Fall Activities: From Costume Contests to Spectacular Scares for Families and Friends

. October 13, 2020.
All Hallows Illumination
All Hallows Illumination of Frog Island. Photo courtesy of All Hallows Illumination Facebook.

Spending autumn at home is no fun, but with the pandemic, it’s hard to decide how to handle Halloween. Instead of trick-or-treating, spend your night with friends at a haunted house or dress your kids up and bring them to a trick-or-treat event. All events are offered with social distancing in mind so put on your mask and get to an event. If you want to spend your evening making a yummy or decorative craft, check out AADLs virtual events offered all October. 

Family-Friendly Events

All Hallows Illumination of Frog Island

Wear a costume (with a mask) and bring your aging jack o’lantern to Frog Island. Walk around the park and watch performances by Black Jake & the Carnies as well as Fire spinners. 

Cost: Free

699 Rice St., Ypsilanti. Facebook.com | Event hours: 7-9pm on November 1. 

GlenLore Trails: The Haunted Forest

Trek through the trails as you experience an interactive lights adventure. Explore the Putrid Pumpkin Patch, Phantom Forest, and the Castle Ruin. Masks are required. 

Cost: $25/adult ticket, $12/ticket for children ages 3-12, free admission for children under three. Tickets available for purchase here

3860 Newton Rd, Commerce Charter Twp. Glenloretrails.com | Time slots available between 7pm-12am from October 12-November 15.

Grizzly Peak Pups on the Patio Annual Halloween Costume Party

Join Grizzly Peak for their costume contest. A prize package will be awarded along with a $50 gift certificate for the best pup costume and for the best group costume. 

Cost: Free

120 W. Washington St., Ann Arbor. grizzlypeak.net | Event hours: Noon-2pm on November 1. 

Halloween Events run by the Ann Arbor District Library

The Ann Arbor District Library is running virtual events every day until Halloween. These events will be streamed on AADL.tv. These events include making Trick-or-Treat soap, Hocus Pocus trivia, and a Halloween puppet show. The entire schedule can be found here

AADL is also hosting four Halloween-related contests. These contests are the costume contest, pumpkin contest, Halloween scene contest, and worst spookiest opening line contest. Entries are accepted until October 18. Winners will be announced on Halloween. All contest rules can be found here

Cost: Free

The Haunted Drive-Thru Trick-or-Treat

Trick-or-treat from the comfort of your car! Candy will be passed out at the beginning of the drive via long poles to avoid close contact. Drive past performers and ghouls from the Ring of Steel Action Theatre and Stunt Troupe as well as from Ringstar Studio. Costumes are encouraged.

Cost: Free 

3907 Varsity Dr., Ann Arbor. Facebook.com | Event hours: 6:30-9pm on October 31.

Highland Cemetery Lantern Tour

Walk through the Highland Cemetery on a guided lantern tour. Learn about some of the people resting in the cemetery. Lanterns are provided. Must reserve a ticket, and face coverings are required. 

Cost: $10/ticket

Highland Cemetery. 943 North River St., Ypsilanti. Eventbrite.com | Event hours: 7-9pm October 11-31. 

Howl-O-Ween Dog Walk & Costume Contest

Come with your family and your dog for the Howl-O-Ween Dog Walk & Costume Contest. The dogs in costumes will be posted on Facebook and the dog with the most likes will win a prize. A Trick-or-treat trail and campfires for smores will also be available. 

Cost: $5/family (up to four people and their dogs per family)

3200 Jennings, Whitmore Lake. web1.vermontsystems.com | Event hours: 6:30-8:30pm on October 23.

Not-Too-Scary StoryBook Trail

Come to the Baker Woods Preserve in costume and walk the trail while listening to a story. Treats will be offered at the end of the trail and families can come to the trail at any point in the event duration. 

Cost: Free 

Baker Woods Preserve. 11914 Trinkle Rd., Dexter. chelseadistrictlibrary.org | Event hours: 4:30-6:30pm on October 26.

South Lyon Halloween Ghost Hunt (Kid-friendly)

Experience a guided tour through the South Lyon Cemetery. Legends and stories will be told about the cemetery and its inhabitants. Headphones will be used as part of the tour, attendees are welcome to bring their own if desired. Only tickets for the children are needed. Parents must attend with their children. Event meant for children 12 and under. 

Cost: $25/ticket

South Lyon Cemetery. 749 Stryker St., South Lyon. Eventbrite.com | Event hours: 8pm on October 31. 

Yankee Air Museum’s Halloween Spectacular 

The Yankee Air Museum is offering a socially distant Halloween activity. Each session will allow 75 people a two-hour experience in the hangar and museum. Candy and goodies will be passed out at the museum. 

Cost: Free for adult Yankee Air Museum members, $15/non-member adult ticket, $1/child ticket

Hangar 1 at Willow Run Airport. 801 Kirk Profit Dr., Ypsilanti. Yankeeairmuseum.org | Event hours: 10am, 12pm, 1pm on October 31.

ypsiGLOW at the EMU Drive-in movies

Watch Grease at EMU’s Convocation Center Parking Lot. This event is sponsored by Wonderfool productions and is part of the 2020 ypsiGLOW productions. Before the movie, GLOW TV, a production featuring local artists and performers, will be premiered. Participants are encouraged to wear glowing outfits and there will be food and swag. (Note: event is weather-dependent)

Cost: Free 

799 N. Hewitt Rd., Ypsilanti. wonderfoolproductions.org | Event hours: 7-9:30pm on October 23.

For Teens and Adults

Haunted Pontiac

Photo courtesy of hauntedpontiac.com.

Awaken Haunted Attraction

Awaken Haunted Attraction takes their scares very seriously. The entire half-mile haunt is filled with surprise twists and spooky scenes enacted by the scarerers. Groups of four people max can go into the attraction at a time. Food and beverage is available for purchase. Masks are required and groups must stay at least six feet away from each other.  

Cost: $25/general admission ticket. All ticket prices/packages listed here

4760 Churchill Rd., Leslie. Awakenhaunt.com | Event hours: 7-11pm on October 16, 29, 31 & 7pm-Midnight on October 17, 23, 24, 30.  

Deranged Haunt

Follow a deranged man into the forest to explore District Deranged, a town that’s meant to change the way the citizens lived for the better until the citizens started exhibiting strange behavior. Buying tickets online is recommended but on-site tickets may be available. Only six people per group, and one group at a time will enter the attraction. Face masks are required. 

Cost: $18/general admission ticket. All ticket prices/packages listed here

35560 Goddard Rd., Romulus. derangedhauntedattraction.com | Event Hours: 8-11:30pm on October 16-17, 23-24, 30 & special event times on October 18, 25, 29, 31, and November 1.  

Erebus Haunted Attraction 

This year the four-story house will still be offering premier scares and frights while requiring masks and social distancing guidelines. The half-mile walk through various rooms and checkpoints are meant to consume all five senses and provide chills and thrills through the attraction. Each group going into Erebus will only go in with their group and up to six people per group. Tickets are limited and will be sold every half hour. Tickets are sold online and on-site. 

Cost: Ticket prices depend on the day. Check the calendar for prices here

18 S. Perry St., Pontiac. 248-332-7884. Hauntedpontiac.com | Event hours: 6pm-1am, Friday-Saturday; 6pm-11pm, Sunday; 7:30pm-10:30pm, select weekdays. October 14-18, 20-31, November 1, 6-7.

South Lyon Halloween Ghost Hunt

Experience a guided tour through the South Lyon Cemetery. Legends and stories will be told about the cemetery and its inhabitants. Headphones will be used as part of the tour, attendees are welcome to bring their own if desired. Meant for ages 12 and above. 

Cost: $25/ticket

South Lyon Cemetery. 749 Stryker St., South Lyon. Eventbrite.com | Event hours: 9:30pm or 11pm on October 31. 

Wiard’s Orchards Night Terrors

Wiard’s Orchards Night Terrors offers four haunted attractions: The Asylum, Hayride of the Lost, The Ultimate Haunted Barn, and The MindShaft. Masks and social distancing are required at all times. Food and beverages will be sold onsite. Wiard’s recommends buying tickets online before coming to the attractions as tickets are limited. Walk-up admission is not guaranteed due to capacity limitations. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Cost: The Asylum, The Ultimate Haunted Barn, and The MindShaft $18/ticket. Hayride of the Lost $21/ticket. All ticket prices/packages are listed here

5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti. 734-390-9212. Hauntedhousemichigan.com | Event hours: 7:15-11:30pm from October 16-18 & 23-25, 7:15-10pm from October 30-November 1.

Looking for some corn mazes or pumpkin patches for some Fall fun? Check out our complete list of corn mazes here or our list of pumpkin patches here.