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Thirteen Days of Halloween

Madison Children’s Museum is the place for kid-friendly Halloween activities, shows, crafts, and spookiness!

13 Days of Halloween begins at Madison Children’s Museum this Saturday, October 19!

For the second year in a row, Madison Children’s Museum celebrates 13 Days of Halloween, from October 19–31. We’ve decorated the museum with kid-friendly Halloween decorations (see how many bats you can find!) 

Halloween Fun Every Day:

  • Halloween themes during our regularly scheduled programs and activitiesSee our calendar for the daily schedule.
  • Themed crafts in the art studio daily.
  • Costumes are encouraged every day! Because many kids just can’t get enough of their Halloween costumes!

Special Halloween Events (new additions!):

  • Beakers & Broomsticks, Saturday, October 19, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. We evoke stories of spooky labs and mad scientists to make STEM fields and science experiments accessible for kids of all ages. Be sure to stay for the Mad Science Halloween Spooktacular at 2 p.m.
  • Downtown Madison Family Halloween, Wednesday, October 23, 3–6 p.m. The museum stays open late and joins in the fun as downtown businesses open their doors to trick-or-treaters. We’ll be giving out non-food (teal pumpkin safe) treats to trick-or-treaters. Free admission to the Community Concourse.
  • Glow Zone, Tuesday–Friday, October 22–25 As a special weekday treat we’re turning our Celebrations Room into a blacklight room, with art projects that will literally glow!
  • NEW! Friday Boo-Nanza, Friday, October 25, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Madison and Verona districts are closed, so instead of a school day, make it a ghoul day! We’ll have special activities for school-age kids including Halloween crafts and Braaains! with the UW Neuroscience Training Program.
  • Ken Lonnquist Halloween Concert, Saturday, Oct. 26, 11–11:30 a.m. A Halloween concert by one of our favorite children’s performers.
  • Baby’s First Halloween, Thursday, October 31, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Halloween-themed fun just for little birth to 3 years old, including a family photo booth. Please note that due to the popularity of this event, we’re opening the museum a half hour early at 9 a.m. (Hey, the babies have all been up since 5 a.m. anyway; why make you wait to come in and show off their adorable costumes?)

Visit our website for a full list of upcoming programs and events.

Why 13 Days of Halloween?

Why are we so into celebrating Halloween? It’s not just because Halloween is a great deal of fun and we like wearing costumes and decorating the museum (though that part is pretty awesome too!) Halloween touches directly on two concepts that are particularly important for kids’ healthy growth and development: confronting fear and playing pretend. Read more about these important child development concepts on our blog.

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