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.
Trick (or Trunk) or Treat
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has some safer trick-or-treating tips for children, parents and homeowners.
Abandoned Acres Farm Haunted Attraction includes the Bloody Butcher Corn Maze and Big Top Terrors Corn Maze, both located on 40 acres of foreboding Fruit Ridge farmland.
The Haunted Forest at Cannonsburg is a trek through woods filled with hungry zombies, wicked witches, ghosts and other monsters.
The Haunt, a West Michigan fave for 20 years, is back with five new blood-curdling “stories.”
The MonsterLand Halloween Festival at Shots on the River features a costume contest, monster maze and haunted house.
New Salem Corn Maze Haunted Activities include a Haunted Corn Maze, Zombie Attack and Witches Woods. Weekends.
Bewitched by Nature
Zoo Goes Boo transforms John Ball Zoo into the ultimate Halloween destination with decorations, costumes, candy, and, of course, amazing animals.
Blandford Nature Center goes all out for Halloween with a series of nature-focused events:
• Blandford Date Night: Farm Pumpkins (adults only)
• Pumpkin Palooza
• Meet Blandford’s Wildlife Halloween Edition
• Wizards, Witches, and Owls
• Halloween Hunt
• Nocturnal Animals & Craft
Hallowee-ones at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park invites children to dress up and celebrate in the Children’s Garden.
The annual Park Before Dark Halloween Event at Boulder Ridge Animal Park invites visitors to dress up and enjoy a fall adventure.
Many local farms serve up a bushel-full of Halloween mood-setters – pumpkin- and apple-picking, fresh cider and donuts, and more. These also offer corn mazes:
• Ed Dunneback & Girls
• Fruit Ridge Hayrides
• Heidi’s Farmstand & Bakery
• Olin Farm
• Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery
• Schwallier’s Country Basket
The Ghosts of Grand Rapids Walking Tour relates tales of the city’s haunted history on one-mile walks in downtown GR.
Grand Rapids Running Tours conducts several running, walking and step-on bus tours with a Halloween theme: Fulton Street Graveyard, Grand Rapids’ Most Haunted, Heritage Hill Hauntings, Oakhill Cemetery – North and South, and Saints & Spirits.
GR Crime Tours for Teems emphasize the grisly side of Grand Rapids with stories of crime, mystery and urban legends related on walking tours of Downtown Grand Rapids, Bridge Street and the Monroe North neighborhood.
Great Lakes Glow Golf, an indoor blacklight mini golf course, celebrates the season with a Halloween-themed Ghoul Golf makeover.
Taste of Terror
Have a Hoppy Halloween with a pumpkin beer from a local craft brewery. May we suggest:
- Pumpkin Spice Latte at Atwater Brewery
- Pumpkin Ale at Big Boiler Brewing
- Pumpkin Tart at Brewery Vivant
- Grand Pumpkin at Harmony Brewing Eastown
- Bean Ball Blonde Pumpkin Spice Latte at The Mitten Brewing Company
- Ichabod Pumpkin Ale at New Holland Brewing-The Knickerbocker
- And, of course, the new seasonal offerings from Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria & Brewery
Enjoy a spirit of the season: Bier Distillery’s Spunkin Punkin Pumpkin Spice, distilled from a single malt and barley, then redistilled with a special blend of pumpkin and spices.
Treat yourself to Grimsby Hollow Meadery’s signature mead: The Legend of Grimsby Hollow. It’s made with real pumpkins, smoked on maple chips and combined with wildflower honey, then finished with fun fall spices.