Whether you’re looking for boos or booze this October, there are plenty of opportunities to eat, drink and be festive at Wisconsin Halloween events.
Oct. 7: Monona Fall Festival
If you’re looking for a spooky-ish Wisconsin Halloween event for the entire family to enjoy, then be sure to stop by Monona Fall Fest on Friday, Oct. 7, for frights, delights and plenty of picture-perfect memories. Before the sun sets, guests can appreciate autumnal beverages while watching the costume parade. The kids can also enjoy science experiments and solve murder mysteries. Then, the not-too-spooky nighttime events begin, with everything from torch-lit trails to chocolatey s’mores. Be sure to come hungry because Madison’s favorite Banza will be dishing out made-from-scratch Mediterranean fare with a Wisconsin twist. And save room for dessert because The Chocolate Shoppe will be offering seasonal scoops of fall-tastic ice cream flavors like caramel apple pie, pumpkin and Witches’ Brew. For more information, visit aldoleopoldnaturecenter.org.
Oct. 7 to Oct. 9: Family Fall Fest at Lake Lawn Resort
Take to the lake and bask in the glorious weather at Lake Lawn Resort during the Fall Family Fest celebration. Fall-themed activities and events will take place all throughout the lakeside resort during Columbus Day weekend. So take advantage of the holiday and book an eerie escape for festive wagon rides, delicious food and treats, pumpkin decorating and exciting entertainment all weekend long. Start your stay off in style and take a tour around the resort in traditional fall fashion. Wagon rides are perfect for absorbing the scenery, witnessing the changing colors of the leaves and breathing in the fresh air. After that, gather the family together to spend the rest of the day scarecrow decorating and playing lawn games like pumpkin bowling and sack races. Be sure to indulge in a sweet treat and decorate a doughnut with your favorite toppings to celebrate fall at this Wisconsin Halloween event. For more information, visit lakelawnresort.com.
Oct. 8 and Oct. 9: Door County’s Pumpkin Patch Festival
Get pumped up for Door County’s annual Pumpkin Patch Festival, a fun-filled weekend with live music, carnival rides and delicious food. Make a trip to Door County for a cozy, autumn weekend to experience the Pumpkin Patch Festival on Saturday, Oct. 8, and Sunday, Oct. 9, from dawn until dusk. With inflatables, games galore, arts and crafts stations, face painting and magic acts, the kids will be entertained and get into the Halloween spirit. Families can also check out the extravagant pumpkin and scarecrow displays, which are some of the main stars of this Wisconsin Halloween event. And don’t forget to stop by the photo station at the Kress Pavilion Lawn for your picture-perfect fall family portraits. There will also be an abundance of food and beverage tents located in the center of the festival in Harbor View Park. Plus, you’ll want to make time to get a chocolatey sip from the hot cocoa bar at Plum Bottom Gallery. For more information, visit eggharbordoorcounty.org.
Oct. 15: Mad Science at the Overture Center
The well-known Kids in the Rotunda family entertainment series, which includes foot-tapping rhythms, astounding magic, hilarious sing-alongs and more, is sure to engage and educate your entire family. Visit the Overture Center on Saturday, Oct. 15, to witness the flash and flair of a live mad scientist. As the act on stage displays its most spell-binding elixirs, get ready for science’s most mind-blowing tricks and treats to top off this Wisconsin Halloween event. Your experience of the maddest Halloween ever will be rounded off with cauldrons of bubbling witches’ brew and warlock potions. For more information, visit overture.org.
Oct. 26: Overture Center’s Halloween Celebrations
In conjunction with Downtown Madison’s Family Halloween, Overture Center hosts a special Halloween Kids in the Rotunda performance by Magic Morgan and Liliana on Oct. 26 from 3 to 5 p.m. Prepare for eye-popping illusions, balloon sculptures and stunts with live animals in an unusual and incredible display of magic. This free performance is ideal for children ages 9 and younger and their families. Also on the 26th, from 3 to 6 p.m., guests can pop in the lobby to show off their costume and nab some sweet treats. For more information, visit overture.org.
Oct. 27: Skulloween
Roll on down to Milwaukee’s MOTOR Bar & Restaurant for Skulloween from 5 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 27. Enjoy your favorite hits from the 80’s thanks to a performance from MIXTAPE; feast on MOTOR’s food and drink specials; shop with extended hours at the Harley-Davidson Shop and Factory Shop; enter to win raffle prizes; check out carved pumpkins; and more. Plus, the costume with the most votes at the end of the night will win a $250 Harley-Davidson Museum Campus gift card. For more information, visit www.facebook.com.
Oct. 29: Haunted Vineyard Tasting and Tour at SoLu
Take a Halloween-themed tour of the stunning SoLu Estate vineyard on Saturday, Oct. 29, for a trip that will be creepy and classy all at once. Guests can take a vintage tractor ride through the countryside vineyards and enjoy live music. Aside from the picturesque views of the surrounding fall scenery, this tour will feature a terrifying adventure that will send your heart racing. SoLu will also present guests with an appetizer tent, sophisticated wine presentations, a campfire to keep you warm after the tour and, of course, wine tastings. Remember to dress up in your favorite Halloween attire and use the designated photo backdrop location in the vineyard for an Instagrammable shot. And be sure to stick around after your spooky tour for a decked-out afterparty in the winery’s main building. For more information, visit facebook.com.
Oct. 28 and Oct. 29: Halloween at Lake Lawn Resort
Prepare yourself for a frightfully delightful weekend at Lake Lawn Resort, which offers lots of spooky Halloween entertainment for the whole family. There’s no better way to spend your Halloweekend than on the lovely Lake Delavan, surrounded by fall’s beauty. Start off your weekend with a live DJ spinning your favorite monster mashes and a bartender serving up boo-zy cocktails on the Adult Halloween Boat Bash Cruise. Then, put on your scariest costumes for the resort’s exclusive adult-only Halloween party to enjoy eerie drinks and ghoulishly-good bites. Before entering the costume contest, guests can listen to live music and dance the night away. Or bring the entire family on board the Lake Lawn Queen for tons of Halloween fun if you’re looking for something a little more kid-friendly. With music, magic and fun, the entertainment at this Wisconsin Halloween event will enchant both little ones and adults. For more information, visit lakelawnresort.com.
October: Halloween at Grand Geneva Resort
Adults deserve treats too, so be sure to treat yourself to a Halloween-themed getaway at the Grand Geneva Resort this October. One of the best Midwest vacation spots for year-round adventure, relaxation and enjoyment, this Lake Geneva resort is also serving up one-of-a-kind culinary delights this autumn. The beloved Saturday brunch will feature seasonal treats like puffy pumpkin pancakes and mimosas bursting with fall flavors. A stunning new cocktail menu is also available, with drinks like the Wisconsin Apple Old Fashioned and Espresso S’MORES-tini. Aside from the food, Grand Geneva Resort also offers family-friendly fall festivities. Guests can expect to see hayrides, haunted barns and apple-picking opportunities. There will also be pumpkin painting, DIY caramel apples and excursions to Pearce’s Farm, a local gem. Using the resort’s scooters or e-bikes, guests can leisurely take in the fall colors and explore the 1,300-acre site on lovely Lake Geneva. For more information, visit grandgeneva.com.
October: Halloween at The Abbey Resort
Discover the best of everything that autumn has to offer on 90 acres of immaculate grounds at the Abbey Resort. There’s no better time than fall for a comfy Midwest getaway. This lakeside retreat provides everything you need to feel snug and satisfied. Start your day off with harbor views while sipping a pumpkin spice latte on the balcony. Then, for some nice nighttime refreshments, guests can cozy up to a bonfire, complete with s’mores and hot cider. Over the weekend, you can pick the perfect pumpkin at a nearby patch or visit an orchard for ripe apples exploding with fall flavor. Or enjoy the splendor of autumn while strolling along the lovely 26-mile public Lake Geneva Shore Path, which passes by colorful gardens, historic homes and plenty of wildlife. So, for a fall-tastic weekend full of live entertainment, lakeside dining and fall events for all ages, be sure to check into the Abbey Resort. For more information, visit theabbeyresort.com.
October: HOLLOWeen at Cave of the Mounds
Tour Cave of the Mounds this October to see cavities in limestone rather than in your teeth! At this underground experience, you can take in the vibrant foliage, autumnal blooms and pumpkin decorations, before attending an inside-the-cave Halloween trick-or-treating experience. All cave visitors are welcome to take part in the HOLLOW-een sugar-free trick-or-treat, with or without a costume, in honor of this Wisconsin Halloween event. To transport your treats, guests will be given a reusable cloth bag to gather rocks and fossils from the tour guides within the cave. The guides will provide details on each sparkling discovery. For more information, visit caveofthemounds.com.