With costume parties, pet parades, ghost hunts, trick-or-treating, and more, there’s something for every ghost and ghoul to get into the spooky spirit this October!
See below for our list of Fall Festivals and Halloween Events, Costume Parties and Parades, Spooky and Scary Happenings, and Trick-or-Treating destinations.
Fall Festivals and Halloween Events
Coldwater Country is a family favorite for fall and the entire Halloween season. Step aboard the Fall Pumpkin Train with the Little River Railroad. Enjoy the scenic fall color as you travel from south-central Michigan’s Coldwater to Quincy aboard the historic #110 steam locomotive. Once in Quincy, enjoy time to choose the perfect pumpkin before enjoying the return train ride to Coldwater. Fall Color Runs take place on October 10, 17, and 24; at 11 am and 2pm. Advance tickets recommended.
Join the Blandford Nature Center for two great Halloween events this October! On October 29th, visit them in Grand Rapids for a spooky night of crafts, games, lantern-lit trails, and animal encounters at Wizards, Witches, and Owls. Or participate in the Blandford Halloween Hunt on October 29th and 30th, where you are invited to put on your costume and go on a Halloween themed scavenger hunt, exploring all corners of Blandford’s property! Learn spooky facts and creepy tales of Michigan nature, and receive a prize upon solving all the mysteries.
There’s lots of Halloween fun to be had in Muskegon county! Don’t miss the local favorite 25th Annual Pumpkinfest in White Lake on October 9th. Guests can enjoy a full day of family-friendly, pumpkin-inspired events, like the pumpkin roll, pumpkin painting and carving, and the pumpkin seed spitting contest, plus a pet costume contest, hay rides, apple cider mill, and more! Also happening in Muskegon, on October 17th, you can catch a free showing of the family film Corpse Bride at a local theater.
Critter Barn is celebrating Halloween this year at their farm on Adam Street in Zeeland! Join them on Saturday, October 30th for Boo at the Barn: a day of decorations, costumes, candy, and of course, visits with all of Critter Barn’s animals.
Rockford’s very own Herman’s Boy will be hosting another installment of their Art in the Barn events on October 23rd from 9 am to 2 pm, and this one is Halloween themed! Art in the Barn features local artists and crafters creating and selling their products in the barn at Herman’s Boy. This month’s event will give you the opportunity to paint your own pumpkin, and purchase great fall treats and crafts.
Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is the annual Mexican holiday when family and friends come together to celebrate death and life. Join the Holland Museum and the Latin Americans United for Progress (LAUP) for their Dia de Los Muertos celebration on Saturday, October 23rd at the Holland Armory. This free, family event will be an afternoon of music and dance, art activities, and to view community created ofrendas (colorful altars with flowers, pictures, and other offerings in remembrance of those who have passed). Masks are required.
All Aboard for a Gourd! The Coopersville & Marne Railway presents its annual Pumpkin Train. Join the Famous Pumpkin, along with Stewy the Scarecrow and Lil’ Crow as they entertain passengers of all ages during a leisurely 90-minute ride. They sing, they dance, and they tell funny stories aboard the vintage train as it makes its way to Marne and back. Featuring century-old passenger cars and a 1950’s era locomotive, the train follows a route dating to 1858. After the train’s return to Coopersville, each child aboard will pay a visit to the pumpkin patch where they can pick just the right pumpkin to take home. It all adds up to Halloween fun for the entire family!
Krasl Art Center (KAC) is once again hosting ‘Flick-or-Treat.’ Head to their St. Joseph location on October 29 to decorate your own pumpkin to display at KAC and then enjoy projected silent films with a live piano accompaniment from Dr. Larry Shanker on KAC’s grounds. Pull up a blanket, enjoy popcorn, coffee or hot cocoa, and experience these classic silent films with the whole family just in time for Halloween. A $2 donation is suggested for this event collaboration with the Coastline Children’s Film Festival.
Everything you love about the fall season is celebrated at the annual Holland Fall Fest on October 8th and 9th. They’ll celebrate the turning of the season in Downtown Holland with professional pumpkin carvers, an artisan market featuring 50 vendors, fall walking tours, community tulip planting, hay rides, street performers, and more family fun. Community members are invited to plant tulips in preparation for the 2022 Tulip Time Festival, and visit the Artisan Market at Windmill Island Gardens. The entire family can enjoy a variety of fun fall-themed activities including pumpkin painting, candy in the haystack hunt, pumpkin toss contest, and much more. Find detailed information at the Fall Fest website.
Don’t miss Marshall’s great Halloween activities, happening all October long! Each year, 30+ giant skeletons dressed in various costumes and poses are displayed around town where you can view and take photos of them. This year, they will be on display downtown through October 31st.
Live music, Halloween wine parties, harvest markets, and a Halloween parade! These are just a few of the great, festive events happening in Harbor Country this October! View the Chamber calendar of events for all the details.
Travel to Marquette for the Fall Phantasm, an event happening on October 2nd, offering music, dance, and performers in an illusionary, fantasy-themed atmosphere. There will be a collection of all kinds of fantastical creatures throughout the grounds to engage with attendees (witches, dwellers, a goat man, etc.). There will also be a bazaar containing ways for people to make their own masks and costumes to join in with the performances, as well as games under the same theme and drinks from the elixir bar. Stories submitted by writers will also be read by actors at different fire pits throughout the grounds for an all-around immersive experience.
Don’t miss out on Fall Fun Weekends at Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo in New Era! Happening now through October 31st, the whole family is invited to pick a pumpkin, get lost in a corn maze, and enjoy the many outdoor, family-friendly activities that await you!
In Ludington, Poncho’s Pond RV Park is hosting Halloween Weekends on October 1st-3rd, and October 8th-10th. These weekends will have fun activities including trick-or-treating, a site-decorating contest, kids’ pumpkin carving, costume contests, and more!
Also in Ludington, be sure to check out Halloween at the Station at Vacation Station RV Resort from October 1st through 3rd. Book your trip early to ensure you can participate in activities like a spooky train ride, pumpkin decorating, costume parade, trick-or-treating, and much more Halloween fun!
Get active at the Run for Your Lives 5K/10K on October 30th! Enjoy Northern Michigan’s fall color on a beautiful course that takes you through Ludington’s Cartier Park. Feel free to get festive and dress for the occasion! Online registration closes October 29th at 6pm. Single race registration includes a custom die-cast finishers medal and a tri-blend race tee.
In the Petoskey area, don’t miss Harbor Springs’ Halloween decorations at “Skeletons Arise”, their unique, fun promotion where the community shows their festive spirit in October! Visitors can view the Skeletor map online starting in early October, and local residents and businesses can even add their decorations to the map for viewing as well!
For a ghoulishly good time, the Star of Saugatuck paddlewheel boat is offering a 90-minute themed Boo’s Cruise down the Kalamazoo River for adults only on October 30 with music, drink specials, a costume contest, and a few other tricks or treats. October 31 is the Kid’s Halloween Cruise offered at both 1 pm and 3:00 pm. Come in costume or as you are. There will be treats for the kids.
Join A.W. Overhiser Orchards in South Haven on Saturday, October 16th for their annual Great Pumpkin Search! Enjoy a full day of great activities that the whole family will enjoy. Take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch, where kids can pick their free pumpkin to take home. Kids can also explore the corn maze, or participate in crafts and guessing games, and even win prizes! Cider tasting and great treats will also be available.
Costume Parties and Parades
Looking for a fun way to catch live music and dress up this Halloween? Check out ABBA Mania’s performance at The Mendel Center in Benton Harbor, on Sunday, October 31st. Dress in your finest disco attire and enjoy live music from the world’s number one touring ABBA tribute band as they perform an exhilarating two-hour recreation of ABBA’s last-ever concert. Be sure to purchase tickets early!
On Friday, October 29th, Journeyman Distillery in Three Oaks is turning their outdoor space into a spooktacular playland for a Halloween dance party. Their fire pits will be blazing and the Still Room bar and Silo Bar will both be open. Plus, be sure to enjoy glow in the dark putting on Welter’s Folly, and enter their costume contest
Downtown South Haven is hosting a Pet Costume Parade on Saturday, October 30th at 4pm! You’re invited to bring your furry friend dressed up and ready to show off. Prizes will be awarded to the pets with the scariest and funniest costumes, plus a special prize for the best costume that matches their owner!
River St. Joe is hosting a Canine Costume Contest on Thursday, October 28th at their Buchanan brewery! Bring your pup and walk in their parade at 6:15 pm. Prizes (for owners and their pups!) will be awarded for the best costume, as well as the best dog and owner costume combination. Visit River St. Joe’s website for details, entry fee information, and more.
On October 30th in Saugatuck’s Wick’s Park, there will be a Family & Pet Halloween Costume Contest and Parade. Cash prizes will be awarded in four costume categories for both kids and pets: Cute, Funny, Scary, and Most Creative. Other family-friendly activities include a puppet show, sidewalk chalk art contest, and more!
During the evening of October 30 in downtown Douglas, don’t miss the renowned Adult Halloween Parade. The party starts at 10 pm with a Giant Pumpkin King rising from the ashes to officially commence the festivities. For years, this outrageous event has been drawing thousands of spectators from around the country who come to gawk and marvel at the unleashed creativity. Anyone in costume can feel free to strut your stuff down the parade route, but be sure to leave the kids at home for this mature-themed event.
Spooky and Scary
Pick a costume and join the Tri-Cities Historical Museum in Grand Haven for another year of Haunted Halloween! Explore the museum’s spooky exhibit decorations, make crafts, play games, enjoy indoor trick or treating, and more. New this year is the ‘Mini Museum’ featuring creepy, spooky, and odd artifacts from the museum’s collection. You won’t want to miss this free, family friendly event on Saturday, October 16th.
The Holland Museum is hosting Slightly Spooky Cemetery Tours at a local cemetery on October 28th, 29th, and 30th. These are afternoon tours that will be slightly spooky, completely historical, and totally family friendly. Be sure to dress for the weather and prepare to be walking for an hour. These tours will book up fast, so be sure to pre-register today!
Haunted History Tours of Kalamazoo return on October 23rd and 30th. Join the author(s) of Paranormal Michigan for an evening of Kalamazoo history mixed with the paranormal world. Each tour guide will portray a member of Kalamazoo’s past to heighten your historical experience. These walking tours begin and end at Bronson Park, covering just over a mile for two hours of haunted history. While in Kalamazoo, be sure to check out the Kalamazoo House’s great Halloween decorations!
Visit the Ox-Bow Goes to Hell event in Saugatuck during Halloween weekend, October 29th – 31st, where the famed school of the arts will be hosting haunted cabins, a Spooky Trail, and a Graveyard Rave in their meadow where you can dance ‘til you’re dead. The Spooky Trail is family-friendly and for all ages, but please be aware that some parts may be scary for any younger guests. Specifically for the kiddos is the Ox-Bow Goes to Heck event, a Family Day with a matinee haunt.
Trick or Treat!
Halloween at the Light will be taking place on October 23rd in Muskegon County, with free trick or treating and a climb to the top of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light tower for little goblins who come in costume!
Bundy Hill’s Creepy Campers, Ghouls and Goblins event will be held at their campsite in Jerome on October 30th from 6 to 7pm. Bring out the whole family to camp, decorate your campsite, and trunk or treat. The best decorated campsite will win 5 free entries to the park!
Dress up your little “boos” and “ghouls,” and head to Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings for nature-inspired, Halloween fun on jack-o-lantern-lit and candlelit trails. Starting at 6:30 p.m. on October 30th, you and the whole family can trick-or-treat along a half mile loop, and then enjoy an autumn evening outside under the smiling sliver of the moon on a mile-and-a-half trail loop weaving through prairies, forests, and wetlands. After hiking the trails, enjoy warm drinks and snacks around a crackling fire.
The Rockford Chamber of Commerce will be holding a Trunk or Treat event in Downtown Rockford on Saturday, October 30th. First is a cookie and costume run, benefitting Team Orphans. From 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. is a set up of local businesses handing out candy at the Trunk or Treat, as well as a costume contest with awards. Check the event calendar for more updates as the event approaches!
Head to South Haven for Trick-or-Treating fun on October 30th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Spooky decorations and family-friendly fun await this Halloween in downtown South Haven. Put on your best costume and join in the fun!