Now that fall has officially graced the Stateline Area, a plethora of spooky activities await residents this October:
"The Children of the Creek"
Beloit Memorial High School's theatre department is bringing back its famed haunted hayride. This year's theme is "The Children of the Creek."
The hayride event is from dusk (around 7 p.m.) to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in Leeson Park, 2200 Milwaukee Road.
Student director Keyera Mceachin said her goal this year was to make it scarier.
Since the event is set in Leeson Park, and the creek runs through the park, the students are going for a "Children of the Corn" movie vibe.
"There's a whole story that there's some bacteria in the water that makes the kids go crazy and attack their families," Mceachin said.
The event is a fundraiser for the theatre department. The department is trying to take a cast out to this year's Wisconsin High School Theatre Festival in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Tickets are $5, and rides leave every 20 minutes.
The South Beloit haunted location features three haunts at one site, 6512 Manchester Road. The haunts include a haunted barn, ghostly hayride and ghastly funhouse.
Fear Fest is open from 7-11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and from 7-10 p.m. on Sundays for the remainder of October.
For more information, go to fearfest.info.
General admission is $12 for each haunt, with a triple pass option available for $30.
Forest of Freaks
This haunted forest is located at 5946 S Us Highway 51, Janesville, and features special effects, monsters, clowns and more. The forest is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October. Hour are from 8-11:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 8-10 p.m. on Sundays and on Halloween. For more information, go to wescaredyou.com.
Featuring 10,000 square feet of interactive show rooms, sights, sounds, smells and creatures, Twisted Crypt Haunted House is at 5420 East State St., Rockford. The crypt is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through October: from 7-11:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and from 7-10:30 p.m. on Sundays. On Halloween, there will be a "Twisted Darkness Glow Stick Night" from 7-10:30 p.m. Admission is $12. For more information, go to twistedcrypt.com.
Spirits in the Night
The Rock County Historical Society in Janesville is hosting a number of Halloween-inspired events this October as a part of its Spirits in the Night series, including:
• Halloween Bash: A dance party featuring live music, cocktails and appetizers from 7-11 p.m. on Oct. 19 at the Carriage House, 410 N. Jackson St. Cost is $25.
• Chill at Oak Hill Cemetery Tours: Learn stories of mystery and mayhem while taking a stroll through the cemetery, 1725 N. Washington St., every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for the first three weeks of October for $10.
• Chill at Oak Hill After Dark Tours: Stories about accidental burials, grave robbing, grave digging, funeral customs and more await those willing to venture to the cemetery after dark on Oct. 19 and 20. The cost is $20.
.†Wizard School: Class is in session from 5-8 p.m. on Oct. 26. The school includes three interactive virtual reality activities. The event also will include food trucks, games, trick-or-treating and more. The event is on the historical society's campus, 426 N. Jackson Street. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 4-12. Children under 3 and under are free.
• Death and Dying Tour: The 90-minute tour five aspects of mourning in the Victorian era: a wake, post mortem photography, a sťance, the bedroom of a dying person and a display of mourning fashion. The tours are on Oct. 13 and Oct. 20 at the Lincoln-Tallman House, 426. Jackson St. The cost is $20.
For more information or to purchase tickets, go to rchs.us.