There aren’t very many Wyoming haunted attractions to speak of, but that’s okay because Wyoming folks know how to drive long distances. For Halloween enthusiasts living in Cheyenne, Laramie, or the vicinity, we recommend making a 2 hour road trip along I-80 to School District 13 Haunted Attraction in Brule, NE where there are four haunted houses, a haunted corn maze and the whole town is haunted (yes, even the streets, the “public” bus and a hay rack ride). School District 13 is the only haunted attraction in the United States where the whole town is haunted and believe it or not, the haunts are super scary (rated PG-13), but you can bring the kids and still have a good time because the street actors aren’t overly aggressive (unless they see good prey over the age of 12, that is). So rev up your engines and head east on I-80 for an unforgettable Halloween weekend getaway! But before you leave, be sure to visit haunted houses in Wyoming and sample all the Halloween activities going on there!
Ghost Tours and Haunted Houses in Cheyenne, Wyoming:
As far as haunted houses in Cheyenne, Wyoming, there is only one that we know of: Nightmare on 17th Street. We never visited this haunted attraction ourselves, so we’ll probably try to send out a scout to test it out this year, but its online presence seems to indicate that it’s a typical haunted house that’s been lovingly put on as a fundraiser. The rooms are each have a movie or “horror” theme like “clowns” or The Blair Witch Project. Nightmare on 17th Street is located at 312 ½ 17th Street in Cheyenne. This is a great place to start Halloween vacations if you’re in southeastern Wyoming.
This is the perfect Halloween complement to Nightmare on 17th Street if you’re doing a road trip east along I-80! Fright-Seeing Ghost Tours takes you on a ride through Cheyenne via the trolley to see the city’s darkest corners and hidden history. Apparently the ghost stories may be scary to little kids, so keep that in mind if you’re trying to plan family-friendly Halloween activities. Go to the Cheyenne Depot Plaza at 121 W. 15th Street on the appropriate dates (see the web site for dates and times) or call 307-778-3133.
Yep…that’s right…you can go to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Cheyenne for a little Wyoming Halloween fun. Take a tour of the historic bell tower with guides dressed up in period costumes. Kids under age 11 are allowed on the tour so this is a family friendly Halloween event, but these young people must be accompanied by an adult. The tours take place in the late afternoon which should leave time for you to check out the Fright Seeing Ghost Tours and Nightmare on 17th Street all in the same night. Then you can head east on the 2 hour journey to School District 13 Haunted Attraction in Brule where the ghosts and goblins roam the streets and the only way to get to the four haunted houses and the haunted corn maze is via the haunted bus and the haunted hay ride. Call St. Mark’s for information about dates and times at 307-634-7709.
East Along I-80: Haunted Attractions for Sidney, NE and Kimball, NE
Choose your road trip dates and times carefully if you’ll be traveling through Sidney, NE. Oktoberfest is a worthwhile autumn event in the Nebraska panhandle and as a daytime event, it could make a nice stopover point on a trip east to School District 13.
There are no operational haunted hotels in Wyoming along the I-80 route between Cheyenne and Brule, but there is a non-operational one in Kimball, NE. Unfortunately, it’s NOT open for reservations. Apparently, someone tried to renovate it, but the project didn’t come to fruition. Still, it might be worth your time to take a quick detour into Kimball, NE on your way to School District 13 Haunted Attraction from Cheyenne, Wyoming since ghosts would definitely fall into the right category for the Halloween Road Trip theme.
The Wheat Growers Hotel in Kimball, NE is apparently home to at least one ghost. She’s been seen standing and looking out through an upper floor window and locals claim that she may have associations with a speakeasy that was once located in basement of the building during the Prohibition.
The Sidney, NE Oktoberfest is a big deal in these parts. Since Sidney is just a little under 1 hour away from School District 13 Haunted Attraction, a lot of our patrons do both events. It’s primarily a daytime activity though there are some evening events scheduled too, like the teen dance, for example (known as Rocktoberfest). The parade is attended by people from all over Nebraska because it features marching bands. And crafter go to Oktoberfest for the farmers market, car show, beer garden, and craft fair. Check ahead before you go to find out the dates and times of this well-known Halloween celebration if you’re on a Halloween-inspired road trip.
If you happen to be traveling on Halloween and you’re passing through Sidney, NE, trunk or treat is an event that might be worth sampling. Trunk or treat is where people decorate the trunks of their cars and give out candy to kids. In Sidney, there are also some ghosts and ghouls stalking about to make things more festive. It’s a one-day event put on by the City of Sidney and held in the afternoon and early evening hours.
OPTIONAL: Northern Diversion to Gering and Scottsbluff, NE Haunted House:
After you’ve done the ghost tour and haunted houses in Cheyenne, Wyoming and other Halloween events, you can make your way east along I-80 to Kimball and continue straight on to Brule, or you can stop to enjoy more haunted houses in Nebraska and other Halloween events. When you reach Kimball, NE, you have the option of heading northward for a short Halloween diversion along Highway 71 if it fits into your itinerary. The Night at the Haunted Museum event is located at 950 U St. in Gering, just 45 minutes north of I-80 from Kimball, NE, in the old Wildlife World Museum at Riverside Discovery Center. The haunted museum and spooktacular features 15 scary and interactive scenes geared at adults and kids over the age of 12 years. If you live in Scottsbluff or you’re traveling through this area on your way to School District 13 Haunted Attraction in Brule, be aware that this is one of the staple Halloween events in the area.
Onward to Brule Along I-80:
Sunol is a tiny unincorporated community in the Nebraska panhandle located just 3 miles off I-80 between Cheyenne, WY and School District 13 in Brule, NE. This year will be the 7th annual Halloween festival in Sunol. This is a small town, but you can stop to enjoy the rural flavor of this autumn event. It includes a cake walk and a haunted attraction. Donations from the haunted house in Sunol help with the upkeep of the old school building.
So, if you’ve never visited School District 13 or ever even heard of us and our haunted town, you’re probably wanting to learn more! Our haunted attraction is the biggest in Nebraska, encompassing the whole town. When you exit off of I-80 at Brule (about 7 miles west of Ogallala, NE), you’ll drive into town where signs will direct you to the parking area. You’ll park on the edge of town near the water tower and go to the Ticket booth.
Even as you wait in line to buy tickets, anything could happen…so be prepared (don’t worry, though, our street monsters are gentle with little kids). After you buy your tickets you can go wait inside at The Chicken Coop or roast s’mores at the bon fires while you wait for the haunted bus or haunted hay ride to pick you up. Beware of the cats.
There are four haunted houses at School District 13: Prom Night Massacre, Dr. Doom’s Science Room, Mr. Wiggle’s Wood Shop, The Detention Fields, and the Haunted Corn Maze. Choose a haunt package that suits you and then hop on the bus. The whole town is haunted so it’s up to you whether you choose to walk (scary) or ride the haunted bus (also scary). Feel free to come in costume and make-up but no full face masks, please! This is an event that’s all about weirdness and creativity so make your look weird and wild (but still decent) and you might just get a discount at the gate.
Just 7 minutes east of Brule in Ogallala are two famous haunted places in Nebraska that you can easily visit after an evening of fun at School District 13 Haunted Attraction. At least 48 people were buried at Boot Hill, many of them cowboys and/or outlaws from the Wild West. We did a mini-ghost hunt at Boot Hill and got an excellent EVP there so you might consider using your mobile phone to take photos and EVP’s yourself to see what you get.
The Mansion on the Hill may or may not be open when you visit Brule for School District 13, but that’s okay because the paranormal activity that’s been reported here has mostly been observed from outside the building. People have reported seeing the upstairs building lights turn on and off when there’s no one in the building. When we visited Mansion on the Hill, we captured a giant orb in a photo just to the right of the upstairs rooms. This is one of the haunted houses in Nebraska that would be worth a visit if you’re in the area. You never know what you’ll experience as it gets closer to Halloween.