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Halloween Happenings For Kalamazoo: The ULTIMATE Guide To Halloween Event For Kids and Families

by Leslie P  & Jill P

 

 

Happy Halloween season! We’ve updated our annual list for 2017 of events in the greater Kalamazoo & SW Michigan area for Halloween.

Once again, there are so many to choose from! Get your kids dressed up, and even dress up yourself, there’s something for everyone! Whether you’re looking for trick-or-treating, Halloween crafts, pumpkin carving, or parades, there are so many fun events that many in your family will enjoy.

(See individual listings for more details on locations, descriptions, times, and prices).  Note: some events require advanced registration or ticketing.  We HIGHLY recommend verifying the details of the event before you head out. The weather this weekend and through Halloween looks iffy at best. 

Please confirm details BEFORE you head out to avoid disappointment. 

Check back often as we will be updating events as we have more information.

*Note: this Halloween Happenings Guide is published for the readers and friends of KZOOkids.com. Any copy of this guide in full or in part is prohibited.  Thank you!

 


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2017 HALLOWEEN FUN STARTS HERE…

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Halloween Spooktacular Magic Show | Paw Paw Playhouse, Paw Paw | October 27-29 |
Alan Kazam family-friendly magic show. Wear your costumes, enjoy donuts and cider. Tickets are $8.00 per person.

Haunted Adventure | Cornwell’s Turkeyville, Marshall | October 7 & 8, 14 & 15, 21 & 22, and 28 & 29 | Spooky hayride, corn maze, ghoulish train. Cost is $10.00 per person, with $1.00 pumpkins for children, while supplies last. Times:  Saturday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 am – 5:00 pm

Halloween Train Rides | Eden Springs Park, Benton Harbor | October 14-29 | Visit and enjoy a Halloween-themed Train Ride. Tickets are $3.00 each.

4-H Camp Kidwell Halloween Festival | Camp Kidwell, Bloomingdale, MI | October 27 -29 | Trick-or-treating, hayrides, haunted cabins (kid friendly), crafts, a haunted trail, games and food. Costumes encouraged, but not required.

Zoo Boo | Binder Park Zoo, Battle Creek | October 19 – October 29 (times vary by date) | Trick-or-treat trail, hayride, ZooBoo Express, Binda Conservation Carousel, storytellers, backlight mini golf and more. Haunted Africa is open on Friday & Saturday nights. (Must be accompanied by a parent for 15 and younger for Haunted Africa.)

Haven Harvest Festival | Downtown South Haven | October 20-22 | Taste the flavors of fall as hayrides roll, pumpkins fly, headless horsemen ride, and haunted houses awaken. Experience a true South Haven harvest with apple orchards and bonfires, hay bale mazes, and pumpkin carving. For a complete schedule, click here.

Sweet and Scary Mask-Making and Sweet and Spooky Gingerbread Houses | Kalamazoo Public Library, various locations and multiple dates | Click here to register.

Lord of the Gourd | Kalamazoo Public Library, various locations and multiple dates | The Lord of the Gourd returns to Kalamazoo to amaze you with his unique carvings. Drop by and see how he does it.

Sleepy Hallow: A Musical Tale | Comstock Auditorium, Comstock | October 27-29 | Presented by Center Stage Theatre. Join Ichabod Crane and the cast of Sleepy Hollow: A Musical Tale as they head to Sleepy Hollow with the Headless Horseman. This is sure to be spooky (but not too scary) Halloween Fun. Tickets are $12/adults & $10/students.

Spooktacular Toddler Time | SkyZone Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo | October 26, 27 & 29 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | Turning Toddler Time into a SPOOKTACULAR event this Halloween season. Toddlers will enjoy dressing up in costumes and jumping with their friends.


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2017 Halloween Events

Sunday, October 8 

All Hallows in the Park | Celery Flats, Portage | 12:00 pm- 4:00 pm | Guide through Central Cemetery and some of the historical figures buried there with carriage rides between the cemetery and Celery Flats. Attractions include a presentation on historical grave markings, headstone rubbings, storytelling, pumpkin bowling, and demonstrations such as basket weaving, a working blacksmith shop, and candle making.

 

October 12

Scaredy PantsStorytime | Barnes & Noble, Portage | 10:30 am – 11:30 am | Fun stories of discovering that some things that seem scary aren’t scary at all! You don’t want to miss our special bookmark treasure chest and other activities!

 

Friday, October 13

Elementary Pumpkin Palooza | Portage District Library | 2:00 pm -3:30 pm | Have fun with all things pumpkin! Roll them, decorate them, play games with them, and make pumpkin crafts. Attendee must be between the grades of K and 5. Registration required.

 

Saturday, October 14

Mattawan Pumpkin Trail | 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, Downtown Mattawan | Visit the pumpkin trail at various businesses in downtown Mattawan. Treats along the way, crafts, Halloween photo booth, and more.

Pumpkin Festival | Calhoun County Fairgrounds, Marshall | 11:00 am to 6:00 pm |
Games, pony rides, arts/crafts with and without pumpkins, bingo, food, vendors, pet adoption, a straw castle and more

Stokes Homestead Fall Festival | Stokes Homestead Farm Market, Grand Junction | October 14-15 | Arts & crafts fair, trick-or-treating, pumpkin bowling, magic show, pumpkin painting, U-pick apples, and more.

Camptoberfest | Van Buren Youth Camp | Camptoberfest is a family-friendly event with a beer & wine tasting for adults and supervised Halloween themed activities for the kids. End the day with a pig roast and campfire.

 

Sunday, October 15

Pumpkin Paint Party | Brite Eyes Brewery, Downtown Kalamazoo | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm |
Join the largest pumpkin painting party downtown Kalamazoo. For $20.00 you get a pumpkin and all of the supplies needed to decorate it. Advance registration is required by clicking here.

Stokes Homestead Fall Festival | Stokes Homestead Farm Market, Grand Junction | October 14-15 | Arts & crafts fair, trick-or-treating, pumpkin bowling, magic show, pumpkin painting, U-pick apples, and more.

Unchuka’s Kiddie Pumpkin Paint Party+ Story Time | Start Manson, Kalamazoo | 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm | New Born to 10 yrs Old is invited into the Start Manson for a fun time of painting, glitter, and craving for the old children. Reading of some classic Halloween Stories. $5 per person and under 3 is free.

2017 Riverfront Family Festival | Otsego Memorial Park, Otsego | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Fun harvest-themed crafts and games for the whole family. Free, but donations are welcome. Food, craft vendors and live music.

 

Tuesday, October 17

Community Pumpkin Carve | Binder Park Zoo  | 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm | Help carve the pumpkins that will decorate the trails at the Zoo Boo. Free. Pumpkins and carving tools provided. Cider and Donuts.

 

Thursday, October 19

Continental Kids Mad Science Night | Continental Bakery & Deli, Battle Creek 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Grab your Lab coats and join us for some food and Kid friendly science experiments. Fun for the whole family! $25. Reservations required.

Pumpkin Picking Storytime | Barnes & Noble, Portage | 10:30 am – 11:30 pm | Celebrate pumpkin season by joining us for adorable pumpkin stories! Activities to follow and don’t miss our bookmark treasure chest!

 

Friday, October 20

See events under the section for multiple dates.

 

 

Saturday, October 21

Sleepy Hallow 5K | 9:00 am- 12:00 pm |  Rota-Kiwan is hosting the second annual 5K and this one promises to be a spooky experience. Competitive, timed 5K run/walk, 1-mile stroller friendly kids run/walk and spooky trails. Registration required.

Halloween Candy Seek | Friendship Park, Battle Creek | 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm |
Find tons of candy hidden in Friendship Park and participate in a costume contest. Parents can assist toddlers.

Pumpkins in the Park | Hicks Park, Plainwell | 11:00 am to 3:00 pm | Hayrides, games, food, contests, and more will usher in the Fall season in Plainwell during this annual Festival.

In Search of the Great Pumpkin | Overhiser Orchards, South Haven | 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm | Pick out a pumpkin to be entered into a pumpkin drawing, wagon rides, corn maze, U-pick apples, cider, and donuts. Cost is $5 per person and includes your pumpkin.

Halloween Trunk or Treat | Portage Chapel Hill Church, Portage | 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Come trunk or treat in their back parking lot.

Monster Mash | Schrier Park, Portage | 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm |Trick or treating, face painting, a hayride down the trail, a magician show, photo booth and snacks for purchase. Parking is at Portage Central High School. The Monster Mash bus will transport to and from the park. Rain date of Sunday, October 22nd.

 

Sunday, October 22

Boo On Your Bike | Kal-Haven Trail, South Haven | 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm | Ride the Kal-Haven Trail where you will find treats and scary surprises along the way. Costumes are encouraged.

 

Monday, October 23

Mini-Monster Monday Storytime | Barnes & Noble, Portage | 10:30 am- 11:30 am | stories about adventures with monsters! You don’t want to miss our bookmark treasure chest.

 

Tuesday, October 24

Community Trunk or Treat | Paramount Charter Academy | 6:00 pm |
Trunk-or-treating, costumes, crafts and more.

Teen and Tween Halloween Party | Parchment Community Library, Parchment | 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | For ages 11-18. Play candy games, compete in Halloween trivia, make a craft, and enjoy spooky treats. Costumes are encouraged.

Creepy Crawly Halloween with the Zoomobile | Schoolcraft Library, Schoolcraft | 6:00 pm | Look at creepy critters from Binder Park Zoo. Following the animal presentation, trick-or-treat around the library in your Halloween costume.

 

Wednesday, October 25

Kalamazoo Nature Center Pumpkin Carve | Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm | All of the tools and pumpkins are provided. Each pumpkin will be displayed at the Creatures of the Night event on Saturday, October 28, and will be available to take home on Sunday. Admission rates apply.

 

Thursday, October 26

Bruin Boo | 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm | Kellogg Community College, 450 North Avenue, Battle Creek | Kellogg Community College invites kids and their parents to an evening of free trick-or-treating and Halloween fun.

Gilmore Spooktacular | Gilmore Car Museum, Augusta | 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm |
Trick-or-treating throughout the museum’s exhibits, vintage car rides, treats from local businesses, local EMS and firetrucks and other outdoor activities. Children 12 and under are FREE, adults are $5.00. KZOOkids.com is proud to be one of the sponsors of this year’s event.

High School Movie Night: Ghostbusters (2016) | Portage District Library | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | This month’s film is Ghostbusters (2016). Attendee must be between the grades of 9 and 12. Registration required.

 

Friday, October 27

Teen Afterhours Ghost Hunt (Ages 13+) | Portage District Library, Portage | 7:00 pm- 9:30 pm | Come to the library after sundown for a ghost hunt! Teens ages 13-18 will explore the library accompanied by adult guides. Feel free to bring along ghosthunting tools or devices if you have them. Open to students ages 13-18. Registration required.

Treat the Creek | Festival Market Square, Downtown Battle Creek | 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm | Hosted by First Wesleyan Church | Candy giveaway for kids 12 and under, prizes for costumes, food vendors, downtown business participation, and more.

Trunk or Treat | Haverhill Elementary | 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm | Co-hosted by Haverhill Elementary, Portage United Church of Christ and several other local churches. Free safe alternative Halloween event. Trick-or-treat through the themed trunks and collect lots of candy!

SMLC Trunk or Treat | St. Mark Lutheran Church, Battle Creek | 6:30 pm | The theme this year will be Moses parting the Red Sea. Be on the lookout for Moses and some water. Join for candy and costumes.

Galesburg DDA annual Trick or Treat Festival | Downtown Galesburg | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm | DDA sponsored Trick or Treat event will start at 5:00 pm and end at 6:00 pm behind City Hall. Trick or treating will be done in groups led by volunteers (NO individual trick or treating at this event due to safety reasons). Other fun activities following trick-or-treating at 6:00 pm!

Hocus Pocus @ Kalamazoo State Theatre | State Theatre, Kalamazoo | 8:00 pm | Get ready to have a spooky fun time with the Sanderson sisters as they tear up the town. $10 non-student, $5 student.

2nd Annual Halloween Food Truck Rally | Downtown Kalamazoo | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Food truck rally. With great fall cuisine, activities for the kids, and a costume contest for kids and adults. Come on out in your favorite Halloween costume and enjoy live entertainment.


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Saturday, October 28

Halloween Spooky Breakfast | Burdick’s for Breakfast, Kalamazoo | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm |   Dress up in your favorite costume and join us for pumpkin carving, games, and our Halloween-themed buffet. $10.99 for children and $16.99 for adults and that includes your pumpkin carving. Call 269-226-3155 to make your reservation.

Gilden Woods Preschool of Portage Harvest Festival | Gilden Woods, Portage | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | Family friendly event and bring your children in costume! Enjoy carnival/fall themed games, face painting, pumpkin decorating contest and a bounce house. Refreshments including cider and donuts will be provided.

Y’OPA Halloween Costume 5k Fun Run | Y’OPA, Portage | 10:00 am to 1:00 pm | Fun run starting and finishing at Y’OPA Frozen Yogurt. The run will go along the Portage trail along Shaver Road and come back up South Westnedge. A Halloween run would not be complete without costumes, so be sure to dress up! This fun run is for everyone including your doggies.

Make an Eerie Sound | Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Downtown Kalamazoo | 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | Come make eerie sounds with various instruments that will send chills down your spine. Free event.

Nitewalk | Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Downtown Kalamazoo | 11:00 am to 3:30 pm | Every 30 minutes. Take a spooky Nitewalk through a cemetery, caves, and dark corridors. Not recommended for small children or those easily spooked!

Fall Harvest Festival | St. Michael Lutheran Church, Portage | 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | A Christ-centered alternative to Halloween. Enjoy a fun family-friendly evening with games, prizes, donuts, dancing and a parade of candy. Children are invited to wear family-friendly costumes (non-scary).

Making a Difference at Spooky Science Saturday | Leila Arboretum, Battle Creek | 11:00 am to 3:00 pm | Free trick-or-treating, food trucks, $1.00 hayrides, science stations, STEM giveaways. Canned foods and peanut butter donations will be accepted.

RAFD Annual Haunted House | Ross Township Hall, Richland | 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm | Hosted by Ross-Augusta Fire Department. Family-friendly haunted house, candy, fire trucks, fire-safety information, and demonstrations. Wear your costumes! Suggested entrance fee is $1.00 per person.

Fall Festival | Comstock Township Library, Comstock | 10:30 am – 1:30 pm | Come dressed in your Halloween costume for our fourth annual autumn party for all ages!  Enjoy games, crafts, snacks, and our costume competition.  Registration is required for this free event.

Safe Halloween | Bronson Park, Kalamazoo | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm | This family event provides an alternative to trick-or-treating in a safe and action packed environment. Activities will include pumpkin decorating, costume contests, pumpkin racing and much more! Complimentary cider, donuts, and candy.

Trunk or Treat | Centerpoint Church | 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm | You’ll find decorated car trunks, bounce houses, donuts, photo booth, tons of FREE candy, and more. Families with kids 3-year-old – 5th grade are invited. Dress in your favorite costume and bring a bag for treats.

All Hallows Evening | Historic Charlton Park, Hastings | 3:00 pm- 6:00 pm | This family-oriented event begins with trick – or – treat through the Historic Village. Take a hayride, enjoy a glass of cider. There will also be a costume contest and awards. Admission is $4.00 per person,12 and under are free.

Trunk or Treat! Sponsored by the BCMA Moms | 3:30 pm  to 5:00 pm | Trunk or treat will be located on the BCMA playground and is sponsored by the BCMA MOMS.

Creatures of the Night: Creepy Crawlies | Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo | 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Annual non-scary Halloween alternative!  Meet enchanted, creepy crawly critters as they come to life along a guided trail walk. At the end of the walk, make a craft, listen to music, enjoy a snack, and sip some hot cider. Join the fun by coming in costume! Tours leave approximately every 15 minutes — rain or shine — and are geared for children 12 years and younger.  Member $6/participating child, Non-member $8/participating child.

Kalamazoo Wings Orange Ice Game | Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo | 7:00 pm | The annual Halloween Orange Ice Game lets your kids get a head start on trick-or-treating with candy stations all around the concourse. There will also be a first intermission costume contest on the ice with great prizes awarded to the winners.

VerHage Fruit Farm Trunk-or-Treat | VerHage Fruit Farm | 4:00 pm | Activities for kids and a trunk-or-treat. Must bring candy a bag of candy per child to participate. See event listing for more details. Note: event will be canceled in case of rain. Please check before you head out.

The Great Pumpkin Fest | Battle Creek Friends Church, Battle Creek | 6:00 pm | Food, fun, and FRIENDS! Trunk or treat, extreme inflatables, face painting, pumpkin decorating, kid friendly games, and more. Family friendly event. FREE.

Halloween Open Skate | The Rink Battle Creek | 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm | Dress in your Halloween bests and hit the ice in our first Annual Halloween Open Skate. Playing your favorite Halloween Tunes in a merry and not too scary environment. Admission is $5 and Skate Rental is $2. Cash only.

Trunk or Treat & Food Truck Rally | Timeless Furnishings Antiques & Consignment, Battle Creek | 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm | Food truck rally with 10+ food trucks. Trunk or treat from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

 

Sunday, October 29

Halloween Festival | Henderson Castle, Kalamazoo | 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm | Costume contest, trick-or-treating around Henderson Castle and treats. Additional food and game tickets available for purchase. Pricing is $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for children. Tickets can be purchased by calling 269.344.1827 or clicking here.

Trick or Treat at CCC | Central Christian Church, Battle Creek | 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm | Come and trick or treat around our church parking lot. Candy, snacks, and prizes to win.

Trunk or Treat | Lifespring Church, Oshtemo | 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Inside event with all activities taking place inside. Fun treats, prizes, games, and activities. This is a family-friendly event is open to all ages in costume.

Trunk or Treat | Parchment United Methodist Church, Parchment | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm |  Halloween fun includes games, a haunted hallway, refreshments, trick or treating, and a costume contest.  Free for all ages.

Harvest Fest | Spring Vally Church, Kalamazoo | 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Trunk-or-Treat, bounce houses, a petting zoo, wagon rides and face painting.

Monday, October 30

Halloween Storytime | Barnes & Noble, Portage | 10:30 am- 11:30 am | Halloween stories at 10:30 am followed by special activities and treats. Free.

Trick or Treat Parade | Parchment Community Library, Parchment | 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Dress your little one in their Halloween costume and join Mrs. B at the library! We will “trick or treat” among the library staff, listen to Halloween stories, and make a fun Halloween craft.  Registration is required and appropriate for kids 6-years-old and under.

Kids Halloween Night! | Chili’s Grill & Bar, Portage | 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Bring your little ghouls and gobblins out to Chili’s on Monday, October 30 from 5 -9 pm for a special Halloween themed Kids Night! Children (12 and under) will enjoy $1 kids meals, crafts, and candy. RSVP by calling 269-324-0560

Tuesday, October 31

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.

Halloween Fun  | Portage District Library, Portage | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | Drop in for a short “Trick or Treat” at our service desks and try the activities to celebrate the day.

Trick or Treat Parade | Parchment Community Library, Parchment | 10:15 am – 11:15 am | Dress your little one in their Halloween costume and join Mrs. B at the library!. We will “trick or treat” among the library staff, listen to Halloween stories, and make a fun Halloween craft.  Registration is required. Geared toward children 6 and under.

Teen Halloween Extravaganza | Portage District Library, Portage |  4:30 pm – 6:30 pm | Wear your costume, make candy sushi, create crafts, and watch a movie. This year’s movie will be Ghostbusters (1984), as voted on by the Teen Advisory Group. Registration required.

Trunk-or-Treat | Battle Creek Central High School, Battle Creek | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Annual family-friendly event hosted by the Battle Creek Police Department. Children can dress in costumes and receive candies from cars with decorated trunks while interacting with police officers and firefighters in a safe environment. Candy donations are welcome.

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.

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.

Trunk or Treat | Cornerstone Church, Portage | 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm | Treats, games, grab a hot dog and face painting.

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.

A Bit of a Drive

In Search of the Great Pumpkin | Overhiser Orchards, South Haven | October 21 | 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm | Pick out a pumpkin to be entered into a pumpkin drawing, wagon rides, corn maze, U-pick apples, cider, and donuts. Cost is $5 per person and includes your pumpkin.

Costume Party | South Haven Memorial Library, South Haven | October 28 | 11:00 am to 12:30 pm |  Free crafts, food, prizes for best costumes. Sign up at the front desk, by calling 269-637-2403, or email shml@shmlibrary.org

Park Before Dark Halloween Event | Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park, Alto, MI | Noon to 6:00 pm | Trick-or-treating around the park, free popcorn, games and animals, including their safari ride. Cost is $9.00 per person.

Annual Family and Pet Halloween Parade | Coghlin Park, Saugatuck | Activities begin at 3:00 pm, with the parade beginning at 4:00 pm.

Trick-or-Treat at the Michigan Maritime Museum | Michigan Maritime Museum, South Haven | October 31 | 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm | Kids dressed in costume that are toddlers to age 10 can pick up candy at six different station. The museum is participating in the teal pumpkin project and will have non-candy prizes available as well.

Zoo Boo at the Detroit Zoo | Detroit Zoo, Detroit | 10/6-10/8, 10/13-10/15, 10/22-10/22

HalloWeekends at Cedar Point | Cedar Point, Sandusky, OH | Saturdays & Sundays, September 16- October 29 | Great pumpkin parade, Halloween events, mazes, and scare zones make-up some of the activities a HalloWeekends.

Zoo Goes Boo | John Ball Zoo, Grand Rapids | October 20-22 &
October 27-29 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm | Animals, trick-or-treating, games, decorations, entertainment

Glow in the Park | Beery Park, Douglas | 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Glow in the Park is an annual, all-inclusive kick-off party for the Halloween weekend. The event includes music, food and drink along with plenty of fun glow-in-the-dark activities for the kids.

 

Events For Parents

 

Spooky Cocktails Class | Continental Bakery, Battle Creek | October 21 | 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | Must be 21 or over. Cost is $35 per person | Come make a spooky Halloween cocktail, enjoy treats and learn how to make new Halloween treats at home.

Terror Trail at Leila Scare-boretum | Leila Arboretum, Battle Creek | 10/13-10/27 | A new Haunted forest now open for adults this October. Brought to you by The Women’s Co-Op, BCMAMS and Leila Arboretum Society. Event hours are from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday nights, Oct 13-14, 20-21, and 27-28. On the 28th there will be a musical Halloween costume bash in the Kaleidoscope Garden at Leila Arboretum with live music from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm.  All tours cost $12 per person (age 14 and older). 

Feast and Fear Dinner | Stokes Homestead Market, Grand Junction | October 27 | Seating at 6:00 pm and 8:30 pm | Enjoy a three-course dinner with local wine samples and a wagon ride | Seating is very limited | Tickets can be purchased here.

Shadow Hallow Haunt | Stokes Homestead Market | Runs each weekend in October | Half-hour live-action haunted ride through the trail and apple orchard, featuring 20 or more haunted characters. Step aboard the wagon and take a ride back to the 1800’s and explore an old insane asylum where tortured patients still haunt the grounds (NOTE: Shadow Hollow Haunt is not suitable for younger children).

Haunted History of Henderson Castle Dinner and Tour | Henderson Castle, Kalamazoo | October 31 | The event will begin with a presentation by Southern Michigan Paranormal Society Co-Founder, Dan Holroyd. Mr. Holroyd can be heard regularly on Southwest Michigan radio and has researched the history of Frank and Mary Henderson extensively.

 

 

*Note: this Halloween Happenings Guide is published for the readers and friends of KZOOkids.com. Any copy of this guide in full or in part is prohibited.  Thank you!

 

 

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Leslie is passionate about promoting everything the Kalamazoo area has to offer. A mother of two, she enjoys reading mystery novels, trying out new recipes and browsing Pinterest for new ideas.

 

One Comment

  • Phyllis Lubbert

    Westwood United Methodist on Nichols Road, Kalamazoo will also have an indoor Trunk or Treat on October 31. 5:30-7:00 PM