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Halloween October Events in Southeast Michigan

Trick or treat! Bring your little ghouls and ghosts out to one of these 2014 events in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties for some spooktacular fun

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Whether you're looking to see a spooky show, dress up and hit a freaky festival or just get scared this Halloween, these family-friendly events have just the right amount of spookiness to get the job done. Check out this roundup to decide which fright-astic fest or eerie event is just right for your pint-sized pumpkin this Halloween.

Wilson Barn Pumpkin Fest

Sept. 27-Oct. 30, 2014

  • Address: 29350 W. Chicago St., Livonia
  • Phone: 734-427-4311
  • Times: 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays (daily) (Note: The Haunted Barn is open noon-7:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays Oct. 11-12, 18-18 and 25-26)
  • Cost: Free admission, fees/some activities

It's apple cider and doughnut season – but that's not all you can enjoy at this annual event, which takes place daily. Pick a pumpkin, take a pony ride or hayride, get spooked in the haunted barn and much more.

Harvest Spooktacular at Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Oct. 4, 2014

  • Address: 1800 N. Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-647-7600
  • Times: 10 a.m.-noon Saturday
  • Cost: $8/child

Creative kids can decorate a mini pumpkin for Halloween. They can also make granola bars using native grains like quinoa, amaranth and sunflower seeds. (Note: You must register in advance.)

Halloween Soup at Marquis Theatre

Oct. 4-25, 2014 (select dates only)

  • Address: 135 E. Main St., Northville
  • Phone: 248-349-8110
  • Times: 2:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays; additional shows 7 p.m. Oct. 24 (Friday) and 11 a.m. Oct. 25 (Saturday)
  • Cost: $9

Head to Northville to catch this not-so-scary live musical show about Granny, her haunted mansion and her special soup – perfect for kids ages 3 and older.

Shock-tober Series at the Penn Theatre

Oct. 9-30, 2014 (Thursdays)

  • Address: 760 Penniman Ave., Plymouth
  • Phone: 734-416-4278
  • Times: 7 p.m. Thursdays
  • Cost: $3

Experience old-school horror cinema with Abbott & Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1953) on Oct. 9, Ghostbusters (1984) Oct. 16, Young Frankenstein (1974) Oct. 23 and Abbott & Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951) on Oct. 30.

Three Stooges Halloween Festival at the Redford Theatre

Oct. 10-11, 2014

  • Address: 17360 Lahser Road, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-537-2560
  • Times: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: $5/movie

Enjoy some Halloween hijinks with the famous trio of knuckleheads in six shorts including We Want Our Mummies, Some More of Samoa, Idle Roomers, Shivering Sherlocks, Mummy’s Dummies and The Ghost Talks.

Hallowe'en at Greenfield Village

Oct. 10-26, 2014 (Fridays-Sundays)

  • Address: 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-982-6001
  • Times: 6:30-9 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 6:30-8 p.m. Sundays
  • Cost: Free with admission: $15/ages 3-plus, free/ages 2 and under; $5/parking

More than 1,000 carved jack-o'-lanterns light your way through the mile-long curving trick or treating path. Don your favorite costumes, meet some classic creepy characters at this nightmare-free event. Note: Tours leave every half hour. You must register for this event.

Zoo Boo at the Detroit Zoo

Oct. 10-26, 2014 (Fridays-Sundays)

  • Address: 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-541-5717
  • Times: 6-8 p.m. Fridays, 5-8 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays
  • Cost: $8/ages 2-plus (advance ticket), $5/parking, per vehicle

Dress up in your favorite costumes for a half-mile of trick or treating fun. Plus, the Zoo Boo Revue, Ghouly Games, the Haunted Reptile House and Zombie Zone. Note: Advance registration is highly recommended; can sell out.

Garden Fresh Hilton Fall Festival and Craft Fair

Oct. 11, 2014

  • Address: Martin Road Park Activity Center, 1615 E. Lewiston Ave., Ferndale
  • Phone: 248-544-6767
  • Times: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: $5/ages 3-15, $2/ages 16-plus, free/2 and under

Crafts, carnival games, face painting, hayrides, pony rides, trick or treating and more are in store at this annual event.

Stonewall Pumpkin Festival at Van Hoosen Farm

Oct. 11, 2014

  • Address: 1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester Hills
  • Phone: 248-656-4663
  • Times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m./activities, 7-9 p.m. pumpkin lighting Saturday
  • Cost: $7/ages 2 and up, includes a pumpkin

Enjoy, pumpkin bowling, music, hayrides, food, fire trucks and crafts during the daytime, plus carve a pumpkin. Then, in the evening, see the hundreds of jack-o'-lanterns line the walls around this Rochester Hills museum.

Smashing Pumpkins at the Detroit Zoo

Oct. 15, 2014

  • Address: 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Detroit
  • Phone: 248- 541-5717
  • Time: 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesday
  • Cost: $8/ages 2-plus, free/under 2

See various animals smash up pumpkins to get treats, including river otters, polar bears, anteaters and tigers.

Halloween Forest Fun Hike at Nankin Mills

Oct. 17, 2014

  • Address: 33175 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland
  • Phone: 734-261-1990
  • Times: register for 6, 6:30, 7 or 7:30 p.m. Friday
  • Cost: $6-$7/kids, $2-$3/adults

Hike out into the woods in the middle of the night to encounter some of nature's not-so-scary costumed characters. After, head inside for Halloween prizes and treats. Note: Register in advance to get your confirmed start time, and dress for the weather.

Boo at the Burgh

Oct. 17, 2014

  • Address: Civic Center Drive and Berg Road, Southfield
  • Phone: 248-796-4620
  • Times: 6:30-9 p.m. Friday
  • Cost: $5-$9/tickets

Come in costume and wander the haunted paths at Burgh Historical Park. A bat exhibit, hayride, haunted forest complete the experience.

Halloween Festival at Nankin Mills

Oct. 18, 2014

  • Address: 33175 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland
  • Phone: 734-261-1990
  • Times: 1-3 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: Free

Spook-free fun for the kiddies – including games, candy, hayrides and more. Costumes are optional. Dress for the weather.

Halloween Science at Cranbrook Institute of Science

Oct. 18, 2014

  • Address: 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills
  • Phone: 877-462-7262
  • Times: 2-4 p.m. and 6-8p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: $16/kids $5/adults

The year features all of Halloween's spooky creatures of the night including bats, owls and cockroaches. Plus ghosts, pumpkin and even a haunted roller coaster ride. Costumes are great, but not required. Note: Be sure to register by 5 p.m. Oct. 16.

Halloween Spooktacular at River Bends Park

Oct. 18, 2014

  • Address: south side of 22 Mile Road between Shelby and Ryan roads, Shelby Township
  • Phone: 586-731-0300
  • Times: Noon-2 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: Free

Come in costume for some trick or treating, music and tons of fun. Don't forget some treats to pass out to trick or treaters. Note: You must register for this event by Oct. 10.

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