Family Halloween

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 3:00 - 6:00 pm
State Street & Capitol Square
Halloween fun for families and kids 12 & under

Special Kids in the Rotunda shows and festive Halloween photos at Overture Center, Madison Parks Hay Rides around the Capitol Square, crafts, spooky stories, art projects, stories and songs, trick or treat at 75 participating businesses, and more!


(All activities from 3:00 - 6:00 pm, free, and include trick-or-treating unless otherwise noted.)

Check back this fall for the 2019 list of activities and trick-or-treat stops!

  • Trick-or-Treat at 75 downtown locations!

  • Boulder’s Climbing Gym In the Mifflin St. Grove
    Climb the new outdoor Boulder’s Gym climbing wall! Climbing wall is weather permitting. (Free)

  • Downtown Madison Visitors Center
    Special appearance by Bucky Badger from 4-5pm. Enjoy Halloween stories told by the spooky folks from Madison Ghost Tours 3pm - 6pm. Halloween stories appropriate for all ages. (Free)

  • Grace Episcopal Church
    Episcopal Church invites you to stop by to hear spine-chilling organ music while trick or treating. Mark Brampton Smith, the Grace Church organist, along with other organists will be playing the magnificent Casavant Freres Opus 3639 pipe organ during the event. (Free)

  • Groove Madison
    Come to Groove and have a spooktacular fun time playing minute to win it ghouly games and get your photo taken in our photo booth and take a slo mo video too! We are located between Rare Steakhouse and Field Table. Enter the lobby and take the elevator down to Level B. (Free)

  • Madison Children's Museum
    Join us for a Pumpkin Toss Challenge! (Outdoor and lobby activities are free; regular museum admission applies to indoor exhibits.)

  • Madison Parks Hay Rides
    Madison Parks has a fun stop planned for you! Enjoy tractor hayrides around the Capitol Square. Rides leave approximately every 20 minutes. ($3.00/person, Children 2 and under are free, no reservations required.) Candy stop and games to play. Come see us!

  • Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
    Learn printmaking techniques inspired by the artwork on view at the museum! Families are invited to view William J. O'Brien: Reliquary, an exhibition that combines a tent with ink drawings, and a wide range of mysterious material studies. Visitors will also enjoy treats, storytelling and more from 3-6pm. (Admission to MMoCA is free.)

  • Madison Police Department Outside at “The Forum”
    Meet our Downtown Neighborhood officers team and get your own police badge from 3 - 5pm. (Free)

  • Madison Central Library
    Visit the Children's Room for spooky (or silly!) crafts, along with a trick or treat station. Stop by The Bubbler from 2-6pm for Open Studio with Artist-in-Residence Jacki Whisenant; draw with her or make your own project. (Free)

  • The Overture Center for the Arts
    Ken Lonnquist will perform spooky Halloween melodies for all ages in the Rotunda Stage at 3:00, 4:00 and 5:00 pm. (Free)
    Have your photo taken in costume and grab some Halloween treats in the Rotunda Lobby. (Free)

  • Parthenon Gyros
    Snap a photo with Kas G Photography in their special Family Halloween photo booth featuring a gold backdrop and Halloween theme. One 4x6 per person. (Donations appreciated.)

  • Revel
    Drop in to Revel for candy treats (+ cocktails for the adults ;) and a little DIY fun! Make a spooky paper mummy or choose another Halloween-themed project off the Craft Bar menu. (Paper mummies free, drinks/other crafts for purchase.)

  • Short Stack Eatery
    Stop by Short Stack for candy, Halloween-themed cookie decorating and flower wand crafts! *In order to participate in cookies/crafts, a small fee is charged at the door for participants. (Cookie decorating $12.00 and Flower Wand Crafts $5)

  • Wisconsin Historical Museum
    Join the Wisconsin Historical Museum for Downtown Madison Family Halloween! Learn about some of Wisconsin’s spooky creatures and create fun, silly crafts! Storytelling will take place in the theatre every half-hour from 3:30-6pm and with a suggested age of 8+. (Free)

Thanks to our Sponsors for making this event possible and for offering great events and activities:

Thanks to our Programming Partners listed above!

2019 Schedule

  • October 23