15 Halloween Happenings For Kids (2021)

As the cooler air brings out the goosebumps, so do these Halloween happenings for kids. We found some that are just a tad spooky, perfect for little kids.


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1. Boogie Bash at Bayshore

Friday, October 22 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

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The Bayshore Boogie Bash and Costume Contest is happening next Friday, Oct. 22 from 500 PM – 7:00 pm in The Yard at Bayshore. It’s free! (Sponsored by Spirit Halloween)

Bring your princesses, monsters, goblins, and little characters to this fun family-friendly event featuring a costume boogie with a live DJ, costume contests and award prizes, hay maze, photo opps in the not-so-spooky Halloween displays throughout The Yard, and more!

Plus, there will be food trucks including gourmet stuffed tater tots from Tots On The Street and savory Dominican food from El Sazon Dominicano like rice and meat plates, hibichuelas (beans), empanadas, fried plantain and more.

2. Boo at the Zoo at the Milwaukee County Zoo 

October 14-17 and 21-24, 2021
5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m
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In 2021, Boo at the Zoo will once again be a re-imagined 1.5-mile drive-thru Halloween experience. Guests will ride on Zoo pathways through themed areas, carved pumpkins, light shows and enjoy Boo at the Zoo all from the comfort of their cars.

WitchNew this year! Guests can trick-or-treat from their vehicles! Tasty treats will be handed-out along the route.

This event is a merry-not-scary ride, appropriate for kids of all ages, and kids at heart.

Advanced, online tickets are required, and available beginning Sept. 15 at 8 a.m.


3. Friends of Retzer Nature Center’s Scarecrow Lane 

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.


4. Halloween Haunts at Wehr Nature Center

October 14-16, 2021










Halloween Haunts educates families about misunderstood nature in a kooky, slightly spooky way. Families follow a path lined with hundreds of amazing Jack-o-lanterns into the Enchanted Forest and learn about misunderstood nature from friendly costumed characters such as owls, frogs, and skunks. The walk is just spooky enough to keep young ones on their toes but is not designed to be scary or gory. Young guests will go home with a treat bag of Halloween goodies to enjoy.

5. Halloween Glow at the Racine Zoo (Drive-Through)

October 1 – October 31, 2021
$5 per person at the gate (Free for 2 and under)

Enjoy an enchanting Halloween experience from the comfort of your own vehicle! Drive through our spooktacular light displays with ghostly charms perfect for guests of all ages. There is no walk-through option available this year. Masks are not required.

6. Holy Hill Skeletons, Hubertus (Drive-By, Free!)



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 east of Holy Hill.

7. The Lightmare Before Christmas (Drive-by, Free!)

WI N102W17515 Lone Oaks Dr Germantown, WI

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



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8. Ghost Train in Shorewood (Drive-By, Free!)

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’ 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.

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

October 28 to 31, 2020
Old School House Park (5240 N. Marlborough)

The Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation invited you to carve your own pumpking and display it at the festival. Everyone to walk through the park and enjoy the pumpkins, music, food, and decorations. This year there will be no carving of pumpkins on-site.


10. Happily Haunted Gardens at Bookworm Gardens (Walk-through)

1415 Campus Dr, Sheboygan, WI 53081
October 16-17, 21-24, 28-31, 2021 | 5-8 PM

The magical Gardens in Sheboygan will be decked out in thousands of twinkling lights. Listen to stories, hunt for friendly ghosts, and stroll through a pumpkin walk. Don’t forget to wear your costumes.

Leave your trick-or-treat bags home! Children will receive a pre-packaged Bookworm goodie bag as they leave.

Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase.

 Reservations are required for all! 


11. Haunted Halloween on Downer Ave.

Saturday, October 23rd, 2021 from 12:00pm-4:00p.m
2600 N. Downer Ave.

Join Historic Downer Avenue for a family and pet-friendly Downer Business trick-or-treat. Participating businesses from Park Place to Webster Place will offer children and adult Trick or Treat options.

12. “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.


13. Not So Scary Halloween Party at The Hill Has Eyes

Every Sunday in October, 2021 at 2:30 p.m.
7005 S Ballpark Dr, Franklin, WI 53132

Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is ideal for kids and families who want to experience The Hill Has Eyes attractions when it is not so scary. Their actors will take you on a guided tour through the attractions and kids will get to trick-or-treat along the way. Kids are encouraged to dress up and be a part of the fun!

$15 general admission. Pre-purchase tickets online to save $5.

All ages welcome, recommended for ages 8 and up.

14. Halloween Movies

The Milky Way Drive-in and Avalon Atmospheric Theater are showing Halloween movie for kids and families all month long!

15. Legends & Lore at Old World Wisconsin

W372 S9727 Hwy 67 Eagle, WI 53119

Troves of supernatural tales brought to Wisconsin over the generations come to life at this always spooky, sometimes scary, Halloween event.

Eerie tales lurk in the dark, as legends and lore come to life in the woods of Wisconsin. Troves of supernatural tales brought to the state over the generations come to life as you explore the Crossroads Village after dark at this always spooky, sometimes scary, family-friendly Halloween event at Old World Wisconsin.

Tonight the veil is thin between this world and the next. Venture into the dark of the woods, encounter traveling performers around their fire, hear eerie tales performed by lantern light, and attempt a haunted maze under the light of the moon.

Don’t miss Mr. Smith’s Emporium of Oddities, The Traveling Fates, the Tale of the Nachtkrap, the Hodag Hay Maze for Little Goblins, or the Hern the Hunter maze for those made of stronger stuff! Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Advanced tickets required. Ticket sales end at Noon the day of each event date.

General Admission (13+): $19.99
Children (5-12): $13.99
Children (under 5): Free, no ticket required


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