Halloween is just around the corner, so it’s time to celebrate all things spooky and supernatural. There are tons of exciting Halloween events taking place around Madison and Dane County this year, from ghost walks in historic neighborhoods to haunted hay rides, costume parties and much more. Whether you’re looking to amp up the fear factor or just have fun with some great festivities, these are the top Halloween events in Madison this year!
Schuster’s Haunted Forest
Venture into the haunted forest at Schuster’s Farm this October if you dare. This interactive experience features a menagerie of monsters and obstacles that you have to overcome to make it out on the other side. The farm also has a cornfield maze that you can explore during the day and after dark, as well as the BARn where you can grab craft beers and wine before or after your Haunted Forest experience.
When: Friday and Saturday nights throughout October
Where: Schuster’s Farm, 1326 US Highway 12 and 18, Deerfield
Downtown Madison Family Halloween
Kids 12 and under will love the Downtown Madison Family Halloween event, where over 60 downtown businesses will be offering free activities including arts and crafts, trick or treating, ghost stories, songs, and more. Kids can stop into participating businesses for sweet treats and fun games. There will also be hay rides around Capitol Square and a screening of Hocus Pocus in the evening.
When: October 26, 3pm - 6pm
Where: State Street & Capitol Square
King Street Spirits Ghost Walk
Learn about Madison’s most famous ghost stories and urban myths on a fascinating ghost walk around historic King Street and Capitol Square. Your guide is an expert storyteller who will fill you in on haunted happenings and paranormal activity throughout Madison’s history as you visit iconic spots such as Great Dane Brewpub, Wisconsin State Capitol Building and Majestic Theater. Spots fill up fast, so reservations are essential.
When: October 27, 6:30pm
Where: Starting point is across from the Great Dane Brewpub on the corner of King Street and South Webster
Boo at the Zoo
After three years of hiatus, Henry Vilas Zoo is once again hosting Boo at the Zoo, a fun, family-friendly Halloween. Little ones can visit trick or treating stations around the zoo sponsored by local organizations. The zoo will also be celebrating all month long with ‘dressed up’ animals, a haunted train ride, and Halloween-themed treats at the Chocolate Shoppe and Glacier Grille.
When: October 29, 9:30am - 1pm
Where: Henry Vilas Zoo, 702 S. Randall Avenue
Screamin’ Acres Haunted Houses
Make your way to Stoughton, just a half hour drive from Madison for an evening of thrills, chills and fantastic theatrics. This unique haunted attraction features immersive attractions with imaginative story lines and plenty of shocking horrors along the way. Tickets include admission to all four of the attractions, as well as the three-acre cornfield. Groups are kept small to ensure each guest gets the ultimate eerie experience.
When: Throughout October
Where: 3865 State Road, Stoughton
Halloween Bar Crawl
Just for adults, the Halloween Bar Crawl will feature admission to some of the city’s top rated bars where you can enjoy spooky drink specials and a chance to win prizes for your most creative Halloween costume. The event will take place on three different nights, including the two Saturdays prior to Halloween and actual Halloween Night. Group rates are available, so bring your friends.
When: October 22, 29 and 31, 4pm - 10pm
What will you be doing for Halloween in Dane County this year? We’d love to hear your plans. Feel free to leave your comments below. You can also contact us online for any of your Dane County real estate needs or call 563-289-7653 to speak to one of our Madison real estate experts today!
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