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Halloween Fun at the Museum on the Square


Children dressed in Halloween costumes with jack-o-lanterns hanging overhead, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
WHI 9830

The Wisconsin Historical Museum in Madison has some Halloween-themed storytelling events in store to observe the annual fall celebration of all things spooky and supernatural. The events begin with Halloween Fun: Haunted Wisconsin on Thursday, October 25, featuring author Michael Norman, who has penned a series of books on haunted places. He will delight audiences with unnerving tales of haunted Wisconsin from personal interviews with credible eyewitnesses, on-site explorations, historical archives, newspaper reports and other sources from Wisconsin's early settlement days to recent inexplicable events.

Other Haunted Happenings

On Friday, October 26, the museum is taking part in the Downtown Madison Family Halloween in conjunction with the Madison Children's Museum, Overture Center and other participating organizations. Events at the museum will include a scavenger hunt, colorful character appearances and Paul Bunyan-inspired crafts from 10 am to 3 pm.

Also on Friday, Wisconsin storyteller Joni Hahn will present Halloween Fun: Stories of Wisconsin, featuring folk stories and music that represent the countries of origin for Wisconsin immigrants. Visitors can participate in this interactive and creative program of well-known folktales and legends with props, percussion instruments and singalongs led by guitar.

Skipping ahead to Wednesday, October 31, author Erika Janik will present Halloween Fun: Odd Wisconsin, sharing fun and surprising stories of the people, places and events of Wisconsin's past that you didn't learn about in school. Janik will sign copies of her book, 'Odd Wisconsin: Amusing, Perplexing, and Unlikely Stories from Wisconsin's Past,' following the presentation.

If You Go

For complete details on admission, hours, a map and other information, see the museum's visitor information pages.

:: Posted October 25, 2012

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