7 Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Milwaukee

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What: Humboldt Park Pumpkin Pavilion

When: Friday, October 21, and Saturday, October 22, 2016

Where: Humboldt Park, 3000 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee (Bay View)

Cost: Free

Carvings done by locals on Wednesday, October 19, and Thursday, October 20 results in fabulous displays in Humboldt Park’s pavilion the coming weekend. Food for purchase, live music, and other programming accompany this free event that is very family-friendly and entirely outdoors.

What: Lapham Peak Fright Hike

When: Friday, October 21, and Saturday, October 22, 2016, 6 p.m.-8:45 p.m.

Where: Lapham Peak Unit of Kettle Moraine State Forest, W329 N846 Hwy C, Delafield

Cost: $7 (cash only) plus $5 per carload (if you don’t have a Wisconsin State Parks sticker)

Take a hike and do some good at the same time with this haunted stroll that raises money for local non-profit groups. After the mile hike, reconvene with other hikers around the campfire to roast marshmallows, listen to music and share ghost stories.

What: Renewal by Anderson Halloween Fun Fest

When: Saturday, October 22, starting at 11:45 a.m.

Where: Downtown Pewaukee (Oct. 24)

Cost: Free

This family-friendly day is packed with activities, starting with the dog costume contest at 11:45 a.m. (hosted at the Beach House at Lakefront Park), followed by a kid’s costume parade, departing at noon from the Beach House and ending at Koepp Park. The afternoon is filled with even more fun for kids, such as visits with the local fire and police department, and trick-or-treating at downtown Pewaukee merchants. Some stores will even have craft demos.

What: Skulloween Bike Night

When: Thursday, October 27, 2016, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.

Where: MOTOR Bar & Restaurant, Harley-Davidson Museum, 400 W. Canal St., Milwaukee (Near South Side)

Cost: Free

As a continuation of the summer’s Bike Night events, this one moves indoors—but it also celebrates Halloween. Whether you ride a Harley or just like to gawk at the gleaming bikes, all are welcome. Food and drink specials from MOTOR will be joined by live music (Devil Met Contention is the band), raffles for Harley-Davidson gear and $2 Miller Lites. Those who wear a costume will receive a chance to win gift cards from House of Harley-Davidson and a Harley-Davidson Museum prize pack. House of Harley-Davidson will also be snapping photos of those in costume for a take-home souvenir.

What: Halloween Howl

When: Friday, October 28, 2016, 7 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

Where: Wisconsin Humane Society, 4500 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee (West Side)

Cost: $20 per dog (purchase tickets in advance via this link)

Want your dog to celebrate Halloween, too? The Wisconsin Humane Society understands, which is why they dreamt up this fun event just for dog owners and their furry friends. Dogs can bob for hot dogs, dig for bones, play “trick or treat” and participate in a canine costume contest.

What: Ghosts Under Glass at Mitchell Park Domes

When: Friday, October 28, 2016, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

Where: Mitchell Park Domes, 524 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee (South Side)

Cost: $8

This is an event for the whole family, with food and drink available for purchase, plus a magician, carnival games, light shows, and Halloween-themed crafts. Every child who arrives will receive a free pumpkin and a small bag of candy, as a starter for the event’s indoor trick-or-treating activity.

What: “Wicked: A Halloween Day Party & Benefit”

When: Sunday, October 30, 2016, 3 p.m.

Where: Artist Factory, 228 S. 1st St., Milwaukee (Near South Side)

Cost: $5-$10

Designed as a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association, this is also an afternoon of pure fun with a DJ spinning tunes, and the serving of drinks and food. Costumes encouraged.