Best Things to Do with Metro Detroit Kids in October

Planning your family fun for the month? We've got you covered with the best upcoming events in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties.

There are always so many fun things to do with kids in southeast Michigan, so how is a busy parent supposed to keep track of it all? With our list of the best things to do this month, of course!

This October, we’ve found tons of family-friendly fun, including fall festivals and Halloween events for you to check out with your kids. We also have plenty of other autumn activities, including cider mills and apple orchards and the best fall Michigan color tour spots.

Here is our curated list of the can’t-miss activities for metro Detroit and Ann Arbor in October 2023.

So, what are you waiting for? Take a look and start the advanced prep for your next family outing.

Don’t see an event you love? Check out our online calendar for even more events and fun things to do. 


Photo credit: Terror on Tilson Street

Terror on Tillson Street in Romeo 

Oct. 1-31, 2023

Each year, the residents of Tillson Street go all-out with their Halloween decorations. Drive through to check out the decor throughout the month and swing by on Halloween for trick-or-treating.

HarvestFest at Freedom Hill County Park

Oct. 21-22, 2023

There will be a pumpkin patch, trick-or-treating, games, music, inflatables, hayrides, 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 their own pie pumpkin out. Pre-registration required.

Halloween Puppet Show w/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. 


Photo credit: Canterbury Village/Janis Miller

American Speed Festival 2023 at M1 Concourse

Sept. 28-Oct. 1, 2023

This year’s event celebrates 70 years of the Chevrolet Corvette and the 100th anniversary of Le Mans and their impact on sports cars. There will also be live music, interactive displays from sponsors and auto vendors, plus food and drinks at this family-friendly experience.

The Great Fall Festival at the Maybury Farm

Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2023

This fest is filled with lots of activities for everyone. It offers tractor-drawn wagon rides, live music, farm animals, games, pumpkin decorating, corn maze, face painting and slime making.

Third Annual Festival of Hope at Novi Civic Center

Oct. 1, 2023

The Third Annual Festival of Hope allows community members to connect with local organizations as well as enjoy fun-filled activities for all ages. There will be a juggling show, giveaways and more.

Halloween Stroll at Canterbury Village 

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

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

Harvest Festival at Upland Hills Farm

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

Enjoy farm show demonstrations, magic shows, hayrides, a walk through the storybook trail and more at this annual fall festival.

Zoo Boo at the Detroit Zoo

Oct. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 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, it has 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 at this annual event.

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 also 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.

Glenlore Trails The Haunted Forest: CarnEvil 

Through Oct. 29, 2023

CarnEvil is an immersive night walk perfect for all ages, which features a circus flair and interactive games throughout the trail. There will also be special event programming nights that will include bourbon and wine tasting events, kid craft nights, trick-or-treating, live music on certain nights and more. 

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, a pet costume parade and Little Lou’s Hot Chicken Food Truck.

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.


Photo credit: Tiny Lions lounge & Adoption Center

Yoga with Cats at Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center

Oct. 1, 5, 12, 19, 26, 2023

Ages 12 and up can join Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center to practice yoga with the furry feline yoga masters on Thursdays. You may bring your own yoga mat or borrow one of theirs. Pre-registration and advance payment required.

Fiber Expo at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds 

Oct. 7-8, 2023

This annual event brings in people interested in plant- and animal-based fibers, including wool, cotton, linen and more.

Yoga with Cats at Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center

Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29, 2023

Ages 12 and up can join Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center to practice yoga with the furry feline yoga masters. You may bring your own yoga mat or borrow one of theirs. Pre-registration and advance payment required.

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 parents do their shopping.

A2 Artoberfest in Downtown Ann Arbor

Oct. 28-29, 2023

Explore the work of more than 100 jury-selected fine artists. There will also be live entertainment, food, drinks and 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 preschool-grade 3 can join AADL for a Halloween puppet show, stories, songs and more.


Photo Credit: Ford House

Towers of Tomorrow at the Michigan Science Center

Now-Jan. 2024

This exhibit features 20 Lego skyscrapers from around the world, including the Empire State Building, Burj Khalifa, Willis Tower, Q1 and more.

Ofrendas: Celebrating el Día de Muertos 2023 at the Detroit Institute of Arts

Sept. 23-Nov. 5, 2023

The DIA, in collaboration with Detroit’s Mexican Consulate, displays ofrenda altars, or offerings, created by community members in celebration of the holiday Día de Muertos.

2023 Fall Festival at Brownstown Event Center

Oct. 7, 2023

Families can check out this annual event where there will be an array of crafters and vendors, food, raffles and more.

Wilson Barn Pumpkin Fest at Wilson 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.

Disney Animation: Immersive Experience at Lighthouse ArtSpace Detroit

Through Oct. 9, 2023

Sing along and experience your favorite Disney songs and movies in an all-new immersive experience.

Disney Junior Live On Tour: Costume Palooza at Fox Theatre

Oct. 20, 2023

Kids can dress up for the show in their favorite costumes. The show will feature Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Puppy Dog Pals, Doc McStuffins and more.

Mandela: The Official Exhibition at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

Opens Oct. 21, 2023

Mandela: The Official Exhibition takes guests on a journey through the life of the world’s most iconic freedom fighter and political leader, Nelson Mandela. This immersive and interactive experience features previously unseen film, photos and historical artifacts and personal effects on loan to the museum.

Pumpkin Palooza in Downtown Plymouth

Oct. 22, 2023

  • Address: Downtown Plymouth area
  • Cost: Free

Pumpkin Palooza is a family fun Halloween extravaganza with costume contests, games and live entertainment.

A Year with Frog and Toad at The Marlene Boll Theatre

Oct. 27-29, 2023

See Detroit Mercy Theatre Company’s production of A Year with Frog and Toad at The Marlene Boll Theatre in Detroit. It’s based on the books by Arnold Lobel. The show runs for 75 minutes with no intermission. Recommended for all ages.

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.

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Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano is a mom of one and Metro Parent's Audience Development Coordinator. She tracks down the best events every week and shares the inside scoop with families in print and online. She enjoys reading, traveling and exploring metro Detroit with her son.


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