Halloween happenings in Lake Country
There are plenty of activities coming up in Lake Country to celebrate the Halloween season. Here's some highlights:
Business trick-or-treat: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 24, downtown Hartland
Fun Fest: Join the annual kids' parade and trick-or-treating with local businesses. Noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 26, downtown Pewaukee. www.positivelypewaukee.com
Oconomowoc Chamber Business Trick-or-Treat: Outlying Shopping Districts including Pabst Farms Market Place, Whitman Park, Summit Market Place, K-Mart Plaza, Watertown Center, Prairie Creek Shoppes, Brown Street Market, Oconomowoc Lakes Plaza, Summit Point host from 11 am to 2 pm. Downtown District from 2 to 4 pm. Look for the pumpkin flyer in windows of businesses participating. www.oconomowoc.org
Oconomowoc Lions Halloween Parade: The parade will precede the city’s trick-or-treat Oct. 26. Parade lineup is at 3 p.m. in the parking lot located behind First Bank Financial Centre on Church Street. The parade begins at 4 and heads east on Wisconsin Avenue, south on Cross Street to Main Street, to Forest Street ending in Roosevelt Park. Cash prizes awarded to best costume. The Lions will serve hot dogs at the Roosevelt Park pavilion after the parade. For more information, contact Lion Rich Schulte at (262) 567-5411.
Ixonia Lions Club Halloween Parade: The Ixonia Lions Club Halloween Parade will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, followed by a costume contest at Ixonia Firemen's Hall, N8345 Park St. and trick or treating. For information, call (262) 567-3842.
Village of Chenequa: 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31
Village of Dousman: 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31
Village of Hartland: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31
Village of Lac La Belle: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26
Village of Merton: 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 27
Village of Nashotah: 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 27
Village of North Prairie: 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 27
Village of Oconomowoc Lake: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26
Village of Pewaukee: 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31
Village of Summit: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31
Village of Sussex: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26
Village of Wales: 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 27
Town of Delafield: 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31
Town of Genesee: 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 27
Town of Lisbon: 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26
Town of Merton: 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 27
Town of Oconomowoc: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26
Town of Ottawa: 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31
Town of Waukesha: 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31
City of Delafield: 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 27
City of Oconomowoc: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26
City of Pewaukee: 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31
City of Waukesha: 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31
Halloween Legends and Lore: Find your way through mazes, flee ghosts or dance in the fairy circle. Witness ghostly tales come to life and enjoy tasty and disturbing treats and drinks. 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 18, Old World Wisconsin, W372 S9727 Highway 67, Eagle. (262) 594-6301, www.oldworldwisconsin.org
The Salem Witch Trials: Jessica Michna of First Impressions plays Goode Rebecca as she describes the greed, jealousy and suspicion that led to 200 people being accused of witchcraft from 1692-93 in Massachusetts. 2 p.m. Oct. 18, Delafield Public Library, 500 Genesee St., Delafield. (262) 303-4597, www.delafieldlibrary.org.
Halloween at the Pabst Farms YMCA: Free event for all. Thursday, October 24 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 p.m. Costume contest (must be present at 7:30 to win), music, dining in the dungeon for $4 "walking tacos" with fruit and drink, inflatables & bounce houses, crafts, create-your-own Halloween trail mix, rock wall, temporary tattoos and themed rooms like A Bug's Life and Pirate's Paradise & Mermaid Cove.
Grand Pumpkin Illumination: Carved pumpkins are lit at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Steeple at 606 Genesee St., City of Delafield. The event site will be lit each evening beginning with the Oct. 26 event until 10 p.m. Oct. 31. Food available for purchase. Sponsored by Delafield Chamber of Commerce.
OPEF'S Haunted Ball: The Phantom's Masquerade is Saturday, Oct. 19 at Olympia Resort, Oconomowoc. Food, dancing, auctions, raffles and elegant masquerade finery is encouraged. Tickets and tables are available for purchase online at opef.info or by calling (262) 313-9911. Sales promote the Oconomowoc Public Education Foundation.
Lake Keesus Advancement Association: All-ages pumpkin carving contest from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, on the driveways or in the garage if it rains, on Park Drive of hosts Jim and Cathy Hazzard and Brenda and Greg Larson. LKAA will provide carving tools, beverages and age group appropriate prizes. Those attending should bring their own pumpkin.
Jack-O-Lantern Jaunt: Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18-19 at Field Park, Mukwonago. Stroll through the pavilion, play a few games, get your face painted, enjoy refreshments and view the carved pumpkins. This year, there will be a showing Christopher Mihm's "The Giant Spider" at 8 p.m. each night. This movie is based on 1950s black and white "B" movies and is family friendly.
Three Pillars' 21st annual Halloween Haunted Woods: Beginning at Dousman Elementary School, 341 E. Ottawa Ave., from 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 18. Free community trick-or-treat event and children in sixth grade and younger, plus families, are welcome. Begins at Dousman Elementary where a free shuttle bus takes you to and from Three Pillars at Highway 67 South to Hwy Z. Event occurs rain or shine.
Retzer Nature Center's Howl-O-Ween: S14 W28167 Madison St., Waukesha, from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18. Entrance fee is $15 per carload and includes all activities. This "unhaunted" event is recommended for families with children 10 and younger. Retzer Nature Center will host guided trails and tales with a Waukesha County Park naturalist, campfire stories, mini monster mash where costumes are encouraged, concessions and children's activities.
Okauchee Lions Club Halloween Parade and Party: 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 30. Free. Line up in costume at Legion Hall and follow fire trucks in a parade to Holy Trinity School gym. Music, costume judging, treats, ice cream and more.
Hallowe'en Dinner Theatre: "Wake Not the Dead": 5 p.m. Oct. 13; 7 p.m. Oct. 18; 5 p.m. 8 p.m. Oct. 19; 5 p.m. Oct. 20; 7 p.m. Oct. 25; 5 p.m. 8 p.m. Oct. 26; 5 p.m. Oct. 27, Old World Wisconsin, W372 S9727 Highway 67, Eagle. (262) 594-6301, oldworldwisconsin.wisconsinhistory.org.
Scarecrow Building Contest in Sussex: Build your own scarecrow at home with your family. Email picture to the Sussex Recreation Department at firstname.lastname@example.org. The best scarecrow winner will be announced at the Spooky Sussex event. You do not have to be present to win. Deadline: Monday, Oct.21.
Spooky Sussex: Spooky Sussex is a family-friendly event in Sussex Village Park from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 25 that includes food, make-your-own caramel apple station, pumpkin decorating, a craft, wagon rides and a children's costume contest. Activities are geared for ages 12 and younger. The event is held rain or shine. Fee: $5 per person. Register by Monday, Oct. 21, to receive a food ticket, caramel apple, pumpkin, craft, wagon ride ticket and haunted trail ticket. Walkup, nonregistered guests may purchase a haunted trail ticket or a wagon ride ticket for $1. Concessions are available. Haunted trail is open from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Comedy show in Pewaukee: Pewaukee Public Library hosts Miller and Mike, a comedy duo from Green Bay, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Treats will be prepared. Costumes are encouraged.
UFOs and the Government in Pewaukee: Pewaukee Public Library hosts Richard Thieme, co-author of "UFO's and the Government: A Historical Inquiry" at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, in the Community Room. He will speak about the phenomenon of UFOs and how governments have dealt with sightings, speculation and controversy. Free registration is appreciated by calling the Reference Desk at (262) 691-5670 Ext. 25 or emailing email@example.com.
Elegant Farmer Autumn Harvest Festival: Weekends through Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m at The Elegant Farmer, 1545 Main St., Mukwonago. Corn maze, pumpkin patch, apple pies in a bag, hot buttered apple cider, make-your-own caramel apples, pulled pork sandwiches, cider donuts, hayrides, pony rides and train rides. The East Troy Electric Railroad's turn-of-the-century trolley departs from and returns to The Elegant Farmer Depot at noon, 1 and 2 p.m. There is also a 3 p.m. departure that is one way back to the East Troy depot. Hayrides are $3 for adults, $2 for children, and free for younger than 3. Family-friendly corn maze is $5. Pony rides are $5. Vintage-train ride tickets are $12.50 for adults, $10.50 for seniors, $8 for ages 3-11 and free for children younger than 3. (262) 363-6771, www.elegantfarmer.com
Night at the Museum: Waukesha County Museum hosts several "Wild West Showdown" night tours, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Oct.18, 19, 25, 26. Cost is $5 per person (children younger than 2 are free). This a a family-friendly tour appropriate for all ages. For additional information, call (262) 521-2859 Ext. 224.
Minooka Mash: The City of Waukesha Parks, Recreation and Forestry (WPRF) and Waukesha County Park System are hosting Minooka Mash from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct.21, at Minooka Park, 1927 E. Sunset Drive, Waukesha. This family-friendly event is recommended for ages 10 and younger. Cost: $15 per carload includes all activities,. Each group of 25 people will have a guide lead them on a lighted trail, stopping at scenes along the way. Each child will also be able to make crafts and bring home prizes. Most activities are held outside, rain or shine.
Homestead Animal Farm: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 12-13, 19-20; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 24-25; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 26-27, Homestead Animal Farm, Highway 83, Hartland. Corn maze $6, hayrides $2, barnyard animals $2. All three activities $9. (262) 966-3840, www.homesteadanimalfarm.com
Zombie Survival: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18; 6 p.m. Oct. 19; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25; 6 p.m. Oct. 26; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1; 6 p.m. Nov. 2, iCOMBAT Waukesha, 1023 Spring City Drive, Waukesha.
Suhmer's Halloween Haunted Bus Ride: Join Suhmer's Saloon in Eagle for a Haunted Halloween Beer and Booze Bus Ride to an area haunted house. Beer and shots, bus ride, admission to haunted house. Must be older than 21. Meet at Suhmer's Saloon and Restaurant, 201 Kettle Moraine Drive, Eagle, at 6:30 p.m. Oct.19. Cost: $40.
Thunder Bay Haunted Campgrounds: AKA Combat Entertainment (laser tag, airsoft company) is holding an outdoor haunt this October with proceeds going to the I Back Jack Foundation. Located at AKA Combat Entertainment, 1327 Wall St., Oconomowoc, on Oct.18-19, 25-26, 31 and Nov. 1-2. Cost: $10 in advance, $13 at the door.
Catholic Memorial Haunted House: Formerly known as Maniac Manor, the house resides at 601 E College Ave., Waukesha, and is home to the sixth annual service CMH Haunted House. The "old convent" is transformed into three floors of fear. Funds raised from this year's event will benefit Honor Flight. The house is open 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26. Admission: $7.
Haunted High - Terror @ 212: Haunted attraction at 212 E Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc, will include several classics from the fan-favorite Haunted High with many new rooms, features and effects. The attraction includes caves, dungeons, urban streets, jungles, warehouses and a chillingly creepy carnival. Admission is $15; Fast Pass $23. Tickets and line are open at 6:30 pm; doors open at 7 p.m. Oct. 18-19, 24-26 Suitable for ages 14+ unless accompanied by an adult. Proceeds support Oconomowoc Public Education Foundation.
Lapham Peak's Fright Hike: Fright Hike is a fun hike through the scary scenes that are performed along a 1-mile hike through Lapham Peak State Park, Highway C, Delafield. There is music entertainment performed in the staging area to be enjoyed before and after the hike. A bonfire is available to warm up and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate after the event or come early and enjoy a grilled hot dog, cookies and popcorn from the concession stand. 5:30 to 8:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, and Saturday, Oct. 26. The last car is admitted to the park at 8:45 p.m. Event operates rain or shine. Cost to enter is $5 for ages 6 and older. Park admission is $7 per car if you do not have a state park sticker.
The Dark Side Haunted Adventure: Located at Glacier Rock Farms on N1255 Hoard Rd in Ixonia. A screampark with 5 haunts for $20, it's open every Friday and Saturday October 4 through November 2, plus Thursday, October 31 from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Their 10th year in business, they now offer five haunts covering over 40 acres with a large indoor cue and concessions area. This year they have two themed haunted houses, a hayrides a pine forest trail and a haunted corn maze.
Wisconsin Feargrounds Haunted Houses: 6:45-11:30 p.m. Oct. 11-12, 18-19, 24-27, 31-Nov. 2, Waukesha County Expo Center, 1000 Northview Road, Waukesha. Morgan Manor Haunt $13, Speed Pass $25. www.waukeshacountyexpo.com
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