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Michigan Halloween 2023 UPDATED: TOP Events, Activities, Things to Do (Zoo Boo and More!)

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2022 Top Michigan Halloween Events and Things to DO

Halloween is finally here and we’re so excited to share the best Halloween events, activities, and things to do in Michigan with you.

When October comes around and the Halloween spirit is at its peak, it’s easy to see what makes Halloween fun. Whether you love Halloween activities on the farm like apple picking, bobbing for apples, and corn mazes, or you’re into the spooky Halloween activities like a haunted hayride where actors in Halloween masks jump out at you, there’s something for everyone.

There’s no wrong way to celebrate Halloween and families will be glad to know there are plenty of ways to get festive this season.

From trunk-or-treating and pumpkin painting to a scavenger hunt or Boo Bash, the Halloween attractions for kids and families are big on fun.

We’re sharing our picks for the top Michigan Halloween events, so you won’t have to travel Michigan in search of the best haunted attraction.

Grab some candy corn to snack on while you check out the list below for plenty of kid activities and family fun to inspire Halloween ideas.

Oh, and if you’re looking for “Michigan Halloween events near me ,” we’ve arranged them by geography. These events are so much fun, you might consider taking a Michigan Halloween road trip!

Top Halloween Events in Southeast Michigan

Terror on Tillson Street in Romeo, MI

Where: Tillson Street, Romeo, MI
When: Last few weeks of October
Cost: Free

This pretty residential street in Romeo, MI comes ALIVE during the Halloween season with amazing, over-the-top Halloween decorations, and it’s a spooktacular display of scary fun! Tillson Street’s Halloween decorations have become a must-visit during the month of October.

Take a ride to Tillson Street in southeast Michigan’s Romeo and be ready to get in the Halloween spirit as you take a walk down the block where every single house is decorated for Halloween in a BIG way. Decorating for this “Spooktacular” event starts in October but really gets underway the last few weeks of the month. Plan your visit accordingly.

Tricks and Treats at Sea Life

Where: 4316 Baldwin Rd. Auburn Hills MI 48236
When: Month of October
Cost: Ticket prices vary from $23.99- $24.99; click here to purchase

This Halloween, join Serafina the Sea Witch for a frighteningly fun time! ​She loves looking after her ocean home, and in order to help keep her fellow sea creatures safer, she’s created some magical challenges to find those who are worthy to join her army of ocean defenders.​

Will you be brave enough to step up, and help her by solving the ‘spook-splash-tic’ challenges and fill in your activity sheet as you go?​ Learn all about the tricks of the amazing, ‘scary-not scary’ sea creatures, and earn yourself some cool SEA LIFE Halloween treats too!

Tickets are limited and must be purchased online in advance.

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Zoo Boo at the Detroit Zoo

Where: Detroit Zoo, 8450 W 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak, MI 48067
When: Oct. 8-9; Oct. 15-16; Oct. 21-23; 2-6 p.m.
Cost: Ticket price vary $15.00 – $23.00; click here to purchase tickets

Explore the Zoo and experience festive pumpkin displays, strolling entertainment from jugglers and magicians and capture memories with themed photo opportunities all while visiting each of the trick-or-treating spots scattered throughout the Zoo!

The entire Zoo will be open, allowing you to visit your favorite animals and watch them enjoy a treat of their own. Special Halloween-themed enrichment activities will be taking place each day at various animal habitats! These activities are designed to simulate natural behaviors like foraging.

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Glenlore Trails Haunted Forest

Where:  3860 Newton Rd, Commerce Charter Twp, MI 48382
When: Thursdays through Sundays during the month of October; 7:30 – 10 p.m.
Cost: Ticket prices range from $15- $25; purchase tickets here

The fun turns up when the sun heads down. Glenlore Trails is an immersive night walk that’s great for family time, date nights, or with friends.

Michigan’s illuminated forest has transformed once again! Come explore the wonders of time in FATE. Glenlore Trails is an immersive night walk located in Commerce Michigan. Every Thursday to Sunday evening the forest comes to life in a dazzling display of light, sound, and wonder.

This family-friendly experience is perfect for a night out with family, spending time with friends, or earning points on date night. Earlier time slots tend to fill with young families, while the evening brings out a louder crowd.

Cider in the City

Where: Beacon Park, 1901 Grand River Ave., Detroit, MI 48222
When: October 15, 16, 22, 23; 1-5 pm
Cost: Costs varies for cider, donuts, etc

All the fall-time fun of a cider mill is headed to Downtown Detroit as Beacon Park’s annual Cider in the City returns featuring fresh hot cider, pumpkins, tasty caramel apples and more courtesy of Blake’s Farm. Food Trucks will be onsite, and Lumen Detroit will be open featuring its fall cocktails, craft beer and cider selections.

Family Trick-or-Treat at the Farm – Wolcott Mill

Where: Wolcott Mill Metropark, Farm Center
When: October 28-29; 6-9 pm
Cost: $6 per person, children under two are Free

Join us at the farm for some trick or treating fun! Visit each of our animal barns and show off your Halloween costumes. Trick-or-Treating isn’t just for the kids; adults are encouraged to come in a family-friendly costume too! Our animals even join in on the fun with costumes of their own!

Ooky Spooky Light Show at Longway Planetarium & Haunted Hallway

When: 1310 E Kearsley St., Flint, MI 48503
When: October 4-30, 2022; Tuesdays – Sundays 4 pm; Thursdays – Saturdays 7 pm; Thursdays – Saturdays 8 pm starting October 20
Cost: $8 Adults, $6 Seniors 60+, and $6 Youth ages 2-11

The Longway Planetarium and Sloan Museum in Flint are each hosting a Halloween event for this Halloween season.

At the Longway Planetarium, listen to your favorite classic Halloween songs, like “The Monster Mash,” “Ghostbusters,” and “Thriller” as amazing graphics and lights bring them to life all month long. Then, from the 27th to the 31st, take a trip down the Haunted Hallway for a family-friendly haunt offering spooky fun for kids of all ages.

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More Michigan Halloween Events and Things To Do

Pick-Your-Pumpkin Hayrides at Kensington Metropark

Where: Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford, MI 48381
When: Daily, October 1 -31; Weekdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Weekends, Noon – 4 p.m.
Cost: Adult – $5; Senior (62+) – $3; Children (ages 3-12) – $3; Children (2 and under) – Free; Pumpkins priced by size

This October, spend some time outside enjoying the last of the sunshine before the winter covers everything in a blanket of snow. At Kensington Metropark, you can enjoy the fall colors on a hayride to and from a pumpkin patch.

Whether you want to paint pumpkins or are looking forward to carving Halloween pumpkins you can select the perfect pumpkin here. Hayrides are drawn by a tractor on weekdays and by horse on weekends should the weather allow.

We love this accessible Halloween activity: a wheelchair lift is available with advance notice as well.

Halloween at Hogwarts

Where: Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
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.

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Where: Lake St. Clair Metropark, 31300 Metro Parkway, Harrison Twp, MI 48045
When: October 15; 4 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free! A Metroparks vehicle pass is required to enter any Metropark.

Come celebrate the Halloween season with an evening full of fall fun for everyone! In collaboration with Harrison Township, join us for Hallowpalooza! Collect candy at the Trunk-or-Treat, go on a hayride, make Halloween crafts, hear spooky stories, and more! End the evening of fun watching Hocus Pocus on the drive-in big screen.

Businesses, organizations and families are invited to register and decorate their cars and pass out candy to the Trunk-or-Treaters.

Fall Fun Fest Macomb at Deneweth’s Garden Center

Where: 16125 22 Mile Rd, Macomb, MI 48044
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.

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Trick-or-Treat Along the Trail

Where: Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford, MI 48381
When: October 15; 1 -3:30 pm
Cost: $5 per child, $5 per adult, children under 2 are Free

Anotehr Fun Halloween event at Kensington Metropark! Celebrate Halloween with fun, safe and non-scary trick-or-treating in the park for the whole family! Follow the path of pumpkins along our festive trail to find fall-themed photo opportunities and more. Who knows which costumed characters you might find along the way? Dress in your costume and bring your candy bucket to collect goodies – adults too!

Each household will start the trick-or-treat fun at slightly staggered times within their registered timeslot. The path is approximately .25 miles and covers grassy and moderately hilly ground. This event occurs entirely at the North Hickory Ridge picnic area- not the Kensington Nature Center.

Even More Michigan Halloween Things To Do

Boo Bash on the Trails – Lake Orion

Where: Orion Center, 1335 Joslyn Road, Lake Orion, MI
When: October 14, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Cost: Pre-Registration is rquired

Join us for an evening of Halloween fun including cider and donuts, hay wagon rides, trick-or-treat street, crafts, carnival games and much more! Pre-registration is required, spaces are limited. Infants in carriers are free with registered sibling.

Don’t forget your camera, costume, flashlight and a trick-or-treat bag for all of your goodies! Walgreens will be onsite taking phots in front of a festive fall-themed background. All families will receive 1 free 4X6 print and will have the option of purchasing a photo package. Dress to impress!

HarvestFest at Freedom Hill County Park Sterling Heights

Where: Freedom Hill, 14900 Metro Pkwy, Sterling Heights, MI United
When: 12 – 4 pm; Oct. 22-23
Cost: Free

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.

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West Michigan Halloween

Halloween Light Spooktacular at the New Salem Corn Maze

Where: New Salem Corn Maze, 4516 24th St., Dorr, MI 49323
When: Fridays and Saturdays in October
Cost: $10 perpeson, Free under age 3

At the New Salem Corn Maze in Dorr, MI, the Witches of New Salem attraction takes over for the month of October. While plenty of terrifying activities are available, the Halloween Light Spooktacular stands out as a more family-oriented option. This is one of the top corn mazes in West Michigan, don’t miss the chance to visit.

Every Friday and Saturday throughout the month a wagon takes guests through a trail with bright Halloween lights that flash, synchronized with classic Halloween songs. The ride lasts for about 20 minutes and is suitable for all ages.

Pumpkinfest 2022 – Leila Arboretum

Where: 928 W Michigan Ave, Battle Creek, MI 49037
When: Saturday, October 29 – 12pm to 8pm
Admission: FREE

Pumpkinfest is back for its second year in Battle Creek, with fun activities and attractions for all. Come join the fun with trick or treating, free carnival games, a bounce house, arts and crafts, and a haunted hayride. There will be numerous vendors, food trucks, beer, a DJ, and even a magician.

Did I mention admission is free? Don’t miss out on this spooktacular event!

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HallowGlow Glow Nights

Where: 2121 Celebration Dr. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through October 23
Cost: $45 ages 7 and up

TreeRunner Adventure Park in Grand Rapids is the perfect place to let energetic kids burn off steam. This year, park-goers are anticipating the return of HallowGlow on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, throughout October.

During HallowGlow, the park takes its regular Glow Nights to the next level, loaded with glow stick decorations and plenty of lights to add Halloween flair, making it a fantastic party idea for a group of friends. Explore themed exhibits throughout the park between trails all while in costume. Then, enjoy some Halloween candies to conclude the 3-hour experience.

Pumpkin Painting – Sandcastles Children’s Museum

Where: 129 E Ludington Ave, Ludington, MI 49431
When: Saturday, October 29 – 11am to 1pm
Admission: $9 per person (children under 1 get in free)

If your young ones love getting creative, the Sandcastles Children’s Museum is holding a pumpkin painting event.

Kids can choose whatever pumpkin they like and decorate it with paints and other crafting materials. And while you’re there, you can explore the museum’s three floors of fun activities and interactive displays that encourage your child to learn and play. Ludington is a beautiful place to explore in autumn, you might think about planning a road trip if you don’t live in the area!

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Jack O Lantern World – Millennium Park in Grand Rapids

Where: 1415 Maynard Ave SW, Walker, MI 49534
When: Now through October 30, on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings
Admission: Prices vary by day; purchase tickets on the event website

Come enjoy dazzling displays of glowing jack o’ lanterns in Millennium Park, all hand-carved by 50 artists. There are 17 different displays of thousands of jack o’ lanterns all coming together to form awesome shapes and creatures, including a dragon. This 45-minute walk is perfect for a family outing or date night.

Hurry, though! It’s recommended that you purchase your tickets as soon as possible, as time slots are limited. After buying your ticket, please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled start time.

New Salem Corn Maze

Where: 4516 24th St, Dorr, MI 49323
When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through October
Cost: Tickets from $8 – $25

Visit this haunted corn maze in southwest Michigan, and be prepared for some spooky Halloween fun. This night time adventure will take you on a wild and ride of dead ends, twists & turns, confusion, mayhem and more.

Take a stroll down one of the two paths in the Witches Woods. It’s up to you on “witch” path to take, whether you take the “Twisted” or the “Wicked” you will scream around every corner. If you are really up for a challenge, try the Haunted Corn Maze. It will leave you out of breath as you crawl, walk or run your way through the twist and turns as you try to escape the crazy atmosphere.

Lighthouse Trick or Treat at the Muskegon South Pierhead Light

Where: 1431 Beach St, Muskegon, MI 49441
When: October 8

On Saturday, October 8th, the South Pierhead light in Muskegon is offering a unique trick-or-treat opportunity. Show up in costume from 2 pm to 5 pm for a free tour of the lighthouse.

For those without costumes, tours are still available. Expect to pay $5 for adults, $3 for 17 & under and veterans if you don’t wish to wear a costume.

Hocus Pocus (1993, PG) at Kalamazoo at Kalamazoo State Theater

Where: State Theater, 404 S Burdick St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007
When: October 28 ; 8 p.m.
Cost: $20 – $28; purchase tickets here

There is no need to wait 300 years for the Sanderson sisters to return – the Kalamazoo State Theater is bringing Hocus Pocus back this year on Saturday, October 28th.

This favorite Halloween movie finds its way into many movie marathons and as anticipation for adaptation into a new iconic Halloween musical grows, there’s no better time to revisit this classic, so add it to your Halloween bucket list now.

Come dressed as your favorite Sanderson sister and snap a selfie at the photo booth to immortalize the night. Additionally, you can pet adoptable cats from the SPCA and snack on Sweetwater’s donut holes on site.

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Blandford Halloween Hunt – Blandford Nature Center

Where: 1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
When: Saturday, October 29 – 10am to 3pm
Admission: Children with membership $7 / Children without membership $10 / Adults $3 / Children 2 and under get in free – All must register ahead of time

Come to the Blandford Nature Center for a fun and spooky scavenger hunt! All children will receive a map and clue sheet, then explore the trails while learning creepy facts and stories about Michigan’s nature.

After solving all the mysteries, turn in your completed clue sheet and win a prize! Costumes are encouraged, but not required. Prizes are available until 4pm. Make sure to register, as unregistered children won’t receive prizes. This event will take place no matter the weather (unless severe), so come prepared. This event is recommended for children ages 5-12.

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Northern Michigan Halloween Events

Halloween Hoopla at Avalanche Bay

Where: 1 Boyne Mountain Rd., Boyne Falls, MI
When: October 28-29
Cost: Find more info here

October 28 -29 is Avalanche Bay’s Halloween Hoopla. On this weekend you can bring your costume and Halloween spirit while engaging in entertainment for all ages. Avalanche Bay is one of the top indoor waterparks in Michigan, fun for children and adults alike.

Activities like chairlift rides, trick-or-treating, bonfires & smores, and more will create lasting Halloween memories that will be cherished for years to come.

Fort Fright at Colonial Michilimackinac, Mackinaw City

Where: Colonial Michilimackinac,102 W. Straits Ave., Mackinaw City, MI
When: October 7-8; 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Cost: $7-11

Visit Mackinaw City on October 7-8, Fort Michilimackinac’s Fort Fright is open for family Halloween fun. Lanterns light up the 18th-century fort and fur trading village that has been overrun by werewolves, witches, goblins, and ghouls.

Stop at a bonfire to hear storytellers recite a scary story, spooky folktale, or creepy legend. Find treats like hot mulled cider, cookies, and candy throughout the site and enjoy the atmosphere. Most events are family-friendly, but for those seeking greater thrills, a haunted house, demon walk, and werewolf walk await you.

Fourteenth Annual Traverse City Zombie 5K Run

Where: Right Brain Brewery 225 E. Sixteenth Street, Traverse City, MI 49684
When: October 29th, 2022; 9am
Cost: $25-$35; Register here

The Traverse City Zombie Run is a Halloween tradition! Over the years we’ve seen zombies from all walks of life, or should we say death. Who or what will show up this year?

Right Brain Brewery, one the top Traverse City breweries, will be hosting the run as always. Zombies and beer have always been a winning combination! Make sure to stick around after the race for the medal ceremony, costume prizes, music, post-race refreshments, and most of all zombie socializing.

Mackinac Island Halloween Weekend

Where: Mackinac Island
When: October 21- 23

The last weekend before Halloween weekend, from October 21 -23, Mackinac Island is celebrating the holiday. While Mackinac Island is already a fantastic family vacation destination, going for their Halloween Weekend celebration only adds to all the fun the island has to offer.

Activities include the Great Turtle Trail Run as well as a downtown Mackinac trick-or-treating event for kids. Adults can also enjoy fun Halloween party options throughout the island establishments.

Halloween Hayrides in Grayling

Where: Wellington Farm Park, 6940 Military Rd., Grayling, MI
When: October 28-29
Cost: $7

During the last weekend of October, from the 28-29, Wellington Farm Park in Grayling is offering Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Hayrides.

Perfect for couples or families with young children who prefer not to be scared, this hayride takes you through a forest illuminated by jack-o-lanterns of many different styles, all carved during the farm’s pumpkin carving contest.

A stop at the Summer Kitchen for a Halloween treat of cider and donuts beside the warm stove will break the ride into two parts. Expect to return to the Visitors Center afterward.

Ghosts of Lighthouse Point Marquette Maritime Museum & Lighthouse

Where: 300 Lake Shore Blvd., Marquette, MI
When: October 20-22; 7 – 10 pm
Cost: Tickets are $5-$10; purchase tickets here

On October 14th-16th, the Marquette Maritime Museum and Lighthouse offers a haunted tour. Learn about northern Michigan’s maritime history and get into the spooky spirit all while supporting the museum and NMU Food Pantry with the donation of one canned good with admission.

The 7 pm-8 pm tours are kid and family-friendly, while the later tours are intended for teens and adults, so keep that in mind when planning a visit.

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Gladstone Trunk or Treat

Where: Gladstone Sports Park, 900 North Bluff Drive,Gladstone,MI
When: October 29; 1-3 pm
Cost: Free

Come join the fun! Set up time is 11:30am-1pm; Trick-or-Treating is 1pm-3pm. Decorated trunks will be parked in the ski hill parking lot! Prizes will be awarded for the top 3 trunks! All ages welcome – Rain or Shine event!

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7th Annual Fright Night in Manistique

Where: Highway 2 Community Drive-In Theater, 5885W US Highway 2, Manistique, MI
When: October 29 at dusk
Cost: Free

Join us for a spooky night at the ONLY Drive-In Movie Theater in the Upper Peninsula for the seventh-annual Fright Night at the Drive-in! Saturday, October 29 at dusk, we will be screening the 2019 animated kid-friendly movie “Addams Family”, followed by the 1999 classic, “The Blair Witch Project”, and “Legacy of Blood.”

There will be intermissions between movies to allow for people to enter and exit the field.
The gates open at 5:30 pm with time to set up for the crowd-favorite, Trunk-or-Treat! There will be prizes for the best-decorated trunks, as well as the best Halloween costumes

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Tracy Ken Brown

Friday 26th of August 2022

Our @SUPER GHOUL GLOW CON 2022 is coming to Grand Rapids Oct. 1st

My Michigan Beach Team

Sunday 11th of September 2022

Hi Tracy, Thanks for reaching out - we will add it to our October event list!