By Lisa Charron, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin


Did you know that Wisconsin state parks, forests, wildlife areas and nature education centers offer a whole lot of Halloween fun? Neither did I, until I checked out the WI Department of Natural Resources events page for the coming week. These events offer it all–night time hikes lit by jack-o-lanterns, pumpkin painting and other crafts, bonfires with all the associated treats, education about Halloween-themed critters and even some frights. Take a look at the following list to find an event near you, or one in your favorite Wisconsin natural area. For more information about the events, visit the DNR events page.



Saturday, October 24

Photo credit WI DNR.


Halloween Campground Walk

High Cliff State Park

Sherwood, WI

4:30-8:00 pm

Night Hike to the Tower

Kettle Moraine State Forest- Pike Lake Unit

Hartford, WI

6:00 pm

Halloween Hike

Merrick State Park

Fountain City, WI

6:00-8:00 pm 

Candlelight Walk

Copper Falls State Park

Mellen, WI

6:00 pm-8:30 pm

Friends Halloween Hike

Devil’s Lake State Park

Baraboo, WI

6:00-8:30 pm

Fright Hike

Kettle Moraine State Forest- Lapham Peak Unit

Delafield, WI

6:00-8:45 pm


Wednesday, October 28

Photo credit WI DNR.

Pumpkin Carving Night

Crex Meadows Wildlife Area

Grantsburg, WI

6:00-8:00 pm


Friday, October 30

Photo credit WI DNR.

6th Annual Crex Howl-O-Ween

Crex Meadows Wildlife Area

Grantsburg, WI

5:00-8:00 pm

Willow River State Park Halloween Bash

Willow River State Park

Hudson, WI

5:30-7:30 pm


Sunday, October 31

Photo credit WI DNR.


Creatures of the Night Campfire

Devil’s Lake State Park

Baraboo, WI

6:00-8:00 pm

Special Halloween Movies at the Marsh

Horicon Marsh Education Center

Horicon, WI

6:30-8:30 pm