All Things Fall

Autumn Leaves
Fall is the season of football, leaf peeping, fall harvest and Halloween
Enjoy some of these local fall related activities & sites.

Downtown Oshkosh Chili Cook-Off
Sat., Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the downtown Opera House Square. Chili judging begins at 11:45 am.  Chili tastin' begins at High Noon!  Chili cooked on site. More info at Oshkoshchilicookoff.com.  Proceeds will be donated to Day by Day Warming Shelter.

Oshkosh Downtown Trick-or-Treat - Weds., Oct. 29, 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Trick or Treating - City of Oshkosh - Fri., Oct. 31; 5 - 7 p.m.

Downtown Holiday Parade - Thurs., Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m. Tree lighting, 6 p.m. downtown Oshkosh. Contact Devan Strebig at 920.303.2265 ext. 16. with questions.


Football & Tailgating

Packer Sites

College Football Sites


Leaf Peeping & Fall Activities

Pie on the Porch
Sat. Sept. 6, 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Enjoy a slice of fresh, homemade pie as part of the Oshkosh Saturday Farmers Market. All proceeds benefit the Oshkosh Historical and Archaeological Society, stewards of the historic Morgan House.

Snooze at the Zoo
Menominee Park Zoo, Sept. 6 - 7 Cost: $10.
Special camping fundraiser for the Menominee Park Zoo. Campers bring tents & spend the night in the zoo. Enjoy many activities including animal presentations, flashlight safari, outdoor movie, smores around the campfire and much, much more. All proceeds go toward future zoo exhibits & future “Snooze at the Zoo” events.  Contact Info: Jenny McCollian, (920)-236-5089.

Fall Family Fun Fest
Oshkosh Seniors Center, 234 N. Campbell Road, Sept.7, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The Friends of the Oshkosh Seniors Center's annual Fall Family Fun Fest. All ages welcome.  Music by The Del Rays.  Lunch, popcorn, bake sale, grab bags, photo booth.  Games for all ages & prizes, silent auction, raffles.  Free Culver’s custard & visit from Scoopie, bounce house.  Glacier Ridge Animal Farm mini petting zoo.  Granny Smith Fun Run/Walk. Call 232-5300 for more information.

Fall Fest on the Fox
UW-Oshkosh Fall Fest, Sept. 19 & 20
All you-care-to-eat Fish Fry buffet on Friday night, dragon boat racing on Saturday, and campus and community events throughout the weekend.

Friday Fright Nights
445 N. Main St.  Doors open at 7:30 p.m., movie shown at 8 p.m.  The Time Community Theater presents a series of classic horror films on their big screen.  All ages welcome. Admission is free, donations welcomed.  Sponsored by The Exclusive Company and House of Heroes.

Oshkosh Oktoberfest
Sat., Oct. 4 ; 1 - 10:30 p.m.  Dockside Tavern parking lot.
Come and enjoy great German music, German food, and German culture. Oktoberfest 2K bier run and costume contest.

Oshkosh Public Museum : Night Whispers
Real Oshkosh Ghost Stories. Sat., Oct. 4 & Oct. 11. Tours offered, check website for more information.
Cost is $10 per adult, $5 for children age 10-17 (not suitable for children under 10), and $7 for Museum Members.   
Night Whispers, a new after-hours event at the Oshkosh Public Museum, offers up these real Oshkosh ghost stories - you must judge the evidence for yourself!

Spirits of the Grand - Tunnel 24: the Speakeasy
Grand Opera House, Oct. 18 - 31
Join us for our annual haunted history tours and leave 2014 at the door!  This year’s all new tours, “Tunnel 24: The Speakeasy” will suck you right back to 1928.  You’ll have to wait for haunted happy hour, but we’ve stumbled upon some new spirits to keep you occultly occupied.  Of course, the 20s may be roaring, but the prohibition is in full swing.   Relax and let our jazz birds and mobsters take you through the “tunnels of the Oshkosh underground,” hear stories of our haunted history and end up at The Golden Peacock Club for a happy hour indeed, but don’t be surprised when the drama continues in the Grand Lounge with charleston, jazz, blues and brawling.  Just remember, “Joe sent you.”

Oshkosh Events Calendar
Find out what's happening this fall by visiting the Oshkosh Events Calendar, an online calendar maintained by the Oshkosh Convention and Visitor's Bureau.

Travel Wisconsin
Find out where the fall festivals are, latest fall color report and a list of farmer's markets.

Wisconsin Book Festival
Oct. 16 - 19, Madison
Madison Public Library's annual festival celebrates Wisconsin's rich literary heritage. 

Haunted Wisconsin
Haunted houses, hayrides, corn mazes & pumpkin patches.

Foliage Network
Leaf peeping information for 19 states, including Wisconsin.

Miracle of Fall
Links to sites about trees, foliage updates, autumn gardening and driving and hiking suggestions. From the University of Illinois Extension.

Savor Wisconsin
Find Wisconsin food products and services, farmer's markets and more.


Corn Mazes

The Little Farmer Orchard & Farmer's Market
N9438 Hwy. 151, Malone
$2.75 per person
Corn maze, apple orchard, playground, pumpkin patch & hayrides.

Wisconsin Corn Mazes
Directory & map of Wisconsin corn mazes.


Fall Harvest ~ Apples & Pumpkins

Oshkosh Farmer's Market
June - October ; Saturday mornings; 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Oshkosh City Hall Parking Lot, 215 Church Ave.

Sunny Acres Farm : pumpkins, animals & more
The Sunny Acres Farm, 4759 Hwy GG, Oshkosh.
Pick your pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, ride the train around the farm, visit with over 50 animals & more. Food is available for purchase.

Cavanaugh's Carriages
Pumpkin patch & haunted hayrides. Location: 3910 West Fairview Road, Neenah, WI 54956.  Phone: (920) 836-2013

Heritage Orchard
Apples, pumpkins, crafts & more.  Location: N2963 Lakeshore Dr., Chilton, WI 53014.  Phone: (920) 849-2158

Wisconsin Apple Growers Association
Listing of orchards, recipes and educational information.

Apple Recipes
Looking for how to use those apples you just picked, check out these from All Recipes.

U.S. Apple Association
Apple facts, recipes and the top varieties can be found in the Consumer section.

Pumpkins & more
Website devoted to all the wonderful possibilities of pumpkins - growing, carving, decorating, cooking, visiting a pumpkin farm and more.

Halloween pumpkin carving templates
Easy patterns and stencils for carving regular pumpkins or fancy jack 'o lanterns from eHow.com.

Home Preserving Pumpkins
Ideas for preserving pumpkin flesh & seeds, including canning, freezing, drying and prickling. Also information on preparing pumpkin butter.


Halloween & Haunted Houses

Trick or Treating - City of Oshkosh
Fri., October 31
5 - 7 p.m.

Creepy Crawlies
Heckrodt Wetland Reserve, 1305 Plank Road, Menasha.  Oct. 3 & 4 ; 6 - 9 p.m.
Come and see live owls, make your very own Jack-o-Lantern mask,walk the haunted trail & more.

Zooloween Boo : Menominee Park
Sat. & Sun., October 18 & 19 ; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. each day
Enjoy inflatables, trick or treat stations, costume contests, games, prizes, mascots,special fall concessions & more!
Cost: $3 children 2-17, $5 adult. Children 1 and under enter free. Dollars generated will be used to build the event in future years and to make zoo improvements.

Youth Go Haunted House
Neenah's Old City Garage, 333 W. Cecil St, Neenah. All proceeds from this event benefit Youth Go’s no-cost Recreation, Education, and Wellness services for youth in grades 5-12. 

Burial Chamber
500 N. Lake Street, Neenah, WI 54956 (920) 727-4669
Burial Chamber houses three large, full-size Wisconsin haunted houses for Halloween entertainment.

Terror on the Fox
See website for dates & times. National Railroad Museum, 2285 South Broadway in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Halloween Candlelight Cave Tours
Ledge View Nature Center, W2348 Short Road, Chilton. 920-849-7094.

Haunted Wisconsin
Wisconsin listings of haunted houses, hayrides, corn mazes & pumpkin patches and more.