Words like “haunted”, “spooky”, or “creepy”, can elicit one of two responses in a person: absolute terror or a rush of adrenaline.

If you’re the latter, October might be a favorite month for you. For people that love all things scary, we created a hauntingly good weekend itinerary for you and your friends.

The itinerary focuses on October 19 through 21, however most of the activities and locations can be visited any time of the year.

Visit Luna in the Judd Building downtown for a great dining experience with a spooky history.

Visit Luna in the Judd Building downtown for a great dining experience with a spooky history.

Photo Credit: Experience Grand Rapids

Friday, October 19, 2018

Haunted Eatery

Luna (Open Year Round)

In 1939, on the third floor of the Judd Building, currently occupied by Luna, a frightening murder took place and the killer has never been caught. Reports say that a 19-year-old stenographer named Mina Dekker was brutally killed with a hammer in the middle of the day shortly after returning from her lunch break. Dekker was one of the few people believed to be in the four-story building during the time of her murder, and the story made headlines in the Grand Rapids Press for months as the Grand Rapids Police Department search for the murderer remained unsuccessful.

Luna employees often joke that any abnormal happenings within the building are linked to “Henry,” the building’s ghost, that’s believed to be linked to the murder of Dekker.

Stop by Luna for lunch or dinner Monday through Saturday, or brunch on Sunday, and delight in the fact you’re eating in what people call a “haunted” building and restaurant.

Haunted Activity

Historic Ghost Walking Tour at 8 PM

Cap off the first night of your Grand Rapids’ weekend-long itinerary with the Ghost of Grand Rapids - Historic Ghost Walking Tour, which starts at 8 PM.

On this two-hour walking tour you’ll walk a mile of the city while learning about ghostly stories and happenings. Places where you’ll uncover unspeakable horror includes the AT&T Building, the Pantlind Hotel, the Ashton Building and more. The tour is $10 in advance and $15 for walk-ups.

Visit the upstairs bar at the Mitten Brewing Co. to witness a piece of the location's haunted past.

Visit the upstairs bar at the Mitten Brewing Co. to witness a piece of the location's haunted past.

Photo Credit: Experience Grand Rapids

Saturday, October 20

Creepy Activity

Locked 460 (Open Year Round)

Start your Saturday off with a creepy, yet challenging twist at Locked 460 Escape Rooms. There are several escape rooms to choose from, but the one you’ll be most interested in is called Apartment 460. This challenge room takes you all the way back to 1983 where you see and hear strange things coming from the apartment across the hall. When the neighbor leaves for the day, you decide to investigate. However as you search the apartment, you trip a silent alarm. It’s up to you to solve the puzzle and gather the evidence before the neighbor returns to protect his creepy secrets. The price to play the escape rooms at Locked 460 is $25 per person. A variety of times are available on Saturdays, and all bookings can be completed online.

Visit the Grand Rapids Attractions’ page for more escape rooms located in the area.

Haunted Eatery

Mitten Brewing Company (Open Year Round)

To celebrate surviving the zombie apocalypse, the Mitten Brewing Company is the perfect place to end the day. The brewing company has more to offer than just great pizza and beer though. It apparently has a permanent tenant; the Mitten Ghost. The ghost first made its presence known in 2012 when the owners of Mitten Brewing first opened the business. One morning, they arrived at work to find the footprints of a child. The tracks all started and ended in the middle of the room.

Two years later, during a renovation, the owners found a plainly visible footprint, the size of a child’s, on a piece of wood that had not seen the light of day for over 100 years. Today, that footprint is preserved as a piece of the upstairs bar, meaning you can enjoy a drink or two with a haunted piece of history.

Spooky Entertainment

Grand Rapids Symphony’s The Nightmare Before Christmas at 7:30 PM

Witness Halloween and Christmas collide while watching The Nightmare Before Christmas on the big-screen, and simultaneously listening to the Grand Rapids Symphony’s live musical performance of the movie. The family-friendly movie and music performance will take place at the DeVos Performance Hall. Tickets start at $32, and it’s recommended that you purchase tickets in advance. Avoid excess ticket fees by purchasing tickets by calling the Grand Rapids Symphony: (616) 454-9451 ext. 4.

Note: The performance will conclude around 9:30 PM

Take one of the four Halloween-themed running (or walking) tours by Grand Rapids Running Tours to learn about the city's spooky history.

Take one of the four Halloween-themed running (or walking) tours by Grand Rapids Running Tours to learn about the city's spooky history.

Photo Credit: Experience Grand Rapids

Sunday, October 21

Scary Activity

Haunted Running Tours (Available Year Round)

There are four Halloween themed running (or walking) tours to check out with Grand Rapids Running Tours. Route choices include Grand Rapids Most Haunted, Saints and Spirits, Fulton Street Graveyard, and Heritage Hill Hauntings. Every tour is led by fearless guide, Caroline Cook. During your run or walk with Caroline, you’ll make periodic stops along the way as she shares the scary or spooky history behind the buildings and landmarks you see.

Tours are $20 per person or $15 per person for groups of 10 or more. All tours are available by appointment and can be made online.

Haunted Eatery

Nick Fink’s (Open Year Round)

Known as the oldest bar in Grand Rapids, Nick Fink's is located in Comstock Park opened in 1888. It’s believed that Al Capone and Ernest Hemingway frequented the bar over the years. In fact, the establishment retains some of its original elements dating back to the late 1800s, including its wallpaper, vintage beer cooler, and bar top.

Every year, employees and paranormal followers visit the restaurant to experience strange sightings and occurrences that are believed to be from the paranormal.

Regardless of “whoever” or “whatever” inhabits Nick Fink’s you won’t be sorry you made the short drive to visit the area’s oldest bar that’s sure to have something on the menu for everyone. Nick Fink’s serves pizzas, sandwiches, tacos, salads, burgers, and more.

Terrifying Activity

The Haunt from 7-10 PM

There’s no better way to end your haunted happenings weekend than a trip to Grand Rapids’ premier haunted house and attraction, The Haunt. The expansive haunted house has been around for 18 years and reinvents itself on an annual basis, upping the scare and fright factor. Beginning this year, The Haunt is in a new, 50,000-square-foot facility for even more terror and suspense than years prior.

For the price of one ticket, you get access to four bone chilling tours, each with different story lines: Exhumed, Deranged, Immortuos, and Lougaru Bayou. General admission is $25 and can be purchased online or at the door. Pre-registration is recommended.

Don’t forget to book your overnight accommodations at one of Grand Rapids’ many hotels. View the thorough Trip Planning pages for more information on preparing for your haunted happenings weekend in Grand Rapids. Check out the Halloween page for more haunted activities.

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