Check out our 2014 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
*New* Fall & Halloween Fun Pinterest Map

Haunted Houses

Grand Rapids Area

The Haunt - One of West Michigan's best-known and most recommended Halloween destinations is back for a 14th year. Starting October 3, holler through a horrifying half mile of professionally designed haunted rooms and hallways containing dozens of demented ghouls. Visitors can also stumble through the outdoor Ghost Town maze and become very afraid of clowns in "3-D Turmoil." Tickets: $20-$30 with group discounts available.

Forest of Fear - Are you afraid of the dark? Find out as you take a self-guided tour through five chilling acres of woods and swamps in Caledonia inhabited by ghouls, ghosts, monsters and other terrifying creatures. New scenes and scares for 2014. Tickets are $15.

Outside Grand Rapids

Witches of New Salem - The haunt located on 24th Street in Dorr (south of Grand Rapids) features three attractions, with the all-new Zombie Attack joining the Haunted Cornmaze and the Haunted Woods. Open Fridays & Saturdays through November 1. Combo passes available.

Haunted Hall - At the Muskegon County Fairgrounds on Heights Ravenna Rd, try to survive three haunted attractions: Freakish Delights, Terror in the Trees and the Hall of Human Horrors. Admission is $13; open Fridays and Saturdays, October 10-Nov 1.

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 10-25, plus Halloween night. Admission: $14; VIP tickets available.

The Haunted Barn - The darker it gets, the scarier this Greenville haunt gets. Open Friday and Saturday nights beginning October 10. Admission is $12 per person.

Phobia House - Face your fears at the haunted attraction, now in its 14th year in Plainwell (between Grand Rapids & Kalamazoo). Opens October 3; admission is $15 (cash only).

Psycho Ward & Nightmares - The Haunt Park at the Kalamazoo Speedway has been expanded for 2014 and now features three attractions: Psycho Ward Infected, Nightmares Freak Show and Zombie Revenge Firing Range. Intended for ages 12 and up; tickets start at $10. Opens October 3.

Hayrides & Cornmazes

Robinette's Hayrides & Cornmaze - Belgian draft horses take visitors on an authentic hay wagon through Robinette's apple and fruit orchards Fridays through Sundays, plus the corn maze and jumping pillow are back. Combo ticket prices are available and the corn maze and pillow are open daily.

Klackle Orchards - The family orchard just west of Greenville hosts Weekends Full of Fun through October with enchanted pumpkin rides, a corn maze, inflatables, a petting zoo, u-pick apples, the coast slide and much more. Admission to activities is $12 per person (includes small bag of apples).

Post Family Farm - Saturday Festivals run 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through October 25 with hayrides to the u-pick pumpkin patch, friendly farm animals, face painting, games, crafts and more. Admission is $7/person.

Fruit Ridge Harvest Festival - It's good old fashioned fun at the 130-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 $7 each per person and can be combined for $12.

Crane Orchards Daytime Maze - The Fennville-area farm and orchard has an all-new 20-acre corn maze for 2014, and is 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 (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 open daily geared for kids 10 and under with inflatables, games, a maze and pumpkin painting . Groups are welcome. $8.

Ed Dunneback & Girls Corn Maze - Test your navigational skills in the 5-acre corn maze located at the family farm on 6 Mile Rd, northwest of Grand Rapids and answer trivia questions to find your way out.

Heidi's Farmstand & Bakery - "Wilbur the Pig" 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. 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. $4.50 for adults, $3 for kids.

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 from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Fridays through Sundays. No admittance fee.

Halloween Parties & Nightlife

October 16

Fall Girls' Night Out - "Zombie Chicks" is the theme of the fall evening in downtown Lowell. Dress up in your most outrageous zombie attire and then enjoy refreshments, bargains and prizes at participating merchants.

October 17

Masquerade - Dress to impress at Eve at The B.O.B. Masks and formal attire are encouraged, and there will be body painters and live DJs on site. $5 cover; open to ages 21 and up.

October 18

Zombie Beer Fest - At the New Salem Corn Maze in Dorr, sample the fall offerings of some of Michigan's best known and most revered breweries including Short's, Bell's, Rochester Mills, Tapistry, Right Brain, and many more. Live music and food trucks will also be on hand.

October 24

Rivertown Singles BOOtacular Halloween Dance - The party at Boulder Creek Golf Club will have prizes for best costumes, a cash bar, creepy treats, spooky decorations and more. Admission: $8; costumes not necessary.

October 25

Mega 80's Spooktacular - They're Baa-aack! Michigan's favorite 80's cover band is back at The Intersection to host the frightfully good time at 8 p.m. Tickets: $10; ages 21+ welcome.

GRBarcrawl's Annual Halloween Crawl - Hop aboard the luxury party bus and head to a variety of bars & venues around Grand Rapids. Costumes encouraged.

Pre-Halloween Pub Crawl - Dress in your Halloween best and join Muskegon's 100.9 for a pub crawl along Western Ave that includes stops at Racquet's, Tipsy Toad and more.

Annual Halloween Bash - After the adult costume parade in downtown Douglas, head to the after party at The Dunes Resort for the biggest costume party in town.

October 29

Fenian's Halloween Party - Costumes are welcome at the traditional Irish music session at the Conklin bar. There will also be tricks or treats that night, no cover charge, and food served.

October 30

Retro D'Luxe - Catch the Halloween edition of the 80's night with DJ Jef Leppard at The Pyramid Scheme. Cover is $2; ages 21+.

Brewery Vivant Halloween - Vivant's Halloween costume party will run from 9 to 11 p.m. inside the Pub with a dancing, a DJ, tricks and treats.

Halloween Trivia - JD Reardon's will host the Halloween-themed live trivia night that will award cash prizes to the highest scoring teams.

October 31

Monsters Ball - Angels vs. Demons is the theme of The Intersection's Halloween bash with special guest Bad Boy Bill. Doors open at 8 p.m; ages 18+ welcome. Admission is $10-$15 in advance, $20 at the door.

Dia de los Muertos Dance Party - DJ Adrian Butler will provide the soundtrack to the dance party and costume contest at the Downtown Market. Entry is free; ages 21+ welcome.

Founders Halloween Spooktacular - The annual Halloween party at Founders' Taproom will have live music from five bands starting at 7 p.m. $5 cover; ages 21+ welcome.

Rumors 11th Annual Halloween Ball - The party at the South Division Ave club will feature DJ Monica Parker, a costume contest with $500 in cash and prizes and drink specials throughout the night.

Tall Tales, Large Man, Haunted Halls - The West Michigan chapter of the professional association of design hosts the annual Halloween party at Kendall College that will include a speaker, cocktails, dancing and more. Ticketed event.

Just Wicked Halloween Party - The JW Marriott's annual costume party will have "R.I.P." sections, cash prizes for best costumes, live DJ & entertainment and specialty drinks. Admission is $10; ages 21+ welcome.

Pyramid Scheme Halloween Party - The Halloween party at The Pyramid Scheme will feature Michigan bands Stepdad, Sphynx and Flint Eastwood. Tickets: $12-$14; ages 21+.

Monte's Halloween Bash - Doors at the Bridge St bar open at 8 p.m. with DJ Jimmy Coe live and a costume contest.

Eastown Clowns Halloween Special - The comedy show on Wealthy Street in Eastown will have cash prizes for best costumes and trophies for the best comics. Admission is free and karaoke will follow.

Billy's Annual Halloween Party - The Eastown venue will award a flat screen TV for best costume and gift certificates for second and third places. $5 cover; ages 21+ welcome.

A.K. RIKK's Halloween Bash - Win a $1,000 gift card for best costume at the clothing and department store on 28th Street Halloween night. The annual party will have a live DJ, drinks and ghoulish munchies.

Groovy Halloween Party - The American Legion Post on Michigan St NE host the 70's themed party with a costume contest, a live DJ spinning classic vinyl and no cover charge.

BOTTOM 40 Halloween - Party ''Til the Casket Drops' with BOTTOM40 at The Rezervoir Lounge on Plainfield. $5 cover.

Schmohz Halloween Costume Shindig - The southeast side brewery will have prizes for best dressed and anyone in costume can get .50 off a pint of beer. Fun starts at 9 p.m.

Ghostly Halloween Party - Check out ghost tours, paranormal investigation results, live music and drink specials all night at Nick Fink's Ghostly Party in Comstock Park. No cover charge.

Halloween a Go-Go - The Halloween extravaganza at 36th Street Lounge will have live music featuring Emergent Behavior and Persistant Flashback Disorder. Doors open at 9 p.m.

Halloween at Rockford Brewing Company - The downtown Rockford Brewery will have a costume contest with prizes for customers, a staff costume contest and live music with The Legal Immigrants. 21+.

4th Annual Halloween Karaoke Party -Starting at 8 p.m., it's superhero-themed karaoke at JD Reardon's inside Boardwalk Condos. There will be a costume contest, drink & draft specials and more.

Twisted Bull Costume Contest -Win cash prizes for best costumes at the country bar on Eastern Ave, plus Stolen Horses will perform live on stage.

Bow-Tie Tavern Halloween - The 9 p.m. party at the Sparta bar will have live music, a costume contest, drink specials and fun.

New Holland Halloween Party - Take a costume styling cue from Greek Mythology for the party at New Holland's Brewpub on E. 8th Street in downtown Holland.

Jack's Halloween Bash - The Waterfront Bistro + Bar at the Spring Lake Holiday Inn adjacent to Grand Haven will award $250 for best costume, plus there will be live entertainment and DJ in the lounge.

Haunted Hollywood - The Dark Room at The Kirby House in downtown Grand Haven will have a costume contest with prizes, drink specials, live Dj & dancing and more, all in the theme of old haunted Hollywood.

Gun Lake Casino Halloween Costume Contest - Judging starts at 9 p.m. for the costume contest that will award $1,000 for first place, $550 for second and $250 for third. Must be 21+.

November 1

Halloween on Ionia - McFadden's will again host the popular costume contest and party on Ionia that boasts a $5,000 purse for best costumes. Check out live DJs, fresh cuisine, Michigan beer tents, the Redbull Silent Disco, heated tents and much more from 3 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $10 in advance.

Zombie Apocalypse - The Halloween party at The B.O.B. will award $8,000 in cash & prizes for best costumes, plus there will be live music and DJs on each floor. Tickets are $5 at the door for zombies, $15 for those wearing other costumes.

Villains Take Over - For the Vault of Midnight's Dance Party at the Pyramid Scheme, dress up as your favorite super villain. There will be costume and photo contests and more. Cost: $6-$8.

Apartment Lounge Halloween Party - The downtown bar adjacent to the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre will have a costume contest with a $100 first prize.

A Carnevil Masquerade - Create the best mask and wear it to Louie's Bar & Rocket Lounge on Bridge for a chance to $100. Drink specials include glowing jello shots and two live DJs will spin.

Halloween at Pietro's Salsa Nights - The costume party and contest at Pietro's will award cash prizes for best costumes, along with hot Latin dance rhythms throughout the night. $8 cover; 21+.

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.

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 - The family-run cider mill in Sparta offers fresh pressed and unpasteurized cider, along with produce, pumpkins, decorative corn and hay bales.

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.

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.

Frozen Creek Floral Farm - The specialty farm on Cannonsburg Rd offers pumpkins, produce, Indian corn, fall decorations and seasonal salsa and soup.

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.

Orchard Hill Farm - Located in Caledonia, the family fun farm has free hayrides on the weekends, scarecrow making, pumpkin patch, corn maze, kids' spook house, apples 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 26. Tickets ($12 for adults, $4-$6 for kids) include access to all of The Gardens, including the curated ArtPrize exhibit.

Yee-Haw for Fall! - At the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury, spend Saturdays and Sundays with hayrides, a corn maze, stunt shows, laser tag, pedal cars, midway games and much more from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $7-$10, with additional pricing for select activities.

The Famous Pumpkin Train - See The Grand 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 kids can pick a pumpkin from the patch after the ride. Runs Saturdays and Sundays through October 26. Tickets: $13.50-$15.50.

Graveyard Golf - For the first time ever, AJ's Family Fun Center next to Fifth Third Ballpark is staying open on weekends through October with "Graveyard" mini-golf, trick-or-treating, cider & doughnuts and fresh fudge.

Zeeland Pumpkinfest - The family festival in downtown Zeeland celebrates 30 years October 2-4 with a parade, food, decorations, games and more. Many activities are either free or low-cost.

Ghost Hunts at The Park - Join the Michigan Ghost Society October 4, 11 and 18 as they take you on a ghost hunt of three historic buildings located at Charlton Park in Hastings. The tour will also include training on how to use ghost detecting equipment. Cost is $15 per person.

Enchanted Forest Festival - Vist Fat Blossom Farm in Allegan October 4-5 for a magical weekend exploring trails while touring custom gnome homes, hobbit habitats, and fairy houses. You can even make your own dwelling. Cost is $5 per person or $20/family.

Lowell Harvest Celebration - The annual fall event in downtown Lowell October 11 features the Chili Madness Cook-off, scarecrow making, arts, crafts, family activities, live music, a 5K, the Autumn Marketplace and more. Free admission.

Wyoming Pumpkin Path - At at Lamar Park in Wyoming October 11, kids can collect prizes, candy and toys from dozens of area businesses, clubs and organizations. Costumes are optional; admission is free. Runs 5-7 p.m.

The Carve - Starting at 10 a.m. October 11, visitors to the Holland Farmers Market can see pumpkin carving displays created by some of the nation's best carvers, plus there will be pumpkin carving contests and painting and games for kids.

Monster Mash - The exclusive members-only event at John Ball Zoo features an enhanced Zoo Goes Boo along with special surprises.

The Zoo Goes Boo - On October 17-19 & 24-26, John Ball Zoo is packed with entertainers, decorations, special animal activities, games and the Kooky-not-Spooky Trick-or-Treat Trail. $7 per person ($3 for Zoo members).

Urban HayDay - Downtown Hudsonville's fall festival October 18 features plenty of fall fun with live music, entertainment, fresh produce, hayrides, pie eating contests and games. Runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Blandford Nature Center Harvest Festival - From 1-4 p.m. October 18, Blandford will have make & take scarecrows, wagon rides, face painting, candle making and more. Admission: $5-$8.

Giant Pumpkins - Discover giant pumpkins weighing in at hundreds of pounds each at Frederik Meijer Gardens' Michigan's Farm Garden October 19, plus enjoy a cooking demo. Access included with general FMG admission.

Hudsonville Costume Contest and Walk - The free costume contest starts at Grand Valley Health Plan on 32nd Ave with awards given for best costumes before heading on a half-mile parade.

City of the Dead - At the historic tour of Evergreen Cemetery in Muskegon, see re-enactments of past important figures of the city's past. Geared toward the whole family. Cost is $5 per person.

Howloween Hoof and Woof - The all-new event presented by BISSELL October 19 will transform Manhattan Park in East Grand Rapids into a good, old-fashioned carnival for families, kids and pets. Prizes awarded for best dog costumes.

Fazoli's Halloween Kids Night Party - On October 21, 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 fun run/walk in Holland October 23 raises funds 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.

Hallowee-ones - The annual event at Meijer Gardens October 24 is designed for the youngest visitors. Dress up the kiddos for the costume parade and listen to Halloween-themed stories. Included with general FMG admission.

Halloween At Van Raalte Farm - Wear your costume and head down the wooded trails of historic Van Raalte Farm in Holland to discover wild creatures and fun activities along the way beginning at 5 p.m. October 24.

Little Goblins Boo Bash - At Muskegon's Watermark Center, kids can dance, play games, enter the costume contest and join the costume parade from 6-8 p.m. October 24. Admission is $5 per person (kids under 2 are free).

Halloween Weekend Camp - Visit the spooky shores of Ol' Lake Barlow at Camp Manitou-Lin for hayrides, trick-or-treating, a haunted barn and a costume party. The overnight weekend is geared toward ages 7-15.

Alger Heights Halloween 5K/10K - On October 25 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-$35 for 5K/10K; $6 for Kids' Fun Run.

The Zombie Dash - During the wild 5K run through the quarantined area of Ah-Nab-Awen Park October 25, try to make it to the finish with your life strips (flag football flags) intact while avoiding countless (and hungry!) zombies along the way. Early registration cost for runners is $39.

Holland Museum Halloween - During the downtown Holland trick-or-treating event on October 25, head over to the Holland Museum for candy, crafts, treats and more from 10 a.m. until noon.

Knowsmoke Zombie Walk - The walk starts at LC Walker Arena in downtown Muskegon at 12:30 p.m. Oct 25, with activities, snacks and entertainment following.

Taste of Autumn - On both October 25 and November 1, Lemon Creek Winery in Grand Haven will have locally made cheeses, chocolates and wine presented by area vendors from 2-6 p.m. Wine tasting is $5 for 5 tastings and includes souvenir glass.

TCHM's Haunted Museum - The Tri-Cities Historical Museum in downtown Grand Haven will have spooks, thrills and chills among the exhibits for kids from 1-3 p.m. October 25. Admission is free.

Saugatuck Pet Halloween Party & Costume Contest - The pet parade gets underway at 11 a.m. followed by the judged costume contest with prizes at noon.

Saugatuck Halloween Parade - The Family Costume Party in Saugatuck starts at 4 p.m. October 25 in downtown Saugatuck, with the Adult Costume Parade kicking off at 10 p.m. in downtown Douglas.

All Hallows Eve Celebration - East of Hastings, historic Charlton Park will have trick-or-treating, hayrides, cider and the annual judged costume parade October 25. Cost is $3 per person (12 and under are free).

Teen Zombie Party - At the Walker Memorial Library in North Muskegon, teens can dress up in their zombie best for a chance to win a prize in the costume contest, plus there will be snacks, games and more.

Strange, Spooky & Wicked Michigan - The Norton Shores Library will host local author Amberrose Hammond, who will delve into Michigan's ghostly lore, legends, haunted history, forgotten criminals, strange places and other unusual topics.

3rd Annual Halloween Spooktacular! - The Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners will have trick-or-treating, ghoulish lawn games, rides on the London Double Decker Bus and more from 4-7 p.m. Oct. 29.

Eastown Halloween Walk - Kids can trick-or-treat at local businesses around Lake Drive and Wealthy Street including Connie's Cakes, All City Kicks, Kava House and Argos Books from 5 to 7 p.m.

Halloween at Lindo Mexico - Head to Lindo Mexico restaurant on 28th in Wyoming on Halloween, take a selfie in your costume and enter it into the photo contest for a chance to win prizes.

No Candy Halloween Party - Instead of candy, bring Halloween items like stickers, pencils, and small party favors to share and enjoy games, costumes and fun at Cedar Tree Birth & Wellness on Cherry St.

Family Halloween Party - Wear your costume and celebrate Halloween at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Plainfield Township Halloween evening. There will be games, candy and a free supper for all.

Honoring Day of the Dead - Celebrate Dia de los Muertos at the Grand Rapids Public Library's Main Branch downtown November 1. Altars from members of the community honoring family and friends will be on display. Free and open to the public.

Harvest Fest 2014 - At the free annual event at Christ Community Church on Forest Hill Ave SE, enjoy games, activities and a performance by Maciek the Magician. Food donations for Kids Food Basket will be accepted.

Entertainment & Arts

Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival - Michigan's premier film festival celebrating celebrating action, horror, sci-fi & suspense movies runs October 22-26 at multiple downtown GR venues like the UICA, the Pyramid Scheme and Stella's Lounge. See dozens of full-length films, shorts and cult classics. All-access weekend festival passes and individual event tickets available.

Halloween Spooktacular - Witches, mummies, tricks and treats -- a hauntingly good time is in store at the special Halloween ballet performed by the Grand Rapids Ballet School's Junior Company. Runs October 24-26.

Jumpin' Jack O'Lanterns Painting Party - At Tulip City Panache in Holland October 28, a local artist will take you step by step through the process of painting your own jack-o'-lantern. Cost: $30.

Zombie Self-Portrait Night - At the Park Theatre in Holland, arrive dressed as a zombie and a local artist will walk you through creating your own blood-splattered masterpiece on canvas. Cost: $30.


Dates and Times:

  • Ada: Does not set a time
  • Allegan: Oct 31, 5:30-7:30 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.
  • Douglas: Oct 31, 5-8 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.
  • Saugatuck: Oct 31, 6-8 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, 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Wyoming: Oct 31, dusk
  • Yankee Springs Twp: parental discretion
  • Zeeland: Oct 31, 5-8 p.m.

City of Grand Rapids Halloween Tips: The City of Grand Rapids will be observing Halloween for children who wish to trick-or-treat on Friday, October 31, from dusk until 8:00 pm. Please respect that neighbors who do not have their porch lights on are choosing not to participate.

The Grand Rapids Police Department offers the following tips to help our children have a safe and happy Halloween:

  • Do not trick-or-treat alone. Go with parents or adult friends.
  • Wear light colored or reflective clothing after sundown.
  • Wear flame-retardant materials.
  • Avoid billowy costumes and wigs.
  • Props such as magic wands and swords should be made from cardboard rather than metal or wood.
  • Do not wear a mask that blocks or restricts your vision.
  • Obey all traffic safety rules.
  • Walk on sidewalks; do not walk in the street. If you must walk in the street, walk on the left side facing traffic.
  • Carry and use a flashlight.
  • Trick-or-treat only in your own neighborhood.
  • Do not go into any stranger's home or car, even if you are offered candy.
  • Do not eat any candy or other food until your parents examine it.
  • Homeowners should have outside porch lights on where trick-or-treaters are welcome.
  • Drivers should be especially aware and observant when driving through residential neighborhoods.

More trick-or-treating events:

Trunk or Treat - Head to Whistlestop Park in Byron Center October 18 for goodies from local businesses, a petting zoo and a hayride.

Trick or Treat Street - The annual community event at Indian Trails Camp on Lake Michigan Drive October 18 will have safe trick-or-treating, games, activities and a meal. Admission is $5 per person or $15 car load.

Trunk-or-Treat - Keller Williams Rivertown in Grandville will host the first annual trunk-or-treat from 6-8 p.m. October 24.

Trunk or Treat - Messiah Lutheran Church on Five Mile Rd NE will host the trunk or treat event October 25 from 6:30-8p.

Trunk or Treat - At St Paul's Anglican Catholic Church on Lake Michigan Drive, kids can enjoy mini-elephant ears, cider, candy, face painting and spooky surprises from 2-4 p.m. October 25.

Trunk or Treat - On October 25, Forest Hills Presbyterian Church in Cascade will have Halloween candy, cotton candy, family photo ops and children can decorate lunch bags for Kids Food Basket.

Trunk or Treat - Princeton CRC on Kalamazoo Ave SE will host its first trunk and treat October 29 from 6-7 p.m.

Grand Rapids Children's Museum - Trick-or-treat in costume through GRCM and make a spooky craft from 5:30-8p October 30. Admission is $1.50 per person.

Light in the Night - Calvin College's Knollcrest East Apartments (east of the Beltline) will have safe trick-or-treating and games from 6-8 p.m. October 31.

Pilgrim Manor - Residents will pass out pieces of candy beginning at 4:30 p.m. Oct 31 and there will also be donuts and cider from Robinette's on hand.

Indoor Trick or Treating - At Kainay Community Church in Muskegon, kids can travel from decorated table to table inside, collecting candy along the way.

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

Depot to Depot - On Saturdays in October, head to Muskegon for a self-guided color tour accessible by bike or vehicle. Stop at designated sites along the way and become eligible to win tickets on the Lake Express or to Michigan's Adventure.

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Last Updated: 10/30/2014
Published: 09/30/2014