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Trick or Treat Fox Cities!

Trick or Treat Fox Cities!

With the Fox Cities being home to 20 different communities there’s no shortage of Trick-or-Treating options! Check out the list below for all of our area trick or treat hours. Happy candy hunting!

Halloween2Appleton: Oct 31, 4 pm – 8 pm

Buchanan: Oct 31, 4 pm – 8 pm

Combined Locks: Oct. 31, 5 pm – 7 pm

Fox Crossing (formerly Town of Menasha): Oct. 31, 4 pm – 7 pm

Freedom: Oct. 31, 4 pm – 7 pm

Grand Chute: Oct. 31, 4 pm – 7 pm

Greenville: Oct. 31, 4 pm – 7 pm

Harrison: Oct. 31, 4 pm – 7 pm

Hortonville: Oct. 30, 3 pm – 5 pm

Kaukauna: Oct. 31, 4 pm – 6 pm

Kimberly: Oct. 31, 5 pm – 7 pm

Little Chute: Oct. 31, 5 pm – 8 pm

Neenah (city and town): Oct. 31, 4 pm – 7 pm


Haunted Fox Cities

Haunted Fox Cities

With Halloween approaching many people flock to the popular haunted house Burial Chamber or Neenah’s Most Haunted for a scare, but some seek a more “real” paranormal experience. Below are a few places in the Fox Cities that are rumored to have had frequent paranormal activity.

10530480_973713412646957_3808768251781511911_o.jpgHearthstone Historic House – Although it is popular for being the first home in the world powered by a hydroelectric central station using the Edison system, that is not all it’s known for. The museum is said to still be occupied by the second owner of the house, A.W. Priest., who owned the home until 1930. Staff, volunteers, and visitors have experienced unusual sounds, such as sneezing when no one sneezed, and the feeling of being watched. Hearthstone embraces this unexplained activity and offers two different haunted experiences leading up to Halloween.

IMG_1485 (1).jpgStone Cellar Brewpub – The oldest brewery in the Fox Cities is a favorite among locals. Apparently it is also a favorite of someone who never left. Bartenders and patrons have witnessed pint glasses moving either from the bar to the floor or from the bar into the dishwasher by themselves. Employees decided to name the individual causing these unexplained acts, Charlie, although paranormal experts believe Charlie may actually be George Walter, the third owner of the building.

175930_300543766721930_1063543925_oAppleton Curling Club – The home to several bonspiels and curling leagues during the winter, Appleton Curling Club is also rumored to be home to a former member or two. Witnesses claim to have heard unexplained footsteps and have seen chairs fall over on their own in the club’s bar area.


Former Bootleggers Bar/Greenville Station – Possibly the most haunted place on this list, Greenville Station has been investigated by several paranormal experts. Some investigators have heard voices and footsteps coming from the floor above. Others have had their hair pulled or legs pinched. One investigator claims to have gotten punched by an unseen force, resulting in a bruise.

riversideRiverview Cemetery – One of the Fox Cities most well-known hauntings, is the story of Kate Blood. Her gravestone, along with her husbands, sit in a separate part of the cemetery. Stories and legends say she murdered her 3 children before killing herself, hence the 3 small gravestones that sit near hers, but records show she only had one child and that she died of disease. She was a mere 26 years old when she died and the reason for their separate grave site remains a mystery.

376864_490084654341150_1121343302_n.jpgThe Zuelke Building – An iconic building in downtown Appleton, now utilized for businesses and office space, is rumored to be haunted by its’ namesake, Irving Zuelke. Most reports come from late-night cleaning crews who say they’ve seen the half torso of a man, one man said he was tapped on the shoulder while cleaning. Music seems to stir up activity here, as one story states that during an event, a pianist took a break from his playing and all the elevators in the building quite working. As he started to play again, the elevators mysteriously started running again.

*Photo credit: Hearthstone Historic House facebook page; Riverview Cemetery via Appleton Post Crescent; Zuelke Building facebook page.


Our Fox Cities Fall Traditions

Written by: Matt Ten Haken, Director of Sports MarketingLotsOfPumpkins

Apple Picking, Friday Night Football, Pumpkin-flavored everything, Jumping in huge leaf piles….what is there not to like about the fall?! Every family has their favorite fall traditions, here are some of the best autumn activities we like to do, and they’re all right here in the Fox Cities.
Pumpkin & Apple Picking
There are oodles of options for picking your favorite fall produce in the area. We have frequented Sprangers Orchard over the last few years. You can pick your own, or they have a huge pre-picked selection for you to choose from as well. Also, try their delicious apple cider and caramel apples. Sprangers staff is always friendly and helpful, it makes the experience really enjoyable! They are located just outside Appleton, in the Heart of the Valley area, check out their Facebook page.
Pumpkin Carving
A hidden gem that we love to go to each year is the Rades Family Pumpkin Carving Display on Appleton’s east side. Each year the Rades family transform their entire front yard into a pumpkin-themed paradise. They carve intricate designs into dozens of pumpkins and add in special lighting, music, and displays. Our girls have been especially fond of the Disney princess carvings over the years. The display runs the nights of October 29-31, this is non-scary event so it’s great for the whole family. Donations are accepted and appreciated for the Fox Valley Humane Association. Click here for details!
Freaky 5K
The final run/walk that we do each season is the YMCA’s Freaky 5K on October 29. Starting and finishing at Appleton’s Pierce Park, the run takes competitors through three parks and some of the city’s most distinct neighborhoods. Costumes are encouraged! Our girls love the 1/4 Mile Mini-Monster Dash. The 5K field ranges from competitive runners looking for a personal best to novice walkers looking to show off their Halloween costumes. This is a great family event that culminates with post-event food, drinks, and activities. Click here for more information!
dsc_2255Hike our Nature Preserves
We love to head out and take hikes with our kids this time of year and with three different nature preserves located right here in the Fox Cities, it’s an easy drive to any of them and a great way to spend a gorgeous fall day! 1000 Islands Environmental Center, Heckrodt Wetland Reserve and Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve all offer free access to their trails and nature centers. The trails aren’t too long so it’s great for kids and there’s plenty of nature to take in while you’re there. Stop in and visit their nature centers too where you’ll find information about the area, animals, and activities to engage the kids!
Downtown Appleton-One Great Place for Public Art! – You are beautiful, Appleton — Molly B and Me

Downtown Appleton-One Great Place for Public Art! – You are beautiful, Appleton — Molly B and Me

People who care about art, care. This thought occurred to me late Wednesday afternoon as I took my camera for a little stroll through Downtown Appleton. I wanted to document all the public art projects springing up through the city, and I saw plenty. You are beautiful, Appleton, and your splendor flows from within. I […]

via You are beautiful, Appleton — Molly B and Me

Appleton area ranked top 5 “Best Minor League Baseball Towns” announced something we, here in the Fox Cities, already knew….that we are one of the top ranked Minor League baseball towns in the country! The list was put together by ranking “158 cities and towns using: a quality of life score and a game day experience score.” After analyzing those scores, Appleton came in #5 on the list of 10 cities. The Timber Rattlers are only one of two Single-A affiliated teams in the top 10!

Neurosicence Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium is a top-notch facility that has also been ranked in years past as one of the best stadiums in all of minor league baseball. Both the stadium and the team provide locals and visitors alike with an exceptionally fun and affordable outing for couples, families and groups.

To read the full article and to see the full list, click here.

For more details on the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and Fox Cities Stadium, click here.

Memories Antique Mall – A DIY’ers Paradise!

Memories Antique Mall – A DIY’ers Paradise!

Written by: Mary Rhode, Marketing & Communications Manager

With the fall weather upon us, I’ve been anxious to start decorating my house for the season. Fall is one of my favorite times of year and I love to incorporate a mix of wood, metal, burlap and traditional fall colors into my house and front porch décor. This year, I was looking for a new metal item to add to my house décor. I decided it was time to head to one of the antique malls in our area and see what cool things I could find!

I was worried I would be overwhelmed with so many items to look at; however, it was just the opposite! My mind started spinning with DIY ideas! The store space is massive, at just over 15,000 square feet. It is made up of over 80 Vendors in varying size spaces offering tons of unique items. From beer signs and glasses, to wooden boxes and furniture items, there truly is something for everyone and every décor! What I found myself thinking as I was wondering around the mall was how many of the older items have a story to them. I even found a few items that I know my mom still uses in her house. It was neat to see that they are an antique and a collectible!

img_3718I found a few items that would definitely be great purchases for someone who has that inner DIY quality!

Nautical items: All it would take with any of these items is a little imagination. On the left-hand side of the photo, you’ll notice 2 portholes. I was just at a store recently that turned those into a pendant light for over a table. How cool! Also, if you have the right décor in your house, any of those lights would make great statement wall sconces.


img_3719Blue mason jars: There were many vendors that were selling blue ‘Ball’ mason jars of all sizes. Some had covers and some did not. They were all reasonably-priced as well. These would be great for a spring or summer outdoor table centerpiece with some simple daisies in them. Another option would be to use them as centerpieces for a baby shower, wedding shower, wedding reception or other special event.


Galvanized mop bucket
: I almost purchased this to bring home and add to my front porch fall décor! I love the galvanized metal look and I could definitely tell that it was an old item. It would look great with a large orange or red mum plant in it and accented with burlap bow or other fall-themed ribbon.



Wood sled: I only saw 3 of these during my visit and they are the perfect addition to any winter-themed arrangement. I already have one and simply added white lights, evergreen branches and a red plaid bow. It’s the perfect accent piece for my Christmas holiday porch setup.

After walking around for about 45 minutes, I finally found the perfect metal piece to add to my fall design. It’s small, simple and rustic-looking. Once I got it home, I simply added a piece of burlap ribbon and a few pinecones and leaves I had lying around. It is now the perfect edition to my kitchen counter!


My best advice when visiting the Memories Antique Mall for the first time, is to go in with an open mind. You never know what great things you’ll find that will inspire the DIY’er in you!

Appleton ranked ‘Top 25 Places to Live’

_dsc9576editedjune2016Money Magazine, a partner of Time Magazine, recently ranked the top 50 ‘Best Places to Live in the United States’ for 2016 and the City of Appleton made the top 25!

Coming in at #24, a number of reasons were listed for why people live in Appleton. Some of those included affordable housing and family-friendly activities.”

To see the rest of the article on Appleton as well as the remainder of the top 50 list, click here.