Fall Downtown Fest

Fall Downtown Fest Beaver Dam Wisconsin
Fall Downtown Fest Beaver Dam Wisconsin

Event Details

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Join us for an unforgettable autumn experience at the 6th Annual Fall Downtown Fest and 2nd Annual Casket Races in picturesque downtown Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, on Saturday, October 28th. This thrilling event promises a day filled with spine-tingling excitement, family-friendly fun, and an array of captivating activities that celebrate the spirit of the season.

Trick or Treat (10am – 2pm, while supplies last): 

This year, there will be 35 downtown businesses and organizations participating in the much-anticipated Trick-or-Treat extravaganza, turning the heart of the city into a thrilling Halloween wonderland. The downtown streets are transformed into a festive atmosphere with fall-themed decorations and scarecrows, setting the tone for a candy-filled adventure for trick-or-treaters of all ages. Families can enjoy a safe and exciting Halloween experience, strolling through the enchanting streets and visiting a wide array of participating businesses and organizations. From quaint boutiques to cozy cafes and spirited community groups, each stop promises not only delectable treats but also a generous dose of Halloween spirit.

Don your best costumes and bring your kids to Beaver Dam’s Fall Downtown Fest for a spine-tingling and treat-filled adventure you won’t soon forget. Scroll down to see our full schedule of events, trick or treat list of participants and map. Please be patient, as these are continually being updated daily. Be sure to return to print or view the most updated version the day before the event. 

Casket Races (12:30pm):  Thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies won’t want to miss the heart-pounding casket races. Watch as teams race their elaborately decorated caskets through the streets, competing for the coveted title of fastest coffin in town. CLICK TO REGISTER YOUR CASKET TEAM NOW!

Witches Dance (10am & 2:30pm):  Our enchanting witches will cast a spell on you with their mesmerizing dance performance. It’s a bewitching spectacle that will leave you spellbound. 

Chamber of Mystery (10am – 2:30pm):  Step into a world of intrigue and wonder in our Chamber of Mystery at the Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce.

Scavenger Hunt (10am-3pm):  Embark on thrilling scavenger hunts through the historic streets of downtown Beaver Dam. Solve riddles, follow clues, and discover hidden treasures to win exciting prizes.

Monster Bar Crawl (5pm-11pm):  For the adults, the Monster Bar Crawl is a ghoulishly good time. Join fellow revelers on a haunted pub tour, sampling creepy cocktails and enjoying spooky atmosphere at local bars.

Food Trucks & Downtown Restaurants (10am – 3pm):  Satisfy your taste buds with an array of delicious treats from our curated selection of food trucks and downtown local restaurants and pubs. From fall-inspired fare to classic favorites, there’s something to please every palate.

Witches Stew:  Local chefs will whip up their most enchanting concoctions of Witches Stew. A favorite fundraiser by our local Red Line Blue Line Hockey Club, purchase your favorite cauldron creation at Ooga Brewing Co. 

Vendor Market (9am-2pm): Explore a bustling vendor market at the Watermark offering a variety of handmade crafts, unique treasures, and seasonal goodies, perfect for early holiday shopping.

Costume Contests (10am-2:30pm): Stop in at the Chamber of Commerce to show off your spookiest, funniest, or most creative costume in our costume contests for kids and adults. Prizes await the most impressive ensembles!

Scarecrows on Parade: As you stroll through the charming streets of downtown Beaver Dam during the Fall Downtown Fest, you’ll find the thoroughfares adorned with an enchanting and whimsical display of scarecrows. These delightful scarecrows, each crafted with care and creativity, add a touch of rustic charm to the festivities.

Family-Friendly Fall and Halloween Activities: We haven’t forgotten the little goblins! Bring the whole family for pumpkin decorating, face painting, and other autumn-themed activities suitable for all ages.

With the crisp autumn air, colorful fall foliage, and an abundance of Halloween spirit, the Fall Downtown Fest in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, promises an unforgettable day of excitement and entertainment for everyone. Mark your calendars for October 28th and come join us in celebrating the magic of the season. Don’t forget to dress up, because this is one Halloween celebration you won’t want to miss!

For more details, view or download our schedule of events and map above (buttons in green above)! Please note that the schedule of events and trick or treat map has been finalized. Please note that schedule is subject to change. 

Casket Races

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Get in on the action and thrill of building and then racing a casket! Gather a team, think of a theme, create an awesome casket, then get ready to race! Top prize for speed is $1000! Prizes for 2nd and 3rd place too. PLUS there will be a spirit/creativity prize (we want to see great costumes, energy, and whatever makes you stand out to the crowd)! Votes will be collected for $1.00 each of which half the pot will go to the winner!


RACE COURSE:  The course will be on South Spring Street going between the gas station and Ooga Brewing Company.
Races begin at 12:30 pm. Change of time due to the increase in amount of entries!  
Team Entry Fee: $50 per team. 
$30 of your entry fee will be reimbursed if you show up with your team and casket! Sorry, no refunds!
Please make checks payable to Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce. You can drop off or mail your check to Beaver Dam Casket Race Registration, C/O Beaver Dam Area Chamber of Commerce, 127 South Spring Street, Beaver Dam,WI 53916
DEADLINE:  Your registration must be submitted by October 20th, 2023.
Click HERE to purchase any casket kits, shells, or any other parts at 50% discount from Casket Builder Supply. Free technical support is also being offered by Casket Builder Supply. If you have any questions on just how to build a Racing Casket, please email:
Have questions? Contact:
Thank you to our Casket Race Sponsors: Casket Builder Supply, American Bank, Horicon Bank, Ooga Brewing Co., Powersports Company, Summit Automotive, Northwoods Casket Company, and Tyjeski Family Chiropractic and thank you to our race facilitators:  Scouts BSA Troop #6838
Fall Downtown Fest Casket Races in Beaver Dam Wisconsin

Witches Dance

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As the crisp autumn leaves begin to fall, and the scent of pumpkin spice fills the air, a couple of events stand out as a spellbinding highlight and the Witches Dance Performance at the Fall Downtown Fest is one of them. This magical event, part of the festival’s grand procession, promises to enchant and captivate audiences with its mesmerizing display of talent and mysticism.

The public is warmly invited to be a part of this magical experience. Whether you’re a seasoned dancer or someone simply curious about the world of performance art, the Witches Dance Performance welcomes you with open arms. 

Witches Dance held at 10am and 2:30pm on Front Street. Witches & Casket Procession at 12pm. 

Costume Contests

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Dress up in your favorite costume for a chance to win!

Top 3 Children’s Prizes (minimum) & one Group Costume Prize!

To enter, stop by the Chamber of Commerce for a photo by 2:30pm pm on Saturday, October 28th and get a Halloween treat too!

You can also email a photo of you in your costume to by 2:00 pm on 10/28/2023. Please include your name and phone number. Parents or guardians 18 years or old must submit the entries and when submitting, authorize the photo to be posted on social media and used for promotional purposes.

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Witches Dance Procession Fall Downtown Fest Beaver Dam Wisconsin
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Scarecrows on Parade

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Get ready to let your creativity shine at the Scarecrows on Parade Contest during the Fall Downtown Fest in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin! This exciting contest invites both citizens and businesses to unleash their artistic talents and design their very own scarecrow creations.

Create Your Own Scarecrow: The contest encourages participants to craft scarecrows that reflect their unique personalities, imaginations, and sense of humor. Whether you envision a traditional scarecrow with a twist or an entirely unconventional and whimsical creation, the possibilities are endless. Let your imagination run wild as you bring your scarecrow to life.  

Adorn and Decorate the Streets with Scarecrows: Once your scarecrow masterpiece is complete, we will proudly display it along Spring and Front Street of downtown Beaver Dam from October 13th – 28th. As you join in adorning the town with these delightful straw guardians, you’ll contribute to the festive atmosphere that defines the Fall Downtown Fest. Your scarecrow will become a part of the enchanting streetscape, delighting festival-goers and passersby alike.

Prizes Awarded for Citizen and Business Entries: The Scarecrows on Parade Contest is not just about artistic expression; it’s also a friendly competition with fantastic prizes up for grabs. Judges will evaluate the scarecrows based on creativity, originality, and overall visual impact. Prizes will be awarded to the most outstanding entries in both the citizen and business categories. It’s a chance to showcase your talent and earn recognition for your contribution to the community’s autumn celebrations.

So, gather your crafting materials, round up your creative team, and design a scarecrow that will steal the spotlight at the Fall Downtown Fest. Whether you’re a passionate citizen or a thriving business owner, this contest is your opportunity to add a touch of whimsy to the streets of Beaver Dam and be a part of the magical Scarecrows on Parade. Join us for a day of fun, festivity, and friendly competition that celebrates the spirit of fall and community creativity. Let your scarecrow stand as a symbol of your artistic ingenuity and your commitment to making the Fall Downtown Fest an unforgettable experience!

Scarecrows on Parade & Contest Rules (Click Here)

To Enter: Send an email to by October 13th with the following:

  • Photo of your scarecrow
  • Address to view your scarecrow live
  • Category—citizen or business

Or, drop your scarecrow off at the Beaver Dam Chamber by October 12th to be displayed downtown.

All scarecrow entries will be posted on Facebook and photos with the most likes wine prizes! Three prizes will be awarded for Citizen entries and one grand prize will be awarded for business entry.

Vendor Market at the Watermark

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Vendor Market inside the Watermark in Beaver Dam Wisconsin

The Fall Downtown Fest Vendor Market at the Watermark is the perfect destination for those seeking to embrace the spirit of the season while supporting local artisans and businesses. Nestled in the heart of the city, this vibrant market offers a delightful array of handmade and homemade treasures to unique in-home products. It’s an opportunity to start your holiday shopping early, all while enjoying the crisp autumn air and the bustling energy of a community coming together to celebrate fall. 

Come discover one-of-a-kind gifts and experience the joy of shopping local in a charming and festive atmosphere. The Market opens at 9 am – 2 pm. Find a list of market vendors HERE

Would you like to become a vendor?  Click HERE for an application or stop at the Watermark, Monday – Friday, 8:00-4:00pm. Contact Joan Hohenstein at 920.887.4639 ext. 707 for more information. 

Fall Porch Decorating Contest

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Fall Porch Decorating Contest Beaver Dam Wisconsin
Get ready to embrace the enchantment of autumn as we celebrate our 6th Annual Fall Downtown Fall Fest and the season’s beauty with our Fall Porch Decorating Contest. Whether you prefer a cozy and inviting atmosphere, a spooky haunted porch, or something in between, this competition is your canvas to showcase your creativity. We have three fantastic prizes waiting for the most captivating and imaginative porch displays. So, let your fall spirit shine! 🍁 
‼️ Porch Entry Submission Deadline: Friday, October 20th ‼️
🎃 Porch Contests Begins: Friday, September 22nd 🎃
🥇 First Prize: $100 Gift Card for McKinstry’s Home Furnishings
🥈 Second Prize: $50 Gift Card for Nancy Zieman Sewing Studio
🥉 Third Prize: $25 Gift Certificate to the BD Farmers Market from Marshfield Medical Center-Beaver Dam
📸 Submit just ONE photo – make it your best shot – of your porch or patio to by Friday, October 20th for your chance to win one of three prizes! Photos will be displayed on the Beaver Dam Chamber Facebook page beginning Monday, October 23rd and those with the most “likes” by October 29th wins. 🏆 Winners will be announced on Monday, October 30th. 🏆

Proud Sponsors of Fall Downtown Fest & Casket Races

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