Looking for a fun, yet safe way to celebrate Halloween this year? Sculpture Milwaukee is hosting an in-person scavenger hunt on Oct. 31 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The scavenger hunt will take place outdoors starting at the “pocket-park” in the 400 block of East Wisconsin Avenue, just west of the historic Pfister Hotel, according to a news release by Sculpture Milwaukee.
Volunteers will be located around the site to distribute materials and assist with the scavenger hunt. They will also have a social-media driven costume contest that same day. Participants have until midnight on Halloween to enter the contest on Instagram using #sculptoween.
Meg Strobel, director of marketing and community engagement at Sculpture Milwaukee, said they encourage participants to dress up and take pictures with the sculptures located around downtown Milwaukee.
“If your costume is something kind of crazy, you can find the sculpture that is just right for it,” Strobel said. “One of my friends was joking with me that since we’ve all been in quarantine, they were just going to wear some sweatpants or whatever and go in front of the Richard Woods.”
She said the Richard Woods artwork is part of this year’s exhibition and it is called the “Holiday Home.”
Strobel said they there was a family that was all dressed up like the ghostbusters and they took their picture in front of the blobmonster.
“We’re really hoping that people have some fun choosing a sculpture that goes with their costume and just have a blast with it,” Strobel said. “We wanted to make something fun since halloween looks so different for everyone this year.”
In a traditional year, Sculpture Milwaukee usually takes down their sculptures around this time. However, this year, she said they won’t be taken down until spring.
“With the world being so different, we were not able to get the sculptures in June like we usually do, so we wanted to hold them a little bit longer,” Strobel said.
Candy won’t distributed during this event, but participants are encouraged to visit local restaurants and cafes nearby to support local businesses.
“So if people need to get out and do a little quarantine walk, or they are looking for a great activity for kids, anyone can do it at anytime,” Strobel said. “They just need to head downtown and our works will be there waiting.”