Halloween Happenings Guide 2014-10-27T05:42:49+00:00

Halloween Happenings Guide-2

[note] A big thank you to Garden Gate Cafe’ for their sponsorship of this post. Garden Gate Cafe’ is a great place to grab lunch, a cupcake, and they even host events, including birthday parties, baby showers, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, and retirement parties.

Ask Garden Gate Cafe’ about the theme parties they host for kids: Fancy Nancy, Pinkalicious, Teddy Bear, American Girl Dolls, Princess, Pirate, etc. So fun!




Happy Halloween! We’ve put together a listing of many of the Halloween themed events and activities around the area. So many to choose from. So, get in the Halloween spirit, get the kiddos dressed up and have some Halloween fun! (See individual listings for more details on locations and times).

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

Looking for more fun things to do this Fall? Check out our posts to Fall and Harvest Activity Round-Up and our U-Pick Apples/Pumpkin Guide.

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Listed By Date

October 15th – 30th
ZooBoo at Binder Park Zoo

October 15-30th. The Great ZooBoo is just around the corner and is full of Halloween fun! The Great ZooBoo offers tons of excitement, animals, and fall activities for kids of all ages! Start planning for the perfect Halloween costume and head out to the Great ZooBoo at Binder Park Zoo! Once your little goblins and ghosts have trick-or-treated, stay a little longer and enjoy the great fall atmosphere and fun activities! Wild Africa will be a bit frightening again this year, with something for older kids and adults. General admission will be charged and some activities will also require additional charges.

October 18
Pumpkins in the Park

Join the fun for Pumpkins in the Park brought to you by the City of Plainwell. There will be games, food, pumpkin seed spitting contest, pie eating contest, costume contest, and hayrides.

October 22
Halloween Fun at PDL

Portage District Library invites preschoolers and their families to enjoy an evening of Halloween stories, songs, rhymes and movement activities while building language and literacy skills  A Halloween related craft will follow. Feel free to wear your Halloween costumes!

Pumpkin Party 

Carve a pumpkin at the Kalamazoo Nature Center to light up the night at our Creatures of the Night event! We supply the tools and pumpkins so all you need to bring is a little creativity and humor. Each pumpkin will be displayed at our Creatures of the Night event on Saturday, October 25 and will be available to take home on Sunday, October 26.

Duct Tape Pumpkins

Happy Halloween! Make a festive, faux duct tape pumpkin that will last for years at the Kalamazoo Public Library-Eastwood branch. We provide the materials, you provide the creativity. Grades 5-12.


October 23
Teen Zombie Homecoming at PDL

Dance and dine like the undead! Featuring zombie makeup, grisly snacks, and competitions to die for. Open to students in 6th-12th grade at the Portage District Library. Registration required.

Sweet and Spooky Gingerbread Houses

Create a creepy gingerbread and candy house to frighten friends and family! Registration required. Ages 6-11 at the Kalamazoo Library – Eastwood Branch.


October 24-26
Halloween Festival at 4-H Camp Kidwell

A Family Friendly Event that includes trick o’ treating, hayrides, haunted cabins, haunted trail, Halloween crafts and games, and more. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. Admissions is $5 per person or $20 per group of 5. Admissions includes all activities, coffee, juice and popcorn.


October 24
Haunted History of Kalamazoo Tour

Visit the spookier side of Kalamazoo’s downtown area from the authors of the local best selling book – “Haunted History of Kalamazoo!” This is a 1-mile walking tour only. Not recommended for children under 12.

ZooBoo Twilight Tromps

Binder Park Zoo is offering an exciting family program during the 2014 Great Zoo Boo! Check out this merry, not scary special Halloween program: Haunt Jaunt. Wolves, spiders, and snakes, oh my! These are the animals that give us the heebie-jeebies. But are they really as scary as they seem? Bring your family to Binder Park Zoo to take a look at some of the myths surrounding these feared creatures and discover how they’re not as frightening as they appear to be. Be sure to come in costume! Ages 4 and up.


October 25
Hallows’ Eve in Charlton Park

All Hallows’ Eve in Charlton Park will be held on October 25th from 3 pm-6 pm. The event is family oriented and begins with trick-or-treating through the village, hayrides, costume contest and costume parade. Admission prices are $3, children 12 and under are free.

Safe Halloween at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum

On October 25th from 12:00 pm-4:00 pm, families are invited to join in the fun at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum with crafts, face painting, and trick-or-treating! The museum also offers free access to walk the haunted halls of the planetarium and take part in a Spooky Space Mission.

Portage Chapel Hill’s Trunk or Treat

October 25, 2014- 6:00pm-7:00pm-Join us for Chapel Hill’s very first Trunk or Treat. More info will be coming on how to give out candy and how to come Trunk or Treat!

Creatures of the Night: Mythbusters

Join the Kalamazoo Nature Center for their annual non-scary Halloween alternative! Meet enchanted critters as they come to life to answer some common animal myths on a guided trail walk. At the end of the walk, make a craft, 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.

VerHages Fruit Farm and Cider Mill Trunk or Treat

On October 25th the community  is invited to VerHeges Fruit Farm & Cider Mill to participate in the annual trunk-or-treat event at the farm. The event starts at 6:00 p.m. and will continue until dark. Candy will also be handed out at five spots around the farm. Other events will also be offered, a kid’s costume contest and a decorated trunk contest. The entire community is invited to park and pass out candy too.

Making A Difference At Spooky Science Saturday

Join us in the Children’s Garden (Leila Arboretum) and at Kingman Museum for a day filled with science experiments, free things to take home, and fun for the whole family! Recommended for ages 12 and under.

Zombies Character Breakfast

Check out this fun event at Burdick’s for Breakfast. Dress up as your favorite spooky character and join us for a delicious breakfast buffet! We will have a kids costume contest with great prizes to be won including a free Kids Character Breakfast gift certificate. Make sure to check out our halloween theme buffet and fun activities for the kids! Reservations required.

“Michigan Chillers” Johnathan Rand at Harvest Moon Acres

Author of the extremely popular “Michigan Chillers” and “American Chillers” series, Johnathan Rand, will be signing autographs October 25th at Harvest Moon Acres Corn Maze and Fun Park! Normal admission charges apply. Don’t miss this exciting event!

Safe Halloween Bronson Park

Join us for a fun and safe event in downtown Kalamazoo at Bronson Park form 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.There will be free donuts, cider, Halloween music, an inflatable bounce house, arts & crafts, photo booths, various games, and tons of candy! Also, check out a chainsaw carver carving a sculpture out of wood and will be raffling off one of his carvings, a local magician performing a Halloween act, and pumpkin races.

Mess free Pumpkin Carving

Join us at Fieldstone Grill for a mess free, stress free, pre gutted pumpkin carving party! Caramel Apple Bar, Pumpkin seeds and more! Carving pumpkins – $12, Painting pumpkins – $6. Be sure to call (269) 321-8480 for reservations. Fun for the whole family!

Dog-O-Ween 2014!

A fun event for your dog and family at Oak Ridge Feed. All funds raised support the Southwest Michigan SPCA. Events include: pet costume contests, professional pet photographer, scavenger hunt, food, fun and more.

Spooky Skate at Wings Stadium

Join us for our annual Halloween Spooky Skate for a chance to ice skate on the orange ice that the Kalamazoo Wings will be skating on Oct. 24 for the home opener. Admission is $7 and skate rental is $3.

Halloween Storytime featuring Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky Treat

Fans of Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type will love this new title destined to be a Halloween classic — Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky Treat. Join Miss Carrie and Miss Karen at Barnes and Noble for storytime and costume fun friends!

Mad Monster Party at the Alamo Drafthouse

Long before there was a HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA, there was MAD MONSTER PARTY?, a stop-motion animation musical comedy that’s the perfect Halloween mood-setter. If you were a fan of the Rankin-Bass holiday specials that were perennial fixtures on TV for generations — RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN and THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY — you’ll find this monster-themed Saturday matinee hauntingly familiar. And lots of fun. Mention KZOOkids at the box office and you’ll get either a free drink or free popcorn. 


October 26
Harvest Fest at Spring Valley Church

Presented to you by Spring Valley and Haven Churches. Event will include Trunk or Treat, Pony Rides, Bounce Houses, Craft Tent and Prizes for Best Costumes. Hot Dogs and Smores will also be provided.

1st Annual Kids Costume and Candy Party! 

Bring a friend, wear a costume, enjoy seasonal treats, arts and crafts and a free trial ballet class from Leap of Grace Ballet! Space is limited so please R.S.V.P by email at info@leapofgraceballet.com or by phone at 269-377-4134.

Trick or Treat at Crossroads Mall

Sunday, October 26  from 3:00 pm -5:00 pm there will be Trick or Treating going on at the Crossroads Mall in Portage. This is a great day to bring the kids entertain them with candy and check out the sales going on.


October 29
Centerpoint Church Trunk or Treat

Centerpoint’s Trunk or Treat will be held on Wednesday, October 29th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. The Church address is 2345 N. 10th Street. Trunk or Treat is for families with kids through 5th grade. They’ll have decorated trunks, donuts and beverages at the Point (community center), inflatables, tons of candy and fun!

Glimore Car Museum Spooktacular

The 3rd annual Gilmore Spooktacular will be held at the Gilmore Car Museum in October 29th from 4 pm-7 pm. Children 12 and under are welcome to enjoy trunk-or-treating, lawn games, rides on a double decker bus and more! Kids 12 and under are free, with a $5 per adult fee.

Halloween Train in Coldwater

Ride the train with ghosts and spooks! Go through the Haunted Coach if you dare. This ride is appropriate for all ages. There will be face painting, balloons, and decorations. Pumpkins will be on sale in Quincy.


October 31
Otsego Trail for Treaters

Organized by the Otsego Chamber of Commerce, local businesses invite children to trick-or-treat in a safe environment. Join us on October 31st from 4:00 pm-8:00 pm. Maps are available at the Chamber of Commerce.

Halloween Party!

Stop by Little Sprout on Friday October 31 for a little trick OR treat!!! We will have some fun activities for the kiddos, some yummy treats/ refreshments and giveaways that are so good, its SCARY!

Trick or Treat in the Village Green (Richland)

The 12th annual Trick or Treat in the park event will be held from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm in the Richland Village Park on Friday, October 31. Families are welcome to Trick or Treat along the “haunted path,” where local businesses stand ready to fill kids’ bags with delicious Halloween sweets! Games, inflatables and other kid-friendly activities are available throughout the park. This event is open to the public, and is offered completely free of charge

 Fall Harvest Festival

A family friend, Christ-centered Event as an alternative to Halloween by St. Michael’s Lutheran Church. Crafts, games, bingo, dancing, trick-or-treating and more.

Trunk or Treat at the Valley Family Church

Dress us the whole family, grab your bags and buckets to carry candy in, and join Valley Family Church for a night of Trunk or Treating! As a safe alternaive to Halloween, our parking lot will be full of themed trunks, small games, and inflatable activities. No registration is required, this is a FREE event open to the public!

Klassic Arcade Family Fright Night

Admission to Klassic Arcade is still only $5 to play all the video or pinball games. People wearing costumes will receive a FREE pass for their next visit plus a FREE popcorn & free Klassic root beer or Frogger’s Revenge. Other activities include kids and adult costume contests and outdoor movie (weather permitting).



Check back often for updates on these and other new events we’re continuing to add.



Happy Halloween!