Milwaukee Recreation’s “natural alternative” to the usual haunted houses is returning for its 23rd year.

Halloween Glen encourages youth to learn about nature through a fun and interactive program in the outdoor setting of Hawthorn Glen, Milwaukee Recreation’s 23-acre nature center at 1130 N. 60th St. The program will run every half hour from 5:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 14 and from 4:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, October 15.

“Families attending Halloween Glen should expect a fun outdoor experience with an educational twist,” says Recreation Supervisor Nicole Sponholtz. “We’ve hired actors to dress up as wild creatures, but they won’t be scaring anyone. Instead, this talented group will present interactive skits at eight elaborately decorated stations along the luminaria-lighted trails of Hawthorn Glen at night. This year’s theme is Nature’s Champions. Participants will meet animal athletes who are going the distance and get to know some all-around good sports.”

Following the program, families can watch Halloween cartoons, purchase refreshments (cash only), and make craft projects to take home.

Families with children between the ages of 3 and 12 will enjoy the program most, but everyone is welcome to attend for $6.00 per person (children 2 and under may attend for free).

Milwaukee Recreation will offer one Tyke Hike session on Saturday for the youngest participants to enjoy a shortened walk to four of the eight stations. The cost for a Tyke Hike is $3 per person. The session will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Participants must register in advance by completing the registration form in Milwaukee Recreation’s Fall 2016 Recreation Guide or registering online at Because parking is limited at Hawthorn Glen, all participants must park at MPS Central Services, 5225 W. Vliet St., and use the free shuttle service to and from the event. Please call (414) 647-6050 with questions.

Walk-ups at Hawthorn Glen will not be permitted.

Milwaukee Recreation is a department of Milwaukee Public Schools, established in 1911 to provide the entire community with affordable and enriching recreational activities. For more information, visit or contact Brian Hoffer at (414) 475-8938.