Not-So-Scary October Events

The leaves are changing color and there is a crispness in the air. While some events may look a bit different this year, rest assured that local Fox Cities attractions are working hard to provide a safe, fun, and full calendar of fall events.

Creepy Crawlies 2020

When: October 2-3 2020

Where: Heckrodt Wetland Preserve

Details: Creepy Crawlies 2020 will be completely outdoors and located on their unique trail system (new this year!). You will be able to choose your own trail adventure by selecting your route for the evening. (Staff will be at trailheads to assist and help with event flow.) The event will be focused on the four nature-Halloween themed trails.

Heckrodt Wetland Reserve

Haunted Hearthstone Sequential Killers of the Victorian Age

When: Every Friday and Saturday in October

Where: Hearthstone Historic House Museum

Details: Reserve your space today for Fridays and Saturdays throughout October! This is the third part to our theatrical glimpse into 19th century serial murderers and the beginnings of murder investigation as seen through the eyes of police detectives, victims, and the perpetrators who stalked them!

Tour this historic mansion, decorated in Victorian mourning traditions, to live organ music as you meet the killers and their victims face to face, hearing their tales of malice and woe. View a collection of Victorian mourning artifacts including hair jewelry, death photographs, other momento mori, mourning dresses, and related clothing.

50-minute long performances start every 20 minutes from 6:00-9:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays throughout October. Tickets purchased in advance (only). Last year’s performances sold out!

Hearthstone Historic House Museum

Fox Locks Fall Colors Tour

When: October 10-11

Where: The Fox River

Details: Be a floating leaf-peeper and enjoy free lockage on the weekend of October 10 and 11 from 10 am- 6 pm to view the fall colors from the Fox River. Locks at De Pere, Little Kaukauna (Little Rapids), Appleton, and Little Chute will provide free lockage for boaters who want to use the locks for one last time in the 2020 season. In addition, pedestrians have access to locks located in De Pere, Little Chute, Menasha and Appleton locks.

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Romp in the Swamp "Mask"erade

When: October 17

Where: Bubolz Nature Preserve

Details: ROMP in the SWAMP “MASK”ERADE, a family tradition of fall fun and exploration at Bubolz for over 26 years! Explore one of two trails and collect a trick-or-treat goodie bag at the end. Families can take part in an autumn adventure as you make your way through our fall decorated trails and take in all of the sights and sounds of the prairies. Along the way you will try to spy and count how many hidden owls you can see. You can stop and take a guess of how many creepy crawly critters you think are in the jar. Families can also take a family photo at our photo stop and submit it to our online costume contest.

Ghosts, ghouls and goblins are welcome, kids and families are encouraged to dress in their Halloween best and wear a mask. This year’s event will be completely outdoors and we are taking extra precautions to ensure everyone’s safety. When you sign up you will need to pick which one of 5 time slots your family would like to attend. Due to safety reasons and trying to reduce the number of people on the trails, we will not be able to change anyone’s ticket times the day of the event. Pre-register online today and don’t forget your mask for this year’s ROMP in the SWAMP “MASK”ERADE!

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