Wisconsin goes all-out when it comes to celebrating Halloween, the most popular unofficial holiday on the nation's seasonal calendar. WiG offers a list of some unique activities in the Milwaukee area that capture the ghoulish spirit of this season's Haloween revelry.
Cream City Cabaret Halloween Show
Cream City Cabaret Halloween Show debuts on Oct. 18 at Riverwest Public House, 815 E. Locust St., beginning at 10 p.m. Cover charge is $6 — or $3 with a costume. The 21-and-older event features burlesque, drag and live musical performances. Riverwest Public House also holds Taco Tuesdays every week, featuring $2 tacos, Cream City Cabaret, open mic burlesque and free HIV testing. DJ Rocka spins. If you’re interested in performing, show up before 9 p.m. with your song and sign up for a spot. Cover charge is $5. Visit Riverwestpublichouse.com for more information.
'Rocky Horror Picture Show'
The lewdly hilarious “Rocky Horror Picture Show” screens at The Landmark Oriental, 2230 N. Farwell Ave., Oct. 25-26. The 1975 British musical comedy horror film is based on “The Rocky Horror Show,” a musical by Richard O’Brien. The fun begins when Brad and Janet get lost with a flat tire near the castle of Dr. Frank N. Furter, the sweet transvestite from transsexual Transylvania (Tim Curry), who’s been making (literally) a man with blond hair and a tan. This ghoulish camp masterpiece, the longest running theatrical release in film history, is rated R for mature audiences. Tickets are $10. Visit landmarktheatres.com for show times.
Creatures and Creators Halloween
Made in Milwaukee and 88Nine Radio Milwaukee present Creatures and Creators Halloween on Oct. 25 at Turner Hall Ballroom. This funky celebration features DIY art, local music, fashion and a Michael Jackson dance party. Listen to a diverse music lineup ranging from indie dance and psychedelic rock to spoken word and hard rock. Bands include Boy Blue, D’Amato and MC Oneself and Fatty Acids. Creatures and Creators Catwalk showcases five collections by local designer Alexis Rose. Models sport many fashion styles, including Victorian, 1990s vintage and fiber arts. Six local artists are involved in the live and DIY art portion of the program. The Michael Jackson v. Prince dance party begins around midnight, an hour before the party ends. Turner Hall Ballroom is at 1034 N. Fourth Street. Pre-concert tickets are $12. For more info, visit mimhalloween.com.
Mars Haunted House
Oct. 25–Nov. 2
The Mars Haunted House is open Oct. 25, Oct. 27, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1–2. Voted the No. 1 haunted house in Milwaukee, the house features claustrophobic mazes, bone-chilling scenes, haunted hallways and very life-like characters and props. Built in the 1880s at 734 W. Historic Mitchell St., the house is popular for both its comedic and its fright value. According to legend, Jacob Milton murdered his family there in 1943, leaving the home littered with ghosts. The site has attracted paranormal investigators, as well as thrill-seekers. Tickets are $13 for adults, $10 for children under 12 and $11 for groups of 15 people or more. For more, visit marshauntedhouse.com.
Edelweiss Halloween cruise
Edelweiss Boats holds a Halloween cruise at 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 31. The cruise includes a DJ playing top hits, a Miller Lite and nacho buffet and a cash bar. Prizes are awarded for best costume, although dressing up is not mandatory. The cruise departs from Milwaukee River Cruise Line through the most scenic parts of the city. Guests typically wander over to nearby Water Street or Old Third World Street after the cruise. Tickets are $28 at edelweissboats.com. You must be 21 or older with a valid ID to board.
Haunted Brewery bash
Best Place at Historic Pabst Brewery celebrates its second annual Halloween Party at 7 p.m. on Nov. 1. The party features a dance floor, two bars, two outdoor patios, a fireplace and a costume contest. Guests receive prizes in the categories of best couples costume, sexiest costume, best historic costume and best Pabst costume. Drink specials include $2 PBR, Schlitz or Milwaukee Tall Boys and $3 Jager Monsters. Admission is free and guests must be over 21. Visit Bestplacemilwaukee.com for more information.
Promo MKE and Ultra Music present The Mansion on Nov. 2 at a to-be-announced location downtown. Thrills combine with club nightlife at this haunted Halloween party. Guests pass through many spooky rooms. DJs Omni and Justin Gessert play opening tunes, followed by Ultra Music artist Ron Resser. A U.K. chart topper, Resser remixes hits Adele, Gotye, Beyonce, Flo Rida, Maroon 5 and more. Visit themansionmke.com to purchase tickets.