8 Activities for your Halloween

Looking for some creative ways to spend your Halloween? There’s plenty of fun costume ideas, gripping dramas, delicious recipes and more available throughout the public media landscape. Here are eight activities to add to your Halloween festivities.

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Make Salted Pumpkin Caramels

1. Make Salted Pumpkin Caramels or Mummy Dogs — because, for some, holidays are all about the food.

2. Go ghost hunting with Green Bay’s paranormal investigative team Shadows of Spirits (S.O.S.). See what WPT’s Wisconsin Life turned up on a recent investigation with S.O.S.

3. Take a haunted road trip with Antiques Roadshow by reading about paranormal highlights from the series’ past tour events, including those of a young engineer that haunts the Queen Mary and a vengeful prison ghost in Idaho.

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Play Dress Up Time with Elmo and Abby

4. If you’re skeptical that paranormal ghosts really do exist, spend time with some of nature’s undisputed ghosts. Frolic with the White Deer of Wisconsin or take to the oceans to swim with beluga whales, also known as sea ghosts.

5. Grab the kids and play Dress Up Time with Sesame Street’s Elmo and Abby Cadabby. You might even find some last minute costume ideas.

6. Elevate your halloween costume to couture fashion status with ideas from HighBall, “the nation’s fiercest costume party” held annually in Columbus, Ohio. Watch the video from PBS member station WOSU.

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Experience the golden age of radio

7. Go trick or treating with “The Seven Sinister Sisters” and learn how the cosmos relate to Halloween celebrations around the globe. Check out this short video so you know where to “look up” this Halloween.

8. Experience the golden age of radio on Nov. 8 with “Supernatural,” a live radio drama event from Wisconsin Public Radio. Or look back on one of the spookiest radio broadcasts of all time, Orson Welles’ performance of “The War of the Worlds” on Oct. 30, 1938, as documented by American Experience.

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Broadcasting ‘Round the Clock

Beginning today, Monday Oct. 27, you can turn on the TV at any time and find quality programs on all three of Wisconsin Public Television’s channels.

WPT is now broadcasting 24/7

Broadcasting 24 hours a day, we’re happy to say Wisconsin Public Television is now available throughout the overnight hours.

Here’s what you can expect to see between 1 and 5 a.m. on WPT’s flagship channel. At 1, 2 and 3 a.m. we’ll encore your favorite prime time shows. So if you miss Nature on Wednesday, Masterpiece on Sunday or any other prime time program, you’ll get another chance to watch just after the midnight hour. At 4, University Place serves up educational lectures right before kids programs take over for the day.

Check the full schedule to browse the entire 24-hour lineup. And remember, many of your favorite shows are available on-demand at wpt.org and on the PBS App for Roku and Apple TV.

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Before You Head to the Polls…

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James Steinbach, Director of Wisconsin Public Television

When my daughters were in grade school, I took them with me to vote. Even young kids know the importance of voting, for their favorite singer or movie or where to go for a family dinner. It’s too bad that some of us forget when we get older.

I’m always a bit surprised at how elections unfold, at least those for statewide and national office. It seems like things get started earlier and earlier, stretched out longer and longer, and it’s just hard to stay focused for all those months. Then, all of a sudden — it’s time to vote! Across Wisconsin, people are thinking “Hey, what do I really know about these candidates? What’s my legislative district, anyhow? And how come voter turnout is so much lower in non-presidential elections?”

So, it’s no surprise that Wisconsin Public Television and Wisconsin Public Radio’s shared election website, WisconsinVote.org, has a little bit of traffic year round, a little bit more as campaigning starts, and then, WHAM! A few days before the election, there are hundreds of thousands of visits.

Election coverage and analysis is one of the most important things we do. In my view, there’s no better source than WPT and WPR. Viewers and listeners absolutely know for sure that we’re working with one purpose: to give you the information you need to make an informed decision. As Gwen Ifill says, “We answer to nobody but you”.

So, we have in-depth interviews on Here and Now and stories on the important issues from around the state. We give every qualified national and statewide candidate an opportunity to record a five-minute statement that we broadcast and share online.

WisconsinVote.org | Election News and ResourcesOur colleagues at WPR talk with virtually every candidate for legislative, judicial and executive offices on their talk shows. All that work, along with voting information, election resources and full news coverage is available at WisconsinVote.org.

And, we host debates, we listen to you for issues important to local communities, we truth check political ads and find the truth within complex messaging, and we go beyond election headlines to bring you substance and information you can actually use.

Our goal in all of this is to serve you, to provide perspective you perhaps hadn’t considered, to share the voices of other residents who may not otherwise be heard, to give you insights into issues you previously didn’t have, all in an effort to help create an informed electorate, and to cut down on the noise and clutter. So, how are we doing? We’d love to hear from you on this or any issue.

Oh, and my daughters? They’re both grown and out in the world, registered voters and part of our great democracy. Neither one of them has ever run for political office, but as their dad, I’m ok with that.

Remember to vote on Nov. 4, and take your kids.

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MAKERS Looks at Women in War

1943 LIFE cover: "Air Force Pilot." MAKERS "Women in War" airs 8 p.m. tonight on WPT.

1943 LIFE cover: “Air Force Pilot.” MAKERS “Women in War” airs 8 p.m. tonight on WPT.

In 1991, 41,000 women were deployed to Operation Desert Storm, making it the largest single deployment of U.S. military women in history. This deployment is just one example of American women’s increasing roles in war.

MAKERS “Women in War,” which airs 8 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, Oct. 21 on Wisconsin Public Television, looks at American women’s increasing participation in war as nurses, soldiers, journalists, diplomats and spies, beginning with the Vietnam War.

Linda Bray, the first woman to lead troops into battle, and Valerie Plame, previously a high-level spy, are among those featured in the documentary. War correspondents like Molly Moore and high-ranking leaders like General Angela Salinas and Vice Admiral Michelle Howard are also interviewed.

Tune in to take a look at women’s increasing presence in battle and examine how many are breaking through gender barriers against all odds. You can view the preview below.

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A ‘Sesame Street’ Renaissance

Sesame Street is a classic, and the work of Johannes Vermeer, James McNeill Whistler and other talented artists is widely recognized as classic art. So what happens when Sesame Street characters and classic art collide?

Why, this, of course.

Kermit’s Mother By LegGodt

And this.

Marquis de Rosita By RatbarSteward

And of course, this.

Cookie monster By Alena910

These images are part of a photo effects contest by the website www.worth1000.com, which describes itself as “the top creative contest site in the world.” These three images come from a contest titled “Sesame Street Ren 3: classic paintings with Sesame Street characters,” which encouraged users to submit their original entries combining classic art and their favorite Sesame Street character.

You can view all of the entries from this particular contest here. And, if you want to see more, check out photos from some of their other “Sesame Street Ren” contests here here and here

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, the internet throws a curveball. What’s your favorite entry?

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