Once again, Lambeau Field will be hosting its annual Spooktacular Fun and Haunted Concourse exhibit on Friday, Oct. 29, and Saturday, Oct. 30.
With setup set to be complete Friday, this year’s ‘Spooktacular’ is sure to have something in store for everyone. Kids of all ages can join in the fun with interactive and entertaining musicians and magicians, as well as the popular costume stilt walkers that will roam the Atrium. From face paintings to Halloween arts and crafts to a professional pumpkin carver to impress spectators, ‘Spooktacular’ will bring out the Halloween spirit in all.
For those looking for a more ghoulish adventure, perhaps take a stroll through the Haunted Concourse. On Friday, Oct. 29, and Saturday, Oct. 30, visitors can make their way through a darker side of Lambeau field in the Haunted Concourse. This exhibit, designed for teens with a PG-13 rating, will feature scenes of high-tech shocks and horrors and may not be for the timid.
Pete Nelson, of Skeleton Crew, is heading the Haunted Concourse construction, and admits it is not a simple task. In fact, the entire Haunted Concourse structure is equivalent to the construction process of a two-story house.
“This is definitely a large project,” Pete Nelson said. “Following Sunday’s game, we began construction early Monday morning and will finish up early Friday morning. The entire setup covers 4,400 square feet; so really, it’s like an entire theater production.”
Nelson, who is in his fifth year of constructing the Haunted Concourse, is certain that this year will be even more thrilling for visitors.
“We first began the Haunted Concourse a few years ago in conjunction with the Packers’ ‘Spooktacular’ event,” Nelson said. “We wanted something that would appeal to the teenage and adult crowd, something a little more frightening. And five years later, the exhibit has really grown.”
The 4,400 square foot exhibit consists of dark winding mazes and frightening thrills that will keep visitors wondering what lies around each corner.
“Every year we have a great turnout, and this year should be even better,” Nelson said. “The exhibit is bigger and better and filled with more effects and exciting thrills that are sure to leave a lasting impression.”
The week-long construction process may be demanding and intricate, but is something Nelson enjoys.
“We are busy constructing the exhibit all week and then as soon as the last spectator exits the Haunted Concourse, we start taking it all down,” he said. “It’s a chaotic but fun week-long project. The final product is definitely worth all the work.”
However, those who choose to brave it must be accompanied by a guardian if under the age of 13. Children under the age of 8 will not be permitted.
“With our Spooktacular Fun events falling on Halloween weekend this year, we invite everyone to wear their costumes,” said Cathy Dworak, Packers manager of community outreach and player/alumni relations. “We’re looking forward to an exciting weekend and providing families an enjoyable event to attend together.”
‘Spooktacular Fun’ is free to the public and scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 30, in the Lambeau Field Atrium from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Haunted Concourse will be open, to those who dare, on Friday, Oct. 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and 9 to 11 p.m. and again on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 10 a.m. to noon, 1 to 4 p.m., 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and 9-11 p.m.
Admission price for the Haunted Concourse is $2, with all proceeds to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin. The Haunted Concourse is accessed through the Oneida Nation Gate on Lambeau Field’s east side. Lines may be cut off prior to the end times to ensure no unnecessary waits.
‘Spooktacular Fun’ is one in a series of community events held each year by the Packers. Other events include an ecumenical Thanksgiving Day meal for area needy families, ‘Project LEAP’ and the Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer.‘Spooktacular Fun’ main stage schedule:
10 a.m.: Armenrah – mime
11 a.m.: Circus Boy – variety performer
12 noon: Nikki Datillo – musician
1 p.m.: Armenrah – mime
2 p.m.: Circus Boy – variety performer
3 p.m.: Nikki Datillo – musicianClick here
for photos from the preparations.