For just the right amount of spook, head to these local Halloween displays. This list includes some of the best decorated houses in the Milwaukee area, and most are totally free to drive by or walk through. Plus, many are designed and created by local residents. Happy Halloween!
1. The Nightmare Before Christmas
2754 S. Logan Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53207
For a spooky treat, drive down to the 2700 block of South Logan Avenue in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood.
You’ll find elaborate and illuminated Halloween decorations with a Nightmare Before Christmas theme.
2. A & J’s Halloween House
2943 S. Clement Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53207
Just mere blocks away from the Nightmare Before Christmas display is A&J’S Halloween House. It features a Beetlejuice theme for 2022. They’ve even been featured on Good Morning, America!
Over the years they’ve donated more than $35,000 dollars to charity. This year, donations go to Pathfinders Milwaukee, an organization that helps homeless youth secure safe housing and resources to be educated and cared for.
The lights are on Sunday night through Thursday night from 5 to 9 p.m. and Friday through Saturday, 5-10 p.m.
3. The Lightmare Before Christmas
N102W17515 Lone Oaks Drive, Germantown, WI 53022
This annual Halloween Lights Show is synchronized to Halloween music that you put on in your car. (Look for the sign indicating the correct station.)
Enjoy musical selections for all ages, including songs like “Purple People Eater,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Ghostbusters” and “Monster Mash.” The playlist changes from night to night throughout the Halloween season.
The light show runs from early October through Halloween night, from dusk until 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, and until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. They also do one for Christmas!
Pro Tip: Avoid the crowds and long car lines by visiting on a weeknight or earlier in the month.
4. Halloween House on 84th St.
3234 S. 84th St., Milwaukee, WI 53227
Head to this decked out house on 84th street for interactive displays you can drive or walk by. It’s spooky enough in broad daylight, but the light shows after dark are especially neat.
They’re open every night in October unless there’s rain or high winds, and the lights are on from dusk until 10 p.m. on the weekends, and from dusk until 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.
Donation box proceeds help support Special Olympics.
5. Nightmare on East Vogel
2615 E. Vogel Avenue, Cudahy, WI 53110
Located in a quiet Cudahy neighborhood, this yard haunt spans three lots and is open for you to walk through and interact with the touch pads. There’s a moldy woman, harvest monsters, 12-foot skelly clowns, Pennywise, and more.
There’s a barrel onsite where you can drop donations for the Urban Cat Coalition (cat litter, food, treats, toys, etc.). A mini coffin is available for monetary donations (at the entrance near the apple tree).
They are open from noon to 10 p.m. on the weekends, and in the evenings on weekdays (weather permitting). Extra parking is available on Delaware Avenue.
6. Halloween House on Oakland Ave.
4870 N. Oakland Avenue, Whitefish Bay, WI 53217
This house goes all out for Halloween each year. Walk through their display full of giant inflatables, and take spooky Halloween photos together. Kids can even drop Halloween drawings and notes in a special mailbox.
The path is open from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m.
7. Jack-O-Lantern Nights at the Racine Zoo
September 29-October 30, 2022
Admission $10 (2 and under FREE)
At this Racine Zoo event, you can stroll through dazzling lights and more than 1,000 festive, hand-carved jack-o-lantern masterpieces created by talented professional artists.
Warm up with seasonal food and beverages, and get into the Halloween spirit! Proceeds benefit the animals and programs of the Racine Zoo.
8. Holy Hill Skeletons
5256 State Road 167, Hubertus, WI 53033
They’re dying to meet you! Local resident Jimmy Zamzow arranges his collection of skeletons every year into an entertaining Halloween display in his front yard along Highway 167, just east of Holy Hill.
This year’s theme is Bingo, in honor of the owner’s late mother who loved the game of chance. It’s part of a larger festival theme, complete with a dunk tank, a bouncy house for skeletons, and a band with dancers.
Go on Friday or Saturday nights if you want to see the lights on.
For directions, plug 5256 State Road 167, Hubertus, Wisconsin into your GPS.
9. Suburban Acres Boneyard
173 W. Suburban Dr., Fox Point, WI
Closed this year: The Ghost Train in Shorewood
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