Trick-or-Treat Around Pure Michigan

Halloween is just around the corner, and there are tons of fun events around the state that are sure to put you in the spooky spirit! From haunted houses to family-friendly parades, below is your guide to celebrating Halloween in Pure Michigan.

Visit michigan.org full a full listing of Halloween events happening around the state!

Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village
Step back in time at Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village at the Henry Ford. Follow an endless path of hand-carved jack-o-lanterns and meet colorful characters along the way. Feel the whoosh as the headless horseman rides by, banter with a clever witch, and make stops at several treat stations spread throughout Greenfield Village.

When: October 26-28, every half hour from 6:30pm-9pm Fridays & Saturdays, Sundays 6:30pm – 8pm
Where: Dearborn

Spooktacular Weekend in Pentwater
It’s a Spooktacular Weekend in Pentwater October 26-28. The trick-or-treating takes place on Saturday, but the whole weekend is full of “spooky” events for the whole family including a parade, pub crawl, Rocky Horror Picture Show performance, a teen costume party and much more.

When: October 26-28
Where: Pentwater

Downtown Halloween Walk in Traverse City
Trick-or-treat your way around downtown Traverse City at participating stores during the Downtown Halloween Walk. Then, make a weekend out of it and bring your four-legged friend to The Dog Party! to celebrate the grand opening of Traverse City’s newest dog park with a costume contest and treats for both dogs and their owners!

When: Halloween Walk – October 26, 3:30-5 pm, Dog Party – October 27, 12-4 pm
Where: Traverse City

Halloween Trick-or-Treat and Halloween Spectacle in Marquette
Bring your little goblins and ghosts to downtown Marquette for the Halloween Trick-or-Treat and Halloween Spectacle. Fill your trick-or-treat bags with goodies from local businesses and stick around to see the zombie folk dancers, stilt walking spirits, a life-size dragon and skeleton marching band perform.

When: October 27, Trick-or-Treat 4-7 pm, Halloween Spectacle 7-8 pm
Where: Marquette

St. Ignace’s Trunk or Treat & Haunted Woods Walk
Make your way to St. Ignace’s Trunk or Treat & Haunted Woods Walk! In addition to the walk and hayride there is also a candy bar walk, apple bobbing, face painting, bean bag toss and football throw.

When: October 27, 7-8 pm
Where:  St. Ignace

The Treat Parade in Downtown Ann Arbor
Black and orange balloons mean treats in downtown Ann Arbor this Halloween. The Treat Parade kicks off with story time at the public library followed by 65 participating businesses that will have balloons outside to signify that you can stop in for a treat.

When: October 31, story time-9:30 and 10:30 am, Treat Parade-11 am
Where: Ann Arbor

For more Halloween-related events happening in your community, visit michigan.org. How will you be getting into the Halloween spirit this year? Share with us below!

You’re Invited: Live Web Chat with “Haunted Travels of Michigan” Authors

Petoskey's Terrace Inn - one of Kat and Bev's favorite haunted places in Michigan

Last year, we had the pleasure of chatting live with Kat Tedsen and Bev Rydel, the authors of  “Haunted Travels of Michigan,” where they answered questions on haunted places around the state, their eerie experiences and more. We’re excited that Kat and Bev will be back with us this Wednesday, October 24th at noon to answer even more questions on ghosts, goblins and things that go bump in the night!

We hope you can take a lunch break on Wednesday to join us at the box below!  All are welcome and we will answer as many questions as we can during the hour-long chat.

If you can’t make it, a replay will be available here afterwards. You can also check out some of Kat and Bev’s favorite haunted places around Michigan, which they shared with us earlier this month.

Have your questions ready for Wednesday and share with us in the comments section below what you’re most interested in learning about from Kat and Bev!

 

Merry-Not-Scary Family Fun at ZooBoo

Looking for something fun to do with your family to get into the Halloween spirit? There’s still plenty of time to check out The Great ZooBoo at Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek! Today, Kari Parker, Binder Park Zoo’s marketing manager, fills us in on this family-friendly event and other happenings at the zoo this year.

Q: What is ZooBoo and who should attend ZooBoo?

A: The Great ZooBoo is a merry not scary Halloween event that has been ongoing and beloved by families and Zoo visitors for 26 years.  This ever popular trick-or-treating experience is a wonderful way for families to be immersed in a festive fall atmosphere, while creating memories with their children.  What better way to celebrate fall than meandering through the Zoos many trails of lighten jack-o-lanterns with crunchy leaves underfoot while sipping hot apple cider!  Weather depending, visitors will even get to see some of our more cold weather-hardy animals like the American black bear cubs that we rescued from Alaska this past summer or the graceful and endearing snow leopards among others.

Q: What’s the history of ZooBoo at Binder Park Zoo and how has it grown over the years?

A: Binder Park Zoo first opened in 1977 as a small children’s petting zoo. With great dreams and aspirations a team of dedicated volunteers and staff set out to mold and shape Binder Park Zoo into the leading cultural attraction it is known for today.  With the growth of the Zoo came new exhibits and events like The Great ZooBoo.  In 1987 the very first ZooBoo took place and remains much the same today, a merry-not-scary family Halloween event.  ZooBoo has been added to the must do list for families for years and continues to be a fall tradition that many look forward too.  Binder Park Zoo is a non profit so we rely on gate admissions and fundraising events like The Great ZooBoo to help feed and care for our animals.  The funds raised during ZooBoo allow us to feed and care for our animals all winter long.  There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes and even though we close for the winter we still have a group of dedicated fulltime zookeepers working around the clock to look after all of our animals.  When families come to The Great ZooBoo, not only are they spending time together and making memories, they are helping to instill a love for nature in their children and helping us to continue our many conservation efforts.

Q: What are some new attractions or activities at this year’s ZooBoo?

A: Halloween wouldn’t be complete without trick-or-treating, and The Great ZooBoo offers that and lots more!  The Miller Children’s Zoo is transformed from a petting zoo into the exciting BooVille Carnival where youngsters can enjoy the carnival atmosphere and play a variety of games to win fun prizes. The Binda Conservation Discovery Center will also be open, offering a place where children can view several small animal exhibits, participate in interactive activities, and take in the nightly entertainment venues. As always, there will be hayrides, train rides, and a festive fall atmosphere like none other!

Q: Are there other fun events or activities happening at Binder Park Zoo this fall?

A: During our winter months the Zoo is anything but still!  We offer a variety of educational opportunities for children like the popular Knee-High Naturalists, a program perfect for your pint-sized conservationist.  All of our education programs are designed with kids in mind and provide an outlet for little ones to express creativity, explore nature and wildlife, as well as to broaden their world of experiences.  As a leader in conservation education, approximately 75,000 children and adults received the benefits of the Zoo’s formal and informal education programs.  Our strongest educational efforts take place here at the Zoo through the roughly one third of a million people who visit each year.

In addition to off season education programs each year, the Zoo offers an event called Holiday Nights in December. This is a wonderful way to experience wintry evenings at Binder Park Zoo. Guests stroll along lighted paths and can view some of our weather-hardy animals on exhibit enjoying the winter season. These special evenings include carousel rides, special holiday activities, dinner with Santa and his animal friends, and story time with Mrs. Claus. Holiday Nights run each evening December 14-16 & December 20-23.

Q: What types of conservation programs is the Zoo currently involved it?

A: Binder Park Zoo is home to 38 endangered or threatened species and participates in 18 different Species Survival Plans (SSP) and 20 Population Management Plans (PMP).  Global conservation efforts take place at Binder Park Zoo in cooperation with organizations like the International Snow Leopard Trust and the Cheetah Conservation Fund, in Kenya Africa.  The Zoo also participates in local conservation restoration efforts as well like the Michigan Piping Plover Recovery Program, Karner Blue Butterfly conservation, Adopt and Beach and Highway programs and helped contribute to the success of the bald eagle’s comeback.

Q: Where can people go for more information?

A: For more information about Binder Park Zoo, visit www.binderparkzoo.org or call the Zoo office at (269) 979-1351. To stay on top of all the latest Zoo news, find Binder Park Zoo on Facebook.

Kari Parker has been the Marketing Manager for Binder Park Zoo for a total of 8 years. She received her education at Western Michigan University where she earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree specializing in marketing.

Are you planning to attend ZooBoo at Binder Park Zoo? If you’re looking for something closer to home, here’s a list of several other Michigan zoos taking part in similar events:

For other ZooBoo and Halloween-themed events happening across the state, visit michigan.org.