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…Learn More ›
Trick (or Trunk) or Treat
Most local communities have set Halloween – Saturday, October 31 – as the day for trick-or-treating. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has some safer trick-or-treating tips for children, parents and homeowners.
Several communities and organizations are also sponsoring trunk or treats as an alternative to collecting candy door-to-door:
Hocus Pocus: Movies on the Lawn is a showing of the family-favorite film on the lawn of Circle Theatre Grand Rapids. October 8-10.
GRCT Drive-In Theatre: Dracula is a live on-stage performance in the parking lot of The DeltaPlex. View the action from your vehicle and listen via FM radio. Friendly for all ages. Oct. 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 and Nov. 1.
Downtown’s Studio Park presents a quintet of frightful films in its outdoor piazza on October 31:
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. Weekends through Nov. 1.
The Haunted Forest at Cannonsburg is a trek through woods filled with hungry zombies, wicked witches, ghosts and other monsters. Fridays & Saturdays through Oct. 31.
The Haunt, a West Michigan fave for 20 years, is back with five new blood-curdling “stories.” Weekends plus Wednesday, Oct. 28 and Thursday, Oct. 29.
The MonsterLand Halloween Festival at Shots on the River features a costume contest, monster maze and haunted house. Oct. 31.
New Salem Corn Maze Haunted Activities include a Haunted Corn Maze, Zombie Attack and Witches Woods. Weekends.
Zoo Goes Boo transforms John Ball Zoo into the ultimate Halloween destination with decorations, costumes, candy, and, of course, amazing animals. Oct. 16-18 & 23-25.
Blandford Nature Center goes all out for Halloween with a series of nature-focused events:
• Blandford Date Night: Farm Pumpkins (adults only), Oct. 22
• Pumpkin Palooza, Oct. 24
• Meet Blandford’s Wildlife Halloween Edition, Oct. 30
• Wizards, Witches, and Owls, Oct. 30
• Halloween Hunt, Oct. 30 & 31
• Nocturnal Animals & Craft, Oct. 31
Hallowee-ones at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park invites children to dress up and celebrate in the Children’s Garden. October 23.
The annual Park Before Dark Halloween Event at Boulder Ridge Animal Park invites visitors to dress up and enjoy a fall adventure. Oct. 12-18.
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 NN Mobile Solutions Halloween 5K at Kentwood’s Covenant Park is a fun, non-timed run. Oct. 17.
Rock City BMX hosts a Halloween Party & Double Point Race at Art Van Sports Complex Oct. 23. A costume contest precedes the race.
Pumpkin Poolooza! at the Salvation Army Kroc Center invites kids to dive into pools and pick out their favorite pumpkin from floating patches. Also: pumpkin decorating, candy and a take-home goodie bag. Oct. 24.
The Ghosts of Grand Rapids Walking Tour relates tales of the city’s haunted history on one-mile walks in downtown GR. Oct. 23, 30 & 31.
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 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.
Have a Hoppy Halloween with a pumpkin beer from a local craft brewery. May we suggest:
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.
Grand Rapids Art Museum hosts a Superstitions in Art Tour, exploring strange tales and legends from history and various cultures represented in artwork. Oct. 29.
Grand Rapids Public Museum streams the classic silent film Nosferatu into your home via Zoom, with live music accompaniment by Dennis Scott on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Organ. Oct. 16.
Grand Rapids Public Museum also presents Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World, which explores real-life horrors such as Zika, Ebola andCOVID-19. Through Oct. 18.