Bloody Third Ward Ghost Walk

Do you want to have some real fun?

With those words, the wildly eccentric Clair Richardson founded the Skylight Music Theatre in Milwaukee’s Third Ward. He had so much fun there, he never left. While Clair died in 1980, people still feel his presence often. His ghost is rumored to disrupt live performances if the perpetual spotlight, shining on his urn in the Cabot Theatre’s trap room, is allowed to burn out. 

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, The Third Ward, dubbed “The Bloody Third” in 1846, is a charming arts district today but conceals a violent gangster past. Once home to Milwaukee’s mafia operations and before that Irish gangsters known as the Third Ward Cowboys, its streets have been touched by tragedy and the paranormal. 


$25 per person




1.5 - 2 hours


1.5 miles

Bloody Third Ward Ghost Walk

You hear tales of haunted history, ghost stories, Fortean folklore, and recent reports of paranormal activity (all documented through historical research, archival newspaper reports, and firsthand accounts). This tour is frequently updated with new information from ongoing paranormal investigations. Join us for a nostalgic stroll through this charming art district, once a rough and mysterious 19th century ghetto known as the “Bloody Third.” eports of ghosts, curses, and even a wayward lake monster distinguish this historic neighborhood.

Customer reviews

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Great fun! Our guide was knowledgeable and engaging. Loved it!
~Carrie B.

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Lots of cool and scary stories hosted by Tee. An amazing evening touring the historic 3rd Ward.
~Carol A.

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Very cool and informative tour even for a life long Milwaukee resident
~Nicole S.

Bloody Third Ward Ghost Walk meeting location:

Tours depart from St. Paul Ave. and Water St. (in front of the Milwaukee Public Market, 400 N. Water Street, Milwaukee, WI) in the Historic Third Ward.

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