As October wears on, early apple festival events are giving way to pumpkins and Halloween activities!

12 Wednesday

Lunch and Learn: Parents and caregivers are invited to discover something new over the lunch hour on the topic of "Give your child a daily high five." Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. 12:15 to 1 p.m. Free. mpl.org

13 Thursday

Halloween Haunts: Educational hikes start every seven minutes and include interesting facts about nature and pumpkins. Wehr Nature Center, 9701 W. College Ave., Franklin. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10/person, $7/Milwaukee County residents and Friends of Wehr members. county.milwaukee.gov

14 Friday

Boo at the Zoo: This fun Halloween event features a pumpkin patch filled with glowing, hand-carved pumpkins and rides on the "Raven's Rail" train, among other family-friendly activities. Milwaukee County Zoo, 10001 W. Bluemound Road, Milwaukee. 6 to 9 p.m. Included with regular admission: $14.25/adults, $13.25/seniors, $11.25/children ages three to 12, free/children two and under. milwaukeezoo.org

Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium: First Stage kicks off its 2016-17 season with the opening of this play based on a book from R.L. Stine. Marcus Center's Todd Wehr Theater, 929 N. Water Street, Milwaukee. Showing through November 13. Ticket prices start at $15. 414-273-7206. firststage.org

Halloween Glen: Actors will present interactive skits along the luminaria-lighted trails. Families can then make craft projects, watch Halloween cartoons and enjoy refreshments. MPS Central Services (Guests will ride from there to Hawthorn Glen.), 5225 W. Vliet St., Milwaukee. 5:45 to 8 p.m. $6/person. milwaukeerecreation.net

Halloween Haunts: Continues at the Wehr Nature Center. See October 13 listing for more details.

Haunted Forest Tree Climb: Hang like a bat, roost on a branch and swing from the trees during this evening tree climbing experience to celebrate Hallow's Eve! Pumpkin decorating, face painting and light refreshments. Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y, Saukville. 4 to 7 p.m. riveredgenaturecenter.org

Howl-o-Ween: A Halloween-themed evening, filled with scare-free entertainment and activities the whole family will enjoy! Retzer Nature Center, S14 W28167 Madison St., Waukesha. 6 to 9 p.m. $15/carload. waukeshacountyparks.com

Jack-o-Lantern Jaunt and Halloween Haunt: The paths of the park will be lit up by hundreds of carved pumpkins. The pavilion will be turned into a not-so-haunted house complete with a story and cast of characters. Other activities include face painting, games, crafts and fun photo opportunities. Field Park, Highway NN & Highway 83, Mukwonago. 6 to 9:30 p.m. $2/adults, $1/children 12 and under. jackolanternjaunt.com

Scarecrow Making and Chili Supper: Make a scarecrow for your field, garden or front porch; materials provided. Delafield Public Library, 500 N. Genesee St., Delafield. Scarecrow making at 4:30, followed by chili supper at 5:30. Free. cityofdelafield.com

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