Halloween Activities to Make Your October Spooktacular

It’s October 1st. In my house that means two things:

  1. Hocus Pocus will soon be on repeat. (Side note: There’s a Hocus Pocus 2 rumored to be in the works!)
  2. It’s time for us to gear up for a month long of Halloween activities.

October might be one of my top 2 favorite months, if not my fave. Anyone else feel this way? And again, one of the best times to be a Michigander. I’m sorry, sunny Floridians and Californians, we genuinely envy you around January, but in Fall, we heart the Mitten State. All the Fall feels, people.

There are TONS of Halloween activities going on in Southeast Michigan right now, all month long. I’ve put together a list below of some of my favorites. Some of them we’ve done before, some we consistently do year after year, and some we’ll be trying out this year for the first time! They are listed below in no particular order.

And to make it even easier to sign up for each event, I’ve linked their webpages for easy access (just click on the name). Happy Spooktober, Michiganders!

  • Wilson Barn Pumpkin Fest (Livonia): Cutest little barn area ever! The best thing about this event is admission is totally free! Additional activities may be ticketed, however. And they have a “haunted barn stroll” for kids 12 and younger where you are able to pick the level of “spookiness”.
  • Zoo Boo-Detroit Zoo (Royal Oak): This has changed a lot since I took my kids last, years ago. Now there’s supposedly more animals to see (although this depends on weather and time of day if they’re not too cold or asleep), activities, pumpkin-carving, stilt-walkers, and a Wizard of Oz 4D show. Basically, clear a few hours aside for this one.
  • Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village (Dearborn): Our personal yearly family tradition. This is the place that will give you Hocus Pocus vibes. This is the place that will make you think you stepped into Halloweentown (which only Millenials will understand). This is the place that will make you glad you live in Michigan in October, or are vacationing here. The headless horseman also rides through; enough said.
  • Pumpkin Palooza (Downtown Plymouth): Another totally FREE event for the kids with a costume contest, petting zoo, and more. Date of event: October 20, 2019 from 12-2:30.
  • Halloween Science at Cranbrook Institute of Science (Bloomfield Hills): Takes place on October 26, 2019 with 3 different sessions available. A fun and educational event featuring tons of hands-on halloween activities such as pumpkin catapulting, and more—all merry, not scary—so totally appropriate for all ages. Included in admission price is a rollercoaster simulator show in the Planetarium. ($10 for members, $15 for non-members and should be purchased in advance for “goody bag” guarantee).
  • Fish or Treat-Sea Life Aquarium and Brick or Treat-LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan (Great Lakes Crossing Mall, Auburn Hills): Two different ticketed events, but right next door to each other. Trick or treating at the aquarium and LEGOLAND—both actually are as adorable as they sound and feature a “costume parade” of the kids dressed up. Dressing in costume saves you 50 percent off admission tickets, adults included!.
  • Trick or Treat Novi Town Center (Novi): Date of event: October 19th, 1-4 PM. Trick or Treat indoors at the mall. The one time your kids probably won’t complain that they’re bored when you take them shopping.
  • Detroit Kid City-Dearborn’s Halloween Party (Dearborn): Dates-October 18, 2019 and October 25, 2019 from 8-8 pm. A halloween party in one of the cutest mini-cities you ever did see. (My kids love this place!!) Included in the cost of the $25 admission fee is pizza, juice, halloween activities, open play, and a halloween craft.
  • Tiny Town’s Halloween Event (Northville): Another adorable kid neighborhood (a place I’ve personally been taking my kids to for years!!). The party takes place on October 24, 2019 from 5:30-7:30. $17 admission ticket for the event gets each kid pizza, juice, trick-or-treating in their adorable play area, open play time, and a discount with a professional photographer there to take pictures of kids in their cute costumes.
  • Zee the Cook’s Spooky Cooking Challenges (Dearborn Heights): We do one of her halloween events at least once each October. Though if it were up to my kids, we’d come here everyday. Prices vary by cooking event and by type. Some are parent/child classes (which we love) and some are lone child classes (which, personally, I love, allowing me some mommy-alone time). Check her site often as there are multiple spooky cooking challenges for the month of October and new events are constantly added.

P.s. The photo at the top of this page? That’s both my little lambs on their first halloween! And yes, we definitely do believe in hand-me-downs 🙂 (although sometimes we just don’t tell Mira…#secondchildproblems).

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