Best Halloween Events in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Trick or treat! Check out these fun activities this spooky season.

This Halloween, there are plenty of kid-friendly events for you to check out with your kids. Whether it’s a trick-or-treating event, haunted house or hayride or even just some fall festivals, you’re sure to find something your children will enjoy.

Here are some spooktacular picks in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties you don’t want to miss.

Looking for even more fun things to do with kids this fall? Check out our fall family guide!


Photo credit: Terror on Tilson Street

HarvestFest at Freedom Hill County Park

Oct 21-22, 2023 

There will be a pumpkin patch, trick-or-treating, games, live music, inflatables, outdoor movies, food trucks and more. Make sure to wear your costume.

Trick or Treat Trail at Clinton Township Civic Center

Oct. 21, 2023

Kids 11 and under can enjoy a “live” friendly character nature trail and collect toys and candy along the way. Each child will pick out their own pie pumpkin. Pre-registration required.

Halloween Puppet Show with Alex Thomas & Friends at Fraser Public Library

Oct. 28, 2023

Join the library for a Halloween-themed puppet show by Alex Thomas & Friends. After the shows, there will be a meet and greet with the puppets. Registration required.

Halloween Parade at Sterling Heights Public Library

Oct. 30-31, 2023

Dress up in costume and join the library for some Halloween stories, a trick-or-treat parade and a short Halloween movie. For children in sixth grade and younger. No strollers or wagons allowed. Registration is not required.

Terror on Tillson Street Trick-or-Treating

Oct. 31, 2023

  • Address: Tilson Street, between Sisson and South Main streets, Romeo
  • 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!


Photo credit: Canterbury Village/Janis Miller

Halloween Stroll at Canterbury Village

Oct. 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27-29, 2023

Stroll through Canterbury Village in costume for encounters with characters and themed exhibits, such as a haunted pet cemetery and a creepy circus. There’s plenty of photo opportunities along the way.

Zoo Boo at the Detroit Zoo

Oct. 7-8, 14-16, 20-22, 2023

The Detroit Zoo will be open until dark for this annual “merry-not-scary” Halloween celebration, which features strolling entertainment, Halloween face painting, photo opportunities, trick-or-treating stations and more. This year, they added themed weekends. Oct. 7-8 is Nerd Out in Nature, Oct. 14-15 is Monster Mash and Oct. 20-22 is Movies, Books & Make Believe!

Halloween Hoot at Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve

Oct. 20-22, 2023  

This 32nd annual bash features spooky nature fun, including trail walking, campfire entertainment and more. Registration required.

Trick-or-Treat: Fairy Tales and Folklore at Troy Historic Village

Oct. 20-21, 2023

This year’s theme is Fairy Tales and Folklore. Families can expect enchanting decorations, games, crafts and trick-or-treating. Register in advance for reduced admission.

Halloween Science at Cranbrook Institute of Science

Oct. 21-22, 2023 

Wear your costumes and investigate the science behind Halloween through demonstrations, hands-on activities and more.

Trunk or Treat at Acacia Park Cemetery

Oct. 21, 2023

Try this unique trunk-or-treat event that takes place in a cemetery. It will feature costume contests for children, adults, pets, couples and group costumes.

Meadow Brook Hall-oween at Meadow Brook Hall

Oct. 22, 2023

Kids can enjoy trick-or-treating throughout the historic mansion and outdoors on the grounds of the estate. Cider and doughnuts will be provided. Advanced registration required.

Boo Bash at Heritage Park

Oct. 29, 2023

Dress up in your favorite costume and enjoy a hayride, s’mores, crafts, a creepy crawly creature display and a trick-or-treat trail. Advanced registration required.

Trick or Eat-Family Trunk or Treating at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church

Oct. 29, 2023

The Halloween fun includes trunk or treating, yard games, food and a pet costume parade.

Trick-or-Treat Trail at Marshbank Park

Oct. 29, 2023

Families can enjoy this safe and friendly half-mile paved trail at Marshbank Park during the Trick-or-Treat Trail event. Put on your costume and head out to collect goodies from costumed characters, local businesses and organizations. Advanced registration is required.


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Fishville Farms Booth or Treat A Craft & Vendor Show at Chelsea Community Fairgrounds

Oct. 14-15, 2023

Enjoy this family-friendly Fishville Farms Booth or Treat A Craft & Vendor Show at Chelsea Community Fairgrounds. Kids can trick-or-treat at all the vendors while you do your shopping.

Thrills at the Mills at Hudson Mills Metropark

Oct. 28, 2023

At this Halloween event, there will be games, costume contest and prizes for the dogs and a Trunk-or-Treat event and activities for the kids. Pre-registration is required for treaters, trunks and dogs.

Halloween Puppet Show! at Ann Arbor District Library

Oct. 31, 2023

Kids in grades preschool-grade 3 can join AADL for a Halloween puppet show, stories, songs and more.


Photo Credit: Ford House

Hallowe’en at Greenfield Village

Oct. 5-8, 12-15, 19-22, 26-29, 2023

  • Address: 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Cost: $23/member ages 12-plus, $27/non-member ages 12-plus, $17.25/member ages 2-11, $20.75/non-member ages 2-11, free/2 and under; $3/train tickets

Walk the illuminated jack-o’-lantern paths through Wonderland, Sleepy Hollow and other spooky worlds. There is a Halloween train adventure on the Hallowe’en Express, fall treats and costumed characters throughout the village. New this year, free carriage rides throughout the village.

Wilson Barn Pumpkin Fest (and Haunted Barn)

Oct. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, 2023

Pick the perfect pumpkin and enjoy cider, doughnuts, crafters, corn stalks, yard games and more.

Pumpkin Palooza in Plymouth 

Oct. 22, 2023

  • Address: Downtown Plymouth area
  • Cost: Free

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

Autism Fall Festival at Success On The Spectrum

Oct. 28, 2023

This fall festival will feature games, arts and crafts, food, a balloon artist and more. All ages and all abilities are welcome.

Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest Presented by Strategic Staffing Solutions at Grand Circus Park

Oct. 28, 2023

At the 10th Annual Grand Circus Dog Park Howl-O-Ween Costume Party, owners are encouraged to dress their pup up for a chance to win a prize. There will also be a DJ, delicious treats for the fur-babies and their humans and more.

Little Goblins at Ford House 

Oct. 28, 2023

Bring your little goblins to Ford House for this annual day of Halloween entertainment filled with spooky yet kid-friendly fun. There will be trick-or-treating stops, photo ops and a haunt-free wagon ride. Advanced registration required.

Motor City Brass Band “Horns & Howls” at Ford Community & Performing Arts Center 

Oct. 29, 2023

Motor City Brass Band returns with its annual performance, which features Halloween music. Come dressed in costume.

This post was originally published in 2013 and is updated regularly.

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