It’s officially fall, so it’s time to get your Halloween, pumpkin-patch, and general spooky-season plans in order. But what if you’re looking for a family-friendly autumn activity that isn’t that spooky? Look no further than Milwaukee Recreation’s popular Halloween Glen nature hike, which returns for its 29th year Friday, October 7 (5:45 – 8 p.m.) and Saturday, October 8 (4:30 – 7:15 p.m.).

Halloween Glen “encourages youth to learn about nature through an interactive program in the outdoor setting of Hawthorn Glen, Milwaukee Recreation’s 23-acre nature center at 1130 N. 60th St.” On-site actors “will present interactive and educational skits at eight elaborately decorated stations along the trail of Hawthorn Glen.” This year’s theme? “Stories In Stone.”

This year’s theme, Stories in the Stones, is all about our place on Earth and in space. We’ll dig deep to uncover secrets in the soil, legends in the landforms, plots among the planets and tales along the trails of Hawthorn Glen. Following the hike, families are welcome to participate in a variety of fall-themed activities.

“Halloween Glen is one of our favorite events of the year and our actors have put together some very creative skits that we think everyone will really enjoy,” says Recreation Supervisor Nicole Sponholtz in a press release. “This event is so special to us and is a great way for families to get outside, explore Hawthorn Glen, and usher in the fall season!”

Advance registration ($6 per person) is required, and can be completed HERE. A shorter hike designed for younger kids, the “Tyke Hike,” is $3 per person. There will be no parking at Hawthorn Glen; shuttle busses will be provided from the MPS Central Services building at 5225 W. Vliet St.

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