The temperature is dropping and the leaves are turning colors, which means fall is in the air! Grab a jacket and enjoy the outdoors, or get a cup of hot cocoa and get cozy indoors. Here are many events and activities for you to enjoy throughout Racine County this autumn season.
October 3 | 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. | RiverBend Nature Center, Racine | Free Admission
Watch chainsaw artists from across the Midwest create incredible sculptures from logs. Carvings will be available for auction at 3 p.m. This festival features nature-focused handmade works of art for sale, a story trail in the forest, unique beers at the campfire, a nature trivia trail with photo opportunities and family activities, a silent auction, and a food truck. Canoe and kayaks will be available for rent to view the fall colors from the river. Click here for details.
October 23 | 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. | Racine County Fairgrounds | Free Admission
Don’t miss out on this smashing fun time! This event will feature Pumpkin Chuckin Competitions where teams will catapult pumpkins as far as the eye can see! Returning this year is The Best of the Midwest BBQ Cook-Off with more than 50 teams competing for $7,000 in prize money and the title of "The Best of the Midwest." This event includes costume contests for all ages, stage performances, food and seasonal beers, kids games and activities, carnival and hay rides, and much more! Click here to learn more.
October 1-31 | Racine Zoo
Enjoy an enchanting Halloween experience from the comfort of your own vehicle! Drive through the zoo's spooktacular light displays with ghostly charms perfect for guests of all ages. Admission is $5 per person; free for children age 2 and younger. Times vary. View details here.
October 30 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Racine Zoo
Calling all little ghosts and goblins! Enjoy safe, outdoor trick-or-treating with the animals at the Racine Zoo. On this Halloween-themed fun-filled day, you can trick-or-treat throughout the zoo, get a spooky cookie decorating kit, create a festive Halloween craft, decorate a pumpkin, find and meet the zoo's special creepy, crawly animal ambassadors, and more haunted surprises. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Learn more here.
October 1-31 | Bear Den Zoo & Petting Farm, Waterford
Start a new tradition this year and spend it with at the Bear Den Zoo. Enjoy a scenic hayride through the woods where you can see the beautiful leaves change colors. Then pick your own pumpkin at the plentiful pumpkin patch. In addition, check out the petting area and take the kids to the play area for loads of fun. See a variety of animals while sipping hot apple cider or hot cocoa, and get a caramel apple with all your favorite toppings! Admission is $10 per person age 2 and older; free for children age 1 and younger. Click here for details.
October 23 | 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Boo at the Zoo Trick-or-Treat
Wear your costume and trick-or-treat at Bear Den Zoo & Petting Farm.
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, September 10 - October 31 | Bear Paw Beach at Jellystone Park, Caledonia
It's a Fall Frenzy at Bear Paw Beach! Each weekend is packed with a variety of activities for everyone's enjoyment including Ship Wreck'd Island laser tag, pressurized apple cannons, a haunted trail, nighttime drone show, magic pumpkin patch, corn maze, a 200 ft. light tunnel, and so much more. Visit the gift shop for unique fall gifts and enjoy all your favorite fall foods at the Eats & Treats Cafe. Ticket prices and times vary. View details here.
October 7 | 6-8 p.m. | Floral Pumpkin Painting on Canvas
October 21 | 6-8 p.m. | Stacked Pumpkins Painting
Try something creative that you doesn't require you buying supplies and making a mess at home! Gather a friend or two, and come for a one-night only make it and take it art experience. Paint using palette knife techniques on canvas to create a fall floral vignette with pumpkins as the focal point (October 7) or paint a lively scene of stacked pumpkins on canvas (October 21). Advanced registration is required and enrollment is limited. Cost is $30 for RAM members and $36 for non-members. Purchase tickets here.
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, September 25 - October 31| Borzynski's Farm & Floral Market
With riddles to solve, clues to find, and more than 10,000 feet of paths to navigate, Borzynski's eight-acre corn maze is sure to peak everyone's adventurous side! For a greater challenge, try to navigate your way out of the corn maze at night. Friday and Saturday nights in October are "Flashlight Nights," so bring a friend, your nerve and a flashlight. Fear not as this maze is family friendly and never haunted. Pre-scheduled groups can enjoy a hayride and make their own caramel apple to complete their fall adventure at Borzynski's. Ticket prices and times vary. View details here.
Find the Apple of Your Eye at our Orchards
Our county is packed full with award-winning orchards where you can pick your own apples in any variety that suits your taste buds. Check out Apple Holler (featured on U.S. News), The Orchard on Old Homestead, and Brightonwoods Orchards (featured on Travel Wisconsin) for our picks!
Take Your Pick of the Patch at our Pumpkin Farms
We take serious pride in our country life here in Racine County, and autumn is definitely one of those seasons to show it off. There are plenty of patches to find your perfect pumpkins! Visit Borzynski's Farm & Floral Market in Mt. Pleasant, Land of the Giants in Sturtevant, Squire's Pumpkin Patch in Burlington, and Swan's Pumpkin Farm in Franksville for places that kick up the pumpkin-picking experience with corn mazes, holiday-themed shopping, petting zoos, and more!
Activities for Adults:
October 29 | 6-9 p.m. | Racine Zoo
Prepare your taste buds for a Halloween-themed night of wine tasting from your very own souvenir sampling glass. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and visit with an animal ambassador. Tickets are $40 per person drinking or $30 per person non-drinking. Proceeds benefit the animals and programs of the Racine Zoo. Purchase tickets here.
Fridays and Saturdays, September 25 - November 6 | Abandoned Haunted House Complex
Enter if you dare! Abandoned Haunted House Complex is home to three entirely different haunted houses designed to attack your senses in multiple ways. Attractions include the Ambush Haunted House (intense startle-scares), Hysteria Haunted House (audible and visual scares), and Stalker Haunted House (interactive startle-scare walking experience). You can also test your skills by throwing axes with the Abandoned Axe Throwing. Ticket prices vary. Click here for details.