2022 Haunted Houses and Frightfully Fun Happenings

Compiled by Northwoods News Staff


The Northwoods has its share of odd, haunted and creepy happenings.

From the ancient Anishinaabe specter of winter starvation and greed, the Windigo, creepy cryptids of lumberjack lore, herds of “ghost” albino deer, abandoned haunted mansions, ghosts of gangster raids, local paranormal investigators, UFO sightings and encounters, to the only horror film studio in Wisconsin, there is much here to kindle the imagination.

Whether you’re flying solo or bringing the whole family, you are sure to find a unique adventure to enjoy with our guide.

For the younger visitors, we also have a guide to 2022 Halloween Parties and Trick-or-Treating.

Have an event that you want us to add? Email us the event details.



Perdition Pines Haunted Event
N1385 County Road D
Antigo WI, 54409
October 8, 15, 22-23, 29-31; December 3-4, 2022
7:00 to 11:00 pm most nights, some to Midnight
Admission: $10; Fast Pass: $20

Your soul is requested! This event is fully outdoors; please dress accordingly. After a short walk through the woods to get to our attraction, check in at our ticket booth (cash only) or order online. Enjoy snacks and beverages around a warm fire by our ticket/concession stand while waiting for your group to brave up the courage for the ultimate horror experience. When your group is ready, please wait to be escorted inside.

Kid’s Day – Saturday, October 22nd from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm, ages 14 and under are free. Ages 15 and over get in with a $5 ticket or get in free with two or more canned goods. Bring your kids out for a scare-free Trick-or-Treating Halloween-themed walk-through experience.

Owl-O-Ween Tours
Raptor Education Group Inc. (REGI)
N2160 West Rollwood Road
Antigo, WI, 54409
October 11, 14, 15, 18, 21, 22, 28, 29
4:30 to 5:00 pm: Optional pumpkin painting
5:00 to 6:00 pm: Tour
Admission: $12 per adult; $8 per child (12 and under)

Come early to paint pumpkins while enjoying warm hot cocoa and apple cider! Feel free to bring your own pumpkin or buy one here for $2! Then discover some of the myths and folklore surrounding owls and vultures during this spooky time of year along with some special appearances from our other Avian Ambassadors. Suitable for the whole family!

Creepy Hollow Haunted Trail
N11818 Cedar Road
Birnamwood, WI 54414
October 28th and October 29th
7:00 to 11:00 pm
Admission: $15, Fast Pass: $25

Pay to get in. Pray to get out. A haunted outdoor trail open for one weekend only, Creepy Hollow is a sinister, mysterious woods that screams into the night. Will you dare to step into the darkest parts of terror?


We visited Evil Falls House of Tormented Souls Haunted House for a special interview, but it didn’t turn out as expected.

Evil Falls: House of Tormented Souls
215 South Railroad Street
Eagle River, WI 54521
Every Friday and Saturday beginning October 1st and Halloween (October 31st)
7:00 to 11:00 pm
Admission: $13; Fast Pass: $20

The Soul Collector is waiting for you! Evil Falls offers scares, gore and more with all proceeds benefitting local high school students. All tickets need to be purchased on-site. This is an indoor event with an outside covered waiting area and concession stand. Evil Falls is best experienced in groups of four people or fewer. Group size will be determined upon entry.

Nature Adventures – Spooky Night Hike
Trees for Tomorrow (TFT)
519 East Sheridan Street
Eagle River, WI 54521
Saturday, October 15th
5:30 to 7:30 pm
Admission: $15 per person

This year we are offering you the treat of one of TFT’s popular programs – the night hike! What’s the trick? Costumes are welcome/encouraged! You’ll meet up with educators on campus and then head to our Press Forest to wander the night while learning about your five senses and how nocturnal animals navigate the night. Suitable for the whole family.

Northwoods Ukers Halloween Costume Fun Night
The Warehouse Art Center
107 South Railroad Street
Eagle River, Wisconsin 54521
Friday, October 28th
7:00 pm to
 9:00 pm

Join us for a Halloween costume fun night with prizes for the Best of the Best! Come sing along with the Northwoods Ukers ukulele club while you sip your favorite beverage at the Inspirational Bar inside the Eagle River Warehouse for the Arts. Come enjoy this free fun-filled event!

Second Annual Haunted Hike: Trail of Terror
Northland Pines School Forest
4000 Eagle Pines Road
Eagle River, Wisconsin 54521
October 28th and October 29th
7:00 pm to
10:00 pm
Admission: Non-perishable food item or $5

SOAR Charter High School is sponsoring Haunted Hikes the weekend before Halloween. All proceeds benefit the Vilas County Food Pantry and SOAR HS Expeditions. Children age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.


Lights on Bernie
9326 Bernie Lou Drive
Hazelhurst, WI 54531
October 1st through October 31st
Dusk until 10:00 pm

Light display hand choreographed to music. Tune your radio to 90.5 FM at the end of the driveway. Multiple songs in the show. Free, but donations are accepted.


Annual Spooky Halloween Trail Walk
Hurley School Learning Adventure Trails
Rangeview Drive
Hurley, WI 54534

Trick or Treat Trail
Saturday, October 22nd
1:00 to 2:30 pm
Admission: $10 per family

Join Northern Iron County Engaged Residents (NICER) and community volunteers for the Trick or Treat Trail, a family-friendly trail experience geared towards younger children. Participants are encouraged to arrive in costume and bring a trick-or-treat bag to collect candy from the themed stations that will be set up along the trail (while supplies last).

Terror Trail
Saturday, October 22nd
7:00 to 8:30 pm
Admission: $5 per person

Do you have what it takes to survive the Terror Trail? This experience is not for the faint of heart! Participants will walk a dimly lit trail, filled with themed costume stations that will range from strange and spooky to downright terrifying! The Terror Trail is suggested for youth 12+ and adults!

Halloween Dance
Saxon Community Center
14269 Church Street
Saxon, WI 54559
Saturday, October 29th
6:00 to 11:00 pm

The Saxon-Gurney Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a Halloween Dance! Enjoy live music, food and drinks, raffles, costume contest and more!


7th Annual Zombie Crawl Weekend
Various locations in Land O’Lakes, WI 54540
October 27th through October 29th

Thursday, October 27th, 5:00 to 8:00 pm: Free Wine Tasting and appetizers, magic show by Aron Houdini at the Twilight Supper Club, 5810 US 45.

Friday, October 28th, 3:30 to 5:00 pm: Free Spooky Crafts at Land O’Lakes Arts (LOLA). 4262 County Road. B. Drop in anytime. All ages welcome!

Saturday, October 29th, 3:00 pm to Midnight: Zombie Crawl and Ball:

  • Pre-Party – 3:00 to 6:00 pm, $25 Zombie make-up at the Veteran’s Center, 4493 County Road B; registration recommended.
  • Zombie Crawl – 7:00 to 10 pm, 9 stops with free buses, check map for details.
  • Zombie Ball – 9:00 pm to Midnight, come dance at the Gateway Lodge, 4103 County Road B. DJ, 50/50 raffle and $500 costume contest (must register by 10 pm)! Free admission.


Halloween at the Farm
Bodwéwadmi Ktëgan (Potawatomi Farm)
3389 County Highway H
Laona, WI 54541
Saturday, October 29th
10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Admission: Free for age 5 and under; $5 ages 6-12; $7 ages 13+
Additional costs for select activities

Open to all; suitable for the whole family. Food and drinks for sale. 10:00 am to 4:00 pm: Costume Contest, Trick-or-Treating and Halloween Activities: 11:00 am: Zombie Zumba; 6:00 pm, Zombie Apocalypse 5K: 7:00 to 10:00 pm: Haunted Hay Ride every 30 minutes, bonfire and games.


Halloween Pub Crawl
Various locations with free bus ride
Mercer, WI 54547
Saturday, October 29th
4:00 pm to 9:15 pm

Costume Contest, Scavenger Hunt, and Prizes! Free bus ride: Get on or off the bus at any stop. Each bar will vote on the best costumes, combined points determine best dressed! Check the link above for the bus schedule.


12th Annual Haunted Sawmill:  Mudgett’s Murder Mansion
700 Hendricks Street
Merrill, WI 54452
Every Friday and Saturday beginning October 7th
And Sunday, October 30th for Vincent’s Birthday
6:00 to 11:00 pm
Admission: $15, Fast Pass: $25

Enjoy special events like “Clown Takeover Night,” “Night of the Sawmill Dead,” and “Blackout Night”. Tickets are available in advance online or at the ticket window on the nights of shows. A portion of all ticket sales will go directly to local charities including the Merrill Food Pantry and toward local scholarships.

Children’s Matinee, Saturday, October 28th from Noon to 2:00 pm, $15 per child with up to one free adult for each child. Trick or treat, games, face painting, pumpkin painting, lights-on, no-scare fun!

Bill Rebane’s Hollywood Midwest Exhibit
Merrill History Museum
100 East Third Street
Merrill, WI 54452
October 22, 2022 through October 2023
Admission: Donation requested

Museum Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Horror film director Bill Rebane started the first film studio in Wisconsin, near Gleason. Many of the cult-classic films contain footage of local citizens and landmarks. This exhibit features original posters, props, and promotional photos from all around the world. Goggle at the 22-foot spider framework! Be amazed by the audacity of one man’s vision!

Free Opening Reception
Saturday, October 22nd
9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Merrill History Museum

Meet Bill Rebane, age 85, and many of his actors. Get a free VFW raffle ticket and be the first to see this amazing exhibit. Film showing, raffle and food immediately afterward at the VFW.

Free Horror Films
Northwoods Veterans Post
601 North Johnson Street
Merrill, WI 54452
Saturday, October 22nd

Halloween Party Meet & Greet with Park City Paranormal
418 Grand Avenue
Merrill, WI 54452
Saturday, October 22nd
6:00 to 10:00 pm

Meet members of the team and ask questions. Hands-on experience with our equipment. Photos, recordings and evidence of our past investigations. Merchandise for sale. Refreshments offered. Costumes encouraged!


Not-So-Scary Halloween Trail
YMCA of the Northwoods
2003 East Winnebago Street
Rhinelander, WI 54501
Saturday, October 22nd
Noon to 3:00 pm
Admission: Non-perishable food donation suggested.

Trick-or-Treat the Stoney Pines Trail. Please consider bringing non-perishable food donations for the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry! Suitable for all ages.

Sprecksel Slaughterhouse Presents: REINCARN8D – A Haunted House for All Ages
1853 North Stevens Street (behind Reincarnation Resale and Décor)
Rhinelander, WI 54501
October 28th and 29th
4:00 to 9:00 pm
Admission: $5, Children aged 3 and under are free

**Children are encouraged to attend before dark, between 4:00 to 6:00 pm.**

New location. Two dates. Still scary! “The mind runs rampant gazing into the darkness.” Enter at your own risk! Proceeds donated to local charities.


Ghouls and Gals 5K and Monster Mile
Bradley Park
West Spirit Avenue
Tomahawk, WI 54487
Saturday, October 29th

Monster Mile Walk/Run
7:30 to 8:00 pm
Free for ages 1 to 12

5K Walk/Run
8:30 to 9:30 pm
Price: $20.00 Race Fee + $2.20 Sign-Up Fee
(Price increases to $30.00 after October 16th)

New for Halloween this year! A 5K run/walk with a youth Monster Mile. Prizes for best costumes! Headlamps and glow sticks are welcome and recommended. All participants can register in advance online until Noon on October 29th.


Wabeno Fire Department Halloween Fundraiser Demolition Derby
Wabeno Firefighter Grounds
4473 North Branch Street
Wabeno, WI 54566
Saturday, October 15th

  • 11:00 am Trunk or Treat
  • 12:30 pm Demolition Derby Show
  • 12:30 pm Power Wheels and Halloween Costume Contest

Admission: $13 grandstands or lawn chair seating, $10 for ages 12 and under
All proceeds go to the Wabeno Fire Department.


Check Haunted Wisconsin’s Entertainment Guide by County for other Halloween scary, creepy and fun events.