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Halloween Glen

Halloween Glen


Milwaukee Recreation is thrilled to celebrate Halloween Glen for its 31st year! A spectacular event is on tap this fall, as we roll out this year's exciting theme - "Halloween Glen: Myths & Mysteries." Seek unknown truths and known untruths. Follow a trail of clues to discover the reasons we reason, and how we know what we know. You will help furry friends with fuzzy logic, share space with out-of-this world superstars who know the history or our mysteries, and visit some characters who are just unreal!

Actors will present interactive and educational skits at eight decorated stations at Hawthorn Glen, Milwaukee Recreation’s 23-acre nature center. This humorous and educational outdoor adventure is a great alternative to the usual Halloween events! Following the hike, families are welcome to participate in a variety of fall-themed activities.

Concessions will be available (cash only).

Event Information

  • Dates: Friday, Oct. 4 & Saturday, Oct. 5
  • Where: Hawthorn Glen Outdoor Education Center (1130 N. 60th St.)
  • Ages: 3-12 years old
  • Cost: $6 per person ($3 per person for the Tyke Hike)
  • Register Here

Registration begins Aug. 8 at 10 a.m. for city of Milwaukee residents and Aug. 13 at 10 a.m. for non-residents.

Skit at 2023 Halloween GlenImportant Parking & Online Registration Information

Please note: there will be no parking, no walk-up registrations, and no check-ins at Hawthorn Glen. All registered individuals must check-in at MPS Central Services (5225 W. Vliet St) before their scheduled hike begins, including registrants who reside within walking distance of Hawthorn Glen. Shuttle buses will transport participants to Hawthorn Glen. The only way guests may arrive at Hawthorn Glen is by riding the shuttle buses, which will run continuously all night.

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  Start Times & Shuttles

When you register for the time slot listed, that is the time the shuttle departs the MPS Central Services building (5225 W. Vliet St.) for Hawthorn Glen. Please arrive 5-10 minutes ahead of your listed shuttle departure to check in.

Once you arrive at Hawthorn Glen, it will take each tour group roughly 45-60 minutes to walk the trails and watch the eight skits. From there, all participants are welcome to purchase concessions, participate in arts & crafts, play games, and watch cartoons.

Shuttles will continuously go to and from Hawthorn Glen throughout the night.


This event is geared for children ages 3-12 and their parent(s)/guardian(s). Children ages 2 and under may attend for free. Parent/guardian must register, pay, and attend with child and the number of children 2 and under must be indicated. Fee is per person.

  Tyke Hike (Saturday)

This shorter hike on Saturday, Oct. 5 is perfect for little ones eager to join in on the adventure! Our energetic tour guides will lead tykes and their families on a hike visiting four of the eight stations.

After the hike, children will receive a treat and a take-home craft kit. We are offering this hike at a special price of $3 per person.

Register using activity code HG06 for 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

  Parking/Pick-up location

All registered individuals must check in at the MPS Central Services building (5225 W. Vliet St) before their scheduled hike begins, including registrants who reside within walking distance of Hawthorn Glen. There will be shuttle buses to transport participants to Hawthorn Glen. There will be no parking at Hawthorn Glen and no walk-up registration.

  • Standard sessions: $6 per person
  • Tyke Hike: $3 per person
  • Not eligible for reduced fees or refunds
  Please note

Due to the popularity of this event it is advised for you to register well in advance; space is limited. If our maximum registration is reached prior to the event, on-site registrations at MPS Central Services will not be accepted.

Severe weather could impact this outdoor event. Please call (414) 475-8192 if the weather is questionable. For all other questions, please call (414) 647-6050.

  Contact Us

Please call (414) 647-6050 for more information.

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