Looking for some family-friendly (read: not-too-scary) events going on in the Lake Country in the weekends leading up to Halloween? Read on for 7 great ideas!
Weekend of October 14
Scarecrow making and chili supper: Make a scarecrow for your field, garden or front porch; materials provided. Scarecrow making will begin at 4:30 p.m. followed by chili supper at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at the Delafield Public Library, 262-646-6230. Free event will be held outside in the garden if the weather is clear, in the foyer, if not. Register each family member individually.
Weekend of October 21
Spooky Sussex: 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, Sussex Village Park, W244 N6100 Weaver Drive. A not-so-scary, but oh-so-fun family event will include food, caramel apple station, pumpkin decorating, a craft, games, face painting, wagon rides and a haunted trail. The activities are geared for ages 10 and younger. Pre-registered guests will receive a food ticket, pumpkin, craft, wagon ride ticket and a haunted wagon ride ticket and haunted trail ticket. Activities geared for ages 10 and younger. Cost: $6. Held rain or shine. www.villagesussex.org.
Three Pillars Halloween Haunted Woods: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21. A free community trick-or-treat event for children in sixth grade and under and families. Begins at Dousman Elementary with free shuttle bus to and from Three Pillars on Highway 67. Event occurs rain or shine. Bring a nonperishable food donation for the Kettle Moraine Food Pantry. 262-965-7322, www.threepillars.org
Halloween Family Fun Night at Old Falls Village: 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 21 and 22. Halloween trick-or-treat event at Old Falls Village for an evening of family-friendly fun. Activities include Puppet Story Theater performances at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., pumpkin decorating, arts and crafts tent, tractor wagon hayride, spooky art show, roasting marshmallow by campfire and storytelling. Free pumpkin included and cookies with cider available. Costumes encouraged for all ages. Cost: $4 adults and children ages 2 years and older; $2 children younger than 2. Supports Menomonee Falls Historical Society. Free parking. At Pilgrim Road and County Line Q Road. www.oldfallsvillage.com
Grand Pumpkin Illumination: 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Clock Tower Square at Genesee and Milwaukee streets in downtown Delafield. Enjoy the light and music show leading to hundreds of carved pumpkins that are lit at 7 p.m. Milwaukee Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. to keep families safe as they navigate their way around the event location. Free. 262-646-8100, www.visitdelafield.org/event-calendar/grand-pumpkin-illumination
Weekend of October 28
Halloween Hop: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28. Waukesha Public Library, 321 Wisconsin Ave. Listen to kickin’ tunes for kids and earn silly dance moves. Light refreshments served. Costumes and all ages welcome. 262-524-3691, www.waukesha.lib.wi.us.
Halloween at the YMCA at Pabst Farms: Free community event from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. Dining in the Dungeon from 5 to 7 p.m. (cost: $4 preregistration; $5 at the door for walking taco meal with fruit and water). Costume contest, temporary tattoos, crafts, inflatables and more from 6 to 8 p.m. and swimming from 8 to 9 p.m. 1750 E. Valley Road, Oconomowoc. 262-567-7251, www.ymcaatpabstfarms.org