While Lake and City Homes wouldn’t turn down a haunted listing, we think that in October it’s more fun to visit “haunted” houses and other spooky attractions. While we can’t list all of them, we’ve polled our friends, family and clients to determine which ones are the most popular. Here they are, just in time for Halloween.

Wisconsin Scaryland

Ever wonder what it feels like to be buried alive? You’ll wonder no more after you visit the Coffin Ride at Wisconsin Scaryland. In fact, they promise that “our job is to scare the living daylights out of you!”

Geared more toward teens and adults (although kids 12 and under are allowed in if accompanied by a paying adult), the nearly-20,000 square-foot Scaryland has been called “one of the freakiest and most incredibly realistic haunts in the USA.” What more can you expect from an attraction built from an abandoned gas station and meat processing plant?

The journey into terror begins at Hotel Fuego where you’ll go to the 13th floor (of course) before heading into the subterranean levels to an ancient mineshaft. To get back to the surface, however, you’ll need to go through the Carnevil [sic] of the Damned. No refunds, by the way, for folks who chicken out mid-attraction.

Although Wisconsin Scaryland has been open since September 30, they’re only open for four more nights (this Thursday, Friday, Saturday and then, the last night, Halloween) so you’ll need to make plans to visit soon.

Wisconsin Scaryland is located in Waunakee, Northpoint Dr. in Madison and Middleton's Highway M. Get directions on the attraction’s website, where you can also buy tickets.

Screamin’ Acres

So, is it worth the 30-minute drive to Stoughton to visit Screamin’ Acres? If you enjoy “Hollywood-style” haunts then the answer is yes.

You’ll find several different attractions at Screamin’ Acres:

  • Blackout – New this year, Blackout is a one-night event with all lights OUT. You’ll be in nearly complete darkness (you’ll get one glow stick). Billed as an “extreme haunted house event,” it’s not for kids.
  • The Last Resort – Herman Von Richtmyer, notorious Nazi scientist, goes mad in his later years and you are witness to the hallucinations as he relives the torture and horror he inflicted on his victims.
  • The Slaughterhouse – The name pretty much says it all with this one. A butcher goes nuts butchering his employees who all come back to life as monsters and they then gang up on unsuspecting customers. Gruesome.
  • Side Effects – This seems to be most everyone’s favorite attraction at Screamin’ Acres. A 3-D experience (complete with special glasses to wear), it promises to target “multiple fears, including claustrophobia, motion sickness, and clowns (how timely, right?).
  • Crawl Space – Here you’ll visit a series of tunnels which end in a doomsday bunker which collapsed years before, trapping scientists within.

You’ll have four chances to visit Screamin’ Acres before it closes until next year – this Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday (Halloween). Thursday night is Heroes Night so there is free admission for all active duty military members, veterans, police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians (thanks, WJJO), so bring something that identifies you as such.

Screamin’ Acres is located at 3865 State Hwy. 138 in Stoughton. Buy tickets online here and visit them online at screaminacres.com



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