Halloween Houses that Offer Spook, Without the Scare
Before the red and green twinkle lights start for Christmas, many families kick off the festive decorating season with Halloween.
Whether you prefer scary skeletons or cute, inflatable cartoon characters, nearly anything goes with Halloween. We’ve rounded up some favorite local spots to find Halloween houses.
Businesses and residents are excited to share their displays with local families and invite photographs. However, they ask that visitors are respectful of their properties and do not touch the displays.
All of this fun decor may inspire you to up your Halloween game; we’ve also included some easy decorations to make with kids.
Take a drive (we recommend seeing them at night) and let us know of any spots we’ve missed!
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Residential Halloween Houses
We’ve always known that local families are creative in Southwest Michigan, and Halloween is no exception.
Holiday House 5777
777 Clover Meadows Ave, Scotts, MI 49088
Known for their massive inflatable holiday displays at Christmas, HolidayHouse5777 does not disappoint as a Halloween house. Visitors are welcome to get out of the car and take a stroll through nearly 100 Halloween inflatables.
The blow ups are heavily dependent on weather conditions (follow their Facebook page for updates before you head out).
Monday – Thursday: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Friday – Sunday: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
South Westnedge Avenue Skeletons
S Westnedge Ave, south of Melody, Portage, MI 49024
These skeletons on South Westnedge Avenue are quite active for not being alive.
Whether it’s playing croquet, recreating a famous Beatles cover or finding some inner peace with yoga, they are full of Halloween fun. This Halloween house display changes weekly, so multiple drives are needed to capture their creativity.
Woodland Avenue Graveyard
Woodland Ave near Green Forest Dr, Portage, MI 49002
This house on Woodland Avenue is just past the elementary school in Portage, and has no shortage of festive décor. Even the mailbox has some skeletons!
Woodcrest Street Graveyard
Woodcrest St, Portage, MI 49002
Stay in the Woodland neighborhood to find another graveyard on Woodcrest Street.
Movie Villians on Marigold
Marigold Ave, Portage, MI 49002
This house near Portage Central pays homage to some famous bad guys.
Iowa Ave, Portage, MI 49024
While the front of the house isn’t as decked out as last year, the side yard is still stocked with graves on Iowa Avenue in Portage.
Bobwhite Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
A 25-foot scarecrow looms over this house in Colony Woods in Texas Township. Take a peek at night to see the black lights and fog machines.
Metro Toyota SkeleTour
It may not be a decorated “house,” but downtown is showing some Halloween spirit with over 60 skeletons throughout Downtown Kalamazoo.
The Metro Toyota SkeleTour covers Michigan Avenue, the Kalamazoo Mall, Rose Street and Portage Street downtown. Each skeleton is unique to each business and is begging for a Skelfie.
Halloween Houses Worth the Drive
20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI 48124
More than 50 costumed characters, over 1,000 hand-carved jack-o-lanterns, hot brews, live music, and a new Hallowe’en Express Train make Greenfield Village a favorite Halloween spot on the east side of the mitten. Tickets are required (reserve online). .
Tillson Street, Romeo, MI 48065
30+ historical homes put on this annual event that is known throughout Metro Detroit (they even sell t-shirts!). Visitors are welcome to walk the street to see all of the spooky and fun decorations.
SEE ALSO: Grand Rapids Halloween Houses »
Halloween Decorating Hacks
Sure, pumpkin carving is a family must-do. Add in the following simple ideas to spice up the front yard with these kid-friendly decorating hacks.
Plastic skeletons are easy to find at this time of year, and kids will love dressing their skeleton up in an old costume or old clothes and posing it in the yard.
Floral Styrofoam sheets or a pack of make-your-own tombstones from the store are perfect for designing your own graveyard. Let kids create their own funny names, such as B. Write Bak. More ideas here.
Tennis Ball and Milk Jug Ghosts
Tennis ball ghosts require only four materials: tennis ball, white sheet, rubber band and a marker. Hang the sheet over the tennis ball, secure with the rubber band, and draw a spooky face. Hang those adorable ghosts from the tree where they can blow around in the wind.
If you have extra milk jugs lying around, use a Sharpie to draw eyes and a mouth on one side, throw a glow stick or fairy lights in, and you have a fun way to light the way to your porch for Halloween night.
No-Carve Spooky Pumpkin Fun
Knives are optional for decorating pumpkins. As a fun alternative, use spray paint, googly eyes, glitter or sharpies to BOO-tify your pumpkin this year. For some no-carve examples, check here.