Hawthorn Hollowthings to do in the fall and for halloween


Enjoy the Fall season and Halloween in Kenosha! Fall festivals and Oktoberfest events begin in early September in the Kenosha Area. That’s followed by Halloween event season. During the fall harvest, you can expect to find lots of fresh produce and fall-themed decorations from vendors at our Saturday Farmers Markets: Kenosha HarborMarket and Kenosha Public Market. We have recommendations for leaf peeping spots as well!


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walking at Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and ArboretumFall Colors

While it’s hard to predict when the fall colors will peak in any given year, mid to late October is typically a great time to enjoy the show of many colors, courtesy of Mother Nature.

Some of the best places to see fall foliage in Kenosha County:

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Pumpkin Farms


Jerry Smith Produce & Pumpkin FarmJerry Smith Farm

Bring the whole family for a fun outing at Jerry Smith Farm featuring:

  • Hand-painted pumpkin displays
  • Pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks, and more fall decor to purchase
  • Hayrides
  • Corn maze
  • Petting zoo
  • Haunted forest
  • A country store full of produce and treats such as their famous and delicious frosted fresh-baked cookies, gourmet caramel apples, and apple cider
  • And much more!

The farm’s fall season kicks off in mid-September.

From The Archives – Jerry Smith Farm Over The Years

Jerry Smith Farm
Jerry Smith Farm
Jerry Smith Farm
Jerry Smith Farm
Jerry Smith Farm

Thompson FarmThompson Farm

Known for its pick-your-own strawberries season in the summer, Thompson Farm is also open in the fall for pick-your-own pumpkins and more activities!

  • Pick-your-own pumpkins! The farm’s unique “Carload of Pumpkins” is available, as well as regular pumpkin picking. Mid-September through October.
  • Pick-Your-Own Sunflowers, early August through September.
  • Pick-Your-Own Raspberries, early August through October.
  • Families will also enjoy the Thompson Adventure Farm (opens around Labor Day):
    • Two bounce pillows
    • Bale pyramid
    • Sandbox with toys
    • Large wooden playground
    • Giant tile tubes
    • Tricycle track
    • Yard games

Weather and supply affect the dates of each season, so be sure to check the listed website for updates/changes.

Haunted House

Kemper Haunted House 2023It’s been a tradition for years: the Kemper Haunted House. Historic Kemper Center on the Lake Michigan shore is the perfect, spooky setting for a haunted house.

Kemper Center and Kenosha County Teen Task Force present the Haunted House. Tickets are sold at the door. This takes place across multiple weekends.

The lights are left on for the kids/those feeling less brave during the first hour each night.  


Lakeshore Pedal ToursGhost Tours

Experience a private or public Historical Kenosha Ghost Tour!

Gather your friends, relatives, neighbors, or co-workers for a fun and information-filled tour. Learn what ghosts and spirits may reside in Downtown Kenosha!

These tours are offered by Lakeshore Pedal Tours each October.



Pinot's PaletteCreate Your Own Halloween Art

Create a piece of art at Alpaca Art, a pottery-painting studio. Choose from the wide selection of bisque - plates, bowls, banks, boxes, figurines. Then sit, relax, and paint! As Halloween approaches, the shop offers many items with themes such as pumpkins, Dracula, gourds, spiders, witches, and Frankenstein. Make your own unique candy dish!

Pinot's Palette (shown) is a paint studio that offers guided painting classes. Their event calendar includes Halloween-theme paintings as we get closer to Halloween.

Visit Kenosha FUN 101 logoFall / Winter FUN 101

Twice a year, we produce a FUN 101 list: 101 Things to See & Do for $10 & Under (Many are FREE!). The Fall / Winter FUN 101 is typically posted by late September. Each edition of the list features seasonal events and activities – as well as not-to-miss year-round places in the Kenosha Area. Both free items and budget-friendly ones are included.


Halloween And Fall-Themed Events

Watch for more events to populate this area as the information becomes available! Check back often!

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Disclaimer: Event details are subject to change. Visit Kenosha doesn’t own or operate the events detailed in this calendar. If you have specific questions about an event or want to verify information, please use the contact information listed on each event page.

Things to Do


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