With October right around the corner, we have a variety of Halloween happenings and other fun and spooky festivals and events for kids and adults alike taking place all around the state over the next month.
Zoo Boo is the Detroit Zoo’s merry-not-scary Halloween celebration with a cleverly decorated half-mile trick-or-treat trail through the Zoo. Enjoy entertainment in the Zoo Boo Revue tent, or kids can try their luck at the Ghouly Games tent. Visit The Haunted Reptile House and the Zombie Zone for ghastly games and spooky activities. This year’s event takes place on October 12-14, 19-21, & 26-28.
Plan a visit to Greenfield Village --October 12-14, 19-21 and 26-28, 2012 --and step back in time to a Turn-of-the-20th century Hallowe’en. Follow an endless path of hand-carved jack-o-lanterns and meet colorful characters along the way. Watch for the headless horseman, banter with a clever witch and make stops at several treat stations spread throughout the Village.
The Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek will play host to its annual Great ZooBoo on October 12-18. Kids wind their way through a dedicated trick-or-treat trail and can hop aboard the Binda Conservation Carousel, take a hay ride or go aboard the Z.O.& O ZooBoo Express. Live entertainment and carnival is also planned.
Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square in Saginaw will host a Zoo Boo October 19-26 with treats, entertainment, train and carousel rides and a visit with Dr. Slime, the mad scientist. Put on your costumes and trick-or-treat your way through the decorated Zoo! Load your treat bag with goodies from various vendors and booths. Ticket price includes Zoo admission, train and carousel ride, special entertainment, and trick-or-treating.
Check out our line-up of chilling and thrilling happenings:
Niles Haunted House
Now thru October 31
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.
The community of Trenton stages the eleventh annual Scarecrow Festival with contests and events for all ages. Patrons will enjoy the carnival, singing contest, battle of the bands, dog costume contest, scarecrow building contest, artists and crafts area--and much more.
Deadly Intentions – Haunted House
October 5 – 31
Deadly Intentions—now in its final season will do terror like you’ve never seen before. The final season will also have an adult costume contest, a gigantic candy give-away, two adult only nights, as well as a ton of new fun things to do every night.
Ghost Hunt at Jackson Prison
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. 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 are really true. Food and refreshments served Tour and hunt: $60-$65.
October 13 – 27
Crystal Mountain welcomes all to 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. The event is recommended for ages nine and up.
Doctor Scream’s Spook Show
October 19 – 20
Vintage-style Halloween entertainment will have you on the edge of your seat as Doctor Scream and his gang of ghouls re-create a live spooky and hilarious magic, comedy, and ghost show-- just like the travelling spook shows that graced neighborhood movie house stages more than 40 years ago. Ghosts and ghouls will invade the theater and fly over the audience. It’s sure to be a Hilarious Horrific time.
October 19-20 & 26-27
Take a ride into our spooky woods during our annual Haunted Hayrides on the farm. Stop by the Hearth & Vine Cafe for warm cider and other refreshments prior to your departure or after your return. Rides are recommended for ages 12 and up.
Join us at Zombie Festival to officially break the New Jersey World Record of the Most Zombies Gathered. Festival is completely free and will feature games for the kids, local bands, Halloween booths—and other fun and worthy causes.
Zip of Terror
October 20 & 26-27
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 zip-lines. You’ll be suited up with a zip-line harness and helmet and sent to navigate amongst the darkness illuminated only by a faint glow to mark the path. 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. Reservations are required.
Spooktacular Weekend and Parade
October 26 – 28
This three-day event features a Rocky Horror picture show, teen Halloween costume party, gallery stroll and Renaissance & Baroque Spain Concert, Kids games, parade, trick-or-treating, pub crawl, and an adult Halloween costume party.
Legend of Sleepy 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.
For a complete listing of events in specific cities, view our michigan.org events listing.