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Top Halloween Weekend Events For Kids (Oct. 28-31, 2021)

In MKE, there’s so much more than trick-or-treat when it comes to Halloween entertainment for the kiddos! Here are our top picks to make this festive weekend full of spooky fun for all:

1. Day of the Dead Concert: Las Cafeteras

Latino Arts, Inc., 1028 S. 9th St., Milwaukee, WI 53204
Friday, Oct. 29, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Admission: $20 General, $15 Students and kids

Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos with a special family-friendly matinee concert featuring Las Cafeteras! Using traditional Son Jarocho instruments like the jarana, requinto, quijada and tarima (a wooden platform), Las Cafeteras sing in English, Spanish, and Spanglish and add a remix of sounds, from rock to hip-hop to rancheras. Be sure to check out the Day of the Dead Ofrendas Exhibit in the Latino Arts Gallery following the performance (admission is free with your concert ticket). Buy tickets now >>

2. Pumpkin Displays

There are a couple of options for those who want to see a bunch of lighted jack-o-lanterns on display, and add their own pumpkin to the mix:

Hallowings Carve & Display Event (pictured above)
Greendale Gazebo Park, 5798 Broad St., Greendale, WI 53129
Tuesday-Thursday 4-8 p.m., Friday 4-9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

At this event hosted by Gift of Wings and Greendale Park and Rec, kidscan pick a free pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, carve it inside the carving tent, and leave it in the lighted display. There’s also live music in the gazebo, pumpkin bowling and gourd golf. On Halloween, there will be a parade and costume contest with prizes. Get the details >>

Great Pumpkin Festival
School House Park, 5445 N. Marlborough Dr., Whitefish Bay, WI 53217
Oct. 27-31, 6-9 p.m. (lighted display only on Sunday, Oct. 31 with no activities)

Drive up to the convenient, self-service pumpkin pick-up on North Idlewild Avenue and choose your favorite pumpkin from the patch. Take your pumpkin home to carve, then bring it back to the display. Walk through the park and enjoy the pumpkins, music, food, and decorations. Note: There will be no carving on-site this year. Learn more >>

3. Betty Boo’s Spooktacular

Betty Brinn Children’s Museum
Oct. 30-31, Morning Session 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Afternoon Session 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Admission: $13 (advance reservations required)

The Betty Brinn Children’s Museum is turning into a not-so-scary haunt created especially for young children. Take a ride on the ghost train, become a mad scientist in the Be A Maker space, boogie down at the dance party and visit with Birdy Brinn. Don’t forget your costumes! Advanced reservations are required for this event. Get tickets now >>

4. Trick-or-Treat

Photo Credit: Unsplash, Conner Baker

Nothing beats this classic Halloween tradition. For the most current dates and times for trick-or-treat in Milwaukee and suburban neighborhoods, please refer to our Events Calendar >>

5. Haunted Hoops (Marquette Men’s Basketball Scrimmage)

Al McGuire Center, 770 N 12th St., Milwaukee, WI 53233
October 31, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Admission: FREE

Trick-or-treat with the Marquette Men’s basketball team & other student athletes at this fun free event! Highlights include a costume contest at center court during halftime, photo booths, balloon artists and a Marquette caricature artist. Breakfast concessions will be available for purchase. Get more info >>

6. Halloween Movies

Milky Way Drive-In Movie Theater, 7035 S. Ballpark Dr., Franklin, WI 53132 
Oct. 28-31 (showtimes vary)
Admission: $35 per vehicle

The Milky Way Drive-In Theater is showing Halloween movies all month long, and on weekends, the early feature is usually kid-friendly. This weekend’s schedule includes Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Monsters University and Goosebumps. The venue can accommodate 150 vehicles, so get there early (gates open 1 hour before the movie starts). ALL tickets must be purchased online and prior to being parked. Get the details >>

There’s so much more happening this weekend! Check out our Events Calendar >>

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