2014 Haunted Happenings

. October 1, 2014.

The spookiest events taking place in Ann Arbor

Beware! The list below gives you a hauntingly good look into what’s going on in the Ann Arbor area during the spookiest month of the year. Grab your broom stick and we’ll tell you “witch” way to go for halloween candy, corn mazes, pumpkins and more!
By Nadine Hariri

Every Wednesday through Sunday, September 13-October 26
Apple Picking
Wiard’s Orchards
5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti
734-390-9211, wiards.com
Get ready for family-oriented fall activities including hayrides, a petting farm, corn maze and more. On weekends only, there will be a Noah’s Ark inflatable, giant slide, bungee run, pony rides and face painting! $14.99/weekend admission, $9.25/weekday admission. Babies/free.

Every Friday through Sunday, September 19-October 26
Corn Maze
Fridays 6-10pm, Saturdays 1-10pm, Sundays 1-6pm
Talladay Farms
6270 Judd Rd., Milan
734-429-2313, talladayfarms.com
These corn mazes will leave visitors amazed with an intricate “Under the Sea” theme featuring mazes shaped like a shark, whale, dolphin and octopus. Visit the “Kids CORNer” with barrel train rides, straw mounds and pumpkin bowling. Beginning on October 3, an all-ages haunted corn maze every Friday and Saturday from dusk until 10pm. $7 (kids ages 5-11, $6) per maze; $13 (kids, $11) for both.

Saturday, October 4
8th Annual Ghoultide Gathering
Chelsea Fairgrounds
20501 W. Old US-12, Chelsea
269-553-1852 chelseamich.com/venue/chelsea-fairgrounds
There will be a juried show of Halloween art by more than two dozen artists to admire, including whimsical painted collages and wood carvings, papier-mache sculptures, pumpkin dolls, wood-fired face jugs, sculpted witches, and more. Early admission includes a shopping tote and treats. $20, admission after 10am/$5, kids age 10 & under/free. Strollers discouraged.

Saturday, October 4
21st Annual Apple Daze
Dexter Lions Club
Monument Park, downtown Dexter
734-502-4257, dexterlions.org
Enjoy a popular classic car show, craft booths, kids games, a bounce house, a pie-eating contest and hayrides to the Dexter Cider Mill. Entertainment for the family includes local youth musicians, a demo by Master Lockman’s Black Belt Academy, and the veteran Dexter classic pop-rock band Nucleus. Be sure to get ahold of the yummy treats including pizza, ice cream, candy apples, cider, and other goodies. Free.

Saturday & Sunday, October 11 & 12
Tecumseh’s 21st Annual Appleumpkin Festival
Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm
Downtown Tecumseh, MI
517-424-6003, downtowntecumseh.com
Midway rides, carnival games, inflatables and make-it-take-it crafts as well as the Antique Street Fair and Flea market will keep the family busy having fun. There will also be live performances, food vendors and access to Kapnick Orchard’s Apple Festival. Free.

Tuesday, October 14
Preschool Pumpkin Hunt
Saline Rec Center
1866 Woodland Dr., Saline
734-429-3502, www.cityofsaline.org/parks
Preschoolers ages 2-5 can go on a hunt for their perfect pumpkin on Miller Field behind the Rec Center. They will then be able to decorate their selection, enjoy a snack and listen to story time by the Saline District Library. $9 for registration. $12 for registration the day of.
Sunday, October 19
Trick or Treat on the River Noon-5pm
Gallup Canoe Livery
3000 Fuller Rd., Ann Arbor
734-794-6240, a2gov.com/canoe
Spend the day admiring the Huron River as the leaves change colors while trick or treating by canoe or kayak. Friendly Halloween creatures will be passing out candy as you venture through the water. Come in costume and with a bag for treats. $18 per canoe.

Thursday-Sunday, October 23-26
Pumpkin Path and Little Boo
Toledo Zoo
2 Hippo Way 419-385-5721, toledozoo.org
The Toledo Zoo hosts two special Halloween events. The Pumpkin Path has trick or treating and many activities for older kids, while preschoolers, too little for the Pumpkin Path, can enjoy Little Boo. Please wear costumes and bring a container for trick or treating! Special admission prices apply, check the website for more information.

Friday, October 24
23rd Annual Boo Bash
Saline Rec Center
1866 Woodland Dr., Saline
734-429-3502, cityofsaline.org/parks
This Halloween event will have a trick-or-treat trail, games, dancing, treats and balloon drop. Preregistration is required for all adults and ages 3 and up as tickets sell out. Children 2 and under are free, but also must register. Costumes are encouraged! Members/free, nonmembers/$4.

Saturday, October 25
Halloween Party for Babies and Toddlers
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor
2855 Boardwalk, Ann Arbor
734-973-1014, lamazefamilycenter.org
Bring your ghosts, goblins, pirates and princesses to a baby and toddler-friendly Halloween get-together! Play games, make crafts and indulge in treats, with the chance to get your little one’s picture taken by professional photographer, Julie Morrison, for a small donation. $15 per child. $30 with photos.

Saturday, October 25
Halloween Skate
Veterans Memorial Ice Arena
2150 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor
734-794-6235, a2gov.org
Grab your skates and show off your skills while dressed in spooky Halloween attire. The best costumes win prizes! $5/adults, $4/kids and seniors. Skate rental $3.

Saturday, October 25
Boo Bash 2014
Briarwood Mall
100 Briarwood Circle, Ann Arbor
734-769-9610 simon.com/mall/briarwood-mall
Briarwood Mall will be filled with animated characters, fairies, vampires and more when passing out Halloween candy. Activity tables for kids will be placed throughout the mall.

Saturday, October 25
Halloween at the Market
Ann Arbor Farmers Market
315 Detroit St., Ann Arbor
734-794-6255, a2gov.org/market
Face painting, pumpkin carving and other festivities will take place in celebration of the harvest season. Costumes for children are encouraged. Free.

Saturday, October 25
Animal Haunts
Leslie Science and Nature Center
1831 Traver Rd., Ann Arbor
734-997-1553, lesliesnc.org
Children won’t be too spooked at LSNC’s non-scary Animal Haunts. Visitors will take a hike through Black Pond Woods where interpreters in costume bring plants, animals and other natural objects to life. Harvest games and crafts, pumpkins, face painting and a hay jump are waiting for you! Be sure to dress up! $9/person or $34/family non-member; $8/person or $30/family for LSNC members.

Saturday, October 25
Halloween Science Fun Day
10:30-11:30am for 2-6 year olds, Noon- 1pm for 6-10 year olds
Historic Jarvis Stone School
7991 N. Territorial Rd., Plymouth
Join in on the hands-on activities relating to math, science, and Halloween! Prizes, refreshments and a door prize for those with math or science-related costumes. $5/person, $20/family.

Sunday, October 26
17th Annual Family Halloween Party
University of Michigan Natural History Museum
1109 Geddes at North University
734-764-0480, lsa.umich.edu/ummnh
The museum features haunting decor, spooky effects, and some live critters in their family-oriented party which includes a costume contest, trick-or-treats, and many hands-on science-oriented activities. Come in costume! Free.

Tuesday, October 28
Not-Too-Scary Storytime
Chelsea District Library
McKune Room, 221 S. Main St., Chelsea
734-475-8732, chelseadistrictlibrary.org
Drop in with children ages 2-6 and join Miss Karen and Miss Edith for Halloween stories, songs and crafts. Come dressed in costume and hunt around the library for hidden treats! Free.

Thursday, October 30
Downtown Halloween Festival
Ypsilanti Library
229 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti
734-482-4110, ypsilibrary.org
A trick-or-treater’s paradise for all ages will be downtown on Washington Street! Gather candy and other treats at local businesses and stop by Library Plaza to eat popcorn, play games, and win books. The “Boo!Mobile” will also be at the library with fun giveaways. Free.