There’s nothing quite like fall in Michigan. Beautiful colors, crisp air, and perfect temperatures provide the ideal backdrop for dozens of family-friendly events and festivals. Whether you’re looking for great food, hayrides, or opportunities to put on
a costume and trick or treat, this list has something for everyone.
Apple Daze in Dexter
10am-5pm on Saturday, October 7
Monument Park, Dexter
Celebrate one of Michigan’s favorite fruits at this annual event in downtown Dexter. The fun includes a pie eating contest, car show, craft vendors, music, games, and more.
Smoke and Ale Fall Festival
5pm on Friday, October 13
7pm on Saturday, October 14
Chelsea Community Fairgrounds
20501 W. Old US Highway 12
$5 per person
The third-annual BBQ cook-off contest will include food vendors, a beer barn, and live music. Kids will enjoy face-painting, gaga ball, and a cornhill tournament just for them!
12pm-3pm on Saturday, October 14
Rolling Hills County Park
7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti
$6 per person, $22 family of 4, $25 family of 5, $3 per additional person
Hayrides, crafts, carnival games, and cider and donuts will be available to families and kids of all ages. Don’t forget to dress up your pet for the pet costume contest!
Trick or Treat on the Trail at Hudson Mills Metropark
4 pm on Saturday, October 14
Hudson Mills Activity Center
8801 N. Territorial Rd., Dexter
734-426-8211 | metroparks.com
$5 per person
Want some non-scary Halloween fun? Visit and trick-or-treat with characters and “wildlife” on the nature trail and then enjoy cider, donuts, and crafts in the Activity Center. A Metroparks vehicle entry permit is required to enter any Metropark and is $35 annually for regular admission,
$21 annually for seniors or $10 daily.
Trick or Treat on the River
12-5pm on Sunday, October 15
3000 Fuller Rd.
$18 per boat
Paddle around Gallup Pond in a canoe or kayak, take in the beautiful fall colors, and collect Halloween candy. Keep your eye out for creatures, swamp monsters, and pirates! Come in costume if you want and bring a bag for your candy. The livery will provide life jackets. No preregistration required.
6-8pm on Friday, October 20
Saline Rec Center
1866 Woodland Dr.
$11 per person
Spend a spooky evening doing crafts, playing games, and dancing to music with a live DJ. There’s a trick or treat trail, so wear your costume. Celebrate with a balloon drop at the end of the night. This event sells out each year, so register early. Save $2 if you register by October 6.
6-8pm on Saturday, October 21
Leslie Science and Nature Center
1831 Traver Rd., Ann Arbor
$10 per person or $35 per family
Hike through Black Pond Woods and meet plants and animals native to Michigan. The fall fun includes a hay jump, harvest crafts, stories, costumes, and more.
Preregistration is required.
12-4pm on Sunday, October 22
2781 Packard Rd.
$2 adult, $1 child, $1.50 Sr., $5 family, 3 and under free
Beautiful Cobblestone Farmhouse will be decorated for Halloween. Children can enjoy a scavenger hunt and games while learning about 19th century
4-7pm on Thursday, October 26
422 Detroit St., Ann Arbor
$8 per child, parents attend free
Kids can have fun with pumpkin drawing, cookie decorating, and face painting while enjoying fall snacks. Costumes are encouraged but not necessary.
Preregistration is required.
5:30-9pm on Friday, October 27
Library Park Plaza, Ypsilanti
First, visit the Boo!Mobile, collect candy, and enjoy fun giveaways. Afterward, walk to North Washington St. for music,
glowing costumes and luminaries.
Halloween at the A2 Market
11am-1pm on Saturday, October 28
Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market
315 Detroit St.
Celebrate the fall harvest season!
Children can wear costumes to the market and participate in face painting, pumpkin decorating and games.
Fall Festival at
11am-2pm on Sunday, October 29
The Petting Farm at Domino’s Farms
3001 Earhart Rd., Ann Arbor
$6 per person
In addition to the regular attractions at the Petting Farm, children can enjoy a costume parade, games, snacks, and crafts. Hayrides are available for an additional charge.
5pm on Saturday, October 28
and Sunday, October 29
The Creature Conservancy
4950 Ann Arbor Saline Rd.
$15 per person and a food donation for the animals
Families with kids aged six and older can join some spooky animals for the
annual Halloween party. Learn about bats, vultures, ravens, spiders, snakes, and more during the interactive, hands-on program. Cider and donuts will also be served. Preregistration is required.
Blast Corn Maze
September 23-November 4
5-10pm on Fridays, 11am-10pm on Saturdays, and 11am-8pm on Sundays
6175 Daly Rd., Dexter
$8 per adult, $5 per child, 4 and under FREE
Test your maze skills in a 10-acre field of corn with short, medium, and full corn mazes. Children will also enjoy playing in the corn box and on the mountain of straw. Don’t miss the duck races, pedal cars, corn cannon and cow train!
Wiard’s Country Fair
September 29-October 29
10am-6pm on weekdays, 11am-6pm on weekends
5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti, 734-390-9211, wiards.com
$13.75 per person weekdays, $17.75 per person weekends, 2 and under free
Opportunities for fall fun are seemingly endless at the Country Fair. There’s a petting zoo, mini golf, a variety of playgrounds, wagon rides, and much more. Food vendors are available as well as fresh donuts and cider. On the weekends, pony rides, an apple cannon and paintball are available for an additional cost. Parking is free.
13011 Bethel Church Rd., Manchester
Search the field for the perfect pumpkin and then spend some time in the free straw maze and play area and watch the cider being made on a vintage cider press. Hayrides and a corn maze available at an additional cost.
Wasem Fruit Farm
6580 Judd Rd., Milan
Pick your own pumpkin at this family-owned farm. Be sure to enjoy their homemade donuts and cider while you’re there.
Wells Pumpkin Farm
3801 S. Wagner Rd., Ann Arbor
Choose the perfect pumpkin or gourd from a wide variety of sizes that are already picked and waiting for you. Cash only.
5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti
This you-pick pumpkin patch also boasts a cider mill, a country store and an apple orchard.
5335 Dexter Rd., Ann Arbor
Take a free hayride to the pumpkin patch and then play in the super hay bale area. Gourds and fall decor are also available.