Volume Oneâ€™s spookiest special section
WRITERS Chad Lewis, Barbara Arnold DESIGN Serena Wagner LISTINGS Tyler Griggs
THE FIVE SPOOKIEST PLACES IN THE VALLEY
Longtime paranormal investigator Chad Lewis offers his list of top scary spots.
KELLYFLYS VIA CREATIVE COMMONS
s you prepare to engage in the splendid Halloween traditions of putting up decorations, carving jack-o’-lanterns, and deciding on which terrifying costume best suits you, don’t forget about the more sinister side of the holiday. According to legend, as Halloween approaches, the veil that separates our world from the spirit world gets thinner and thinner, eventually allowing us a quick peek into whatever else may be out there. However, this also means that whatever creepiness is on the other side has free range to explore our world as well. With that spirit in mind, I have put together my top list of spooky places in the Chippewa Valley. These places provide you with the opportunity to experience a Halloween filled with strange ghosts, bizarre monsters, and enough puzzling mysteries to get you into the haunted spirit of the season. Sheeley House Saloon AARON CARLSON VIA CREATIVE COMMONS
Half Moon Lake
1. HALF MOON MONSTER
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3. Lakeview Cemetery
EAU CLAIRE The story of the sea serpent inhabiting Half Moon Lake first surfaced (literally) during the summer of 1886 when fisherman witnessed a giant seven-foot monster lurking in the depths of the lake. Skeptics tried to slow the panic from a terrified public by explaining that the monster was nothing more than an overgrown sturgeon, an immense turtle, or simply a fictional creation drummed up by over-imaginative anglers. However, with several more sightings and the fact that the creature also began appearing in the Chippewa River, theories of a prehistoric beast swimming up from the ocean took over the city. Whatever the aquatic beast was, it was never captured, meaning that you should think twice before dangling your toes in Half Moon Lake.
chippewa falls You can go to any bar in Wisconsin and see weird things happen, but if you want them to be paranormal you should drop in at this historic establishment as many odd things have happened to both the staff and customers. Bartenders routinely report items moving on their own, customers see the faint apparition of a woman descending the stairs, unexplained footsteps have been heard, and disembodied lights appear throughout the entire restaurant. Since the 1860s, numerous businesses have occupied the building, and several deaths have occurred, yet the majority of the haunted activity gets blamed on James Sheeley’s daughter, Kate, who met her end soon after tumbling down the home’s narrow staircase.
Eau Claire Graveyards were once considered portals between the living world and the spirit world, so when your loved one passed away it would be much easier for them to travel from our world to whatever world exists beyond. Yet some people visiting this large boneyard believe the process is working in reverse – meaning the dead continue to come back to the living. It is here that many unsuspecting visitors have noticed a dark shadowy figure lurking from gravestone to gravestone. Others have heard a mysterious rapping or knocking coming from one of the markers. It is said that if you are brave enough to visit the cemetery at night, and if you sit still and watch, you will catch glimpses out of the corner of your eye of spirits wandering the grounds.
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4. devil’s punchbowl MENOMONIE There are some places around the world that seem to act like a paranormal beacon attracting all kinds of supernatural activity. Luckily for you, the aptly named Devil’s Punchbowl is one such place. For decades people have reported strange balls of lights changing in size, shape, and color as they maneuver around the woods. Strange apparitions, disembodied voices, and unexplained noises are also commonly reported. But my favorite story involves visitors coming face-to-face with a creature they believe to be a gnome or goblin. Seemingly straight out of folklore these creatures are reported to be around 3 to 4 feet tall with pointed ears and a pointed cap. Unfortunately most of the people who encountered this creatures did not stick around long enough to gain a better look.
5. lowes creek Road eau claire Like most great legends, the bizarre stories coming from Lowes Creek Road have been around for quite some time. In 1908, the Leader-Telegram reported that three “steady” young men got the scare of a lifetime when their peaceful nighttime horse ride home was interrupted by a mysterious flashing bright light that raced after the trio, ensuring that they made it home in record time. Fast forward to a cold early morning in 2006, a young woman was driving into town when she noticed a strange looking dark-haired woman lurking on the side of the road wearing nothing more than a flimsy pink dress. The mysterious woman stood motionless as she lifelessly stared at a nearby hill. The driver noticed that the woman showed no signs of the cold and began to wonder if the woman was ever really there.
Paranormal investigator Chad Lewis (chadlewisresearch.com) makes frequent presentations about the weird and unexplained. He will hold a discussion about “Wisconsin’s Most Haunted Locations” at 6:30pm Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the Chippewa Falls Public Library, 105 W. Central St.. At 7pm on Saturday, Oct. 24, he’ll present “Spooky Chippewa Valley: Tales of Ghosts, Monsters, and UFOs” at the Clarion Inn Campus Area, 2703 Craig Road, Eau Claire. Tickets for that event are $9 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. VolumeOne.org 27 Oct. 14, 2015
SKI SPRITES’ DOWNTOWN FRIGHTS Annual haunted house sponsored by the Eau Claire Ski Sprites moves downtown WORDS: barbara arnold
H I’M ON MY GRIND. You’ll find local spooks galore at the EC Ski Sprites’ Haunted House in their new location downtown.
P H O T O : AN D R E A P A U L S E T H
alfway up the Dewey Street Hill – in a block of darkness – IF YOU GO in a non-descript gray cement building with the windows Van Krumple Mortuary & painted over – projecting out Crematorium Haunted House of THE slope of the hill – with newly Presented by the Eau Claire Ski Sprites added bright orange neon lights on the roof – is downtown Eau Claire’s 415 S. Dewey Street, Eau Claire only haunted house, the Van Krumple Thursday-Saturday, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.: Mortuary & Crematorium. Van Krumple October 15-17, 22-24, 29-31 will come alive, so to speak, for three long weekends in October with cold human corpses waiting for identificaThe creation of Van Krumple comes tion, or removal for an autopsy, or from the mind of Jeff Ludwikowski, disposal by burial, burning, or other who makes it his mission to study methods. other Halloween hauntings to find the Yes, Eau Claire’s premier Halloween scariest, the most realistic, and the most attraction sponsored by the Eau Claire interactive experience. Ski Sprites is baaaccckkkk – with all its Over 80 Ski Sprite member volunhowling, scary, and teers – water skiinteractive success ers, their parents, – for the first time family members, in downtown Eau and friends – spend Claire. countless hours “We’re thrilled building the sets to have found a and horrifying permanent home displays. And then in downtown Eau each weekend, Claire,” shares some of them actuColleen Weber, fundally transform raising chair of the themselves into Ski Sprites Water Ski eerie beings to Club. “With so much participate in the energy and activity weekend events. taking place downThe Ski Sprites town – plus bars, are also partnering restaurants, and the with the UW-Eau movie theater – now Claire Water Skiing folks can stop by for Club and Boy Scout a scary experience. Troop 90, who are - CO L L E E N W E B E R We are closer to the providing sweat fundraising chair, university, too, so equity for the event. Eau Claire Ski Sprites students can just Due to the scare walk downtown or factor of this attrachop on the bus to tion, the event is our new location.” not recommended for young children Prior to this year, the Ski Sprites’ under the age of eight. All funds raised Halloween Hauntings were at the Eau through the haunted housesupport the Claire Expo Center for more than a Ski Sprites, who perform two shows decade. Thanks to their new neighbors, a week all summer at Lake Altoona Hillside Dental (which is selling the County Park. building to the Ski Sprites) the club will Learn more about the Ski Sprites no longer have to haul the makings of and their haunted house at www. its haunted attractions in three semiskisprites.com. trucks.
“With so much energy and activity taking place downtown – plus bars, restaurants, and the movie theater – now folks can stop by for a scary experience.”
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SPOOKY LISTINGS Everything the Valley offers to make the holiday truly spook-tacular (sorry for using that word) RANDY LEE
ATTRACTIONS Corn Maze at Schultz’s Country Barn Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 10am-5pm; Saturdays 11am-5pm until Oct. 31 • Schultz’s Country Barn, 50996 N. Main St., Eleva • $7 adults, $5 children ages 5-12, FREE ages up to 4, groups of 10 or more get $1 off • 287-4684 • schultzscountrybarn.com Take a challenging tour through this corn maze. Ski Sprites Haunted House Thursdays, Fridays, and
Saturdays Oct. 15-31, 7-11pm • 415 South Dewey St., Eau Claire • $10 • 563-1303 • skisprites.com/hauntedhouse.html The Ski Sprites are out of the water for the season, but they’re drying off in their Haunted House. They’re bringing back their haunted house to downtown Eau Claire. Are you brave enough?
Fall Harvest at Valley Pasture Farm Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until Oct. 25, 10am-6pm • Valley Pasture Farm, E7631 N County Road E, Elk Mound • $8.50/person, children under age two are FREE • valleypasturefarm.com Enjoy a pumpkin patch, corn maze, wagon rides, bounce houses, Spooky Ridge Trail, Pedal Toy Track, Corn Dig, and Magical Woodland Maze, with pumpkin bowling, mini golf, straw fort and tunnel play area, gemstone mining, pet and feed farm animals, a jack-o-launcher, and produce stand. On Saturdays and Sundays, enjoy the Crazy Corn Cannons, 80’ Giant Spooktacular Slide, apple slinging, and food stand for an additional fee.
Trick-or-treating in downtown Eau Claire
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Govin’s Corn Maze Fridays 4-10pm; Saturdays 10am-
10pm; Sundays 11am-5pm until Oct. 31 • Govin’s Meats and Berries, N6134 670th St, Menomonie • Corn maze: $10.50 for ages 5+, $4 ages 2-4 (last tickets sold one hour before close); extra charge for corn and cannon shots • 231-2377 • govinsfarm.com Featuring an 11-acre corn maze, flashlight maze, pig races, hay jump, corn cannon, pumpkin patch, pumpkin cannon, farm animals, hay rides, corn box, jumping pillow, mini golf, concessions, and more. See contact info for exact directions to Govin’s.
1st Annual Zombie Hunt Fridays and Saturdays until Oct. 31, 6-10pm • Battlefield Paintball, W12151 Vold Rd., Osseo • $10 • 597-6644 • bfpaintball.com Entry fee gives attendees all the equipment they need and 50 rounds of paint. Those who dare to take on the Zombie Hunt will climb aboard an M35 Cargo Military truck and take off for the woods. Special effects, Glow in the dark paint and LED lights will really make things interesting. Hipps Pub Twisted Trail of Terror Oct. 23-24 & Oct.
30-31, 6-9pm • Hipps Pub-N-Grub, s7650 State Hwy 37, Eau Claire • 834-7822 • $5 • All ages • Hipps Pub Twisted Trail of Terror returns for its 3rd season, scarier then ever before. This trail is open to all ages, but we recommend younger children come earlier in the night. There will be bloody butchers, zombies, killer clowns, scarecrows, wizards, and so much more.
Spooky Hollow Haunted Barn Fridays & Saturdays Oct. 23-31, 7-11pm • W141 Segerstrom Rd., Mondovi • 210-0233 Spooky Hollow Haunted Barn is a family ran haunted house 5 miles east of Mondovi or 4 mile west of Eleva. There is a corn maze along with the haunted barn. Haunted Barn Oct. 29-31, 7-10pm • 8020 Curvue Rd.,
Eau Claire • $7 per person or $5 with a canned food item • ages up to 5 • Come get scared with us! Pleasant Hill Go Getters 4-H Club and the 4-H Older Youth Council are converting the barn at 8020 Curvue Road, Eau Claire to help raise money for charity. Canned Food items and a portion of the proceeds will go to Feed My People Food Pantry.
TRICK OR TREATING
11th Annual Trunk N’ Treat Event Oct. 26, 5-7:30pm • Eau Claire Ford Lincoln, 2909 Lorch Ave, Eau Claire • FREE • All ages • 852-1000 • eauclaireford.com Free family event for all ages, come dressed in a Halloween costume (costume optional), and check out more than 20 plus decorated vehicles while trick or treating and enjoying free treats. Trick or Treat in Bitty City! Oct. 30, 3-5pm • Children’s Museum of Eau Claire, 220 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire • FREE • Kids (and their grown-ups) • 832-KIDS • cmec. cc If you’re planning to trick or treat in downtown Eau Claire, then Bitty City is a must-see-stop. Bring your littlest ghosts and goblins into the Museum and trickor-treat in our Bitty City. Stop by a variety of stations including the the Orthodontist, Post Office, Half Moon Market, and say hello to the Toddler Park Ranger on your way out.
alternative to Trick or Treating? Look no further than Trunk or Treating hosted by Our Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church. This spooktacular family friendly event will have costumes, decorations, games, hot chocolate and coffee, and lots of candy.
Trick-or-Treat in the Oakwood Mall Oct. 31, 5-7pm •
Oakwood Mall, 4800 Golf Rd, Eau Claire • 836-0101 • oakwoodmall.com Oakwood Mall will host a family friendly Halloween night of trick-or-treating. Ghosts, princesses and all scary and magical creatures in between can join the fun. Find the pumpkin sign in storefronts of participating stores and enter if you dare.
Trick or Treat at Marieke Gouda Oct. 31, 5-8pm • Marieke Gouda, 200 W Liberty Dr., Thorp • FREE • All ages • 669-5230 • mariekegouda.com Come Trick or Treat at Marieke Gouda! Costumes encouraged but not required. Fun for all ages: Corn maze (bring your flashlight) and live music with Rock It Man Entertainment. Treats, coffee, and hot apple cider served. Free Admission.
Trick or Treating in Downtown Chippewa Falls Oct.
30, 3-5pm • Downtown Chippewa Falls • 723-6661 • chippewafallsmainst.org Bring the kiddos downtown in their costumes for the annual Downtown Trick or Treat. Stop by downtown businesses for tons of candy, treats, and fun.
Trick-or-Treating in Downtown Menomonie Oct. 30,
3-5pm • Downtown Menomonie, • 235-2666 • mainstreetmenomonie.org/halloween/ Trick-or-Treaters are invited to visit participating downtown businesses. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Trunk or Treat at Faith Lutheran Church Oct. 31, 4:306pm • Faith Lutheran Church, 733 Woodward Ave., Chippewa Falls • faithlutherancf.org The event is FREE and fun for the whole family! There will be popcorn, hot dogs, and other little snacks available for a small price - proceeds will benefit our youth ministry at Faith Lutheran Church. Our Hope Lutheran Church Trunk or Treat Oct. 31, 5-7pm • Our Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, 240 Chapman Rd., Chippewa Falls • FREE • All ages • ourhopelutheranchurchcf.com Looking for a fun, safe
2015 Eau Claire Zombie Crawl Oct. 17, 4pm-2am
• See description for location details, Eau Claire • Wristbands are $3 or two for $5 • Find this event on Facebook Pre-crawl hangout at The Plus 4-6pm including zombification stations (show up early!). Then at 6pm, roam the downtown for live music, prizes and a thrashin’ good time.
Witches Night Out Oct. 22, 3-8pm • Downtown
Menomonie • FREE participation • All ages • 235-2666 • mainstreetmenomonie.org Enjoy all the fun of your childhood Halloween, but instead of bags of candy your parents have to check, the treats are the finds you discover while shopping for the unique and antique. Shop, socialize, and snack as you and other witches haunt the historic streets of downtown Menomonie looking for sales.
Bad Guy Ball Oct. 23, 7-11pm • Raw Deal, 603 S. Broad-
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way St., Menomonie • FREE • 231-3255 • rawdeal-wi. com Villains. Such a misunderstood breed. Now it’s your turn to bring your inner bad guy out to play. Our Villain Ball is your chance to dress the part of your favorite villain and put those diabolical plans, maniacal laughs, and generally evil plots to work in a friendly environment with a DJ, drink specials, and a subtle air of suspicion.
Singles Connection Halloween Dance Oct. 24, 7pm • Brickhouse Pub & Grub, 2233 Birch St., Eau Claire • $10, $5 members • 879-4446 Dance lessons at 7pm. Dancing with live music by the HGT Band 8pm-midnight. Members will bring a dish to pass. Prizes for best costumes. Dressed to Kill (KISS Klassics Live) + The Mad
Mad Ones Oct. 23, 9pm • House of Rock, 422 Water St., Eau Claire • $5 • 21+ • 838-0158 • house-of-rock. com Dressed to Kill is a full-blown KISS spectacle that brings you back to their glory days of greasepaint, smoke, blood and 70’s era anthems featuring local musicians Joe Gunderson, Dave Schoenrock, Joe Decker, and Steve Stabenow. The Mad Mad Ones from Wausau open the show with their alchemy of grunge, metal, blues and jazz. Doors at 8pm.
Madman’s Diary: Ozzy Tribute Live Oct. 24, 7pm • Every Buddy’s Bar, 19 W. Central St., Chippewa Falls • $10 advance, $15 door • 861-3838 • ozzytributeband.com Unlike any other Ozzy tribute band, the Madmen deliver a giant production with sync’d video, taking Ozzy fans on an awesome ride through Ozzy’s iconic career. Combined with an arsenal of mind numbing theatrics, stage props and pyrotechnics, the Madmen are certain to deliver a killer concert experience. Halloween ComicFest Oct. 31, noon-7pm • Heroes Wel-
come Comics and Games, 424 Main St., Menomonie • All ages • 505-4660 • Facebook.com/HeroesWelcome Heroes Welcome will be giving away free comic books! Jay Reiter will also be signing copies of his new horror comic “Arise” from Satyrn Studios (satyrnstudios.com). Come dressed like a zombie for free Toppers pizza and a chance to be in a Doritos Crash the Superbowl commercial.
Winter Fest Extreme Holiday Party: Wagner’s Super-
get your zombie on You know you wanna party at the Masonic Temple ... Zombie Bash • 7pm to midnight, Oct. 31 • Masonic Temple • 616 Graham Ave., Eau Claire • Tickets: $20 (in advance at The Local Store), $25 at the door • 21+ • Zombies, ghouls, and witches can reunite at the first annual Zombie Bash at the Masonic Temple in downtown Eau Claire on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 7pm to midnight. Event curator and temple caretaker Allen Mazuk promises an unusual and freaky time can be had by all. Attendees will enter the neoclassical Masonic Temple – which by some standards might be considered scary in a gothic sort of way – through the huge eight-foot-high front doors and descend a two-story staircase to the ballroom in the underworld. There, special zombie brews (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), and Hannibal Lecterapproved fingers and brains, along with other ghoulish appetizers, will be served. A DJ will be on hand to spin the tunes so zombies who typically are flat in the ground “dead,” can dance for one night on All Hallows’ Eve. Costumed attire is preferred, and the best costumes will receive prizes yet to be determined – these are zombies after all, and they’re in a meditative state at the moment. Tickets are $20 in advance and are available for sale at The Local Store, and they’ll cost $25 at the door. All zombies and those attending must be 21 years old to enter as alcohol will be served. ID cards will be checked at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Masonic Temple building improvements and renovations fund. –Barbara Arnold
dome Grand Opening Oct. 31, 6pm • Wagner’s Lanes, 2159 Brackett Ave, Eau Claire • $5 general admission, $14 VIP, $25 rooftop bar (purchase at Wagner’s or at winterfestandgames.com) • 828-3536 • wagnerslanes. com Wagner’s Lanes will be celebrating their grand opening with a Halloween bash. Wayland will be performing along with Apollo’s Beacon. Dress in your best Halloween costume or a chance to win a trip to Vegas and other amazing prizes. Limited number of tickets available. Doors open at 6pm. Monster Mash Halloween Party with the Butanes Oct.
31, 7-10pm • Widespot Performing Arts Center, N2030 Spring St. 2nd Floor, Stockholm • $15 Reserved, $18 at the door • 18+ • 307-8941 • widespotperformingarts.org Presenting the Butanes at the best R&B Halloween party in town. The Butanes keep it simple: “Play loud, play fast and by all means, keep the dancers moving.” This year don’t stay home with the lights turned off. Put on your costume and mash it up with the high-octane Butanes. Call or visit online for tickets. Dress up & dance.
Schuh Fly Halloween Party Oct. 31, 7-11pm • Slim’s
Lake Hallie Tavern, 1979 County Hwy OO, Chippewa Falls • FREE • 21+ • 832-9303 • Facebook.com/SchuhFlyBand Schuh Fly plays a variety of popular 50s, 60s, 70s Classic Rock & Country music and some more current hits. Many songs covered were number one on the charts. Performing Beatles, Buffet, CCR, Cash, Clapton, Diamond, Eagles, Orbison and more. Join us for live music that you’ll love to dance to.
Zombie Bash Oct. 31, 7pm • Masonic Ballroom, 616 Graham Ave., Eau Claire • $20 in advance $25 at the door Tickets available at the Local Store • 21+ • Zombie Bash held Halloween night with music, food, fun, a cash bar, and prizes for best costumes. The Thundermen Oct. 31, 8pm • The Moose Family
Center, 3606 Curvue Rd., Eau Claire • $5 cover charge for dancing • All ages • 835-6522 Live music. Moose members and their family and guests welcome.
Halloween Party with Costume Contest and Live Music Oct. 31, 9pm-2am • My Place, 408 Galloway St., Eau Claire • 21+ • 835-5483 Live music by classic rock band Straw Whistle, plus a costume contest at midnight (winner gets $175).
Rockalypse Oct. 31, 9pm • Rookie’s Pub, 616 N Bridge
St., Chippewa Falls • FREE • 21+ • (534) 220-7027 • Facebook.com/rookiespubcf Come catch the groovy ghoulies aka Rockalypse, as we slither into the haunted house of Rookies Pub, a 2NITE Halloween Party. Come dressed in your favorite costume and scare everyone.
Jenny and the Lost Boys Oct. 31, 9pm • Bill’s First and Goal, 29 E. Park Ave., Chippewa Falls • FREE • 21+ • 723-7822 Jenny and the Lost Boys hit Bill’s First n Goal Halloween night. Come out for great music, great beer, fellowship with other ghosties and ghoulies and longleggedy beasties and fabulous costumes and prizes. Yam Cannon as David Bowie + The Jaggernauts as The Cure Oct. 31, 9pm • The Plus, 208 S. Barstow St,
Eau Claire • 832-8844 • pizzapluseauclaire.com Local rock bands celebrate Halloween with tribute sets to Bowie and The Cure.
Heaven and Hell Halloween Party Oct. 31, 10pm •
Playmakers Bar & Grill, 101 Graham Ave., Eau Claire • 21+ • 830-8292 • playmakerseauclaire.com Come dressed as an angel or as a demon. Come dressed as a super hero or as the grim reaper. Costumes may be wacky, sexy, wild, funny, classic, scary, professional, or even gothic. For one night only, let your wild side take over and enjoy the beautiful atmosphere we call Halloween. DJ will start at 10pm with costume contests at midnight.
Halloween Bash feat. Picard + Stare Across + TBA
Oct. 31, 10pm • House of Rock, 422 Water St., Eau Claire • $5 • 21+ • 838-0158 • house-of-rock.com Picard is a local melodic and progressive art metal/hard rock band. Stare Across is a local hard rock band featuring Tony Stamm, Jackson McMahon, Rich Till, and Joseph Gunderson. Doors at 8pm.
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KIDS EVENTS Magical Foaming Potions Oct. 14, 10:30-11am & 3:30-4pm; Oct. 15, 10:30-11am, 3:30-4pm, & 5:306pm; Oct. 16, 10:30-11am & 3:30-4pm; Oct. 17, 10:3011am & 3:30-4pm; Oct. 18, 2:30-3pm • Children’s Museum of Eau Claire, 220 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire • FREE with Museum admission or membership • Kids (and their grown-ups) • 832-KIDS • cmec.cc Wave your wand and join us for potions class where we’ll whip up some extraordinary chemical reactions. Playin’ with Pumpkins Saturdays until Oct. 24, 10am4pm • Down To Earth Garden Center, 6025 Arndt Ln., Eau Claire • 833-1234 • dwntoearth.com Bring the kids for miniature pumpkin painting. Plus, free pumpkin cookies and hot apple cider in the café. They will have pumpkins in a variety of shapes and sizes, straw bales, mums, gourds and cornstalks for fall decorating. Superhero Science Oct. 20, 10:30-11am & 3:30-4pm; Oct. 21, 10:30-11am & 3:30-4pm; Oct. 22, 10:30-11am, 3:30-4pm, & 5:30-6pm; Oct. 23, 10:30-11am & 3:304pm; Oct. 24, 10:30-11am & 3:30-4pm; Oct. 25, 2:303pm • Children’s Museum of Eau Claire, 220 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire • FREE with Museum admission or
membership • Kids (and their grown-ups) • 832-KIDS • cmec.cc Discover how even the most righteous crime fighters break the most important laws of all. Drop in during live science demos to explore the Science Behind Superheroes.
It’s Pumpkin Carving Day Oct. 20-23, 11am; Oct. 2729 • Tiny Tots Playhouse, 320 S. Wisconsin St., Fall Creek • FREE; included with general playhouse admission of $4/child • Children of all ages welcome • tinytotsplayhouse.org Let your child come and choose their very own pumpkin. Scoop, carve, paint & glitter. Lets make the mess at the playhouse and not at home. All supplies included. Come for the activity; stay for the playhouse fun. Parent Child PiYo Halloween Party Oct. 23, 3:30-
4:15pm • Pure Fitness 4 You, LLC, 1819 Brackett Ave., Eau Claire • $10 • All ages • 456-1182 • purefitness4you.com Come take part in an amazing blend of Yoga and Pilates moves with your kid(s) (all ages). We’ll get them and yourself up and moving with a great music play list. Come dressed in your Halloween Costume and be ready to party with a workout.
Kid’s Club Spook Night Oct. 23, 5-9pm • Eau Claire
Indoor Sports Center, 3456 Craig Road, Eau Claire • $5 admission, children 2 and under are FREE • All ages • 552-1200 • ecsportscenter.com Bring the whole family for a kid friendly Halloween “Spook Night” sponsored by RCU. DJ entertainment, huge inflatables, treats, games and prizes. The Haunted Tunnel, Sea of Spiders and Touch and Feel Guessing Game are just a few of the spooktacular activities that your kids will love. Don’t forget your costume.
Kid’s Halloween Party Oct. 24, 4-7pm • Village of Lake
Hallie Town Hall, 13033 30th Ave., Chippewa Falls • FREE • Ages up to 16 • 579-8993 • hallieoptimistclub. org Bring your little spooks to a fun and safe Halloween Party with games, dancing, food and refreshments. Costume judging at 6pm with prizes awarded. Free Halloween treats. Mom and Dad are allowed to come.
Superhero Power Party Oct. 24, 6:30-8:30pm • Chil-
dren’s Museum of Eau Claire, 220 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire • $15 members / $20 non-members • Kids (and their grown-ups) • 832-KIDS • cmec.cc Holy Smokes, citizens of Eau Claire! Bitty City has been overtaken by a villainous force and your powers are being summoned. We’re calling heroes of all ages for an epic adventure. Costumes not required but always admired.
Spooky Chippewa Valley: Tales of Ghosts, Monsters & UFOs by Chad Lewis Oct. 24, 7pm • Clarion Inn
Campus Area, 2703 Craig Rd., Eau Claire • Adults $9 at the door, children 12 and under $5 at the door • 271-1831 • unexplainedresearch.com Local paranormal investigator Chad Lewis presents the complete paranormal history of the Chippewa Valley; from the bizarre 1800s sea serpent terrorizing Half Moon Lake to modern day ghosts frightening home owners. He has combined these odd cases into one scary presentation for this Halloween season.
Flying Bats & Ghost Rockets Oct. 27, 10:30-11am & 3:30-4pm; Oct. 28, 10:30-11am & 3:30-4pm; Oct. 29, 10:30-11am, 3:30-4pm & 5:30-6pm; Oct. 30, 10:3011am & 3:30-4pm; Oct. 31, 10:30-11am & 3:30-4pm; Nov. 1, 2:30-3pm • Children’s Museum of Eau Claire, 220 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire • FREE with Museum admission or membership • Kids (and their grown-ups) • 832-KIDS • cmec.cc Celebrate Halloween in style with the Children’s Museum. We’ll experiment with chemical reactions and static electricity to create spooky science all week long. Halloween Storytime Oct. 29-30, 10:15am • L.E. Phil-
lips Memorial Public Library, 400 Eau Claire St, Eau Claire • 839-1648 • ecpubliclibrary.info See contact info for details. Oct. 29 storytime intended for ages 0-2. Oct. 30 storytime intended for ages 2+.
Pumpkin Decorating Contest Oct. 30 • L.E. Phillips
Memorial Public Library, 400 Eau Claire St, Eau Claire • Ages up to 12 • 839-1648 • ecpubliclibrary.info Pumpkins must be decorated at home and may be dropped off at Youth Services between Oct. 19-25. Carved pumpkins will not be accepted. Voting is open to the public and will take place Oct. 26 until noon on Friday, Oct. 30. Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded the afternoon of Oct. 30.
Halloween Parade Oct. 30, 11am • Tiny Tots Play-
house, 320 S. Wisconsin St., Fall Creek • FREE; included with general playhouse admission of $4/child • Children of all ages welcome • tinytotsplayhouse. org Let the kiddo’s dress up and have fun visiting the playhouse with their very own halloween costumes, and you receive half price child admission ($2 entrance fee). Have fun listening to party-style Halloween music in our bounce sensory room. There will be a halloween parade and a special gift as you leave. It’s going to be spooky! Come for the activity; stay for the playhouse fun.
Monster Bash Oct. 30, 4:30-6:30pm • Eau Claire YMCA, 700 Graham Ave., Eau Claire • FREE • All ages • 836-8460 • eauclaireymca.org Join us as the VolumeOne.org 32 Oct. 14, 2015
Y’s Schaaf and Hobbs gyms are transformed into a Halloween jamboree complete with balloon animals, bouncy house, carnival games, a costume contest, DJ music, and prizes. Bring the whole family down in their spookiest and silliest costumes for this safe and festive evening.
Optimist Club Halloween Dance for Area Middle School Students Oct. 31, 6:30-8:30pm • Chippewa
Falls Middle School, 750 Tropicana Blvd., Chippewa Falls • FREE • 723-6518 • cfsd.chipfalls.k12.wi.us The Chippewa Falls Optimist Club is hosting a free and safe dance event on Halloween for children in grades 6-8 in the Chippewa Falls and surrounding communities. This is a lock-in event. If you leave the event you will not be able to re-enter. Featuring contests and loads of fun.
LIVE MUSIC For live music events held at bars and clubs, refer to Nightlife Events in this Hauntings events calendar.
Pipe Screams, a Halloween Organ Concert Oct. 23,
7pm • Grace Lutheran Church, 202 W. Grand Ave., Eau Claire • A freewill offering will be collected • All ages • 552-5455 This program features performances by costumed members of the Chippewa Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists playing pieces classical to jazz, and spooky to hilarious. Members of the audience can also wear costumes. Free Halloween treats provided.
20th Annual Big Band Monster Bash Oct. 30, 7pm •
The Armory, 1740 North Ln., Eau Claire • $7 general, $5 youth and student • 839-8877 • ecct.org This annual Halloween-themed event features 10 area high school jazz bands playing the best in jazz music for your listening and dancing enjoyment.
Halloween Dance feat. Troppo Big Band Jazz Or-
chestra Oct. 30, 7:30pm • The Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 South High St., Chippewa Falls • Adults $13, Seniors $12, Youth $6 • 726-9000 • cvca.net Dance with monsters, ghouls, and ghosts to your favorite big band jazz favorites mixed with the best of Halloween themed songs. Troppo Big Band Jazz Orchestra features musicians of all ages throughout the Chippewa Valley, and
enjoys an extensive line of talent, with years of performing experience behind them. Costumes encouraged.
Contradiction Oct. 30-31, 9pm • O’Leary’s Pub, 809 W. Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire • FREE • 834-6611 • americasbestvalueinn.com Rock and country. Rockalypse Oct. 30, 9pm-1am • Rookie’s Pub, 616 N Bridge St, Chippewa Falls • FREE • 21+ • (534) 2207027 • Facebook.com/rookiespubcf Come catch the groovy ghoulies aka Rockalypse, as we slither into the haunted house of Rookies Pub, a 2NITE Halloween Party. Come dressed in your favorite costume and scare everyone. Rave to the Grave Oct. 30, 9pm-2am • Playmakers Bar & Grill, 101 Graham Ave., Eau Claire • 21+ • 830-8292 • playmakerseauclaire.com Anything goes at Playmakers sinfully wild Halloween party. The city’s in-theknow party monsters will don on their most seductive Halloween costumes to revel in the massive 3 level bar amid a sexy, high-octane atmosphere. Supercell & Spydro Rave To The Grave mixing the hottest electro/house styles. Costume contest at midnight. The Gentle Guest’s Super Spooky Devil Worship Whiskey Drinking Fun Time Show feat. The Gentle Guest + Shen Teh + The Heart Pills Oct. 30, 10pm
• House of Rock, 422 Water St., Eau Claire • $5 • 21+ • 838-0158 • house-of-rock.com The Gentle Guest is Eric Rykal and company, back for a night of blaring trombones, strumming guitars, picking banjos, bootstomps, and whiskey-soaked vocals. Shen Teh is a dark cabaret, singer-songwriter channelling the best of Tori Amos and Amanda Palmer. The Heart Pills are synthy-tin can-folk punk. Doors at 8pm.
Spook the Dome Oct. 31 • Loopy’s Grill and Saloon,
10691 Business 29, Chippewa Falls • 21+ • 723-5667 • 723loop.com Halloween party featuring live music by Section 8, performing various styles of music such as classic rock, funk, soul, and jazz.
A Halloween of Classics feat. the Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony Nov. 1, 3pm • Gantner Concert Hall,
Haas Fine Arts Center, 121 Water St., Eau Claire • See contact info for cost • 955-4085 • cvyouthsymphony. org The Youth Symphony is an auditioned music group drawing students, grades 7-12, from a 60 mile radius. This full symphonic orchestra is comprised of students in public, private and home school academic settings.
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FILM SCREENINGS The Shining Oct. 23, 6pm & 9pm • UW-Stout, Applied
Arts 210, UW-Stout, Menomonie • 232-2432 • bdp.uwstout.edu Signing a contract, Jack Torrance, a normal writer and former teacher agrees to take care of a hotel which has a long, violent past. While Jack slowly gets more violent and angry of his life, his son, Danny, tries to use a special talent, the “Shining”, to inform the people outside about whatever that is going on in the hotel.
Spooky Saturday Screenings: Monster House Oct. 24, 3pm • The Volume One Gallery, Located inside the Local Store at the Volume One World Headquarters, 205 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire • FREE • Rated PG • 5520457 • VolumeOne.org Three teens discover that their neighbor’s house is really a living, breathing, scary monster. Ghostbusters II Oct. 29, 5:30pm • Chippewa Falls Public Library, 105 W Central St., Chippewa Falls • FREE • Rated PG • 723-1146 • chippewafallslibrary. org In this lighthearted spooky comedy, a crew of ghost hunters discover a massive river of ectoplasm and a resurgence of spectral activity. This classic features Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis. 48 Hour Film Project Showcase: Spirits, Spectres, and the Undead Oct. 29, 6pm • Woodland Theatre,
Third level of the Davies Center, UW-Eau Claire • 836-3727 • uwec.edu This UWEC film competition has groups of filmmakers shooting a spooky short film in two days. Attend this screening of submissions and vote on your favorite.
Nosferatu & Frankenstein Oct. 30, 7pm; Oct. 31, 2pm,
7pm; Oct. 31, 2pm, 7pm; Nov. 1, 2pm • Friday event: Schofield Auditorium, Schofield Hall; Saturday and Sunday events: Woodland Theatre, Davies Center 3rd floor, UW-Eau Claire • 836-3727 • uwec.edu Frankenstein (1910), a young medical student, trying to create the perfect human being, instead creates a misshapen monster. In Nosferatu, (1922) the mysterious Count Orlok summons an estate agent to his remote Transyl-
vanian castle in the mountains. The score to Nosferatu will be performed live by The Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra Minnesota.
Spooky Movie Marathon Oct. 31, 1-5pm • Fall Creek
Public Library, 122 E. Lincoln Ave., Fall Creek • FREE • ages 15+ • 877-3334 • fallcreekpubliclibrary.org Register in advance for hours of spooky and maybe down-right terrifying fun! Watch scary movies while you munch on zombie fingers, eyeballs, and more. Strict age restrictions for this program. Ages 18+ can register on their own and ages 15-17 must have a signed permission form and/or adult attend with them. Movies are rated PG-13.
Spooky Saturday Screenings - Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Oct. 31, 3pm • The Vol-
ume One Gallery, Located inside the Local Store at the Volume One World Headquarters, 205 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire • FREE • Rated G • 552-0457 • VolumeOne. org Wallace and his loyal dog Gromit set out to discover the mystery behind the garden sabotage that plagues their village and threatens the annual giant vegetable growing contest.
PARANORMAL PRESENTATIONS Chad Lewis: Wisconsin’s Most Haunted Locations
Oct. 14, 6:30-8pm • Chippewa Falls Public Library, 105 W Central St., Chippewa Falls • FREE • Ages 13+ • 723-1146 • chippewafallslibrary.org Chad Lewis is a paranormal researcher and author for Unexplained Research. Chad holds a Master’s of Science degree in Applied Psychology from the University of WisconsinStout. Chad had trekked across the world in search of the paranormal.
Ghosts of Dunn County Oct. 17, 6-8pm • Russell J.
Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda St. NW, Menomonie • Adults are $2, children are $1 • 232-8685 • dunnhistory.org Come for a dimly tour through the Rassbach Heritage Museum to meet the “Ghosts of Dunn County.” Listen to stories of Mabel Tainter, Kraft
State Bank Robbers and more.
Tales from the North Woods Oct. 30, 6-10pm • Wilson
Place Mansion, 101 Wilson Circle, Menomonie • $10 • 12+ • 235-2283 Join us to hear chilling lumberjack tales of ghosts, and fearsome creatures in the Wisconsin Wilderness read to you in the Lumber Baron’s parlor. Performances at 6, 7, 8, and 9pm. Limited seating - advance ticket purchase recommended. Tickets can be purchased at the Wilson Place Gift Shop Fridays and Saturdays 1-5pm.
Pooch Party at the Park Oct. 17, noon-3pm • Chippewa Falls Happy Tails Dog Park, 30 West Central Street, Chippewa Falls • happytailsdogpark.org Flyball exhibitions, canine Halloween contest, hot dog eating contest. Vendors, demos, food, activities, costume contest. Pet Costume Contest & Open House Oct. 31, 11am2pm • Animal Wellness Center of Buffalo Valley, 201 Industrial Dr., Mondovi • FREE • All ages • 926-3836 • Find this event on Facebook The Animal Wellness Center of Buffalo Valley would like you to mark your calendars and come have a meal on us. Saturday October 31st from 11am-2pm. There will be a Hog roast, Raffles, and a pet costume contest.
recreatioN Terror in the Glen: Trail Run Oct. 17, 8-11am • Glen
Hills County Park, 1049 Rustic Rd. 3, Glenwood City • See contact info for cost • 531-1905 • sccwi/titg This trail run is a family friendly 5K and 10K distance run starting promptly at 9am. The ½ mile kids run begins at 10am. It is a Halloween theme run, so all runners are encouraged to dress in their Halloween costume. Proceeds benefit the Topper Partnership Foundation.
Zombie Fun Run/Walk Oct. 17, 9-11am • Action City, 2402 Lorch Ave., Eau Claire • $30 per pre-registered
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runner (before Oct 1st), $125 per Team of 5 runners (includes swag bag for each runner) • Find this event on Facebook Two mile untimed fun run. Also featuring a craft fair, blood drive, and food drive. Zombies are free to participate come dressed and ready to scare ($5 for Zombie to have their make-up done). Zombie boogie 6:30-9:30pm.
Halloween Zumbathon Fundraiser Oct. 24 • Dragonfly
Dance & Wellness, 308 N Barstow Street, Eau Claire • $10 • All ages • 577-2830 • thriverescuehome.org Dress in your best Halloween costume and Zumba for a good cause! Fun family event for all ages to benefit Thrive Rescue Homes. All proceeds go to the kids in our care. Will also have silent auction, door prizes, snacks, and more. Celebrate Halloween, burn some calories, and give back to an amazing anti-human trafficking initiative.
2015 Haunted Hustle 5K & Spooky Sprint Oct. 24, 8am-noon • Owen Park, 1st Ave., Eau Claire • Individual - $25 early bird / $30 regular -- Kids - $10 early bird / $15 regular -- Group (5+) - $20 per person early bird / $30 per person regular • All ages • Featuring a 5K walk/run and Spooky Sprint for the kids, costume contests and entertainment for the whole family. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Eau Claire YMCA Healthy Eating program. The Haunted Hustle is guaranteed to be a great time for all. Visit ghc.ec/Facebook or group-health.com/Events/HauntedHustle.aspx for more information. Carson Park Five and Ten + Kid’s BOO-gie Run Oct. 31, 8:30am • Paul Bunyan Camp, Carson Park, Eau Claire • See contact info for cost • 835-6200 • indianheadtc.org/itc/carson.htm Half Moon 5K run/walk and Carson Park 10 mile run. Kids and adult costume contest and Paul Bunyan lookalike contest at 11am. Pancake breakfast 8:30-11:30am. Zumba PiYO Halloween Bash Oct. 31, 9-10am • Pure Fitness 4 You, LLC, 1819 Brackett Ave., Eau Claire • $8 • All ages • 456-1182 • purefitness4you.com Come take part in the best of both worlds. Thirty minutes of heart pumping Zumba followed by 30 minutes of strength, flexibility and a killer core workout with PiYo (an amazing blend of Yoga and Pilates inspired moves). Halloween costumes are optional.
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Published on Sep 6, 2016