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.

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.


  • How can I get my event posted? Free trunk or treat-Monday October 31st 6pm-9pm, candy, donuts, bounce house. First baptist church of Wixom, Mi.

    • Stacey W.

      Thanks so much for your question! Visit to submit events to our web cal. There is a green button in the upper right hand corner for you click on. Or, email with all of the event details and we will be happy to add it to this roundup.


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