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 décor 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 celebrations are still happening. Thankfully, many activities are outside and more organizations are hosting events this year.
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.
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
Trunk or Treats are an annual tradition in SWMI, inviting visitors to collect candy from decorated car trunks. Many families enjoy this additional opportunity to wear their costumes and visit trunk to trunk, rather than door to door for prizes and sweets.
Many of these events include additional activities including outdoor movies or petting farms.
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.
Rainy day? Try some Indoor Halloween Activities for when Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate.
4 – Explore a Local Corn Maze
Farms and orchards have gone BIG this year with their corn mazes.
These mazes serve as a good test of your navigational skills and patience, as some can take over an hour to navigate. For extra difficulty, try one at night!
We have the best locations and some awesome photos of their maize masterpieces.
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 décor.
We’ve got addresses and photos of these spooky masterpieces; try visiting after dark for extra fun!
6 – Check your Neighborhood’s Trick or Treating Times
Wondering what time trick or treat is happening this year? We’ve reached out to local cities and have all of the trick or treating hours in one convenient spot.
We also recommend talking to your neighbors or homeowners’ association; some neighborhoods observe their own “unofficial” candy collection times.