Kalamazoo’s Halloween Hub for 2021
Like many holidays, I find Halloween that much more enjoyable since we had kids.
Each fall we play the is it too soon to decorate yet? game and try to hold off until October 1 before unearthing the ghosts and assorted decor from the basement. In 2021, we were fully decorated by September 25 (there’s always next year!).
Is Halloween still happening this year?
We get it. 2021 was supposed to be “normal” and things are still…weird. It’s hard to know whether events are still happening. Thankfully, many activities are outside and can use social distancing.
Whether you’re looking for Trunk or Treats, trick or treating times, corn mazes or anything else Halloween-related, we’ve got it covered.
Whatever your plans may be, we wish you a fang-tastic and safe holiday this year.
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Kalamazoo’s Halloween Guide
Halloween celebrations happen on more than just October 31; local places in Kalamazoo offer fun activities all month long. These offer both drive-thru or in-person, offering a good variety for families to choose.
Use this list to find your family’s holiday fun:
1 – Pick Your Perfect Pumpkins
While you can find pumpkins at a grocery store, many consider the annual trip to the pumpkin patch a fun, family tradition. Whether tiny and decorative or large enough to require extra hands for transport, Kalamazoo provides ample locations for locating some great jack-o-lantern candidates.
There are pumpkin picking experiences for all: some prefer a small roadside stand (short and sweet), while others prefer a day trip, complete with family activities and farm animals.
2 – Visit a Trunk or Treat
Local organizations are still hosting Trunk or Treats in Kalamazoo, although there are fewer than in previous years. Be sure to verify details as some have gotten creative and swapped for drive-thru versions.
If trick or treating is not in your plans this year, some Trunk or Treats are happening on October 31 and may serve as a good alternative for your family.
3 – Scope Out Halloween Events throughout October
Kalamazoo area businesses and organizations help us celebrate Halloween all month long.
Whether it’s Trunk or Treats, food events or nature hikes, local spots are finding creative ways to make Halloween fun throughout October.
4 – Explore a Local Corn Maze
Farms and orchards have gone BIG this year with their corn mazes. We have the best locations and some awesome photos of their maize masterpieces. Try this list for the best corn mazes in SW Michigan:
5 – Sneak a Peek at Halloween Displays- If You Dare
Christmas isn’t the only season for outdoor decorating. Take a trip downtown to experience SkeleTour, or head to some local neighborhoods to see how families are decking out their houses with spooky and silly Halloween decor.
6 – Check your Neighborhood’s Trick or Treating Times
Trick or treating is still happening in Kalamazoo this year for families that are comfortable partaking. For those that are headed out for candy collection, we recommend checking our list first to verify your community’s trick or treating hours.
If you’re looking for more socially distant ways to toss those Snickers bars, we also have some suggestions with our candy hacks.