Free Events for Ann Arbor Area Families in October

All October

Kids Halloween Costume Exchange

What do you do with the costumes your child has outgrown? Starting October 1, drop off your gently-used costumes at the Chelsea District Library for another family to discover and take a “new” one home! Donated costumes should be in good wearable condition, free from holes, wear and tear, and odors. 

221 South Main St, Chelsea.

October 1

Bluey Party

Mom! Dad! Bingo! Bluey! Join AADL for games and crafts to celebrate our favorite blue heeler, Bluey, and friends.

343 South Fifth Ave, Ann Arbor.

Dundee’s Pumpkin Palooza

Free family fun at the Annual Pumpkin Weigh off festival. Check out the giant pumpkins and after enjoy the fall craft vendors, car show and free kids activities, including a petting zoo! 

Toledo St, Dundee.

October 7

Nature Hunt Bingo
A family nature hunt through the woods and trails searching for birds, animals, leaves, and more. Bingo cards, snacks and prizes are provided. 

651 Cherry Hill Rd, Ypsilanti.

Juan Bobo Presented by Black and Brown Theatre

Black and Brown Theatre’s newest show will give a fresh twist to the classic Puerto Rican tale of Juan Bobo, the loveable boy who is a bit too silly for his own good.

8795 MacArthur Blvd, Ypsilanti.

October 14

Make an Enchanted Land with Doodles Academy

Art instructors from Doodles Academy will help you brainstorm and create your own enchanted land with art supplies.

8795 MacArthur Blvd, Ypsilanti.

October 21

Two of a Kind Concert

Two of a Kind returns to the Ann Arbor District Library to get autumn fun underway! Clap and dance along with their music that will leave the whole family smiling.

343 South Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor.

Pumpkin Carving Arts & Crafts at Norfolk Park

Have fun with pumpkins, crafts and snacks at this event while supplies last. 

343 South Fifth Ave, Ann Arbor.


Enjoy hands-on science demonstrations with local scientists. Make slime, crystallize salt, make elephant toothpaste and more! Cayman Chemical scientists and Huron Valley ACS members will offer hands-on science demonstrations including some you can take home!

5577 Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti.

October 22

Fall Family Day | Kelsey Museum
Join the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology for their fall Family Day and explore the theme of “Archaeology and Technology” in honor of International Archaeology Day!

434 South State St, Ann Arbor.

AADL Halloween Costume Swap
Come pick out a new-to-you costume for this year! This is a wonderful chance to save money, clear your closet, and pick out something snazzy for this year from the gently used and clean costumes dropped off at any Library location during the month of October.
343 South Fifth Ave, Ann Arbor.

October 27

Halloween Downtown Ypsilanti
Trick or treat in the Library Plaza with the BooMobile, music, costume contest, sweet treats, and more! At 6:45 p.m, join a costume procession through downtown.

229 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti.

Festival of Lights
Canton Leisure Services is partnering with several community groups to host this special celebration. Festival of Lights is a cultural celebration of lights that symbolizes the victory of light over darkness. This Diwali event is free and open to ALL community members to learn and celebrate together with Indian cultural dancing, DJ music, Indian food and Henna body art. The evening will also culminate with a firework display.

46000 Summit Pkwy, Canton.

October 28

Project STEM: Dino Build Sponsored by Toyota
Learn about dinosaurs and work as a group to build a giant dinosaur skeleton out of our dino bone collection. Project STEM@ YDL series is sponsored by Toyota.

8795 MacArthur Blvd, Ypsilanti.

November 1

All Hallows Illumination of Frog Park
The 5th annual All Hallows Illumination of Frog Island! Bring your jack o’lanterns to the Frog Island amphitheater to light it up with us! The more jacks, the more magical it is. Costumes are encouraged. Fire Spinners Ypsi Spin Jam/Great Lakes Flow will start at 7 p.m. followed by Black Jake & the Carnies (tips encouraged!)

699 Rice St, Ypsilanti.

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