Pure Michigan October Events Roundup

With October right around the corner, below are some spooky and fall-inspired events that you and your family are sure to enjoy. There are hundreds of events and festivals happening in October all across Michigan.

For a complete listing of events in specific cities, view the Interactive Map on michigan.org.

Note: We created a new format for our monthly events roundup, listing out events by week rather than region. Let us know what you think of this new format and what you’d like to see more of in the future!

Week of 10/1/12

Detroit Restaurant Week
September 28, 2012 – October 7 2012, Detroit
Detroit Restaurant Week is set to return for the fall of 2012. Metro Detroiters will once again be able to enjoy hearty three-course meals for an attractive price (excluding beverage, gratuity, and tax) at select fine dining locations in Detroit. A complete list of participating restaurants, their menus, reservation information and a listing of after dinner activities will be available soon on website link below.

Blue Water Film Festival
October 3-6, 2012, Port Huron
The Blue Water Film Festival will emphasize local filmmakers, screenwriters and actors, including Michigan and across the river into Sarnia. For more information on this event call us at (810) 985-9223.

Scarecrow Festival
October 5-7, 2012, Trenton
First weekend in October in downtown Trenton. Eleventh annual Scarecrow Festival – a family event with contests and events for all ages. Carnival, singing contest, Battle of the bands, dog costume contest, scarecrow building contest, artists and crafts area, and more. For festival information, visit the website link or call (734) 675-7325.

Fall Colors Bridge Race
October 6, 2012, Mackinaw City
Enjoy the breathtaking view from the top of the Mackinac Bridge and all its fall splendor! This race; in it’s fourth year, promises to be one you won’t forget – it’s a unique opportunity to run the Mighty Mac! Check-in and packet pick-up is at the Mackinaw City Recreation Center/Complex (race headquarters) in Mackinaw City and race begins at Bridgeview Park and end at race headquarters. For more information on this event, visit the link or call the Mackinaw Area Visitors Bureau at (231) 436-5664 or (800) 750-0160.

Ghost Hunt at Jackson Prison
October 6-7, 2012, Jackson
The night begins with a historic tour of the prison followed by a ghost hunt. Paranormal investigative equipment will be available for guests use during the hunt. Food and refreshments served. Learn about the history of this Historic Michigan prison then see if the reports of ghostly phenomena as you investigate … solitary confinement, cellblocks, mess hall, and the underground tunnels. Tour begins at 7pm. Ghost hunt is from 8:30pm to 2am. Tour and hunt: $60-$65. For more information, call (586) 228-8780.

Week of 10/7/12

Fall Color Cruise
October 7, 2012, Kalamazoo
Join us on the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail for this family-friendly biking event that includes activities and fun for the whole family! The ride will include a 4-mile and 8-mile route to suit all skill levels. The surface is paved and helmets are required. Great prizes, great food and plenty of fun for the whole family! Markin Glen County Park; 5300 N Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, using the KRV Trail north to D. Ave and back. Noon-4pm. All ages, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. $5/person, $10/Family up to four. Includes park admission, ride registration, activities and food. For more information, call (269) 373-5071.

Downtown Midland’s Mannequin Night
October 11, 2012, Midland
The 34th Annual Mannequin Modeling Night in Downtown Midland will be held from 6:30 – 8 pm. Northwood University students will pose as Mannequin Models in downtown store windows on Main Street. Join us for an evening of fun! For more information, call (989) 837-3330.

Great Lake Lighthouse Festival at Tawas Point Lighthouse
October 11 – 14, 2012, East Tawas
Lighthouse Festival is October 11 to October 14. With more than 120 lighthouses along Michigan’s shoreline, these beautiful beacons are easily one of the state’s most identifiable icons. As part of the celebration take a tour of the lighthouse for only $2 per person and learn about your opportunity to be a lightkeeper. A Michigan State Parks motor-vehicle permit is required for park entry. For more information phone (989)362-5658.

Fall on the Island Festival 2012
October 12 – 14, 2012, Drummond Island
The festival will kick off on Friday, October 12th with carnival rides, live music, dessert bar, food and drinks. On Saturday, October 13th the carnival continues and the heated Big Tent will hold The Taste of Drummond’s food vendors and Lily’s Seafood & Micro Brewery from Royal Oak’s delicious, along with live musical and strolling entertainment all day long. There will be artisan vendors, kids’ games, juggling, magic and trolley rides. Join people of all ages and abilities for the 5K race and finish up the day with the pub crawl (free bus service) and vote for the best decorated bar and best dressed employee. On Sunday, Habitat for Humanity will host a flea market. For more information, visit the website link or call (800) 737-8666.

Oktoberfest & Classic & Hot-Rod Car Show
October 13, 2012, Pentwater
Pumpkin and face painting, classic car and hot rod show, barrel race, sprint for the stein, egg toss, strudel bake-off, brats and kraut, chips, cookies, strudel, pop, beer, MSU on the big screen, chili cook-off, live auction, music and more. Events primarily held at the Village Green and downtown. Phone for more information at (231) 869-4150. With the Car show we are adding a cruise this year.

Week of 10/14/12

Haunted’s Forest
October 13 – 27, 2012, Thompsonville
Brave the haunted forest… if you dare. Warm yourself by the fire as the chill of distant screams fill the air. Tiptoe down the haunted trail, where frights lurk at every turn. Stay out of the Headless Horseman’s path and walk with the guide for a safe return. Ages 9 & up – $8, children 8 & under – free, but not recommended. October 13, 20 & 27, 2012. For more information, visit the website link or call (800) 968-7686 ext 7000.

Doctor Scream’s Spook Show
October 19 – 20, 2012, Frankenmuth
Vintage-style Halloween entertainment will have you on the edge of your seat as Doctor Scream and his gang of ghouls will re-create a live spooky and hilarious magic, comedy, and ghost show just like the travelling Spook Shows that graced neighborhood movie house stages 40+ years ago! Beautiful women will be sawn in half! Someone in the audience may get their head lopped off! Ghosts and Ghouls will invade the theater and fly over the audience! Freaks will have you looking over your shoulder on the way home! Bring a date! Bring the family! Bring your friends! It’s sure to be a Hilarious Horrific time! October 19 at 8pm and October 20 at 5pm & 8pm. Tickets available in advance at our website link. For more information, call (248) 246-0607.

Haunted Hayrides
October 19-20, 2012, Suttons Bay
Take a ride into our spooky woods during our annual Haunted Hayrides on the farm, October 19 & 20 and 26 & 27. Stop by the Hearth & Vine Cafe for warm cider and other refreshments prior to your departure or after your return. All wagons will leave from the cafe beginning at 7pm and ending at 9:30pm. Rides are recommended for 12 and up and maybe subject to weather with last minute cancellations. Please call (231) 944-1251 to confirm. Ride tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door.

Zombie Festival
October 20, 2012, Kalamazoo
Join us at Zombie Festival to officially break the New Jersey World Record of the Most Zombies Gathered. Current record 4,093. Festival is completely free and will feature games for the kids, local bands, Halloween booths, and a Red Cross donation station. 6pm – 8pm. For more information, visit the website link.

Zip of Terror
October 20, 2012, Boyne Falls
Get ready for a spine-tingling experience unlike anything you’ve ever done before! The Zip of Terror is an after dark self guided tour of Boyne Mountain’s ten ziplines. Saturday, October 20 and Friday & Saturday October 26 & 27. You’ll be suited up with a zipline harness and helmet and sent on your way to navigate amongst the darkness illuminated only by a faint glow to mark the path as you travel through the chilling scene. Costumed guides hook you in to each of the ten lines of terror and send you flying through the night and dropping over 50 stories from start to finish. But be wary, as you are not alone in these woods and fright lurks around every corner. WARNING: The Zip of Terror is hair-raising experience, not recommended for the faint of heart. Reservations are required and offered every 30 minutes from 7pm to 11pm. This haunting experience is expected to be an hour to an hour and a half long. Call (231) 549-7256 for reservations. Cost is $50 per person, or $45 per person with parties of five or more. (231) 549-7256.

Week of 10/21/12

Detroit Free Press Talmer Bank Marathon 2012
October 21, 2012, Detroit
Come run the 35th Detroit Free Press / Talmer Bank Marathon on October 21, 2012. With international appeal you’ll run through both downtown Detroit and downtown Windsor, the historic neighborhoods of Detroit and through the only underwater mile. Registration is now open. To register, click on the website link or for more information call (313) 222-6676.

Museums Free 4ALL
October 21, 2012, Grand Rapids
The four major downtown museums will open their doors free of admission. the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and the Grand Rapids Public Museum will join together to welcome the region’s residents for free general admission at each institution. Admission: FREE. Noon to 5pm. For more information, visit the website link.

Spooktacular Weekend and Parade
October 26 – 28 2012, Pentwater
On Friday, there is a Rocky Horror Picture Show, Teen Halloween Costume Party, Gallery Stroll and Renaissance & Baroque Spain Concert. On Saturday, Pentwater Halloween Passport, Halloween on the Green (Kids games), 5th Annual Spooktacular Parade, Trick or Treating with Pentwater’s Downtown, Pub Crawl, and Adult Halloween Costume Party. On Sunday, free Raise the Dead and Eye Opening coffee at ‘Cenzo’s. On Monday, Village of Pentwater – Trick or Treating & Homemade Donuts. For details call (231) 869-4150.

Acapellapalooza
October 27, 2012, Mount Pleasant
An a cappella concert on the campus of Central Michigan University, featuring groups from across Michigan and the United States. The MountainTown Singers will host their fall chapter show in Central Michigan University’s Plachta Auditorium at Warriner Hall. The show starts at 7pm with doors opening at 6:30pm. Tickets are $15 for the general public. Tickets for seniors (60+), students, and youth are $10. Tickets are available at the CMU Box Office, online, in person at the CMU Box Office in the CMU Event Center connected to McGuirk Arena (8am to 5:pm, M-F), or by phone at (888) 268-0111 or (989) 774-3000. For more details, see website link.

Legend of Sleepy Howell
October 27, 2012, Howell
Enjoy the 10th Annual Legend of Sleepy Howell in downtown Howell, with 20 trick-or-treat stations, live music, costume contest, hay climb, hay maze, hay rides, creepy campfires, business booths and more. October 27 from 5pm– 8pm right here in downtown Howell. For more information call (517) 545-4240 ext 3.

Week of 10/28/12

Grand Bridal Expo
October 28, 2012, Charlevoix
Castle Farms, Northern Michigan’s premiere wedding destination, is proud to present the 8th annual Grand Bridal Expo on October 28, 2012, from 10am until 4pm. Spending the day in this magnificent stone castle is bound to evoke a matrimonial mood! Feast your senses on the numerous offerings from Northern Michigan’s finest wedding service providers, all gathered together at Castle Farms. Admission is $6/person. For more information, call (231) 237-0884.

Deadly Intentions – Haunted House
October 5 – 31, 2012, Warren
Deadly Intentions will be returning for one last final haunting season in 2012. What you can expect is terror like you have never seen from us or any other attraction before! We are pulling out all the stops for our final year! Many of our original cast members will be making special appearances during the season, we are planning a huge contest for adults, we will be having a massive candy give-away, the return of Discount Preview Weekends, Customer Appreciation Nights, two Adult Only Nights as well as a ton of new fun things to do at the haunt every night. There will be all sorts of alternate entertainment for you to enjoy every night that we are open. Deadly Intentions location will be the new home of The Deadland Haunted House in 2013 and beyond. Located at 20900 Dequindre Rd; inside the Countyline Trade Center. See website link for dates, times, and fees. Questions? Call (586) 222-6162.

Niles Haunted House
September 14, 2012 – October 31,2012, Niles
The Niles Haunted House Scream Park has 44 acres of multiple haunted attractions, hayrides, games and concessions. It’s guaranteed to scare the YELL out of you. Visit the web site for dates, times, and admission (haunted.org). Phone for details at (269) 687-FEAR.

Don’t miss your chance to see what else is happening in cities across Michigan. Visit michigan.org for a complete listing. What event or festival are you most looking forward to in October?

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