Quick, think about Wisconsin’s biggest cities for tourism! Maybe you think about Milwaukee or Green Bay, but tourists spent more than $225 million in Kenosha County in 2018 alone. One of the reasons Kenosha, WI attracts visitors is because of all the family fun fall activities to explore!
Looking to go trick-or-treating? Want to take a nature walk and see fall colors? Just not sure what is happening in the area? Here is a quick guide to kid-friendly fall activities in Kenosha!
Trick-or-treating is one of Kenosha’s most popular fall activities, like most towns this time of year! You can trick-or-treat in any area of town and see spooktacular decorations and cool costumes.
Kenosha is a safe town to go trick-or-treating in, as long as you follow these trick-or-treating safety tips. Generally, if you’re worried about safety, you can go trick-or-treating during the day at various places throughout town.
Trick-or-treating on 6th Avenue is an annual tradition that takes place on the weekend before Halloween (this year Saturday, October 29th). Participating businesses come to life as they offer fun activities and treats for the children!
About a mile away in Uptown, your little ghosts can collect treats and enjoy free activities in the Super Saturday Trunk-or-Treat on 63rd street. This is located in the Uptown Brass Center parking lot on Saturday, October 29th, from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Costumes are encouraged as there will be prizes for the best costume!
The city of Kenosha has official trick-or-treating hours. Trick-or-treating on 6th Avenue is from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm while trick-or-treating on Monday, October 31st is between 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. However, you and your children can go trick-or-treating before these hours, as long as you are not bothering anyone.
The fall foliage generally peaks during the middle of October. You and your kids can look at the colors, take photographs or make drawings of what you see, and collect leaves for various craft projects.
Petrifying Springs Park, also known as “Pets”, is a great location to see breathtaking fall leaves. You can go on walks along the river and picnic underneath the trees.
Another fun location is Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum which covers more than 12 acres. You can look at many different trees and wild animals, including migrating birds. The sanctuary is home to events throughout the fall, including guided tours, night hikes, and various crafts & cooking classes.
If you want to get outside of Kenosha, you can visit Bristol Woods Park. This park contains miles of hiking trails, giving you plenty of opportunities to see the trees and get out for a refreshing nature walk.
Additionally, you can also visit the Pringle Nature Center and attend various nature programs. On October 29th, the Pringle Center is running a candlelit Halloween hike, which offers a little spookiness without being overwhelming for the kiddos.
Farms can offer many types of fall fun in Kenosha. Remember that you may need to drive a few miles outside the city to get to them.
You can plan a day trip to explore parts of Wisconsin you haven’t visited. Look at a few of these tips for traveling with kids so your day trip can go well.
R&M Orchards is right outside of Kenosha. You can visit the orchards on the weekends and pick apples, grapes, and pears. You can also buy food at a farmer’s market, including deliciously fresh pies.
Apple Holler is a popular attraction in Sturtevant, WI which is just north of Kenosha. The farm has a large orchard for apple picking, and you can eat lunch at a country store and restaurant.
If you prefer pumpkin-related fun, you can visit Jerry Smith Pumpkin Farm. You can pick pumpkins for jack-o-lanterns, roast pumpkin seeds, and glance at hand-painted pumpkins. The farm also offers attractions like corn mazes, petting zoos, and hayrides!
There is also Swan’s Pumpkin Farm in Franksville, WI. You can buy many different types of pumpkins, go on hayrides, and walk through a haunted maze. The farm also has a pedal kart track that we recommend getting in line early for as it is extremely popular!
Please remember that most haunted attractions are intended for adults. Many houses have rules prohibiting young children from going inside. Err on the side of caution and only allow your older children to visit most attractions.
If your children are looking to get a little spooked but not too intimidated, you can bring them on a ghost tour. Several companies offer ghost tours of the downtown Kenosha area. You can go during the day or night, and you can learn about Kenosha’s history and architecture while you’re at it.
The Kemper Center runs a haunted house that is open every Saturday night in October. During the first hour, the lights are on, making it ideal for younger kids. Proceeds from the house go toward the Teen Task Force of Kenosha.
While you are going trick-or-treating, you may come across home haunts. These are small attractions that members of the community create. Most of them are appropriate for kids, so let them enjoy what your neighbors have to offer.
The Best Fall Activities in Kenosha
Fall activities in Kenosha are currently underway. While trick-or-treating takes place toward the end of October, you and your family can enjoy plenty of other fun activities all throughout the month!
From nature walks to farm festivities, many attractions are now open to the public and offer opportunities for apple and pumpkin picking. Some farms have mazes and other cool attractions as well. You can also find a few kid-friendly haunted houses, including home haunts in your community.
Your kids can also have fall fun at daycare. Corner Stone Academy serves Kenosha-area children. Contact us today.