Fall Fun For Families AND For the (Horror) Freaks!
by Kelly Holck
on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 at 10:17am.
Looking for something fun to do now that the leaves are changing and you're breaking out the flannels and boots? Look no further. Here's a list I've compiled of a couple of fun destinations in the Dane County area for the family and a few more for after the kiddos go to bed.
If you love all things fall, then you'll LOVE Enchanted Valley Acres. On this 136-acre farm that's fun for the whole family, you can wander through the pick-your-own pumpkin patch, attempt to find your way out of the 8+ acres of corn mazes, and take as many trips down the giant, 200+ foot slippery slide as your body will allow. These activities, as well as most of the ones listed below, are included in the $11.00 general admission fee. If you plan to go more than two days in the next three weekends, then feel free to purchase the season pass for $25.00 per person. If you're bringing the kids who are two and under, don't worry about an admission fee; these guys get in for free! Forgot to bring a lunch? No problem because the farm offers cheese curds, brats, hot dogs, honey (produced right there, on the farm), etc. The farm is open the next three weekends from Friday through Sunday, as well as Thursday, October 25th. Fall fun starts at 9AM and goes until 6PM, with last call for admission at 5PM.
Treinen Farm Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch - Lodi, WI
Another fun fall festival is the one that's held at the Treinen Farm Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch through the end of October. This farm features a 15-acre corn maze: that's six miles of clues and puzzle solving with chances to win prizes! The horse drawn hayrides will take you out to the big pumpkin patch or, if that's not really your style, you can take the walking path to get you to the smaller pumpkin patch. You'll get the real farm experience with plenty of animal interaction including baby chicks, goats, cats, etc. If you don't feel like waking up early to pack a lunch, you can go to the Wadizzit Traveling Food Stand and pick up a burger with some cheesy tater tots on the side. When it starts to get dark, gather around the bonfire and make some s'mores with the kids.
See below for pricing and hours.
Fridays: 3:30-10:30PM Saturdays: 10AM-10:30PM Sundays: 10AM-6:30PM Additional hours: Thursday, October 25th, Friday, October 26th, and Wednesday, October 31st: 10AM - 10:30PM
If you're around on October 27th at 7PM, get the brave ones in the family dressed up in their best zombie apocalypse attire (that includes zombies AND survivors) and head over to the corn maze for the ultimate scare and be scared experience. Though costumes are not required, they sure do make the event that much more fun for everyone involved! The Zompocalypse is a separate admission than the rest of the activities, at $13.00/person, and allows for admission in the maze until 10:30PM.
to get out for some real scares. *not recommended for children or the faint of heart*
Screamin' Acres Haunted Houses - Stoughton, WI
Stealing 74% of the votes to put it at number one in the top ten best haunted houses in the state, Screamin' Acres Haunted Houses trumps all. If you're looking for an all-in-one screamtastic event, then this is the perfect place for you. It has, not one, not two, but FOUR different attractions included in one easy price of $22.00 if purchased online and $25.00 at the box office. All four haunts are open Fridays and Saturdays, from 7-11PM, through October 27th. Come back on November 3rd for the same haunt, but in complete darkness!
Enjoying the fall weather too much to be stuck indoors? Then head out to Janesville for Wisconsin's longest and scariest outdoor haunted forest, Forest of Freaks. This choose-your-own-path adventure is prefaced with bonfires and concessions (hot cider, popcorn, candy, etc.) and really begins when you enter the monster (and clown) laden forest. Though they say it generally takes between 45 minutes to an hour to get through, there's no guarantee that you'll actually be coming out of the forest alive. Feeling brave? Then put on your best running shoes (you'll need them) and enter the Forest of Freaks:
*Tickets for purchase onsite only*
Scarefactor for Forest of Freaks: WisconsinFrights.com: 3.2/5.0 Tied for #2 best 2018 haunted house in Wisconsin (by those who survived the forest) Facebook: 5.5k likes
Dominion of Terror Haunted House - Sheboygan, WI
If you're a real horror enthusiast and don't mind making a trip out of it, then the Dominion of Terror is the place to be. Several Facebook users comment that they feel they got much more than they paid for. Many others praise this house for the original show they put on as well as the numerous creative sets/rooms that make up the entire house. After more than four decades of terrifying people, you can trust that these guys know what they're doing.
*Open from 7-10PM on below dates*
Not only do they offer a "standard" haunted house, but there's also an escape room offered for $10.00/person on Fridays and Saturdays from 7-9PM while the haunting is happening. If you're unfamiliar with what an escape room is, you're in for quite the adventure: you and up to five of your friends will be locked in a room full of hidden clues and riddles. It will be up to your team to solve the puzzles within 45 minutes in order to escape in one piece.
Are you feeling the spirit of Halloween but don't have time/don't want to drive too far? Then visit Madison's very own highly-rated interactive haunted experience: Wisconsin Scaryland. If you've never been to an interactive haunted house, then I'll forewarn you that the monsters are allowed to touch you! Though this one is rated at number nine (a little behind the others) of the top ten best haunted houses of 2018 in Wisconsin, it comes with a pretty freaky backstory which you can read here. Tickets are $32.00 if you purchase them at the door but if you'd like a $5.00 discount, then purchase your tickets online.
Hours and dates of operation: Friday & Saturday through October 27th, 6:30-11:30PM Thursdays from October 18th - 27th, 6:30-10:30PM Halloween night, 7-10:30PM