A Green Bay Mom’s Guide to the Month of October


green bay mom's guide to October

October’s arrival brings with it so many activities! This is in no way intended to be a comprehensive event guide. We are highlighting those we think may be of most interest to families in the Green Bay and surrounding areas. If you have suggestions or additions, please leave a comment! Better yet, add it to our event calendar!

Apples Picking & Pumpkin Patches :: 

*Note many orchards & pumpkin patches have family activities exclusively on the weekends. Be sure to check out their websites for more details! Click here to visit our Orchards and Pumpkin Patch Guide.

2017 green bay guide to orchards & pumpkins oct guide

Haunted Fun (primarily for teenagers and grown-ups) ::

haunted house green bayBurial Chamber, Neenah

Green Bay Fear, Green Bay

Terror on the Fox, Green Bay *offers two Kids’ Day events on Oct. 8 & 29 from 12-4 pm. All actors are ages 13 and under and wear family-friendly costumes. Proceeds from Kids’ Day benefit Don’t be a Monster, a nonprofit anti-bullying organization.

Camp 5 Terror, Crivitz

Dominion of Terror, Sheboygan

Fright Night, Greenville *offers events for those 12 & under from  6:30-7:30 pm.

Gags’ Nightmare, A Haunting Experience, Green Bay

Haunted Hayrides, Neenah

Haunted Mansion, Quietwoods South Camping Resort (Brussels) *Haunted Mansion offers a child-friendly experience every Saturday from 4:30-5:30.

The Morgue, De Pere *Lights on for Kids 4:30-6:30 pm October 21!

Revenge Haunt, Sobieski

Scare USA, Two Rivers *FREE Family Day from 1-4 pm on October 21 & 28!

Trail of Terror, Oconto

Youth Go’s Haunted House, Memorial Park (Neenah) 

Oktoberfest Celebrations ::

There are a handful left to enjoy in the month of October. Check them out here.

Oktoberfest in and around Green Bay october guide

Trick-or-Treating Dates and Times ::

trick or treat green bayClick here for a listing of dates and times. Start planning your trick-or-treat route today!


things to do this october 2017October 1-30 :: Dairy View Corn Maze in Sturgeon Bay. Opens daily  at 10 am. Access to maze ends at 3 pm. $7/person. 3 and under are free.

October 1 :: Craft Show, 10 am – 3 pm. Pulaski Middle School.

October 1 :: St. Luke’s Fall Festival in Little Chute. 11 am – 3 pm. A family-friendly event for the entire community. Arcade games, music, food truck, Mikey Air, face painting and children’s games and so much more. 

October 3 ::  Randall Cobb Football 101 Women’s Clinic, 6:30-10 pm at the Sports Emporium, De Pere. Perfect night out with the girls. Ticket includes light appetizers and 2 cocktails. Learn a little more about football from the Packers WR and free samples from CoverGirl! Promo Code GBMOMS will save you 10%!

October 4, 11, 18, 25 :: Daytime Playtime at Fusion Athletics.  Every Wednesday 9-11 am. $5/child. Let the littles run off some of their energy!!

October 4 :: Sparty Pants Trivia at the Green Room Lounge, De Pere. 7 pm. Trivia for individuals or teams up to five people. FREE event. Snacks and beverages available for purchase.

October 5 :: Allouez Farmers Market. 3:30-6:30 pm. Last one of the season!

October 5, 12, 19, 26 :: Menasha Farm Fresh Market. Downtown Menasha. 2-6 pm. 

October 5 :: 5th Annual Taste of the Valley, Riverwalk Hotel, Neenah. Enjoy a variety of food samples from local restaurants while supporting the Boys’ & Girls’ Brigade’s Youth Outreach Program. Tickets $25 or $30 at the door. 5:30-8:30 pm.

October 5, 6, 7 :: October Fright Night at Marcus Cinema. The Shining is the featured movie. 10 pm showing. Admission $5. Bay Park and Valley Grand Theaters.

October 6, 7, 8 :: Calumet County Parade of Homes. Tour beautiful showcase homes! $5/ticket.

October 6, 7, 14, 28, 29 :: Green Bay Gamblers Hockey Game. Resch Center. 7 pm.

October 6 :: Night Hike. Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve, Appleton. $3/person or $10/family (Members). $5/person or $15/family (Non-Members). Enjoy the sights and sounds of nature at night! Family-friendly.

October 6, 7, 8 :: Charlotte’s Webb, Webb Theatre (St. Norbert’s College), De Pere. Enjoy the classic by E.B. White.

October 7, 8 :: Pumpkin Patch Festival, Egg Harbor. Perfect excuse to take a drive to Door County! Free admission. Live music, carnival rides, arts & crafts vendors, face painting, pumpkin & scarecrow displays, roaming magician, kids games & activities, silent auction, food and fun!

October 7 :: Festival Pumpkin Blowout. 8 am – 5 pm. Children’s activities from 9 am – 3 pm. Check out the website for location specific activities.

October 7 :: Bellin Women’s Half Marathon. 8 am. 

October 7 :: Pink Pumpkin 5K Run/Walk. NWTC, Green Bay. 8 am – Noon.

October 7 :: Bay Beach Craft Show. 9 am – 3 pm. 

October 7 :: Spooktacular, Lambeau Field. 9 am – 3 pm. FREE. Enjoy music, juggling, family fun challenges and balloon animals. Children also will have the opportunity to have their faces painted, play fall-themed games and put their artistic skills to work at Halloween-themed craft stations. Donations to Coat for Kids appreciated.

October 7 :: Fox Valley’s Tough Kid Challenge, Highlands Elementary. A 1.6 to 2 mile obstacle course with kid-friendly yet challenging obstacles. For all kids age 6 through 13 years of age.

October 7 :: Sanctuary by Starlight, Wildlife Sanctuary, 6-10 pm. Lighted waterfalls, luminaries on the boardwalk, viewing telescopes. Food from Skaligwags, music, and cash bar. $30/person includes food and entry.

October 7 :: NE Wisconsin Craft Beer Festival. Resch Center. 6-9 pm. Sample beer, enjoy live music and light appetizers. 

October 7 :: Kidz Nite Out, Starz Academy.  Open to those ages 5-18. Enjoy open gym, games and snacks. $15 for first child and $10 for each additional. 6-8:45 pm.

October 7 :: Ninja Night, Fusion Athletics.  6:30-8:30 pm. Ages 5+. $10/child. Limited Space.

October 7, 8 :: Tots to Teens Fall/Winter Consignment Sale, Neenah. Sat 9-5, Sun 9-3.  Shop over 15, 000 items.

October 7, 14, 21, 28 :: Green Bay Saturday Farmers Market. 7 am – Noon. Last month for the year!

October 7, 14, 21, 28 :: Appleton Farmers Market. 8 am – 12:30 pm. Houdini Plaza. Last month for the year!

October 8 :: Sensory Day, Sky Zone Appleton. 10 am – 12 pm. A time for those with special needs to jump. $10 to jump.

October 8 :: Little Chute Fire Department Open House. Noon – 3 pm. 

October 8, 29 :: Terror on the Fox, Kids Day, Green Bay. $5/Child. Noon- 4 pm.

October 10 :: Y100 Bra Country 2017 at the Meyer Theater, Green Bay. This event raises money for Breast Cancer Research. Featured performers are country singer Granger Smith and band High Valley. $30/ticket.

October 11 :: The Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream Pumpkin Carving, New Zoo. 4-8 pm. This is event is FREE. Bring your own pumpkin and carving tools. Those who participate will receive free pizza and soda. The pumpkins will be used as decorations for the North Shore Bank Zoo Boo 2017.

October 13, 14, 20 :: Autumn Night Hike, L.H. Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve. 7-9 pm. Learn more about the creature that come alive at night. Stay afterwards for a campfire, hayride, and treats. $3/child, $5/adult, or $15/family.

October 13, 14, 15 :: Jurassic Quest, Shopko Hall. Come enjoy a dinosaur adventure. Indoor and outdoor activities. Tickets $18-$34.

October 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 :: Zoo Boo 2017, NEW Zoo. $10/person advance or $12/person at the door. Under 2 FREE. Dress in your costume and those under 16 trick-or-treat (bring your own bags/buckets). Check website for details on activities specific to the day you plan on attending.

October 13, 14 :: 7th Annual Fall Craft & Bake Sale, St. Mark Lutheran Church, Appleton.

October 13, 14, 15 :: Kids Dream Not So Scary Halloween Series, Marcus Cinema. Admission $3. Featured movie Monsters vs. Aliens. 10 am. Baypark, Valley Grande, & Oshkosh.

October 12, 13, 14 :: October Fright Night at Marcus Cinema. Nightmare on Elm Street is the featured movie. 10 pm showing. Admission $5. Bay Park and Valley Grand Theaters.

October 13, 14, 15 :: Kids Dream Not So Scary Halloween Series, Marcus Cinema. Admission $3. Featured movie Monsters vs. Aliens. 10 am. Baypark, Valley Grande, & Oshkosh.

October 14 :: Applefest, Two Rivers. Arts, crafts, entertainment, and caramel apples. 9 am – 4 pm.

October 14 :: Fall Fest on Broadway, Dowtown Green Bay. Enjoy family activities in the Broadway district. Trick-or-treating 11 am – 3 pm with participating businesses.

October 14 :: The Third Annual Walk to Remember hostedy by Share of NE Wisconsin: Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support. Wildlife Sanctuary. 10 am – Noon.

October 14, 21 :: The Great Pumpkin Train, The National Railroad Museum. Music, games, and pumpkins! Tickets $12-$13.

October 19, 20, 21 :: October Fright Night at Marcus Cinema. The Exorcist is the featured movie. 10 pm showing. Admission $5. Bay Park and Valley Grand Theaters.

October 20 :: Totally Boo-dacious Halloween Party, Fusion Athletics, Green Bay. 6-8 pm. Intended for ages 5-12. Put on your costume and enjoy games, contests, and food. $10.

October 20, 21, 22 :: Kids Dream Not So Scary Halloween Series, Marcus Cinema. Admission $3. Featured movie Shrek. 10 am. Bay Park, Valley Grande, & Oshkosh.

October 21, 22 :: Zooloween Boo, Menominee Park Zoo (Oshkosh). Trick-or-Treating provided by local businesses. Enjoy fun games, crafts, costume contests and more! Under 1 FREE. Children 2+ $3, and adults $5. 11 am – 3 pm.

October 21 :: Fall Craft Fair, Victor Haen Elementary School, Kaukauna. 9 am – 2 pm. 

October 21 :: 23rd Annual Craft Sale, St Grabriel Church (Neenah). 9 am – 2 pm. 

October 21 :: Trick or Treat Costume Party @ Marcus Cinema. Trick-or-Treating in the theatre plus more fun activities! 9 a.m. before the showing of Shrek.

October 21 :: Trick or Treat Trail, Josten Park (Belleveue). Pre-registration is required for this FREE event. 10 am – Noon.

October 21 :: Halloween at Heritage Hill, Green Bay. 3- 8pm. Games, marshmallow roasting, trick-or-treating. $7/person. 3 and under FREE.

October 21 :: Romp in Autumn Swamp, Bubolz Nature Preserve, Appleton.  Visitors will enjoy tractor hay rides, trick-or-treat trail, face painting, Halloween games, costume contest, and a bonfire with s’more making. Popcorn and beverages will be available for purchase. Family-friendly costumes are encouraged! Must registers to attend.$10/child, $5/adult, $35/family.

October 21, 28 :: Halloween at the Y  (various locations), Green Bay.  You can find a Halloween themed celebration at each of the Ys. Check out website for dates, times, and activities. Geared toward kids 10 and under.

October 21 :: Halloween Camground Walk, High Cliff State Park. 4-8 pm. Walk and enjoy the decorated camp sites. Concessions available.

October 21 :: Annual Halloween Event, Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary.  Put on your costumes and enjoy a pumpkin lit walk. Kids will learn about animals from area youth dressed up as animal characters. $2.50/child & $3.75/adult. 6-8 pm.

October 21 :: Nerf Night, Fusion Athletics. Darts and goggles are provided. Participants must bring their own nerf gun. Ages 5-13. $15.  6:30-8:30 pm.

October 24 :: Fall Frolic, 1000 Islands Environmental Center. Co-hosted by Kaukauna Public Library. Enjoy stories, crafts, hiking and hot cocoa. 6-7 pm. 

October 25 :: Halloween Skate, Appleton Family Ice Center. Skating, costume contests, crafts, and more. Admission $5. Skate rental $3.  4-6 pm.

October 25 :: Costume Party, Kaukauna Public Library. Preschool costume dance party! How fun for the littles. 6-6:45 pm.

October 25 :: Champions of Magic, Weidner Center. Lover of magic? Then this is for you! Be amazed by five world-class illusionists. Tickets start at $30. 7:30 pm. 

October 26, 27, 28 :: Halloween Themed Celebrations at various YMCA Fox Cities Locations. Find yours here.

October 26, 27, 28 :: October Fright Night at Marcus Cinema. Halloween is the featured movie. 10 pm showing. Admission $5. Bay Park and Valley Grand Theaters.

October 27, 28, 29 :: Kids Dream Not So Scary Halloween Series, Marcus Cinema. Admission $3. Featured movie The Book of Life. 10 am. Bay Park, Valley Grande, & Oshkosh.

October 26 :: Once Upon a Halloween, Children’s Museum of Green Bay. Come in costumes for an evening of STEM based science workshops, games and fun! 4-7 pm. 

October 26 :: Halloween Bash, Boys and Girls Club (Oshkosh). Family event. Enjoy games, pumpkin carving, and a meal. 6-8 pm. 

October 26 :: Great Country Pumpkin Party, Appleton. This event is for children with special needs and their families. The event provides a safe & fun environment for children with special needs to trick-or-treat. Country Inn & Suites and Hampton Inn provide rooms for local companies and organizations to decorate and hand out treats to children. Feel free to dress up, but costumes are not required.

October 27 :: Alan Jackson w/ LeAnn Womack. Resch Center. 7:30 pm.

October 28 :: Boofest, Festival Foods locations. Trick-or-treat in-store from 10 am – 2 pm. Treats available for those with allergies.

October 28 :: Thrills on Third, Sturgeon Bay. Come in costume and enjoy pumpkin painting, haunted house with carnival games, “slime at the library,” trick-or-treating and more!

October 28 :: Doc’s Halloween Extravaganza, Doc’s Harley Davidson (Hwy 29). 11 ma -3 pm. FREE fun for the kids! Trick-or-Treat, Hayride, games and crafts, and music. 

October 28 :: The Fab Four – The Ultimate Tribute, The Meyer Theatre. Enjoy a night of listening to The Beatles! Tickets $35. 8 pm.

October 31 :: The Little Mermaid, Fox Cities PAC. The Disney C=classic is brought to life. 7:30 pm


Plan your trip to an area Children’s Museum ::

Green Bay Children’s Museum | Green Bay 

Building for Kids Children’s Museum | Appleton

Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac | Fond du Lac

Above & Beyond Children’s Museum | Sheboygan