Mid-October is a ghostly time in Racine County. You'll find scary, unexpected places, art and family fun. Here are our suggestions.
A new spot for art. River's Edge Art Walk is a new art event in the Village of Waterford. You're invited to stroll down Waterford's Main Street and Milwaukee Avenue from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19. The event features the work of more than 30 regional artists at 20 participating businesses. You're also welcome to grab a bite to eat and catch a half-dozen musicians along the way. Pick up a brochure with a map and coupons at any of the locations. Visit www.absolutelywaterford.org.
Spooky fun Downtown. Head to Downtown Racine for Monument Mash from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Monument Square. This free family event is presented by the Racine Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department and the Downtown Racine Corp. There will be face painting, a DJ playing haunted hits and a pumpkin carving demonstration. You can enter your own pumpkin creation in a contest and kids can compete in a costume contest. For details, call 262-636-9131.
Walk with ghosts. Did you know that some places in Downtown Racine are haunted? The Walking Ghost Tour of Racine is two-hour journey into Racine’s past, folklore and legend. The next tours are at 7 p.m. Saturday and next Friday, Oct. 26. The tour starts at Circa Celeste, 619 Wisconsin Ave., and winds through the Downtown area. Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for kids ages 8 through 12. Tickets are $5 more at the door. The Walking Ghost Tour benefits the Volunteer Center of Racine. Order online at www.volunteercenterofracine.org or call 262-886-9612.
Watch the fall skies. You’re invited to Fall Astronomy Day at the Modine Benstead Observatory, Highway A and 63rd Drive in Yorkville. Racine Astronomical Society members will have their telescopes set up from 8 to 11 p.m. You’ll have a chance to see various stars and planets. It’s free but donations are welcome. Please call ahead to check on weather conditions. 262-878-2774. Visit the observatory website at: www.rasastro.org
Get close to nature. Bring the family for fall crafts and activities, geocaching, wood carving and much more Sunday at the River Bend Nature Center Fall Festival, 3600 N. Green Bay Road, Caledonia. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes live music from Freshwater and archery shooting by First Shot Archery. Free admission. Some activities are ticketed. Tickets may be purchased at the festival.