This is it. The first weekend in October.
And that means it’s time again for pumpkin patches, apple picking, fall festivals — and haunted houses!
Whatever your preference, we’ve got a list of area activities that range from mild to wild.
Here are some of the fall season activities you’ll find in the Kenosha area:
Jerry Smith’s Pumpkin Farm — This Somers farm is a Kenosha area tradition and is open daily through October. Visitors will find hand-painted pumpkin characters along with hay rides, pony rides, a corn maze, a petting zoo and a “Giant Jumping Pillow.” The farm is open 4 to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is free to see the painted pumpkins on display. To visit the other attractions, a wristband is required.
The cost is $5 per person Monday through Friday and $10 per person on Saturday and Sunday. 7150 18th St. (highways L and EA). 262-748-7564. Go to www.smithpumpkinfarm.com for more details.
Borzynski’s Farm — You’ll find a massive corn maze — this year’s theme is “Lost City of Atlantis” — along with pumpkin picking, make-your-own candy apples and hayrides at this Racine County attraction. The corn maze costs $9 for adults and $7 for children (ages 4-12) and is open 2 to 10 p.m. Fridays; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays through October. Borznyski’s is 1.5 miles east of I-94 on Highway 20. 262-886-2235. www.borzynskis.com. Note: Late hours start Oct. 6; bring your own flashlights to tackle the eight-acre corn maze after dark.
Swan’s Pumpkin Farm — This huge pumpkin farm is in Franksville and features all kinds of pumpkins, hayrides, Wanda’s Spook House, the Witch Hollow Corn Maze and a petting zoo. Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through October at 5930 County Highway H in Franksville. Admission is free, with fees for some of the individual attractions. 262-835-4885. www.thepumpkinfarm.com.
Apple Holler’s Apple and Pumpkin Festival — This very popular attraction in Sturtevant has hay wagon rides, pony rides, train rides, a “crazy corn maze,” a petting zoo, apple picking and kids games. There’s also plenty of food. Open daily through October at I-94 and Highway KR. Call 800-238-3629 or log on at www.appleholler.com for hours and pricing information.
Dr. Destruction’s “Haunted Manor” — The resident ghoul of Jerry Smith’s Pumpkin Farm is back with an all-new spooky attraction. On Highway L in Somers. Open 4 to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $7. The Jerry Smith Pumpkin Farm is located on Highway L (18th Street) just west of Green Bay Road in Somers. www.smithpumpkinfarm.com. Note: The Haunted Manor has its own entrance and is not in the wristband area that requires an additional fee.
Haunted House at Kemper Center — The Kemper Center plays host to a new set of creepy creatures each year, from mortuaries to freak shows. This year’s attraction starts Oct. 11, running 6 to 11 p.m. Fridays and 7 to 11 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 26. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for children (under age 10). Note: “Kiddie tours” (with the lights on) are 6-7 p.m. Fridays. At Kemper, 6501 Third Ave.
Abandoned Haunted House — This attraction — off of I-94 just north of Highway 11 in Racine County — offers two haunted houses (“Ambush” and “Hysteria”) to tour. And, no, you can’t tour just one. There is also “Stalker” (a haunted cornfield) and a new attraction where you throw axes! Opens at 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday through Nov. 2. It’s also open Sundays, Oct. 20 and 27, and Thursday, Oct. 31. “Blackout Night,” a lights-out haunted house tour, is Nov. 2. Ticket booth opens at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15-$35, with fast passes available. www.abandonedhauntedhouse.com.
Soul Reapers Haunted House at the Kenosha County Fairgrounds — This haunted attraction in Wilmot is open at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 2. It’s also open Sundays, Oct. 20 and 27, and Thursday, Oct. 31. Admission is $17 ($25 for a fast pass). For more details, go to www.soulreapershaunt.com.
Dungeon of Doom — This first-rate attraction scares the crowds who come to 600 29th St. in Zion, Ill. If you’re feeling brave, you can also opt for the “Buried Dead or Alive” experience. Opens at 7 p.m., mainly Friday-Sunday with more nights on Halloween week. The cost ranges from $30-$50, depending on the level of scares. Buy tickets online at www.dungeonofdoom.com. Note: “Blackout nights” are Nov. 8-9.
Six Flags Great America’s Halloween Fright Fest — Features kid-friendly fun in the daytime and terrifying thrills after dark. The theme park in Gurnee, Ill., features haunted houses, “scare zones,” live stage shows and about 200 roaming monsters throughout the park. Plus, some of the theme park’s rides receive “an eerie makeover” for the season. For more details and tickets, go to www.sixflags.com.
Dan Patch Stables’ Haunted Hayride — This ride, on the grounds of the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, features spooky scenes. Rides are 6 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays, through Nov. 2, plus Sunday, Oct. 31, and Thursday, Oct. 31. The first ride each night, at 6 p.m., is family friendly. There is a concession stand and a bonfire each night. The cost is $15 for adults, $8 for kids (age 4-10) and free for kids age 3 and younger. www.danpatchstables.com. 262-215-5303.
Pringle Nature Center, 9800 160th Ave. inside Bristol Woods County Park, is hosting two Halloween-themed hikes this month. Up first is a Halloween Candlelight Night Hike from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 25. Come out if you dare to see if the ghouls really do come out at night! Hikers should come in costume. Participants will be given a candle to guide them on their adventure and might hear things that go bump in the night in the woods. Come and leave when you like on this self-guided hike. The hike repeats from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 26. Hot chocolate will be provided. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $6. www.pringlenc.org
The trails of Richard Bong State Recreation Area, 26313 Burlington Road, will be lit with luminaries and jack-o’-Lanterns from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 19 for the annual Eco-Halloween Hike. There will also be Halloween skits, campfires, refreshments for sale, games and crafts. This is a non-scary, family event. Note: Visitors may arrive anytime between 6:30 and 8 p.m. to sign up for a 30-minute hike. The entire event is held outdoors, so dress for the weather. The cost is $2 per person (free for children under age 4) in addition to the park entrance fee. www.bongnaturalistassociation.org/events/ or 262-878-5600.
Boo at the Zoo — with special activities for children, including trick or treating through the zoo grounds and spooky crafts — is 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St. www.racinezoo.org. Note: Activities are included with zoo admission.
Boo at the Zoo and Halloween Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular — The Milwaukee County Zoo gets into the holiday spirit on Oct. 18-19 with “Boo at the Zoo,” featuring a Halloween Haystack Maze and a haunted train ride. 6 to 9 p.m. On Oct. 25-26, visitors can go trick-or-treating among the animal exhibits during the zoo’s “Halloween Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular,” 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 25 and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 26. www.milwaukeezoo.org or 414-256-5466.
Boo! at the Zoo — The Brookfield Zoo is hosting its Boo! at the Zoo Halloween celebration, Saturdays and Sundays (Oct. 12-27). Zoo visitors can learn about scorpions, giant spiders, snakes and bats. Also, animals will be receiving their Halloween treats. Other attractions include the haunted hayride, a corn maze, pumpkin patches throughout the grounds and a Creepy Carousel. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. www.CZS.org/events or 708-688-8000.
Creepy stuff for kids
Dinos in the Dark — Take a flashlight tour of the Dinosaur Discovery Museum. Bring a flashlight and walk among the dinosaurs, which “will come alive in the shadows.” At 5608 10th Ave. $5 admission. Note: Registration is required in advance. Call 262-653-4450. Tours are 6, 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 and 25 and 10, 10:30, 11 and 11:30 a.m. Oct. 26.
Family Costume Party — Family members (all ages!) are invited to dress in costumes for this Halloween party, featuring crafts, music, a scavenger hunt and a costume contest from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 at the Northside Library, 1500 27th Ave. Admission is free.
Munchkin Masquerade — Little ghouls and goblins are invited for a day of Halloween fun at the Jelly Belly Center, 10100 Jelly Belly Lane. There will be face painting, balloon art, a magician and prizes. 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 26. Free admission. www.jellybelly.com.
Day of the Dead — The Kenosha Public Museum hosts this Mexican festival on Oct. 26. Visitors will learn about making an ofrenda (altar) from Bradford High School Spanish students, play Mexican games and enjoy performances by the Ballet Forklorico Regional Mexicano, showcasing dances from across Mexico. Admission is free. 1 to 4 p.m. at the Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Ave.
”Old Weird America: Haunting Images: Spirit Photography from the Civil War to World War I” — Join historian Cathy Polovina in this program at the Northside Library, 1500 27th Ave. Seeing is believing. In a 19th century America awash in civil strife, technical miracles and outrageous frauds, the development of photography encompassed them all in the practice of capturing “ghosts” on film. Was spirit photography proof of life after death, as so many longed to believe — or the mere humbug of an opportunistic entrepreneur? 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 24. Admission is free.
Victorian Spiritualism — This program, at the Civil War Museum, 5400 First Ave., will explore “the practices of Victorian spiritualism that took the world by storm throughout the 1800s.” Visitors will participate in a seance, along with Tarot card and palm readings. The program also features early “ghost photography” and ghost stories. 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 11. Note: This program is for adults, ages 21 and older. The cost is $20, and registration is required. Call 262-653-4141.
Ghost Hunting— The Dinosaur Discovery Museum, 5608 10th Ave., invites visitors to go “ghost hunting” from 9 to 11 p.m. Oct. 18. Participants will “hear spooky stories of strange happenings in the historic museum building and explore possible evidence of the paranormal captured by real-life ghost hunters.” Note: This program is for adults, ages 18 and older. The cost is $20, and registration is required. Call 262-653-4450.
Ghost Tours — The Genesee Theatre in downtown Waukegan, Ill., is hosting ghost tours of the Genesee with The Supernatural Investigation Crew on Oct. 11. The one-hour guided walking tours will explore the ghost stories surrounding the historic theater. Tours start at 6 p.m. The cost is $10 per person, and space is limited. Call 847-263-6300 or email Tickets@GeneseeTheatre.com to reserve tickets.
Women in Motion
The dance troupe, which performs routines to raise money for local charities, is performing 6 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Union Park art galleries as part of a Second Saturday Art Walk event. Women in Motion is also performing at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Brat Stop’s Fridayween. And, on Oct. 26, the group takes part in the Red Witch trolley Bus Pub Crawl, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the “witches ball” in the Danish American Club, at 63rd Street and 22nd Avenue.
The dance troupe wraps up the Halloween season with an Oct. 31 performance at 8:30 p.m. at tg’s, 4120 Seventh Ave. For more information, email WIMKenosha@gmail.com.
Legends and Lore
Old World Wisconsin is hosting ”Legends and Lore,” where visitors “explore the Crossroads Village after dark at this always spooky, sometimes scary, family-friendly Halloween event.” At this outdoor living history museum, “supernatural tales brought to Wisconsin over the generations come to life as you venture into the dark of the woods, encounter traveling performers around their fire, hear eerie tales performed by lantern light and attempt a haunted maze under the light of the moon.”
Wendigo’s Bonfire is 8:30 p.m. Then the Undertaker leads The Night Parade — when the church bell tolls, summoning the spirits back tot he other side. 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 18-19 and 25-26. The cost is $12 for adults, $9 for youths (ages 5-17) and free for children age 4 and younger. Guests should dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes and get ready to huddle together for safety from the ghosts and ghouls on the grounds. For more information, call 262-594-6301 or log on at https://oldworldwisconsin.wisconsinhistory.org/ Old World Wisconsin is located on Highway 67 just south of Eagle.