From one of the scariest haunts in southeast Wisconsin to costumes and hay rides with safe trick-or-treating, Halloween traditions continue in the Milwaukee County Parks, including two South Shore parks.
Closest to home are events in Humboldt Park in Bay View and Grant Park in South Milwaukee. Additional public Halloween and trick-or-treating events in the Milwaukee County Parks will be posted at county.milwaukee.gov/ParksCalendar as they are planned.
“Trek ‘n Treat” at Grant Park, 100 E. Hawthorne Ave. in South Milwaukee, runs from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16. Families are invited on an educational trek along the Seven Bridges Trail. A wheelchair-accessible route is available. Treats and activities for the kids. General admission is $2 per participant. The event takes place at Picnic Area 5. For more information, visit fogp.org.
“Pumpkin Pavilion” at Humboldt Park, 3000 S. Howell Ave., begins with a pre-event Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 19 and 20, in which the public is invited to carve hundreds of pumpkins for the “Pumpkin Pavilion.” The Halloween event is set to glow Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21 and 22, from 5 to 10 p.m. both nights, and will be filled with pumpkin displays, music, food and activities. For more information, visit bayviewneighborhood.org/pumpkinpavilion.
Also nearby is the “Children’s Safety Fair and Family Halloween Event” at the Kosciuszko Community Center, 2201 S. Seventh St., from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27. Families can tour a haunted house, and participate in games, arts and crafts, a costume contest, and eat free hot dogs and chips. Resource tables will also be featured. Tickets must be purchased in advance. The number of tickets is limited. Tickets are $3 per person. Everyone must have a ticket. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call the Kosciuszko Community Center at 414-645-4624 or visit countyparks.com.
“The Hill Has Eyes” at The Rock Sports Complex in Whitnall Park opened its “scare season” Sept. 30, with a Thursday-through-Saturday schedule through Oct. 30. Five attractions begin with guests being hooded and led to the “gates of madness.” Next, visitors follow the trails Failed Escape and Hunger Hallow, ride the zombie-infested Scare Lift; and experience CARNIvore, a macabre carnival. General admission ranges from $25-34. The Rock is located at 7900 W. Crystal Ridge Drive. For more information, visit mkehillhaseyes.com.
The 28th Annual “Halloween Haunts” at Wehr Nature Center in Whitnall Park, 9701 W. College Ave. in Franklin, runs Oct. 13-15 (the last day is already sold out). Costumed guides will lead a humorous, educational and slightly spooky trek along a jack-o-lantern-lit trail. During the event, designed for families with children age 4-10, characters (such as the wise-cracking Mr. Bones, V.W. Frog, and The Decomposers) will talk about the connection between humans and nature’s misunderstood Halloween creatures. Advance ticket purchase is required. Ticket prices are $10 for non-Milwaukee County Residents and $7 for Milwaukee County Residents and members of Friends of Wehr. Parking is free. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Nature Center at (414) 425-8550 or visit countyparks.com.
Lions Club “Pumpkin Fest” at Hales Corners Park, 5765 S. New Berlin Road, runs from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21 and 22. Pumpkins will be available for children and adults to carve for display for all to enjoy. Jack-o-lanterns will be judged and prizes will be awarded in multiple age categories. For more information, visit e-clubhouse.org/sites/halescorners/.
Zombie House @ Pond at Mill Pond on Oak Creek Parkway take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21 and 22. The warming house is located on Oak Creek Parkway at the Mill Pond. For more information, visit smfomp.org.
Halloween in Greenfield Park, West Allis, is from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. The Community Alliance Against Drugs will offer a costume parade, free treat bags to the first 500 kids 12 and under who come in costume, hay rides, campfire, crafts, and “spooky stuff.” The event is free. Food will be available for purchase. Greenfield Park Picnic Area 3A may be accessed from the Lincoln Avenue entrance, just east of 124th Street. For more information, visit wawmcc.org/events/event/221/2015/10.
“Ghosts Under Glass” returns to the Mitchell Park Domes, 524 S. Layton Blvd., from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. Friends of The Domes invites families to enjoy a night of safe indoor trick or treating, a carnival with games and prizes, a tour of the “Halloween Dome of Doom,” a magician, light shows, and Halloween crafts. Each child will receive a free pumpkin and a starter bag of trick-or-treat candy. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from Zilli’s Hospitality Group. Special-event admission is $8 per person; children age 2 and under, free. For more information, call (414) 257-5608 or visit milwaukeedomes.org.