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The ultimate guide to Madison’s “Halloweekend”

Halloween is always a lively time of year in Madison, and this year is no different. We’ve compiled the best activities happening around Madison, from movies to bar crawls.

Family-Friendly Activities

Downtown Madison is hosting Family Halloween on Oct. 26 at 3 p.m. near the Capitol on State Street. Complete with hayrides around the Capitol Square, a “Kids in the Rotunda” show and trick-or-treat with 75 Madison businesses, this event will be fun for the whole family.

At 6 p.m. the City of Madison’s Parks Division is hosting a movie night. Located between Ian’s Pizza and the Veterans Museum on State Street, the city will show the 1993 Halloween comedy “Hocus Pocus”

At Henry Vilas Zoo on Oct. 29 at 9:30 a.m., Boo at the Zoo returns. This iconic Halloween event is back after three years, and family-friendly trick-or-treating around the zoo will be sure to delight.

Any golfers are also invited to the Odana Hills Golf Course for their seventh Halloween Tricks and Treats Scramble. The event starts at 10 a.m. on Oct. 29, and four player tickets are available online.

Haunted Forests

The iconic Nighttime at Schuster’s Farm will take place this Halloween season on Fridays and Saturdays leading up to the holiday — plus Thursday, Oct. 27. 

This year will be the 11th production of Screamin’ Acres. Home to four different attractions including: Slaughterhaus, Lockup, The Last Resort and Side Effects. Tickets can be purchased online for this popular Friday and Saturday night event.

21+ Activities

The fifth annual Halloween Bar Crawl is back this year — and better than ever. Event planners expect over 1000 people to show up on Oct. 29 to crawl around the exclusive Halloween deals at Red Rock Saloon, Chaser’s 2.0, Danny’s Pub, Hawks Bar and Grill, Kollege Klub, The Double U, Wando’s and Whiskey Jacks Saloon. Check in is from 4 p.m. to -6 p.m. at Red Rock Saloon.

Brats Halloween Spooktacular at State Street Brats will be surefire fun this year, complete with signature drinks, a costume contest and a live DJ. Tickets are $10, and the event will take place Oct. 29 at 10  p.m.

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PhD Students are invited to a Costume Party on Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. Located at Capital Brewery, this free event is sure to be a great one.

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