From Serene to Screams: Halloween Celebrations in Pure Michigan

When October arrives with crisp autumn air and peak fall colors, it’s time to celebrate the spooky season. So don your costume and check out these festive and frightful Halloween events in Pure Michigan.

Two children in skeleton costumes sitting on a bench beside a fake skeleton.
Halloween in Kalamazoo | Photo Courtesy of Discover Kalamazoo

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Harvests & HauntsMichigan’s State Parks

Fall Season
If you’re already planning a camping trip to surround yourself with stunning fall foliage, pair your weekend in nature with a festive Halloween or harvest event. These special events include costume and campsite decorating contests, trick-or-treating, hayrides and more activities to celebrate the season.

Hallowe’en in Greenfield VillageDearborn

Oct. 19–29, 2023
Experience a nostalgic Halloween by stepping back in time at Greenfield Village. This after-hours event is lit up by incredible pumpkin displays and features festive performances, demonstrations and activities from centuries past. If you’re visiting with little ones, the daytime activities are perfect for the whole family. After dark, the village takes on a more ghostly and spooky ambiance. Please note that tickets sell out fast, so be sure to buy them early!

Zoo BooDetroit

Oct. 21–22, 2023
Experience festive celebrations and spooky-themed activities throughout the entire Detroit Zoo this October. Visit your favorite animals – who will also get treats and special Halloween activities – and enjoy face-painting stations, special performances, trick-or-treating, pumpkin displays and more to celebrate the season with the whole family.

Jack o' lanterns on display in the grass at The Henry Ford Museum
Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village | Photo Courtesy of The Henry Ford

Haunted Quincy Smelter ToursHancock

Oct. 26–28, 2023
If you’re looking for a frightful experience, visit the Quincy Mine Smelter in Hancock for a haunted tour. The once-booming Quincy Smelting Works created copper ingots in the Upper Peninsula throughout the 1900s. This historical site – which some might find spooky enough after dark – will be decorated for a haunting experience delivering jump scares and frights to all who dare to enter. 

Live Giant Pumpkin CarvingGrand Rapids

Oct. 27, 2023
Explore Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids and watch professionals carve giant pumpkins weighing more than 1,000 pounds. The event is free to attend with candy, pumpkins and photo opportunities set against a festive backdrop. Before and after the event, check out a variety of museums for all ages as well as incredible breweries serving up beers that celebrate the flavors of the harvest season.

Mackinac Island Halloween WeekendMackinac Island

Oct. 27–29, 2023
Mackinac Island already takes visitors back to a simpler time all year with car-free streets and a picturesque downtown. During the annual Halloween Weekend celebration, this iconic destination dresses in its Halloween best and features trick-or-treating, a haunted maze, themed trail runs and adult costume parties throughout the island.

Halloween ForestKalamazoo

Oct. 28, 2023
Enjoy the cool October weather and family-friendly festivities at Milham Park in Kalamazoo. Halloween Forest offers classic games like bobbing for apples and an inflatable corn maze as well as exciting activities like axe throwing. The celebration includes popular children’s show characters, Halloween candy and complimentary cider.

To find more Halloween festivities throughout the state, check out Michigan's full events calendar here