Wisconsin's Spookiest, Most Haunted Places You Can Visit

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    Shaker's Cigar Bar

    Shaker's Cigar Bar

    What: Shaker’s Cigar Bar

    Where: 422 S. 2nd St. (Walker’s Point), Milwaukee, 414-272-4222

    According to legend: Once a former Al Capone hideout and brothel, several people—a mix of employees and patrons alike—have reported seeing a little girl in the women’s room and various ghosts in the basement, too.

    How to visit: This 1920s-era bar, within a 150-year-old building, is so stoked about its haunted history that it invites people to book the room above for an overnight stay, in a room reportedly haunted by a woman. (Inquire with the bar about rates.) The space can comfortably accommodate two people. Not ready to go quite that deep? You can also sign up for an hour-long haunted tour. To learn more, visit a dedicated website for the bar’s haunted history (www.milwaukeeshauntedbar.com), including employees’ confessional tales about ghost sightings. For those going on the tour, there’s even two seasonal beers—Shakers Ghost Ale and Shadow People Lager—plus discounts on “Death in the Absinthe” cocktails. The bar also serves Cajun/Creole food.

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    Brumder Mansion Bed & Breakfast

    Brumder Mansion Bed & Breakfast

    What: Brumder Mansion Bed & Breakfast

    Where: 3046 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

    According to legend: In 2005 then-owner Carol Hirschi began reporting ghosts who resided in the home, including a 14-year-old sex worker, two sets of former owners, and Brumder family members.

    How to visit: Not only is the Victorian b&b—open since 1998—open for overnight stays, it also hosts events. Brave enough to stay overnight? There are six suites, each decked out with historic furnishings.

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    The Pfister Hotel

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    What: The Pfister Hotel

    Where: 424 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee (downtown)

    According to legend: Guests have reported strange sounds (such as knocking on the door or pounding on the headboard) in the middle of the night and also observed lights and electronic devices flip on and off—all thought to be the work of ghosts.

    How to visit: Naturally, to truly experience the ghosts—as USA Today reported that these Major League Baseball players recently did—you’re going to want to stay overnight, but if lack the time or budget, consider dropping in for dinner, a spa treatment or a drink. Expect gorgeous Victorian décor (including one of the world’s largest collections of Victorian art) as this luxury hotel dates back to 1893.

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    Best Western The Hotel Chequamegon

    Best Western The Hotel Chequamegon

    What: Best Western The Hotel Chequamegon

    Where: 101 Lake Shore Dr. W., Ashland

    According to legend: Staff over the years has been convinced the hotel is haunted, due to unexplained movement of furniture, creaking ceilings, and breaking of glass bottles. A local FOX station checked it out with a ghost-hunting team. The verdict: it’s definitely haunted, with proof on camera.

    How to visit: On the outside, this 65-room Best Western hotel along the south shore of Lake Superior in far Northern Wisconsin doesn’t seem different than any other Best Western hotel. But that’s where the plot thickens. In rooms 312 and 314 have been the highest incidents of paranormal activity. A tall man wearing a top hat is also continually seen strolling the halls. The hotel dates back to only 1986 but already has a rich history of past lives. Are you brave enough to stay here? Also on site: Molly Cooper's Restaurant & Bar, and a whirlpool. All rates include a free continental breakfast. Biking and kayaking during the warmer months is right out the back door.