With Halloween landing on a Tuesday this year, you'll want to have your costume ready early for a weekend of spooky fun.


Third Space Candy Pairing

Draft & Vessel (4417 N. Oakland Ave.) pairs trick or treat candy with beers from Third Space brewing on Thursday, October 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. Acres Edge Oatmeal Stout, Mocha Java Porter and Happy Place Pale Ale are the highlighted beers.

Draft and Vessel. Photo by Nathaniel Davauer.

City Lights Halloween Bash

City Lights Brewing (2210 W. Mt. Vernon Ave.) hosts a Halloween Bash starting at 7 p.m. this Friday, October 27. That means $1 off your first beer and big cash prizes for the best costumes.


Ghosts Under Glass

Celebrate both Dia de los Muertos and Halloween at the Mitchell Park Conservatory Domes (524 S. Layton Blvd.) this Friday, October 27 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This “not too spooky” event suits all ages, with a Halloween carnival, indoor trick-or-treating, light shows and more. All children will receive starter bags of trick-or-treat candy. Admission is $8 per person and free for kids two and under.


Freaky Deaky Music Festival

This electronic and hip-hop Halloween music festival takes over the Midwest this Halloween weekend. Freaky Deaky kicks off at the Wisconsin Center (400 W. Wisconsin Ave.) on Friday, October 27 with popular electronic DJ GRiZ as the headliner and supporting performances by Flatbush Zombies, Boogie T, Opiuo and Plaid Hawaii. On Saturday, October 28, Bassnectar will headline a lineup that includes Ganja White Night, Mija, Bleep Bloop and Artifakts.

Black Violin

Equally enamored of classical melodies and hip-hop beats, violinists Wil B. and Kev Marcus compose and play a style of multi-genre music that critics have dubbed “classic boom.” You won’t want to miss this explosive concert. Catch them Saturday, October 28 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts (929 N. Water St.). 

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Fall Fun

Mad Planet Halloween Retro Dance Party

Mad Planet’s (533 E. Center St.) weekly retro dance party takes on a Halloween twist this Friday, October 27. Don’t forget to go all out for the costume contest; the grand prize winner gets $150 in cash. Doors open at 9 p.m.

Earth, Wood & Fire Tour

Each fall, the Wisconsin countryside is set aflame by the yellows, oranges and reds of autumn leaves. From Saturday, October 28 to Sunday, October 29, this self-driving tour of one of Cambridge, one of Wisconsin’s most charming towns, also gives leaf peepers the chance to peek inside nearly 20 artist studios. 


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Milwaukee WingFest

Come for the lip-smackingly good chicken wings, and stay for the Halloween costumes, the live music and the wing-eating contest. Two complimentary drinks (beer, soda or water) are included in the $30 ticket price for this 21-plus event on Saturday, October 29 at the Wisconsin State Fair Grounds’ (640 S. 84th St., West Allis) WI Product Pavilion.



Photo courtesy of Boswell Books

Kate DiCamillo

On Sunday, October 29 at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center (19805 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield), Newberry Medal-winning children’s book author Kate DiCamillo will talk about her creative process and her latest picture book, La La La. Afterward, she’ll take audience questions and sign copies. Tickets cost $22 and include admission and a signed copy of the book.