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Where to find Halloween fun in West Michigan

From the West Michigan Tourist Association • Oct 13, 2018 at 6:00 PM

October could be considered “Halloween Month” to many. For Halloween enthusiasts, this is the best time of the year. The colors are changing, fall weather is upon us, and their favorite holiday is almost here.

Many places in West Michigan are hosting Halloween events throughout the month, giving you plenty of opportunities to celebrate. You’ll find everything from pumpkins and costumes to trick-or-treating and haunted attractions. There’s something for every ghost, ghoul, and witch, so bring the whole family for the Halloween fun!

Trick-or-treating in West Michigan

The trick-or-treating event on Saturday, Oct. 13, in Battle Creek takes over the grounds of Kingman Museum, Leila Arboretum, and the Kaleidoscope Garden. Dubbed Spooky Science Saturday, the event features over 40 interactive science stations focusing on STEM activities.

The Treat the Creek event at Festival Market Square in Battle Creek is Friday, Oct. 26. Bring your kids to downtown Battle Creek for a fun pre-Halloween trick-or-treating event.

Historic White Pine Village in Ludington will host trick-or-treaters on Saturday, Oct. 20. This family-friendly event is geared toward children of all ages. Wear your costume and bring a trick-or-treating bag to take part in the village’s trick-or-treating fun.

Experience Sault Ste. Marie’s Halloween Spectacular with downtown trick-or-treating on Friday, Oct. 26. The event includes candy, hayrides, and a haunted theater starting at 5 p.m.

Treat yourself to a night of Halloween fun on the candlelit trails of Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings on Saturday, Oct. 27. Wear your favorite family-friendly costume and bring your little boos and ghouls for trick-or-treating along the half-mile loops. Then, take in the sights, smells, and sounds of autumn on the mile-and-a-half trail loop through prairies, beech-maple forests, and wetlands.

Stop by the Holland Museum on Saturday, Oct. 27, for the Monsters at the Museum trick-or-treating event. This family-friendly, not-so-spooky event is intended for children ages eight and under.

The Halloween Walk Parade has little ghosts and goblins making their way through downtown Traverse City on Saturday, Oct. 27. Bring your costume-clad children for a fun day of trick-or-treating at participating stores throughout the downtown area.

Coldwater Country is the place to be for Halloween fun for all ages. Bring the family and enjoy Halloween parades and trick-or-treating through downtown Bronson, Coldwater, and Quincy. Bronson and Quincy host their trick-or-treating on Halloween night, while Coldwater hosts theirs on Saturday, Oct. 27.

The City of Hastings is hosting their trick-or-treating event the evening of Wednesday, October 31. Six blocks of historical Green Street become a popular Halloween destination for you and your family.

The St. Joseph area hosts two Halloween trick-or-treating events on Wednesday, October 31. Trick-or-treat downtown from 4:30-6 p.m. or enjoy the city-wide trick-or-treating fun from 6-7:30 p.m.

Businesses in downtown Cheboygan will be passing out candy to costumed kiddos on Wednesday, October 31. Participating businesses will have orange pumpkins on display in their storefront windows.

Enjoy the festivities at The Village at Bay Harbor during the annual Trunk ‘R Treat event on Wednesday, October 31. This is a great way for the community, you, and your kids to enjoy Halloween.

Each Halloween, the Mackinaw City Chamber of Commerce brings together trick-or-treaters from outlying communities which often leads to a candy shortage crisis! Stop by with your costume-clad kids or decorate your own trunk to pass out candy and have a chance to win fun prizes.

For the kids in your family, stop by the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven and collect treats around the museum at the free kids’ trick-or-treat on Wednesday, October 31. Non-food treats are available at each station upon request.

Bring the kids to Mount Pleasant on Wednesday, October 31, where various businesses will be handing out candy to all the costumed kids!

Halloween happenings throughout the month

Muskegon County has Halloween fun nearly every weekend in October. Events include Pumpkinfest, Fall Harvest Fest, and the Halloween Costume Parade.

The Holland area is a Halloween enthusiast’s dream, with events and happenings throughout the month of October. Trick-or-treat throughout downtown Holland on Saturday, October 27.

Stop by the Holland Museum throughout the month of October for Halloween fun for all. Discover the magic of Victorian Hallowe’en and 100 years of haunted history at the family-friendly Hallowe’en Haunts event on October 19, 20 and 26.

October is full of Halloween Fun at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville. Get outside for three full days of fall activities with Spooktacular Saturdays on October 13, 20 and 27. Peaktoberfest, happening October 19-21, includes first-class mountain bike racing, live music, family fun, great German food, and award-winning brews. Celebrate Halloween while surrounded by the autumn colors of northern Michigan.

A full month of Halloween fun is coming to Treerunner Adventure Park in Grand Rapids. They’re hosting themed glow nights every Friday in October. The themes include superheroes, alien invasion, pirates, and a zombie apocalypse. Each night, the park is aglow with color arches, LED sequence lighting, laser, and other festive fares.

Fall is in the air and that means the Coopersville and Marne Railway is getting ready to depart its annual Famous Pumpkin Train. The Famous Pumpkin and her cast of delightful musical characters will enterTRAIN you and your guests during the 90-minute ride through family-owned farms and fields. During the journey, the costumed characters will sing, dance, and entertain the kiddos. Each paid child’s ticket includes a free, locally grown, good-sized pumpkin that the kids can pick from the Pumpkin Patch at the end of the ride.

Throughout the whole month of October, downtown Marshall is decorated with twenty-eight five-foot-tall skeletons. These skeletons are whimsically dressed and posed in a variety of positions. Join the fun as you walk the streets and see if you can find them all!

West Michigan Halloween Festivals

Prepare yourself for fall flavors and fright-filled nights at South Haven’s Haven Harvest Festival from October 19-21. Taste the flavors of fall as hayrides roll, pumpkins fly, headless horsemen ride, and haunted houses awaken. So, grab some cider, dance to the live music, and see South Haven transform!

The Spooktacular Festival at Lewis Farms in New Era is October 27-28. Celebrate one last weekend of fall fun with corn mazes, wagon rides, a petting zoo, and more. Kids 12 and under get in free if they wear their costume!

Continuing their 60th season celebration, Nelis’ Dutch Village in Holland is hosting their Boo Fest and Happy Hauntings on October 27-28. This family-friendly, no-scare Halloween celebration benefits a local charity.

Halloween Events in West Michigan

The annual Halloween Party at Coldwater Country’s Capri Drive-In is Saturday, October 20. Participate in the costume contest with prizes for both best adult and best kids costumes and, of course, enjoy discounted admission for the feature films of the night.

Now in its 31st year, ZooBoo at Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek is a fan-favorite event for area families. The event is October 18-21 and 25-28. Collect treats down the trick-or-treat trail, play games, and see the fall-hardy animals.

Visit the John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids for Halloween fun surrounded by the zoo’s many animals. The Zoo Goes Boo event is six days of Halloween fun over the weekends of October 19 and 26. The zoo will be filled with trick-or-treating, costumes, entertainment, cool decorations, games, and fun! Even the animals will be getting in on the treats!

The Ionia area’s annual Autumn Celebration & Chili Dawg Challenge on Thursday, October 25, includes some Halloween fun! In addition to the famed Chili Dawg eating contest, there will be a costume contest, carnival games, trick-or-treating with downtown businesses, and more.

Get in the Halloween mood with the West Michigan Beer Tours and their Halloween Beer Tour on Friday, October 26. This tour features one of Kalamazoo’s best haunted attractions and some great fall seasonal beers. Be prepared for a night of frights, flights, and fun!

The Mecosta County area is hosting Halloween events the last weekend of October. Put on your running shoes and costume for the 6th Annual Skeleton Skurry on Friday, October 26th. Prizes are awarded to the top three finishers as well as the best costume. The teen-only Zombie Prom is later that evening, with food, music, dancing, and prizes. Another family event, the Downtown Big Rapids Fall Festival, is October 26-27. The second day of this event includes a children’s costume parade, trunk-or-treating, pumpkin roll, and more.

The Saugatuck area hosts two events for Halloween lovers of all ages. Saugatuck’s Annual Halloween Family & Pet Parade is Saturday, October 27, with prizes given out to the best costumes! The Douglas Halloween Parade for Adults is later that evening. If you’re interested in being more than a spectator, get into the lineup and strut your stuff down the parade route!

Spend time at Round Barn Winery in Baroda on Saturday, October 27, for their Round Barn Hall-O-Wine Party. Hang out with friends and family, while enjoying live music and sipping on world-class wine.

Start planning your Halloween costume and celebration at Shanty Creek Resorts’ Annual Halloween Party on October 27-28. Enjoy live music, munchies, and drink specials. As an added incentive, there’s no cover charge if you come in your Halloween costume. Make your way to Bellaire to party the night away!

One of Michigan’s biggest Halloween celebrations can be found at FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek. Visit the casino on Friday, October 26, for the annual FireKeepers Casino Halloween Costume Contest and vote for the top five winners!

This Halloween, don’t miss Grand Rapids Ballet School Junior Company’s Spooktacular from October 26-28. On Halloween night, a young girl’s only wish is to trick-or-treat with her older sister. When she refuses to let her tag along, she embarks on a mischievous plan to get their candy.

Monsterfest 3 at Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater promises to a spooktacular time full of B-movie monsters! Stop by on Saturday, October 27, and spend the afternoon watching movies before the Halloween parade. After the parade, return to Tibbits for a double feature. Admission to the classic film series is free.

The Portage Point Inn & Marina in Onekama is hosting their Halloween Bash on Saturday, October 27. Your ticket includes a trip through the Haunted Hotel, food, and live entertainment.

Want to burn off some of those Halloween treats? The 3rd Annual Trick or Trot 5K Run/Walk in Marquette is Saturday, October 27. This fun, festive and family-friendly event also encourages participants to dress up for a chance to win a prize in the costume contest. There are treats at the turnaround, swag for participants, and a post-race party with awards and kids games.

The Coopersville Farm Museum & Event Center is hosting a family-friendly Community Costume Party on Saturday, October 27. In addition to the costumes, families are invited to indoor trick-or-treating, games, crafts, and treats.

Great Legs Winery, Brewery & Distillery in Holland is hosting an event for any and all Halloween romantics. Visit Great Legs on Saturday, October 27, for a performance by JMM Jazz who will surely get you in the mood to dance and have fun!

Stay at the Drummond Island Resort & Conference Center on Saturday, October 27, with the Hall-O-Wheelin’ Night Ride package. This package includes your overnight accommodations, a day pass at the local ORV park, and a BBQ dinner for two. The evening’s festivities include a costume contest, cornhole, bonfire, and live music.

Eat and be spooky at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo. Their on-site restaurant, Burdick’s for Breakfast, is hosting a themed Character Breakfast on Saturday, October 27. Enjoy your food while getting in the Halloween mood!

Henderson Castle in Kalamazoo may have a few spirits of its own, but they’re going to be extra scary with the Halloween Murder Mystery on Wednesday, October 31. Share a spooky evening and play a fun Murder Mystery game throughout dinner. Dress in the costume of your choice or try to match with your given character!

Little ghouls and boys will enjoy three weekends of spooktacular fun with the Lansing area’s Boo at the Zoo event. There will be plenty of fun for the whole family including a straw maze, hayrides, the Boo Tunnel, and more!

Bring Halloween Home

Pick out a Halloween pumpkin during your stop in Coldwater Country. You can even take their historic railroad to pick up your pumpkin and watch the fall colors. The train runs on Sundays throughout October.

Located around Grand Rapids, the Fruit Ridge Markets have everything that you need for an enjoyable Halloween. Apples, cider, and pumpkins are available for you to bring home. Some of the farm markets even have corn mazes and hayrides, giving you and your family another reason to stop by.

Post Family Farm in Hudsonville has u-pick pumpkins, perfect for Halloween jack-o-lanterns. Decorate your home for this festive holiday, and don’t forget to pick up some pumpkin donuts while you’re visiting the farm.

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