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13 Days of Halloween 2021

At Madison Children’s Museum, WE LOVE HALLOWEEN! It’s a time that’s all about using our imaginations and playing pretend. We know this kind of play has major developmental benefits, and learning through play is what MCM is all about.

This year we’re celebrating 13 days of Halloween with three themed weeks (Thursday-Sunday) of Halloween activities at the museum plus a bonus free night in the Wonderground for downtown trick-or-treaters. All activities will have kid-friendly levels of spooky.

P.S. Want to learn more about the educational and developmental benefits of Halloween? We wrote a blog post about just that.


Halloween Events at MCM

Baby’s First Halloween (Thursday–Sunday, October 14–17)

Baby’s First Halloween has long been one of our museum’s most popular events. This year, we are spreading the fun over four days to allow for more social distancing, while our new Wonderground space adds opportunities for outdoor play. New parents can check out our First Time Parent Membership for free access to all of these events.

Activities run Thursday through Sunday:

  • Friendly Monster Scavenger Hunt, all day in the Wildernest
  • Baby Footprint Ghosts, 1-3 pm in the Art Studio Classroom
  • Halloween outdoor selfie station, all day in the Wonderground
  • Halloween crafts, all day in the Art Studio
  • Magic Potions, all day in the Art Studio

Beakers & Broomsticks Week (Thursday–Sunday, October 21–24)

Beakers & Broomsticks, our popular mashup of science and Halloween fun, expands over four days to allow for more social distancing, while our new Wonderground space adds opportunities for outdoor play. Many of this week’s programs are offered in conjunction with the Wisconsin Science Festival.

Thursday through Sunday:

  • Spooky Squishy Circuits, 1-3 pm in the Art Studio Classroom
  • Halloween outdoor selfie station, all day in the Wonderground
  • Halloween crafts, all day in the Art Studio
  • Magic Potions, all day in the Art Studio

Friday through Sunday:

  • Trash Lab mobile exhibit open for visitors 10 am-2 pm daily, plus Friday evening 5-9 pm.
  • Special events:
    • Friday: Food Science Exploration Station, 11 am-noon, Log Cabin
    • Friday: Science on the Square, 5-9 pm, free admission
    • Saturday: Ken Lonnquist Halloween concert, 11 am.

Downtown Madison Family Halloween: Fun in the Wonderground (Wednesday, October 27, 3–5 pm)

The rest of the museum may be closed, but in honor of Downtown Madison Family Halloween, we’re opening up the brand new Wonderground for visitors, and—best of all—it’s free!  Stop by for Halloween selfies and active play in the Wonderground between 3 and 5 pm.

Please enter the Wonderground via the gate on East Dayton Street, near the Log Cabin.

Happy Halloween Week (Thursday–Sunday, October 28–31)

Join us for four days of Halloween fun for all ages. Costumes encouraged!

Thursday through Sunday:

  • Monster Spray, 1-3 pm in the Art Studio Classroom
  • Halloween outdoor selfie station, all day in the Wonderground
  • Halloween crafts, all day in the Art Studio
  • Magic Potions, all day in the Art Studio

Special events:

  • Trick-or-Treat in the Museum: Saturday and Sunday, 10/30-31, 10 am-noon. Stations in museum exhibits will offer a variety of edible and non-edible treats. Caregivers will be given a list of stations and treats to help plan their trick-or-treat stops.

Halloween Fun with MCM at Home:

Last year, while the museum was closed, our talented staff of educators put a Halloween spin on their online MCM at home programs with kid-friendly spookiness and seasonal fun. Watch for Halloween songs, art projects, potion-making science experiments, storybook readings, and more that you can use to at home or in the classroom.


Previous Year’s MCM Halloween Highlights Gallery:


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