The Ultimate Halloween Guide for Metro Detroit Families

Celebrate Halloween in spooky style this year with local events, games, décor, trick-or-treating festivities and more.

Halloween is almost here! If your family wants to get into the spooky spirit beyond just  trick-or-treating in your neighborhood, we’ve got you covered with our Halloween guide.

Here, we offer tips to throwing a monster Halloween celebration, from enjoying the holiday with your family to throwing a huge monster mash bash with friends. 

We’ve even thrown in some upcoming Halloween events to really round out your spooky season activities. So, take a look and get to planning your ghoulish Halloween gathering. 

Events

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Décor 

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From spooky skeletons to creepy cobwebs and, of course, the putrid pumpkins, Halloween is all about going big with the festive décor. First, nab yourself the perfect pumpkin at our local patches and then try some of the decorating ideas in these roundups:

Not feeling these designs? Check out these Halloween trends for even more inspiration.  

Recipes

No doubt that food is a huge piece of spooky season — we don’t go around begging for candy for nothing — and it’s the perfect time to let your weird and strange recipes fly. Try some of these options from the MP archives. 

Festivites

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Whether you’re looking at a quiet night at home or want to hit the streets, there are plenty of options for your family to have fun during the Halloween season. Here are some of our favorite activity ideas. 

Wanting even more spook-tacular fun? Try a local Halloween event — be sure to check out our calendar for even more options.

More Halloween info 

Above all, Halloween should be both a fun and a safe experience for all kids. Here are some helpful tips and resources for celebrating. 

Happy haunting! 


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