Not-So-Scary Halloween Events Your Kids Will Love

Celebrate Halloween in a not-so-spooky way with your little ones. We rounded up our favorite not-so-scary events and put them all in one place for you. Happy Halloween!

1. Halloween Glen

October 11 & 12, 2019


Join in for the 26th annual Halloween Glen! It’s a humorous and educational outdoor adventure. This year’s theme is Nature’s Performers, a chorus of creatures that sing, dance and act. Meet animals that perform to survive; facing thrills, chills, adventure and romance. Discover dramas in the dark, musicals in meadows and pretenders in the prairie. Actors will present interactive skits along the luminaria-lighted trails of Hawthorn Glen, Milwaukee Recreation’s 23-acre nature center.

2. Trek n’ Treat at Grant Park

Sunday, October 13th from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.


Follow the trails through Grant Park’s 7 Bridges and receive treats along the way. Also enjoy family-friendly activities. A wheelchair-accessible route is available. Wearing costumes is encouraged!

3. Boo at the Zoo & Halloween Spooktacular at the Milwaukee County Zoo

Boo at the Zoo

October 18th & 19th, 2019

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Boo! The Milwaukee County Zoo invites you to a spooky Zoo visit this Halloween season. Boo at the Zoo, presented by Prairie Farms Dairy, returns Friday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 19 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Boo at the Zoo will feature wicked family-friendly activities including a haystack maze, a Pumpkin Path, and temporary tattoos, and more.

Halloween Spooktacular

October 25th & 26th, 2019

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Dress up and trick-or-treat around the Milwaukee County Zoo. Whether your children are dressed like a superhero or a cuddly animal, they can get treats from various locations.

4. Haunted Halloween on Downer Ave. (Free!)

Join us on Downer Ave. for our 3rd Annual Haunted Halloween

Saturday, October 19th, 2019 from noon-4pm

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Head on over to Historic Downer Avenue to trick-or-treat at the businesses, enjoy the amazing Halloween-themed artistry of our chalk artists, stroll along with an accordian player, and buy your pumpkin at St. Mark’s Church!

Vote for your favorite pumpkin from the businesses as they compete to win a carving contest this year while you earn your chance to win great prizes. Kids can get their face painted plus enjoy some balloon twisting.

5. Pumpkin Pavilion in Bay View (Free!)

October 16-19, 2019

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The Bay View Neighborhood Association, along with Bill Rouleau, Pumpkin Pavilion Creator, would like to invite you and your family to this annual Bay View tradition. This four-day, family-friendly event brings over 2,000 Bay View residents and Milwaukee neighbors to Humboldt Park Pavilion. Guests come to carve pumpkins, admire the display of 1,000 lit pumpkins, enjoy live music, eat local food, and embrace the fun that is Halloween. This event is entirely volunteer-powered. Since its inception, the Pumpkin Pavilion has added attractions, displays and new events each year.

6. Autumn Celebration at the Washington Park Urban Ecology Center

Saturday, October 12th


When the air gets crisp and the leaves change color, the UEC celebrates the changing season with neighbors, family and friends!Get ready to take a nature bike rides with us around the park, make crafts, enjoy caramel apples (yum), make cider, carve a pumpkin, canoeing, and much more at our annual Autumn Celebration at Washington Park.

7. “The Nightmare before Christmas” (Free!)


For a spooky treat, drive down to the 2700 block of Logan Street in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood. You’ll find elaborate and illuminated Halloween decorations with a Nightmare Before Christmas theme.

8. Halloween Haunts at Wehr Nature Center

October 17-19, 2019

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Halloween Haunts combines the make-believe, spooky fun of Halloween with the beauty of nighttime nature to create an event that is fun for the whole family. Halloween Haunts is designed especially for families with children ages 4 to 10. Hikes start every 7 minutes between 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Rain or Shine.

9. The Great Pumpkin Festival in Whitefish Bay

October 23-27th, 2019

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The Pumpkin Festival will be held once gain at Old Schoolhouse Park, located directly across from the WFB Public Library, 5420 N. Marlborough Drive. Enter the Pumpkin patch, pick out a pumpkin and bring it into our carving tent! Prepare, design and carve your pumpkin at this family friendly event. We provide the FREE pumpkins, carving tools, candles, and table space. Design a jack-o-lantern, and it will be lit and on display every night. Each night will feature live local music and delicious food from Pandl’s Whitefsh Bay Inn.

10. Night of the Ghost Train in Shorewood

October 31st, 2019

Corner Bakery Shorewood Cafe – 1305 E. Capitol Drive


The Village of Shorewood will host a community wide celebration in honor of the Ghost Train.

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’ which 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.

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10. Not-So-Scary Halloween at Betty Brinn Children’s Museum

October 25, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.


Visit the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum for a day filled with imaginative play and learning during our safe, fall festival. Families are invited to dress in costume and come together for make-believe fun, as they explore the Museum’s hands-on exhibits. Arts activities, do-it-yourself maker workshops, an insect zoo, and music will make for an extra special Halloween experience for the whole family. All activities are included with regular Museum admission, and free to Museum members.

11. Little Sprouts Pumpkin Party

Friday, October 18, 4:30 – 6:30pm

Saturday, October 19, 1:30 – 3:30pm


The Little Sprouts Play Cafe Pumpkin Party is back with TWO days to celebrate. Perfect for even the littlest of ghouls. This event is toddler friendly. Bring your family for some scare-free fun to celebrate Halloween!

11. Fear District at Fiserv Forum

September 26th – November 3rd

Thursdays 6:00 – 10:00 P.M.

Fridays 6:00 – 11:00 P.M.

Saturdays 11:00 A.M – 11:00 P.M.

Sundays 2:00 – 8:00 P.M

The brand new Fear District at the Fiserv Forum is kid-friendly during the day with scarecrow photo ops, a Friendly Corn Maze, a ScareCrow Toss Game, and more programming for kids.

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