Family Events Best Halloween Events in Southeast Michigan Trick or treat! Bring your little ghouls and ghosts out to one of these metro Detroit events in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties for some spooktacular fun. « Previous Next » Christina Clark • September 23, 2016 Read Comments (3) Total: 212 211 0 0 1 0 0 Whether you’re looking to see a creepy show, dress up and hit a freaky festival or just get super spooked this Halloween, these family-friendly events in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties have just the right amount of ghoulish touches to get the job done. Check out this roundup of Halloween Ann Arbor events, fun at the Detroit Zoo, Wilson Barn, Greenfield Village and more to decide which fright-astic fest or eerie event is just right for your pint-sized pumpkin this Halloween. Wilson Barn Pumpkin Fest (and Haunted Barn) Oct. 1-30, 2016 (daily) Address: Wilson Barn, 29350 W. Chicago Road, Livonia Times: 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends (haunted barn opens Oct. 15-16, 22-23 and 29-30 from noon-7:30 p.m.) Phone: 734-427-4311 Cost: free/admission, $1/haunted barn, fees/some activities This annual fest offers fresh pumpkins, cornstalks and gourds for sale; plus pony rides and hayrides, a haunted barn, crafts and more. Shock-tober Series at the Penn Theatre Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27 Address: 760 Penniman Ave., Plymouth Phone: 734-453-0870 Times: 7 p.m. Thursdays Cost: $3 This annual film series brings classic Halloween movies back to the big screen every Thursday in October. Head to the theater on Oct. 6 to see Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), Oct. 13 to see House of Wax (1953), Little Shop of Horrors (1986) on Oct. 20 and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) on Oct. 27. Zoo Boo at the Detroit Zoo Oct. 7-9, 14-16 and 21-23, 2016 Address: 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak Phone: 248-541-5717 Times: 5-8 p.m. Fridays-Sundays Cost: $9/advance, $13/door (if available), $6/parking Every year the zoo puts on this not-so-scary Halloween celebration that includes a half-mile trick-or-treating route through the zoo, magic shows and street performances, a haunted reptile house and more. Note: Get your tickets in advance. This event can sell out fast. Stonewall Pumpkin Festival at Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm Oct. 8, 2016 Address: 1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester Hills Phone: 248-656-4663 Times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Saturday Cost: $8/ages 2-plus, free/kids under 2 (includes a pumpkin) Thousands of jack-o’-lanterns decorate the historic stonewalls at the museum. Check them out and enjoy music hayrides and pumpkin carving, too. Boo Who? by the Clarkston Village Players Oct. 8, 2016 Address: 4861 White Lake Road, Clarkston Phone: 248-625-8811 Times: 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday Cost: $8/person Pint-sized ghouls and ghosts are invited to the musical singalong Halloween celebration. Pick a Pyro Pumpkin Patch Oct. 8-9, 2016 Address: Pyro Art Glass Studio, 123 S. Main St., Mount Clemens Phone: 586-954-4994 Times: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday Cost: free Stroll through a patch of blown glass pumpkins for sale, see glass blowing demonstrations and take a taste of the cider and doughnuts being served. Pumpkin Festival at MSU Tollgate Education Center and Farm Oct. 8-9, 2016 Address: 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi Phone: 517-355-2308 Times: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday Cost: free/admission, fees/pumpkins and food The families of Novi enjoy pumpkin picking, hayrides, kids’ activities and visits with the live animals that live on the farm at this annual fest. Annabella Broom at Marquis Theatre Oct. 8-9, 15-16, 21-23 and 28-30, 2016 Address: 135 E. Main St., Northville Phone: 248-349-8110 Times: 7 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays Cost: $9 Kids in costume are invited to this stage show, which tells the story of Annabella Broom, a little witch with a big heart and a fondness for all things pink. The Oakwood Cemetery Walk Oct. 9, 2016 Address: On West Cady Street, one block south of Main Street, between Center and Rogers streets, Northville Phone: 248-348-1845 Times: 3-6 p.m. Cost: Advance tickets: $10/members, $15/nonmembers; day-of tickets: $18/person The “Unsung Heroes” of Northville’s past come to life as costumed characters tell the stories of the folks that are buried in this historic cemetery. Franklin Spooktacular at the Franklin Athletic Club Oct. 14, 2016 Address: Franklin Athletic Club, 29350 Northwestern Highway, Southfield Phone: 248-352-8000, ext. 314 Times: 5:30-10:30 p.m. Ages: 1-12 years Cost: members: $15/child; nonmembers: $20/child The goblins will be haunting and the monsters will mash at this Halloween bash for ages 1-12. There’s a pizza dinner followed by a night full of trick or treating, games and more. Wear your costume! Halloween Forest Fun Hike at Nankin Mills Oct. 14-15, 2016 Address: 33175 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland Phone: 734-261-1990 Times: register for 6, 6:30, 7 or 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday Cost: residents: $6/kids, $2/adults; nonresidents add $1 Kids ages 4-plus take a guided hike through the woods to meet some not-so-scary costumed critters that pass out candy and offer facts about themselves. After your hike, head inside for a live animal show. Note: Register in advance to get your confirmed start time, and dress for the weather. Halloween Hoot at Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve Oct. 14-16, 2016 Address: 333 N. Hill Circle, Rochester Phone: 248-656-0999 Times: 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, 4-8 p.m. Saturday, 3:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday Cost: $7/person Nature-loving kids make a bag to collect goodies in, then take a stroll down the moonlit trails to collect candy and other trinkets. Discover kooky characters and enjoy cider and doughnuts, too. Note: Registration is required. Register ASAP. Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village Oct. 14-16, 20-23 and 27-30, 2016 Address: 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn Phone: 313-982-6001 Times: 6:30-9 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays Cost: $16/entry, free/under 2, $6/park Thousands of carved jack-o’-lanterns light the mile-long trick-or-treating path through the village and past costumed characters at this annual Halloween celebration. Note: Tours leave every half hour and you must register for this event. Halloween Spooktacular at River Bends Park Oct. 15, 2016 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 fun, games and music. Don’t forget to decorate your car to pass out some treats to trick-or-treaters. Note: You must register in advance for this event. Halloween Festival on Hines Drive Oct. 15, 2016 Address: Hines Drive, Nankin Mills area, 33175 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland Phone: 734-261-1990 Times: 1-3 p.m. Saturday Cost: free Wear your favorite costume and head to this annual Halloween favorite, which features games, hayrides, trick-or-treating, inflatables and more. Boo Bash at the Southfield Pavilion Oct. 15 2016 Address: 26000 Evergreen Road, Southfield Phone: 248-796-4620 Times: 2-4:30 p.m. Saturday Cost: Advance tickets: $8/residents, $10/nonresidents; at the door: $10/residents, $12/nonresidents. Find ghoulish games, a haunted hayride and tons of Halloween-themed fun at this Southfield event, which was once known as Boo at the Burgh. Farm Halloween at Wolcott Mill Metropark Oct. 16, 2016 Address: 65775 Wolcott Road, Ray Township Phone: 586-752-5932 Time: noon-4 p.m. Sunday Cost: $6/person, $10/park vehicle entry Visit the park for crafts, relay races, the pumpkin drop, Boo Barn, wagon rides and tons of Halloween fun. Shadows from the Past Halloween Walk at Greenmead Historic Park Oct. 21, 2016 Address: 20501 Newburgh Road, Livonia Phone: 248-477-7375 Times: 5-7:30 p.m. Friday; there are 11 session times to choose from Cost: $6/person Wear a costume and bring a flashlight for some mildly spooky trick-or-treating fun. Note: There are only 20 spaces per time slot, so register early. Advance ticket sales only! Halloween Hoopla at Macomb Township Recreation Center Oct. 21, 2016 Address: 20699 Macomb St., Macomb Phone: 586-992-2900 Times: 6-8:30 p.m. Friday Cost: $5/residents, $10/nonresidents Come in costume for trick-or-treating and a haunted house; plus dancing, crafts and more at this annual Halloween favorite. Young Frankenstein at the Redford Theatre Oct. 21-22, 2016 Address: 17360 Lahser Road, Detroit Phone: 313-537-2560 Times: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday Cost: $5/ticket See a screening of the classic 1974 comedic Halloween movie, starring Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder and others. Rated PG. Halloween Science at Cranbrook Institute of Science Oct. 21-23, 2016 Address: 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills Phone: 248-645-3200 Times: 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday, 1:30-4 p.m. Sunday Cost: $10/members, $15/general public; add $3 after Oct. 19 This year’s Halloween favorite features live demonstrations and hands-on activities that investigate the science behind all the spookiness of the holiday. Costumes are welcome, but not required. Note: Be sure to register by 5 p.m. Oct. 19; prices go up after. Harvest Spooktacular at Matthaei Botanical Gardens Oct. 22, 2016 Address: 1800 N. Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor Phone: 734-647-7600 Times: 10 a.m.-noon Saturday Cost: $10/child Encounter and learn about some nocturnal creepy critters and plants, decorate a pumpkin and get a fall-themed treat, too. Hallow Harvest at Cobblestone Farm Oct. 22, 2016 Address: 2781 Packard Road, Ann Arbor Phone: 734-794-7120 Times: noon-4 p.m. Saturday Cost: $2/adults, $1/kids, $5/families The 1850s harvest season comes to life with costumed interpreters, live entertainment, lawn games and more. Under the Big Top Spooktacular at Franklin Athletic Club Oct. 22, 2016 Address: 29350 Northwestern Highway, Southfield Phone: 248-352-8000 Times: 1-3 p.m. Saturday Cost: Free/general Enjoy tons of daytime Halloween fun including a costume parade and contest, gourd decorating, a fortune teller and zombie hospital; plus inflatables, karaoke, face painting and more. Harvest Fest in Palmer Park Oct. 22, 2016 Address: Palmer Park, by the Splash Park parking lot, Merrill Plaisance, west of Woodward between Six and Seven mile roads, Detroit Phone: 313-574-6847 (ask for Barbara) Times: 1-4 p.m. Saturday Cost: Free Hayrides, a petting zoo, arts and crafts, and so much more are in store for families during this festival. Pumpkin Palooza Oct. 23, 2016 Address: Downtown Plymouth area Phone: 734-453-1540 Times: noon-3 p.m. Sunday Cost: free Find costume contests, games, live entertainment and more for families at this annual event in downtown Plymouth. Downtown Halloween Festival at the Ypsilanti District Library Oct. 27, 2016 Address: 229 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti Phone: 734-482-4110, ext. 1325 Times: 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday Cost: free Head to the library for free books and popcorn, games and a costume contest. Rock O’Ween at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Oct. 29, 2016 Address: 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit Phone: 313-576-5111 Times: 10 a.m. Saturday Cost: $12 Kids wear their Halloween costumes and enjoy tons of family-favorite children-friendly songs, performed by Miss Paula and the Candy Bandits. Halloween at Hogwarts at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Oct. 29, 2016 Address: 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit Phone: 313-576-5111 Times: 11 a.m. Saturday Cost: $20 Rock your favorite Harry Potter inspired costumes and enjoy live musical performances of all your favorite movie-inspired tunes. Halloween Spooktacular at the Yankee Air Museum Oct. 29, 2016 Address: 47884 D St., Belleville Phone: 734-483-4030 Times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday Cost: $8/adults, $5/kids, seniors, students and military Enjoy Halloween-themed games and activities, trick-or-treating, a costume contest, all with the museum as a backdrop. Haunted Halloween at the Arab American National Museum Oct. 29, 2016 Address: 13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn Phone: 313-582-2266 Times: 2-4:30 p.m. Saturday Cost: $5/members, $7/nonmembers, free/adults This Halloween alternative offers all of the trick-or-treating fun of Halloween, but safely in the museum’s galleries. Enjoy scavenger hunts, pumpkin decorating, karaoke, crafts and more. Animal Haunts at the Leslie Science and Nature Center Oct. 29, 2016 Address: 1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor Phone: 734-997-1553 Times: 6-8 p.m. Saturday Costs: $10/person, $35/family Wear your Halloween costume and take a guided tour to the woods to learn about critters and plants by costumed interpreters, harvest-themed crafts, activities and more. Family Halloween Party at the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History Oct. 30, 2016 Address: 1109 Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor Phone: 734-764-0478 Time: noon-5 p.m. Sunday Cost: free This annual Halloween party features tons of spooky science-themed fun for kids to enjoy. Halloween Concert at Hill Auditorium Oct. 30, 2016 Address: 825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor Phone: 734-764-2538 Time: 4:30 p.m. Sunday Cost: $8-$12 The University Orchestra serves up tricks and treats at this annual holiday favorite. Don this year’s costume and enjoy some classic and creepy Halloween tunes. Terror on Tilson Street Trick-or-Treating Oct. 31, 2016 Address: Tilson Street, between Sisson and South Main streets, Romeo Time: 6-8 p.m./trick-or-treat (road closed: 5:30-8:30 p.m.) Cost: free The entire block goes all out for Halloween, decorating the houses as spooky as can be. Bring your little ones to trick-or-treat and experience the fun! This post was originally published in 2013 and has been updated for 2016.