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Halloween October Events in Southeast Michigan

Trick or treat! Check out these 2013 spooky and family-friendly activities all month long in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

Whether you want to catch a silly show, hit up a kooky festival in costume or get a fun little scare, these family-friendly Halloween events – just for your pint-sized pumpkins – get the job done! Check out Metro Parent's roundup here to decide which spooktacular shenanigan is the perfect "pick of the patch" for you and your children this season.

Shock-tober Series at the Penn Theatre

Oct. 3-24, 2013 (Thursdays)

  • Address: 760 Penniman Ave., Plymouth
  • Phone: 734-453-0870
  • Schedule: 7 p.m. Thursday
  • Cost: $3

It's an old-school cinema experience featuring The Fly, The Mummy, Phantom of the Opera and Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein.

Vincent Price Film Festival at the Redford Theatre

Oct. 4-5, 2013

  • Address: 17360 Lahser Road, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-537-2560
  • Schedule: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: $5/movie, $13/all three movies

A pre-show concert kicks off the fun and gets you into the creepy spirit, which continues with screenings of Diary of a Mad Man, The Raven, House of Wax and more.

Garden Fresh Hilton Fall Festival and Craft Fair

Oct. 5, 2013

  • Address: Martin Road Park Activity Center, 1615 E. Lewiston Ave., Ferndale
  • Phone: 248-544-6767
  • Schedule: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: $5/ages 3-15, $2/ages 16-plus, free/2 and under

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

Pinky the Flying Ghost at Marquis Theatre

Oct. 5-27, 2013 (Saturdays-Sundays)

  • Address: 135 E. Main St., Northville
  • Phone: 248-349-8110
  • Schedule: 2:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; additional shows 7 p.m. Oct. 25 (Friday) and 11 a.m. Oct. 26 (Saturday)
  • Cost: $9

Head to Northville to catch this not-scary live musical show – perfect for kids 3 and older.

Wilson Barn Pumpkin Fest

Oct. 5-30, 2013

  • Address: 29350 W. Chicago St., Livonia
  • Phone: 734-466-2410
  • Schedule: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (Note: The Haunted Barn is open Saturdays Oct. 12, 19 and 26 from noon-7:30 p.m. and Sundays Oct. 13, 20 and 27)
  • Cost: free admission, $3/pony rides, $1.75-$2.50/hayrides, $1/barn

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 and much more.

Hallowe'en at Greenfield Village

Oct. 11-27, 2013 (weekends)

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

More than 1,000 carved jack-o'-lanterns light up the grounds of Greenfield Village during this annual, old-fashioned spooky (and silly!) celebration. Don your costume and trick or treat through the village; there will be 11 treat stations along the way. (Note: Tours leave every half hour. You must register for this event.)

Zoo Boo at the Detroit Zoo

Oct. 11-27, 2013 (weekends)

  • Address: 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-541-5717
  • Schedule: 6-8 p.m. Fridays, 5-8 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays
  • Cost: $8/ages 2-plus (advance ticket), $11/tickets at gate (very limited supplies), $5/parking, per vehicle

Stop by the Zoo Boo Revue tent for live entertainment, or hit up the Ghouly Games tent for kids activities at this annual family-friendly fest. The reptile house boasts a haunted walk-through for kids, too. There's so much to do at this event! (Note: Advance registration is highly recommended; can sell out.)

Stonewall Pumpkin Festival at Van Hoosen Museum

Oct. 12, 2013

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

You will get to see over 1,000 carved pumpkins lining walls that surround the Rochester Hills museum. You can carve your own pumpkin and come back in the evening to see it lit amongst the other jack-o'-lanterns – you get to take your pumpkin home, too! You can also enjoy pumpkin bowling, the pioneer playground, music, food, fire trucks, hayrides and much more.

Halloween Forest Fun Hike at Nankin Mills

Oct. 18, 2013

  • Address: 33175 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland
  • Phone: 734-261-1990
  • Schedule: 6-9 p.m. Friday
  • Cost: $6/kids, $2/adults

What will you encounter in the woods at night? Tons of "not-so-scary" forest dwellers! This guided evening hike is great for kids – and once the hike is over, they'll enjoy an indoor presentation of creatures from around the world. (Note: Register in advance to get your confirmed start time.)

Halloween Hoot

Oct. 18-20, 2013

  • Address: 333 N. Hill Circle, Rochester
  • Phone: 248-656-0999
  • Schedule: 6:20-8:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 5:30-7 p.m., Sunday (NOTE: register in advance)
  • Cost: $7

Nature-loving kids can walk the trail and discover some kooky characters along the way. This annual event features family-friendly skits throughout the woods. Groups leave every 10 minutes. (Note: Registration is required. Register ASAP.)


Halloween Festival at Nankin Mills

Oct. 19, 2013

  • Address: 33175 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland
  • Phone: 734-261-1990
  • Schedule: 1 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: Wayne County residents: $6/child, $2/adult; non-residents: $7/child, $3/adult

Spook-free fun for the kiddies – including games, candy, hayrides and more.

Halloween Science at Cranbrook Institute of Science

Oct. 19, 2013

  • Address: 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills
  • Phone: 248-645-3210
  • Schedule: 2-4 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: members: $13/kids, $2/adults; nonmembers: $16/kids, $5/adults

This year features Dr. Kelp revealing the results of his expedition in a search for non-living avian dinosaurs – or check out science demo stations featuring dry ice and pyro pumpkins. Wear a costume, if you wish. Note: Be sure to register by Oct. 17.

Trick or Treat Among the Trees at the Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center

Oct. 19, 2013

  • Address: 6685 Coolidge Highway, Troy
  • Phone: 248-688-9703
  • Schedule: 6-8:15 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: $11/pre-registered, $13/at the door, $9/members

Got a little tyke who's afraid of All Hallows Eve? Take him or her to this family-fun event, which includes a walk through the woods, treats and costumed characters. Great for kids ages 3-9.

Halloween Spooktacular at River Bends Park

Oct. 19, 2013

  • Address: south side of 22 Mile Road between Shelby and Ryan roads, Shelby Township
  • Phone: 586-731-0300
  • Schedule: noon-3 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: free

Bring some goodies to pass out to local kids – who will trick or treat from trunk to trunk. There'll be a Boo-riffic Bouncer, Monster Midway, face painting, live entertainment and much more. (Note: You must register for this event.)

Trick or Treat in Downtown Rochester

Oct. 19, 2013

  • Address: downtown area
  • Times: 4-8 p.m. Saturday
  • Phone: 248-656-0060
  • Cost: free/general; dinner: $10/adults, $5/kids 12 and under

This fun event kicks off with trick-or-treating at area businesses (4-5 p.m.), a kids' costume parade (5:15 p.m.) and then a spaghetti dinner and open house at the fire department (4-8 p.m.).

The Friendly Forest at Clintonwood Park

Oct. 19, 2013

  • Address: 6000 Clarkston Road, Clarkston
  • Times: 3-6 p.m.
  • Phone: 248-625-8223
  • Cost: advance: $4/resident, $6/non-resident, free/adults; onsite: $8/person

Dress the kids up in their favorite costumes and head to this Oakland County spot for some fun along the trail. There will be trick-or-treating, cider and doughnuts.

Trick or Treat at Mill Race Village

Oct. 20, 2013

  • Address: 215 Griswold St., Northville
  • Phone: 248-349-0203
  • Schedule: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $7/kids, free/parents

Kids can trick or treat around this historic village – and visit some not-so-spooky houses. Don't forget to wear a costume and bring a bag for goodies. (Note: Register by Oct. 19.)

Downtown Halloween Festival

Oct. 25, 2013

  • Address: Washington Street, downtown Ypsilanti
  • Times: 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Phone: 734-483-4444
  • Cost: free

Visit this family-centered event for a costume contest, balloon animals, games, face painting, popcorn and treats.

Halloween Family Friday at the Robot Garage

Oct. 25, 2013

  • Address: 637 S. Eton Road, Birmingham
  • Phone: 248-723-9100
  • Schedule: 6-8 p.m.
  • Cost: free

Wear your Halloween costume and head to Birmingham for some free open LEGO building at this Oakland County spot. Check out the building projects that are on display, as well. Be sure to take walk through the LEGO haunted house!

Boo at the Burgh

Oct. 25, 2013

  • Address: Civic Center Drive and Berg Road, Southfield
  • Phone: 248-796-4620
  • Schedule: 6:30-9 p.m.
  • Cost: advance: $5/residents, $7/nonresidents; day of: $7/residents, $9/nonresidents

Enjoy hayrides through a haunted forest, a bat exhibit, Charlie Brown's Great Pumpkin Patch and more at this annual event. Kids can trick or treat through haunted walking paths, too.

Haunted Halloween at the Arab American National Museum

Oct. 26, 2013

  • Address: 13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-582-2266
  • Schedule: 4-6:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: free/adults, $7/advance for kids, $8/at door for kids

Kids can trick or treat through the galleries of the Arab American National Museum, then enjoy craft time, games and stories. There will be kid karaoke, too! Lunch is included for kids.


Halloween at Greenmead Historic Park

Oct. 25, 2013

  • Address: 20501 Newburgh Road, Livonia
  • Phone: 248-477-7375
  • Schedule: 6-8 p.m. Friday
  • Cost: $5/person

Kids trick or treat from house-to-house in this village, which boasts homes built in the 1800s. It's a bit spooky – but not too scary for the little ones. Groups leave every half hour. (Note: Advance registration and payment is required by Thursday, Oct. 24.)

Downtown Halloween Festival in Ypsilanti

Oct. 25, 2013

  • Address: Washington Street, downtown Ypsilanti
  • Phone: 734-483-4444
  • Schedule: 5-6:30 p.m. Friday
  • Cost: free

Local businesses in the downtown area pass out treats for the kids, while clowns and other acts keep the family entertained.

Halloween at the Macomb Family YMCA

Oct. 25, 2013

  • Address: 10 N. River Road, Mount Clemens
  • Phone: 586-468-1411
  • Schedule: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday
  • Cost: free

Frightfully fun and totally free, this Halloween event features a haunted house, spooky moon bounce, crafts, dancing and more.

Spooktacular Halloween Trick-or-Treat Trail

Oct. 26, 2013

  • Address: Veterans Memorial Park, at Barkman and Chestnut streets, Roseville
  • Phone: 586-445-5480
  • Schedule: 6-7 p.m.
  • Cost: $3/child

There's a DJ, music and candy for kids in a safe setting (includes a plastic pumpkin). Ages 18 months-12 years. (Note: You must register in advance for this event.)

Animal Haunts at the Leslie Science and Nature Center

Oct. 26, 2013

  • Address: 1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-997-1553
  • Schedule: 5-9 p.m.
  • Cost: pre-registration: $10/person, $38/family

Take a guided walk through Black Pond Woods, where you'll meet costumed characters along the way! Little ones can take a shorter hike between 5 and 6:30 p.m., while older kids can participate in longer hikes from 7 to 9 p.m. (Note: You must register in advance for this event.)

Halloween Hullaboo at High Jinks Hall at Depot Theater

Oct. 26, 2013

  • Address: 4861 White Lake Road, Clarkston
  • Phone: 248-575-4104
  • Schedule: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Cost: $7

Once Upon a Puppet presents this family-fun production.

Halloween Spooktacular at Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Oct. 26, 2013

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

Creative kids can choose from pumpkins and gourds to decorate for Halloween. They can also make masks to take home! (Note: You must register in advance.)

Rock O'Ween at the Max M. Fisher Center

Oct. 26, 2013

  • Address: 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-576-5111
  • Schedule: 10 a.m.
  • Cost: $12

Candy Band takes the stage for this show, which is perfect for kids ages 2-6. Don't forget to wear a costume!

Halloween Party at the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

Oct. 26, 2013

  • Address: 1109 Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-746-0480
  • Schedule: noon-5 p.m.
  • Cost: free

Halloween and science are combined at this family event, which features live animal demos. Don't forget to bring a goody bag!


Spooktacular in Downtown Royal Oak

Oct. 27, 2013

  • Address: Downtown Royal Oak
  • Times: 2-4 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 248-246-3065
  • Cost: free

Did you know it's year No. 30 for this downtown event? Kids come in costume to get goodies from about 50 participating businesses (and there are lots of deals for mom and dad, too).

Little Goblins' Night Out

Oct. 27, 2013

  • Address: Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, 1100 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores
  • Phone: 313-884-4222
  • Schedule: 4:30-7:30 p.m. (timed admissions; register ASAP in advance)
  • Cost: $10

Follow the trick-or-treat trail and meet a fortuneteller, mad scientist and more. After, hop on a hayride for cider, doughnuts and other treats. Ages 2-8. (Note: Advance registration is required. Register ASAP.)

Treats in the Streets at Detroit Historical Museum

Oct. 27, 2013

  • Address: 5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Times: noon-3 p.m.
  • Phone: 313-833-1805
  • Cost: free

Kids 12 and younger can trick or treat in the Streets of Old Detroit exhibit, enjoy refreshments, see the magic of The Amazing Clark, make a spooky craft to take home and laugh with Richard Paul's Ha Ha Halloween Show.

Trick or Treat in the Garden at the Henry Ford Estate

Oct. 28, 2013

  • Address: 4901 Evergreen Road, Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-701-2240
  • Schedule: 7-8 p.m.
  • Cost: $5/child

Don your costume, bring a flashlight and bag – and prepare to trick or treat through the gardens. There will be 10 stops along the way. Best for kids ages 3-10. (Note: Pre-registration and payment is required.)

Halloween Party at the Ann Arbor District Library

Oct. 31, 2013

  • Address: 343 S. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-327-4200
  • Schedule: 9:30-10 a.m. and 10:30-11 a.m. Thursday
  • Cost: free

For grades PK-3. Kids can trick or treat, listen to stories and sing songs.

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