Skeletons are popping up all over downtown Kalamazoo!
With the beautiful October weather, what better reason than to take a walking tour to see them up close and personal.
A little spooky, and a whole lot of silly, these skeletons are posed in hilarious ways that beg for “skelfies.” Even better? Each skeleton reflects a local business or organization unique to Kalamazoo.
So, where can you find the skeletons?
Stroll along Michigan Avenue, the Kalamazoo Mall, Rose Street, and Portage Street, and you’ll see skeletons on display. See Map.
Plus, there’s a special display on the N. Kalamazoo Mall near the Radisson Plaza Hotel. Details like cornstalks on light poles truly transform downtown into a special fall destination.
Adding to the Skeletour experience: a series of socially distant events and activities geared toward a wide range of audiences. Families, food-lovers, music fans, movie-goers, and more will find fun thngs happening in Downtown Kalamazoo in the month of October.
Here’s What’s Going On
🗺️ Grab the family for a SkeleTour Puzzle Trip! Kids (and adults) looking to put their brain to work completing this family-friendly, at-your-own-pace downtown puzzle extravaganza.
Download the Mega Puzzle Grid and then head downtown finding the clues to reveal the grid picture. Stay tuned on social media for hints on where you can find the clues in downtown Kalamazoo. Presented by Clock N Lock Escape Rooms.
📷 Take a skelfie and be entered to win up to $50 in Downtown Dollars each week in October. Download our #Skelfie scavenger hunt sponsored by Clock N Lock Escape Rooms, and use #skelfiekzoo and tag @downtownkalamazoo for the chance to win. The more selfies you submit, the more chances to win.
LIVE MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
Throughout the month, we are thrilled to bring several live music performances and entertainment opportunities for all ages to enjoy.
All activities are being offered outdoors with plenty of space to fully enjoy the experience.
🎶 Enjoy the launch of the festivities with a performance by The Skeletones. On Friday, October 2, celebrate the arrival of skeletons in downtown with a performance by The Skeletones on the Kalamazoo Mall from 5-8 p.m. Enjoy dinner and drinks Grab some dinner and drinks while you check out all the skeletons.
🎶 Enjoy live performances on Bates Alley on Wednesday, October 7 featuring WMU student jazz band, Grayson Nye Quartet, and Wednesday, October 14 featuring local high schoolers performing tangos, movie music, and Celtic tunes.
📽️ In lieu of the Trolley of Terror, which will not be running this year due to COVID-19 concerns, the City of Kalamazoo Parks and Recreation Department is presenting a socially distant Family Movie night at 3 p.m. On Saturday, October 17, enjoy a Halloween favorite, “Hotel Transylvania” outside at the Arcadia Creek Festival Place. Bring your own chairs, blankets, and snacks. Advance registration required – limited to 950 people for this exclusive outdoor experience. Register here.
🎃 The fun doesn’t end when the movie is over. After the credits roll on October 17, head down to the Kalamazoo Mall for some food, drinks, and shopping, while enjoying a Pumpkin Carving Demonstration from 2-5 p.m. Watch how John Angevine transforms a simple pumpkin into an artistic masterpiece.
😱 Get scary hair! By appointment only, a limited number of kids can get the scariest, silliest hairstyles imaginable. These free Scary Hair appointments will be free of charge on Tuesday, October 6, 5 – 8 pm courtesy of Blush Salon + Spa. Their talented team will help you create a scary hair doo to show off while touring the skeletons, or to recreate for your Halloween fun! Reserve here.