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Michigan Halloween 2022: TOP Events and Things to Do (Zoo Boo)

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2022 Top Michigan Halloween Events and Things to DO

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 panting 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 ,” use the map at the bottom of this post.

Halloween Events in Southeast Michigan

Terror on Tillson Street in Romeo, MI

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 ever single house is decorated for Halloween in a BIG way.

FISH OR TREAT at SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium
4316 Baldwin Rd.
Auburn Hills MI 48236

The SEA LIFE aquarium in Auburn Hills is Michigan’s newest and largest aquarium. During the month of October, from the 9th to the 31st, you can get costumed up and enjoy their Halloween FISH OR TREAT event.

Explore the “boo-tifully” decorated aquarium while learning about spooky sea creatures like batfish, wolf eels, moon jellies, and more. If you’re brave enough to feel sticky sea anemones and slimy sea stars, approach the Interactive Touchpool – if you dare!

Tickets are limited and must be purchased online in advance.

Zoo Boo
8450 W 10 Mile Rd.
Royal Oak, MI 48067

Zoo Boo, held on the afternoons of October 8-10, 15-17, 22-24 from 2-6 pm, is the Detroit Zoo’s annual “merry-not-scary” event.” Guests of all ages are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes while strolling through the zoo and children will receive a goodie bag upon arrival.

Enjoy Halloween decor, entertainment, photo-ops, educational kids Halloween activities for more. The zoo will be open as normal during this time, so guests are welcome to visit all their favorite animals while enjoying seasonal scenery, making it a well-rounded family-friendly Halloween event.

Cider in the City
1901 Grand River Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226

This year marks the return of Cider in the City for 2021. On any October Saturday from the 9th to the 30th, head downtown to Beacon park where you can enjoy lots of fun activities including Halloween crafts, Halloween games for kids, and plenty of fun family activities.

Whether you want to snack on cider and donuts or find a new food truck, get competitive with lawn games like bean bag toss while live music fills the air, or if you just want the traditional hayride and pumpkin patch experience, you’ll have a blast.

Ooky Spooky Light Show at Longway Planetarium & Haunted Hallway
1310 E Kearsley St.
Flint, MI 48503

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.

Pick your Pumpkin Hayrides at Kensington Metropark
4570 Huron River Parkway
Milford, MI 48381

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 Events in West Michigan

Halloween Light Spooktacular
4516 24th St.
Dorr, MI 49323

In Dorr, 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.

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.

HallowGlow Glow Nights
2121 Celebration Dr. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

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.

Spooky Science Saturday
Kingman Museum & Leila Arboretum and Kaleidoscope Garden
928 W Michigan Ave
Battle Creek, MI 49037

On October 13th, Battle Creek’s Kingman Museum and Leila Arboretum are hosting a Spooky Science Saturday for children ages 6-12, but welcoming for entire families. Dress up in costume and experience dozens of interactive science stations and STEM-themed giveaways and activities.

Hayrides make a scenic and festive transportation through the Leila Arboretum and Kaleidoscope Garden, especially on nice days.

New Salem Corn Maze
4516 24th St,
Dorr, MI 49323
(616) 681-2342

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.

Lighthouse Trick or Treat Event
South Pierhead Light
1431 Beach St
Muskegon, MI 49441

On Saturday, October 23rd, 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
404 S Burdick St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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 16th. 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. Seeing a classic on the big screen?

Northern Michigan & Upper Peninsula Halloween Events

Halloween Hoopla at Avalanche Bay
1 Boyne Mountain Rd.
Boyne Falls, MI

October 29th and 30th is Avalanche Bay’s Halloween Hoopla. On this weekend you can bring your costume and Halloween spirit while engaging in entertainment for all ages.

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
102 W. Straits Ave.
Mackinaw City, MI

On October 8th and 9th, 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.

Mackinac Island Halloween Weekend
Mackinac Island

The last weekend before Halloween weekend, from October 22nd – 24th, 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
Wellington Farm Park
6940 Military Rd.
Grayling, MI

During the last weekend of October, from the 29th to the 31st, 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
300 Lake Shore Blvd.
Marquette, MI

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.

More Michigan Family-Friendly Halloween Events

  • Hallowe’en Fairy Tale Feast at Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum
  • Terror on Tilson Street in Romeo, MI
  • Halloween Scavenger Hunt in Northville
  • Boo Bash Lake Orion 2021
  • Glenlore Trails: the Haunted Forest in Commerce

About the Author-

Bella DiMascio is a Content Editor with mymichiganbeach.com. She grew up in the Detroit suburb of Westland and later attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo where she majored in Communication Studies and minored in English: Writing. Creative writing has been a hobby and interest of Bella’s since she was in elementary school and she is thrilled to be using her talents to highlight the Great Lakes State. Outside of writing, Bella enjoys getting outside with her two Australian Shepherds, playing video games, and binging shows on Netflix.

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