by Jill P and Julie S


Happy Halloween season! We’ve updated our annual list of events in the area for Halloween and 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). This post has been updated for 2016

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

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Zoo Boo | Binder Park Zoo Battle Creek | October 19-October 30 | 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.)

Camp Kidwell 15th Annual Halloween Festival | Camp Kidwell, Bloomingdale, MI | October 28-30 | Trick-or-treating, hayrides, haunted cabins (kid friendly), crafts, a haunted trail, games and food. Costumes encouraged, but not required.

Haven Harvest Festival | Downtown South Haven | October 21-23 | Zombie run and stroll, hayrides, costume contest, live bands and dancing, pie baking contest, activities for adults and kids.

Stokes Homestead Fall Festival | Stokes Homestead Farm Market, Grand Junction | October 15-16 | Arts & crafts fair, trick-or-treating, pumpkin bowling, live music, caramel apple station, and more.

Creepy Crafternoon | Kalamazoo Library – Central Branch, Kalamazoo | Drop in and make a creepy crawly pet.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Mattawan Pumpkin Trail | Downtown Mattawan | Visit the pumpkin trail at various businesses in downtown Mattawan. Treats along the way, crafts, Halloween photo booth, and more.

Pumpkins in the Park | Hicks Park, Plainwell | Costume contest, Trick-or-treating, games, hayride, bake sale, and more.

Halloween Train Rides | Eden Springs Park, Benton Harbor | Visit and enjoy a Halloween-themed Train Ride.

Small Wonders Spectacular Spiders | Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo | Explore spiders through interactive learning stations, including time outdoors (weather permitting). No registration required, additional fee to regular admission.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Community Pumpkin Carve | Binder Park Zoo, Battle Creek | Join the community for a pumpkin carve for jack-o-lanterns for the Zoo Boo. Cider and donuts available.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Bats in the Library | Kalamazoo Library – Washington Square Branch | Learn the truth about bats through this exciting and interactive presentation and meet bats from around the world. Free ticket required.

Tween and Teen Halloween Party | Parchment Community Library, Parchment | Come watch The Addams Family, make a craft, and enjoy spooky treats. Costumes are encouraged.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Making a Difference at Spooky Science Saturday | Leila Arboretum and Kingman Museum, Battle Creek | Enjoy a day filled with science experiments, free things to take home, and fun for the whole family!

The Great Pumpkin Carving Party | Fieldstone Grill, Portage | A mess free, stress-free, pre-gutted pumpkin carving party! Caramel Apple Bar, Pumpkin seeds and more!

Monster Mash | Schrier Park, Portage | Trick or treating, face painting, a hayride down the trail, a magician show, and snacks for purchase. Rain date of Sunday, October 23rd.

Halloween Trunk or Treat | Portage Chapel Hill Church, Portage | Come trunk or treat in their back parking lot.

Halloween at The Village | Vicksburg Historic Village, Vicksburg | Safe trick or treating, fun and spooky ghost stories, a chilling artifact display, decorating make and take gourds, and other ghoulishly great arts and crafts, and additional spooktacular fun awaits. Don’t forget to board the “haunted” caboose and freight car.

Family Harvest Celebration | Central Christian Church, Battle Creek | Trunk or treating, fall themed snacks, and giveaway.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Boo on Your Bike! | Kal-Haven Trail Head, South Haven | Ride the Kal-Haven Trail where you will find treats & scary surprises along the way. Costumes are encouraged.


Monday, October 24, 2016

Halloween Crafts for Kids | Kalamazoo Library – Eastwood Branch, Kalamazoo | Come make some fun Halloween themed crafts at the library.

Mask Making | Kalamazoo Library- Eastwood Branch, Kalamazoo | Create a spooky fun mask for Halloween.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Sweet and Spooky Gingerbread Houses | Kalamazoo Library – Alma Powell Branch, Kalamazoo | Create a creepy gingerbread house to frighten friends and family! Registration required.

Teen Halloween Extravaganza | Portage District Library, Portage | Wear your costume, make candy sushi, create crafts, and watch the movie Hocus Pocus. Registration required.

Trick or Treat Parade | Parchment Community Library, Parchment | Dress your little one in their Halloween costume and join Mrs. B at the library. Trick or treat among library staff, enjoy a Halloween story and eat a yummy treat. Registration required.

Halloween Story Time – Hearts and Hands | Vicksburg District Library, Vicksburg | Come to the library for a Halloween themed storytime.

Fall Spooktacular | Schoolcraft Community Library, Schoolcraft | Celebrating autumn with an evening of comedy and trick-or-treat in the library. See Joel’s Spooktacular Comedy Show, an exciting-not-scary show that celebrates the spirit of the season and is appropriate for kids and grownups. Following the show there will be trick-or-treating, so come in costume.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Sweet and Spooky Gingerbread Houses | Kalamazoo Library – Washington Square Branch, Kalamazoo | Create a creepy gingerbread house to frighten friends and family! Registration required.

Halloween Crafts for Kids | Kalamazoo Library – Alma Powell Branch, Kalamazoo | Come make some fun Halloween themed crafts at the library.

Mask Making | Kalamazoo Library- Powell Branch, Kalamazoo | Create a spooky fun mask for Halloween.

Trick or Treat Parade | Parchment Community Library, Parchment | Dress your little one in their Halloween costume and join Mrs. B at the library. Trick or treat among library staff, enjoy a Halloween story and eat a yummy treat. Registration required.

Teen Halloween Party | Vicksburg District Library, Vicksburg | Making masks and lots of fun Halloween games and snacks.

Trunk or Treat | Paramount Charter Academy, Kalamazoo | Grab your costumes, fill your trunk and bring it to Paramount for a trunk or treat.

Hogwarts Halloween Party | Comstock Township Library, Comstock | Come dressed in your Halloween costume and enjoy this Harry Potter-themed Halloween party with games and crafts. There will be pizza and snacks and activities are designed for older children in grades 4th through 12th.

Trunk or Treat | Centerpoint Church, Kalamazoo | Dress in your favorite costume for this family-friendly event. Decorated trunks, tons of candy, hot beverages, donuts and inflatables. 

Pumpkin Carving Party | Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo | Carve a pumpkin to light up the night. Learn how to make healthy treats from pumpkin carving leftovers. Pumpkins will be on display during Creatures of the Night event and can be taken home on Sunday.

Trunk or Treat | Kalamazoo Missionary Church, Kalamazoo | Trunk or treat and pizza dinner.


Thursday, October 27, 2016

Stage Fright Halloween Magic Dinner Show | Portage District Library, Portage | Pack your dinners tonight then come to the library for a magic show, feel free to wear your costumes too.

The Gilmore Spooktacular | Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners | Trick-or-treating throughout the galleries (for children 12 and under), a featured film in the theater, special treats and samples from local businesses and more. Costumes are encouraged. is proud to be one of the sponsors of this event.

Bruin Boo | Binda Performing Arts Center at KCC, Battle Creek | Kellogg Community College invites kids and their parents to an evening of free trick-or-treating and Halloween fun. Activities include coloring, custom jack-o’-lanterns, games, prizes and refreshments.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Glow in the Park | Beery Field, Douglas | The kick-off party for the Halloween weekend and a family friendly event where “anything that glows goes”. Music, food and drink along with plenty of fun glow-in-the-dark activities for kids.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Halloween Hustle 5K Fun Run/Walk | Camp Kidwell, Bloomingdale | A FAMILY Friendly event with a non-timed 5K Run/Walk for everyone to enjoy. Strollers/joggers allowed and costumes are optional. Registration required.

Safe Halloween | Bronson Park, Kalamazoo | A variety of fall and Halloween activities. There will be plenty of candy to fill Halloween bags, and complementary cider and Sweetwater’s donut holes will be provided while supplies last.

All Hallows Evening | Historic Charlton Park, Hastings | Trick– or–treating, hay ride, cider, costume parade, and costume contest.

Creatures of the Night: Tricks and Tales | Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo | Non-scary Halloween alternative. Meet enchanted critters as they come to life along the trail. At the end of the walk, make a craft, listen to music, enjoy a snack, and sip some hot cider.

Spooky Spaceship Adventure | Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo | A brave and daring crew is needed to help retrieve an abandoned spacecraft. Appropriate for ages 2 and up; children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Safe Halloween: Haunted Houses | Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo | Create a variety of items you would find in a haunted house, from cobwebs to dishes, brooms, and lanterns. Design ghosts, assemble bats, tombstones and much more.

Nitewalk | Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo | Take a spooky Nightwalk through a cemetery, caves, and dark corridors. (Not recommended for small children or those easily spooked).

Halloween at Burdick’s for Breakfast | Burdick’s for Breakfast, Kalamazoo | Halloween character breakfast, come dressed up! Enjoy delicious Halloween treats and get entered into a costume contest to win a free breakfast.

2016 Jack-O’-Lantern 5K and 10K Trail Run | South Westnedge Park, Kalamazoo | A unique and challenging varied terrain trail running experience where nature’s attributes combine with holiday-themed fun. Registration required.

Trunk or Treat | Verhages Fruit Farm & Cider Mill, Kalamazoo | Trunk-or-treating, costume contest, and more.

Sweet and Spooky Houses | Kalamazoo Library -Oshtemo Branch, Kalamazoo | Create a creepy house to decorate and spook things up! Registration required

Halloween Parade | Downtown Saugatuck | Family costume parade and costume contest.

Fall Festival | Comstock Township Library, Comstock | All ages! Come dressed in your Halloween costume for the third annual autumn party for all ages! Enjoy games, crafts, snacks, and our costume competition! Registration is required.

Halloween Late Skate | Rollerworld, Kalamazoo | Five hours of skating and a spooktacular buffet.

Dog O Ween | Oak Ridge Feed, Kalamazoo | Costume contests, canine “Tricks for Treats” obstacle course, Pet Adoption Event, scavenger hunt, and more!

Fall Harvest Festival | St. Michael Lutheran Church, Portage | 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). 

Trunk or Treat | Victory Baptist Church, Portage | Everyone is welcome to join the merry, not scary celebration. Activities include trick-or-treating, bounce house, and refreshments.

Ross-Augusta Annual Haunted House | Ross-Augusta Fire Station, Augusta | Kid-friendly haunted house designed for kids 12 and under. Trick-or-treat through the haunted house, see fire trucks, learn about fire safety and more! Suggested $1 donation to enter.

Saturday Spooktacular: Target | Various Target locations | Free goodies bags and other giveaways. Costumes are encouraged.

St. Margaret School 25th Annual Halloween Carnival | St. Margaret School, Otsego | Activities include games, fabulous food, trick-or-treat village with over 20 stops, costume contest with 2 dozen winners and lots of candy and prizes.

3rd Annual Mattawan ZOO BOO | Mattawan |  Activities include hayrides,animals to pet and feed, face painting, barn dancing, Bounce House, and GAMES. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Cancer Families United! Come in costumes.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Halloween Game/Orange Ice Game | Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo | Help your kids get a head start on their trick-or-treating at the annual Orange Ice game. The Meijer food truck will be on site for cider and donuts while Wings Event Center will have the spookiest haunted house in town, open all night for fans to enjoy for free.

Schoolcraft Fall Fest and Trunk or Treat | Schoolcraft High School, Schoolcraft | Trunk or Treat, food, games, and prizes for costumes.

Trick or Treat at the Crossroads Mall | Crossroads Mall, Portage | Take your children to the Crossroads Mall for Trick or Treating!

Trunk or Treat | Parchment United Methodist Church, Parchment | Halloween fun includes games, haunted hallway, refreshments, and decorated trunks with candy and treats!

Fallpalooza 2016 | Southridge Church, Kalamazoo | Trunk or Treat, carnival games, food/concession, entertainment, and more!

Harvest Fest 2016 | Spring Valley Church, Kalamazoo | Trunk or treat, face painting, petting zoo, pony rides and move.

Trunk or Treat | Hosted by Voyage Church at Flesher Field | Trunk or treat, games, cider & donuts

Trunk or Treat | Lifespring Church, Kalamazoo

Monday, October 31, 2016

Monster House | Kalamazoo Library – Alma Powell Branch, Kalamazoo | Go for an “exciting and hilarious thrill-ride” watching this family friendly favorite. Snacks provided while supplies last.

Halloween Fun | Portage District Library, Portage | Come dressed up with your preschooler, guess what the staff is wearing, do crafts, and go on a scavenger hunt.

Trick or Treat with the Library | Vicksburg District Library | Come trick or treat at the library!

Halloween Downtown Trick-Or-Treat | Downtown St. Joseph | Trick-or-treating at various merchants in downtown St. Joseph.

Trick or Treat in the Park | Richland Village Square, Richland | Trick-or-treating and fun activities in the  Richland Village Square.

Halloweenie Roast | Scidmore Park Petting Zoo, Three Rivers | Annual Halloweenie Roast takes place between 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Trunk or Treat 2016 | Berean Baptist Church, Porage | Indoor trunk-or-treat event.

Haunted Henderson History Tours | Henderson Castle, Kalamazoo | 4pm-6pm Child-Friendly Trick-Or-Treat (ideal for kids 10 and under) are $5 and 6 pm-9 pm Haunted Tours are $15 pre-sale ($20 at the gate).

Pre Trick Or Treat Party | New Day Community Church, Kalamazoo | 6-8 pm Before you head out to trick or treat, we’ll get you ready. Stop by for a free hot dog dinner, candy collecting bags, glow sticks for safety, a photo booth for family pictures in costume, and a fun time celebrating fall and family. Plus, you’ll find a fun trick-or-treat trail.

Indoor Trunk or Treat | Westwood United Methodist Church, Kalamazoo | Community event with a safe and indoor trick or treating time

Indoor Trick or Treat | Calvary Bible Church East, Kalamazoo | Free, family friendly indoor trick or treating.

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*Note: this Halloween Happenings Guide is published for the readers and friends of Any reference or copy of this guide in full or in part, we request that you link to our website and reference this post. Thank you. 

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By | 2016-10-27T12:27:48+00:00 October 8th, 2015|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Guides, Kids, Newly Published|Comments Off on Halloween Happenings-A HUGE Guide For Greater Kalamazoo Area Halloween Events

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Jill is a mom of a busy 9 year old son. When not working the website, Jill likes to hike, cook, and read in her free time.