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Milwaukee Recreation plans 26th annual Halloween Glen

Posted at 10:53 AM, Oct 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-10 15:14:10-04

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Recreation’s “natural alternative” to the usual haunted houses is returning for its 26th year.

Halloween Glen encourages kids to learn about nature through an interactive program in the outdoor setting of Hawthorn Glen, Milwaukee Recreation’s 23-acre nature center at 1130 N. 60th St.

The program is every 30 minutes from 5:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, October 11 and from 4:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Saturday, October 12.

“Families attending Halloween Glen should expect a fun outdoor experience with an educational twist,” said Recreation Supervisor Nicole Sponholtz. “We’ve hired actors to dress up as wild creatures, but they won’t be scaring anyone. Instead, this talented group will present interactive skits at eight elaborately decorated stations along the luminaria-lighted trails of Hawthorn Glen at night. This year’s theme is Nature’s Performers, featuring a chorus of creatures that sing, dance, and act.”

After the program, families can watch Halloween cartoons, purchase refreshments (cash only) and make craft projects to take home.

The cost is $6 per person (children 2 and under may attend for free).

Milwaukee Recreation will offer one Tyke Hike session Saturday for the youngest participants to enjoy a shortened walk to four of the eight stations. The cost for a Tyke Hike is $3 per person. The session will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Participants must register in advance by completing the registration form in Milwaukee Recreation’s Fall 2019 Recreation Guide or registering online at

Because parking is limited at Hawthorn Glen, participants must park at MPS Central Services, 5225 W. Vliet St., and use the free shuttle service to and from the event.

Severe weather could impact this outdoor event. Please call 414-475-8192 if the weather is questionable.

For more information, contact Brian Hoffer ( at 414-475-8938.