by Jill P


We’re excited about all of the good things happening this fall. We hope your enjoying the great weather and events that we’ve had so far this fall.

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We continue to add events Halloween Happenings Guide!. We now have over 50 Halloween events on this guide. Time to break out the Halloween costumes!

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Plus, if you’re looking to get out of town, you can check out Unique Places To Go For Halloween Fun! 


Time is running out to visit one of the Fall “Must Do” Places To Take The Kids. Make sure you check out this list if you plan on heading out for all family fun!

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For this weekend, there is so much going on! We’ve highlighted just a few of the area Halloween events and special events happening in SW Michigan. You’ll want to check individual listings for pricing, start times and more details. 


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Halloween Events

Pumpkins in the Park | Hicks Park, Plainwell | Saturday, October 17|  Costume contest, Trick-or-treating, games, hayride, bake sale, and more.

Boo on Your Bike! | Kal-Haven Trail Head, South Haven | Sunday, October 18 | Ride the Kal-Haven Trail where you will find treats & scary surprises along the way. Costumes are encouraged.

South Haven Harvest Festival | Downtown South Haven | Sunday, October 18 | Zombie 5K, hayrides, polka bands, cider & beer tent, pumpkin carving & river toss, and more.

Zoo Boo | Binder Park Zoo Battle Creek | October 14-October 30 | Trick-or-treat trail, hayride, ZooBoo Express, Binda Conservation Carousel, storytellers, backlight mini golf and more. Haunted Africa is open on Friday & Saturday nights. (Parental guidance is recommended for kids under 12 for Haunted Africa).

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Special Events Happening This Weekend

Crescendo Cafe and Open House | October 17 | Crescendo Academy of Music, downtown Kalamazoo | FREE music, local food and fun for Crescendo families and their friends and neighbors. Performances ongoing by Crescendo faculty and students; games and activities for kids (including face painting and arts and crafts); the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra instrument petting zoo; and Music Together® and Orff demonstration classes.

Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Crown Jewel | Parish Theatre, Kalamazoo | October 16-24 | You’ll love this world premiere of this all-new, mystery-filled musical by the Civic Youth Theatre.

Alligator Round Up | Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary, Athens | October 17 & 18 | You can help move the alligators and turtles in for the winter Season. The admission price is $5 per person for everyone.

Chemistry Day | Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo | October 17 | The Kalamazoo Valley Museum and the Kalamazoo Section of the American Chemical Society will host local chemists as they provide your yearly favorites as well as a colorful selection of new experiments. All hands-on activities are free!

Zipline Adventures: Fly Like a Bird | Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo | October 17 | Experience the rush of soaring through the trees! Gain a new perspective on bird flight and migration, and have some fun! KNC’s Adventure Staff will guide you through a short educational program and a safety orientation before you take flight on our ground-landing zip line. Age Level: 4th grade and up.  Register online at by Friday, October 16; walk-ins welcome if space allows.

Kalamazoo County 4-H Harvest Festival | Kalamazoo Expo Center, Kalamazoo | October 17 | Family friendly event with games and food prepared by 4-H community clubs. Costumes are welcome. Admission is free, tickets for games are $0.50 each, food pricing varies.



These events and more can be found on our Events Calendar at What fun things will you be doing this weekend?








By | 2015-10-16T07:10:16+00:00 October 16th, 2015|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Newly Published, Weekend Picks|Tags: |Comments Off on Weekend Picks for the Kalamazoo Parent – Adventures With Kids!

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Jill is a mom of a busy 9 year old son. When not working the website, Jill likes to hike, cook, and read in her free time.