Family Events October Fall Festivals in Southeast Michigan Autumn is in full swing. Grab your sweatshirts, round up the kids and head to these fab October fall festivals in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. « Previous Next » Christina Clark • September 14, 2017 Add Comment Total: 9 6 0 1 1 0 1 The air is cooler, leaves are changing color, days are getting shorter, nights are longer – and the fun of summer has passed us by. But don’t get the wintertime blues just yet. Southeast Michigan is packed full of seasonal fairs and October fall festivals that will put the fun back 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 blizzards hit, one of these fests in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties are sure to be the right fit. Harvest Time on the Farm Oct. 1, 2017 Address: Rentschler Farm Museum, 1265 E. Michigan Ave., Ann Arbor Times: noon-5 p.m. Sunday Phone: 734-944-0442 Cost: $1/adults, free/kids Find live pigs, chicken, sheep and cows, crafters, wagon rides, tractor displays, live demonstrations, kids’ activities and more. Harvest Happening Oct. 1, 2017 Address: Hess-Hathaway Park, 825 S. Williams Lake Road, Waterford Times: noon-5 p.m. Sunday Phone: 248-674-5441 Cost: free/admission; donations appreciated, fees for some activities 2017 marks the 31st year for this family-favorite, which has farm animals, hay and pony rides, live music and a kids’ area full of inflatables and kids’ rides. Clawson Fall Festival Oct. 1, 2017 Address: Clawson City Park, 935 N. Custer Ave. Times: 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m./car show, 3-6 p.m./festival, 6:15 p.m./bonfire Phone: 248-589-0334 Cost: free Visitors enjoy free family fin including hayrides, farm animals, inflatables and games galore, not to mention tons of food trucks and bakers on site and a bonfire by the Clawson Fire Department, too. Wilson Barn Pumpkin Fest (and Haunted Barn) Oct. 1-30, 2017 (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. 14-15, 21-22, and 28-29 from noon-7 p.m.) Phone: 734-355-4632 Cost: free/admission, $1/haunted barn, fees/some activities The historic barn opens its gates to the public every Halloween so that families can enjoy pumpkins, cornstalks, pony and hayrides, a haunted barn and an arts and crafts show; plus cider, doughnuts, hot chocolates and more. Zoo Boo at the Detroit Zoo Oct. 6-8. 13-15 and 20-22, 2017 Address: 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak Phone: 248-541-5717 Times: 5-8 p.m. Friday-Sunday Cost: $10/advance, free/kids under 2, $6/parking Don your favorite costumes to walk the half-mile trick-or-treating route around the zoo, visit the haunted reptile house, and check out the extreme pumpkin carving demonstrations, live magic shows, street performances and more. Note: Advance registration is highly recommended; can sell out. Huron Applefest Oct. 7-8, 2017 Address: downtown Huron Township area Times: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday Phone: 734-753-3378 Cost: free admission This year marks the 38th year for this annual fest, which offers up two days of live entertainment, crafts, food vendors, a fiddling contest and tons of apple treats to enjoy. Pumpkin Festival at MSU Tollgate Education Center and Farm Oct. 7-8, 2017 Address: 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi Phone: 517-355-2308 Times: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday Cost: free/admission, $5/parking, fees/pumpkins and food Take your pick of pumpkins from the patch, enjoy a hayride and visit with the animals. They offer kids’ activities, cider and doughnuts, too. Johnny Appleseed Festival Oct. 8, 2017 Address: Wolcott Mill Metropark, 65775 Wolcott Road, Ray Township Times: noon-3 p.m. Sunday Phone: 586-752-5932 Cost: $5/admission, $10/vehicle entry Learn all about the history of Michigan’s apples and the story behind the legend of Johnny Appleseed, taste a variety of different apples and apple treats, build a scarecrow and more. The Fall Fair Oct. 13-14, 2017 Address: Northville Community Center, 303 W. Main St. Times: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday Costs: $3/adults, free/kids 12 and under Find a variety of handmade specialty food, decor and other crafts for sale; plus pumpkins and other harvest fun. Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village Oct. 13-15, 19-22 and 26-29, 2017 Address: 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn Phone: 313-982-6001 Times: 6:30-8 p.m. Sunday and Thursday, Oct. 19, 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Thursday, Oct. 26 Cost: $16/entry, free/under 2, $6/parking Costumed kids trick-or-treat down the mile-long path through the village, which is lit by more than 1,000 carved jack-o’-lanterns and features classic costumed characters along the way. Note: Tours leave every half hour and you must register for this event. Stonewall Pumpkin Festival at Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm Oct. 14, 2017 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 adorn the historic stonewalls at the museum at this annual event. Check out those on display, carve your own and enjoy the live music and fall activities offered. Halloween Spooktacular at River Bends Park Oct. 14, 2017 Address: 5700 22 Mile Road, Shelby Township Times: noon-2 p.m. Cost: Free Come in costume for games, goodies, crafts and more. Monster Smash at Rolling Hills Park Oct. 14, 2017 Address: 7660 Stony Creek Road, Ypsilanti Times: noon-3 p.m. Cost: $6/person, $22-$25/families Find a candy hunt, costume contest and scavenger hunt; plus hay rides, carnival games and more. Halloween Festival on Hines Drive Oct. 14, 2017 Address: Nankin Mills Park on Hines Drive, east of Ann Arbor Trail, Westland Phone: 734-261-1990 Times: 1-3 p.m. Saturday Cost: free Enjoy tons of spook-free family fun at this favorite yearly event including a costume parade, games, inflatables, trick-or-treating, hayrides and more. Costumes are optional. Dress for the weather. Japan Festival at Novi High School Oct. 15, 2017 Address: 24062 Taft Road, Novi Times: 1-4 p.m. Sunday Costs: free This annual celebrates Japanese culture with authentic food, music, traditions and more. Pumpkins, Lanterns & Leaves at Matthaei Botanical Gardens Oct. 20, 2017 Address: 1800 N. Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor Phone: 734-647-7600 Times: 6-8 p.m. Friday Cost: $10-$12.50 Head to the garden after hours to carve pumpkins, make masks and other Halloween-themed fun. Halloween Hoopla at the Macomb Township Recreation Center Oct. 20, 2017 Address: 20699 Macomb St., Macomb Times: 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $5/residents, $10/non-residents Offers a costume carnival, trick-or-treating, magic show, monster studio and more. Halloween Hoot at Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve Oct. 20-22, 2017 Address: 333 N Hill Circle, Rochester Hills 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 Offers spooky nature fun, Halloween crafts and a mini fair full of games. Registration required. Ann Arbor Annual Arts and Crafts Show at Grace Apostolic Temple Oct. 21, 2017 Address: 2898 Packard Road, Ann Arbor Times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday Cost: $2/ages 12-plus Find the works of more than 60 juried artists, kids’ crafts, face painting, homemade baked goods and more at this annual show. Sterling Frights at Dodge Park Oct. 21, 2017 Address: 40620 Utica Road, Sterling Heights Phone: 586-446-2700 Times: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday Costs: free, but one canned or boxed food donation is suggested There’s live music, a straw maze, hayrides, inflatables, cider, doughnuts and much more at this community event. Boo Bash at the Southfield Pavilion Oct. 21, 2017 Address: 26000 Evergreen Road, Southfield Phone: 248-796-4620 Times: 2-4:30 p.m. Saturday Cost: Advance kid tickets: $8/residents, $10/nonresidents; at the door kid tickets: $10/residents, $12/nonresidents, free/adults. Find tons of family-friendly games, a haunted hayride, and ghostly fun for families. Note: registration is required. Hallow Harvest at Cobblestone Farm Oct. 22, 2017 Address: 2781 Packard Road, Ann Arbor Phone: 734-794-7120 Times: noon-4 p.m. Saturday Cost: $2/adults, $1/kids, $5/family The 1850s comes to life with traditional lawn games, costumed interpreters and live entertainment, all for your enjoyment. Pumpkin Palooza in Downtown Plymouth Oct. 22, 2017 Address: Downtown Plymouth area Phone: 734-453-1540 Times: noon-3 p.m. Sunday Cost: free This seventh annual offers games, a petting zoo, live entertainment, a candy giveaway, costume contest and more. Halloween Downtown Ypsi Glow at the Ypsilanti District Library Oct. 27, 2017 Address: 229 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti Phone: 734-482-4110, ext. 1325 Times: 5:30-9 p.m. Friday Cost: free Get some candy and enjoy Halloween fun at the library then stroll downtown to enjoy music, dancing and tons of glowing fun. Halloween Family Party at the Arab American National Museum Oct. 29, 2017 Address: 13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn Phone: 313-582-2266 Times: 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday Cost: $5/members, $7/nonmembers, free/adults This Halloween alternative offers scavenger hunts, trick-or-treating, pumpkin decorating, live animals, karaoke, crafts and more. Note: Only kids require a ticket. This post was originally published in 2016 and is updated regularly.