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Businesses to hand out candy during Halloween event downtown

The Middleton Business Association will host its fifth Halloween trick-or-treating event Friday with businesses and restaurants handing out candy to kids dressed in their costumes, according to a release.

Downtown Middleton will be decorated with corn stocks and scarecrows near the participating businesses, organizers said. Businesses will have orange pumpkin faces on their front doors to indicate they will be participating in the Halloween event. If a business is listed, but there isn’t a pumpkin face, that means they ran out of goodies.

The trick-or-treating event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Participating businesses:

Most municipalities set Halloween trick-or-treating hours

Most municipalities set Halloween trick-or-treating hours

When will the ghosts and goblins be out?

Find below a list of the trick or treating hours for communities in southern Wisconsin:

Oct. 31

Orchestra’s first concert of season features Madison native

Orchestra’s first concert of season features Madison native

The first concert of the Middleton Community Orchestra’s fifth season will feature Madison native and violinist Vicki Powell.

Powell, 26, grew up in Madison, and went to the Curtis Institute of Music and the Julliard School, according to a release. She lives in New York City when she isn’t traveling for performances.

The concert will be at the Middleton Performing Arts Center on Bristol Street Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at Willy St. Co-op West and at the door for $10. Students can get free tickets at the door on the night of the show.

Downtown Middleton Trick-Or-Treat Event

The Downtown Middleton Business Association (DMBA) will host their 5th Annual Halloween Trick-or-Treat Event on Friday, October 31st, 11am - 3pm... Read More

Free presentation to focus on natural burial, green cemeteries

The community is invited to an event Thursday focusing on after-death environmentalism.

Coordinator of Natural Path Sanctuary Kevin Corrado will provide a free presentation on natural burials and green cemeteries at 7 p.m. at the Willy West Co-Op Community Room.

Organizers said attendees will learn about the roots of conventional burial practices in the United States, how they differ from customs around the world, and how the practices impact the environment.

Corrado will also provide resources to help inform consumers about funeral and burial services and discuss natural burial.

The Green Tuesdays & Thursdays programs are supported in part by the City of Middleton Sustainability Committee, Willy Street Co-op, Madison Gas & Electric, Dane County Environmental Council and Richard and Judy Fritz.  Free refreshments are provided.

Willy West Co-Op is at 6825 University Ave. in Middleton.

Polar Express’ first stop in area will depart from Middleton

Polar Express’ first stop in area will depart from Middleton

The first time the Polar Express will come to the Madison area will be this winter, and it will be departing from Middleton.

The Polar Express train ride features dancing chefs, singing elves and a special gift from Santa. The round-trip train ride will depart from Middleton just off the Beltline.

The train will run Nov. 21-23 and 28-30 and Dec. 3-7, 9-14 and 16-22 at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The train will not run at all departure times on all dates.

To order tickets, call 855-487-1430.

Middleton emergency crews host family safety day

Middleton fire, police and EMS crews are teaming up with West Bend Mutual Insurance for a family safety day on Saturday.

Parents can help their children stay safe by signing up for safe assured ID kits, learning what to look for when choosing a babysitter, and understanding the appropriate way to respond to common medical emergencies, organizers said.

More than 20 local organizations will be on hand with information for parents. There will also be fun, educational activities for kids, organizers said. Children will have a chance to see fire extinguisher demonstrations, and be able to climb into and explore a Middleton fire engine.

The event, in its seventh year, will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Middleton Fire Station. Family Safety Day is free, and will be held rain or shine.