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Trick-or-Treat Alternatives Your Kids Will Love

Halloween, like everything else in 2020, will look a little different this year. Trick-or-treating has officially been cancelled in the city of Milwaukee, and the CDC classifies traditional door-to-door trick or treating as a high-risk activity.

If you decide to go trick or treating, here are some recommendations from the CDC:

  • Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters.
  • Give out treats outdoors, if possible.
  • Set up a station with individually bagged treats for kids to take.
  • Wash hands before handling treats.
  • Make your cloth mask part of your costume.
  • A costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask.
  • Do NOT wear a costume mask over a cloth mask. It can make breathing more difficult.
  • Masks should NOT be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing
  • Bring hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol and use it after touching objects or other people. Supervise young children using hand sanitizer.
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you get home and before you eat any treats.

If you’re skipping the trick-or-treat festivities this year, here are some other fun ideas to get into the Halloween spirit:

1. Sculpt-O-Ween with Sculpture Milwaukee

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Head downtown and look at art, go on a scavenger hunt, and have a chance to win prizes from the costume contests.

2. Host a family Halloween Movie Night.

Get your popcorn ready and put on some PG Halloween favorites like Hocus Pocus, ET, Gremlins, Beetlejuice, Spookley the Square Pumpkin, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and others. Here is a great list of Halloween Movies to choose from. There are options for all ages.

3. Say Hello to the Holy Hill Skeletons.

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This year’s theme is “Til Death Do Us Part”.

They’re dying to meet you! Local resident Jimmy Zamzow arranges his collection of skeletons every year into an entertaining Halloween display in his front yard along Highway 167, just each of Holy Hill. Find out more >>

4. Drive by the “Lightmare Before Christmas”.

WI N102W17515 Lone Oaks Dr Germantown, WI


Catch this annual Halloween Lights Show in Germantown. They also do one for Christmas!

5. Visit a Corn Maze.

We put together a list of ten of them in southeastern Wisconsin. One even has interactive smartphone checkpoints so you don’t get lost! See them all >>

6. Take a walk down Scarecrow Lane.

Retzer Nature Center

September 21 – October 31, 2020 Open Daily, Sunrise to 10 p.m. Free


Visitors are encouraged to take a fun, self-guided walk around Scarecrow Lane at Retzer Nature Center to enjoy the unique scarecrows displays and changing colors of autumn. Find the scarecrows near the Children’s Garden, located behind the west end of the Learning Center building. 

The Scarecrow Lane trail is approximately 0.4 mile. The trail includes areas of bark mulch and mowed grass and has some rolling terrain. A stroller suitable for off-pavement use could traverse the trail, but it is not a paved, flat trail.

7. Carve a jack-o-lantern.

At least your jack-o’-lantern will look better than this!

8. Drive through a Halloween Glow in Racine.

Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 7 – Nov. 1 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

$5 per person at the gate


Drive through a glowing Halloween lights display in the evening at the Racine Zoo.

9. Watch the Ghost Train in Shorewood.

Corner Bakery Shorewood Cafe – 1305 E. Capitol Drive


If you’ve never seen the Ghost Train make its nightly run through Shorewood, you’re going to want to take a pajama ice cream ride and check it out. The Ghost Train is an artistic sensory experience which enables visitors to travel back in history, imagining the round-trip journey of the ‘Twin Cities 400’. The old-fashioned train was operated by the Chicago and North Western Railway from 1935-1963 and crossed Capitol Drive at the Oak Leaf Trail Bridge. The Ghost Train was brought to Shorewood by Public Art Shorewood and designed by Marty Peck, CLD-E.

10. Have a Halloween Scavenger Hunt in your house.

Hide some candy and prizes around the house and in the yard for your kids to find!

11. Go on a Halloween Decoration Drive.

Drive or walk around your neighborhood to find the best pumpkins and decorations. Or, check out the follow displays:

Show Us Your Pumpkin Pavilion:

The Pumpkin Pavilion Organizing Committee and the Bay View Neighborhood Association (BVNA) are pleased to announce a neighborhood-wide, socially-distanced version of the beloved annual event. The “Show Us Your Pumpkin Pavilion” event will run from October 23 – October 31, 2020.

Pumpkin Pavilion is normally held in partnership with Milwaukee County Parks at Humboldt Park Pavilion. This year, the event is pushing out the neighborhood, offering the neighbors the opportunity to use their spookiest creativity to create their own Pumpkin Pavilion display at their home. Neighbors will register online, and a community map will be created for people to plan their route to the participating houses.

The Great Pumpkin Festival in Whitefish Bay (Outdoors, Walk-Through)

October 28 to 31, 2020

Old School House Park (5240 N. Marlborough)

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The Whitefish Bay Civi Foundation welcomes everyone to walk through the park and enjoy the pumpkins and decorations. They encourage everyone to practice good habits by wearing a mask and keeping your distance from others.

Please note: To provide a safe event for all, this year there will be no carving of pumpkins on-site, no music and no food and beverage

Halloween Glow, Delafield (Drive-By, Free!)

Pumpkins carved by area students will be lit around Clock Tower Square at the corner of Genesee and Milwaukee streets at dusk on Oct. 24. 

A&J’s Halloween House

2943 S. Clement Ave.

This year is a Ghostbuster’s theme! Here is the house features on CBS58 News.

We wish everyone a very Happy Halloween!

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