Celebrate the season with these local activities

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by Daniel Jameson, Fashion Editor

The Fall/Winter holiday season is, without a doubt, the most magical time of the year. Between the changing scenery of surrounding environments to celebrations galore, there are always a million wonderful ways to enjoy this enchanting time.

Fall itself fantastically opens the season, bringing an array of fun activities exclusive to the cooler temperatures of September and October. From classic hayrides to haunted houses, taking part in fall’s lineup of nostalgically beloved outdoor excursions is a great opportunity to relish the season. The Madison area is especially rich with festive options, the best of which we’ve gathered below. Get planning and have a grand old time!

Schuster’s Farm

If you can only make it to one location for a day of fall adventures, make Schuster’s Farm your stop, just twenty minutes west from the heart of Madison’s downtown. This farm has it all: corn mazes, caramel apples, bountiful pumpkin patches and hayrides make for a delightful trip with family and friends.

Schuster’s Farm is located at 1326 Hwy. 12 & 18, Deerfield, WI. The farm is open Monday-Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. For more information call (608) 764-8488.



If you can’t make it out to Schuster’s Farm by the end of the season, consider stopping by Warner, Elver, Olin Parks and Cherokee Marsh within the city for a ride on Madison Parks Hayrides. Each hayride trip lasts one hour, with a 30-minute scenic hayride around the park followed by a 30-minute campfire with s’mores.

Madison Parks Hayrides are located at a number of parks throughout the city, with dates, times and prices available on the website linked above. For more information call (608) 266-4711.



The “orchard vit da Norvegian exposure,” Eplegaarden is the Madison area’s premiere apple orchard, located just twenty minutes south from the heart of downtown in Fitchburg. With the well-stocked Eplebutikken (The Apple Store) and an orchard featuring over fifteen varieties of apples, pumpkins and squash, Eplegaarden is the prime destination for your seasonal culinary needs.

Eplegaarden is located at 2227 Fitchburg Road, Fitchburg, WI. The orchard is open Tuesday-Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Sunday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM, and is closed on Mondays. For more information call (608) 845-5966.

Horror in the Dark at Olin Park

Described as “the best haunted house in the Madison, WI area,” Horror in the Dark at Olin Park is the attraction for both thrill-seekers and fans of all things spooky. The house this year was designed as a top-secret military installation, with the results of horrific experiments gone wrong running amok, terrifying visitors from room to room and in the woods surrounding the premise. Tickets are available for $8/person, with proceeds benefitting The Road Home charity, an organization dedicated to helping homeless families in Madison get back on their feet.

Horror in the Dark at Olin Park is located in Olin Park, 1156 Olin-Turnville Court, Madison, WI. The house is open from 7-10 PM each night, October 12, 13, 18-20, 25-27, and 31. For more information call (608) 438-0872.

Halloween at the Zoo

Wind down your spectacular Halloween weekend with a stop on Sunday, October 28th at the Henry Vilas Zoo for their annual Halloween at the Zoo. This family friendly event features everything from a fun activity tent to live music, and boasts free trick-or-treating for the costumed community, offering sustainable palm-oil candy at each treat stop along the zoo’s route.

Halloween at the Zoo is a one-day event occurring on Sunday, October 28th from 10 AM – 4 PM, located at Henry Vilas Zoo in Vilas Park, 702 South Randall Avenue, Madison, WI. For more information call (608) 258-9490.

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