Halloween Legends & Lore

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Legends & Lore

Enjoy fall nights & frights

Oct 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 2023
Select Friday & Saturdays | 5:30 – 9:30 PM

Hurry before all the ghosts and ghouls get yours!

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A series of six spooky evenings held in the Crossroads Village at Old World Wisconsin.

Witness a historic Halloween event unlike anything you’ve seen before—from ghostly whispers in the night to folkloric traditions held by candlelight, you’ll experience live storytelling, Halloween-themed games, hot food, warm drinks, local music and more. 

Wisconsin Tales of the Cryptids

From the infamous bull-horned Hodag to the Beast of Bray Road & the Goat Men of Kettle Moraine, hear stories about the ghouls lurking in the shadows of our less-traveled regions.  

Scary Folktales Come to Life

Wisconsin immigrants brought countless tales and superstitions with them. From the Slavic folktale of Baba Yaga to the story of the Austrian Nachtkrapp, experience the legends that kept your ancestors awake at night.  

Victorian Séance

Communicate with the spirit world. Attend if you dare, as guests have reported strange sounds, sights and sensations during the event held in this historic, candlelit home…

19th-Century Funeral

Curious about how Victorians honored their dead? Watch a faithful reenactment and see what concerns the living once had about their dearly departed… remember to ring the bell!

Are you brave enough to partake in an authentic Victorian séance? Bold enough to attend a haunted 19th-century funeral? Adventurous enough to eavesdrop on fireside stories about infamous ghosts and ghouls? 

The Emporium of Oddities

The Crossroads Village General Store transforms each year into the ghoulish Emporium of Oddities, complete with strange baubles, spooky specimens & more.

Halloween Games

Take part in family-friendly Halloween games while earning candy from performers and participants. 

Live Music

Ready to do the Monster Mash? Listen to live music featuring a host of local performers while dressed in your favorite Halloween attire.

Food & Special
Halloween Brews

The Crossroads Village Town Hall features a range of food & drink options. Enjoy a special seasonal beer made for Legends & Lore, along with other local brews.

Temple of the Psychic Sciences

School is in session with a supernatural twist. Explore the strange and unusual 19th-century spiritualist practices of  phrenology, metaphysical arts and more.

Kiddie Hay Maze

Candy prizes await the smallest ghosts and ghouls at the successful completion of this kid-size Halloween labyrinth.

Creepy Cinema

Let’s do the time warp again! Grab a snack and catch silent films projected on the wall of old Harmony Town Hall for a uniquely eerie cinematic experience.

The Infirmary

Death was no stranger to the infirmary. Explore the connections between Vampiric legends, immigrant myths and superstitions, and the suffering of the  unfortunate souls who once lived there.

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Halloween Merchandise

Ramsey Barn

Get your exclusive Halloween Legends & Lore glow-in-the-dark merchandise or light up necklaces to guide you through the dark and spooky night.

Food & Drink Menus

Serving 5:30 – 9 PM


Soft Serve Frozen Custard $5
in a Dish or Waffle Cone

(2) Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies $5

Chips $2

Cracker Barrel Cheese Snacks $3

Columbus Charcuterie Boards $6


Quednows Heirloom Orchard Hot Mulled Apple Cider $6

Hot Cocoa $6

Bottled Water/Bubly $2

Fountain Soda $2.50

Bottled Soda/Gatorade $3

Rockstar/Tea/Juice $3.50

Door Co Coffee/Good2Grow $4

Fresh Brewed Anodyne Coffee $3
Certified Organic House Blend

Fresh Brewed Organic Rishi Hot Tea $3
(Jasmine, Earl Grey, Blueberry Hibiscus)

Bottled/Canned Beer/Cider/Wine/Cocktails $8

Available on select nights and times


baja shrimp TACO $6
Sauteed shrimp with a cilantro lime slaw, avocado, pico de gallo, chipotle crema and cotija cheese

carne asada TACO $6
Tender steak topped with diced red onion, house made green salsa, cotija cheese and chipotle crema.

pulled chicken TACO $5
Pulled chicken topped with shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, cotija cheese and chipotle crema.

carnita’s TACO $5
Pulled pork taco topped with diced red onion, chopped cilantro and a lime wedge.

chicken shawarma $14
Marinated chicken on a pita with cucumber sauce, green salsa, tomato, sliced cucumber, red onion, and arugula.

Side pieces

street corn in a cup $7
Sweet kernel corn tossed with spices and cotija cheese and topped with tajin.

chips $1
Assorted Chips

Available on select nights and times


BBQ Mac $13

Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich + Side $13

Smoked Brisket Sandwich + Side $14


loaded potato salad $4

sweet cornbread $4

coleslaw $4

smoked baked beans $4

key lime pie $4

Ready for a spook-tacular experience unlike any other?

Grab your tickets in 2024 and experience Halloween Legends & Lore.

Oct 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 2023
Select Friday & Saturdays | 5:30 – 9:30 PM

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