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Valley Review’s October fright guide


October is upon us and with it arrived a wide variety of opportunities for chills, screams and jolts of adrenaline. 

Halloween doesn’t have to be one day. There’s enough fun for a full season, so plan ahead and start early.

The Realm of Darkness in Kaukauna promises to provide the scares while raising money for a frighteningly good cause. The attraction will accept donations that’ll go to purchase turkey dinners for families in need this holiday season. The Realm of Darkness will be open from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays and Halloween. The schedule is as follows: Oct. 4-5, Oct. 11-13, Oct. 18-20, Oct. 25-27, Oct. 31-Nov. 2. 

Neenah’s Burial Chamber  complex, located at 500 N. Lake St., is one of Wisconsin’s largest. It includes two indoor haunted houses, a haunted woods and burial simulators. Burial Chamber is open from 6:45 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and from 6:45 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays. The schedule is as follows: Oct. 4-5, Oct. 11-12, Oct. 18-20, Oct. 24-27, Oct. 31-Nov. 2.

Terror on the Fox, located at the National Railroad Museum, includes a ride on a haunted train. The award-winning attraction is open from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and on Halloween. It’s open from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for the remainder of its schedule. The schedule is as follows: Oct. 4-5, Oct. 11-13, Oct. 17-20, Oct. 24-27, Oct. 29-Nov. 2.

Spooks on Spurr, located on Spurr Road near New London, includes the 5,000-square-foot Mansion of Misery. Their experience is a full one that starts before walking through the creaky doors. They operate on a number system and offer bonfires, adult beverages and live entertainment for thrill seekers rather than lines. Spooks on Spurr is open on Fridays and Saturdays in October from 7 p.m. until midnight. They will also be open on Halloween night.

Green Bay Fear includes the haunted Shawano Manor, the twisted trail and Mr. Jingles’ Fun House. Take time to browse the haunted midway. Green Bay Fear is open from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursdays and 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Their schedule is as follows: Oct. 4-5, Oct. 10-12, Oct. 17-19, Oct. 24-26 and Oct. 31-Nov. 2.

Youth Go’s Haunted House, a fundraiser for the youth organization and run by its participants, will again provide scares at Neenah’s Old City Garage. The haunted house operates from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Oct. 11-12, Oct. 18-19 and Oct. 25-26. “The Hallows,” a haunted trail, will take place on Oct. 4-5 at Memorial Park from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Appleton North High School’s theatre department will take on the horror genre once again with its long-running A Night to Dismember. The high school haunted house is entering its 20th season and will take place on Oct. 25 and Oct. 26.

Greenville’s Fright Night at the Park will take place at Community Park on Oct. 18-19 and Oct. 24-26. The event will feature a haunted pavilion, hayrides through the paranormal zoo. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

If movie scares are more your style, Marcus’ Valley Grand Cinema has quite the lineup in store. Its October Fright Nights feature a classic at 10 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for $6. The Exorcist runs Oct. 3-5, Friday the 13th runs on Oct. 10-12, A Nightmare on Elm Street runs on Oct. 17-19 and the original 1978 Halloween runs Oct. 24-26.

Those looking for history and intrigue over shrieks, gore and the undead have their options, as well.

Hearthstone Historic House Museum will present Haunted Hearthstone: Sequential Killers of the Victorian Age II. The theatrical tours will provide a glimpse into real-life 19th century serial murders and the beginnings of the murder investigations.  Visitors will tour the historic mansion to live organ music, lead by Victorian police detectives, and meet the killers and their victims. Tours will also include viewing a collection of Victorian mourning artifacts including hair jewelry made from the locks of the deceased. The 50-minute performances start every 15 minutes from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on October 5, 11, 18, 19, 25, 26, and 31.  

Spooks and Spirits Paranormal Tours is conducting walking tours on Fridays and Saturdays beginning at 6:30 p.m. The tours explore Appleton’s paranormal history and begin from Houdini Plaza. Reservations are recommended.