Halloween in Grand Rapids
Halloween isn’t just day in Grand Rapids – it’s an entire month full of weird, wild, wacky, wonderful activities and events for all ages!
Trick or Treat
In addition to going door-to-door in residential neighborhoods, kids can wear costumes and gather treats at these special events:
Zoo Goes Boo is a family holiday tradition – six days of trick-or-treating, costumes, entertainment, games and fun at John Ball Zoo. October 20-22 and 27-29.
The Park Before Dark Halloween Event at Boulder Ridge Animal Park includes games, trick-or-treating and safari rides to see the animals. October 21.
Blandford Nature Center hosts hOWLween – meet the animals, enjoy a treat and do a creepy craft, October 26. Come back for an afternoon of Scary Tales on October 28.
Trick or Treat Night at Grand Rapids Children’s Museum offers games, treats and prizes for young ones. Don’t forget your costume! October 26.
Kid’s Night Out BOO BASH at MVP Sportsplex is a night of spooky games, swimming, pizza and more – wear a bathing suit, not a costume. October 27.
Monster Mash at the Kroc Center welcomes costumed visitors to “trunk or treat” around the campus. Friday, Oct. 28. http://www.grkroccenter.org/events.html
Coopersville Farm Museum hosts a Community Costume Party complete with an opportunity to trick-or-treat inside the museum. October 28.
Gather goodies from specially decorated car trunks at these community celebrations:
- Kentwood Trunk or Treat at Kentwood Public Works October 21.
- Byron Township Trunk or Treat at Whistlestop Park October 21.
- KW Rivertown Trunk or Treat at Keller Williams Real Estate in Grandville October 26.
- First United Methodist Trunk or Treat in Grand Rapids October 27.
- Wellspring Community Church Trunk N Treat in Hudsonville October 28.
- Hillcrest Community Church Trunk-R-Treat in Cedar Springs October 31.
- Fellowship Reformed Church Trunk or Treat in Hudsonville October 31.
All onboard for a ride on The Famous Pumpkin Train, featuring songs and jokes by The Grand Pumpkin, Scarecrow and friends. All children get to pick out their own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. October 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29.
Spooky Chemistry at Grand Rapids Public Museum offers the chance to participate in some “creepy” Halloween-themed chemical reactions. October 17, 24 & 31.
Attend The Grand Rapids Comic-Con to get some great Halloween costume ideas while you shop for comics and games, meet movie & TV stars, attend fan panels and more. October 20-22.
No tricks, no treats, just fun – Hallowee-ones at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park invites young ones to participate in a costume parade and listen to Halloween-themed stories. October 20.
Halloween is a holiday of imagination – and Seussical the Musical is a great way to stimulate the imagination of kids aged 6 and up. See it at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre from October 20-29.
Fruit Ridge Hayrides offers horse-drawn wagon rides, a giant corn maze, friendly farm animals, fresh-picked pumpkins and apples, and fresh-made cider and donuts.
Tackle the Curious George corn maze at Robinette’s Apple Orchard ¬– and save some time for the jumping pillow and a hayride. Fresh donuts and apple cider, too!
Heidi’s Corn Maze contains two mazes for different challenge levels – venture into them during the day or after dark (bring your flashlight!). The Night Maze is open Fridays and Saturdays during October.
Fall Fun at Klackle Orchards includes a corn maze, wagon ride tours, western play town, petting zoo, carousel and pumpkin putt-putt. Tuesdays - Sundays through October 31.
Stroll the corn maze, take a hayride and choose a pumpkin at Olin Farm in Lowell from October 20 - November 5.
Indulge in fall-favorite foods, hop around in bounce houses, pet animals and compete in pumpkin races at the Urban Hay Day Fall Festival. October 21.
The Halloween Community Dog Walk and Pet Costume Contest winds its way through downtown Grand Rapids. Dress up your pooch for a chance to win or just come soak up the adorableness. October 24.
The Alger Heights Halloween 5K/10K Run and Walk & Kids Fun Run is an annual family-friendly event highlighting a charming neighborhood and business district. October 28.
Día de los Muertos at Grand Rapids Public Library celebrates the Mexican holiday “Day of the Dead” with memorial altars created by local residents. October 28 - November 1. A special Family Day on October 29 includes bilingual story times, live music, crafts and food.
Downtown Wayland hosts its annual Fall Fun Fest, showcasing family activities, wonderful music and amazing food. October 28.
Bring your young chef to Sur La Table for a frightfully delicious baking session – Spooktacular Halloween Treats for Kids. October 28 and October 29.
Brush Studio offers two all-ages holiday-themed painting classes: Spooky Moon (October 28) and Spooky Tree (October 29).
Scare up some post-holiday thrills at Jurassic Quest, featuring 80+ life-size animatronic dinosaurs, fossil digs, inflatable mazes, Dino crafts and more. November 3-5.
Kent Harvest Trails
Explore the many fall fun activities that available in Kent County with the Kent Harvest Trails!
- Neighborhood: Medical Mile
- Throughout Kent County
Blandford Nature Center
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Wealthy Theatre celebrates the season with four spine-tingling movies: Re-Animator (October 17), The Exorcist (October 24), Rear Window (October 25) and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (October 31). There’s also An Evening with Poe (October 27), with readings from the stories and poems of horrormeister Edgar Allan Poe.
Get your witch fix at Wicked, the smash musical prequel to The Wizard of Oz. Presented by Broadway Grand Rapids, October 20 - November 5.
The Intersection nightclub presents four eerily entertaining extravaganzas: Freaky Deaky: Zomboy (October 27), Halloween X with Whitney Stylez and DJ Brock (October 27), Saved by the 90s: Halloween Party (October 28) and Bass Country – Halloween featuring Crizzly, Dion Timmer, We’re Not Friends, Jphelpz and more (October 31).
Mega Bailazo Celebrando Halloween! at The Orbit Room bring together Grupo Exterminador, Tierra Cali, Los Player’s De Tuzantla and Alacranes Musical. October 27.
The Founders Film Series at Celebration! Cinema presents two horror classics paired with beers from Founders Brewing Company: The Shining (October 25) and The Cabin in The Woods (November 1).
Halloween at The Pyramid Scheme nightclub showcases indie-folk favorites The Crane Wives and acoustic band Fauxgrass. October 28.
Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill extends its Halloween tradition by hosting Murder Party! – a local band that fuses a love for horror and heist films, rock ‘n roll and punk rock bite. October 28.
Tour the oldest cemetery in Grand Rapids on the Fulton Street Graveyard 5K Running or Walking Tour and learn about the fascinating lives of first-generation colonists. Recurring daily.
Are you afraid of the dark? See if you can make it through all five chilling acres of haunted woods and swamps in the Forest of Fear. Open every Friday and Saturday in October.
Choose your scare level at the Red Barn Market in Lowell: The Haunted Barn Maze (no children under 10 admitted) or the Spooky Barn Maze (children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult). October 2 – October 31.
Experience 20,000 sq. ft. of pure terror at The Haunt, an all-indoor haunted attraction. October 19-22 and 26-31. Special “Lights Out Night” on November 4. https://the-haunt.com/
Join the authors of “Ghosts of Grand Rapids” for a two-hour walking tour of haunted locations on the city’s near west side. October 20-21 and 27.
Enter the Zombie Dash 5K to dodge the walking dead on a race against darkness on post-apocalyptic streets and paths in downtown Grand Rapids. October 21.
Farmhaus Cider Co. invites you to “get scared to your core” during its HalloWeekend celebration. October 27-28.
Ghosts of Grand Rapids Tours
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The Great Escape Room
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- 233 Fulton St. E
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- 2070 Waldorf St. NW
Adult Thrills & Chills
Enjoy a Hoppy Halloween with a pumpkin beer at a local craft brewery – may we suggest Pumpkin Tart at Brewery Vivant, Ichabod Ale at New Holland Brewing – The Knickerbocker, Pumpkin Spice Ale at Atwater Grand Rapids, Punkadiddle at Trail Point Brewing, or Grand Pumpkin at Harmony Hall and Harmony Brewing Company.
Two more ways to get into the spirit of the season: Arktos Meadery’s Fairy Godmother Pumpkin Mead and Bier Distillery’s Spunkin Punkin Pumpkin Spice – perhaps “the most autumnal spirit possible,” according to Playboy magazine.
Just Wicked at the JW Marriott Grand Rapids offers a prize package for the best costume and a glamorous setting for you to enjoy cocktails and dancing all night long. October 27.
The Monster’s Ball Halloween Celebration at 20 Monroe Live is a spooky spectacular featuring non-stop DJs, dancing, fortunetellers, ghoulish circus performers, aerialists, illusionists and more. October 28.
The Halloween Costume Party at The B.O.B. encompasses five floors of freaky frights plus six dance spaces and seven DJs. Prizes for best costumes! October 28.
Rockford Brewing Co. is throwing a Halloween Party with music from KJ & The Good Time Family Band as well as chilling brews, scary good food and a costume contest. October 28.
The Halloween Party at Flanagan’s Irish Pub includes a live band, specials, giveaways and more. October 28.
The Annual Halloween Contest at LGBT-friendly The Apartment Lounge awards prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. October 28.
Enter the Puzzle Room at Grand Rapids Public Museum and race against the clock to find evidence that will convict the man behind the 1910 Peck Murders in Grand Rapids. Select dates through November 4.
The Warhol Factory Party at Grand Rapids Art Museum conjures Halloween-like fun with silvery surfaces, rainbow lights, transfixing tunes, dancers, drag queens, performance artists and more. November 3.