Madison Central Business Improvement District
Sun, May 27, 2018
Events : Family Halloween
Wed. Oct. 25, 2017, 3-6pm

Downtown Madison Family Halloween
Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 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 more than 75 participating businesses, and more!

Halloween fun at Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Check back in October for the 2018 activity list.

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

  • Trick-or-Treat at 80 downtown locations!

  • DreamBank is all decked out and ready for Downtown Madison Family Halloween! Gather the little ones, don your costumes, and get in the spirit of trick-or-treating by designing your very own candy bag at our crafting workshop. (Free)

  • Create a frame-worthy work of art inspired by nature and the artwork on view at Madison Museum of Contemporary Art Children and families are invited to view Chele Isaac: the understory, an eerie yet beautiful exhibition that combines moving images and sound to help get creative ideas flowing. Visitors will also enjoy treats, storytelling, button-making, and more from 3:00-6:00 pm. (Admission to MMoCA is free.)

  • At the Madison Central Library's visit the Children's Room for a spooky (or silly!) story and craft activity, along with a trick or treat station. Kids can get a free book at the Friends' Book Store. Stick around 6-8pm for Open Studio with Artist-in-Residence: Lovey Town at The Bubbler. (Free)

  • It's creepy, it's crawly at Capitol Kids Visit the store, play some games and make your own creepy crawly thingy. Before you come try to guess what our mascot bear Webster will be dressed as this year… He LOVES Halloween. (Free)

  • At The Overture Center for the Arts - Halloween Science Shows for kids of all ages will enjoy spooky science and super audience participation! Rotunda Stage at 3:00, 4:00 and 5:00 pm. (Free) Also at at Overture Center for the Arts, Get your photo taken in costume and grab some Halloween treats in the Rotunda Lobby. (Free)

  • Pick up a treat and create your own Halloween buttons at the Madison Children's Museum! Rain location - Community Concourse (main lobby). (Outdoor and lobby activities are free; regular museum admission applies to indoor exhibits.)

  • Madison Parks Hay Rides around the Capitol Square. Rides leave approximately every 20 minutes. ($3.00/person, Children 2 and under are free, no reservations required.)

  • Join the Wisconsin Historical Museum for Downtown Madison Family Halloween! Learn about some of Wisconsin's spooky creatures, explore a haunted cabin, and create fun and silly crafts! (Free)

  • The Wisconsin Science Museum will be in "The Grove" outside the Wisconsin Historical Museum where you can touch gooey slime, see spooky smoke, and make other creepy experiments with folks from the Wisconsin Science Museum 3-5pm. (Free)

  • Drop by Revel's underground pumpkin patch for candy treats (+ cocktails for the adults ;) and a little DIY fun! Make a mini pompom pumpkin or choose another Halloween-themed project off the Craft Bar menu. (Pom pom pumpkins free, drinks/other crafts for purchase.)

  • 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 Greg Zelek, the brand new organist for the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Curator of the Overture Concert Organ Series will each be performing during the event. (Free)

  • The Madison Police Department will be Outside at "The Forum" where you can meet our Downtown Neighborhood officers team, see the mounted patrol, and get your own police badge from 3 - 5pm. (Free)

  • At the Downtown Visitor Center (452 State St.) there will be a special appearance by Bucky Badger and the Nutcracker from 3-4pm and Halloween balloons 4-6pm. (Free)

  • Thanks to our Sponsors for making this event possible and for offering great events and activities:
  • DreamBank - American Family Insurance
  • The University Book Store
  • Isthmus
  • MGE Foundation

    Thanks to our Programming Partners who will offer great events and activities:
  • Capitol Kids
  • Grace Episcopal ChurchA>
  • Madison Children's Museum
  • Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Madison Parks
  • Madison Police Department
  • Madison Public Library's Central Library
  • Overture Center for the Arts
  • Wisconsin Historical Museum
  • Wisconsin Science Museum
  • Revel Madison