Be prepared to be scared at these thrill-tastic Halloween events
Illuminating The Dark
Through Oct., Thurs. 4:30 & 5pm, Fri. & Sat. 5, 5:30 & 6pm, Halloween 4:30, 5 & 5:30pm
This specialty afterhours tour offered only in October takes place in a dimly lit Mansion, where themes of darkness and the revealing of unseen spaces will be explored, offering visitors an opportunity to see the Pabst Mansion in a ‘new light’. Visitors will be guided by candlelight viewing hidden compartments and seldom-seen.
Wisconsin Fear Grounds Haunted Houses
Through Oct. 30, Fri.-Sat. nights, Sun. 1-5pm
Expect the unexpected at three elaborately decorated haunted houses.
Waukesha County Expo Center
Racine Zoo Jack-O’-Lantern Nights
Through Oct. 30, Thurs.-Sun. 6-10pm
Stroll through the Racine Zoo and immerse yourself in dazzling lights and over 1,000 hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns. Warm up with seasonal food and beverages. Learn more at racinezoo.org.
Through Nov. 9
Pop-up Halloween store featuring costumes, makeup, decorations and more.
Wisconsin State Fair Park
Wear your Halloween costume to participate in a nature-themed scavenger hunt around their ponds and along their wooded and prairie-lined trails.
Boo at the Zoo
Prepare to be (not too) scared! Enjoy a haunting time trying to escape the haystack maze, take a ride on the “Raven’s Rail” train and check out hundreds of carved, glowing pumpkins. Trick-or-Treat near your favorite animals too.
Milwaukee County Zoo
Day of the Dead Ofrendas
Oct. 20-Nov. 18, Opening reception Oct. 28.
Features ofrendas installations from The Mexican Consulate, University School of Milwaukee and other local artists.
Café con Arte Oct. 20, 8:30-9:15am in English, 9:30-10:15 in Spanish. Includes churros, coffee and gallery tour. Day of the Dead Concert
Oct. 29, 7pm features Las Cafeteras.
Huntin’ for Pumpkins
Oct. 21, A pumpkin hunt, a spooky maze, photos from VIP, hot cider, a spooky story walk presented by W.J. Niederkorn Library, and more!
Upper Lake Park, Port Washington
Dia de los Muertos
Oct. 28, This holiday has rich symbolism and traditions celebrating deceased family and friends in a colorful and joyous way.
Mitchell Park Domes
BOOgie Bash & Costume Contest
Oct. 28, Boogie and participate in costume contests with Kids Boogie Down. Dance with the Halloween-themed Princesses and giant Z-Bot LED Robots, enjoy laser light shows and not-so-spooky Halloween displays.
Lapham Peak Haunted Hike
Oct. 28-29, Fright Hike is a mile long walk through the dark forest with scary scenes performed by local organizations.
Lapham Peak Unit, Kettle Moraine Forest in Delafield
Oct. 29, 10am-2pm The first 500 attendees can pick out a free pumpkin from downtown Milwaukee’s only pumpkin patch. Also features free giveaways, a kids costume parade, activities and fun for all ages.
Red Arrow Park
Oct. 31, Wear your costumes and creep down Washington Avenue to view the glowing pumpkins!
Throughout downtown Cedarburg
Milwaukee Haunted History Pub Crawl Tour
Drinking and non-drinking. Make stops at three of Milwaukee’s haunted bars and a park so that you can fully experience the thrill of these mysterious places. Guests have frequently experienced active ghost sightings during these stops, so be sure to bring your camera/phone. One drink is included on this tour to help supply some “liquid courage”.
Gothic History Tour
Oct. 21, 22, 28, More than just ghost stories, the past comes alive in encounters with the ghostly citizens of old Cedarburg through costumed actors and historic photos.
Cedarburg Cultural Center
Oct. 28-29, The walk explores ghost stories and sightings in the historic downtown and haunted Union Cemetery in Port Washington.