by Jill P 

Halloween with the family is so much fun! While there’s a ton of stuff to do in our own area, there’s also a lot of fun stuff to do within a day’s drive of Kalamazoo.

For some out of town ideas to celebrate Halloween, check out these options:

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(Hallowe’en at Greenfield Village. Photo credit: KMS photography)

Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village | Greenfield Village, Dearborn | October 9-11, 15-18 & 22-25. Tickets are limited, so plan now if you’re thinking about attending.

Activities include:

  • Planned activities include:More Than 1,000 Hand-Carved Pumpkins
  • Costumed Characters
  • Dramatic Performances
  • Treat Stations
  • Live Music
  • The Top Hat Sideshow – A Carnival Vaudeville Act!
  • Hot Brew and Snacks
  • The Headless Horseman
  • Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village Treat Bags Provided
  • Discounted Pricing for Members of The Henry Ford


RELATED: Halloween Happenings Guide – This is our HUGE guide to everything happening in our area and we continue to update it daily.


Halloween on Ice | Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids | October 30

Take in a “spooktacular celebration” with the whole family! Nancy Kerrigan’s Halloween on Ice comes to Van Andel Arena at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 30. See performances by Kerrigan, Johnny Weir, and Kurt Browning.



Scarecrow Fest 2015 | Frankenmuth | October 17, 18, 24 & 25

Activities include:

  • Costume Parade and Trick or Treating (October 25th only)
  • View pumpkins with personality
  • Rock out with the Rock-n-Roll K9 performances (October 17 & 18)
    Observe the principle “an object in motion stays in motion”
  • Apply and share physics lessons with the Pumpkin Catapult and Pumpkin Bowling
  • Frankenmuth businesses throughout town have created their own “themed scarecrows”. Check them all out and vote for your community-wide favorite.
  • Enjoy kid-focused entertainment, face painting & pumpkin painting, balloon sculptures and more
  • Burn off energy in the Inflatables Stations

jbz trick or treat

(John Ball Zoo Goes…Boo. Photo credit John Ball Zoo)

John Ball Zoo Goes…Boo | John Ball Zoo, Grand Rapids | October 16-18 & October 23-25

Activities include:

  • Over 20 booths and over-the-top decorations and costumed characters! You’ll also find games, prizes, magic, music, special animal activities and more!


cedar point-pumpkins

The Great Pumpkin Fest at Cedar Point | Cedar Point, Sandusky, OH | Weekends in October

Located in the areas around Kiddy Kingdom, the Main Midway, Planet Snoopy and Blue Streak Plaza. Activities include: Charlie Brown’s Craft Zone, Trick or treat with the Peanuts, the Magical House on Boo Hill, lots of Halloween decorations, and more!


Octoberfest | Double JJ Resort, Rothbury | Weekends in October

Activities include:

  • Free activities – painted pony, magician, face painting, badminton, volleyball, bocce ball, corn box, corn hole, kid maze, horseshoes, sack races, kid’s pets, balloon animals, chocolate fountain, pedal car races, and a bounce house!
  • Paid activities – hayride/s’mores/hot dogs/stories, mechanical bull, stage coach rides, caramel apples, cotton candy, corn roast, pop corn balls, snow cones, chocolate covered pretzel rods, fall rice crispy treats, sticky buns, maple and pumpkin cookies, fall brownies, homemade trail mix, and popcorn!


(Trick or Treat at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. Photo courtesy of the GRCM)

Trick or Treat at the Grand Rapids Childen’s Museum | Grand Rapids | October 29

Join in the fun for a special night of Halloween fun at the GRCM Trick or Treat Party! Activities include:decorate a treat bag, create spooky art projects, experiment with monster slime, and trick or treat throughout the museum!


Really Big Halloween Party | Navy Pier, Chicago | Fridays-Sunday from October 19 – 31

Kicks off on Friday, October 19 at noon and it’s going to be a day filled to the brim with fun activities. Check out the Living Marionette show, the 500 lb. pumpkin carving spectacle, live music, fortune-telling, zombie caricature artists, and more.


Spooky Seas | Shedd Aquarium, Chicago | Friday, October 16, 6:30 pm. – Saturday, October 17, 8:30 am

Activities include a pumpkin scavenger hunt, an aquatic show and the new Amphibians exhibit. Stay the night to sleep next to the fishes, or head home after the evening activities have wrapped. Children must be at least 5-years-old to spend the night.


Do you have a favorite out-of-town place to celebrate Halloween? If so, let us know in the comments below.








By | 2015-10-15T06:11:30+00:00 October 15th, 2015|Categories: Guides, Kids, Newly Published, Parent resources, Travel|Comments Off on Worth The Trip – Unique Places To Go For Halloween Fun

About the Author:

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.