tyrol has it all. Attractions follow the storyline of ancient Vikings before and after their western expansion, and each “chapter” gets scarier and scarier.

  10. Wisconsin Scaryland, Waunakee If you’re up for the ultimate haunting, head to Wisconsin Scaryland – Madison’s only professional haunted house. It was voted one of the Midwest’s Best Haunted Houses in 2014, Top 5 Wisconsin Haunts in 2015, the #2 Haunt in 2017, and #1 Haunt in 2016 and 2018. Let us know how it is – I think we’ll pass.

Which of these is on your agenda this Halloween? Share with us in the comments!


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