The Dodge County Fairgrounds will host the first annual Wisconsin Fear Fest during the month of October. Leading up to Halloween, organizers have built-up the suspense over nine opportunities to scare participants. Each date will include a variety of themed-activities and food. After touring fifty-seven other haunted houses, organizers have hand-picked only the best attractions and improved on them for the Beaver Dam event. They feel that they have the most thrilling event that there is to attend this season.
Entry into the festival and parking will be free. However several of the activities will require admission.
If you enjoy a good haunted house, Wisconsin Fear Fest will be offering two options. The outdoor haunted house, Blackout Biohazard, will be zombie themed. While The 13th Ward Asylum is the indoor haunted house, with a scary hospital setting. Admission is only $25 to experience both haunted house attractions. To avoid the general admission line, you may purchase a VIP pass for $10 more.
The haunted houses and spooks are not recommended for children under thirteen years of age. However, free entertainment options for the whole family will include a variety of yard games, seasonal photo opportunities and a scary outdoor movie that will be projected from a local semi-truck. Grab your lawn chairs and don’t miss out on all of this outdoor family fun!
Admission may be purchased for the following “midway” activities: axe throwing across two lanes ($5 for three throws), Bozo’s Paintball Experience, featuring sarcastic talking clowns (100 rounds for $10) and haunted hayrides will embark passengers on a scary storyline around the expansive Dodge County Fairgrounds ($5 per person). There will also be a jail themed escape room which accommodates 2-3 people at a time ($5 for five minutes).
Tickets for the haunted houses and other activities may be purchased online or at the gate. Admission is good for any date.
After you’ve worked up an appetite from screaming, jumping and laughing all night – there will be a variety of concessions and food trucks available. Some offerings include: walking tacos, many mac and cheese options, brats, burgers and other popular fair food. Beer, hot cocoa coffee and apple cider and soda will also be available to purchase. And, we didn’t forget your sweet tooth! (… It is Halloween after all!) There will be a variety of gourmet funnel cake flavors (including seasonal pumpkin), deep-fried Oreos and more.
Wisconsin Fear Fest dates include Fridays and Saturdays from October 8-31, in addition to Halloween night on Sunday, October 31. The haunted houses will scare participants from 7-11pm; while the other activities will open an hour earlier at 6pm.
Most of the events will be held outdoors and the events will be held rain or shine. In the case of inclement weather, be sure to check out the Dodge County Fairgrounds and the Wisconsin Fear Fest Facebook pages for event updates and cancellations. As the event is being held outdoors, masks are encouraged but not required for admission. Masks and sanitizing stations will be available throughout the Fairgrounds.
Event organizers are also seeking actors for both haunted houses, event staff, makeup artists and the building crew for before and after the event. If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Wisconsin Fear Fest at [email protected]. Some opportunities will be paid staff while others will be volunteer opportunities.
If you’re looking for a unique camping opportunity to end your season, the Dodge County Fairgrounds also offers limited camping opportunities at the RV Park. With a variety of electric sites available, campsites also include water, dump station, restrooms, showers and WIFI internet access at select locations. Have fun making unique memories during and after this event, while supporting the non-profit Dodge County Fairgrounds Association.
Large groups should contact Wisconsin Fear Fest organizers for reduced group rates. Consider attending the inaugural festival as a team building event or night-out for your local organization.