It’s officially fall, which means the season colorful foliage, pumpkin everything, and all things spooky is upon us. If you’re a fan of the latter, you’ll want to embark on this road trip. Sure to result in a fright-filled adventure, it’ll take you straight to some of Wisconsin’s most notorious haunts.
The route we’ve mapped out spans 226 miles and should take about four hours to complete. Of course, that doesn’t include the time you’ll spend at each site.
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1. Pfister Hotel (Milwaukee)
No other hotel in the world contains more Victorian artwork than this historic hotel, but that’s not its only claim to fame. The hotel has a reputation as one of the most haunted places in Wisconsin. And according to the Travel Channel, it’s one of the scariest places in the state, said to be haunted by the ghost of its founder, Charles Pfister. Guests have reported hearing phantom footsteps as well as seeing Pfister’s apparition.
2. Dartford Cemetery (Green Lake)
Dubbed one of the most haunted cemeteries in Wisconsin, this notorious graveyard is purportedly home to several spirits, including that of Chief Highknocker, who, according to legend, drowned in 1911 when trying to swim to Green Lake. Civil War-era phantom soldiers, shadowy figures, unexplained sounds, and orbs have also been reported. But the creepiest tale of all involves a particular mausoleum. It’s said that anyone who sits on the mausoleum is pushed down by an unseen force, which many believe belongs to the child buried inside.
3. Riverside Cemetery (Appleton)
There are a lot of gravesites in Riverside Cemetery, but none have garnered quite as much intrigue as that of Kate Blood. Situated a bit off the beaten path, the gravesite is shrouded in legends and lore, most of which reference the occupant’s identity. Depending on who you ask, people may tell you that Kate Blood was a witch, an adulteress, a murderer, or all three. Others believe she herself was a victim of violence. But whether or not you believe Kate Blood was an ax-wielding witch, there’s no denying the strange occurrences that have taken place at her gravesite. It's a hotbed of paranormal activity; visitors have reported blood seeping from the tombstone, a mysterious dark-hooded figure, extreme temperature changes, and more.
4. Highway 66 Bridge (Steven's Point)
This stretch of Highway 66 near Jordan Park is locally known as Bloody Bride Bridge because of the phantom bride that is said to haunt it. According to legend, a bride and groom were driving home from their wedding when they were involved in a fatal accident on this bridge. In the years since, many drivers have reportedly seen the bloody bride standing on the bridge on rainy nights. And it’s said that if you stop on the bridge at midnight, both the bride and groom will appear in your backseat.
5. Boy Scout Lane (Linwood)
Boy Scout Lane may sound like a wholesome place, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s actually among the most haunted places in the Badger State. The chilling tales surrounding the dead-end road all emulate from a horrific tragedy that claimed the lives of an entire Boy Scout troop. Some say the group got lost in the area and died due to the elements, while others claim the boys were killed by their bus driver. And then, there are those who say that one boy dropped a kerosene lamp, which started a fire that killed the rest of the troop. Today, it’s said that if you visit Boy Scout Lane at night, you’ll likely see the glow of a lantern, floating through the trees.
So, did you know about this real-life haunts? Ever visited any of them? Did we miss your favorite spooky spot? Tell us in the comments section.
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424 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202, USA
431 North St, Green Lake, WI 54941, USA
714 N Owaissa St, Appleton, WI 54911, USA
5800 Jordan Rd, Stevens Point, WI 54481, USA
Boy Scout Ln, Stevens Point, WI 54481, USA