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October Family Fun Fairs & Festivals in Southeast Michigan

Fall 2013 is here. It's time for outdoor autumn action! Find fun seasonal events for the kids in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

When there's a chill in the air and the leaves are changing colors, that means it's time for some fall fun in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor! And while there are many ways to get into the Halloween spirit this month (see our roundup of Halloween haunts, hayrides and other happenings), there's also plenty going on to celebrate the changing seasons and harvest time. Browse this list for some of the top fun activities (both autumn and holiday-related) sure to keep your family busy all October long. And if you're hankering for some fresh cider and doughnuts, check out our 2013 cider mill, orchard and agritainment listings.

Trenton Scarecrow Festival

Oct. 4-6, 2013

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

Bring your decked out scarecrow for the annual contest or vote on your favorite. There's a Scarecrow Idol singing contest, Battle of the Bands, a dog costume contest and much more to celebrate year No. 12.

International Festival

Oct. 4-6, 2013

  • Address: Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road, Southfield
  • Times: 10 a.m.-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, free/parking

Polish, Indian, African, Spanish, Greek, Korean, Mexican, Middle Eastern and Ukrainian are among the many cultures celebrated at this 90th annual event, highlighting music, dance, food, jewelry, crafts and much more, for kids and parents alike.

Hilton Fall Festival

Oct. 5, 2013

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

An affordable family fun day with music, kids' activities, costume contests, pony rides, hayrides, inflatables and plenty more fun.

Car Tunes Car Show Fall Show

Oct. 5, 2013

  • Address: downtown Northville, Main Street area
  • Times: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
  • Phone: 248-349-7640
  • Cost: free/admission

Jam to the DJ's tunes while you're checking out classic cars from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., followed by awards. Live music from Steve King and the Dittlies is 1-3 p.m. Live entertainment by Steve King and the Dittilies complement the classic car show dotting the street. Plenty of food for the family too.

Dexter Apple Daze

Oct. 5, 2013

  • Address: Monument Park, 8558 Ann Arbor St., Dexter
  • Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: free/general, $1/hayrides, $4/miniature golf

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. 5 (Oct. 6 rain date), 2013

  • 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: $1.50/adults, $1/kids; $7/activity wristbands; $4/pony rides

Now entering year No. 27, this favorite-family event has farm animals, a bake sale, hayrides, food, local bands and, of course, magic by Ronald McDonald.

 

Huron Applefest

Oct. 5-6, 2013

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

For its 34th year, this festival returns with an old-time fiddling contest (see it at noon Saturday), parade, apple pie contest and activities and fun for the family.

Wilson Barn Pumpkin Fest (and Haunted Barn)

Oct. 5-30, 2013

  • Address: Wilson Barn, 29350 W. Chicago Road, Livonia
  • Times: 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays
  • Phone: 734-558-5506
  • Cost: $3/ponyrides, $1.75-$2.50/hayrides

The pumpkin fest has fresh pumpkins, cornstalks and pony and hayrides during the weekdays (on Saturdays and Sundays, there is also cider, doughnuts, hot chocolates and crafts). Weekends also have a haunted barn, with some thrills and chills for all (scary factor is adjusted based on age).

Clawson Fall Festival

Oct. 6, 2013

  • Address: City Park, West Elmwood and North Washington avenues, Clawson
  • Times: 3-7:30 p.m. Sunday
  • 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 is at 6:15 p.m.

Hallowe'en in Greenfield Village

Oct. 11-13, 18-29 and 25-27, 2013

  • Address: Greenfield Village, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Times: 6:30-9 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays (note: tours leave every half hour – preregister in advance!)
  • Phone: 313-982-6001
  • Costs: $15/ages 3-plus, free/under 2, $5/parking

This annual favorite is back with its trail of jack-o'-lantern dotted with colorful characters giving out treats (including the Headless Horseman). Be sure to wear costumes – and register for this event that's not-to-scary fun for kids (it fills up fast!).

Zoo Boo

Oct. 11-13, 18-20 and 25-27, 2013

  • Address: Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • Times: 6-8 p.m. Fridays, 5-8 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays
  • Phone: 248-541-5717
  • Cost: $8/ages 2-plus, advance, $11/gate (very limited supplies; advance registration/ticket purchase highly recommended)

Small kids are welcome to stroll a half-mile loop in the zoo to gather treats passed out by dressed-up characters – plus there's entertainment in the Zoo Boo Revue and more. Make your reservations early for this "merry not scary" event; this one sells out!

Eastern Market Harvest Festival

Oct. 12, 2013

  • Address: Historic Eastern Market, Detroit
  • Times: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday
  • Phone: 313-833-9300
  • Cost: free

Michigan's plentiful harvest is the star at this popular farmer's market. Visit for games, to check out the apple pie-baking contest (and sample some, too), plus enjoy pumpkin carving, hula hooping and a scavenger hunt.

Stonewall Pumpkin Festival

Oct. 12, 2013

  • Address: Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, 1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester Road
  • Times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. activities; 7-9 p.m. pumpkin lighting, Saturday
  • Phone: 248-656-4663
  • Cost: $7/earlier events; can of food/gently used warm clothing donation/evening event

Swing by earlier to carve a pumpkin and enjoy activities like pumpkin bowling, the pioneer playground, music, hayrides, food, fire trucks, crafts and more. The community pumpkin lighting is in the evening – and a sight to behold.

Taylor Fall Fest

Oct. 12, 2013

  • Address: Heritage Park, 1211 Pardee Road, Taylor
  • Times: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
  • Phone: 734-287-6550
  • Cost: free

This annual event features arts and crafts for sale, pumpkin decorating (while supplies last), bounce houses, hayrides and more fun stuff for kids.

Halloween Festival

Oct. 19, 2013

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

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

Boo at the Burgh

Oct. 25-26, 2013

  • Address: Burgh Historical Park, northeast corner Civic Center Drive and Berg Road, Southfield.
  • Times: 6:30-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2-4:30 p.m. Saturday for younger kids
  • Phone: 248-796-4620
  • Cost: $5-$9/tickets

Roam around the haunted paths at this park and enter a pumpkin contest (ages 11 and under). There's a special earlier "frightless" fun time for ages 8 and under on Saturday, too.

Trick-or-Treat Trail

Oct. 25-26, 2013

  • Address: Hart Community Center, 495 Broadway, Davisburg
  • Times: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday
  • Phone: 248-846-6558
  • Cost: $5/residents, $7/nonresidents

Kids ages 12-plus can wear their costumes an extra day at this fun indoor event, which includes walking the trail to gather treats and toys.

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