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A Wisconsin Dells Halloween is Scary Good

Wizard Quest in Wisconsin Dells.

Treat Yourself to a Wisconsin Dells Halloween

In Wisconsin Dells, Halloween is a season unto itself, with ghost boat tours, haunted houses, and trick-or-treating at the waterpark resorts. The only thing scarier than a goblin or two would be the thought of missing Wisconsin Dells Halloween 2022.

The season of trick-or-treating is upon us and we’re big believers that Halloween should be celebrated all October-long, not just on Oct. 31. If you agree, then you’ll find these ideas for a Wisconsin Dells Halloween getaway to be ghoulishly good. So, pull out that bag of candy corn you have hidden in the pantry to munch while you plan your visit.

Ghost Boat "Journey to Haunted Canyon" tour in Wisconsin Dells.

  • The Ghost Boat “Journey to Haunted Canyon” is an eerie, after-dark ghost tour that takes you into an ancient canyon on the rocky banks of the Wisconsin River. You’ll depart via haunted boat, hearing tales of lost spirits and ghostly apparitions as the boat captain navigates the jet-black waters of the river. Once at the creepy confines of Cold Water Canyon, you’ll head out on foot, where even the moonlight isn’t enough to keep you from being afraid of the dark.  
  • Get ready for frightening details about the haunted side of the Dells when you take the Haunted History Tour from Dells Trolley Tours. You’ll visit a haunted cemetery, and the tour guide will use a ghost meter to search for energy of the spirits. This trolley company also offers a Haunted Pub Crawl. No matter which you choose, there’s a good chance the stories will keep you up at night.
  • You’ll need a libation to calm your nerves when stop in Showboat Saloon, where a ghost named Molly is said to knock bottles of booze from the shelves in the basement storage room. This saloon was built in 1907, so lots of years for ghost tales to stack up here.

Boo to You with These Haunted Halloween Attractions in Wisconsin Dells

  • If scary is what you seek, then The Haunted Mansion is for you. This classic haunted house-style attraction is located in downtown Dells. 
  • The Ghost Out-Post Haunted House has animatronic-filled rooms designed for fun and fright. This Halloween attraction is not for the timid or for young children who are afraid of the dark. With one bone-chilling chamber after another, you’re sure to scream until you can’t scream anymore.  
  • It’s just an illusion…or is it. The tricks staged at the Rick Wilcox Magic Theater, with shows Oct. 8, 15 and 22 at 4 PM, will have you thinking twice about raising your hand to volunteer to come on stage.
  • Team up with family and friends for some wizard questing at Wizard Quest, a fantasy-themed labyrinth where fantastical creatures dwell and wizards need your help to be freed.
  • Take in the strange and odd at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum.
  • Psychic and medium Chip Coffey will be performing at Palace Theater Oct. 21 at 7 PM. How clairvoyant of us to know you might like this.

A woman at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Museum in Wisconsin Dells.

Trick-or-Treat (OK, all treats) at the Waterpark Resorts

  • The Wilderness Resort goes all out for Halloween, with a trick-or-treat trail on Fridays and Saturdays in October, Halloween cookie decorating, a mini-pumpkin patch by horse-drawn wagon ride, Halloween-themed movies, and a costume contest during the Halloween Bash on Friday, Oct. 28.
  • The Halloween Town at Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park, running all October, is frightfully perfect, with trick-or-treating Saturdays in the indoor theme park, pumpkin painting, and an Underworld Scarezone haunted house.
  • Feel free to howl at the moon when you spend an overnight at Great Wolf Lodge during the month of October. This year, their Trick-Or-Treat Trail includes a task – find the five ingredients for the witch’s cauldron needed to reverse the howl-o-ween spell and be rewarded with a big bag of candy. There will also be monster bash dance parties where kiddos can dress up as a silly monster from the craft table and dance it out with the resort’s Halloween creatures.
  • At Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, look for Halloween activities for both kids and grown-ups including costume fun and, of course, candy. 
  • Look for ghoulish good times and pumpkin-packed fun all month-long at Chula Vista Resort, with more treats than tricks.

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