31 Days of Halloween in Walworth County

Happy October everyone!  This month is full of great Halloween events, haunted attractions, and fall festivals, so we’ve put together a “sampling” of these great events going on this month.  For a complete list of events, visit our Events Calendar.

From Lake Geneva to Elkhorn to Whitewater, we have great festivals & events every weekend – haunts, Oktoberfest, hay rides, trick or treating, and more.  Don’t forget we also have great apple orchards, pumpkin patches, live music, and theater programs as well.  You can also follow our “31 Days of Halloween” on Facebook!  Click here to go to our post about Haunts in Walworth County.31 Days of Halloween 2013 small

  1. Learn about Death & Dying in the Victorian Era on October 4 & 18.  Visit Black Point Estate, a Queen Anne Victorian Summer Cottage built in 1888 on Geneva Lake for “Death and Dying in the Victorian Era.” This program will feature a presentation on Victorian funeral and mourning customs, a first floor house tour, and narrated lake boat tour of maritime mishaps on the Geneva Lake Cruise Line.  The presentation will be provided by Black Point Estate staff and volunteers. Cost is $40/person.  Call (262) 248-1888 for details or visit their website.deathanddying
  2. Hop on the Haunted Hayride at Dan Patch Stables in Lake Geneva on Friday and Saturday nights from 6pm – midnight, PLUS Sunday nights 6pm – 10pm.  Adults are $13, kids (6 and under) are $6.  Admission is on a “first come, first scared” basis.  At the request of our loyal customers, the first ride (6pm) each night is a special family friendly hayride.  Call (262) 215-2105 for details or visit their website.
  3. Experience the Haunted Trail at Scenic Ridge Campground.  Open October 5 & 12, the prices for the haunted trail range from $5 to $10.  Half an hour walk through the Haunted Woods? No problem. But wait, what’s that noise behind you? Just walk a little faster and it’ll be over….All new scenes and effects will keep you on the edge of panic. Beware of the terror that lurks on “The Ridge” See you there if you DARE!!  Call (608) 883-2920 for times and details, or visit their website.
  4. Meet your friends at Shockwave Haunts in Whitewater for a scarily good time.  All four haunts are open Friday and Saturday nights through October 26, PLUS Halloween night.  Prices range from $8 to $18, depending on how many haunts you do.  Choose from St. Leah’s Last Rites Nursing Home (the adult comedy haunt), Bloody Manor, Malignant Management, and the new Mystery Haunt.  Call (262) 473-4574 or visit their website for details.4033091472_f835a80566_b
  5. Head to The Haunt at Pearce’s Farm Stand for their haunted barn & hayride on Friday and Saturday evenings now through November 2.  Heart pounding suspense, animated thrills, unexpected chills, refreshments, and campfires are all waiting for you at The Haunt.  The Haunted Barn is $16/person, and the Haunted Hayride is $12/person.  Get the package deal of both for only $22/person.  Call (262) 374-0325 for details or visit them online.
  6. Hunt zombies in a thrilling game of laser tag in Geneva Ridge’s Haunted Forest with BattlefieldLive WI every weekend (Friday-Sunday), now through November 17.  Join the laser tag fun on Friday & Saturday nights starting at 7:00pm, and Saturday & Sunday afternoons starting at noon.  Cost is $35 per person, per 3 mission session.  Call (262) 729-0711 for details or visit them online.
  7. Watch Dracula come to life on stage at Greenhill Center of the Arts in Whitewater on October 7-13.  This gothic tale of romance and horror brings to life the struggle between the fascinating Count Dracula and his enemy Dr. Van Helsing for the body and soul of Mina, the Count’s victim and obsession. This is the story that began it all, this is the dark creature to whom we willingly surrender, this is the invitation to the kiss that kills.  Performances are at 7:30pm Monday-Saturday, with a matinee performance on Sunday at 2:00pm.  Purchase your tickets online or call (262) 472-2222 with any inquiries.dracula
  8. Don a pair of lederhosen for Lake Geneva’s 22nd annual Oktoberfest this weekend (October 12-13).  Family Fall Festival includes music magic and the Great Pumpkin Giveaway. Food and craft booths restaurant and shopping specials wagon rides Pony rides Bouncy Castle and much more!! Make this a memorable weekend for all ages!  There will be a free shuttle running continuously (approximately every 20 minutes) from PetCo to downtown’s Mill Creek Hotel.  Visit their website for details.
  9. Scare yourself silly at Dr. Scary’s Haunted House at Jellystone Park in Fort Atkinson on Friday & Saturday nights, now through November 2.  Your adventure starts by entering Dr. Scary’s new, larger haunted house. The terror will start immediately. After the initial screams, frights and scares you will continue only to face more screams, evil and terror.  Not recommended for children. Covered waiting area, so come rain or shine.  Ticket prices range from $12 to $25 per person; visit their website for full details or call (920) 568-4100.
  10. Lose yourself in the Army Lake Camp Corn Maze in East Troy on Fridays 5pm-8:30pm & Saturdays 11am-8:30pm.  This year’s maze runs September 27 – November 2.  Activities include: 10 acre corn maze, pumpkin patch, hay rides, corn cannon, archery, barrel train, bounce houses, paintball, climbing wall, concessions, and more! Activities for the whole family!  Corn Maze Prices: Adults (13 and older) are $8, Children (5-12 years) are $5, Children (4 and under) are free.  Group reservations available.  Call (262) 642-6400 for information or visit their website.armylake cornmaze
  11. Take a Haunted Hayride & Trail Walk at Wild Wood Park in Darien on October 26th.  Sponsored by Darien EMS, Darien Fire Department, and Darien Family Connections, the Haunted Trail will run from 4:30pm to 9:00pm.  4:30pm – 6:00pm will be the “family orientated” time, and 7:00pm- 9:00pm will be the scary time. Cost of trail is $2 per person. Hay Rides from 5-8 p.m for $3 (adults) and $2 (kids). There will be hot dogs, chips, and beverage available.
  12. Find your pumpkin now for the Boo in the Bay Pumpkin Race in Williams Bay at Barrett Memorial Library on October 26.  Starting at 11:30am, this pumpkin race is one event you don’t want to miss!  The Boo Crew will be on hand to assist with wheel mounts, and there are races for all ages.  Make your own wheel set or reserve one through the Rec Dept for $10 deposit.  Donations are welcome.  Food and prize tickets will be available for purchase.  Live music, food, and an award ceremony!  For more information, go to their website or call (262) 245-2720.
  13. Smash pumpkins with the 3rd annual Pumpkin Drop at Lake Geneva Canopy Tours on October 25-31. All guests zipping on the canopy tour will be armed with a pumpkin before they soar down the Dual Racing Zip Line. Those that have the best aim and hit the bulls-eye will receive a prize. Join us for a smashing good time and help spread the pumpkin carnage to feed the forest animals. Reservations are required. Call (262) 248-9271 or visit them onlinePumpkins
  14. Dine at Old World Wisconsin for their “Wake Not the Dead” dinner theater program on October 11-27.  Begin your evening’s adventure with a themed, harvest meal, followed by a lamp-lit stroll to a live drama that will thrill and chill you. Featuring The Monkey’s Paw, the tales of Edgar Allan Poe, and other high-spirited nightmares. Show are Fridays at 7 pm, Saturdays at 5 pm & 8 pm, Sundays at 5 pm. The show runs October 11-13, 18-20, 25-27.  All times refer to dinner times, with shows starting 1 hour later.Tickets are $65 for adults and $50 for children. Groups of 15 or more receive $5 discount per ticket. A $3.50 per order registration fee and sales tax will be applied. All purchases support the programs at Old World Wisconsin. Visit them online or call (262) 594-6342 for details.
  15. Dress the kids up for the Youth Halloween Party at Downtown Armory in Whitewater on October 26.  Join them for fun fair games and prizes geared for preschool and elementary age children. Admission into this event is a non-perishable food item to be donated to the local food pantry. Parents are encouraged to attend with their children and are free!  Visit the Whitewater Parks & Recreation website for details.
  16. Get your tickets now for the hit Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Walworth County Performing Arts Center on October 25-26, and October 31-November 2.  The Rocky Horror Show is a play with music, lyrics and a book by Richard O’Brien.  A humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1940s through early 1970s, the musical tells the story of a newly engaged couple getting caught in a storm and coming to the home of a mad transvestite scientist unveiling his new creation, a muscle man named Rocky Horror.  For more information, call (262) 728-5578 or visit them online.rockyhorror
  17. Party with the town of Delavan at their Halloween Party on October 27 at Community Park.  From 3-5pm, there will be hayrides, magic tricks, games, a costume contest, snacks/candy, JD Buggs the Clown, face paining, and more!  Stop by Community Park to join the fun.
  18. Stop by downtown Elkhorn for their 8th annual Oktoberfest celebration on October 19.  Walk around the downtown square to see over 130 crafters and vendors showcasing handcrafted items, antiques, produce and plants, home party consultants and more. Head over to the north parking lot of the Government Center to see some beautiful classic cars during our Oktoberfest Car Show. The kids will have plenty to keep them occupied with games, pumpkin decorating, bounce house, slides and more. Hungry? Grab a bite to eat from the many delicious food vendors or chili cook-off. There’s even a little something for the adults too, when they step inside Pocket Park for the Wine and Beer tasting tent. Enjoy all the different live entertainment acts from local groups!  Call (262) 723-5788 for details or visit their website.
  19. Follow the festivities to “Spooky City” in downtown Burlington on October 26 from 10:00am to noon.  Free hay rides circle downtown beginning at 10 a.m. Costume parade around Wehmhoff Square, next to the library, at 10:30 a.m. Safe trick-or-treating to participating downtown businesses from 11 a.m. to noon. Call (262) 763-6397 x11 for questions. trickortreat9
  20. Hike your way through Richard Bong State Recreation Area with the Eco-Halloween Hike on October 26th starting at 6:30pm.  Meet some characters at this non-scary, family-friendly event. Jack-o-laterns, Halloween skits, campfires, refreshments, games, and crafts! Call the Richard Bong State Recreation Area at (262) 878-5600 for details.
  21. Get spooked at Boo In the Bay Spooky Walk at Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy on October 25 from 6:30pm-9:00pm.  Enjoy the Enchanted Forest Family Walk (suitable for all ages) or the Haunted Spooky Walk (4th grade and older), plus a bonfire, s’mores, ghost stories, singing pumpkins, music, food, prizes & games. For more information, go to their website or call (262) 245-2720.
  22. Attend Scare on the Square in downtown Elkhorn at Veteran’s Park on October 26.  Kids can enjoy an obstacle course, drawing booth, costume contest, storytelling, giveaways and much more! The first 200 children will receive a pumpkin!  Enter a drawing for one iPad and a 42 in. screen TV giveaway!!! Must be 18 or over and need to be present to win.  Don’t forget to bring a blanket for story time. Stories will get spookier as the night gets darker!  In case of inclement weather, the event will move to the Elkhorn Recreation Department, 200 Devendorf St., Elkhorn.  Call (262) 723-5788 for details or visit their websiteelkhorn
  23. Show off your costume at Ghouls Night Out on Whitewater’s west side on October 24.  There will be lots of activities, games, special sales,trick-or-treating and opportunities to win prizes for all ages throughout the businesses on Whitewater’s west side. For more information, contact Whitewater Chamber of Commerce at 262-473-4005 or visit the Whitewater Parks & Recreation website for details.
  24. Roll out the barrel at the Town of Delavan’s Oktoberfest Celebration on October 26 at the Community Park.  There will be entertainment, German food, pastries, desserts, German beer/wine, and more.  No admission charge!  Grab your neighbors and join in the fun!  Visit their Facebook page for details.
  25. Explore Spooktacular festival at Veterans Memorial Park in Genoa City on October 26, starting at 6:00pm.  There will be food, costume contest, haunted hayride, and fun games.  Come join the fun! Free will donation or food donation for food pantry will be located near the hayride entrance.  Call (262) 279-6472 for details. hauntedscene
  26. Trick or treat at the following locations on October 26: town of Lyons (3-5pm), the Triangle in Whitewater (2-6pm), and Delavan Comfort Suites (2-4pm).
  27. Trick or treat at the following locations on October 27: town of Delavan (12-3:30pm), Lake Geneva (1-4pm), Geneva Lake Museum (1-3pm), and Williams Bay (2-5pm).
  28. Decorate your car for “Trunk or Treat” at Chris Episcopal Church in Delavan on October 31.  Come anytime between 4pm – 6pm to enjoy some goodies, see the decorated cars and costumed drivers too!  FREE HOT DOGS & JUICE BOXES TO ALL!  Want to be a part of it and decorate your car? Or donate candy? Or help give away hotdogs? Visit their website or call (262) 728-5292 for details. trunkortreat2
  29. Party with Evergreen Golf Club for “A Very Scary Halloween Costume” party on November 1 8pm-12am.  Live music starts at 9pm, and prizes will go out to the best dressed couple, best dressed male, and best dressed female.  Tickets are $7 per person at the door; a portion of the proceeds will go to St. Patrick’s Parish.  Call (262) 723-5722 or visit them online for more information.
  30. Trick or treat at the following locations on October 31: Bloomfield/Pell Lake (4-7pm), Burlington (5:30-7:30pm), Darien (4-7pm), city of Delavan (4-6pm, parade at 6:30pm), East Troy (5-7:30pm), Elkhorn (5-7pm), Fontana (4-7:30pm), Genoa City (4-7:30pm), Sharon (4-7pm), Walworth (4-6:30pm), and Whitewater (4-7pm).
  31. The fun continues! Join the fun at Beer & Spirits at Grand Geneva Resort on November 2.  Brews, bites, and so much fun…it’s scary.  Open to the public, admission is $40 and includes a commemorative tasting glass, unlimited tastings of beer from two dozen Midwest craft breweries. Guests can also sample specialty liquors and foods that pair well with beer and enjoy live music and photo booth pictures!  Designated driver tickets are available for $10.00 and include unlimited gourmet soda, food sampling, entertainment and photo booth pictures.  Visit their website for tickets or details.beerandspirits

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