Trick-or-treating is one of the best things about Halloween — at least for kids. For parents, it can be less fun, especially if walking around the neighborhood in the cold (or snow) while carrying various parts of kids’ costumes and approaching houses that might not have any good candy left isn’t your idea of a good time .
Alternative trick-or-treat events have the advantage of planned activities, a smaller geographic location and a more limited time period. Here are some alternative trick-or-treating events for your family in the Milwaukee area if you’re not into traditional trick-or-treating, or if you want to augment your traditional trick-or-treating fun.
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The Milwaukee County Zoo will be open for a haystack maze, jack-o-lantern displays, light shows and trick-or-treating.
When: Thursday, Oct. 20- Sunday, Oct. 23, 5:30-9 p.m
Where: Milwaukee County Zoo, 10001 W. Blue Mound Road, Milwaukee.
Price: $13.50 for adults, $11.50 for ages 3-12, free for children 2 and under.
There will be free pumpkins, goodies and family-friendly activities. The event is ideal for kids ages 2-8 and their parents.
When: Saturday, Oct. 29, 10 am-2 pm
Where: Red Arrow Park, 920 N. Water St., Milwaukee.
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When: Monday, Oct. 31, 5-9 p.m
Where: Downtown Cedarburg, along Washington Avenue to the visitor center on Columbia Road.
People are invited to bring carved pumpkins to light up the streets, wear costumes and walk through downtown Cedarburg to admire the glowing pumpkins. Some stores may offer trick-or-treating until 8 pm
When: Friday, Oct. 28, 5:30-6:15 p.m
Where: Hales Corners Library, 5885 S. 116th St.
Twenty-four decorated cars will be in the library’s parking lot, and trick-or-treaters can visit the cars to collect candy. There will be a contest for the best trunk decoration. Car registration starts Oct. 1.
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When: Thursday, Oct. 27, 6-8 p.m
Where: Businesses around Hartland Chamber of Commerce at 300 Cottonwood Ave.
Children can trick-or-treat in costume at participating businesses, which will display Halloween posters in their windows.
When: Thursday, Oct. 27, 4-7 p.m
Where: Downtown Menomonee Falls businesses, several blocks around Main Street and Appleton Avenue.
Trick-or-treaters can get candy from participating businesses in downtown Menomonee Falls.
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When: Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22, 6-9 p.m
Where: Old Falls Village, N96 W15791 County Line Road, Menomonee Falls.
Price: $6 for ages 3 and up, $2 for ages 2 and under.
People can trick-or-treat through Old Falls Village and participate in activities like pumpkin decorating, hayrides, arts and crafts, campfire stories and marshmallow roasting.
When: Saturday, Oct. 29, 10 am-noon
Where: Downtown West Allis, mostly along Greenfield Avenue.
More than 20 downtown businesses and organizations will be handing out candy to trick-or-treaters.
When: Saturday, Oct. 29, 10 am-noon
Where: Stores along Silver Spring Drive and Menomonee Falls.
Merchants at stores on Silver Spring Drive and Menomonee Falls will be handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. Before or after trick-or-treating, people are also invited to School House Park (5445 N. Marlborough Drive) to enjoy the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation’s Great Pumpkin Display.