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Halloween & Haunted Attractions

Are you ready to get spooky? Halloween is right around the corner and it’s one of those holidays that you need to plan for. What are you going to dress up as when you go out with friends? Where are you going to find yourself celebrating? Lucky for you, there’s tons of Halloween festivities in the area. To get in the holiday spirit, you can visit someplace that might actually be haunted, or stop by a family fun Halloween attraction! If you’re looking for a mix, check out one of the haunted houses in the area and be prepared to get a little scared! Plan accordingly and get started on that costume!

South Halloween Fun

Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater presents Monster Fest, a themed cinematic double feature on Saturday October 29th. Perfect viewing material for Halloween, watch the cult favorite Plan 9 From Outer Space and the 1958 classic, The Fly. Enjoy snacks and door prizes while you immerse yourself in the Halloween mood!

Leila Arboretum & Children’s Garden in Battle Creek is hosting their Spooky Science Saturday on October 22nd. Mixing Halloween fun with educational opportunities is Leila Arboretum’s specialty, and they’re ready to have you and your family learn with this Halloween-centric event!

Covert/South Haven KOA Campground offers two Halloween weekends on September 30th to October 2nd and October 7th to 9th. Enjoy trick-or-treating, games and crafts, a haunted hayride and more. There are cabin and deluxe cabin specials for the fall, or you can bring your RV for these Halloween-filled weekends!

Vineyard 2121 in Benton Harbor is hosting their Hallo-Wine party on October 28th. Wine tasting, food, music, wine slushies and a costume contest await you at this adult oriented event. More details will be available soon on their website.

12 Corners Vineyards is having their Halloween sign making class on October 16th from 2pm to 4pm at their Benton Harbor location. Grab a wood sign, some paint and a glass of wine as you learn how to make a Halloween themed sign to decorate your yard. These handcrafted signs also make great gifts for that Halloween fanatic in your life!

ZooBoo returns to Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek from October 19th to 30th. Start planning the perfect Halloween costume and make your way through their dedicated trick-or-treat trail. After you’ve gathered all your candy, visit the Booville Carnival! ZooBoo entertains year after year and they’re excited to have you and your family back to another fun filled Halloween!

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One of Michigan’s biggest Halloween celebrations can be found at FireKeepers Casino Hotel. Join them on Friday, October 28th for their annual FireKeepers Casino Halloween Costume Contest and help pick which costume will be crowned. Attend the parade of costumes and vote for who should receive prizes, including both Red Hot Credits and cash prizes!

Arcadia Brewing Company in Kalamazoo is hosting their Hoppy Halloween event on October 31st! Who ever said you’re too old to trick-or-treat? Come in dressed in costume to receive $1 off a 20oz glass of Jaw-Jacker. Other drink specials, ghastly goodies and a Thriller-Themed Dance Party will ensure that you have a fantastic Halloween!

The City of Hastings will have their streets filled with trick-or-treaters on Halloween from 5pm to 8pm. Six blocks of West Green Street, one of the most popular neighborhoods for little ghosts and goblins, will be closed to traffic and allow safe access to the street’s homes, many of which will be decorated for the spooky occasion.

West Michigan Beer Tours in Kalamazoo is hosting their Halloween Beer Tours on October 29th. Join them for five hours of beer at four breweries including Bell’s Brewing Company. They’ll take you and your friends to some of the best Halloween celebrations in the area with live music, decorations, food and of course, plenty of beer! Get the most out of your Halloween costume by joining the West Michigan Beer Tours on this trip!

Historic Charlton Park in Hastings will be Victorian themed for their All Hallow’s Eve celebration on October 29th. Get in the mood with old-fashioned treats, a costume contest, fresh cider, a hay maze and more! The Victorian-themed event is sure to be one of the most unique Halloween celebrations you attend this year!

St. Joseph has two trick-or-treat events on Halloween! From 4:30pm to 6pm, Downtown Halloween Trick-Or-Treat takes over the streets of downtown St. Joseph. Grab your costume and visit the participating downtown merchants who will be handing out candy. Later in the evening from 6pm to 7:30pm, the City of St. Joseph will host their Trick-Or-Treat as well! These are two opportunities to get as much candy as you can this Halloween.

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The Marshall Area Economic Development Alliance is starting Halloween early with their family-friendly Annual Firefighter’s Halloween Parade on Saturday, October 29th at 11am. You’ll be able to visit downtown Marshall businesses for trick-or-treating, so wear a costume and bring your goody bag!

If you’re looking for even more Halloween fun in Marshall, but want something on the scarier side, there is a nightly Haunted Mystery Masquerade that you can check out! Dates and times vary throughout the month of October.

Saugatuck/Douglas Area Business Alliance has three events that will help you celebrate Halloween. The Douglas Pumpkin Carving is on October 22nd from noon to 2pm. Artists will be creating beautiful pumpkin art right in front of your eyes! Stop by while they’re working or at the end to see the final products. On October 28th, the Glow in the Park takes the stage as the kick-off party for the Halloween weekend! This family friendly event has music, food and drink along with plenty of fun glow-in-the-dark activities for kids. At 10pm on October 29th, The Adult Halloween Parade takes to the streets of Downtown Douglas. Join the Pumpkin King as he rises from the ashes and leads this late night parade through downtown.

The Southwest Michigan Tourist Council wants you to have a great Halloween this year! There are plenty of Halloween themed events centering around art, beer, wine and family fun provided by area businesses. This includes Round Barn Winery in Baroda’s HalloWine Party on October 29th. Come into costume and you’ll be treated to additional tasting tokens. For more information on this event and many more in Southwest Michigan, visit their website.

Haunted Attractions in South West Michigan

Actually Haunted

Coldwater Country is hosting their Historic Paranormal Penlight Tour on October 15th. The tour will take you into the night, exploring the paranormal. The Southern Michigan Paranormals of Coldwater will present evidence and findings from various sites in Branch County. Following the presentation, the tour will head to the Oak Grove Cemetery. Keep an eye out for the unexplainable and paranormal!

Townsquare Media in Kalamazoo is bringing the spirit medium Maureen Hancock for a show on October 22nd. The world renowned medium will be presenting her hugely popular “Postcards from Heaven” tour, delivering messages from loved ones in spirit. Using light-hearted humor, Maureen Hancock creates a celebration of life and memories during this event that has been called the most unique family reunion you will ever witness!

The Grill House in Allegan seems to have a guest at any given time in the form of a ghost named Jack. Jack has been featured on the Travel Channel and has become quite famous. He’s a seemingly friendly ghost and is known to move chairs, rattle dishes and, on rare occasions, set a single shot of whiskey on the Rock Bottom bar as a nice reminder of the uninvited guest.

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Fun Attractions (For Everybody!)

Located in Fennville, Crane Orchard has attractions for the whole family in addition to their Haunted Corn Maze. Their family-friendly corn maze and hayrides are open daily and perfect for kids (or adults) who aren’t ready for the Haunted Corn Maze just yet!

Terrifying Attractions (Only for the Brave!)

The Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven is presenting their Haunted Museum for the second year in a row on October 21st and 22nd from 8pm to 11pm. This year’s theme is Haunted Asylum where visitors can experience a variety of bone chilling haunts from all over the museum’s campus including aboard the tall ship, Friends Good Will. The Haunted Asylum is not appropriate for children under 14 years of age.

Crane Orchard in Fennville is hosting their Haunted Corn Maze on Fridays and Saturdays through October 31st. The 15 acre haunted maze is easy to get lost in and takes you through the Special Effects Barn. This corn maze is not recommended for children 10 and younger.

The Haunted Hallow at the Olde World Village in Augusta is ready to scare you and your friends once again. Open every Friday and Saturday evening in October, the Haunted Hallow promises to leave you frightened. This attraction is not recommended for anybody under 17 years of age. Proceed with caution and watch your back!

Central Halloween Fun

The Coopersville & Marne Railway in Coopersville has their Famous Pumpkin Train now through the end of October! The Great Pumpkin and her cast of wacky musical characters will entertain you and your family on this 90 minute ride through family owned farms and fields. You’ll love your trip aboard this 1950s era locomotive and at the end, kids can go to the pumpkin patch and pick their very own pumpkin to take home.

Muskegon County wants to get you excited for Halloween with two pre-Halloween events. The Halloween Harvest Weekend is September 30th to October 2nd. Bring your family out to Pioneer County Park for face painting, games, trick-or-treating and more! Later in the month on October 8th, Pumpkinfest takes over downtown Montague with live entertainment, delicious fall food and even a Pumpkin Roll down Dowling Hill! Get in the Halloween spirit in Muskegon County!

The Gallery Brewery in Portland is hosting their kids costume contest from 6pm to 6:30pm on October 31st! You can head out trick-or-treating right after for Portland’s 7pm to 9pm trick-or-treating times. If you’re looking to get in the Halloween mood before the big day, stop in October 23rd to 28th to paint Halloween themed pottery and pick up the finished product!

Rockford is hosting their Make It & Take It Scarecrow Building workshop on October 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th. Bring the whole family out to work together and build a scarecrow for your front yard. Show that you’re ready for Halloween with a beautifully decorated lawn and one of these personalized scarecrows!

Mecosta County is ready for Halloween! Downtown Big Rapids is holding their Fall Farmers Market filled with Halloween fun, including a pumpkin carving contest, celebrity pumpkin roll and a scarecrow contest. There will also be the Skeleton Skurry 5K run in Big Rapids! Put on your favorite costume and make your way through this fun run. Lastly, there’s plenty of different trunk-or-treat events happening throughout Mecosta County so there will be no shortage of candy this Halloween!

Join the Downtown Market in Grand Rapids for a Pumpkin Celebration on October 22nd and 23rd! Watch professional pumpkin carvers turn ordinary pumpkins into beautiful sculptural works of art. Throughout the weekend, kids can enjoy face painting and design their own mini pumpkin to take home, both of which are free of charge. Families will be able to purchase pumpkins at the pumpkin patch and take them into the banquet room where the market will host free family carving stations. During this time, the market’s culinary and beverage offers will focus on pumpkin themed classes, cooking demos and bars.

The Hudsonville Area is hosting their Urban Hay Day on October 15th from 11am to 4pm. There’s plenty of fun to be had with pumpkin carving and pumpkin races all day. This is a great family event as you look forward to Halloween!

Zeeland’s Pumpkinfest is going to be huge this year. Celebrating community, family fun, and fall activities for over 30 years, Pumpkinfest brings new events and familiar activities for attendees both young and old. This year’s theme is “Pumpkinfest in Disguise” when the festival runs on October 7th and 8th.

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Grand Rapids’ own JW Marriott is hosting their Just Wicked Halloween Party on October 28th from 9pm to 1am. This is one of the biggest events in town and they can’t wait to have you and your friends over for the party! Door prizes and a costume contest are a great way to leave with some goodies. DJ Composition will be performing to ensure that you dance the night away. Better start working on your costume as soon as possible!

Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park in Alto is excited to host their Halloween event on October 22nd from noon to 6pm. This is the last day of their 2016 season, so make sure that you come by to see the animals and go on the safari! Free popcorn, trick-or-treating, games and, of course, the zoo’s animals await you!

Pentwater Chamber of Commerce is hosting their Spooktacular Halloween on October 29th and 30th with plenty of family events and activities. Check out their Halloween on the Green, Trick-Or-Treating with Merchants, and Spooktacular Parade on October 29th, and their Raise the Dead, Eye Opening Coffee on October 30th!

The Outdoor Discovery Center in Holland is hosting their 10th Annual Treats and Trails event on October 21st and 22nd! Make s’mores, check out the animals, get your face painted and play games at this family event. This is a great opportunity to come together as a community and celebrate Halloween together!

The Grand Haven Main Street and local Grand Haven merchants are hosting a Trick-or-Treat on Halloween from 4pm to 6pm! This family-oriented trick-or-treating event takes over the first three blocks of Washington Blvd in Downtown Grand Haven. They will ensure that this is a safe time and that you and your costume-clad kid will come home with loads of candy!

Haunted Attractions in Central West Michigan

Actually Haunted

Located in a historic part of Grand Rapids, St. Cecilia’s Music Center may have a historic ghost of their own. It is said that the nine women who founded the center loved drinking tea and enjoying music, something that they may still do to this day. Many paranormal investigators have gone through the center with mixed results. Will the ghostly “get out!” keep you away from this historic building?

Fun Attractions (For Everybody!)

The City of the Dead Historic Re-Enactments is October 15th in Muskegon. This walking tour has members of the Harbor Unitarian Universalist Congregation taking on new personas as some of the Muskegon’s most famous citizens. Experience the romance, tragedy, curiosity and dedication as they tell the tales of Muskegon’s storied past.

Mecosta County is hosting their haunted maze every Friday and Saturday from October 7th to October 29th. The maze has ghosts, ghouls and other monsters hidden within, ready to scare you around every corner. The event supports their volunteers by giving half of the income to community organizations. Make your way through this haunted maze and support local organizations in the process!

Fridays and Saturdays in October starting on October 7th, visit Cannonsburg in Grand Rapids for their Zombie Paintball Hunt! This event is designed for ages 6 and up so bring the whole family out to defend themselves from the walking dead. Paintball guns and paintballs are provided so there’s no need to bring your own equipment! Do you think you can survive the zombie apocalypse?

Terrifying Attractions (Only for the Brave!)

Muskegon County has two haunted attractions for you and your family. Their Haunted Hall is one of the country’s oldest haunted attractions. Back and better than ever in 2016, the attractions take over the Muskegon County Fairgrounds with its “Magnificent Helms Hotel” theme. For only $15, enjoy the Murder Castle, Cellar of Torture, and The Woods. This attraction is not recommended for children under 12 years of age or for the faint at heart.

The Haunt in Grand Rapids is back for their 16th year! Holler your way through a half mile of heart-pounding haunted hallways, and cringe through one horrifying theme after another. ABANDONED is an outdoor attraction in which your only guide is the moonlight. More than 350,000 visitors have survived the soul-sapping specter of The Haunt. Can you?

Niles Scream Park in Niles is back and bringing you five terrifying attractions that will surely haunt you even after you’re home safe and sound. This year’s attractions include the Niles Haunted House, Krampus: A Christmas Curse, Cabin 13, Field of Screams and Dark Terror-tory Haunted Hayride. With over 100 different routes that you can take through these five unique attractions, there’s no telling what craziness you’ll find around every corner.

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North Halloween Fun

Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville is hosting their 21+ adults Halloween Costume Party on October 29th from 9pm to midnight. Costume contests include most original, scariest, funniest and best couple. Winners will receive a trophy and two open-to-close lift tickets.

Traverse City has two Halloween themed walks on October 29th! Starting at 9am, the 8th Annual Traverse City Zombie Run takes over the streets of Traverse City. Runners and walkers dress up as zombies for this 5k walk/run. Later in the day from 10am to 11:30am, the Downtown Traverse City Halloween Walk has costume clad children and their parents trick or treating at participating stores throughout the downtown area.

Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire celebrates Halloween with their Great Pumpkin Festival on October 8th. Enjoy chairlift rides up Schuss Mountain and see all of the fall colors at the top. Once you’re there, enjoy the kids’ games, face painting, bounce houses, pumpkin carving and much more. The fun starts at 1pm and will go throughout the day!

Haunted Attractions in North West Michigan

Fun Attractions (For Everybody!)

Jacob’s Corn Maze in Traverse City is open every Friday and Saturday night until 9pm, where ten acres of pure fun await you at one of the largest corn mazes in Michigan. Armed with only flashlights and maps, can you make it out in one piece? (Hint: Stay ahead of the coyotes!)

Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville has their Spooky Trail Walk on October 15th, 22nd and 29th from 7pm to 9pm. Ride the chairlift up and follow the lanterns down the spooky trail. This event is designed for families, so don’t expect it to be too scary! Cost is $7 per person and free for kids 6 and under with paying adult.

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