Children’s Museum Sponsors Healthy Halloween Hoedown

Halloween CatWhile Halloween can be a fun holiday for both children and adults, there’s no getting around the fact that stuffing our faces with candy probably isn’t the healthiest way to spend the day.

So the Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum has planned a safe, fun-filled way to avoid the traditional sugar shock of Halloween and celebrate what’s best about the holiday with its 12th annual Healthy Halloween Hoedown, scheduled for Friday, October 24, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

According to Joe Schoenberg, the development director at the museum, Healthy Halloween Hoedown began with the idea that the children in the community who visit the museum would enjoy a Halloween-based event that offered more activities and healthier snacking. The event also acts as a fundraiser for the museum, as well.

“The Healthy Halloween Hoedown fundraising event has been happening since 2002, and our following has been growing nicely over the years,” Schoenberg said.

“This year’s event will have live Hoedown music, fun carnival games, Mad Science activities, scary stories, tasty and healthy food, live critters, cool raffle prizes, crazy face painting and more. The live music is new this year, from a band called Loose Strings Revisited, which is a combination of a couple local bands.”

The event will provide sub sandwiches and healthy snacks, including fruits, vegetables, trail mix and more, as well as milk, water and juice. Each child will receive a pail of goodies to take home, thanks to the generosity of the event’s main sponsor, the Marshfield Clinic Stevens Point Center.

There will even be Trick-or-Treating with the museum’s safe and friendly downtown business neighbors from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Although the museum is still finalizing the list of raffle prizes, raffle tickets will be sold during the event for $2 per ticket. There will be a bucket placed in front of each prize, and people can choose which bucket to put their raffle ticket in.

Admission to the Hoedown is $5 per person, and infants less than a year old are free. Proceeds from ticket revenue, sponsorships and raffles are used to support the museum’s programming and learning exhibits.

“The Healthy Halloween Hoedown is a safe and healthy way to enjoy the Holiday in a child-friendly and fun-filled environment,” Schoenberg said. “We hope to see you there!”

The Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum is located at 1100 Main Street in Stevens Point. For more information, check out the museum website at or call 715-344-2003. If you would like to be a sponsor, donate money, time or supplies, please contact Joe Schoenberg at 715-344-2003 or

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