October Family Fun Fairs & Festivals in Southeast Michigan

Autumn is in full swing. Grab your sweatshirts, round up the kids and head to these fab October fests in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

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.

Monster Mash at Orchard Mall

Oct. 27, 2017

  • Address: 6445 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield
  • Phone: 248-855-3330
  • Time: 7-9 p.m.
  • Cost: $5/ticket

Have some Halloween fun for a good cause at Orchard Mall! Proceeds from the family-fun festivities will go to the Detroit Dog Rescue.

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.