Looking for some unique Halloween ideas during the scariest year of them all? Look no further! Coronavirus doesn’t have to cancel Halloween; in fact, many local area attractions have made modifications to be as safe as possible, while still being fun and entertaining. Over the years, I’ve visited most haunted attractions in Northeast Wisconsin. Here are a few of my favorites.
Commando Paintball Sports in Little Suamico is still featuring their Zombus this year – climb aboard a school bus outfitted with paintball guns, and shoot at zombies in a battle of apocalyptic proportions! This attraction also features add on options with your ticket, for a Haunted Trail and Laser Tag. Arriving early is definitely a benefit, and saves time in line. To make things safer this year, Commando Paintball will be taking everyone’s temperature as they arrive. Those running a temperature will be turned away. Face masks are required on the Zombus, and they will be spacing people out on the bus to encourage social distancing. All paintball guns and seats will also be sanitized in between runs.
If you would like to get away to Door County for the weekend, the Haunted Trolley is still running this year. Hear local ghost stories in between stops to various local bars. The trolley is booking to about 75% capacity this year to encourage spacing between passengers and usually sells out. Other safety measures include wearing a mask on the trolley (unless eating or drinking), sanitizing in between rides, and leaving the windows open (if it’s not too cold) to increase airflow. This is a unique Halloween attraction that draws people from near and far and is a lot of fun for those looking for something different to do on Halloween.
Every fall the Hickory Hills Golf Course in Chilton, WI puts on a haunted golf cart ride that’s scary fun, and you can also request a “kid-friendly” version for those with young passengers. Climb aboard a chauffeured golf cart, and take a tour of the haunted woods and machine sheds around the property. Don’t forget to ask your driver for a “PG” ride, and they will turn on a warning beacon to calm any ghosts that may be hiding nearby! This year the clubhouse will be closed and the event will be entirely outdoors. They will still be serving refreshments and concessions in a tent outdoors, for those that wish to purchase any.
Terror on the Fox is back in Green Bay this year, and looks scarier than ever! This haunted house is a Wisconsin Halloween tradition and is always a local favorite. They are limiting capacity this year, so plan ahead and buy tickets ahead of time. Also be sure to check out this event’s website for helpful tips on how to ‘survive’ the night, including wearing a protective face covering during the visit.
If larger events aren’t your style, you might be wondering about Halloween festivities closer to home. It’s unclear if trick-or-treating is canceled, here in Green Bay. However, the CDC is discouraging traditional, door to door trick-or-treating. Some creative ideas have cropped up in the wake of this recommendation, such as: using a drone to drop candy to kids in their yards, using PVC tubes to allow candy to be slid to kids in their yards, or canceling Halloween in favor of 2 celebrations next year.
This is a challenging time for everyone. Some family events have canceled, and everything seems turned upside down. Even though things may look a little different this fall, there are still plenty of ways to safely celebrate and have fun. Hopefully, these trick-or-treating alternatives still help you enjoy Halloween with your friends and family!
*Please contact any business before heading out to ensure they are still open/running.*
Also check out 13 Alternatives to Trick or Treating