There are a number of ways to have some spooky Halloween fun in Grand Rapids this year! We break down a number of experiences for you in a variety of different categories. Looking for events young kids can enjoy? We’ve got you covered so that everyone in your family can have a fun and frightening Halloween.

Take a Tour

Grand Rapids Running Tours

Tuesdays & Thursdays in October (also offered year-round)

Grand Rapids Running Tours offers three different Halloween-inspired tours. Join running host Caroline Cook as she takes you past Grand Rapids’ most haunted areas like the Fulton Street Graveyard and the Aquinas College campus where saints and spirits like to hang out. The tours are broken up on separate days depending if you’re a walker or a runner. Each tour is $15.

Ghosts of Grand Rapids tour at a fountain
Photo courtesy of Experience Grand Rapids

Ghosts of Grand Rapids Tours

Tickets still available for first weekend in November

Learn about some spooky Grand Rapids history with a Ghosts of Grand Rapids Tour by Paranormal Michigan. The group has two different walking tours available. The first one features the west side of Grand Rapids and touches on the true legend behind the AT&T building, the dark history of the Pantlind Hotel, and the story of the cursed Ashton Building. Not sure what those buildings are? You'll just have to take the tour to find out! The second walking tour heads to the east side of Grand Rapids where you can learn about “Dead Man’s Row” and the chilling story of someone who boiled to death in a bathtub at the former Wellington Flats. Each tour is $10.

Grand Rapids Beer Trolley – BYOB Fall Colors Tour

Friday, October 13 or 20

While this isn’t a very “spooky” tour, it’s still a fun event for the month of October. On various Fridays this month, the Grand Rapids Beer Trolley invites you to tour the fall colors with a drink in hand. The tour starts at Vander Mill Grand Rapids and then departs for Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery. As you make your way to Robinette’s on the beer trolley, you can enjoy any cider, beer, or other alcoholic beverage you brought while you enjoy the fall colors. Once at Robinette’s, you can participate in hayrides, wine and cider tastings, and corn maze adventures. Cost is $25. Don’t forget to Bring Your Own Beer!

Robinette's 2017 Curious George corn maze in Grand Rapids
Photo courtesy of Alicia Robinette

Kid Friendly! – Robinette’s Corn Maze

Mondays - Sundays in October

Every year for the last 75 years Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery creates a beautiful corn maze for people of all ages to maneuver. The maze is 6.5 acres and from a bird’s eye view, was created to look like everyone’s favorite monkey, Curious George. In addition to the maze, there are a number of other kid-friendly activities including a jumping pillow and hayride. The maze is $7 per person. Children 0-2 are free.

Scare yourself silly

Forest of Fear - Final Year of Fear

Fridays and Saturdays in October

Grab a friend to hold onto as you walk through five acres of bone-chilling scenes in the Forest of Fear in Caledonia. As you walk through haunted woods and swamps, you’ll come across ghosts, monsters, werewolves, and many more creepy creatures. The inhabitants of the Forest of Fear have one goal in mind, and that’s to scare you silly as you make your way through this outdoor attraction. Tickets are $10 per person.

Witches of New Salem

Select Saturdays and Sundays in October

At the Witches of New Salem haunted attraction, you have three different scary adventures to choose from. If you dare enter the Witch’s Woods, you have two frightening trails to venture. The haunted woods are filled with ghouls and witches waiting to scare you. For those of you searching for a more mentally challenging experience, there’s the haunted New Salem Corn Maze. As you twist and turn your way to the exit, don’t be too surprised if a few creatures pop out at you. The third spooky adventure entails zombies – a lot of zombies. In Zombie Attack, you’re armed with paintball guns to defend yourself from the hordes of zombies released from their cages. Activities are $20 each.

The Haunt

Thursdays through Sundays in October and November

For the past 15 years, The Haunt has considered itself one of West Michigan’s premier haunted attractions. Visitors will roam 20,000 square feet of terror through nightmarish scenes. This year you may even run into a very familiar clown holding a red balloon. Be sure to bring a friend with you on this terrifying journey through fear that takes around 20-25 minutes to complete. General admission is $19.

Pumpkins at Bethke Farms in Grand Havens, Michigan
Photo courtesy of Bethke Farms

Kid Friendly! - Spooky Woods Hayride

Mondays through Sundays in October

Know a child interested in a good Halloween “scare?” A great, kid-friendly alternative is the Spooky Woods Hayride. Together, you and your entire family can “brave” portions of Bethke Farms in Grand Haven. The 20-minute hayride features familiar Halloween cutouts, pumpkins, and an area called “Spooky Woods.” Once you’re done, be sure to pick up a few pumpkins to take home and carve into your own spooky creatures! The Spooky Woods Hayride is $3 per person. Pumpkins are $0.30 a pound.

Get Active

Kid Friendly! - Run For Your Life 5K

Saturday, October 28

The Holland Free Health Clinic invites runners of all skill levels to run for their lives in the 8th annual 5K fundraising race. Walkers and runners in the Run for Your Life 5K are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes as they travel through the streets of Holland. Prizes are given out to participants with the most creative costumes. Can’t make this particular race? There are still plenty of fall 5K options left on this list.

Kid Friendly! - Grand Rapids Community Dog Walk

Tuesday, October 24

Even the four-legged members of your family can get involved with Halloween thanks to the Grand Rapids Community Dog Walk. The event starts at One Trick Pony Grill and Taproom in Grand Rapids. Owners and their furry friends will then do a short walk around downtown before returning to One Trick Pony. Once there, your dog is invited to compete in a costume contest and get their photos taken on the restaurant’s patio. This event is free.

Kids in tiger Halloween costumes at the John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids
Photo courtesy of John Ball Zoo

Kid Friendly! – Monster Mash Boo Bash

Wednesday, October 25

Share your long-forgotten love of the roller rink with the kids in your life at Jumpin Jupiter Skate Center’s Monster Mash Boo Bash. That’s right – skate parties are back and this one is Halloween-themed! In addition to skating to “spooky” songs, there will be a candy crawl, so make sure you bring a trick-or-treat bag. Admission is free for people that show up in a costume. It’s $3 for everyone else. Skate rentals are extra.

Be Entertained

Kid Friendly! – Wicked on Broadway

October 15 - November 5

The Broadway sensation Wicked is coming to Grand Rapids this fall! Wicked the Musical is the untold story of the witches of Oz before Dorothy dropped into town. Through award-winning music and lyrics, you’ll learn how Glinda and Elphaba came to be known as the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch the of the West, respectively. The original Broadway production of Wicked won three Tony Awards and a Grammy for its music and performance. Tickets start at $49.

Kid Friendly! – Día de Los Muertos – Family Day

Sunday, October 29

Celebrate Día De Los Muertos with your family at the Grand Rapids Public Library's main branch. Día De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday that honors loved ones who have passed away. You’re invited to learn more about this special celebration while viewing altars created by local community members to honor their deceased friends and family. You can also decorate sugar skulls, get your face painted, and make a craft while listening to live music and stories. The event is free, but donations are encouraged to continue educational programs at the library.

Coopersville & Marne Railway Pumpkin Train
Photo courtesy Coopersville & Marne Railway

Kid Friendly! – Famous Pumpkin Train Ride

Select Saturdays and Sundays in in October

Hop on board the Famous Pumpkin Train at the Coopersville & Marne Railway this October. During the ride, you and your family will be entertained by a singing and dancing cast of characters including The Grand Pumpkin, Scarecrow, and Little Crow. Once you’re done traveling from Coopersville to Marne and back, children can pick out their very own, locally grown pumpkin to take home. 

Pick a Pumpkin

Kid Friendly! – Kent Harvest Trails Pumpkin Patches

Looking to decorate or carve a pumpkin this year? Why not pick one up from a local farm! There are over a dozen different farms to choose from. Most of the pumpkin patches listed at the Kent Harvest Trails website are family-owned and include other fall activities like hayrides, corn mazes, petting zoos, apple cider tastings, and more. For a list of local favorites, check out our local’s guide to U-Pick farms and orchards. Pricing varies per farm.

Kid in Halloween Pumpkin patch in Coopersville
Photo courtesy Coopersville & Marne Railway

Costume Party

Saved by the 90s Halloween Party

Saturday, October 28

Want to party like it’s 1999? The Intersection in Grand Rapids is known for its 90s themed parties, and this one has a Halloween spin. The Saved by the 90s Halloween Party is presented by local radio station 104.5 WSNX and hosted by Mike from Mojo in the Morning. Be sure to wear your best 90s gear and get ready to dance. Tickets range from $10 to $15.

Monster's Ball 

Saturday, October 28

New this year, the Monster's Ball at 20 Monroe Live is not going to just be a party – it will be an experience! Not only will the evening be filled with live DJs and dancing, but guests will be treated to performances by illusionists, stilt walkers, aerialists and acrobats, fire breathers, and fortune tellers – not to mention a pizza buffet at midnight. General admission starts at a promo rate of $15.

People attending the Zoo Goes Boo event at John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids
Photo courtesy of John Ball Zoo

Kid Friendly! – Zoo Goes Boo

Select days in October

Trick-or-treat amongst the animals at John Ball Zoo at this year’s Zoo Goes Boo event! It’s not just the kids who get treats either. You can watch as the animals get to nibble on their favorite snacks as well. Everyone who attends Zoo Goes Boo is encouraged to wear their favorite costume and participate in fun games throughout the park. Admission is $8 for the public and $3 for zoo members. Kids one and under get free admission.

Kid Friendly! – hOWLeen at Blandford

Thursday, October 26

Come see the Blandford Nature Center come alive, literally, during hOWLween. This nighttime activity is the perfect way to watch nocturnal animals like bats and owls wake up and roam through the forest. Everyone who attends is invited to wear their Halloween costume, enjoy some treats, and do a creepy craft. The event is $8 for the public and $5 for members of the nature center.

Kid Friendly! – Community Costume Party

Saturday, October 28

The Coopersville Farm Museum invites people of all ages to attend its Community Costume Party. Along with indoor trick-or-treating, there will be crafts and a petting zoo. The party starts at 10 AM, so this is the perfect event for little ones who have an early bedtime. Admission is free.

Families attending the Hallowee-ones event at Frederik Meijer Gardens
Photo courtesy of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Kid Friendly! – Hallowee-Ones at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Friday, October 20

The Hallowee-Ones party at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park isn’t your ordinary costume party. Kids are encouraged to dress up in something that highlights the gardens such as a flower, bug, or even a sculpture. The event features a costume parade and the chance to listen to friendly Halloween stories. The event is free with admission to the park.

Looking for even more Halloween fun? Check out the Experience Grand Rapids Halloween page for all things spooky in Grand Rapids.