It figures that although Halloween falls on a Saturday for once, we also have some rainy, windy weather in the forecast. Expect the rain poncho to be among the more popular costumes at your door this year — and if you’re driving, be watchful for small witches and skeletons crossing the streets. Our October Events page includes a fairly comprehensive list of trick or treat times for most of the communities in our area. Your sharing it with friends on Facebook and Twitter is the best treat we could ask for.
Tonight and tomorrow night at 6 p.m., rain or shine, the Volunteer Center of Racine will conduct its final two Walking Ghost Tours of the season. This a sober exploration of local legends and haunted buildings not intended for the inattentive or children under 10. The 3-hour tour will take you back into Racine’s history, and you are welcome to bring along your favorite ghost-detecting devices, as long as they are very portable while walking. The tours start at Circa Celeste, 619 Wisconsin Avenue — which is also a great little café during the daylight hours.
Downtown Racine is not the only haunted location in southeastern Wisconsin. Kenosha’s Kemper Center, a former Episcopal boarding school for young women dating from 1865, is said to be haunted by a nun who died in a fire, and by a cruel nun who lost her head in a tumble down some stairs, and by founder Charles Durkee and his young bride Catherine, and by other assorted ghosts. Whatever the case, it’s an old property with a past, and a perfect Halloween atmosphere. You can experience it yourself tonight and tomorrow night from 7 to 11 p.m. Kemper Center is located on Lake Michigan south of Kenosha’s downtown at 6501 3rd Avenue.
Milwaukee’s Day of the Dead celebration has grown into a multi-faceted event over the past five years. On Saturday, things kick off with a 10 a.m. meeting of volunteers at Walker Square Park, face-painting and ofrenda-making at 11, a 5K run/walk at noon, a vigil for peace at 1, the parade, of course, at 1:30, Aztec dancers and a performance by Escamilla Entertainment, followed by piñata-breaking, belly dancers, and more from 3 to 4:30. The whole day is a celebration of cultural traditions aimed at bringing the community together.
Finally, Sunday brings in November, with both sunrise and sunset an hour earlier, a whole new month filled with events, and a wonderful opportunity to enjoy some fine musicianship via a performance by Belle City Brassworks at Racine’s Washington Park High School, 1901 12th Street. In addition to the 40-plus piece brass band, the 3 p.m. performance features soloist Megumi Kanda, principal trombone of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and the BrassaNova high school brass ensemble.
More haunted houses, a craft fair or two, some live theatre, and other events are listed on our Events pages. Thanks for clicking and sharing!