Helpful Info about leaves & yard waste

LEAVES & YARD WASTE— Ripple Effects 

Pile your leaves on the apron (the part of your yard next to the street), but not in the street for cleaner lakes! 

Did you know that more than 50% of the annual amount of phosphorus in storm water can come from leaves in streets? Keeping our streets leaf-free before the rain can have a Ripple Effect on our waters. What can you do to help protect Madison Lakes?

🍁Pile leaves on the apron of your property, not in the street.

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🍂Watch this YouTube video: Leaf-Free Streets for Healthy Lakes

🍁The way to protect and clean your lakes and streams is to make sure only rain—and nothing else—goes into the storm drains and ditches!

Here is another great resource about different ways to use leaves:

Halloween at Vilas Zoo today until 3:00 pm

October 29, 2017


Dress up as your favorite goblin, ghoul or witch and head to the Zoo for a safe alternative to trick or treating. Halloween at the Zoo is a celebration for the entire community that includes free trick-or-treating, a fun activity tent, and much more! Click here for an event map.


👻 trick-or-treating

🐰 bounce house

⛺️ activity tent

🦁 face painting

🐸 costume contest

🐣 Meet our education animals

🐻 Halloween-themed enrichment for zoo animals

Monroe street also has trick-or-treating until 4:00 pm.

Family Halloween in Madison

Downtown Madison (on the square) has an awesome Halloween event targeted towards kids 12 and under. 

  • Wednesday, October 25th, 2017
  • 3-6 pm
  • Capital Square and State Street
  • Trick-or-Treat at 80 locations
  • Hayrides
  • Activities at DreamBank, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison’s Central Library, Capital Kids, Overture Center for Arts, Madison Children’s Musuem, just to name a few!

Check out the full list of activities here:

Looking for other Halloween events? Check out this site:

October 31st, 2017

Madison does not set a specific date / time for trick-or-treating; however, recommends Halloween night (31st) from 4-8 pm. 👻 

The Madison Police Department reminds the community to:

  • Ensure your costume is visible to vehicles and others
  • Do not use toy weapons as part of any costume
  • Do not trick-or-treat alone
  • Only approach homes that are well lit, and only approach the front door
  • Stay on sidewalks and obey traffic signs / signals
  • Carry a flashlight 
  • Let an adult check the candy 🍭 prior to eating
  • Ensure costumes do not impede movement or vision

Have a happy and safe Halloween!  🎃 

Thank you WG!

A huge thank you to Diane, Bill & Pat & everyone else from WG that helped with the annual bonfire 🔥. 

The chilly weather didn’t keep us away from the chili 🍜 (pun intended), s’mores and beautiful, roaring fire. 

Thanks all! Until next year!