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Halloween in Grand Rapids

Halloween isn’t just day in Grand Rapids – it’s several weeks’ worth of weird, wild, wacky, wonderful activities and events for all ages. Here are some spooky suggestions for celebrating the holiday.

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Trick or Treat

In addition to going door-to-door in residential neighborhoods, kids can wear costumes and gather treats at these special events:

Fall Family Night at Ada Township Park offers cider, donuts, pumpkin painting and fun learning stations. Oct. 10.

The Trick or Treat Trail at Lamar Park is lined with local businesses offering free candy, prizes and trinkets. Costumes are optional! Oct. 12.

John Ball Zoo’s Zoo Goes Boo is six days of trick-or-treating, costumes, entertainment, cool decorations, games and animal fun. October 18-20 & 25-27.

Hallowee-ones at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park invites young ones to participate in a costume parade and listen to Halloween-themed stories. October 25.

The Park Before Dark Halloween Event at Boulder Ridge Animal Park includes games, trick-or-treating and safari rides to see the animals. October 19 & 20.

Kentwood’s Fall Festival & Trunk or Treat offers hayrides, face painting, pumpkin games and a bounce house in addition to grabbing treats from decorated trunks. Oct. 19.

The Haunt turns the lights up and the scares down for a trunk or treat and kid’s Haunt experience. Oct. 26.

The Big Boy Trunk or Treat includes special guests Griff (from the Griffins hockey team), McGruff the Crime Dog and Big Boy himself. Oct. 29.

The Salvation Army Kroc Center hosts its annual Monster Mash Trunk or Treat on Oct. 25 and a Mini Mash version for ages 2-4 on Oct. 29.

Coopersville Farm Museum hosts a Community Costume Party complete with an opportunity to trick-or-treat inside the museum. October 27.

Get into costume for Trick or Treat at Fulton Street Farmer’s Market, complete with pumpkin decorating, cider, donuts and other Halloween goodies. October 27.

Gather goodies at these community celebrations:

  • Trick or Treat Trail at Wyoming’s Lamar Park, Oct. 12.
  • Fall Festival & Trunk or Treat at Kentwood Public Works, Oct. 19.
  • The Haunt Trunk & Treat and Kid’s Haunt, Oct. 26.

Party with Pumpkins

Pick your Halloween pumpkins – and wander corn mazes, enjoy hayrides, pet animals and more at the family farms of Kent Harvest Trails  and Fruit Ridge Country Markets.

The Great Pumpkin Run: Grand Rapids is a 3.1-mile run around scenic Riverside Park. Cool down with apple cider at the finish line! Oct. 12.

Enjoy a Hoppy Halloween with a pumpkin beer at a local craft brewery – may we suggest Farmhouse Pumpkin Ale at Brewery Vivant, Ichabod Pumpkin Ale at New Holland Brewing – The Knickerbocker, Pumpkin Spice Latte Ale at Atwater Brewing Grand Rapids and, of course, the latest seasonal offerings from Jolly Pumpkin.

Family Fun

Board The Famous Pumpkin Train for a fun ride with a wacky cast of singing and dancing characters. Weekends, September 28-October 27.

Tackle the New Salem Corn Maze during the day – it’s ghoul-free! Saturdays & Sundays, September 28-October 27.

Bark in the Dark is a family- and dog-friendly glow-in-the-dark 5K and 1-mile fun run/walk with a dog costume contest, beer tent, music and more. Oct. 5.

The Kentwood Glow in the Park 5K starts just before dusk – the route is marked with glow sticks and other lights. Oct. 12.

Dogtoberfest at Kingma’s Market connects dog lovers with dog lovers, and features a costume contest, free candy, photo booth, a DJ and more. Oct. 13.

The Eastown Howl-oween Party in Wilcox Park includes a beer tent, pet costume contest and dog photo booth. Oct. 19.

The Fall Harvest Festival at Christ Community Church is a family-friendly costume event featuring pumpkin games, cider & doughnuts, and more. Oct. 26.

Head to Blandford Nature Center for two kid-centric holiday events: Wizards, Witches and Owls (Oct. 25) and Pumpkin-Palooza (Oct. 26).

The Alger Heights Halloween 5K/10K Run and Walk & Kids Fun Run is an annual family-friendly event in a charming neighborhood and business district. October 26.

Eerie Entertainment

Experience 50,000 sq. ft. of pure terror at The Haunt – voted one of Michigan’s Top 10 “Must See” haunted attractions. Weekends and select weekdays Sep. 13-November 2.

Learn about chilling local lore on a “Ghosts of Grand Rapids” Historic Walking Tour. Select dates through October 25.

Sleepy Hollow the Play is a dark and graphic retelling of the classic Halloween tale produced by Dog Story Theatre. Sept. 26-Oct. 6.

New Salem Corn Maze dares you to enter the Haunted Corn Maze, the Witches Woods or the Zombie Attack paintball trail. Weekends, September 27-November 2, plus October 31.

Grand Rapids Running Tours offers two terrorific treks through city: Grand Rapids’ Most Haunted 5K Running & Walking Tour and Fulton Street Graveyard 5K Running & Walking Tour.

Wealthy Theatre offers a month’s worth of spooky movies: Hocus Pocus (Oct. 1), Shaun of the Dead/Night of the Living Dead (Oct. 8), The Craft (Oct. 15), Sleepaway Camp (Oct. 22) and Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Oct. 29).

Wealthy Theatre is also the setting for the Thriller! Chiller! International Fantastic Film Festival – five days of horror, sci-fi, suspense and action films. Oct. 8-12.

Swedish rock band Ghost brings their spectacular music, costumes and special effects to The DeltaPlex for the Ultimate Tour Named Death show. Oct. 14.

Grand Rapids Public Museum hosts a Halloween-themed organ concert accompanying the 1920 silent film Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. Oct. 18 & 19.

Haunted Hall Bash XI: Addams Family Values includes a DJ, costume contest, oxygen bar and more, all to support Military Suicide Awareness and Bellowood Dog Rescue. At 6th Street Hall Oct. 19.

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 19.

Downtown’s Garage Bar & Grill hosts a Halloween Block Party on Oct. 26.

The Founders Film Series at Celebration! Cinema screens contemporary horror comedy Scream on October 30 – enjoy the movie with a beer!    

Grand Rapids Symphony performs the score of the classic horror comedy Ghostbusters while the film plays on the big screen at DeVos Performance Hall. Oct. 31.

Haunted Fest Michigan at The DeltaPlex combines top-tier musical talent with amazing special effects. Oct. 24.

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