Halloween guide, 2012
Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on Oct. 20, 2012 at 1:10 p.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on OnMilwaukee.com, but it's possible some details, specials and offers may have changed. As always, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the businesses mentioned in the guide.
Halloween is just around the corner, and there are almost too many spooktacular events in the Milwaukee area from which to choose. Whether you like haunted houses, walking tours, corn mazes or costume parties, here's where you'll find your guide to 2012's scary-good times.
The Alchemist Eye (through Nov. 3)
The Alchemist Theatre
2526 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 426-4169
This suspense-filled horror show follows treasure-hunter Bryant McCartle and his fiancee as they search for the ancient Alchemist Eye, an amulet that will grant them everything they desire. Shows begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10-$23.
David Seebach's "Illusions in the Night" (through Oct. 27)
Greenfield Performing Arts Center
4850 S. 60th St., Greenfield, (414) 659-9325
Magic enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy the Halloween fun of David Seebach's annual Halloween production, featuring amazing broomstick levitations, the menacing giant guillotine, the gruesome "Burned Alive," sawing a woman in half with a buzzsaw and much more.
Halloween Dinner Theater: "Frankenstein" (Oct. 25-28)
Old World Wisconsin
W372 S9727 Hwy 67, Eagle, (262) 594-6301
A themed meal at the Clausing Barn is followed by R.N. Sandberg's theatrical interpretation of Mary Shelley's terrifying classic novel. For performance times, check the website.
HOLLOW-een at the Cave (Oct. 25-31)
2975 Cave of the Mounds Rd., Blue Mounds, (608) 437-3038
There's no need to fear the dark this Halloween at Cave of the Mounds! Bring the family for seasonal crafts and stories by firelight in the Visitor Center, tour the South Cavern by candlelight, enjoy free gemstone and fossil treats and explore the scavenger hike.
Ghosts Under Glass (through Oct. 26)
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory
524 S. Layton Blvd., (414) 257-5611
Gather your little ghosts and goblins for an evening of treats at the Milwaukee Domes. Enjoy fun and frights with the family as you trick-or-treat through the Haunted Dome, enter the children's costume contest, paint pumpkins and more from 6 to 9 p.m. Hot dogs and soda will be available for purchase. Admission is $5 at the door (kids 3 and under are free).
Halloween Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular (Oct. 26)
Milwaukee County Zoo
10001 W. Bluemound Road, (414) 771-3040
The whole family will love trick-or-treating at the zoo, riding the Raven Rail, marching in the costume parade and watching the light show. Event runs 6-9 p.m. Oct. 26 and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.
Stubby's Pub and Grub Halloween Party (Oct. 26)
2060 N. Humboldt Ave., (414) 763-6324
Want to drink free at Stubby's until 2013? Enter the People's Choice Costume Contest and the winner gets to do just that. Plus, enjoy DJ Fred X, a special firkin of Lakefront Pumpkin with Madagascar vanilla beans, and special cocktails and food menus.
BCH Pirate Thriller Crawl (Oct. 27)
Visit brewcityhops.com for details.
The Pirates of McKinley Lagoon will once again set sail on Milwaukee's East Side and Downtown, ransacking bar after bar with flash mob performances of "Thriller." Zombie-fy yourself and join the fun starting at 7:30 p.m. Brush up on your "Thriller" choreography the week before by taking advantage of one or several classes at Summerfield Church, 728 E. Juneau Ave.
Brew City Bombshells (Oct. 27)
6823 W. North Ave., (414) 763-7975
The Bombshells and their special guests return to the Rosebud Cinema Saturday night for a "Best of Milwaukee" Halloween Extravaganza starring the Miltown Kings, Dead Man's Carnival, The M.U.T.E.S. and more. Swing by at 9:30 p.m. and get in for just $8 if you wear a costume.
Bryant's Cocktail Lounge "Mad Men" Halloween Party (Oct. 27)
1579 S. 9th St., (414) 383-2620
Party like Don Draper at Milwaukee's oldest cocktail lounge. The night begins at 8 p.m. Win $100 cash for the best "Mad Men" costume or compete for the title of Sexiest Joan, Best Couple, Best Glen or Most Obscure Character.
"Casper" at the Rosebud Cinema (Oct. 27)
6823 W. North Ave., (414) 763-7975
Bring the whole family to enjoy this classic movie about everyone's favorite friendly ghost. All seats are $5. Movie begins at noon.
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