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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.

    Ideas for Planning a Haunted Weekend in Grand Rapids

    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…

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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:

    John Ball Zoo’s Zoo Goes Boo is six days of trick-or-treating, costumes, entertainment, cool decorations, games and animal fun. October 19-21 & 26-28.

    Hallowee-ones at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park invites young ones to participate in a costume parade and listen to Halloween-themed stories. October 19.

    The Park Before Dark Halloween Event at Boulder Ridge Animal Park includes games, trick-or-treating and safari rides to see the animals. October 20 & 21.

    Monster Mash at the Kroc Center welcomes costumed visitors to “trunk or treat” around the campus. October 26.

    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 from specially decorated car trunks at these community celebrations:

    • Kentwood Trunk or Treat at Kentwood Public Works October 20.
    • Byron Township Trunk or Treat at Whistlestop Park October 20.
    • Truck or Treat at the Fifth Third Ballpark October 27.
    • Faith Lutheran Church Trunk or Treat October 27.
    • Creston Neighborhood Trunk or Treat October 31.
    • Trunk or Treat en el Barrio October 31.

    Pumpkin Partying

    The Great Pumpkin Run: Grand Rapids races through picturesque Kackle Orchards and offers all participants a pumpkin, glass of apple cider and more. September 22.

    Grand Rapids Garage Bar & Grill hosts Grand Rapids’ Largest Ever Pumpkin Paint Party on October 11.

    Head to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park for the Giant Pumpkins display and pumpkin-themed games. October 13 & 14.

    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.

    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 Great Pumpkin Train for a fun ride with a wacky cast of singing and dancing characters. Weekends, September 29-October 28.

    Tackle the New Salem Corn Maze during the day – it’s ghoul-free! Saturdays & Sundays, September 29-October 28.

    Scare up some monster-size thrills at Grand Rapids Public Museum’s Expedition: Dinosaur, starting October 14.

    Join Grand Rapids Public Museum for a Halloween-themed organ concert and silent film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. October 19 & 20.

    Story Time Tour: Spooky Adventure offers spooky stories and singing, a tour of eerie Grand Rapids Art Museum artwork and a ghouly art project. October 20.

    Creep through an enchanted forest and get an up-close look at animals during hOWLween at Blandford Nature Center. October 25.

    Grand Rapids Ballet School Junior Company’s Spooktacular! is creepy, crawly fun for the whole family. October 26-28.

    Celebration Cinema offers free showings of Hotel Transylvania 3 for kids age 12 and under from October 26-November 1. Showtimes vary per theatre location.

    Night at Your Museum – The Ghosts of Engine House No. 5 brings characters from museum exhibits to life for one fascinating evening. October 27.

    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 27.

    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 31 - November 4.

    Eerie Entertainment

    Take the Superstition in Art Tour at Grand Rapids Art Museum to view uncanny artwork and hear strange tales and legends. October 18.

    Internationally known silent film organist Dennis Scott plays the Grand Rapids Public Museum's 1928 Mighty Wurlitzer Organ to accompany the 1920 thriller film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. October 19 & 20.

    Revisit a classic Halloween movie at Grand Rapids Symphony’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. October 20.

    Wealthy Theatre celebrates the season with a Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival of spine-tingling movies, October 23-27, plus two showings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show on October 30.

    The Founders Film Series at Celebration! Cinema presents two seasonal classics paired with beers from Founders Brewing Company: Ghostbusters (October 24) and Halloween (October 31).

    The Intersection presents Bass Country Halloween, a concert featuring 12th Planet, Virtual Riot, Kompany, Eliminate, Computa and more. October 26.

    Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill hosts Hell In A Bucket with Nicholas James Thomasma, a Michigan-based jam band featuring the best of Phish, the Grateful Dead and more. October 26.

    Monster’s Ball 2018 at 20 Monroe Live features Grand Rapids’ hottest DJs plus stilt walkers, aerialists, acrobats, illusionists and other entertainers. October 27.

    The JW Marriott hosts Just Wicked 2018 - Seven Deadly Sins on October 27. Craft a fabulous costume and join the party!

    A Paranormal Evening with Alice Cooper is a killer concert by the ghoulish rock legend. October 29.

    Haunted Happenings 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.

    Learn about chilling local lore on a “Ghosts of Grand Rapids” Historic Walking Tour. Select dates from September 7 through November 2.

    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 September 14-November 3.

    New Salem Corn Maze dares you to enter the Haunted Corn Maze, Witches Woods and Zombie Attack paintball trail. Weekends, September 28-November 3, plus October 31.

    Choose your scare level at the Red Barn Market in Lowell: The Haunted Barn Maze (Saturdays from October 6-27, no children under 10 admitted) or the Spooky Barn Maze (31 dates from October 5-31, children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult).

    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.

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    Ghosts of Grand Rapids Tours

    Join the authors for an evening of Grand Rapids history mixed with the paranormal world. Each tour...

    • Neighborhood: Downtown
    • Tours Begin/End at Veteran's Memorial Park
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    The Great Escape Room

    The Great Escape Room is a real-life Room Escape game. The objective is to escape from a locked room...

    • Neighborhood: Heritage Hill
    • 233 Fulton St. E
    • Interests: family
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    The Haunt

    • Neighborhood: Northwest
    • 1256 28th St SW
    Fall Frollics

    Color tours, harvest festivals, autumn blooms and art everywhere.

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