October May Be Three Months Away, But Here's 9 Of The Most Haunted Places in Milwaukee

October May Be Three Months Away, But Here's 9 Of The Most Haunted Places in Milwaukee

It's always a good time to start getting hyped for Halloween.


October may not arrive for another three months (sad I know), but what better way to embrace your inner Buzzfeed Unsolved's Ryan and Shane than to share with you some of the scariest haunted spots in Milwaukee that I know? I have lived in Milwaukee my whole life and this city definitely has its fair share of spooky ghost stories. From the story of the spirit that walks his dog in a famous hotel to tales about hauntings on our own campus, Milwaukee is the perfect place to embrace your inner ghost hunter.

The Rave


Yes, the place you always go to see your favorite bands and musicians is the home to one of the more significant hauntings of Milwaukee. The Rave's initial purpose when it was built was to be an athletic club, with the former pool area in the basement being the strongest ghost hotspot today. It is rumored that the athletic club was eventually shut down because two kids drowned and many believe their spirits continue to haunt the popular concert venue.

Seven Bridges


Many people have committed suicide along this hiking trail in Grant Park, so it is no surprise that their spirits supposedly haunt the area today. Some of the more prominent scary stories of Seven Bridges include people hearing screaming when no one is around and seeing strange glowing lights. As if it couldn't get any creepier, the sign at the entrance of the trail reads, "Enter this wild wood and view the haunts of nature." Um, I'll pass.

The Pfister Hotel


This ritzy hotel located downtown has a long history of hauntings. In fact, many famous athletes who travel here refuse to stay in the Pfister because of the frequent spooks. It is believed that the first owner of the hotel, Charles Pfister, still wanders the halls at night with his beloved dog. You know what's better than a normal ghost? A ghost dog!!

Milwaukee Public Museum


Museums are home to antiques and artifacts from all over the world, so it makes sense that some creepy activity would come with such aging objects. However, the main haunting of Milwaukee's Public Museum is reported to be a former curator, Dr. Stephan Francis de Borhegyi. People have claimed that just passing by his portrait brings chills and an uneasy feeling. Plus, anyone who's visited the museum has to admit that the Old World Milwaukee exhibit and its many realistic wax figures are just freaky.

North Point Lighthouse


This lighthouse that resides over Lake Michigan is a picturesque image of the Lakefront, however, there are many ghost stories about it. People have reported hearing children screaming around the area and feeling overwhelmingly unwelcome when they pass by. But, let's just be honest, any lighthouse is at least a little bit creepy.

Hilton Garden Inn


This hotel opened fairly recently, however the building still holds a lot of haunted history. In the 1800s, the building was known as the Newhall Hotel until there was a huge fire that killed up to 70 people. It is said that these victims continue to roam the Hilton's halls today. Maids have reported hearing strange sounds in certain rooms, and claim that their hair is pulled.

Forest Home Cemetery


This cemetery is reportedly built on a Native American burial ground, so of course disaster is expected to occur. Many famous Milwaukeeans are buried here, including the Pabst Brothers and the co-founder of Harley-Davidson. People have described feeling uneasy and ill here, but isn't that expected in a cemetery? They're not really the most upbeat places.

Pabst Mansion


Captain Frederick Pabst himself is said to haunt this popular tourist destination. Chandeliers creepily swing on their own and doorbells ring.....and there's noooobody there. In one fascinating story, staff were setting up for an event and candles kept falling to the ground. No one knew why until the staff realized it was Pabst's birthday.

Marquette University


Our own alma mater has so many reported hauntings, I could've written an entire article about them alone, easily. For starters, Johnston Hall- home to the School of Communication- is reportedly built on a Native American burial ground. To make that even more creepy, two priests committed suicide on the fifth floor and apparently still haunt the building. And we all know Straz Tower used to be home to a YMCA, right? Well, a young boy drowned in its pool and is still seen swimming among students today.

Humphrey Hall is another spot that we all know is haunted, but did you know that it used to be a Children's Hospital? People in the hall report seeing young spirits in hospital gowns roaming the halls at night. Actually, most of Marquette's dorms are reported to be haunted. A woman is said to haunt Mashuda Hall, and her spirit supposedly used to throw objects around her room and write messages on the windows, until the dorm room was blessed by priests. As if MU couldn't get any more spooky, Helfaer Theatre is also home to the ghost of an art director who died, while Varsity Theatre is said to be haunted by a stagehand who died after falling into a large fan.

Moral of the story is that there is no hiding from the spooks- even on campus. So I say, let's get into the scary spirit and start hunting some ghosts!

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35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."

Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."

3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."

4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.

"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.

“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. ...so are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.

Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."

25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.

"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.

"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."

30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.

"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"

32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."

34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."

35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

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The Zodiac Signs As Bath And Body Works Scents

Just in case you want to know what scent you are!

Bath and Body Works fans could be considered to be part of a cult. The scents draw you in as if calling your name, if you ever
wondered what your scent should be based on your zodiac sign, here it is!

Aries: Country Apple

The rather impulsive Aries takes their time picking and choosing the scents from Bath and Body Works. The soothing scent of a fresh apple orchard is just what they need on a daily basis to keep up with their shenanigans.

Taurus: Japanese Cherry Blossom

The personality of a Taurus is stubborn, or what I like to say, is stuck in their ways. When they first discovered this scent in middle school, this was it. This is the only scent you will find anywhere around a Taurus.

Libra: Pink Chiffon

Pink Chiffon is another cult classic. This best selling scent went out of style for a hot second but is back and bigger than ever.

Leo: Thousand Wishes

Thousand Wishes is a purr-fect scent for a Leo. The light scent adornes the wearer just the right amount to get the desired reaction from those around them.

Aquarius: Be Enchanted

The rather cold personality of an Aquarius is counteracted by the loving scent of Be Enchanted. The scent is just enough tenderness for the wearer to be relaxed.

Gemini: Moonlight Path

Gemini's constantly change their favorite scent and are in and out of the store almost weekly to by new lotions, candles, and body washes. You will never see a full empty bottle of anything, however, Moonlight Path is the scent they keep coming back to again and again.

Virgo: Sea Island Cotton

The clean personality of a Virgo must be matched with the clean scent of Sea Island Cotton.

Capricorn: Cucumber Melon

Another clean scent of Cucumber Melon is the exact thing a Capricorn needs. The balance and calming scents are what make this scent so attractive to a Capricorn.

Scorpio: Paris Amour

The light scent is what you would expect from an extreme sign like a Scorpio. The scent lightly washes over the wearer in almost a cloud that

Sagittarius: Cashmere Glow

Cashmere Glow is a perfect scent for the winter sign. The vanilla and golden peach scent is just the mixture that creates the perfect accessory in the chilly months.

Pisces: Warm Vanilla Sugar

This lovely scent accentuates the lovely personality of a Pisces. They can never get enough of this scent so they just keep buying and buying until they have a full stockpile.

Cancer: Velvet Sugar

Velvet Sugar is the perfect blend of red velvet and strawberries and a Cancer is always changing their mind. The wearer can tell if it is a more red velvet or strawberry kind of day, and that is the balance that they need in their lives.

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