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With Halloween just around the corner, many families are seeking fun, safe, and affordable ways to get in the spirit and celebrate. Here are a few to get you started:

Fridays & Saturdays in October:
Zoo BooNew Zoo, Green Bay
Cost: Zoo Admission: advanced tickets $8, at the gate $10, 1 & Under are free
Begins: 3 p.m.
Features: Inflatable fun, games, horse-drawn haunted wagon through ‘Freaky Forest’, dancing with live D.J.

October 17:
BooFestWisconsin Ave. & Commercial St, Neenah
Cost: Free
Begins: 9 a.m.
Events: Pumpkin carving, scarecrow stuffing, pumpkin recipe contest & trick-or-treating

Zoo BooWildwood Wildlife Park, Minocqua
Cost: Under 12 free with non-perishable food donation, over 12: $7 admission at door
Begins: 1 p.m.
Events: Costume contest, fun activities & trick-or-treating

October 23:
Spooka MinookaMinooka Park, Waukesha
Cost: $10 per car (some activities have additional fees)
Begins: 5:30 -9:00 p.m. for kids 6-12 (Haunted Barn Encore for older kids 10/24)
Events: Haunted trail ride, ‘Spookagraphs’, crafts, cookie decorating, campfire & Haunted Barn

October 24:
Halloween FestPrairie Springs Park, Pleasant Prairie
Cost: Free (some events may have additional charges)
Begins: 4 p.m.
Events: Costume contest, camp fire, pumpkin painting, scavenger hunt, “feel factor” for kids, hayrides

October 23-24:
Candlelight Cave ToursLedge View Nature Center, Chilton
Cost: $5 per person
Begins: 5:30 Friday, 4:30 Saturday
More Info: Use stairs & ladders to descend into the caves led by costumed guides, dress in layers!

As always, check out WisconsinLodging.info for great places to stay, then hit the road for some fun (& not-so-spooky) fall adventures!
Thanks Pamela for all your help with these!


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Wild, domestic, cuddly, creepy or scary, fascinating animals of all types await you throughout Wisconsin at a wide assortment of zoos, wildlife parks, petting zoos and nature centers.  From the Racine Zoo in the southeast to Pecks Wildwood Wildlife Park up north in Minocqua to Alligator Alley at Extreme World in Wisconsin Dells, there’s something available for everyone!

The Milwaukee County Zoo claims to be one of the top zoos in the nation and patrons can stroll the wooded grounds to view over 2,000 different animals, fish & birds, relax on a train ride around the grounds, or catch a seal & sea lion show.  Trips to see the animals need not be expensive and the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison offers family fun with free admission!

For those out-of-the-ordinary animal encounters, try the Silver Bison Ranch in Baldwin or Larson’s Famous Clydesdales in Ripon.  City slickers looking to experience farm life can get up close to cows, pigs, horses & more at Mulberry Lane Farm of Sherwood or Green Meadows Petting Farm in Waterford.

Get out and hang with the animals!


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