I know that Halloween is weeks and weeks away, but I wanted to tell you about some of the great Halloween-related events taking place in the Wisconsin Dells during the month of October. I figure that some of you might be thinking about planning a little family getaway sometime in the coming weeks and I want to make sure that you knew about the fun events that your little ghosts and ghouls might be interested in.
- Haunted Halloween at Red Ridge Riding Ranch Stable. From September 24th through October 31st, visitors can take part in a variety of fall activities including: an inflatable moon walk, pumpkin painting, hay maze, corn maze, petting zoo, tractor-drawn hayrides, horse-drawn hay rides to the Pumpkin Patch (pick your own pumpkin) and campfires. Take a horse-drawn hay ride out to the pumpkin patch (on Saturdays and Sundays only). On weekends during the month of October, things get a little bit spooky with the Haunted Hay Rides & Haunted Corn Maze.
- Scary Nights at Mt. Olympus. This annual event returns for another spooky season every weekend during the month of October. Ghosts and Goblins of all ages are invited to join in the creepy fun after dark when Mt. Olympus Water& Theme Park is transformed into a fright zone. The streets are filled with lurking monsters, maniacs and creatures of the night (yikes!). This event also boasts a haunted house and hale bay maze. Visitors are encouraged to come dressed in their costumes. Of course, when you've had your fill of Halloween fun, you can always take a dip in Medusa's Indoor Waterpark.
- Ghost Boat Tours of the Wisconsin River. This tour take passengers on an eerie after-dark excursion to Witches Gulch. Boats depart from the Dells Boat Tours main dock at 11 Broadway in Downtown Dells, where even the historic ticket building will be decked out for Halloween. Upon arriving at Witches Gulch, passengers will disembark and snake along a narrow boardwalk leading deep into the darkened gorge. This after-dark tour, which runs Friday and Saturday evenings through Halloween weekend, is not recommended for children under the age of 11.
- At the Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort, their Tombstone Town Haunted Hotel & Mirror Maze is another one that's not for the faint of heart. First you make your way through the Mine Shaft Mirror Maze which can be frightfully frustrating on its own. Only then will you enter the hotel with its creepy attic, haunted jail and scary saloon.
- Saturday, October 22, Mirror Lake State Park will hold its annual Halloween Candlelight Mystery Hike, with torches guiding hikers through a one-mile loop. According to park staff, there will be clues along the way so you can help the park rangers discover the mystery guest.
- Finally, there is the fantastic Autumn Harvest Festival taking place on October 15-16 (more details on that in a separate post next week). This family-oriented fall festival has something for everyone (including lots of fun pumpkin activities!).
I don't know about you, but I am starting to get really excited about all of the Halloween fun in the weeks ahead. Let the spooky celebrations begin! For more info on these events, visit www.wisdells.com.