Best Halloween Events in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Trick or treat! Bring your little ghouls and ghosts out to one of these Halloween events in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor for a night of spooktacular family fun.

Halloween in events in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

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 Halloween 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 events in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor to find fun at the Detroit Zoo, Wilson Barn, Greenfield Village and more. Decide which fright-astic fest or eerie event is just right for your pint-sized pumpkin this Halloween and head out for an frightfully fantastic night.

Looking for even more Halloween fun? Check out our list of the upcoming October festivals in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor, our picks for the top haunted houses and hayrides in the area and the some of the best corn mazes in metro Detroit, too.


Wilson Barn Pumpkin Fest (and Haunted Barn)

Oct. 1-30, 2018 (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. 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28 from noon-6 p.m.)
  • Phone: 734-558-5506
  • Cost: free/admission, $1/haunted barn, fees/some activities
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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. 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2018

  • 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. 4 to see Frankenstein (1931), Oct. 11 for The Ghost and Mr Chicken (1966), Oct 18 for a viewing of Dracula (1931) and Abbott and Oct. 25 for Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948). All the films are not rated. Use your discretion.

Zoo Boo at the Detroit Zoo

Oct. 5-7, 12-14 and 19-21, 2018 

  • Address: 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-541-5717
  • Times: 5-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2-7 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $10/in advance; fees go up day of (if any are left), $8/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

Pumpkin Festival at MSU Tollgate Education Center and Farm

Oct. 6-7, 2018

  • 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, $5/parking

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.

Halloween Extravaganza at the Northville Marquis Theatre

Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 and 26-28, 2018 

  • Address: 135 E. Main St., Northville
  • Phone: 248-349-8110
  • Times: 7 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays
  • Cost: $9

This show features the talents of some spirited local ghouls and goblins.

Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village

Oct. 12-14, 18-21 and 25-28, 2018 

  • Address: 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-982-6001
  • Times: 6:30-10 p.m.
  • Cost: $17/entry, $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.

Stonewall Pumpkin Festival at Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm

Oct. 13, 2018

  • Address: 1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester Hills
  • Phone: 248-656-4663
  • Times: 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.
  • Cost: $5-$8

Thousands of jack-o’-lanterns decorate the historic stonewalls at the museum. Check them out and enjoy music hayrides and pumpkin carving, too.

Kids Night Out Halloween Party at the Franklin Athletic Club

Oct. 13, 2018

  • 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: $20/child; nonmembers: $25/child

Bring the kids out for a night of pizza, inflatables, movies, trick-or-treating and more. Registration required. 

Halloween Spooktacular at River Bends Park

Oct. 13, 2018

  • 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/residents, $10/non-residents

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.

Monster Mash at Rolling Hills County Park 

Oct. 13, 2018 

  • Address: Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Road, Ypsilanti
  • Phone: 734-484-9676
  • Times: noon-3 p.m.
  • Cost: $6/person, $22-$25/family

Get your fill of candy treats at this fourth annual. There’s a costume contest, face painting, hayrides and carnival games, too.

Funtober at Hess-Hathaway Park 

Oct. 13, 2018 

  • Address: Hess-Hathaway Park, 825 S Williams Lake Road, Waterford
  • Phone: 248-674-5441
  • Times: noon-5 p.m.
  • Cost: $7/person

Find a big ol’ campfire, s’mores, hayrides, animal rides and more. Registration required.

Halloween Festival on Hines Drive

Oct. 13, 2018

  • 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.

Hallow Harvest at Cobblestone Farm

Oct. 14, 2018

  • Address: 2781 Packard Road, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-794-7120
  • Times: check ahead for details
  • Cost: apply, call for details

This harvest and Halloween event features a kids scavenger hunt and seasonal games, plus opportunities to learn about 19th century customs.

Halloween Hoopla at Macomb Township Recreation Center

Oct. 19, 2018

  • 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

Halloween Hoot at Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve

Oct. 19-21, 2018

  • 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: $8/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.

Sterling Frights at Dodge Park 

Oct. 20, 2018 

  • Address: Dodge Park, 40620 Utica Road, Sterling Heights
  • Phone: 586-446-2690
  • Times: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Cost: free

Kids 12 and other boogie to live music, take a crack at the straw maze, enjoy hayrides and more. First 400 kids get a pumpkin.

Pumpkin Palooza in Plymouth 

Oct. 21, 2018

  • Address: Downtown Plymouth area
  • Phone: 734-453-1540
  • Times: noon-2:30 p.m.
  • Cost: free

Find costume contests, games, live entertainment and more for families at this annual event in downtown Plymouth.

Shadows from the Past Halloween Walk at Greenmead Historic Park

Oct. 26, 2018

  • Address: 20501 Newburgh Road, Livonia
  • Phone: 248-477-7375
  • Times: 5-7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $6/person

Wear a costume and bring a flashlight for some mildly spooky trick-or-treating fun. Note: Spots are limited so register early. Advance ticket sales only!

Monster Mash at Orchard Mall

Oct. 26, 2018

  • Address: 6445 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield
  • Phone: 248-855-3330
  • Time: 6-9 p.m.
  • Cost: $5/ticket

Metro Parent and Orchard Mall bring you an evening of not-so-scary Halloween fun including dancing, a Halloween maze, scavenger hunt ant more. Registration required.

Paranormal Event at Dearborn Historical Museum

Oct. 26-27, 2018

  • Address: 915 S. Brady St., Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-565-3000
  • Times: 7 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday
  • Cost: $40/person

Join the Great Lake Apparition Seekers for a night of ghost hunting at and around the museum.

Rock O’Ween at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center

Oct. 27, 2018

  • Address: 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-576-5111
  • Times: 10 a.m.
  • 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. 27, 2018

  • Address: 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-576-5111
  • Times: 11 a.m.
  • Cost: call for details

The DSO brings Harry Potter to life with some spooky fan-favorite musical picks from the series.

Halloween Spooktacular at the Yankee Air Museum

Oct. 27, 2018

  • Address: 47884 D St., Belleville
  • Phone: 734-483-4030
  • Times: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Spooky games, a costume parade and trick-or-treating are in store.

Halloween Science at Cranbrook Institute of Science

Oct. 27, 2018

  • Address: 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills
  • Phone: 248-645-3200
  • Times: 2:30-5 p.m. and 6:30-9 p.m.
  • Cost: $10-$15

Wee goblins enjoy gooey and spooky science fun, planetarium shows and presentations, a haunted roller coaster ride and more. 

Animal Haunts at the Leslie Science and Nature Center

Oct. 27, 2018

  • Address: 1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-997-1553
  • Times: 6-8 p.m.
  • Costs: $10/person, $35/family

Hike Black Pond Woods with costumed interpreters and learn about the plants and animals that live in Michigan’s UP. Crafts, a hay jump and live animals included. Costumes welcome. Kids 12 and under. Advance registration required.

Terror on Tillson Street Trick-or-Treating

Oct. 31, 2018

  • Address: Tilson Street, between Sisson and South Main streets, Romeo
  • Times: 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 is updated regularly.