All Aboard the Madison Express: HALLOWEEN HAS ARRIVED

I feel autumn in the air. I fell in love with Madison on a crisp fall day so this time of year feels particularly nostalgic and promising. On the brink of bursting colors and seasonal celebrations, I am acutely aware of our town’s uniqueness. Bottle Hill put me in the spirit and I’m on board the Madison express proudly proclaiming the people and scenes of Madison to be the very best.

Life is busy these days and with two small girls, ages 3 and 18 months, I’m in the prime “give me all the entertainment and engagement” stage. Enter this beloved town. If you’re new, you’re in for a treat. If you’re a lifelong or longtime Madisonian then you know we get it right when it comes to ushering in new seasons.

Save-the-Date for these festive family celebrations that showcase the spirit and pride of our community.

The Scarecrows of Waverly Place make my heart smile. Set to return on October 18th, this is one of my favorite stroller friendly activities in the fall. Get the little ones downtown to see the scarecrows, which are sponsored by local businesses.

Madison’s Trunk or Treat and Pumpkin Illumination are scheduled for Friday, October 26th @ 6 p.m. Last year our family carved our pumpkin and happily presented it for illumination on the steps of the Hartley Dodge Memorial Building. I’m challenging you and yours to bring a jack-o-lantern to participate. Let’s light the town up and give the little kids some big smiles. If you’re interested in participating in the Trunk or Treat, information can be found here.

Madison’s Annual Halloween Parade is Saturday, October 27th @ 12:30 p.m. The costume parade, the Magic Show, and town trick or treating is the perfect family outing.

I’ve got nothing but love for our library. If your child is between ages 5-10, swing by the library on Monday, October 29th @ 4:00 p.m. for some spooky snacks. Registration is required. There are a few other Halloween activities noted on their calendar, which promise to be a good time.

St. Vincent’s is hosting a variety of events for toddlers, and while free, registration is required. There’s a spooky craft and STEM activity scheduled for October 31st @ 9 a.m. It seems like the perfect celebration for the smaller ghosts and goblins in your life.

TRICK OR TREAT on October 31st. Last year was our first Halloween in Madison. I was struck by how many kind and fun individuals came out to celebrate and cheer as little ones roamed in pursuit of all things sugar. My little one has a. few friends with allergies so we participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project. Consider gifting the Picasso in your life some teal paint and a small pumpkin.

Happy Halloween season, Madison. Enjoy the local flares and flavors. Here’s to pumpkin spice and everything Madison nice.