Check out our 2013 Fall & Halloween Guide filled with haunted houses, hayrides, festivals, parties, trick-or-treating and dozens of autumn & harvest activities happening in and around Grand Rapids.

Haunted Houses Hayrides & Corn Mazes
Halloween Parties
Cider Mills & Pumpkin Patches
Festivals & Family Activities
Entertainment & Arts
Costume Shops
Fall Color & Halloween Tours

Haunted Houses

Grand Rapids Area

The Haunt - One of West Michigan's best-known haunted attractions is back for a 13th year. Beginning October 4, shiver and scream through a terrifying half mile journey through 20,000 square feet of professionally designed rooms and scenes that contain dozens of creepy creatures. This year, also stumble through Ghost Town, the newest outdoor maze, and side attractions "Madness" and "3D Coulrophobia." Tickets: $20-$30 with group discounts available.

Forest of Fear - Starting October 4, take the self-guided tour through five chilling acres of woods and swamps in Caledonia inhabited by ghouls, ghosts, monsters and other terrifying creatures. Tickets are $13 for all ages ($8 on Teen Scream Night, 10/10). Proceeds benefit the Kentwood Jaycees.

Witch's Walk - Explore this haunted corn maze near 6 Mile Rd & Fruit Ridge NW, if you dare! The backstory: when clearing a field to plant corn, a farmer came across an old cemetery and accidentally disturbed some unmarked graves. Since then, strange sounds have been coming from the field and former graveyard. The Witch's Walk is a half mile of twists and turns over this disturbed burial ground. Ticket prices are $11 for evenings, $5 during the day. Opens September 27.

Witches of New Salem - Enter the Witch's Woods in Dorr (south of Grand Rapids) for two Halloween attractions. Grab a flashlight and navigate the twists turns of the corn maze, while avoiding the devilish team of Corn Stalkers. If you dare, enter the woods where the witches, ghouls and mentally twisted have a special night in store. Admission is $15 for each haunt or $25 for both. Opens September 27.

Outside Grand Rapids

The Haunted Barn - Venture to Greenville for this haunt that has 23 scenes and more than 30 scares. Admission is $12 per person ($5 on Oct 4th & 5th sneak preview weekend).

Haunted Hall - Prepare to be locked in a cell with the criminally insane and watch prisoners undergoing torture in the name of science at this Muskegon haunt on Harvey Street. Admission is $13; open dates are October 11-12, 18-20, 25-27, November 1-2.

Wicked Ranch - The Double JJ Resort's haunt in Rothbuy takes horror to a whole new level with Nightmare at the Bunkhouse, the Town of Terror and a mile-long hayride through the Wicked Woods. The scream pass for all three attractions is $25 per person, and fast passes are also available.

Trail of Terror - Run through the haunted trail in the woods in Holton, located between Fremont and Muskegon. The Trail of Terror is open Friday and Saturday nights, October 11-26, plus Halloween night. Admission: $14; VIP tickets available.

Spooktacular Haunted House - The Red Barn Theatre in Saugatuck has been converted into a haunted house that's just scary enough for everyone ages 5 and up. Admission: $5 per person. Open Friday and Saturday nights through October 26.

Psycho Ward & Nightmares - The Haunt Park at the Kalamazoo Speedway features two attractions for $15: Psycho Ward and Nightmares. Inside the Pyscho Ward, the Floyd Cranston clan is back with new disturbing methods of dismemberment and bloodletting. The Nightmares haunt takes fears to a shocking new level, forcing you to confront your darkest dreams. Intended for ages 12 and up.

Hayrides & Cornmazes

Robinette's Hayrides & Cornmaze - Belgian draft horses take visitors on an authentic hay wagon through Robinette's apple and fruit orchards on Saturdays (11a-5:30p) and Sundays (12p-5:30p) during September and October (+ Fridays 1:30-5:30 in Oct). Hayride admission is $6 for adults and $4 for kids under 12 (0-2 are free). The corn maze returns for a second year and is open daily. Entry to the maze is $6.50 per person. Combo tickets are available.

Klackle Orchards - Klackle Orchards in Greenville hosts Fall Family Fun Days and Weekends beginning in early September. The $9 admission includes wagon hayrides, apples, an enchanted pumpkin ride, entry to the petting zoo, access to the coaster slide area and more. Pony and carousel rides are offered, as are u-pick apples and pumpkins for an extra charge.

Post Family Farm - The Farm Festivals in Hudsonville are held on each Saturday (mid-September through Halloween) and feature hayrides, a pumpkin patch, pumpkin train rides, farm animals, corn maze, crafts games and more. Wristbands for activities are $7.

Fruit Ridge Harvest Festival - It's good old fashioned fun at the 125-year old Fruit Ridge Farm in Kent City. In September and October, huge draft horses pull visitors through a woods, pumpkin patch and orchard. Back at the barn enjoy apple cider, homemade doughnuts, petting zoo, children's play area, corn maze and more. Hayrides and the corn maze are $6 each per person and can be combined for $10.

Crane Orchards Daytime Maze - The Fennville-area farm and orchard has an all-new corn maze for 2013 open from noon to 6 p.m. on weekends and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays. Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for kids 6-10 and free for 5 and under.

Hayrides at Koetsier's - The greenhouse on Spaulding Ave SE in Grand Rapids features hayrides on Fridays and Saturdays in October. Inside, buildings are transformed into a fall family fun play area geared for kids 10 and under with inflatables, games, a maze and pumpkin painting. Groups are welcome.

Heidi's Farmstand & Bakery - "The Three Little Pigs" is the theme of this year's corn maze located at the farm stand in Lowell. Wander through ten acres and two separate mazes daily through Halloween (closed Sundays). Bring a flashlight in the evening for an extra challenge. Cost is $4-$6 each with a $25 max per family.

Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides at Moelker - Horse-drawn hayrides take place each Saturday in October from noon until 5 p.m. at the orchard located just west of Wilson Ave and Millenium Park in Grand Rapids. Moelker also has special kids activities, pumpkin decorating and more.

Wells Orchards Wagon Rides - The working family farm on Kenowa Ave SW along the Grand River features rides in a custom built wagon on Saturdays during October. Also stop by for cider and pumpkin picking.

Hayrides at Bethke - At Bethke Farms in Grand Haven, the 20-minute hayrides take visitors through spooky and fun scenes and past the corn maze. U-pick pumpkins also available. Open weekday evenings and 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Fridays through Sundays.

Halloween Parties

October 25

12th Annual Halloween Bash - Coconutter Strutters will host the Halloween party and fundraiser at the Grand Haven Elks Lodge, that will have a costume contest and live DJs. $5 cover, with all proceeds going to Susan G. Komen 3 Day for a Cure.

Inside The Mitten Halloween Bash - The Inside the Mitten concert series will team up with an electric rock group and a burlesque troupe for the party at Watermark 920 in Muskegon. Best costumes will win prizes. Ages 18+ welcome.

AIGA Halloween Party - AIGA presents the Halloween party at the new Downtown Market that will include a speaker, food, drinks, dancing and other entertainment. Ticketed event.

Night of the Living - Wear your most ghoulish attire to the SpeakEZ Lounge's Extravaganza that will feature Halloween hits from the 70's and 80's performed by the live zombie band. Cover: no costume $10, in costume $5, zombie costume $3.

October 26

Halloween on Ionia - McFadden's will host the first-time event featuring the largest cash prize for best costume in the state at $6,000. The event will include heated tents, live DJs, games, beer, specialty cocktails, Stoner Tacos and more. Tickets are $10 in advance.

GRBarcrawl's Annual Halloween Crawl - Hop aboard the high-energy party bus and head to five undisclosed bars & venues around Grand Rapids. Costumes encouraged.

The B.O.B.'s Halloween Party - The winner of this year's costume contest will receive $2,500 in cash, and 2nd place through 10th will win cash or prizes. The night at The B.O.B. gets underway at 7 p.m. with the contest, along with live music inside and DJ outdoors. $10 cover.

Holiday Inn Halloween Bash - The Spring Lake Holiday Inn will host a $250 costume contest in the Grand Ballroom, along with live entertainment and a DJ. Starts at 9 p.m.

Zombie Prom Apocalypse - Live band Yard Sale Underwear will perform as part of the Halloween bash at the Frauenthal Center in downtown Muskegon. More details to be announced.

Halloween @ The Legion - Jimmie Stagger will perform at the costume contest and party that will have a 50/50 raffle and reasonable drink prices. All proceeds benefit local veterans.

JD Reardon's Annual Karaoke Halloween Party - Put on your best zombie outfit for "Karaoke of the Dead" starting at 9 p.m. inside Boardwalk Condos. Prizes, drink specials and no cover charge.

New Holland Brewing Halloween Party - New Holland's Pub on 8th and College will host the "Halloween Fairy Tail" with live music starting at 9 p.m. No cover.

A Night of Beer - The Grand Rapids Sport & Social Club hosts its 4th Annual Halloween Costume Party at Quinn & Tuites on Plainfield Ave. There will be a live DJ, costume contest and dancing. $5 cover.

Diversions Halloween Celebration - The party with karaoke, a costume contest with cash prizes and drink specials starts at 8 p.m. Minors 18-20 welcome ($10 cover).

Post-Apocalyptic Dance Party - After partying on Ionia, stumble over to The Holiday Bar on 5th NW for a night of the walking dead. Live DJs will be on hand, along with $3 Zombie Juices.

Flo's 3rd Annual Halloween Party - Florentine's on Post Dr in Belmont will host a costume contest, drink specials and a live DJ. Best costume will win a 39" flat screen TV.

Saugatuck Brewing Co. Annual Bash - The annual Halloween party runs 6 p.m. to midnight and will have a costume contest with cash prizes and live local bands. No cover.

October 27

Rivertown Singles Spooktacular Halloween Dance - The party at Boulder Creek Golf Club will have prizes for best costumes, cash bar, creepy snacks, spooky decorations and more. Admission: $7.

Rumors Fright Night - Rumors' annual Halloween drag show hosted by Evelyn Forest, with special guests Dymond Denae, Batty Davis and more, starts at 10 p.m.

October 30

Halloween Eve Party - Celebrate Halloween authentic Irish style at Fenians in Conklin. There will be tricks and treats; costumes welcome.

Sindustry Halloween at The Tavern - Restaurant and bar industry workers can join the creepy Halloween party at Tavern on the Square that will award $200 for best costume, have a live DJ, drink specials and no cover charge.

October 31

Trick or Treat Bash - The Intersection's Halloween party will award $500 in prizes for best costume, plus Helicopter Showdown, DJ Funk, Lady Reign and more will perform. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door; ages 18+ welcome.

Pimps & Ho's Ball - Billy's annual Halloween costume party gets underway at 8:30 p.m. $5 cover; ages 21+ welcome.

Just Wicked Halloween Party - At the JW Marriott's party, enter the costume contest where the winner will walk away with $500 in cash, an overnight stay at the JW and prizes. No cover charge; cash bar. Ages 21+ welcome.

Founders Annual Spooktacular Halloween Party - Live music will be provided by Delilah DeWylde and The Lost Boys, The Fuzzrites and Hot Love. No cover; ages 21+ welcome.

Monte's Halloween Bash - The club on Bridge Street will be haunted for this year's party, plus best costume will win $1,000 and bar patrons can trick-or-treat around the venue.

Nightclub on Elm Street - Crush inside The B.O.B. presents the Halloween & costume party that will have live DJs, drink specials and cash prizes for the two best costumes.

Chicago Drive Pub & Grill Costume Contest - The Halloween party with a costume contest (with prizes), a live DJ and free pool gets started at 9 p.m.

November 1

Harvest of Souls - Back for a 7th year, the show/party will feature tattoos, body piercings, plenty of local music and much more. Ages 16+ welcome; tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

Bikini Contest (Halloween Edition) - Louie's Bar & Rocket Lounge on Bridge St will host the Halloween-themed bikini contest where the winner will receive $1,000 in cash. General admission is 21+.

A Halloween Covers Show - At the costume contest at Club Envy in downtown Muskegon, local bands will perform live covers of songs by Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God, Slayer and more. $5 cover with a costume, $8 without. Ages 18+.

Alto Bar Halloween Party - Live music with The Blind Squirrels, a costume contest, drink specials and more start at 10 p.m.

Ghostly Halloween Party - Nick Fink's in Comstock Park will host a live ghost hunter reveal inside the 19th century building, plus a costume contest and drink specials.

November 2

Mega80's SPOOKTACULAR - The 80's cover band returns to The Intersection for a Halloween-themed party. Tickets: $10.

Cider Mills, Apple Picking & Pumpkins

Blok Orchard - The family-owned orchard on 4 Mile NE in Ada has 45 acres of apples, along with vegetable offerings.

Ed Dunneback & Girls - Located just 10 minutes from downtown GR on 6 Mile Rd NW, the farm market has been family owned and operated for more than 70 years and has u-pick apples and pumpkins from 11a-4p on Saturdays and noon-4p on Sundays.

Fruit Ridge Hayrides - The Kent City farm has apples, pumpkins, hayrides, kids activities and more.

Gavin Orchards - The Coopersville farm offers pumpkins, seasonal vegetables and apples until October 31.

Hanulcik Farm Market - The family farm market in Ionia grows and sells twelve variaties of apples, along with strawberries and peaches earlier in the season. *Hanulcik will be closed this fall due to the lost apple crop caused by unusual spring weather*.

Heffron Farms - The family farm in Belding has free hayrides and balloons, along with baby calves, chicks and livestock.

Heritage Farms Market - Located near Fremont and Hesperia, the local farm market has home-grown pumpkins and produce, donuts, caramel apples, fudge and maple syrup.

Klackle Orchards - Pumpkins, u-pick apples, hayrides, family activities, cider, caramel apples and more in Greenville.

Klein Cider Mill - Located on Spaulding SE in GR, enjoy cider, donuts, an indoor kids play area, pumpkins, mums and more.

Koetsier’s Greenhouse - Watch cider made the old-fashioned way and pick your own pumpkin out of the patch at the farm located on 10 Mile in Sparta.

Morse Brothers Farm - The Comstock Park Farm on 6 Mile NW has pumpkins each fall.

Paulson's Pumpkin Patch - The Belding-area farm sells pumpkins, squash and indian corn 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Post Family Farm - In Hudsonville, check out homemade donuts, cider, u-pick pumpkins, a corn maze, squash and gourds.

Robinette's Apple Haus - Located at the E. Beltline & 4 Mile, Robinette's has cider, donuts, u-pick apples, horse-drawn hayrides, gifts, a winery, kids activities and more.

Schwallier's Country Basket - The farm market on 9 Mile Rd in Sparta has u-pick pumpkins and apples, as well as a petting farm, picnic area, fresh cider, cow train rides and an observable working bee hive.

Sietsma Orchards - The family cider mill and farm on 2 Mile Rd in Ada has donuts, hard cider, free hayrides and u-pick apples (although no u-pick for 2012).

Steffens Orchards - Pick your own apples and pumpkins or build a scarecrow at the Scarecrow Factory at this orchard located on 13 Mile in Sparta. Open Monday-Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 12-6.

Watts Orchard - Apples and caramel apples in Howard City.

Wells Orchards - The farm on Kenowa SW in Grand Rapids has apples, hayrides, fall decorations, winter squash and more.

Kent Harvest Trails - The trails program highlights 19 participating farms in Kent County which offer local families the chance to visit farms for orchard tours, face painting, pumpkin picking, scarecrow stuffing and many more autumn activities with no general admission charge. Many farms do have fees for specific activities. The website includes a map with all participating locations.

Michigan Apple Orchards - Central West Michigan Route

Festivals & Family Activities

Chrysanthemums and More! - The annual celebration of the autumn season at Frederik Meijer Gardens features an extensive flowering chrysanthemum display both inside and outside. Color tours, tram rides and seasonal children’s activities are available throughout October. Tickets ($12 for adults, $4-$6 for kids) include access to all of The Gardens, including the curated ArtPrize exhibit.

Scarecrows on Main Street - Visit Coopersville during the month of October to see imaginatively decorated scarecrows lining Main Street in the historic downtown and then vote for your favorite at the Farm Museum.

The Famous Pumpkin Train - See The Great Pumpkin, Scarecrow and Little Crow on the Coopersville & Marne Railway. Local actress Eva Swietec and her cast of wacky characters will sing and dance during the approximately 1 hour, 15 minute ride and each child can pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch after the ride. Runs Saturdays and Sundays through October 26. Tickets: adults $15.50, seniors (60+) $14.50, kids (2-12) $13.50.

Cider Sundays - Bowens Mills in Middleville hosts cider pressing, cornmeal grinding demonstrations, horse-drawn rides, historical military encampments, live music and more on Sundays in October. Admission: $5 for adults, $3 for kids.

Zeeland Pumpkinfest - The family festival in downtown Zeeland returns October 3, 4 & 5 with a parade, food, scarecrow displays, games, family entertainment, artwork and more. Most activities are either free or low-cost.

MGS Ghost Hunts - On October 5, 12 or 19, join the Michigan Ghost Society on a ghost hunt of three historic houses, one never investigated, located at Historic Charlton Park just east of Hastings. The tour will include a short training class on how to use different types of ghost hunting equipment and also a few hints to help you along the way. Cost is $15 per person and kids under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Halloween Palooza - On October 5 at all West Michigan Goodwill stores, find Halloween merchandise while enjoying cookies, cider, games, prizes and free spider rings.

Enchanted Forest Festival - Vist Fat Blossom Farm in Allegan for a magical weekend exploring trails while touring custom gnome homes, hobbit habitats, and fairy houses. You can even make your own. Cost is $5 per person or $20/family.

Lowell Harvest Celebration - The annual fall celebration in downtown Lowell on October 12 features the Chili Madness Cook-off, scarecrow building, arts, crafts, family activities, live music and more. Free admission.

Wyoming Pumpkin Path - At the 10th Annual Pumpkin Path at Lamar Park in Wyoming, kids can collect prizes, candy and toys from dozens of area businesses, clubs and organizations. Costumes are optional; admission is free.

Monster Mash - The exclusive members-only event at John Ball Zoo features an enhanced Zoo Goes Boo with live music, an illusionist, a juggling mime & clown, trick-or-treating and more. $8 per person.

The Zoo Goes Boo - The family Halloween event where kids can dress up an trick-or-treat returns to John Ball Zoo October 18-20 & 25-27. Families can see eye popping decorations, magicians, dancers, music, drums & more. Admission: $7 per person (cheaper for Zoo members).

Kick Back for Kids - Sietsema Orchards & Cider Mill will be the site of the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital fundraiser that will have live music, hayrides, pumpkin painting, a corn maze and more. $25/carload.

Urban HayDay - Returning to Downtown Hudsonville for a second year October 19, the festival is designed to bring the orchard experience to the center of the city with hayrides, a lumberjack show, live music and a pumpkin carving competition. Admission is free.

Pioneer Harvest - At Blandford Nature Center October 19th, learn about pioneer harvesting tasks from staff members and create some pioneer crafts.

Giant Pumpkins at Michigan's Farm Garden - Discover giant pumpkins weighing in at hundreds of pounds at Frederik Meijer Gardens' Michigan's Farm Garden October 19. Included with general Gardens admission.

Fazoli's Halloween Kids Night Party - On October 22, dress in costume, decorate cookies, make a craft and get a prize at the Fazoli's on Alpine. Kids meals are 99 cents (with purchase of adult meal) from 5-8 p.m.

Run 4 Your Life 5K - The un-timed 5K run/walk in Holland October 24 is a fundraising event to support the Holland Free Health Clinic. The Curragh Pub is the beginning and end point of the course which will wind through a spooky Windmill Island.

Ghosts, Witches & Ghouls - Use small gourds and a variety of materials to create one witch, one ghost, and one ghoul Halloween ornament in this class at Inspirations of Art Studio in Cascade. Cost is $20 per student.

Hallowee-ones - The annual event at Meijer Gardens October 25 is designed for the youngest visitors. Dress up the kiddos for the costume parade and listen to Halloween-themed stories. Included with general admission tickets.

Halloween At Van Raalte Farm - Wear your costume and head down the wooded trails of Van Raalte Farm in Holland to discover wild creatures and fun activities along the way from 5-7:30 p.m. on October 25. Admission: $3.

Pumpkin Palooza - The family-oriented indoor fun fall event at South Harbor Church in Byron Center will have a free dinner, bounce houses, games, prizes, candy, entertainment and more October 25.

Monsters Bash - Learn how to do the Monster Mash, YMCA, Chicken Dance, Macarena, and more at the October 25th party hosted by Ferrysburg City Hall. Also enjoy cider, donuts and prizes. Free admission; costumes required.

Halloween Weekend at Camp Manitou-Lin - Visit the spooky shores of Ol' Lake Barlow for hayrides, trick-or-treating, a haunted barn and a costume party. The overnight weekend is geared for ages 7-14.

Halloween Party - Kids and parents are invited to the Masonic Center in GR October 26 for a Candy Land-themed night of prizes, games, food, DJ, dancing and more. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for kids, with proceeds benefiting the Children's Dyslexia Center of West Michigan.

Alger Heights Halloween 5K/10K - On October 26 at 9 a.m., run through the rolling hills of the Alger Heights neighborhood in costume for this professionally timed race. There will also be a Kids' Fun Run, a costume contest, giveaways and prizes. $25 for 5K/10K; $6 for Kids' Fun Run.

Halloween Spooktacular - Head to downtown Grandville October 26 a free pumpkin carving event plus cider and donuts.

The Zombie Dash - During the wild 5K run through the quarantined area of Ah-Nab-Awen Park October 26, try to make it to the finish with your life strips (flag football flags) intact while avoiding countless (and grabby!) zombies along the way. Cost for runners is $45.

Halloween Hoot - Dress up in costume and head to EGR Middle School for an afternoon of inflatable bounce houses, games and prizes. Admission is $5, plus one can of non-perishable food. Pre-registration required.

Saugatuck Halloween Festival - Enjoy a day-long celebration of Halloween and the Fall season in Saugatuck October 26 with music, entertainment, the family costume parade and more. Free.

All Hallows Eve Celebration - Located east of Hastings, the historic attraction will have trick-or-treating, hayrides, cider and the annual judged costume parade. Cost is $3 per person (12 and under are free).

Pet Halloween Party & Costume Party - Just Dogs in Saugatuck will host the costume party just for pets beginning at noon.

Grand Haven Zombie Walk - The 3rd annual event is set for October 26 at 4 p.m. at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum in downtown Grand Haven. Participants can dress like zombies and bring a non-perishable canned item that will be donated to a local food pantry.

Hootin' Halloween Hike - Wear your nature-inspired costume to the Blandford Nature Center and get an up close look at owls that come out at night and sometimes make creepy sounds.

Halloween Fun Run - Striders on Wealthy SE will host the 3-mile run through Eastown and East Grand Rapids that will also feature a costume contest, raffle and afterparty at Harmony Brewing.

Eastown Halloween Walk - Families are invited to the Eastown business district to trick-or-treat for free at local merchants from 5-7 p.m. October 31. Festivities include cider & donuts, a costume contest and a photo booth.

Haunted Westgate - The Westgate neighborhood in Comstock Park is transformed from a seemingly quiet area into a Halloween wonderland boasting an impressive collection of yard haunts and festive decorations. More than a dozen homes showcase over-the-top themed decorations with names like Alien Invasion, Dead End Cemetery and The Haunting of Storybook Hollow. Free to tour; located just west of 131 and West River Drive. Map available on

Entertainment & Arts

Panache o'Lantern - Stop by Tulip City Panache in Holland October 16 and create your own Halloween-themed painting to set out on your front steps at home. Cost is $30.

Ghosts of Grand Rapids Author Talk and Booksigning - Local paranormal experts and the authors of "Ghosts of Grand Rapids" will discuss their book and local legends of hauntings at the Amway Grand Plaza, Heritage Hill, San Chez Bistro and more at Schuler Books (28th St) October 23.

Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival - Michigan's premier film festival celebrating the genre movie runs three days at the Wealthy Theatre, October 24-26. See dozens of full-length films, shorts and cult classics. All-access weekend festival passes are $40; individual event tickets are also available.

Movies in the Park - Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. continues its Movies in the Park series at Ah-Nab-Awen with the family-friendly Hocus Pocus at dusk, followed by the Rocky Horror Picture Show for teens and adults. Admission is free.

The Return of the Living Dead - For one night only, see the classic horror film on the big screen inside the UICA. Tickets: $4-$8.

Dracula - The Grand Rapids Ballet Company presents the tale of power, love and horror with updated scenery and projections for 2013. Performances at the Wege Theatre run October 25-27 & October 31-November 2. Tickets: $12 to $40.

Hallway of Horror and Film Festival - At Danny Boy's Drive In in Ionia, take a disturbing walk through the Hallway of Horror followed by a double feature of two classic films, The Exorcist and The Shining. $30 per carload. Runs October 25, 26, 31 and Nov 1, 2.

Fear the Crooked Corpse - The night at the Wealthy Theatre begins with a ghoulish Halloween costume party that will give out prizes for best costume, followed by the world premiere of the film "Fear the Crooked Corpse." Cost is $10.

Big Halloween Swing Dance - Dress up as Dr. Who, a Power Ranger, Sponge Bob or whoever and head to Woodland Skate October 29 for a night of Halloween swing dancing. Lessons start at 7 p.m.

Zombie Self-Portrait Night - At Tulip City Panache in Holland, paint a self-portrait of you as a zombie. Dress like a zombie and receive 20% off the cost on October 30.


Trunk or Treat - Whistlestop Park in Byron Center will host local businesses passing out goodies, a petting zoo and a hayride from noon to 2 p.m. on October 19.

Grand Rapids Children's Museum - Trick-or-treat in costume through GRCM from 5:30-7:30 October 24. Admission is $1.50 per person.

Downtown Holland - Bring the whole family to downtown Holland October 26 for trick-or-treating. Participating businesses will be specially marked.

Trunk or Treat - On October 26, Forest Hills Presbyterian will be the site of treats, a photo booth, games, snacks, raffles and more for kids up to 8th grade.

Trunk or Treat - Highland Hills Baptist Church will have candy, popcorn, games and more from 5 to 7 p.m. October 26.

Trunk or Treat - Messiah Lutheran Church on 5 Mile NE will have treats and fun from 6:30-8 p.m. October 26.

The Gilmore Car Museum Spooktacular - On October 29, trunk or treat from classic cars, see mascots from Western Michigan and the K-Wings, and see local marching bands perform. Open 4-7 p.m.

Downtown Grand Haven - From 4-6 p.m. on October 31, downtown businesses will provide treats and family activities along Washington Avenue from Third to Harbor Street.

Trunk or Treat - Crystal Springs Alliance Church near Caledonia will have trunks filled with candy from 5:30-7 p.m. Oct 31.

Westshore Mall - The shopping mall in Holland will have trick-or-treating from 5-6 p.m. Oct 31.

Light in the Night - Knollcrest Apartments on Calvin College's campus will host the 19th annual trick-or-treating event from 6-8 p.m. Vote for the best decorated building and bring a can of non-perishable food to be donated to Family Haven Ministries.

Dates and Times: (blank=to be announced)

  • Ada: Does not set a time
  • Allegan: Oct 31, 5-8 p.m.
  • Allendale: does not set a specific time
  • Belding: Oct 31, 6-8 pm at the fire station
  • Belmont: does not set a date or time
  • Caledonia: Oct 31, 6-8 p.m.
  • Cannon Twp: Oct 31, 6-8 p.m. at fire station #2
  • Cascade Twp: Fire station party Oct 31, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Cedar Springs: Oct 31, 6-8 p.m.
  • Coopersville: Oct 31, 6-8 p.m.
  • East Grand Rapids: Oct 31, 6-8 p.m.
  • Ferrysburg: Oct 31, 6-8 p.m.
  • Fremont: Oct 31, 6-8 p.m.
  • Gaines Township: Oct 31, 6-8 p.m.
  • Grandville: Oct 31, 6-8 p.m.
  • Grand Haven: Oct 31, 6-8 p.m.
  • Grand Rapids: October 31, dusk until 8 p.m.
  • Greenville: Oct 31, Business 3:30-5; neighborhood 6-8 p.m.
  • Hastings: Oct 31, 5-8 p.m.
  • Holland: October 31, 6-8 p.m.
  • Hudsonville: does not set a date or time
  • Ionia: Oct 31, 6-8 p.m.
  • Jenison: Oct 31
  • Kentwood: Oct 31, 6-8 p.m.
  • Lowell: October 31, 5:30-8 p.m.
  • Middleville: Oct 31 in the village from 5-8 p.m.
  • Muskegon: October 31, 6-8p
  • Newaygo: Oct 31, 6-8 p.m.
  • Orangeville: parental discretion
  • Plainfield Township: does not set a date or a time
  • Rockford: Oct 31, 5:30-8 p.m.
  • Roosevelt Park: Oct 31, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Sparta: Oct 31, 5:30-8 p.m.
  • Spring Lake: Oct 31, business 4-6 p.m.; neighborhood 6-8 p.m.
  • Standale: Oct 31, does not set a time
  • Walker: Oct 31, does not set a time
  • Wayland: Oct 31, does not set a time
  • Wyoming: Oct 31, dusk
  • Yankee Springs Twp: parental discretion
  • Zeeland: Oct 31, 5-8 p.m.

Costume Shops

Kostume Room - Located in Wyoming at 835 36th St SW (36th & Clyde Park). 616.530.5904.

Theatricks - Located on Plainfield Ave, just north of Knapp St. 616.363.4259.

Fall Color Tours

Starting from Grand Rapids - The West Michigan Tourist Association's Color Tour 9 begins at the East Beltine and circles around most of the GR metro area: head north on the E. Beltline (M-44) as it turns into Northland Dr and then continue through Rockford to Cedar Springs. Go west on M-46, south on CR-B35 (Ravenna Rd) through Ravenna to Coopersville. Then left on Randall Rd, right on 48th Ave. I-96 east back to Grand Rapids.

Starting from Ada - WMTA's Color Tour 10 starts at the Covered Bridge in Ada and continues through Lowell and Greenville: M-21 east, south on Ada Dr, east on Bronson to view Ada Covered Bridge. Left on Thornapple River Dr, right on Ada Dr to M-21 east. North on Hudson (becomes Lincoln Lake Ave). East on Fallasburg County Park Rd, follow signs to cross Fallasburg Covered Bridge. Right on McPherson (becomes Potters Rd), north on Whites Bridge Rd (becomes gravel) across Whites Covered Bridge. East on Belding Rd (also M-44), north on M-91, east on M-46. South on M-66 to Ionia, west on M-21 to Ada.

Grand Haven to Grandville - Tour 8 on WMTA's list begins on Robbins Rd in Grand Haven: Robbins Rd east to Mercury Dr past Grand River bayous to Riverside Park (becomes Green St, then North Cedar Dr). South on 104th Ave, east on Osborn St (becomes Warner). South on 68th St, east on M-45. South onto 48th St, east on Fillmore (becomes Cottonwood Dr). In Jenison, left on Baldwin, left on Chicago Dr. In Grandville, left on Wilson to M-11/28th St, left onto M-11 northbound. Left on Fennesey St (becomes Luce St, then Linden Dr). Left on Leonard St through Spring Lake to Grand Haven.

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Last Updated: 10/28/2013
Published: 09/24/2013