Halloween isn’t just a day in Grand Rapids – it’s several weeks’ worth of weird, wild, wacky, wonderful activities and events for all ages. Here are some spooky suggestions for celebrating the holiday. Check back for updates in the coming weeks as more events are announced!

Especially for Kids

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These events are low on scares but high on fun for younger ones:

Board The Great Pumpkin Train for a riotous ride with a wacky cast of singing and dancing characters, plus a FREE pumpkin for kids 2 and under. Saturdays & Sundays. Oct. 8-30.

Jack O’Lantern World is an incredible three-quarter mile walk through thousands of hand-carved pumpkins arranged in 17 immersive displays at Millennium Park. Thursdays-Sundays, Sep. 29-Oct. 30.

Zoo Goes Boo is six days of trick-or-treating, costumes, entertainment, cool decorations, games, and fun at John Ball Zoo. Oct. 21-23 & 28-30. The zoo also hosts Illumizoo Living Lights, an after-dark interactive event, thru Nov. 13.

Hallowee-ones at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park invites kids to dress up in a garden-related costume, listen to Halloween-themed stories, and go on a Halloween hunt. Oct. 21.

The Kids Spooky Forest at Cannonsburg Ski Area is an interactive, outdoor, daytime experience with a few scary elements. Saturdays from Oct. 8-30.

Kids can gather goodies without going from house to house at these community celebrations:

Family Fun

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These attractions and events offer fun for all ages:

A Celebrations of Souls: Day of the Dead in Southern Mexico is a Grand Rapids Public Museum exhibit showcasing a day-after-Halloween tradition. 

Boo-tober Trick-or-Treating at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum includes Halloween games, festive decorations, pumpkin decorating and more. Oct. 16, 20, 23 & 27.

Visit the Grand Rapids Art Museum to see The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited and get some great Halloween costume ideas.

Ghoul Golf at Great Lakes Glow Golf offers 18 holes of indoor mini-golf under spooky blacklight highlighting ultraviolet visual artistry. Sep. 21-Nov. 7.

The Walker Pumpkin Bash features mini pumpkin giveaways, cider & donuts, a pumpkin decorating station, a magic show, a petting zoo, trick or treating, and more. Oct. 1.

Blandford Nature Center presents Wizards, Witches & Owls (Oct. 28), an evening of creatures, spells, potions, and more; and the Halloween Hunt (Oct. 29), a scavenger hunt through wooded trails.

The Park Before Dark Halloween Event at Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park includes games, trick-or-treating, and safari rides to see the animals. Oct. 15 & 16.

The Eastown Howl-Oween Party salutes our furry friends with a pet costume contest and dog photo booth – plus a beer tent for pet owners and admirers. Oct. 15.

Kentwood Glow in the Park features a variety of glow-themed activities, including a light-up playground, games and crafts, music, food, and a fun run/walk. Oct. 15.

The Halloween Family Party in Cannonsburg Village features outdoor Halloween movies, pumpkin painting, yard games and fun food. Oct. 22.

Fountain Street Church hosts a screen of the family-favorite Halloween film “Hocus Pocus” Oct. 23. Costumes optional but encouraged!

HallowGlow at TreeRunner Adventure Park is a three-hour aerial forest adventure featuring themed exhibits throughout the trails. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes and receive trick-or-treat candy at the end of their experience. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays thru Oct. 23.

Tricks and Treats at the Special Olympics of Michigan Building is specially designed for deaf, deafblind and hard-of-hearing kids and families. There will be games, candy, fun fall treats and interpreters available. Oct. 25.

The Pumpkin Walk at Second Reformed Church in Allendale hosts two community carving nights (Oct. 25 & 26), then puts 700+ carved pumpkins on a path behind the church for a fun stroll, Oct. 27, 28 & 29.

The Live Giant Pumpkin Carving in downtown’s Rosa Parks Circle lets you watch professionals work their magic on a massive 1,300-pound pumpkin. Oct. 28.

The Halloween Race at Rock City BMX in Rockford includes a motocross race, costume contest, chili cookoff, scavenger hunt, “pit ‘n treat,” and more. Oct. 29.

The Caledonia Halloween Hustle 5K and Fun Run encourage costumed entrants (and awards cash prizes). Oct. 29. 

Thrills & Chills

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Test your fear factor on a trek through hair-raising attractions and spooky city streets:

Experience 50,000 sq. ft. of pure terror at The Haunt – celebrating 20 years of fear with five scary scenarios for visitors to confront. Weekends and select weekdays through Nov. 6. There’s a special (less frightful) Kids Haunt on Oct. 30.

New Salem Corn Maze dares you to enter the Haunted Corn Maze or the two twisted trails in the Witches Woods. A Daytime Corn Maze and the after-dark Halloween Light Spooktacular are appropriate for younger ones. Weekends through Oct. 31.

Venture into the Bloody Butcher Corn Maze, experience 3D Terror under the Big Top, and wander through a serial killer’s workshop at Abandoned Acres Farm Haunted Attraction. Open weekends, select Thursdays and Oct. 31 for a special Lights-Out night.

The Haunted Forest at Cannonsburg Ski Area is filled with hungry zombies, scary witches, ghosts, and other monsters that exist only in your worst nightmares. Fridays & Saturdays thru Oct. 29.

Grim Acres in Sparta is a “mostly family-friendly” self-guided tour through haunted woods filled with scary exhibits and monstrous creatures – some areas are scarier than others. Fridays-Sundays.

Learn about the city’s eerie history on the Grand Rapids Ghost Tour, a walking tour of downtown GR (7 days a week); the Ghosts of Grand Rapids Downtown West Walking Tour (Oct. 8, 22 & 29); and the Haunted Grand Rapids Tour for Teens (Oct. 24).

The Spooky Heritage Hill Walking Tour explores the macabre mysteries that lurk amongst one of the nation’s largest urban historic home districts. Oct. 19 & 27.

The Zombie Dash 5k is a zombie-dodging run through the post-apocalyptic streets and paths of downtown Grand Rapids, Oct. 22.

The Zombie 5K is a run on the creepy side through the woods of Cannonsburg Ski Area, where zombies and other scary monsters lurk. Halloween costumes are encouraged. Kids can participate in the Magical Mile race earlier the same day. Oct. 29.

Grand Rapids Running Tours offers a number of terroriffic treks through the city, including Grand Rapids’ Most Haunted, The Bloody Fifth Ward, and assorted cemetery tours.

Virtual Haunted Houses and games at Amped Reality let you make your Halloween experience as scary as you want it to be. Through Oct. 31.

The Haunted Sunflower Maze, Creepy Corn Maze and Spooky Tractor Ride at Rasch Cherry & Apple Market are open for night frights every Friday and Saturday in October.

Have some clean, scary fun at Tommy’s Tunnel of Terror Haunted Car Wash in Caledonia (Oct. 28 & 29), Cascade (Oct. 28-30), Hudsonville (Oct. 28 & 29) and Plainfield (Oct. 28-31).

Corn Mazes, Pumpkins & More

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Opt for family fun in the daytime or thrills ‘n chills after dark:

The Deep Roots Produce Corn Maze in Caledonia offers three trails varying in length and difficulty. Venture into the maze after dark on Glow Night (Oct. 8) and Fright Night (Oct. 21 & 22).

The Apple Valley Farm Corn Maze features a happy scarecrow and pumpkin design. Apple Valley also offers hayrides, a giant pumpkin jumping pad, a spooky mansion slide, and more. Saturdays & Sundays thru Oct. 30.

Hop on the wagon for a ride to the corn maze at Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm, which also offers a farm market, u-pick apples & pumpkins, cider, beer, wine, and baked goods. Weekends in October, with the annual Pumpkin Smash & Bash on Oct. 29.

The Fruit Ridge Hayrides Corn Maze boasts a Magical Wizards and Witches theme and includes a 10-acre challenge maze and a 1-acre mini corn maze. Hayrides and u-pick apples & pumpkins, too. Weekends in October.

The Honey Bee Corn Maze at Schwallier’s Country Basket offers both long and short loops for different ages. Schwallier’s also offers u-pick apples, a play area, rides, and a petting zoo.

Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery features a family-friendly 6.5-acre corn maze designed in the shape of an apple, plus u-pick apples, hayrides, a petting zoo, jumping pillow, and for the adults, wine and hard cider made right on the farm. Open 7 days a week thru Nov. 6.

A corn maze is just the beginning of the fun at Post Family Farm – there’s also hayrides, train rides, u-pick pumpkins, friendly farm animals, giant tube slides, and homemade pumpkin donuts & cider. Monday-Saturday thru Nov. 5.

Olin Farms in Lowell hosts a corn maze, u-pick pumpkin patch, and hayrides. Saturdays & Sundays in October.

Tackle the “Westward Ho!” corn maze ­– there’s a long and short route – enjoy a wagon ride and pick your own pumpkins at Heidi’s Farmstand & Bakery in Lowell. Monday-Saturday.

The Pick-Your-Own Pumpkin Patch at Moelker Orchards is the perfect place to find your next jack-o-lantern, Mondays-Saturdays thru Oct. 31. You also take a horse-drawn wagon ride through the apple trees on Saturdays.

Eerie Entertainment

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Treat yourself to frightfully entertaining movies, games, and laughs:

Wealthy Theatre offers a month’s worth of spooky movies: Beetlejuice (Oct. 4), Sleepy Hollow (Oct. 5), Creepshow (Oct. 11), America’s Most Haunted & Too Dead To Die (Oct. 14), Jennifer’s Body (Oct. 18), Candyman (Oct. 25), The Slumber Party Massacre & A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 (Oct. 28), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Oct. 29) and Suspiria (Oct. 31), featuring a live performance of the film score.

Wealthy Theatre also presents Amaze & Amuse: a Modern Day Magic Show Halloween Special featuring mind-blowing magic, comedy and lots of audience participation with a spooky twist. Oct. 22.

Halloween Bash at The Market features local artists, live entertainment, and all things magical, mysterious, and macabre at Fulton Street Farmer’s Market. Oct. 9.

The DAAC (Division Avenue Arts Collective) gets a jump-start on Halloween with two Oct. 15 events: the DAAC-O-Ween Art Market, featuring artist’s wares, prize drawings, shopping, music, and fun; and Halloween with Stovepipe and friends, a spooky concert with ghoulish live music, ghost stories and a costume contest.

Spooktacular is a Grand Rapids Ballet School Junior Company production featuring witches, mummies, tricks, and treats. Oct. 28-30.

Bass Country Halloween is a killer lineup of 12 music acts at The Intersection’s three stage venues. Oct. 29.

The all-ages Halloween party at Skelletones music venue features five musical acts, including indie/horror/emo-pop band from Columbus, Ohio. Oct. 29.

The Danger Damsels Halloween Hootenanny! at Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill includes rock band The Devil Elvis Show, plus a DJ dance party and costume contest. Oct. 29.

Candlelight: A Haunted Evening of Halloween Classics brings the magic of a live, multisensory music experience to Fountain Street Church. Oct. 29.

Grave Danger III is a Halloween-themed Independence Pro Wrestling event at Vander Mill Cider, Oct. 29.

GLC Live at 20 Monroe hosts A Totally 80s Halloween Party featuring HairMania & The Murder Mystery Company, Oct. 29.

Make it a date night or get together with a group of your Halloween-loving friends at these 21-and-older events:

Blandford Nature Center offers two sessions each of two events on Oct. 15: Whooos & Brews gives you a close-up look at the center’s owl ambassadors while you sip a cold one, and Date Night: Carve & Crafts, which combines a lantern-lit stroll through the woods with a pumpkin-carving session complete with craft beer, wine or soda.

Roaring Nights + Living Lights is Halloween Spooktacular at John Ball Zoo, featuring live entertainment, themed food, an interactive light show, and a costume contest. Oct. 27.

Spooky Queens in the Garden is an outdoor drag show and costume contest at Outside Coffee Co. Oct. 28.

The Vixens and Villains Halloween Party at Social Dance Studio offers a costume contest, spooky raffles, live entertainment, food and, of course, lots of dancing. Oct. 28.

Brewery Vivant hosts The Broads Burlesque Halloween Show on Oct. 28, a Halloween-themed trivia night and costume contest on Oct. 30, and bring (or buy) your own stein for $5 beer specials for Franken-Stein Halloween Night (Oct. 31). All beers are $2 off for costumed guests the entire weekend, Oct. 28-Oct. 31.

The Apartment Lounge Holiday Party and costume contest is all the fun and excitement you would expect from the city’s oldest LBGTQ+ bar. Oct. 29.

The Halloween Beer Tour visits The Mitten Brewing Co. (GR’s most haunted brewery), Brewery Vivant (located in an old funeral home) and City Built Brewing Co. (not haunted, but stocked with delicious food & drink) for beer sampling, private brewery tours and transportation to and from each stop. Oct. 29.

Archival Brewing invites you to dress up in costume for its ‘90s Halloween Party with cover band The Still Wonder jamming in the biergarten. Oct. 29.

The Arktos Pumpkin Carving Contest – they provide the pumpkin and carving kit – segues into the meadery’s Halloween Party and costume contest. Oct. 29.

The Gippers Bar & Restaurant Halloween Party encourages guests to wear costumes and rock the night away to cover band Flashback, Oct. 29.

“The Upside Down” at The B.O.B. is a costume party with Stranger Things-themed décor, chilling drink features, a roaming photo booth, and live music on five floors of frightful fun. Oct. 29.

The 5th Annual  Halloween Bar Crawl starts at the Tin Can Bar and includes seven other downtown bars, along with an after-party and $1,000 costume contest. Oct. 29.

Grimsby Hollow Meadery hosts a Masquerade Mystery Dinner that requires guests to help solve a murder while enjoying a delightful Tour of Italy buffet. Guests must wear formal/evening wear with a mask OR a Halloween costume. Oct. 29.

The Just Wicked Halloween Party at the JW Marriott Grand Rapids is a haunted night of spirits, dancing and fun, with a free costume contest. Oct. 29.

The Log Cabin Cocktail Lounge Halloween Bash welcomes cover band PROJECT 90 and invites partiers to wear a costume – bonus points if it’s ‘90s-themed – for a chance to win awesome prizes. Oct. 29.

River City Saloon’s Halloween Party features live music, a costume contest, prizes and great specials – like “Bloody Light” on tap. Oct. 29.

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