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October 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019
The Lantern Festival at the Racine Zoo is a spectacular nighttime event, covering the zoo with incredible works of art! From tigers, lions, pandas, exotic flora, and a colossal dragon, Racine Zoo will be transformed into a world of illumination with custom-made lanterns. To top it off, an array of food and drink options will make the Lantern Festival a truly unforgettable event.
The Racine Zoo Lantern Festival runs 80 select nights from October 1 – December 31, 2019. It will be closed on select dates, including October 28th, November 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, and 28th (Thanksgiving); and Devember 2nd, 9th, 16th, and the 23rd-25th for Christmas.
Lantern Festival Hours:
Sundays – Thursdays: 6pm – 9pm (Last entry 9pm. Zoo closes at 10pm.)
Fridays – Saturdays: 6pm – 10pm (Last entry 10pm. Zoo closes at 11pm.)
Adult (Ages 16 and older): $20 online, $25 at the door
Senior (Ages 62 and older): $15 online, $20 at the door
Child (Ages 3 – 15 years): $12 online, $17 at the door
Children 2 years and younger get in free
**Children 15 and younger need to be accompanied by a paying adult**
Racine Zoo Lantern Festival Address:
2131 N. Main Street
Racine, WI 53402
October 25, 2019 – October 26, 2019
Norskedalen hosts Ghoulees in the Coulees October 25th-26th, 2019, providing a fun, yet scary and haunting, experience for the whole family in this beautiful natural and cultural area near Coon Valley in southeastern La Crosse County.
At Ghoulees in the Coulees, you can take a half-mile walk through chilling and thrilling spook stations along one of their wooded trails lined by hundreds of carved, lit pumpkins. Once you navigate this, you’ll regain your wits and end up with a treat and hot apple cider at Bekkum Homestead, a historic homestead over 100 years old, illuminated only by the light of the moon and jack-‘o-lanterns.
Along with the hike, you can enjoy storytelling, fortune-telling, grabbing a snack around the roaring fireplace, and walking through the haunted barns and other buildings. While it can be fun for kids of all ages, you may want to plan earlier hikes while it’s still light out for the very young and “faint of heart.” Earlier hikes around 5-7pm, hikes are less scary (the spooks do not try to scare you, but may offer a high-five, handshake, or wave). Conversely, 7-10:30pm, hikes are SUPER SCARY. They mean it! Chilling ghost stories designed to give you goosebumps will also be told at the end of your hike, making regaining your wits tricky for some. Fortune tellers will also be there to peer into your future.
Norskedalen’s Ghoulees in the Coulees Haunted Hikes take place Friday and Saturday October 25th & 26th, with start times from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Tickets for the hikes are $10 per person, $15 after 10/22/18. Advance reservations are required.
You’ll find Norskedalen (which means “Norwegian Valley”) along County PI between Highway 162 and U.S. 14/61 just north of Coon Valley in southern La Crosse County. It’s a beautiful drive through the Driftess Area, right as the trees drop the rest of their colorful leaves.
Address for Ghoulees in the Coulees:
Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center
N455 O Ophus Road
Coon Valley, WI 54623