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Ride MCTS to These 9 Halloween Hangouts


9 Fun & Frightful Festivities Near MCTS Stops 

Celebrate Halloween in Milwaukee County with spooky surprises, frightening festivities, spine-tingling soirees and more! Whether it’s carving a pumpkin or taking the costumed kiddos for some fall fun, let MCTS take you there. This is your town and you know the best way to get around. 

Just download the Umo app, buy a 24-hour fare, pass the candy and get ready for an MKE-style Halloween with our guide below. (P.S. Wait to purchase your fare until you are ready to board your bus.) 

 

1. Public Market Fall Festival  

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Where: Milwaukee Public Market, 400 N Water St, Milwaukee 
When: October 22 
Routes: 15, 18 & GreenLine 

Help the Milwaukee Public Market celebrate their 17th anniversary with a day full of food, fun, music, and games in Riverwalk Commons Park (Right across the street from the Market) from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is FREE and guests will enjoy autumn-inspired activities throughout the afternoon. Attendees 21 years of age or older can take part in a fan-favorite tradition of sampling Lakefront Brewery pumpkin ale tapped from the market’s giant pumpkin. 

More Info: milwaukeepublicmarket.org  

  

2. Boo at the Zoo 

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Where: Milwaukee County Zoo, 10001 W Bluemound Rd, Milwaukee 
When: October 14-17 & 21-24 
Route: GoldLine  

The Milwaukee County Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo (a walking event this year) will feature wicked family-friendly activities including a Trick-or-Treat Trail, live pumpkin-carving demos, dazzling light shows, plus so much more! Several of the animal buildings will be open just for this event! All ages are welcome. Tickets are required for this event. 

More Info: milwaukeezoo.org 

 

3. Pumpkin Pavilion at Humboldt Park  

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Where: Humboldt Park, 3000 S Howell Ave, Milwaukee 
When: October 19-23 
Routes: 51 & GreenLine  

This four-day, family-friendly event brings over 2,000 Bay View residents and Milwaukee neighbors to Humboldt Park Pavilion. Guests can carve pumpkins, admire the display of 1,000 lit pumpkins, enjoy live music, eat local food, and embrace the fun that is Halloween. 

More Info: bayviewneighborhood.org  

  

4. Jack-O-Lantern Jubilee at Red Arrow Park  

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Where: Red Arrow Park, 920 N Water St, Milwaukee 
When: October 29 
Routes: 15, 57 & GreenLine 

Celebrate the spirit of the season at the downtown BID's new Halloween-themed event, the Jack-O-Lantern Jubilee. All ages are welcome, but this event is ideal for kids ages 2 - 8 and their parents. This inaugural pumpkin palooza offers a safe environment to celebrate Halloween, complete with tons of free pumpkins, handfuls of free goodies, and loads of activities for everyone! 

More Info: milwaukeedowntown.com  

 

5. Trick-or-treat Street & Food Truck Spooktacular 

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Where: Arlington Heights Park, 3429 W Pierce St, Milwaukee 
When: October 22 
Routes: 18 & 35 

Visit Arlington Heights Park for this annual Trick or Treat Street event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy family friendly activities, youth resources, support local food trucks, and participate in a costume contest!  

More Info: viacdc.org  

 

6. Pumpkin Palooza  

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Where: St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care, 2450 W. North Ave., Milwaukee 
When: October 15 
Routes: 21, BlueLine & PurpleLine 

Free family pumpkin giveaway from 11 am to 1 pm on October 15. Paint and decorate pumpkins, games, goody bags and apple cider. Indaba Band Shell, 2450 W. North Ave. 

More Info: Press Release   

 

7. West Allis Halloween Hunt

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Where: Downtown West Allis, Greenfield Ave from 70th – 76th Streets  
When: October 29  
Routes: 18 & 76 
 

Join the shops of West Allis Downtown for a morning of safe, friendly trick or treating! Children 12 and under are welcome to visit 20+ businesses for candy and goodies to celebrate Halloween.  
 

More Info: westallisdowntown.com   

 

8. Betty Brinn Spooktacular 

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Where: Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, 929 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 
When: October 29 
Routes: 14, GoldLine  
 

Celebrate the fall season with plenty of Halloween fun created especially for young children at the Museum’s popular not-so scary Spooktacular Halloween. Kids can receive goodies at Treat Stops (with or without a costume!) and enjoy spooktacular activities, and fun throughout the Museum. The event is free for Museum members and free with regular paid admission for non-members.  

More Info: bbcmkids.org 

 

9. Bayshore BOOgie Bash & Costume Contest 

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Where: The Yard at Bayshore, 5800 N. Bayshore Drive, Glendale 
When: October 28 
Routes: 14, 63, 68, GreenLine & PurpleLine 
 

Celebrate everything fall at the 3rd Annual Bayshore BOOgie Bash & Costume Contest! Bring your princesses, monsters, goblins, and little characters for a free and fun family-friendly event in The Yard at Bayshore. Get ready to do the costume boogie with Kids Boogie Down who will also host costume contests and award prizes. Dance with Halloween-themed Fairytale Princesses, two giant Z-Bot LED Robots, and more! Enjoy laser light shows and check out the not-so-spooky Halloween displays throughout The Yard. 
 

More Info: thebayshorelife.com  

 

It's easy to plan your bus rides across Milwaukee County this Fall using RideMCTS.com or the Umo app. Use the Trip Planner feature to enter your starting point and destination. Then use our Real-Time Bus Tracker to find out when your bus will arrive!