Fall Fun and Halloween Happenings Guide

. September 30, 2018.

The Southeast Michigan calendar is packed with special fall events and festivals that families are sure to enjoy. From costume parties, to trick or treating in kayaks, there’s something for everyone this season!

Costume Swap
October 1-20
All Ann Arbor Distric Libraries

Donate gently used, clean Halloween costumes to any of the library locations. On Sunday, October 21, you can come back and pick out a new costume.

Zoo Boo
October 5-7, 12-14, 19-21
5-8pm Fridays and Saturdays
3-7pm Sundays
The Detroit Zoo
8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak
248-541-5717, detroitzoo.org
Tickets start at $10

Wear your costumes to the zoo for a “merry-not-scary” Halloween celebration. Live music, a haunted reptile house, and pumpkin carving demonstrations will delight the entire family. Advanced ticket purchase encouraged.

Dexter Apple Daze
Saturday, October 6 | 10am-5pm
Monument Park, Dexter
8031 Main St.

Celebrate the local apple harvest at this annual event in downtown Dexter. Families can take a hayride to the historic Dexter Cider Mill, enter a pie-eating contest, or check out the scarecrow decorating contest.

Smoke and Ale Fall Festival
Friday, October 12 at 5pm |
Saturday, October 13 at 7pm
Chelsea Community Fairgrounds
20501 West Old US Highway 12

$5 per person, 12 & under are Free
This annual festival will include both amateur and professional BBQ contests, a beer barn, and live music. Kids will enjoy a variety of games and a cornhole tournament just for them!

Monster Smash
Saturday October 13 | Noon-3pm
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, a candy hunt, 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
Saturday, October 13 | 4-6pm
Hudson Mills Activity Center
8801 N. Territorial Rd., Dexter
734-426-8211, metroparks.com
$5 per person

Younger children will enjoy dressing in costume, visiting with characters and “wildlife” on the nature trail, and then enjoying cider, donuts, and crafts in the Activity Center. A Metroparks vehicle entry permit, required to enter any Metropark, is $35 annually for regular admission, $21 annually for seniors or $10 daily. Pre-registration is requested.

Trick or Treat on the River
Sunday, October 14 | Noon-5pm
Gallup Livery
3000 Fuller Rd.
$20 per boat

Wear your costume as you paddle around Gallup Pond in a canoe or kayak and collect Halloween candy. Keep your eye out for creatures, swamp monsters and pirates! The livery provides life jackets, but bring a bag for candy. No pre registration required.

Hallow Harvest
Sunday, October 14 | Noon-4pm
Cobblestone Farm
2781 Packard Rd.
734-794-7120, cobblestonefarm.org
$2 adult, $1 child, $1.50 Sr., $5 family, 3 and under Free

See the historic Cobblestone Farmhouse decorated for Halloween. Children can enjoy a scavenger hunt and games while learning about 19th-century Halloween customs.

Pumpkin Carving Party
Sunday, October 14 | 1-3pm
Hudson Mills Activity Center
8801 N. Territorial Rd., Dexter
734-426-8211, metroparks.com

Pick out a pumpkin, choose a design, and have fun carving. The fee includes one pumpkin and cider and doughnuts. A Metropark pass is required.

Little Boo at the Zoo
Thursday, October 18 and
Friday, October 19 | 10am-3pm
The Toledo Zoo
2 Hippo Way, Toledo
419-385-5721, toledozoo.org
$7 for member children, $16 for non-member children and adults, parking fees apply
Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to don costumes for a trick-or-treat event at the zoo. Games and crafts in a non-scary environment are also planned. Bring your own candy bag or bucket.

Boo Bash
Friday, October 19 | 6-8pm
Saline Rec Center
1866 Woodland Dr., Saline
$11 per person

Spend a Halloween-themed evening with the entire family doing crafts, playing games, and dancing to music. There’s a trick or treat trail, so wear your costume, and a balloon drop at the end of the night. This popular event sells out each year, so register early. Save $2 if you register by October 7.

Pumpkins, Lanterns, and Leaves
Friday, October 19 and
Saturday, October 20 | 6-7:30pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens
1800 N. Dixboro Rd.
$14.50 per person

There’s fun for the whole family all weekend long with a pumpkin trail filled with carved pumpkins, lantern crafting, magic tricks by the University of Michigan Magic Club, story time, and a parade. Registration is required.

Pumpkin Path
Saturday, October 20 and
Sunday, October 21 | 10am-4pm
The Toledo Zoo
2 Hippo Way, Toledo
419-385-5721, toledozoo.org
$7 for member children, $16 for non-member children and adults, parking fees apply

Celebrate Halloween at the zoo with costumed trick-or-treating for the whole family, games, magic shows, bounce houses, and more! Bring your own candy bag or bucket.

Fall Festival at Domino’s Farms
Sunday, October 21 | 11am-2pm
The Petting Farm at Domino’s Farms
3001 Earhart Rd.
734-998-0182, pettingfarm.com
$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.

Fun on the Farm: Halloween
Thursday, October 25 | 10am
Kensington Metropark
4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford
248-684-8632, metroparks.com
$5 per person

Toddlers can trick-or-treat all around the farm, play games, and visit the “haunted” barn. Wear your costume so that you can join in the animal parade. A Metroparks vehicle entry permit, required to enter any Metropark, is $35 annually for regular admission, $21 annually for seniors or $10 daily.

Halloween Hootenanny
Thursday, October 25 | 4-7pm
Zingerman’s Delicatessen
422 Detroit St.
734-663-3354, zingermansdeli.com
$8 per child, parents attend

Kids can have fun with pumpkin drawing, cookie decorating, and face painting while enjoying fall snacks. Costumes are encouraged but not necessary. Pre Registration is required.

Celebration of Halloween Concert: 1978
Friday, October 26 | 7:30pm
Towsley Auditorium, Washtenaw Community College
4800 E Huron River Dr, Ann Arbor

Kids of all ages can parade in their costumes and have a chance to win prizes during this Halloween concert. Refreshments and parking are free.

Halloween Downtown/Ypsi Glow
Friday, October 26 | 5:30-10pm
Library Park Plaza, Ypsilanti
734-482-4110, ypsilibrary.org

First, visit the Boo!Mobile, collect candy, and enjoy fun giveaways. Afterward, walk to North Washington St. for music, glowing costumes and window displays, interactive art, luminaries and more.

Animal Haunts
Saturday, October 27 | 6-8pm
Leslie Science and Nature Center
1831 Traver Rd, Ann Arbor
734-997-1553, lesliesnc.org
$10 per person or $35 per family

Hike through Black Pond Woods and meet plants and animals native to Michigan. The non-scary, candy-free fun includes a hay jump, harvest crafts, stories, costumes, and more. Pre Registration is required.

Halloween Bash at the Farmers Market
Saturday, October 27 | Noon-2pm
Ann Arbor Farmers Market
315 Detroit St.
734-794-6255, a2gov.org

Kids can trick or treat in costume at candy stations around the market. Face painting, pumpkin decorating, and games are also available.

Spooky Species
Saturday, October 27 | 5 and 7pm
Sunday, October 28 | 5pm
The Creature Conservancy
4950 Ann Arbor Saline Rd.
734-929-9324, thecreatureconservancy.org
$15 per person

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. Participants are also invited to stay or return for the bat flight at 9pm. Cider and donuts will be served. Pre Registration
is required.

Pumpkin Stomp and Chomp
Saturday, October 27 | 10am-3pm
The Toledo Zoo
2 Hippo Way, Toledo
419-385-5721, toledozoo.org

Regular zoo admission and parking rates apply
Watch the zoo animals receive their Halloween pumpkins and find out which ones like to eat pumpkins and which ones like to smash them!

Muttster Mash Bash
Saturday, October 27 | 6-8pm
Humane Society of Huron Valley
3100 Cherry Hill Rd.
734-662-5585, hshv.org/muttstermash
$10 per child, free for adults and kids under 1

The Humane Society of Huron Valley invites everyone to come out for a great time to benefit the animals in the shelter. Children will enjoy games, trick or treating, crafts for the animals, pictures with Happy the Hound, playtime with adoptable animals and much more! Pre-registration required.

Tags & Treat Costume Party
Saturday, October 27 |10am.
4177 Carpenter Rd, Ypsilanti
734-930-6670, zap-zone.com

Enjoy a Halloween party complete with candy stations, a kid-friendly haunted house, and a costume contest!

Halloween Skate
Saturday, October 27 | 1pm.
Veterans Ice Arena
2150 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor
734-794-6235. a2gov.org

Enjoy an open skate with Halloween music playing!
Come in costume for a chance to win a prize.

Ann Arbor District Library Halloween Costume Contest
Sunday, October 28 | 12:30-3pm
Downtown Library
343 South Fifth Avenue
734-327-4200, aadl.org

All ages are invited to dress in their best costumes and stand before the judges for a chance to win a prize. Costume categories include best book character, most hilarious, best robot, and many more!

University of Michigan Halloween Concert
Sunday, October 28 | 4:30pm
Hill Auditorium
825 N. University Ave.
Reserved seating $12 and $8

Join the University Orchestras for an afternoon of spooky songs and Halloween favorites. Kids of all ages can wear their costumes and enjoy the tricks, treats, and great music. Tickets required.

Music Tools: Spooky Sound Lab
Sunday, October 28 | 1pm
Ann Arbor District Library, Downtown.
343 S 5th Ave., Ann Arbor
734-327-4200, aadl.org

Try your hand at making something creepy, and uncanny with instruments and effects. Grads 6 and up.

Halloween Story
Time & Craft Hour
Monday, October 29 | 10:30am.
Nicola’s Books.
2513 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor
734-662-0600 nicolasbooks.com

Come in costume for a Halloween-themed story time and craft. Enjoy cider and donuts while master storyteller, Ieva Bates, will read some fun and spooky tales.

Halloween Party
Wednesday, October 31 | 10am or 11:30am
Ann Arbor District Library, Downtown.
343 S 5th Ave., Ann Arbor
734-327-4200, aadl.org

Come to library dressed in your costume for stories, a puppet show, and trick-or-treating. After all the holiday fun, head to Main Street for the Halloween Treat Parade.

The Great Pumpkin Roll
Saturday, November 3 | 9am
Mill Pond Park, Saline

Bring your old jack-o-lantern to Mill Pond Park for the annual pumpkin roll. Winners will receive prizes, but everyone will enjoy cider and doughnuts.

Fall Fun

Make the most of Michigan’s beautiful autumn weather with a hay ride, a glass of fresh apple cider, or a trip through a corn maze.

Alber Orchard
13011 Bethel Church Rd, Manchester.
734-428-9310. alberorchard.com

Tour the vintage cider press, try your luck in the 7-acre corn maze, or relax during the hayride. $3 per person for hayrides, $6 per person for corn maze.

Blast Corn Maze
6175 Daly Rd, Dexter. blastcornmaze.com

Adults and kids of all ages can explore 3.5 miles of corn maze trails. $8 for adults, $5 for children, 4 & under free.

Coleman’s Corn Maze
12758 Jordan Rd, Saline. 734-429-1212. colemanscornmazes.com

Climb on giant haystacks, pet the barn animals, play in the corn box, or choose one of three corn mazes. Prices vary.

Dexter Cider Mill
3685 Central St., Dexter. 734-426-8531. dextercidermill.com

Enjoy apples, cider, and doughnuts at Michigan’s oldest continuously operated cider mill.

Erwin Orchards
61475 Silver Lake Rd., South Lyon.
248-437-0150. erwinorchards.com

Enjoy fall fun with wagon rides, corn maze, petting zoo, live music, and more.

Jenny’s Farm Stand
8366 Island Lake Rd, Dexter. 734-424-3431. jennysfarmmarket.com

Kids will love the pony rides, straw bale maze, and homemade doughnuts at Jenny’s.

Maybury Farm
50165 8 Mile Rd., Northville. 248-374-0200. mayburyfarm.org

Take a wagon ride to the 9-acre corn maze, or enjoy a 1-acre maze especially for kids.
$9 per person, 2 & under are free.

Plymouth Orchards & Cider Mill
10685 Warren Rd, Plymouth. plymouthorchards.com

Take a fun, educational wagon ride tour of this beautiful working farm and cider mill. $2.50-3.50 per person.

The Pumpkin Factory
48651 Harris Rd., Belleville. 734-461-1835. thepumpkinfactory.org

Family hayrides, a petting zoo, pedal cart races, and a bakery are some of this pumpkin farm’s fall offerings. Prices vary by activity.

Three Cedars Farm
7897 Six Mile Rd, Northville. 248-437-8200. threecedarsfarm.org

Families can enjoy a hayride, a train ride, or the 7-acre corn maze. Hayrides $5 per family, train rides $4 and corn maze $5 per person.

Wiard’s Country Fair
5565 Merritt Rd, Ypsilanti. 734-390-9211. wiards.com

Admission to the Country Fair includes many family-friendly activities including inflatables, pony rides, wagon rides, an apple cannon, and much more. $17.99 per person on weekends, children under 2 are free.

Local U-Pick Farms

Enjoy a crisp fall day picking your own pumpkins or apples at a Southeast Michigan farm. Be sure to confirm hours before you go.

50240 Martz Rd., Belleville.
734-260-0334. debuckscornmaze.com
Wagon rides to the U-pick pumpkin patch

Denny’s U-Pick
4260 Gotfredson Road, Plymouth. 248-685-2769. dennyupick.webs.com

Erie Orchards
1235 Erie Rd., Erie.
734-848-4518. erieorchards.com
U-pick apples

Erwin Orchards
61475 Silver Lake Rd., South Lyon.
248-437-0150. erwinorchards.com
Apples and pumpkins

Lutz Orchard 11030 Macon Rd, Saline. 734-429-5145

Slow Farm
4700 Whitmore Lake Rd.
917-837-0975. slowfarmandfriends.com
Organic pumpkins

Wasem Fruit Farm
6580 Judd Rd., Milan. 734-482-2342. wasemfruitfarm.com
Over a dozen varieties of apples as well as pumpkins

Wiard’s Orchards
5565 Merritt Rd, Ypsilanti. 734-390-9211. wiards.com
Pumpkins and 8 varieties of apples

Wing Farms
5335 Dexter Ann Arbor Rd. 724-761-7578. wingfarms.com
U-pick pumpkins, including their famous giant pumpkins