By: Sara Walters

October is awesome for kids in La Crosse County.

There are leaves to jump in, warm weather to enjoy and Halloween candy to eat. Parents looking to maximize the fun have plenty of options for their weekend itineraries.

Friday Night
A Screamin’ Good Time
Halloween is a favorite holiday amongst kids. But it’s also one that causes some anxiety amongst parents. Dark streets, unknown treats, scary costumes–safety is a concern. Have no fear at Field of Screams, held each year at Copeland Park in La Crosse. Hosted by La Crosse Parks and Recreation, this is a safe-zone for trick-or-treating, face painting, games, treats and more.

Forest Full of Fun
For the kid who loves the costume portion of Halloween, check out the Enchanted Forest, held annually at Myrick Park in La Crosse. The Trick or Treat Trail is filled with favorite characters. Added bonus, it’s a daytime event for kiddos that don’t love the dark.

Whoa, That’s A-maze-ing!
The Hidden Trails Corn Maze in West Salem is a great outdoor energy-burner for those kids who have plenty to spare. Set them loose in one of the mazes four sections and feel safe knowing there are checkpoints with clues throughout so no one will get lost. For those who don’t dig the corn, there are pumpkins, farm animals and wagon rides.

Saturday Night
For The Spirit-ed Ones…
Have a few daredevils in your family? Take them to the House of Shadows in Sparta, a former infirmary turned haunted house. The earlier option includes a flashlight for those who are a little more fearful and the later attraction is best reserved for your braver (and older) children.

Fun by the Bushel
This area boasts a wide selection of apple orchards and pumpkin patches to visit with your family. What better way to teach your kids about produce than to have them pick apples right from the tree? Promote healthy eating and get some time in that autumn sunshine at places like Shefelbine Orchard & Pumpkin Patch in Holmen, home of delicious Honey Crisps.


Sara Walters

Sara Walters

Sara Walters is a writer, mom and marketing professional. She lives in La Crescent, MN with her husband and two daughters, Caroline and Maggie.