Dreadwood logo and hillbilly family

Charitable Twin Cities Halloween Attraction

No hayrides. No escape. No mercy.

Dreadwood is an isolated forest outside of Hudson, WI. It is not a park surrounded by neighborhoods or filled with cabins. When night falls out here it is very, very dark.

At the entrance there will be snacks and drinks (hot and cold) available for purchase, both before you enter, and after. There will also be a public bonfire after. Provided there is an after.

You may see things that disgust you. You may feel disoriented, stifled, pursued, and preyed upon. Your guide will know the way. You MUST stay with your guide. There are no side-doors or escape routes — once you have entered Dreadwood, the only way out is through.

Be Prepared

Learn more about the full experience.

2019 Dates

Dreadwood is open Fridays and Saturdays in October.

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7:30pm - 10:30pm

All visitors in line (on Dreadwood dirt road driveway) by 10:30pm will be admitted.

Dreadwood is open October 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26.

Get current estimated wait times on our Live Updates page.

10th Anniversary

A message from the Dreadwood Foundation board as we approach our 10th Anniversary and final season of Dreadwood Haunted Forest.


Lots of fun, great sets and exciting scares. Actors were very committed to getting the best scares out of the hardest people. Very entertaining night!Jaci, 2018 (Facebook)
The makeup & costumes were fantastic. It was freaky scary. Everyone put there heart and soul into this event and it showed. Well done. I will be back in the future. Thank You. I drove 2 1/2 hours from Wausau because of the advertisement on Facebook. Well Done Dorothy, 2018 (Facebook)
We have been coming since they started. It gets better every year and we always look forward to it.Katie, 2018 (Facebook)


Dreadwood offers a discount of $3 OFF the ticket price for the first TWO weekends of Dreadwood with PRINTED coupon


Join the Dreadwood community and volunteer for one night or all 8!

Dreadwood Volunteers

Looking for a fun, memorable, and creative volunteer opportunity? Dreadwood can provide a volunteer experience like no other organization can.

Whether volunteering individually or with a group, Dreadwood has a place for you. Checkout our volunteer website to learn more about our volunteering opportunities.


Dreadwood Haunted Forest is run by the Dreadwood Foundation, a 501c3 non profit organization run entirely by volunteers that scare for the greater good.

Food donation

Dreadwood donates non-perishable food items to the United Way food shelter.

United Way St. Croix Valley Food Shelter

United Way St. Croix Valley Food Shelter

Cash donation

Dreadwood donates proceeds to the following charities.

Sharing and Caring Hands logo

Sharing and Caring Hands

Courage Center logo

Courage Center

Wildlife Rehabilitation Center logo

Wildlife Rehabilitation Center


Dreadwood Haunted Forest, a terrifying Twin Cities Halloween attraction that takes groups of 12-14 people through an abandoned forest in the backwoods of Hudson, WI, is an event put on by the Dreadwood Foundation, an official 501c3 non profit organization that has raised $180,000 for local charities since its opening in 2010. Each year hundreds of volunteers come together to scare for the greater good and to partake in a truly horrifying and memorable Halloween experience.

Dreadwood’s haunted trail is open Fridays and Saturdays in October for a total of 8 nights.


All participants must sign a waiver.

Our attraction is intended for adults. Children under the age of 13 will not be admitted.

If you are pregnant, have a history of epileptic seizures, a heart condition or other serious medical condition, please do not enter.

You may encounter:

  • Strobe lighting
  • Extreme visual effects, graphic imagery, and gore.
  • Claustrophobic spaces.
  • Intense sounds.
  • Uneven ground.
  • Fog effects.
  • Extreme darkness.
  • Startle scares.

We encourage you to dress appropriately for a walk in the woods in late autumn. It may be cold, and the path will be dark and unpaved. We retain the right to refuse admittance if necessary for your safety.