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, 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.)

  • Trick-or-Treat at more than 70 downtown locations!

  • Artist & Craftsman Supply 203 W. Gorham St #1
    FREE face painting with DIY paint and stencil designs. (Free)

  • Boulder’s Climbing Gym 129 S. Carroll St (608) 640-4646
    Come try climbing at Boulders - Downtown for free! Our front wall will be available for all trick-or-treaters to come test out their spidey-senses. (Free)

  • Downtown Madison Visitors Center 452 State St.
    Special appearance by Bucky Badger from 4-5pm. Treat stop provided by UW Campus and Visitor Relations in partnership with Madison’s Central BID. (Free)

  • Grace Episcopal Church 116 W. Washington Ave. Grace 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)

  • Madison Children's Museum 100 N. Hamilton St.
    Stop by our optical illusion photo booth for a spooky selfie! (Outdoor and lobby activities are free; regular museum admission applies to indoor exhibits.)

  • Madison Museum of Contemporary Art 227 State St.
    Learn art-making and craft techniques inspired by the artwork on view at the museum! Families are invited to explore the Wisconsin Triennial, a showcase of contemporary Wisconsin visual art, and also enjoy treats, storytelling and more from 3-6pm. (Admission to MMoCA is free.)

  • Madison Parks Hay Rides 2 S. Carroll St. – Outside Home Savings Bank
    Madison Parks has a fun stop planned for you! Enjoy a tractor hayride around the Capitol Square. Rides leave approximately every 20 minutes; two hay wagons will be running at the event. ($3.00/person, Children 2 and under are free, no reservations required.) Candy spot too! Come see us!

  • Madison Police Department Outside at “The Grove” at the Top of State
    Meet our Downtown Neighborhood officers team and get your own police badge from 3 – 5pm. (Free)

  • Madison Public Library's Central Library 201 W. Mifflin St.
    Visit the Children's Room for spooky (or silly!) crafts, along with a trick or treat station. Artist-in-Residence, Emily Balsley will be leading Halloween themed making projects for all ages in the Bubbler Room – anyone is welcome to stop by! (Free)

  • Madison Reading Project Outside at “The Forum” at the Top of State
    Come aboard the Big Red Reading Bus and select a book and a treat to take home. (Free)

  • Madison Senior Center 330 W. Mifflin St. (608) 266-6581
    Visit the Madison Senior Center for eerie good fun at our “Spooky Sensory Station,” a hands-on Halloween experience for kids young and old. Come for the tricks, the treats and sensory feast. (Free)

  • Orpheum Madison 216 State St. (608) 250-2600
    • “Peanuts Halloween” family photo booth / family photo-op with peanuts characters
    • Candy stop for trick-or-treaters
    • Pop up box office for parents to buy fee-free tickets to all Sylvee and Orpheum shows, with an one-time, in-person discount on family 4-pack tickets to A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage

  • Overture Center for the Arts 201 State St. (608) 258-4141
    • Mad Science will offer unique, hands-on science experiences 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 from Overture and Children's Theater of Madison in the Rotunda Lobby. (Free)

  • Wisconsin Historical Museum 30 N. Carroll St.
    Join the Wisconsin Historical Museum for Downtown Madison Family Halloween! The Historical Museum’s shipwrecks exhibit comes to life tonight only! Walk the plank into our “underwater” shipwreck and follow the treasure map to get your loot. (Free)

2019 Trick-or-Treat Stops

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

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MGE Foundation

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Wednesday, October 23
3pm to 6pm


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2019 MAP

Activity and Trick-or-Treat Map