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, visiting Halloween displays is one of our favorite Halloween activities. We’ve rounded up some favorite local spots to find Halloween houses.
Ready to Take a Drive or a Stroll?
If you’re up for a stroll downtown, we’ve also found some fantastic skeletons being showcased by local businesses in Kalamazoo and Plainwell.
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 not touch the displays.
Take a drive (we recommend seeing them at night) and let us know of any spots we’ve missed!
In this Guide
Residential Halloween Houses
We’ve always known that local families are creative in Southwest Michigan, and Halloween is no exception.
Here are some of our favorite local houses to see in October.
Know of a Halloween house we missed? Email our editor to get it added.
East: Richland, Battle Creek, Comstock
Holiday House 5777
5777 Clover Meadows Ave, Scotts, MI 49088
Known for its 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 (check Facebook for updates before you head out).
Monday – Thursday: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Friday – Sunday: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
North: Plainwell, Otsego, Allegan
Bridge Street Skeletons
BRIDGE ST, PLAINWELL, MI 49080
The Sanderson family skeleton displays change daily in October. If you’re not in Plainwell, you can follow John, Susan, and Jack’s daily shenanigans on social media.
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, landscaping 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.
Movie Villians on Marigold
Marigold Ave, Portage, MI 49002
This home near Portage Central pays homage to some famous bad guys.
Iowa Ave, Portage, MI 49024
Morton Manor on Iowa Avenue offers an extensive graveyard plus a false facade on the front of the house for some extra spooky detail. Drive by at night to see the full effect of this display.
Devon Street Gargoyles & Skeletons
Woodcrest St, Portage, MI 49002
These skeletons on Devon Street seem anxious to get inside; good thing they’ve boarded the windows.
Schuring Rd Graveyard
SCHURING RD, Portage, MI 49024
This resident-submitted house on Schuring offers some cute inflatables plus a graveyard and skeletons.
Mowing Mishap on Tamfield Ave
TAMFIELD Ave, Portage, MI 49002
We’re guessing this lawn service on Tamfield Avenue does not rate well on Yelp.
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. We recommend taking a moment to read all of the creative headstones.
Woodcrest Street Graveyard
WoodCREST ST, Portage, MI 49002
Stay in the Woodland neighborhood and you’ll find this well-stocked graveyard on Woodcrest.
Arborcrest Street Hungry Clown Circus
ARBORCREST ST & SCHURING RD, Portage, MI 49002
This house on Arborcrest is running a Hungry Clown Circus. We didn’t stick around long enough to ask what the clowns were hungry for…
West: Oshtemo, Mattawan, Texas Township
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.
Chickadee Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Stay in Colony Woods and you’ll find a towering skeleton plus additional characters at this house on Chickadee. The blue guys on the right will be familiar to Disney’s Haunted Mansion fans.
Silvergrass Holiday Lights
Blue Stem Cir, Mattawan, Mi 49071
This Mattawan house puts on a light show nightly in the Silvergrass neighborhood for Halloween and Christmas.
Sunday – Thursday: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Friday and Saturday: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
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.
Skeletons and Scarecrows in Downtown Kalamazoo & Plainwell
Decorating is NOT just for homeowners.
Make a trip to downtown Kalamazoo or Plainwell and see how creative local business owners can be this Halloween season.
The trip provides a way to visit locally owned businesses AND see some festive decor = Halloween win-win.
Worth the Drive: South Haven’s Skeleton Stroll
Metro Toyota SkeleTour (Downtown Kalamazoo)
Downtown Kalamazoo is showing some Halloween spirit with over 50 skeletons in its third annual SkeleTour.
The Metro Toyota SkeleTour covers Michigan Avenue and the Kalamazoo Mall downtown (see map). Each skeleton is unique to each business and is begging for a Skelfie.
Scarecrow/Harvest Stroll (Downtown Plainwell)
The annual Scarecrow/Harvest Stroll is underway in Downtown Plainwell, offering a fun competition for local businesses to decorate their storefronts.
Voting runs October 10 – 21, 2022. Be sure to see these displays by Halloween; all decor must be dismantled by November 1, 2022.
photos courtesy of the City of Plainwell