*This article was originally published in 2016 and has been updated for 2017.
by Laura R
When it comes to planning your Halloween family festivities, relying on the weather is something we all should think twice about. Parents all over Michigan start to scramble when the weather forecaster tells us to prepare for rain, or even, perish the thought, a rain-snow mix!
Here are some indoor Halloween events around Kalamazoo and other ideas to think about as you make your plans for a fun-filled Halloween, no matter the weather!
MORE HALLOWEEN FUN!
There are a number of businesses and churches hosting “Trunk or Treats” gatherings for the community. Here are several options scheduled for October 31st:
- Trunk or Treat | Milwood United Methodist Church, Kalamazoo | 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm | Safe trick-or-treating, fun, food and kid-friendly spooky-ness with candy. Event to be held indoors in the case of rain.
- Trunk or Treat | Calvary Baptist Church, Battle Creek | 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm | Free, family event will be held indoors. Celebrating the 500th anniversary of Reformation Day. Get your passport and step back in time and learn from Martin Luther, John Calvin, and others. There will be cotton candy, popcorn, inflatable bounce houses, a fire truck and candy.
- Trunk or Treat | Peace Lutheran Church – Otsego | 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm | All are welcome to our community trunk or treat. Event to be held indoors in the case of rain.
- Trunk or Treat | Berean Baptist Church, Portage | 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm | Church members will be decorating classrooms, tables, and areas throughout the building with exciting fall holiday displays. The decorated rooms will have plenty of candy and holiday treats for all the young pirates, princesses and superheroes to find and collect.
- Trunk or Treat | Comstock Church of Christ, Kalamazoo | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Add our parking lot to your trick or treating route. Park in the Comstock High School parking lot and follow the lighted path over to our parking lot. If it is raining, park at in Comstock Church of Christ parking lot and head indoors for trick or treating.
- Head out to grab a bite with the kids on Halloween. Here are some of the best deals for Halloween Eats & Treats.
Many businesses and churches are hosting their trick-or-treat nights the weekend before Halloween. Check the events calendar at www.KZOOkids.com to find another location near you.
OTHER HALLOWEEN OPTIONS
Stay in out of the rain with a Halloween party at home. Last year we had neighbors over for dinner before the kids went out trick-or-treating. I took to Pinterest and found the cutest idea for easy personal jack o’lantern pizzas for the kids and pumpkin patch cups for dessert. My kids declared the pizza was the best they’ve ever eaten (it might have something to do with the pride they took in making them)!
So even if it is just your immediate family, make the rainy night special with a Halloween themed dinner, followed by some pumpkin decorating or pin the face on the jack o’ lantern, and a scavenger hunt around the house to find the candy they would have received going door to door.
Grab an umbrella and embrace the weather! Two years ago we had a non-stop rainy Halloween. My husband and I believed we would take our kids to a couple houses and call it a night. However, our four-year-old daughter had other plans. The rain was not going to get her down; she was finally old enough to understand the candy concept and did not want to stop! We set off as a family through the neighborhood with our umbrella and rain cover for her baby brother’s stroller and still made some great memories.
I would suggest when trick-or-treating in the rain, to take a double take of your child’s costume. Does it have any cardboard? Will it keep them semi-dry and warm? If you are going to brave the rain, it may be required you make a quick costume change. Also, don’t forget to put the whole family in waterproof shoes because there is nothing worse than cold, wet feet!
We hope your Halloween is filled with excitement and smiles no matter what the weather brings this year! Feel free to share your family plans in the comments below.