: 4:30–8:30 pm
Contact Info E-mail: oww@
: For recorded information call 262-594-6300; during operating hours call 262-594-6301.
Halloween Legends and Lore
Drop in anytime. This is a spooky, not scary, rain-or-shine event. This Halloween Old World Wisconsin will celebrate the legends immigrants brought with them and the folklore they created with a new activity and storytelling event featuring Wisconsin ghost stories from the 19th and early 20th centuries, mingled with the folk and fairytales of the Old World. Halloween Legends and Lore combines spooky and fun daytime activities with macabre and magical nighttime stories.
During the long dark nights of autumn, rural families and communities, isolated by distance and surrounded by the dark forests of 19th-century Wisconsin, often turned to telling stories for entertainment, comfort, instruction and camaraderie. They shared the familiar tales of their own heritage, and began to create a rich tradition of Wisconsin folklore, spreading the stories of the Ridgeway Ghost, Paul Bunyan, Whiskey Jack and thousands more. Halloween Legends and Lore is a celebration of the strange, weird and fantastic tales we've listened and shivered to, shared and giggled over, and half believed from childhood to today.
Find your way through multiple fantastic mazes ranging from the whimsical to the eerie. Burn off energy while fleeing ghosts or dancing in the enchanted fairy circle. Solve strange riddles and puzzles, create and decorate macabre artifacts that you can take home, and encounter cackling witches, gloomy grave diggers, strange beasts, freaky fortune tellers and bizarre entities. Learn the terrifying origins of the Ridgeway Ghost, and witness ghostly tales come to life. Enjoy tasty and disturbing treats and drinks. The evening culminates with a wild bonfire finale.
Guests from our first weekend said:Thanks to Our Supporting Sponsor, WaterStone Bank:
Visit a WaterStone Bank branch for a coupon good for $2 off the admission price.
: Adults $10, children through age 17 $7 (best enjoyed by children 8 and older).
: Old World Wisconsin documents the settlement of 19th- and early 20th-century Wisconsin. It comprises an 1870s crossroads village and 10 ethnic farmsteads located on 576 acres of wooded hills in the Southern Unit of Kettle Moraine State Forest.
: Old World Wisconsin
: W372 S9727 Hwy 67
PO Box 69
: Reasonable accommodations will be made for individuals requiring wheelchairs for mobility. Trams are equipped to transport visitors using wheelchairs during regular museum operating hours. Call ahead to make arrangements at 262-594-6301.
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