Halloween Guide

. February 5, 2013.
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Nothing says Halloween like apple orchards, hayrides and pumpkin picking. And when you live in the Ann Arbor area, there's no shortage of any of those things when the trees start changing color. So what are you waiting for? Rake up the leaves, get your halloween costumes ready and jump into some of these fall activities your family will love.

Pumpkinfest
October 1-2
Downtown South Lyon

www.southlyonpumpkinfest.com
Thousands of people will crowd downtown
South Lyon for the town’s largest
annual event featuring activities for all
ages. Check out movie nights at the historic
Lyon Theater downtown, listen to
live music and enjoy children’s entertainment.
Pumpkinfest is free and shuttles
are available from parking areas to bring
people downtown. For a complete list of
events visit the website.

 

 

Appleumpkin
Festival & Westfest
October 8-9
Downtown Tecumseh

www.downtowntecumseh.com
Who can resist a fall festival with a name
like Appleumpkin? This 18th annual
event is free and located in downtown
Tecumseh featuring an antiques fair,
arts and crafts show and live entertainment.
Little ones are invited to make a free scarecrow and enjoy other
free children’s activities and older kids
and adults can visit the haunted house.
Sat 9am-6pm and Sun 10am-5pm.

Fall Festival and Craft ShowPhoenix, 3, Gryphon, 7, Sunora, 3 Drakon, 5, Mayes from Pinckney
October 15
St. Mary Catholic Church
14200 E. Old US Highway 12, Chelsea
734-475-9005

Admission is just $1 when you visit the
sixth annual Fall Fest and Craft Show
at St. Mary’s Church in Chelsea. Fortyseven
crafters and artists will sell their
works and visitors can enjoy treats at the
bake sale and enter in a raffle to win
gift baskets from 10am-4pm.

Fall Harvest Celebration
October 16
Parker Mill
4650 Geddes Rd.
734-971-6337

www.ewashtenaw.org
Have you ever seen a grist mill in operation?
Want to try your hand at shelling
corn? Kids can do this and more at the
Fall Harvest Celebration at Parker Mill.
Hosted by the Washtenaw County Parks
and Recreation Commission, the celebration
will also invite kids to learn about
wild nut harvesting and
see and taste several
varieties of apples.

Animal Haunts Leslie Science and Nature Center
October 22
1831 Traver Rd.
734-997-1553

www.lesliesnc.org
The science center’s non-scary “animal
haunts” will feature a guided hike
through Black Pond Woods where costumed
characters bring plants and
animals to life through skits and
songs. Children will enjoy
an evening of pumpkins,
games, face painting and
cider, with earlier programs
featuring a hike
especially for children
ages five and younger
from 4:30-9:30pm.

Halloween Story Time and Craft
October 22
Dexter Library
3255 Alpine St., Dexter

www.dexter.lib.mi.us
Children of all ages can visit the Dexter
Library for a free Halloween story time
and craft at 11am. No registration is
required; drop-ins are welcome!

Halloween Fun
October 23
Hudson Mills Metropark, Dexter

www.metroparks.com
Advance tickets are required (and worth
it!) for this kid-friendly event where
guests can make cider, decorate doughnuts
and create “spooky” crafts, all
designed to inspire the Halloween spirit
in your family. Children can also meet
animals from the Great Lakes Zoological
Society. Tickets are available at
the park office for $6 per child,
under age 1 free, and $3 per
adult. Cider, doughnuts and
a hayride are included in
admission. Events take place
at 10am and 1pm.

Toddler/Preschool
Halloween Movie and Snack
October 28
Dexter Library

3255 Alpine St., Dexter
www.dexter.lib.mi.us
Sit back and relax as toddlers and preschoolers
enjoy a Halloween themed
movie and snack at the Dexter Library.
The free event will feature the film
Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie,
which is rated G and runs 66 minutes.
The fun begins at 11am.

Tiny Tots Program: Creatures of the Night
October 28
Leslie Science and Nature Center
1831 Traver Rd.

734-997-1553
www.lesliesnc.org
Learn about bats, meet our live owls, use
your nose to find your way and create a starry
craft as we discover teh creatures fo the night
from 10-11:30a.m. Program includes hands-on ativities,
hikes and visits to the criter house.

Dexter Community Band  Halloween Concert October 30
Dexter High School Center for the Performing Arts
2200 North Parker Rd., Dexter

www.dextercommunityband.org
Looking for a new way to get in the
Halloween spirit this year? Enjoy
a Halloween concert by the Dexter
Community Band at 3pm. Call for ticket prices.

Downtown HalloweenAllie Horchem, 2, of Ypsilanti
Fall Festival
October 28
S. Washington, Downtown Ypsilanti
734-481-0141

www.daypsi.com
The Downtown Association of Ypsilanti
is sponsoring an evening of trick or treating
for children 2-12 in historic downtown
Ypsilanti. This year’s event will
take place on S. Washington between
Michigan Avenue and Ferris Streets and
on the Library Park Plaza from 5-6:30pm.

Halloween Skate
October 29
Veterans Memorial Ice Arena
2150 Jackson Rd.
734-794-6235

www.a2gov.org
If your kids love to skate, and they love
to dress up for Halloween, you won’t
want to miss this event! Guests of all
ages are invited to skate to the spooky
sounds of Halloween from 1-2:30pm at
this annual, general admission event.
Best costume prizes will be awarded.
$6 for adults, $5 for youth and seniors.
Skate rental is $3.

Huron Village Plaza
Halloween Celebration
October 29
3255 Washtenaw
734-973-1618

Families will enjoy the day
traveling from store to store
for tricks and treats. Family
fun begins at Barnes & Noble
for an 11am story read of
“Goodnight Goon.” Panera Bread will
keep you warm with free hot chocolate;
candy and sticker giveaways at
Georgetown Gifts and AT&T, and
Walgreens will offer free 4×6 photos of
you in costume. Whole Foods is hosting
the Halloween Treat Trail and Spooky
Pumpkin Carving Contest (first prize-a
$75 gift card, second prize-$50 gift card
and third prize-$25 gift card) and FlatTop
Grill will hand out candy and offer a $50
first place, $25 second place and T-shirt
prize forbest costume.

Special Halloween Storytime
October 29
Nicola’s Books
2513 Jackson Rd.
734-662-0600

www.nicolasbooks.com
Join local author Herbert Wong Yee,
as he presents his new book, “Mouse
and Mole, a Perfect Halloween”
at 11am. Share another vibrant
autumn season with Mouse and Mole in
the sixth installment of this Geisel Honor
Award-winning series. Come in costume
and join in the wild rumpus with Maurice
Sendak’s Wild Thing after the story is over.

Monster Ball Costume Party
October 30
My Urban Toddler
7025 E. Michigan Ave, Saline
734-944-3628

www.myurbantoddler.com
Come and enjoy the fifth annual
Monster Ball Bash. Guests may
trick-or-treat through My Urban
Toddler’s play space, in addition
to dinner, a magic show and craft
projects from 4-6pm. Dress up as
your favorite character, animal or
super hero! The best adult costume
will win a three month family play membership!

Annual Family Halloween Party
University of Michigan Museum of Natural History
1109 Geddes Ave.
734-764-0480

www.lsa.umich.edu
Have a Halloween that’s fun, safe — and
educational as well! Enjoy free entertaining
activities with informal science
learning with the Exhibit Museum’s
Family Halloween Party from noon-5-
pm. Partygoers will journey through the
Museum, discovering special stations
and displays full of
hands-on activities.

Main Street
Association Treat Parade
October 31
Downtown Ann Arbor

www.mainstreetannarbor.org
Have you picked out your costumes
yet? Ann Arbor families will enjoy the
11th annual Treat Parade in downtown
Ann Arbor hosted by the Main Street
Association. This local favorite allows little
ones to parade through downtown in
costume getting greets and treats from
many area merchants from 11am-5pm.
Look for the black and orange balloons
to mark participating businesses.

Halloween Party at the Library
October 31
Downtown Ann Arbor Library,
Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Ave.
734-327-4200

www.aadl.org
If you’re out enjoying the
Main Street Association’s Trick
or Treat Day, don’t forget
to stop in the downtown
library location
for “spooky”stories and trickor-treats from
10:30-11am or 11:30-12pm!

Halloween Crafts at the Library
October 31
Pittsfield Branch: Program Room
2359 Oak Valley Dr.
734-327-4200

www.aadl.org
Want to get in the Halloween spirit
before the trick-or-treating begins? Stop
in to the Pittsfield Branch Library from
4-6pm and make some Halloweenthemed
crafts. Refreshments will be available.

Wiard’s Orchard’s Country Fair
Through October 30
5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti.
734-390-9211

www.wiards.com
The hand-dipped caramel apples are
probably enough to lure you
in, but Wiard’s Orchard’s
Country Fair has that and more to get you in the
leaf-crunching, sweaterwearing
mood this fall. Enjoy the corn maze,
fire engine rides, giant slide and more at
the country fair and save time for picking
apples and pumpkins.
If you’re really brave, check out the haunted barns!
Admission is $12.50 per person, babies 23 months and younger
get in free.

Coleman’s Corn Maze
Through October 30
12758 Jordan Rd., Saline

www.colemancornmaze.com
Carving pumpkins can be fun, but what
about picking your own? Little ones will
enjoy their role in this Halloween tradition
as they choose their own pumpkin
at Coleman’s Corn Maze. Tour the corn
maze and also check out farm animals,
hayrides and bonfires.

Talladay Farms
Through October 30
6270 Judd Rd., Milan
734-645-1791

This 25-acre, 10-mile corn maze offers
a fun adventure for the whole family.
Don’t forget your flashlight if you’re
going at night! Guests can also visit
the ten foot high lookout tower that
overlooks the maze.

DeBuck’s Corn Maze
and Pumpkin Patch
Through October 30
50240 Martz Rd., Belleville
734-260-0334

www.debuckscornmaze.com
Head over to DeBuck’s to sip on
some hot cider and relax around
a bonfire. Or if you’re in for more
of an adventure, check out the barrel
rides, bounce house or super
slide! This family-friendly farm
features a 13-acre corn maze, 10-acre
pumpkin patch and pedal car races.

The Pumpkin Factory
Through October 30
48651 Harris Rd., Belleville
734-461-2763

What could be cooler than a Halloween
Farm? A haunted hayride, corn maze and
more than 1,000 pumpkins to choose
from are just some of what you’ll find at
The Pumpkin Factory in Belleville. Visit
the “Witches Kitchen” for famous pumpkin
pie and enjoy pony rides, donuts,
cider and a children’s playground and straw jump.

Donahee Farms
Through October 30
6055 Tower Rd., Plymouth
734-459-0655

www.donaheefarms.com
Anyone want to see a giant pumpkin?
Head over to Donahee Farms,
where more than 80 acres of pumpkins
are grown. Kids will enjoy a
pumpkin moon walk and a straw maze.

Trick or Treat
October 31

Ann Arbor: 5-8pm
Chelsea: 4-6pm
Dexter: 5:30-7:30pm
Pittsfield: 6:30-9pm
Saline: 6-8pm
Ypsilanti: 6-8pm
Visit our website at annarborfamily.com for more events