by Jill P

It’s Halloween Weekend! Get the kiddos dressed up in their Halloween costumes and head out to have some Halloween fun. It’s one of the biggest weekends of the year for family-friendly events and activities.


Check individual listings for times, prices, and venue information.

For this weekend, consider:

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Note: Our weekend pick’s are for this weekend. Check out the Halloween events happening on Monday for more Halloween fun. 

Zoo Boo | Binder Park Zoo Battle Creek | October 19-October 30. ZooBoo hours are Wednesday-Friday 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 1:00p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $5.50 for Zoo members and $6.50 for non-members. Activities include hayrides, train and carousel rides, paintball, black light mini-golf and the popular BooVille Carnival. Magicians and ventriloquists will perform on the weekend and special animal presentations will add to the Halloween excitement. READER TIP: Get there early if possible. We went last weekend and waited in line 45 minutes to get in.

Safe Halloween | Bronson Park, Kalamazoo | October 29 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Safe Halloween is a family event organized by the City of Kalamazoo Parks and Recreation Department that provides an alternative to trick-or-treating in a safe and action-packed environment. There will be various fall themed activities to include pumpkin decorating, costume contests, pumpkin racing, Lord of the Gourd and a bounce house. FREE.

Safe Halloween at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum | Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo | October 29. Visit the Kalamazoo Valley Museum for Haunted House crafts between 12:00 and 4:00 pm Spooky Space Adventures in the Challenger Learning Center from 12:30 to 3:30 pm and Nitewalk planetarium show every half hour between 11:00 a.m and 3:30 pm all FREE!

Orange Ice Game | Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo | October 30 game starts at 3:00 pm and doors open at 2:00 pm. Help your kids get a head start on their trick-or-treating at the annual Orange Ice game. Niles Scream Park will be providing props and decorations throughout the concourse for fans to interact with, while the Meijer food truck will there passing out your favorite fall treats.

Creatures of the Night: Tricks and Tales | Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo | October 29 from 4:00-7:00 pmVisitors will learn all about them from fun and friendly giant size creatures. At the end of the walk, make a craft, visit LIVE animals, enjoy a snack, and sip some hot cider. Members: $6/participating child, Non-member $8/participating child, adults at no charge. (Note: no additional admission fees for event).

Ross-Augusta Annual Haunted House | Ross-Augusta Fire Station, Augusta | October 29 from1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Kid-friendly haunted house designed for kids 12 and under. Trick-or-treat through the haunted house, see fire trucks, learn about fire safety and more! Suggested $1 donation to enter

There’s a great listing of Trunk or Treat’s in our community. You’ll want to attend one in your area for family-friendly fun! | Various locations.

See our 2016 Guide To Halloween Fun For Kalamazoo Area Families. We’ve created posts to help you find exactly what you’re looking for! From Halloween Events to trick-or-treat times to Trunk-or-Treat to Indoor Trick-or-Treating, this is your BEST resource for all things Halloween in the Kalamazoo area!

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Multiple Dates

Camp Kidwell 15th Annual Halloween Festival | Camp Kidwell, Bloomingdale, MI | October 28-30 | Trick-or-treating, hayrides, haunted cabins (kid friendly), crafts, a haunted trail, games and food. Costumes encouraged, but not required.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Glow in the Park | Beery Field, Douglas | The kick-off party for the Halloween weekend and a family friendly event where “anything that glows goes”. Music, food and drink along with plenty of fun glow-in-the-dark activities for kids.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Halloween Hustle 5K Fun Run/Walk | Camp Kidwell, Bloomingdale | A FAMILY Friendly event with a non-timed 5K Run/Walk for everyone to enjoy. Strollers/joggers allowed and costumes are optional. Registration required.

Safe Halloween | Bronson Park, Kalamazoo | A variety of fall and Halloween activities. There will be plenty of candy to fill Halloween bags, and complementary cider and Sweetwater’s donut holes will be provided while supplies last.

All Hallows Evening | Historic Charlton Park, Hastings | Trick– or–treating, hay ride, cider, costume parade, and costume contest.

Creatures of the Night: Tricks and Tales | Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo | Non-scary Halloween alternative. Meet enchanted critters as they come to life along the trail. At the end of the walk, make a craft, listen to music, enjoy a snack, and sip some hot cider.

Spooky Spaceship Adventure | Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo | A brave and daring crew is needed to help retrieve an abandoned spacecraft. Appropriate for ages 2 and up; children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Safe Halloween: Haunted Houses | Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo | Create a variety of items you would find in a haunted house, from cobwebs to dishes, brooms, and lanterns. Design ghosts, assemble bats, tombstones and much more.

Nitewalk | Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo | Take a spooky Nightwalk through a cemetery, caves, and dark corridors. (Not recommended for small children or those easily spooked).

Halloween at Burdick’s for Breakfast | Burdick’s for Breakfast, Kalamazoo | Halloween character breakfast, come dressed up! Enjoy delicious Halloween treats and get entered into a costume contest to win a free breakfast.

2016 Jack-O’-Lantern 5K and 10K Trail Run | South Westnedge Park, Kalamazoo | A unique and challenging varied terrain trail running experience where nature’s attributes combine with holiday-themed fun. Registration required.

Trunk or Treat | Verhages Fruit Farm & Cider Mill, Kalamazoo | Trunk-or-treating, costume contest, and more.

Sweet and Spooky Houses | Kalamazoo Library -Oshtemo Branch, Kalamazoo | Create a creepy house to decorate and spook things up! Registration required

Halloween Parade | Downtown Saugatuck | Family costume parade and costume contest.

Fall Festival | Comstock Township Library, Comstock | All ages! Come dressed in your Halloween costume for the third annual autumn party for all ages! Enjoy games, crafts, snacks, and our costume competition! Registration is required.

Halloween Late Skate | Rollerworld, Kalamazoo | Five hours of skating and a spooktacular buffet.

Dog O Ween | Oak Ridge Feed, Kalamazoo | Costume contests, canine “Tricks for Treats” obstacle course, Pet Adoption Event, scavenger hunt, and more!

Fall Harvest Festival | St. Michael Lutheran Church, Portage | A Christ-centered alternative to Halloween. Enjoy a fun family-friendly evening with games, prizes, donuts, dancing and a parade of candy. Children are invited to wear family-friendly costumes (non-scary). 

Trunk or Treat | Victory Baptist Church, Portage | Everyone is welcome to join the merry, not scary celebration. Activities include trick-or-treating, bounce house, and refreshments.

Ross-Augusta Annual Haunted House | Ross-Augusta Fire Station, Augusta | Kid-friendly haunted house designed for kids 12 and under. Trick-or-treat through the haunted house, see fire trucks, learn about fire safety and more! Suggested $1 donation to enter.

Saturday Spooktacular: Target | Various Target locations | Free goodies bags and other giveaways. Costumes are encouraged.

St. Margaret School 25th Annual Halloween Carnival | St. Margaret School, Otsego | Activities include games, fabulous food, trick-or-treat village with over 20 stops, costume contest with 2 dozen winners and lots of candy and prizes.

3rd Annual Mattawan ZOO BOO | Mattawan |  Activities include hayrides,animals to pet and feed, face painting, barn dancing, Bounce House, and GAMES. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Cancer Families United! Come in costumes.




Sunday, October 30, 2016

Halloween Game/Orange Ice Game | Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo | Help your kids get a head start on their trick-or-treating at the annual Orange Ice game. The Meijer food truck will be on site for cider and donuts while Wings Event Center will have the spookiest haunted house in town, open all night for fans to enjoy for free.

Schoolcraft Fall Fest and Trunk or Treat | Schoolcraft High School, Schoolcraft | Trunk or Treat, food, games, and prizes for costumes.

Trick or Treat at the Crossroads Mall | Crossroads Mall, Portage | Take your children to the Crossroads Mall for Trick or Treating!

Trunk or Treat | Parchment United Methodist Church, Parchment | Halloween fun includes games, haunted hallway, refreshments, and decorated trunks with candy and treats!

Fallpalooza 2016 | Southridge Church, Kalamazoo | Trunk or Treat, carnival games, food/concession, entertainment, and more!

Harvest Fest 2016 | Spring Valley Church, Kalamazoo | Trunk or treat, face painting, petting zoo, pony rides and move.

Trunk or Treat | Hosted by Voyage Church at Flesher Field | Trunk or treat, games, cider & donuts

Trunk or Treat | Lifespring Church, Kalamazoo

Monday, October 31, 2016

Monster House | Kalamazoo Library – Alma Powell Branch, Kalamazoo | Go for an “exciting and hilarious thrill-ride” watching this family friendly favorite. Snacks provided while supplies last.

Halloween Fun | Portage District Library, Portage | Come dressed up with your preschooler, guess what the staff is wearing, do crafts, and go on a scavenger hunt.

Trick or Treat with the Library | Vicksburg District Library | Come trick or treat at the library!

Halloween Downtown Trick-Or-Treat | Downtown St. Joseph | Trick-or-treating at various merchants in downtown St. Joseph.

Trick or Treat in the Park | Richland Village Square, Richland | Trick-or-treating and fun activities in the  Richland Village Square.

Halloweenie Roast | Scidmore Park Petting Zoo, Three Rivers | Annual Halloweenie Roast takes place between 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Trunk or Treat 2016 | Berean Baptist Church, Porage | Indoor trunk-or-treat event.

Haunted Henderson History Tours | Henderson Castle, Kalamazoo | 4pm-6pm Child-Friendly Trick-Or-Treat (ideal for kids 10 and under) are $5 and 6 pm-9 pm Haunted Tours are $15 pre-sale ($20 at the gate).

Pre Trick Or Treat Party | New Day Community Church, Kalamazoo | 6-8 pm Before you head out to trick or treat, we’ll get you ready. Stop by for a free hot dog dinner, candy collecting bags, glow sticks for safety, a photo booth for family pictures in costume, and a fun time celebrating fall and family. Plus, you’ll find a fun trick-or-treat trail.

Indoor Trunk or Treat | Westwood United Methodist Church, Kalamazoo | Community event with a safe and indoor trick or treating time

Indoor Trick or Treat | Calvary Bible Church East, Kalamazoo | Free, family friendly indoor trick or treating.



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See our The BEST Of Everything Guide To Fall Family Fun Around Kalamazoo. This is your one-stop place to find everything you want to know for fall family fun around Kalamazoo. We have ideas for:

  • Where to Find Cider and Donuts
  • Great Fall Farms To Visit
  • Fall Fun Runs
  • Where To Find U-Pick Apples
  • Where To Take Fall Family Photos
  • Corn Mazes and More!




Friday October 28, 2016

Date/Time Event
12:00 AMHalloween Festival at 4-H Camp Kidwell
12:00 AMZooBoo
8:00 AMPlainwell Farmers' Market
9:00 AMOpen Bounce at Jungle Joe's
10:00 AMBounceland Open Jump
10:00 AMLEGO my Library!
10:00 AMMorning Movies at the Kalamazoo 10
10:00 AMToddler Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
10:30 AMFamily Storytime
10:30 AMLittle Scientists
11:30 AMFun Friday
1:00 PMCreative Painters on Canvas- with Inoka (K-2nd Grade)
3:00 PMOpen Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
4:30 PMZumba for Kids
5:00 PMFamily Fun Fall Harvest Event
5:00 PMTennis N' Treats
6:30 PMPatricia Polacco Presents: Because of Thursday
6:30 PMTennis N' Treats
8:00 PMJumpapalooza

Saturday October 29, 2016

Date/Time Event
12:00 AM2016 Jack-O’-Lantern 5k and 10k Trail Run
12:00 AMHalloween Festival at 4-H Camp Kidwell
12:00 AMSt. Margaret School 25th Annual Halloween Carnival
12:00 AMZooBoo
7:00 AMKalamazoo Farmers' Market
8:00 AMOtsego City Farmers’ Market
8:00 AMSouth Haven Farmers Market
9:00 AMBattle Creek Farmers’ Market
9:00 AMHalloween at Burdick's For Breakfast
9:00 AMHalloween Hustle 5k Run/Walk
9:00 AMOpen Bounce at Jungle Joe's
10:00 AMBounceland Open Jump
10:00 AMDog O Ween
10:00 AMFree Cider and Donuts (Grand Rapids Treetop Adventure Park)
10:00 AMMorning Movies at the Kalamazoo 10
10:00 AMOpen Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
10:00 AMSaturday Spooktcular: Target
10:30 AMFall Festival
11:00 AM3rd Annual Mattawan ZOO BOO
11:00 AMNitewalk
11:00 AMSafe Halloween
11:00 AMSweet and Spooky Gingerbread Houses
12:00 PMSafe Halloween: Haunted Houses
12:30 PMSpooky Spaceship Adventure
1:00 PMRamona Quimby
1:00 PMRoss-Augusta Annual Haunted House
1:00 PMSweet and Spooky Gingerbread Houses
1:30 PMFall Festival
2:00 PMOpen Skate
2:00 PMThe Day the Earth Stood Still movie showing
3:00 PMAll Hallows Evening
3:00 PMTrunk or Treat
4:00 PMCreatures of the Night: Tricks and Tales
5:00 PMOpen Swim
6:00 PMFall Harvest Festival
6:00 PMTrunk or Treat at VerHages
7:00 PMHalloween Late Skate
7:30 PMCandlelight Trails

Sunday October 30, 2016

Date/Time Event
12:00 AMHalloween Festival at 4-H Camp Kidwell
12:00 AMZooBoo
10:00 AMMorning Movies at the Kalamazoo 10
10:00 AMSouthwest Michigan Train Show & Sale
11:00 AMBounceland Open Jump
12:00 PMOpen Bounce at Jungle Joe's
12:00 PMOpen Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
1:00 PMTrick or Treat at the Crossroads!
2:00 PMDiscover the Raptor Ridge Trail
2:00 PMGiant Pumpkin Drop
2:00 PMOpen Skate
2:00 PMSchoolcraft Fall Fest and Trunk or Treat
3:00 PMFallpalooza 2016
3:00 PMOpen Swim
3:00 PMOrange Ice Game with the Kalamazoo Wings
4:00 PMHarvest Fest 2016
4:00 PMTrunk or Treat
4:00 PMTrunk Or Treat
5:00 PMTrunk or Treat

Monday October 31, 2016

Date/Time Event
9:00 AMOpen Bounce at Jungle Joe's
9:15 AMPlaytime at the Point
10:00 AMDrop-In Toddler Open Play
10:00 AMHalloween Fun
10:30 AM1-2-3 Play with Me
10:30 AM2-3 year old Storytime
10:30 AMBabies & Toddlers Story Time
10:30 AMToddler Time Yoga October
11:15 AMPre-school Story Time
4:00 PM2016 Haunted Henderson History Tours
4:00 PMMonster House
4:00 PMSensory Friendly Night at Sky Zone
5:00 PMHalloweenie Roast
5:30 PMIndoor Trunk or Treat
5:30 PMPlay and Learn
5:30 PMTrick or Treat in the Park 2016
6:00 PMIndoor Trick or Treat
6:00 PMMichigan Festival of Sacred Music: Jonathan Ryan, organ
6:00 PMPre Trick Or Treat Party
6:30 PMTrunk or Treat 2016

Always remember to check our Events Calendar at What fun things will you be doing this weekend?






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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.