Welcome Fall – and Our Showcase of Spooky Sites

The Nicolet-Wolf River Scenic Byway

By Kim Swisher, Publisher

The changing of seasons brings hues of yellow, orange and red – and the reminder of why we love the Northwoods so much!

We’ve experienced glorious colors and warmer than usual temperatures this season. We’re at, or very close, to peak colors. View the Fall Color Reports here.

It’s truly a beautiful time of year! It’s also a reminder that the spookiest time of year is just around the corner.


Here’s a bit of background on Halloween from History.com:

Photo from The Wild Geese

Halloween originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.

In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1st as a time to honor all saints. Soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween.

Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats. Read more here.


The Northwoods News team has put together a few stories that showcase spooky sites, legends and activities in the area for you to enjoy!

View our Guide to Fall Fun showcasing area events here.

We kick off our Spooky series with a visit to Evil Falls House of Tormented Souls.  Enjoy these stories exploring all things spooky in the Northwoods :



Kim is the owner of Kim Swisher Communications, LLC., and publisher of the Northwoods News. This website has been a long-time dream for Kim, and she’s grateful for the talented and dedicated team of colleagues that she’s privileged to work with.

She has been married to her best friend Mike since 1994.

Together with their rat/fox terrier Bobbie, they enjoy camping and driving the backroads of Northern Wisconsin and the UP. They can be frequently seen riding their electric bikes in Downtown Eagle River and on the Three Eagle Trail.