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October Family Fun Fairs & Festivals in Southeast Michigan

Autumn 2014 is here, so grab your sweatshirts and head out to one of these fab fall fests in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

The air is feeling cooler, leaves are changing color, days are getting shorter and nights longer – and the fun of summer has passed us by. But don't get the winter-time blues just yet. Southeast Michigan is packed full of fun, seasonal fairs and festivals sure to put a bit of fun into your fall. Whether you're looking to get a taste of other cultures, celebrate the season or just get out of the house before the snow falls, one of these fests in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties are sure to be the right fit.

Hint: For loads more Halloween themed events happening in 2014, check out our roundup!

Wilson Barn Pumpkin Fest (and Haunted Barn)

Sept. 27-Oct. 30, 2014 (daily)

  • Address: Wilson Barn, 29350 W. Chicago Road, Livonia
  • Times: 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays (haunted barn is noon-7:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays Oct. 11-12, 18-19 and 25-26)
  • Phone: 734-558-5506
  • Cost: free/admission, fees/pony rides, hayrides and some other activities

The pumpkin fest has fresh pumpkins, cornstalks and pony and hayrides during the week. Weekends have a haunted barn, with some thrills and chills for all (scare factor is adjusted based on age). Plus cider doughnuts, hot chocolate and crafts.

Trenton Scarecrow Festival

Oct. 3-5, 2014

  • Address: downtown Trenton
  • Times: 6-10:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 734-675-7325
  • Cost: free/entry, $15-$17/ride wristbands

The 13th year brings dachshund races along with rides, arts crafts and free entertainment. Be sure to test your skills at the scarecrow-building contest, too.

Dexter Apple Daze

Oct. 4, 2014

  • Address: Monument Park, 8100 Ann Arbor St., Dexter
  • Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: free/general, fees/some activities

This annual event features a car show, crafts, hayrides, miniature golf, food and more fun for the kids, all hosted by the Dexter Lions Club.

Harvest Happening

Oct. 4 (Oct. 5 rain date), 2014

  • Address: Hess-Hathaway Park, 825 S. Williams Lake Road, Waterford
  • Times: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday (Sunday rain date)
  • Phone: 248-674-5441
  • Cost: free/admission; hayrides: $3/adults, $2/kids; $8/activity wristbands; $4/pony rides; donation/parking

Now entering year No. 28, this favorite-family event has farm animals, a bake sale, hayrides, food, performances by local bands and even a puppet show.

Huron Applefest

Oct. 4-5, 2014

  • Address: downtown New Boston
  • Times: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 734-753-3378
  • Cost: free admission

For its 35th year, the festival brings an old-time fiddling contest, a parade, apple pie contest and more.

Clawson Fall Festival

Oct. 5, 2014

  • Address: Clawson City Park, 935 N. Custer Ave., Clawson
  • Times: 3-7:30 p.m.
  • Phone: 248-589-0334
  • Cost: free

Come over for free family fun including hayrides, farm animals, inflatable and games. Food tucks and baked goods, too. Bonfire closes out the festival at 6:15 p.m.

International Festival

Oct. 10-12, 2014

  • Address: Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road, Southfield
  • Times: noon-5 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 248-796-5130
  • Cost: $3/person (weekend pass), $5/family (weekend pass), free/parking

This festival celebrates the heritage of the Polish, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Ukrainian and others with cultural music and dance, children's art-making workshops, demonstrations and exhibits, a bazaar and more.

Zoo Boo

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.)

Hallowe'en in 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, 6:30-8p.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.)

Garden Fresh Hilton Fall Festival

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

This affordable family festival offers crafts, carnival games, face painting, hayrides, pony rides, trick-or-treating and much more.

Stonewall Pumpkin Festival

Oct. 11, 2014

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

See the hundreds of jack o' lanterns line the Rochester Hills Museum and even carve your own! Then enjoy, pumpkin bowling, music, hayrides, food fire trucks, and crafts. Swing by early to decorate your own pumpkin!

Taylor Fall Fest

Oct. 11, 2014

  • Address: Heritage Park, 1211 Pardee Road, Taylor
  • Times: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
  • Phone: 313-737-6887
  • Cost: free/admission, fees/some activities

This annual event includes hayrides, pumpkin decorating, a bounce house, petting far, cider, doughnuts and more.

Boo at the Burgh

Oct. 17, 2014

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

Roam around the haunted paths at this park and enter a pumpkin contest. There's a special earlier "frightless" fun time for younger Halloween lovers.

Halloween Festival

Oct. 18, 2014

  • Address: Hines Park, Nankin Mills area, 33175 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland
  • Phone: 734-261-1990
  • Times: 1-3 p.m.
  • Cost: free

Spook-free fun is in store for younger kids at this favorite yearly event that has games, entertainment, hayrides and candy. Costumes are optional. Dress for the weather.

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