Come celebrate Halloween with “ghosts, goblins, and ghouls” in Michigan’s most spine-chilling beach town. Witches, monsters, mummies, werewolves and curious creatures of all shapes and sizes will materialize in Saugatuck and Douglas on Saturday, October 29, 2016 for two exciting Halloween Parades and scores of Halloween Festivities.
The Halloween Festivities will begin in Saugatuck at 3:30pm with pre-parade children’s activities for the Family Costume Parade as they gather for the parade at the corner of Mason & Griffith Streets. (Next to Chemical Bank parking lot). To ensure consideration by the costume judges, participants should check in at the registration table and be assigned a number for judging at 3:30pm. Ribbons will be awarded to the best costumes in these categories: scariest, funniest, most creative, and best group.
In addition,”Just Dogs” will be sponsoring a Pet Costume Contest in Coghlin Park. Participants should bring their furry friends to Coghlin Park at 3:00 pm to show off their costumes and win prizes before joining in the fun of the Family Costume Parade.
The parade will begin at 4pm at the corner of Mason & Griffith Streets. The route will include Culver Street to Butler Street, then north all the way to the tennis courts at Village Square where everyone will be welcome to sign up for a spooky post- parade scavenger hunt. Participants can sign up before the parade at the corners of Main & Butler or sign up post-parade at the tennis courts, to find clues at participating merchant locations to compete!
Scary activities will continue into the evening with a second parade in Douglas where grown-up participants will have the opportunity to showcase their creativity and sense of humor in one of the area’s most popular Halloween parades. Those wishing to participate should assemble at Beery Field in Douglas at 9:30pm. The Douglas parade will begin at 10pm.
Other weekend area activities will also include the following:
On October 28th from 7pm to 10pm, Douglas will kick-off the Halloween weekend with a family friendly event where “anything that glows goes”. Festivities will include music, food, and drink along with plenty of fun glow-in-the-dark activities for kids!
Petter Wine Gallery will host a HALLOWINE pre-parade party in Douglas. Dress up, sip wine, get ghoulish – then walk down to the Douglas parade at 9pm. Free entry, cash bar.
The Dunes Resort will host a costume party immediately following the Douglas parade. Dress to impress as there are multiple costume categories, cash prizes, and live karaoke in the cabaret.
The area’s most fabulous 20-acre corn maze is located at Crane’s Orchard, 6054 124th Avenue, in Fennville. Filled with lots of twists and turns it is sure to be a challenge to even the seasoned maze aficionado. The maze is open daily from 10am to 6pm (weather permitting) and will close for the season on October 30th.
Many bars and restaurants will be celebrating the Halloween weekend including Coral Gables Bar, Restaurant, & Comedy Club; which will feature three costume contests and Capt. Jack’s Treasure Haunt.
The Saugatuck Brewing Company will host its annual Halloween Bash in the Lucky Stone Pub from 6:30pm to 10:30pm, with live music by Rich Burkholder. The celebration will begin with a costume contest at 8pm – awarding cash prizes: $100 – 1st place, $50 -2nd place, and $25 – 3rd place.
On October 30th from 5pm to 7pm The Kirby presents, “UNLEASHED,” a cocktail extravaganza to benefit WISHBONE. The event will include cocktails, wine, hors d’oeuvres and guest bartenders, wine games, and great auction items. And there will be adorable pets to adopt.
Darkness Tours at the Felt Mansion will offer a unique Halloween experience. “One of Michigan’s Most Haunted Places” – you can explore the Mansion, the Carriage House, and the Dark Forest at night, on your own, in the dark. There will be no actors in monster attire or scary things hanging in your way – just moonlight and perhaps some natural (or paranormal) phenomena. These tours are available the last two weekends of October: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (including Halloween night) October 20th to 23rd and October 27th to 31st from 8pm to 11pm (Doors close promptly at 11:30pm).
Celebrate safely with free rides on the Interurban in Saugatuck, Douglas, and Saugatuck Township from 7pm until 2am.
For additional information please contact the Saugatuck-Douglas Visitors Bureau at (269) 857-1701 or e-mail at email@example.com.
For lodging please visit www.saugatuck.com.
For events click here: http://www.saugatuck.com/calendar/Oct.htm.