Some un-boo-lievable events to finish the month

Pick your potion — or activity — to make the most of October as it nears its end.
Interior of Haunting on King Street
Photo by Maija Inveiss
Lucille is hosting the pop-up Haunting on King Street.

It’s spooky season, full of Halloween-themed events, pumpkin patch visits, fall hikes and festive celebrations, galore. Pick your potion — or activity — to make the most of October as it nears its end.

For those of you who want to avoid the Halloween crowds:

Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Standards Ensemble
Enjoy some Latin-jazz inspired rhythms at this free ensemble, directed by Nick Moran and Peter Dominguez. Free, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 28, Hamel Music Center – Collins Recital Hall

Paint and Sip
While you’re in Sun Prairie, enjoy a casual night of drinking wine and learning some artistic techniques from local artist Tad McLain, who will walk you through each step. No experience needed or painting supplies necessary. 6:30 p.m., Oct. 28, 100 E. Main St., Sun Prairie

Día de los Muertos Community Altar Celebration
The Overture will honor those who have passed as part of the Day of the Dead tradition. Individuals or groups can create altars by bringing photos, letters, poems, drawings and paintings to keep ancestral memories alive. Free, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct. 28-Nov. 14, Overture Center for the Arts

LGBTQ+ Youth Book Club
Middle and high school students ages 12 and up can join the social reading group LGBTQ+ Youth Book Club, which plans to meet every Thursday afternoon beginning Oct. 28. Activities include watching movies, making art projects, assembling zines, taking field trips and participating special workshops related to each monthly read. A mentor will lead each session catered to youth interests and snacks and books will be provided. Thursdays from 4-5:30 p.m., Oct. 28 – Dec. 9., 111 S. Livingston St., Suite 100

WUD Music Presents: Godly the Ruler + Deryk G.
Enjoy a beer, cheese curds and live music at Der Rathskeller on Oct. 29. Godly the Ruler will play some music along with Mexican-American producer, singer, songwriter and rapper Deryk G. Free, 9 p.m., Oct. 29, Der Rathskeller in Memorial Union

Adult Trivia Night
You may have heard of the old show “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?” But this time, it’s time to see if you’re smarter than a zookeeper. Come dressed in costume at Henry Vilas Zoo and test your knowledge with family and friends. Get a chance to meet animals and learn some Halloween-themed trivia to share with family and friends. 6:30-9:30 p.m., Oct. 29, Henry Vilas Zoo

Winter Glow at Monona Terrace
Winter Glow, which started in 2021, offers free winter coats, vaccinations and resources for food and housing security. Head to the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center to participate. Free, 12-7 p.m., Oct. 30, Oct. 31 12-6 p.m., Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center

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Or enjoy all of this year’s Hallo-weekend festivities: 

Haunting on King Street
This month Lucille launched its pop-up event, featuring some spooky cocktails like the Purple Rain, garnished with a butterfly pea flower. A dollar for every cocktail sold will go toward Breast Cancer Awareness. Daily through Halloween, 101 King St. 

Online Exclusive Show: Halloween
The Abel Contemporary Gallery is spotlighting artwork centered around Halloween and its “iconic and timeless traits.” Check out some of the mugs, shot glasses, sculptures or flasks by Tom Bartel, Craig Clifford, Kelly Connole, Mike FX, Homeless Astronaut, Ryan Myers, Cate Richards, Zac Tate, Bryan Wilkerson, Amy Young, and Tony Young. Viewing is free online, Oct. 28-Nov. 7

Awesome Autumn Fire
Candy plus volunteer work? Sounds like a great fall recipe. This weekend, bring some kid-friendly candy to Schuster’s farm, cozy up by the bonfire, walk through its corn maze and pack trick-or-treat bags for local food pantries. Oct. 28, Schuster’s Farm

Pumpkin Carving Extravaganza
This month is flying by, but there is still time to take home a pumpkin. Union South is hosting a pumpkin carving extravaganza and providing all supplies, tools and refreshments. Free, 7-9 p.m., Oct. 28, Outside of Union South

Annual Halloween Portrait Event
What better way to commemorate Halloween than dressing up and getting a family portrait? Each participating family will receive a digital file of the best photo. For an extra digital file, bring $5 in cash to donate to one family’s fight against cancer. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Oct. 29, Schumacher Farm Park, Waunakee

Not-So-Scary Halloween Event
For all the love the haunted houses and scary movies get, there are also some less frightening events around Madison. No screams, just arts and crafts, bingo, candy and games. Feel free to dress up and bring a nonperishable item to support the Youth Center’s Service Event. 1-3 p.m., Oct. 29, Lakeview Park, Middleton

Main Street Trick or Treat
Who says you have to wait to trick or treat until Halloween? Get a head start on the fun at this family-friendly trick or treat event. Masks are recommended. Free, 3:30-5 p.m., Oct. 29, S. Main St., Verona

Emo Halloween at High Noon Saloon
Did you ever experience an emo phase? Or maybe it never ended. Either way, it’s time to bring it back for High Noon Saloon’s Emo Halloween night. Deck out in a costume as you jam out to Fall Out Boy, Simple Plan, All-American Rejects and Blink-182. All proceeds are going toward the non-profit To Write Love On Her Arms, which focuses on providing resources to people suffering with addiction. 8 p.m., Oct. 29, High Noon Saloon, 701 E. Washington Ave.

Trick or Treat on Monroe Street
There are plenty of events to celebrate the Halloween festivities this weekend right on Monroe Street, including a Monroe Street Dog Costume Parade. Stop at any one of the Treat Stop posters around town. Oct. 30-31

Bring-a-Friend Day Costume Party
Kids can bring a friend to an Infinity Martial Arts class to learn the basics, play some games and snack on some Halloween treats at this costume party. Free, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Oct. 30, Infinity Martial Arts of Fitchburg/Verona, 6220 Nesbitt Road, Fitchburg

Drive-Thru Spook
The annual Mount Horeb spooky Drive-Thru has returned! Take a ride through Mount Horeb or walk through the town to observe some haunted Halloween magic on full display. Vote on the best Halloween house, decorate your house and watch out for any spells or tricks along the way. Free, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 30, 138 E. Main St., Mount Horeb 

Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show
In the Halloween spirit, performers at this murder mystery show are seated and dressed like any other guest. Organizers say, “Unlike other murder mystery dinner shows, here you will find no cheesy costumes, no recited campy dialogue and no hokey song and dance.” Guests are also paying for a four-course meal with tomato garlic bruschetta, house salad, New York Cheesecake and choice of entree. Try the broiled salmon with rice pilaf and seasonal vegetables, the broccoli pasta Alfredo or the chicken Parmesan with penne pasta, marinara and fresh basil. 6-9 p.m., Oct. 30, DoubleTree by Hilton Madison East

Devils Night Debauchery
Bring out the crazy costumes from the closet — at Bos Mead Hall, dressing up weird is celebrated (a place for the haunted, not the taunted). Headlining the Halloween kickoff show are metal, thrash and punk bands YLAB, Diskillery, Order of the Jackal and Cunning Like Cobras. 7-11 p.m., Oct. 30, Bos Mead Hall

80s vs 90s Halloween Costume Ball
Are you an 80s or 90s fan? Find out on Halloween eve at the Majestic Theatre, where DJs Nick Nice and Mike Carlson will battle it out with some old favorites. Dress up as any 80s/90s music icon, TV or movie character. If not for the fun of it, go all out for the costume contest at midnight, when the winner will receive a cash prize. Organizers say, “the more outlandish the better.” Must present proof of recent negative COVID-19 test or vaccination, 8 p.m., Oct. 30, Majestic Theatre

The Understudies Improv Spooky Halloween Show
In what marks the first live performance in over a year, students with the Understudies Improv group are back to perform their “Spooky Spooky Halloween Show.” Head to the Mosse Humanities Building for lots of laughter and some fun surprises. 8-9 p.m., Oct. 30, George L. Mosse Humanities Building, Room 2650 

Lazy Oaf Halloween Bash
With a DJ, dancing drinks and a costume contest, the Lazy Oaf Lounge is pulling all the stops for this Hallo-weekend. Find some spooky specials like the Dr. Cherry Bomb at the Lazy Oaf Halloween Bash. 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Oct. 30, Lazy Oaf Lounge

Monroe Street Dog Costume Parade
Dogs in costumes for a good cause, need we say more? Bring your furry friends to Monroe Street for the third annual dog costume parade, which will donate all proceeds to the Dane County Humane Society. Doggie gift bags will also be available outside the area. Grab a treat (one for humans) at Bloom Bake Shop while you watch dogs parade stride through Madison. 1-2 p.m., Oct. 31, Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream, 2531 Monroe St.

Homecoming Events

UW Homecoming Parade, Multicultural Homecoming Game Watch and Tailgate and UW Homecoming Block Party and Pep Rally
In addition to a University of Wisconsin–Madison homecoming parade, a multicultural homecoming tailgate, other stars will make an appearance, including Marisa Moseley, UW–Madison women’s basketball coach, and former UW football player Montee Ball. Watch the UW Marching Band perform on the Memorial Union Terrace stage and later enjoy fireworks dazzle over Lake Mendota. Feel free to livestream the event at home. Free, Oct. 29 Block Party at Alumni Park; Pep Rally at Memorial Union, Terrace Stage

Find some more fall events here.

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