Here are 3 tips to help parents navigate Halloween shopping by avoiding potential culturally appropriation missteps when selecting costumes for kids.
1. Check out Sculpture Milwaukee before it’s gone
We knew it’d leave us one day: Sculpture Milwaukee, the annual public art smorgasbord along Wisconsin Avenue, ends its run downtown Sunday. So this weekend is your last chance to get a look at some of the city’s most engaging artworks in the great outdoors, including Carlos Rolón’s “Gild the Lily,” the gift-wrapped bank lobby at 111 E. Wisconsin Ave. Check the website for details on the works and artists, or just take a stroll yourself.
2. Get your Halloween on on Brady Street
Need an All-Hallows’-Eve warmup? Saturday night from 9:30 p.m. to midnight, 18 bars and restaurants along Brady Street will be holding costume contests. Halloween on Brady Street runs till midnight, with the selection of a grand prize winner. Drink specials are in the mix, too. See the Brady Street Improvement District’s website for participating venues.
3. Get your candy ready
Yes, technically, Halloween is Oct. 31. But for years, Milwaukee-area communities have scheduled their trick-or-treat times for the weekend before All Hallows’ Eve. (Some neighborhoods, and a handful of communities, hold theirs on Oct. 31.) Except for South Milwaukee, which has its trick or treat on Oct. 31, every Milwaukee County community is holding trick or treat Saturday or Sunday; many follow the lead of the city of Milwaukee, which has trick-or-treat hours from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. At least half the communities outside Milwaukee County hold theirs this weekend, too. Check with your town for details — and stock up on those Butterfingers.
4. Get into the Jurassic spirit
It’s going to be a busy season for dinosaurs. First up is “Jurassic Quest,” a touring production that allows guests to walk through the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic periods in the midst of life-size dinosaurs — more than 80 of them. The herd thunders back into State Fair Park’s Wisconsin Exposition Center, 8200 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis, from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $23, and $21 for seniors 65 and older. (According to the event’s website, kids wearing Halloween costumes get a free toy.)
5. Mark the Day of the Dead in the Domes
Candlelight, ofrendas, marigolds and lots of other stuff in bloom are part of the Dia de los Muertos Celebration Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Mitchell Park Domes, 524 S. Layton Blvd. Dance, live music, food, kids’ activities and more are in store. Tickets are $10.
6. Have fun with fall at Urban Ecology Center
If you’re pro-autumn, you’re in luck: The Urban Ecology Center is hosting an evening of what it calls Fall Night Fun 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday in Riverside Park, 1500 E. Park Place. What’s on tap? Pumpkin-carving, night hikes, roasting marshmallows around a campfire. Preregistration at the center’s website is required. Admission is $14, $10 for center members, free for kids 3 and younger.
7. Wish the Bach Chamber Choir a happy 50th
Milwaukee’s Bach Chamber Choir kicks off its 50th anniversary season with a new director, Christine Flasch, and a special concert, “Best of Bach Chamber Choir: Celebrating 50 Years of Singing,” 3 p.m. Sunday at All Saints’ Cathedral, 818 E. Juneau Ave. Tickets at the door are $18, $17 for seniors 60 and older.
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