5 of the Spookiest Places in the Chippewa Valley

paranormal investigator Chad Lewis offers his list of top scary spots.

Chad Lewis

With that spirit in mind, I have put together my top list of spooky places in the Chippewa Valley. These places provide you with the opportunity to experience a Halloween filled with strange...

Spooky Stories: Live radio play brings life to horror storytelling

James Johonnott

Get your Halloween creepy vibes and horror fix with some spooky stories, eerie performances, and live sound effects. “The Live Radio Collection: Spooky Halloween Show,” performed by the Speck of Dust Theatre Company at The Plus on Oct. 21, is a collection of five spooky radio dramas ...

Local Duo Produces Cult! – A Creative Tabletop Game

Samantha Kobs, photos by Andrea Paulseth

CULT! is – along with its predecessor CHOMP! – a classic role-playing game similar to Dungeons & Dragons, except much simpler. (Those of you frustrated with the intricacies of D&D might appreciate this!)

A Samhain Celebration

pumpkin-carving, mask-making, and honoring the dead

Lauren Fisher, photos by Taylor Smith

The Broom and Crow will welcome people of all faiths to explore and celebrate Samhain (pronounced “sow-wen”) on Saturday, Oct. 27.

5 Fearful Wisconsin Creatures that Will Keep You Up at Night

Paranormal investigator Chad Lewis details the eerie beings that stalk our state.

Chad Lewis

With Halloween fast approaching, many believe that the veil between worlds gets thinner and thinner, allowing us to see a glimpse of the other side. Of course that also means the other side can grab a look at us, too! Here are a few of my favorite Wisconsin monsters to watch out for this Halloween season.

Meet Dunn County’s Restless Spirits

Minnesota paranormal group to present findings from Menomonie ghost hunt

Emily Kinzel

‘Tis the season for fun – and a little fright. You’ll get both – as well as a healthy dose of history – during the Halloween-themed Ghosts of Dunn County event Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Rassbach Heritage Museum in Menomonie.

The Star Wars Guy

Episodes from the life of a lifelong fan who embraced his inner Vader

Ken Szymanski

Episode I - After school one day, a colleague came into my classroom with a question: “You’re the Star Wars Guy, right?”

The Making of a Maze

Chippewa Valley farmers invite locals to lose themselves

by Lauren Fisher

You are winding your way through the maze, considering your options, bracing yourself for what’s around the bend. Your world has become very small and uncertain. Its contents are the mottled brown ...

You Won't Escape This Time

Tactical Escape collaborates on escape room in the Schlegelmilch House, a historic Eau Claire landmark

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

A spooky opportunity to engage in some serious team work and use your problem-solving and math skills to get out of a haunted room in a historic ...

Prepare for an Alien Invasion

Writers Guild hosts readers theater performance of War of the Worlds broadcast

Katy Macek

What would it be like to experience Orson Welles’ radio drama, War of the Worlds – to feel the fear the nation felt in 1938?

Ghoul Is in Session

Ski Sprites create haunted (school) house for Halloween

Tom Giffey, photos by Caitlyn Berlin

During most of the year, the cement-block building at 415 S. Dewey St. in downtown Eau Claire is used to store motorboats for the Ski Sprites water ski team. When the leaves begin to turn and the night air becomes chilly ...

Skin-Crawling Local Tales

an extra-spooky take on Volume One's storytelling series

Mike Paulus, photos by Luong Huynh

At Let’s Be Honest – Volume One’s grownup storytelling series – some of the area’s best writers and yarn-spinners take to the mic for a night of personal stories told live. For each installment, multiple ...

Get Your Zombie On

you know you wanna party at the Masonic Temple

Barbara Arnold

Zombies, ghouls, and witches can reunite at the first annual Zombie Bash at the Masonic Temple in downtown Eau Claire on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 7pm to midnight. Event curator and temple caretaker Allen Mazuk promises an unusual and freaky time can be had by all. Attendees will enter the ...

Ski Sprites' Downtown Frights

annual haunted house sponsored by the Eau Claire Ski Sprites moves downtown

Barbara Arnold, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Halfway up the Dewey Street Hill – in a block of darkness – in a non-descript gray cement building with the windows painted over – projecting out of THE slope of the hill – with newly added bright orange neon lights on the roof – is downtown Eau Claire’s only haunted house, the Van Krumple Mortuary & Crematorium ...

5 Spooky Places in the Chippewa Valley

longtime paranormal investigator Chad Lewis offers his list of top scary spots

Chad Lewis

As you prepare to engage in the splendid Halloween traditions of putting up decorations, carving jack-o’-lanterns, and deciding on which terrifying costume best suits you, don’t forget about the more sinister side of the holiday. According to legend, as Halloween approaches, the veil that separates our world ...

Haunted House 101

tips for scaring your Halloween guests in the best possible way

Eric Larson

A lot of people are at least mildly claustrophobic, so making them crawl at certain points will make them freak out. Perhaps the most classic laugh-scare utilizes darkness ...