October could be considered “Halloween Month” to many. For Halloween enthusiasts, this is the best time of the year. The colors are changing, fall weather is upon us, and their favorite holiday is almost here. Businesses in West Michigan are hosting Halloween events throughout the month, giving you plenty of opportunities to celebrate. You’ll find everything from pumpkins and costumes to trick-or-treating and haunted attractions. There’s something for every ghost, ghoul, and witch, so bring the whole family for the Halloween fun!
Halloween Fun in Southern West Michigan
Visit the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven for the Haunted Museum and Kids Trick-or-Treat events. Taking over the museum on October 20th and 21st, the Haunted Museum: Fallout is a scary walk through a museum filled with mutants around every corner. If you’re looking for something less intense, there will be free a family trick-or-treating event on Tuesday, October 31st. Collect candy at six different stations around the museum campus, perfect for kids 10 years old and below.
The Covert/South Haven KOA is hosting two Spooktacular Weekends, October 6th to 8th and 13th to 15th, to celebrate Halloween. There will be a Halloween-themed magic show, trick-or-treating, games, pumpkin carving, and their famous Haunted Forest Hayride. The end of their season is October 22nd, so stop by for one more chance to camp in 2017.
Henderson Castle in Kalamazoo is hosting a weekend of Halloween-themed events, starting with the Haunted Henderson History Dinner’s Overnight Event on Friday, October 27th. This is a unique opportunity to stay overnight with medium, Danny Holroyd, and you might just see the spirits of Henderson Castle come out at night. The Murder Mystery Dinner on Saturday, October 28th, features new characters and an original plot set in the 1920s and 30s You’ll spend your evening socializing and deciphering clues with family and friends. The weekend concludes with the Henderson Castle Halloween Festival on Sunday, October 29th. This family-friendly community event will have a costume contest, trick-or-treating for the kids, and fun games. Come back on Tuesday, October 31st for the Haunted Henderson Castle History Dinner: Halloween Edition, as Chef Moyet prepares a special Haunted Halloween Prix Fixe Dinner.
One of Michigan’s biggest Halloween celebrations can be found at FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek. Visit the casino on Friday, October 27th, for the annual FireKeepers Casino Halloween Costume Contest, and vote for the top five winners! The top 20 will all receive prizes with first place winning $3,000 in Red Hot Credits and $2,000 in cash. The Costume Contest and Parade is at 9pm with registration from 5pm to 8:30pm in the event center.
Each year, Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek hosts Zoo Boo. Now in its 30th year, Zoo Boo runs from October 19th to 29th with the zoo turning into a fun-fest, filled with activities for the whole family, including games, rides, animals, and trick-or-treating.
The Kingman Museum in Battle Creek has an exhibit titled BONES: The Framework of Life from now until December. With this exhibit, you’ll be taking a look at human’s fascination with bones, from dressing as skeletons on Halloween to eating barbecue ribs. Explore the biological structure of bones, as well as their use in tool making, studying natural history, and cultural expression. Enter the not-so-hidden world of bones at the Kingman Museum!
Spend time at Round Barn Winery in Baroda on Saturday, October 28th for their Round Barn Hall-O-Wine Party. Hang out with friends and family, while enjoying live music and sipping on world-class wine.
As Halloween approaches, there’s no better place to go for a suspenseful murder mystery dinner than a historic mansion. On Friday, October 27th, guests at the W.K. Kellogg Manor House in Hickory Corners will take a crack at solving a mystery while feasting on a fine meal that’s to die for.
The St. Joseph Today Halloween Trick-Or-Treat is Tuesday, October 31st from 4:30pm to 6pm in the downtown St. Joseph area and Benton Harbor Arts District. Participating merchants will hand out treats during this festive event!
The Inn at Harbor Shores in St. Joseph has a Spooktacular Package, perfect for families who want the Inn at Harbor Shores experience with a touch of Halloween fun along the way. Enjoy a standard room with pool access, a Halloween inspired buffet, a showing of Hotel Transylvania, pumpkin painting following the movie, Halloween s’mores, and 10% off the spa (for parents to treat themselves). Visit their website for pricing and dates.
All the little ghosts and goblins can enjoy trick-or-treating on Tuesday, October 31st in the City of Hastings. Six blocks of West Green Street, lined with stately and historic Victorian homes and a favorite with local trick-or-treaters, will be closed to through traffic from 5pm to 8pm.
Throughout the whole month of October, downtown Marshall is decorated with twenty-eight five-foot tall skeletons. These skeletons are whimsically dressed and posed in a variety of positions. Join the fun as you walk the streets and see if you can find them all!
Coldwater Country is the place to be for Halloween fun for all ages. Bring the family and enjoy Halloween Parades and Trick-or-Treating through downtown Bronson, Coldwater, and Quincy. The annual Halloween Party at Coldwater Country’s Capri Drive-In is Saturday, October 21st. Participate in the costume contest with prizes for both best adult and best kids costumes and, of course, enjoy discounted admission for the feature films of the night.
All ghosts, ghouls, and witches are called to southwest Michigan for the Halloween Happenings in Niles on Saturday, October 28th. Dress in your favorite costume and celebrate Halloween with activities and treats for the entire family. Enjoy trick or treating in the gardens, a fun, creepy craft, spooky creatures and stories, and more!
Halloween Fun in Central West Michigan
Our Brewing Company in Holland is hosting their 5th Anniversary & Halloween Party on Saturday, October 28th. The event is themed Nightmare on 8th Street, and features live music from 8pm to midnight. Costumes are encouraged, so dress up and come down for a fun evening celebrating the brewery.
Spooky Glow Nights are back at the Grand Rapids Treetop Adventure Park! These Halloween-themed climbing fun for the whole family, with a park fully decked out with Halloween decorations, costumed actors, and more!
Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids is planning an exciting October for beer and Halloween lovers alike. It starts with the release of Hop Field, an IPA following the brewery’s farmhouse roots while honoring Michigan’s love of hops. Additionally, the pub will be hosting a Stranger Things themed Halloween party on Sunday, October 29th featuring the release of an exclusive small batch beer, only available for one night.
Visit the John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids for Halloween fun surrounded by the zoo’s many animals. The Monster Mash event is Thursday, October 19th and is exclusive to zoo members. Come meet the zoo’s veterinary staff, Grand Rapids Police, Grand Rapids Fire Department, Jake the Fire Dog, nurses, and superheroes, as you kick off the Halloween festivities. Come back for six days of Halloween fun with their series of Zoo Goes Boo events. Over the weekends of October 20th and 27th, the zoo will be filled with trick-or-treating, costumes, entertainment, cool decorations, games, and fun! Even the animals will be getting in on the treats!
The Tri-Cities Historical Museum in Grand Haven is ready once again for a spooktacular and educational day at the annual Haunted Museum event on Saturday, October 21st, from 1pm to 5pm. This free event is filled with interesting facts, vintage decorations, fun games, and make-and-take crafts appropriate for all ages. This event will not be scary, so there won’t be any shocking surprises or jump scares. The Tri-Cities Historical Museum would prefer to use the holiday to educate about the past and present, welcome families with learners at all ages, and enjoy a fun harvest holiday!
The Ludington area has a month stacked with Halloween-centric events, including activities for all ages. The Haunted Village at Historic White Pine Village is Saturday, October 21st. This kid-friendly event is geared towards family fun and not to be mistaken as a gory, ghoulish, haunted village. The Downtown Ludington Halloween Celebration is Saturday, October 28th, and features a parade, trick-or-treat bags, games, and more. Or visit the Big Sable Point Lighthouse for their Halloween at Big Sable event on the same day. This family-friendly afternoon will be followed by a haunted lighthouse in the evening. The month concludes with the Great Pumpkin Festival at Lewis Farm Market in New Era on October 28th and 29th. Bring the kids in their Halloween costumes to celebrate the harvest and decorate pumpkins. There’s even more fun all month, so check out the Ludington Area CVB’s events calendar for more information.
Make the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ludington your homebase for your Halloween festivities. They’re running a Fall Into Savings special, which allows you to book one night and receive the second night half off. While in Ludington, go to the Annual Boos, Brews, and Brats event, Downtown Ludington Halloween Celebration, or the Great Pumpkin Festival. Your family will enjoy the Halloween festivities throughout Ludington during your stay.
The Halloween season in Muskegon kicks off with the 3rd Annual Halloween Harvest Weekend on Sunday, October 1st. Enjoy free pumpkin decorating, a bounce house, hayrides, trick-or-treating, a haunted trail, and more. The fun continues with the 8th Annual City of the Dead event on October 14th and 15th. This family-friendly event features actors portraying prominent Muskegon figures, and highlights the industrial and entrepreneurial past of the city. Also on October 14th is Cupcakes Halloween Style with Kathy DeHoag. Students will decorate a dozen cupcakes for Halloween to take home and share with friends and family. Evenings get a little bit more interesting with Obituary Tours on October 25th and 26th at the Lakeshore Museum Center. These tours will take you on a special homes tour of some of Muskegon’s most well-known lumber barons, and explore the families that died in the houses. On a lighter note and rounding out the month is the Halloween Costume Parade on Saturday, October 28th. There will be prizes, trick-or-treating, and cider and donuts. With events spanning from the beginning of the month to the end, Muskegon is home to tons of Halloween fun.
The Annual Pumpkinfest Celebration in downtown Montague is Saturday, October 21st. The event features the well-known Pumpkin Roll down Ferry Street, in addition to hayrides, a farmers market, kids activities, and more. This unique festival is always a local favorite!
Hosted by the River Country Chamber of Commerce, the Harvest Moon Festival is October 13th and 14th in Grant. This annual event celebrates the rich farming history of the area, but they also have Halloween activities throughout the weekend. Enjoy pumpkin carving and a scarecrow contest in addition to the games, live music, and harvest activities.
The Coopersville Farm Museum & Event Center is hosting a family-friendly Community Costume Party on Saturday, October 28th. In addition to the costumes, families are invited to indoor trick-or-treating, games, crafts, and treats. The event is free to attend.
During the month of October, there’s a lot happening in Mecosta County. The Fall Festival is October 27th and 28th, and includes a chili cook-off, parade, trunk-or-treat, and games. They also have a pumpkin carving contest, celebrity pumpkin roll, and scarecrow contest. The Big Rapids Pioneer will be holding their Annual Skeleton Skurry, a 5K run in your favorite costume! Come enjoy one of West Michigan’s best kept secrets in Big Rapids and Mecosta County.
The Ionia area’s annual Autumn Celebration & Chili Dawg Challenge on Thursday, October 26th includes some Halloween fun! In addition to the famed Chili Dawg eating contest, there will be a costume contest, carnival games, trick-or-treating with downtown businesses, and more.
Fall is in the air and that means the Coopersville and Marne Railway is getting ready to depart its annual Famous Pumpkin Train. The Famous Pumpkin and her cast of delightful musical characters will enterTRAIN you and your guests during the 90-minute ride through family-owned farms and fields. During the journey the costumed characters will sing, dance, and entertain the kiddos. Check their website for tickets and train schedule!
Halloween Fun in Northern West Michigan
Get outside and have some family fun during Crystal Mountain’s Spooktacular Saturdays! Make your way to Thompsonville on October 14th, 21st, and 28th for an afternoon filled with wagon rides, caramel apples, a petting zoo, games, and more. The Spooky Trail Walk and Haunted Trail Walk will also be open if you’re looking for extra excitement.
Start planning your Halloween costume and celebration at Shanty Creek Resorts’ Annual Halloween Party on Saturday, October 28th. Enjoy live music, munchies, and drink specials. As added incentive, there’s no cover charge if you come in your Halloween costume. Make your way to Bellaire to party the night away!
Coyote Crossing Resort in Cadillac is hosting their Annual Halloween Party on Saturday, October 28th. The $10 cover gets you into a night of Halloween fun, featuring a costume contest, drink specials, and a concert by Luke Winslow-King.
The Traverse City area embraces the spookiest time of the year with two big events on Saturday, October 28th. The Zombie Run has become one of Traverse City’s favorite happenings since its creation in 2009, and is well on its way to becoming a mainstay. October closes with a parade of little ghosts and goblins through downtown Traverse City with the Halloween Walk. Costume-clad children and their parents trick-or-treat at participating stores throughout the downtown area.
It is Halloween season in the Straits of Mackinac area and the Mackinaw Area Visitors Bureau invites you to experience it all firsthand. Two events, the “Ghost Supper” on Sunday, October 15th and “Triple Fright Night” on Saturday, October 21st, provide a delicious meal while you learn about the paranormal. If you’re headed to Mackinac Island, check out some of the haunted houses that are right on the island, or visit a place that’s truly haunted with Mission Point Resort.
This year’s Annual Halloween Spectacle will take place in downtown Marquette on Saturday, October 28th. As the evening grows dark, the community is invited to join in the celebration. This large-scale community outdoor performance event consists of giant puppetry, percussion, and theatrical dance from 7pm to 8:30pm.
There are no tricks in the Petoskey area when Halloween rolls around, only treats. For the adults, there’s a Haunted Halloween Progressive Dinner on Friday, October 27th. Enjoy appetizers, dinner, dessert and some great stories in downtown Petoskey. Tickets are only $45 per person for this spirited event. The younger generation will like the trick-or-treating and costume parade in downtown Petoskey on Saturday, October 28th from 9:45am to noon. On Halloween night, bring the kids to the Village at Bay Harbor for Trunk-Or-Treat from 4pm to 5pm. Enjoy all the tricked-out trunks and stay for dinner in this waterfront village near Petoskey.
The Annual Zombie Walk for Autism in downtown Sault Ste. Marie is Saturday, October 21st. At this event, the undead citizens of Sault Ste. Marie come together to raise money and awareness for those affected by autism.
The Benzie County Visitors Bureau hosts two Fall Fest weekends in October. The first one is on Saturday, October 7th in Beulah and Benzonia, while the second is Saturday, October 14th in Frankfort. Each event features activities for kids, pumpkin decorating, Halloween activities, and more. Visit these Beulah, Benzonia, and Frankfort for two festive weekends!
Halloween Fun Near West Michigan
The Michigan City LaPorte area hosts a variety of events for Halloween. The Hesston Ghost Train takes you through a haunted woods each weekend starting on October 14th and running through October 29th. The Boo at the Zoo event lets kids stroll through the decorated zoo in costume and collect yummy treats on Saturday, October 21st. The Flame + Flair Halloween Festival is Saturday, October 28th, and includes a fire dancing performance, trick-or-treating, and a haunted house. Halloween-filled events take over nearly every weekend this month in Michigan City LaPorte.