15 Fun Halloween Things to Do in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor
Looking for the best Metro Detroit Halloween events and things to do?
It’s that time of year again and it’s time to start thinking about how to celebrate Halloween. We’ve got you covered with our list of 15 Best Things to Do in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor to Celebrate Halloween!
Halloween is one of my favorite times of year in Michigan. The fall weather is in full effect, and the leaves are turning bright colors. It really is the best time of year; a perfect time to celebrate and take in the natural beauty of Michigan.
It’s true: there is plenty to do all over the Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor areas this Halloween season. With plenty of our famous fall attractions like cider mills, hayrides, and corn mazes converted into haunted attractions, there is no end to the fun.
I’ve put together this list hoping to get everyone ready for the Halloween season and start planning your Spook-tober. I’ve included family-friendly activities as well as some spookier ideas for just the adult, so let’s dive in!
Hallowe’en at Greenfield Village
When: Oct. 6-9, 13-16, 20-23 and 27-30 4-9:30 pm
Cost: Tickets are: $21.5 for members and $25 for public
Head over to Dearborn and Historic Greenfield Village for a fun night with the whole family. This is a great yearly event that Greenfield Village puts on.
Their historic grounds come alive with plenty of spooky activities to get you in the Halloween Spirit. You’ll also find live performances and a haunted train ride offered this is a great option for the whole family.
Zoo Boo at the Detroit Zoo
When: Oct. 8-9, 15-16, 21-23; 2-6 pm
Cost: Tickets are Cost $17-23 and Parking is $8
Let’s head to the Detroit Zoo for some more family friendly fun. Boo at the Zoo is a yearly event that the Detroit Zoo puts on the featured entertainment, face painting, trick or treating stations and much more.
So grab the kids, throw on your best costumes and go see all that Boo at the Zoo has to offer.
PRO-TIP: Finish off your trip to the Zoo Boo with some amazing Detroit-Style Pizza!
Spooky Spirits at the Detroit Zoo
When: Oct. 14; 6-10 pm
Cost: General Admission $50, Designated Driver $30 Parking $8
This 21+ event at the Detroit Zoo offers a unique opportunity for you to go grab some drinks and explore the zoo without the kids. You’ll also find a costume contest, haunted trails and themed cocktails and drinks. This is a great way to spend a night and get in the Halloween spirit.
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Erebus Haunted House
When: Open most nights in October
Cost: Tickets $20-35 depending on the night open most nights in October
This is not for the faint of heart: Erebus is Michigan’s Premier Haunted Destination. Erebus is Michigan’s top-rated haunted house and one of the best in the nation.
This is for most a truly terrifying but enjoyable experience. If you’re looking for something fun to do and in the spooky spirit, then look no further than Erebus. Oh, and yes… it’s really haunted and was documented on My Ghost Story on A&E.
Pumpkins Lanterns & Leaves
When: Oct.14-15; 5:30-7:30 pm
Cost: Tickets are $15
Put on by the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Located in the Botanical Gardens, this is a great event for families with small children. The kids get to get in the Halloween spirit with Jack O’ lantern trials, lantern crafts, and much more. This is a great way for the family to spend a night together.
Halloween at Hogwarts
When: Oct. 29th 11 am
Cost: Tickets cost $20-30
Calling all Harry Potter fans to Orchestra Hall for a truly magical day! Join the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as they play all your favorites from the Harry Potter Franchise.
There is a costume contest, and other pre-performance activities so make sure you get there early and put on your best robes! This is a great way to kick off Halloween weekend.
Fall Fun Fest Macomb at Deneweth’s Garden Center
When: Weekends in Oct.; Open 12-5 pm
Cost: Tickets are $10
This place has everything you could want to do on an October weekend with the family. Featuring a corn maze, spooky tractor rides (not actually very spooky), a straw maze and inflatable haunted house.
This is the perfect place to take the kids to let them run around and burn off some energy.
Pumpkin Palooza Plymouth in Downtown Plymouth
When: Oct. 23 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Head on over to downtown Plymouth for a great event. Including a costume contest for both kids and pets, too. This is fun for everyone and a great way to get the Halloween season started. Check it out.
Tillson Street Romeo: Terror on Tillson
When: Decorations start going up a week before Halloween
This may be the most unique entry on this list. Located in the city of Romeo, there is a dedicated group of homeowners on Tillson Street who go all out every Halloween. They decorate the whole street offering a one-of-a-kind Halloween experience.
They are usually set up in the week or 2 leading up to Halloween and go all out for the big day. This is a great spot to go trick or treating or just spend an evening taking in the community’s hard work.
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Hallowpalzooza at Lake Saint Clair Metropark
When: Oct. 15th
Cost: Tickets are free, but a parking pass is required and registration is also required for Trunk-or-Treating
Check out this great Halloween event at beautiful Lake Saint Clair Metropark. Activities include trunk-or-treating, hayrides, spooky stories and more. This is a great way for the kids to get some early Halloween candy and make some memories.
Little Goblins at the Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores
When: Oct. 22 11 am-4 pm
Cost: Tickets are $15 for members $20
A great event for small children. This is a trick or treating based event with plenty of other activities for your little guys and gals. Held on the grounds of the historic Ford House this is a great way to let the little ones get the trick or treating experience in a controlled environment. There a Photo-ops too.
Halloween of Science at the Cranbrook Institute
When: Oct. 22-23 10 am-5 pm
Let science meet Halloween and fun things will happen. Head to Cranbrook science center for their Halloween theme days and get to see science and some science fiction together.
With tons of hands-on activities and a Pumpkin launching trebuchet this is a different type of Halloween experience but that doesn’t mean it’s not great.
Troy “Prehistoric” Village Trick-or-Treat
When: Oct. 21-22; 4-8 pm Friday and 12-3 pm on Saturday
Cost: $7-8 for members and $9-10 for non-members
This annual Dinosaur themed event in Troy is a fun way to get the whole family out on an adventure. Explore the village in search of candy and goodies. There will be dinosaur-themed games and decorations. Great for any little dino lover out there.
HarvestFest at Freedom Hill County Park Sterling Heights
When: Sterling Heights Oct. 22-23
This free event is a great one for families that may have a wider age range of kids and are looking for something for everyone including a pumpkin patch and live entertainment, outdoor movies, and food trucks. This is truly an event that will have something for everyone.
Boo Bash Canton
When: Oct 15th (Pre-registration is required)
Cost: Tickets are: $20
This is a supervised Kid party for 7–17-year-olds. The Halloween party features a costume contest, pizza party, magic show and laser tag. The event is broken into two separate events with the one for 7–11-year-olds from 3-5 pm and 12-17 year-olds from 7-10pm. This is a great way to get out of your kids’ hair and let them enjoy some Halloween fun in a safe environment.
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About the Author–
Cy Nardone is a Content Creator for us here at mymichiganbeach. He grew up in Grosse Pointe and attended Grosse Pointe South High School. He went on to attend Wayne State then Michigan State University where he majored in Sports Journalism. Cy is a lifelong Detroit sports fan who loves food. Cy looks forward to expanding our Metro Detroit content and hopes to turn you on to a new spot to adventure or eat.