Wisconsin Paranormal Tours
It’s almost time, my fellow weirdos. Halloween is nigh upon us! Even though it’s practically October 31st year ’round in my household, the closer it gets to October the more I hunger for a good ghost story. If you’re anything like me, you’re too impatient to wait any longer. Luckily this is Wisconsin, and there’s always some strange story threatening to shamble out from behind the dark side of the dairy barn. Here’s a list of various paranormal tours around America’s sickest state, many of which have been offering tours all summer long.
Bayfield Ghost and History Walks
Guests are invited to carry candle lanterns on either of the two different ghost walks offered, which also promise stories of Lake Superior UFOs and Bayfield’s own version of Bigfoot. Visit their website for more information.
Burlington Sacred Sites Tours
Burlington’s Sci-Fi Cafe offer a myriad of “sacred sites” tours, ranging from haunted woods and cemetery tours to the more unusual ancient burial mound and enchanted forests tours. Pretty offbeat, even for the paranormal tourism industry. Here’s the website which offers complete details.
Ghost Tours of Cedarburg
Their website promises a “candle lit walk through historic downtown Cedarburg” where you’ll hear tales of “death, murder, and bizarre dealings.” Their website is currently offering a half-price “back to school special” for August/September 2012.
Ghost Tours of Door County
Door County Trolley, Inc offers a number of different trolley tours, even a haunted pub crawl. Any tour which asks you to “step aboard the trolley of the doomed,” is right up my alley. Online ticket purchases available on their website.
Madison Capitol Square Ghost Walks
These walks are held by appointment for groups of 8 or more and offer “tales of haunted history, ghost stories, local folklore, and recent reports of paranormal activity.” A waiting list is available for groups smaller than 8. Visit their website for more info.
Gothic Milwaukee Ghost Tours
This tour promises to show you the “spook-tacular side of Milwaukee.” Tours take place rain or shine in Downtown Milwaukee. Their website feature the option to buy tickets online.
Milwaukee’s Haunted Bar Tour>
Shaker’s Cigar Bar claims to be “Milwaukee’s haunted bar.” Ghost tours of Shaker’s run Wednesday-Saturday and promise to allow you take the tour with a “stiff drink in your hand.” The tour’s website also claims Shaker’s is consider by many to be a “portal to the other side.” Go easy on the Jager Bombs, least you stumble into another dimension.
Milwaukee Ghost Tours
“Milwaukee’s original haunted tour” boasts the impressive accolade of being voted Best Walking Tour of 2011 via WISN’s Spring A-List, and has also been listed as #20 on OnMilwaukee.com’s “100 Things to do in Milwaukee.” They offer guided walks through Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, otherwise know as “The Bloody Third.” Visit their website for more information. Of particular interest is the site’s blog, which offers a plethora of historic Milwaukee hauntings.
Port Washington Ghost Walk
These walks are available on summer weekends via request, and there are also professionally recorded audio tours if you’d rather go it on your own. The guided tours promise a walk through downtown as well as a nocturnal visit to Port’s “necropolis.” Here’s their website.
Downtown West Bend Ghost Walks
This tour blends “historical information with local legends and eyewitness accounts.” It’s guided by the author of some upcoming book called “Washington County Paranormal: A Wisconsin Legend Trip.” Word on the street is that this guy also writes for Wisconsin Sickness and is a shameless shill of the best (or worst) sort. Here’s the website.
Imprisoned Spirits: Paranormal Museums Tours
This is the Washington County Historical Society’s guided tours of the Old Courthouse Museum and Old Sheriff’s Residence and Jail.Stories involving electrocuted custodians, murdered inmates, and sadistic criminals abound. Tours are available on very select dates from July through October, and all proceeds benefit a non-profit. Visit the WCHS’s website.