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FREE Family-Friendly Events in Metro Detroit in October

Cute Little Girls Pulling Their Pumpkins In A Wagon At A Pumpkin Patch One Fall Day.

We know…kids are expensive, so we’ve put together the top FREE events in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor to enjoy as a family this month!

 

TUESDAY MARKETS

Tuesdays in October

@ Eastern Market, Detroit

With a focus on health & wellness, this market is perfect for stocking up on local food, taking a free yoga/Zumba class, participating in a cooking demonstration, & much more.

 

PROJECT ART

Tuesdays & Thursdays in October

@ Detroit Public Library Elmwood Branch, Detroit

Project Art is a Free after school art class program for elementary kids up to 13 years. Must pre-register.

 

CIDER IN THE CITY

Saturdays in October

@ Beacon Park, Detroit

Throw on your favorite flannel shirt and grab your Pumpkin Spice Latte and head over to the Beacon Park Detroit tent for our newest family friendly event! With inflatables, games, cider and donuts and more!

 

MAMAS CIRCLE

Sundays in October

@ Detroit Mama Hub, Detroit

Ask questions, vent, laugh, and share in the ups and downs of motherhood with other mamas who know how it feels.

 

TERROR ON TILSON STREET

October 1 – October 31

@ Croswell Elementary School, Romeo

This street is famous for their elaborate Halloween decorations during the month of October. This dedicated group of homeowners come together each year to put together a spooktacular display like none you have ever seen!

 

PUMPKIN FEST

October 1 – October 31

@ Wilson Barn, Livonia

Enjoy the Michigan fall weather with family fun and autumn traditions. Come to the barn to pick a pumpkin, gourd, or corn stalk to decorate your home this fall season. Pony rides and hayrides are available everyday, weather permitting.

 

MOMMY AND ME HIKES

Thursday, October 3

@ Marshbank Park, West Bloomfield

We invite you and your child to join our Naturalist on a nature discovery and exercise walk.

 

WEE STROLL

Friday, October 4

@ Hawk Woods Nature Center, Auburn Hills

This program is designed for parents to take a guided walk with their child, learn about the outdoors and learn ways to introduce children to the natural world around them.

 

MASCO FREE FIRST FRIDAY

Friday, October 4

@ Cranbrook Institute Of Science, Bloomfield Hills

Courtesy of the MASCO Corporation Foundation, admission to the Cranbrook Institute of Science is free after 5pm the first Friday of each month.

 

SKELETONS ARE ALIVE LAUNCH PARTY

Friday, October 4

@ Downtown Northville

More than 120 life-sized themed Skeletons will once again come alive and inhabit Downtown Northville for the month of October. The Friday, October 4 celebration in Town Square kicks off a month of spooktacular October in the ’Ville with events for the whole family to enjoy.

 

POP-UP MOVIE NIGHT: HOCUS POCUS

Friday, October 4

@ Riverside Park, Auburn Hills

We will be showing Hocus Pocus and there will be free (Halloween themed) plush giveaways for children while supplies last. We will also be providing popcorn for all attendees. Great way to get into the Halloween spirit!

 

FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE! FORMOSA ROADSIDE WEDDING BANQUET

Friday, October 4

@ Detroit Institute Of Arts, Detroit

Formosa Roadside Wedding Banquet will be performed by the National Chinese Orchestra of Taiwan, and is recommended for all ages.

 

DROP-IN WORKSHOP: DOODLE ART

October 4 – October 6

@ Detroit Institute Of Science Art Making Studio, Detroit

Many people doodle as a way of spontaneously expressing ideas. Grab some drawing materials and see what you come up with.

 

COFFEE CLUB

Saturday, October 5

@ Lake Erie Metropark, Brownstown

Donuts, coffee and a nature walk.  What a great way to start your weekend! Join us!

 

SOUTHGATE’S 8TH ANNUAL TOUCH A TRUCK

Saturday, October 5

@ Southgate Parks & Recreation, Southgate

Bring the whole family and come climb, explore and get up close with your favorite vehicles.

 

BELLE ISLE NATURE HIKE

Saturday, October 5

@ Belle Isle Nature Center, Detroit

Come observe the changing seasons, encounter wildlife and admire unique flora. Then, spend some time enjoying the nature center!

 

FRASER FIRE FIGHTER OPEN HOUSE & FAMILY FALL FEST

Saturday, October 5

@ Steffens Park, Fraser

Join the City of Fraser and its many departments and supporters as we have some fall fun! Pumpkins, face painting, cider and donuts, bounce house, storytelling, crafts and much more! Learn about our very own Fire and Police departments and view our Big Rig Car Show!

 

FIRE STATION OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, October 5

@ Canton Fire Department, Canton

This year’s open house will include station tours, a fire vehicle display, and live demonstrations of the department’s extrication equipment (“jaws of life”). Kids will be able to participate in a scavenger hunt, try on fire gear, and go through the department’s Fire Safety House. Light refreshments and giveaways will be provided.

 

FIRE STATION OPEN ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, October 5

@ Monroe Fire Station No. 1, Monroe

Come see the brand new facility in a day filled with family activites such as inflatables, give- aways, trying on fire gear, spraying the hose, taking a tour and more.

 

BOO BASH

Saturday, October 5

@ Trenton Cultural Center, Trenton

Kick off the Halloween season with a fun-filled day of fab foods, activities, face painting, pony rides, spectacular bonfire, scavenger hunt, a magic show and more! This family friendly event is great for all ages.

 

BEGINNER’S ASTRONOMY NIGHT AT MAYBURY

Saturday, October 5

@ Maybury State Park, Northville

Come join us for an evening of wonder!! The Ford Amateur Astronomy Club* will be setting up telescopes and will be on hand to assist members of the public who wish to bring their own telescopes. Viewing will be weather dependent.

 

STORY HOUR

October 5 & 16

@ Hawk Woods Nature Center, Auburn Hills

Ages 3 -5 yrs. Come spend an hour learning about nature! The hour will include a story, craft, time outdoors and other age-appropriate activities.

 

5TH ANNUAL FALL FOR NATURE CRAFT SHOW

October 5 & 6

@ Stoney Creek Metropark, Shelby Township

Join us for the 5th Annual Fall for Nature Craft Show.  Crafters will be on site with their unique and innovative nature-themed crafts and goodies.  Handmade crafts, artwork, jewelry, photography and more will be available for purchase.

 

FALL FESTIVAL

October 5 & 6

@ Kensington Metropark, Milford

Tour the farm and view traditional demonstrations, visit with the food and craft vendors of our Festival Market, and be entertained by Rosco the Clown.

 

HIGHLAND FALL FESTIVAL

Sunday, October 6

@ Downtown Highland

Come out and see the historic cars,  watch a vintage baseball game, take a guided hike, play children’s games, and stay for a picnic. The Haven Hill Festival is a celebration of Edsel and Eleanor Fords’ historic Haven Hill Estate and the natural beauty and historic wonders of the Highland State Recreation Area.

 

MACOMB FIRE DEPARTMENT OPEN HOUSE

Sunday, October 6

@ Macomb Township Fire Department Station # 3, Macomb

Join us for Macomb Township’s fire department open house. Come meet your local firefighters, tour the fire trucks, and take part in activities. It’s fun for the entire family!!

 

OPEN STREETS DEARBORN

Sunday, October 6

@ South End Dearborn

During this first time in Dearborn event Vernor Hwy and Holly St. will closed to motor vehicle traffic, and OPEN to the public for use in healthy activities such as walking, biking, skating, yoga, and more.

 

HARVEST HAPPENING – FALL FESTIVAL

Sunday, October 6

@ Hess-Hathaway Park, Waterford

Bring the family for Fall fun!  There will be hayrides, crafters, entertainment, historic house tours, food, inflatables, historic children’s games and crafts, pumpkin patch, baked goods, and more!

 

WBFD OPEN HOUSE

Sunday, October 6

@ West Bloomfield Fire Station No. 1, West Bloomfield

Come see live demonstrations and enjoy other family activities!

 

FALL FESTIVAL

Sunday, October 6

@ Clawson City Park, Clawson

The day includes free hayrides, farm animals, free rock-climbing wall and inflatables (don’t forget your socks) and baked goods for sale.

 

HAY DAY

Tuesday, October 8

@ Heritage Park, Famington Hills

Hayrides, pumpkin painting, hiking, bouncing on the bounce house, touring the fire department’s fire truck, roasting marshmallows and hot dogs over Farmington Hills’ largest campfire- all while watching the trees change color.

 

STAR PARTIES

Tuesday, October 8

@ Heritage Park, Farmington Hills

Join the Farmington Community Stargazers at the sledding hill in Heritage Park to observe stars, planets and other celestial objects in the
night sky through telescopes.

 

DIA DE LA FAMILIA

Thursday, October 10

@ Ann Arbor District Library, Ann Arbor

This year’s Día de la Familia (Family Day) features entertainment, games, crafts, food, and an opportunity to contribute to a mural painting led by muralist Hector Trujillo. Health information addressing mental, physical, and social issues in the Latino/a community will also be distributed.

 

FAMILY STORYTIME: SCAREDY CAT!

Thursday, October 10

@ Birmingham Museum, Birmingham

Join us at the museum for songs, stories and movement all about being brave!

 

DROP-IN WORKSHOP: RETABLOS

Friday, October 11

@ Detroit Institute Of Arts Artmaking Studio, Detroit

Learn about the Latin American folk art tradition of retablos while you create one of your own.

 

FIRE DEPARTMENT OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, October 12

@ Wixom Fire Department, Wixom

Bring the kids over to the Wixom Fire Department as we celebrate Fire Prevention Week! Meet your local fire-fighters, enjoy kids’ activities, and live demonstrations.

 

HALLOWEEN LEGO CONTEST

Saturday, October 12

@ Whistle Stop Hobby & Toy Inc., St. Clair Shores

Bring in your Halloween themed Lego creation on October 12th. Our customers will vote on their favorites the entire week. The winner of each age group, 8-under, 9-12, and 13-up will receive a $25.00 gift card to Whistle Stop!

 

SLIGHTLY SPOOKY STORIES & HALLOWEEN CRAFTS

Saturday, October 12

@ Milford Public Library, Milford

Enjoy a couple of slightly spooky stories and lots of fun Halloween crafts. Costumes are encouraged, but not necessary! Great for families.

 

YOUNG ASTRONOMER PLANETARIUM SHOW

Saturday, October 12

@ Wayne State University Planetarium, Detroit

The Wayne State Planetarium welcomes astronomers of all ages! Our Saturday morning shows last about one hour and are geared towards a younger audience. Shows include the fulldome animated movie Polaris, the Space Submarie and the Mystery of the Polar Night!

 

10TH ANNUAL GREAT PUMPKIN HUNT

Saturday, October 12

@ Indian Springs Environmental Discovery Center, White Lake

Enjoy pumpkin painting, face painting, places to explore, hay rides and food vendors. Not to mention a great pumpkin hunt.  There will be prizes for all participants.

 

ROYAL OAK FIREFIGHTERS OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, October 12

@ Royal Oak Professional Firefighters Local 431, Royal Oak

A day of FREE family fun at the Royal Oak Fire Station!  The day will feature events for kids of all ages including, donuts and cider, a bounce house, a candy drop, stove fire demonstrations, vehicle extrication demonstrations, smoke house, and a chance to spray the fire hose and meet Sparky the Firehouse dog!

 

CHILI COOK OFF + PUBLIC SAFETY OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, October 12

@ Town Center Plaza, Garden City

12th Annual Downtown Garden City Chili Cook-Off / Hot Rod & Motorcycle Show is Fun for the whole family! In addition to chili, there will be live music, beer, wagon ride to the GCFD & GCPD Open House, local artisan vendors, food trucks and more.

 

HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL

Saturday, October 12

@ Nankin Mills Park, Westland

Games, entertainment, hayrides, candy and fun await the children at this FREE special event.

 

BIRMINGHAM FIRE DEPT. OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, October 12

@ Adams Fire Station, Birmingham

The hands-on event offers attendees an opportunity to operate a fire hose and learn about fire safety. There will be demonstrations, a raffle, and enjoy firehouse chili, hot dogs, face painting and much more at this family-friendly event!

 

FROZEN INTERACTIVE MOVIE

Saturday, October 12

@ Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham

In this interactive sing-along, you will be reacquainted with your favorite characters before the sequel is released. Costumes encouraged.

 

TECUMSEH APPLEUMPKIN FESTIVAL

October 12 & 13

@ Downtown Tecumseh

The kids will enjoy the midway rides & carnival games , inflatables, Meltdown/Bungee or Rock Climbing Wall. Make-it-take-it crafts, corn box and kid’s putt putt golf are all FREE. Plus, helicopter rides and monster truck rides. Lots of fun for all ages!

 

FIRE STATION OPEN HOUSE

Sunday, October 13

@ Downtown Lake Orion Fire Station No. 1, Lake Orion

Come check out the fire trucks and meet Orion’s Firefighters! We’ll have a ton of activities for the kids and even for the adults. Tour the new station and climb aboard our fire engines. Go in a Dalmatian bounce house and take selfies with Sparkie the Fire Dog, and enjoy cider and donuts.

 

HALLOWEEN TRICK OR TREAT OPEN HOUSE

Sunday, October 13

@ Jack E. Kirksey Recreation Center, Livonia

Bring the family for a day of swimming, rock climbing, raffles, food, and giveaways (for new members), us of the fithub drop in sports and more! For the young ones – trick or treating with our community groups, face painting, and crafts. FREE foe Livonia residents.

 

KIDS FIRST TRUNK OR TREAT

Sunday, October 13

@ Kids First Pediatric Dentisty, Lincoln Park

Come join us at our office and enjoy activities for the whole family including a costume contest, bounce house, face painting, petting zoo, games, prizes, and snacks/drinks.

 

CLAWSON FIRE DEPARTMENT OPEN HOUSE

Sunday, October 13

@ Clawson Fire Department, Clawson

Come see all the tools and equipment on display, an extrication demonstration, a bounce house courtesy of Oakland County, and of course— cider and donuts!

 

DETROIT LIONS WATCH PARTY

Monday, October 14

@ Beacon Park, Detroit

Sports are coming back to Beacon Park Detroit! Sports tailgates at Beacon Park welcome Detroit Football fans of all ages to cheer on the Lions for their away games. Watch the game on the big screen (10’x20’) and enjoy music, lawn games, signature drinks from Lumen, and tailgate fare.

 

DREAMCATCHERS CRAFT WORKSHOP

Monday, October 14

@ Ann Arbor District Library – Westgate Branch, Ann Arbor

Learn how to make your own dreamcatcher and, if you’d like, bring a treasured object to weave into it.

 

THURSDAYS AT THE MUSEUM: SUGAR SKULLS

Thursday, October 17

@ Detroit Institute Of Arts, Detroit

Learn how sugar skulls are used for Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexican and Mexican American communities while you decorate one of your own.

 

TRUNK OR TREAT

Thursday, October 17

@ Sportway Of Brownstown, Brownstown Charter Township

2nd Annual Trunk or Treat! Children of all ages are welcome to participate! Aside from our regular attractions, we will have various kid-friendly activities as well as chances to win FREE prizes!

 

PUMPKINS, LANTERNS, & LEAVES – FALL FAMILY EVENT AT MATTHAEI

October 18 – October 19

@ Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor

Light up the night in our new family event this fall! Join us after hours in the gardens with pumpkins, masks, and other harvest-themed fun. Then top off the evening with a parade of lanterns that kids and families make and take home. This is a ticketed event; member discounts apply.

 

DROP-IN WORKSHOP: PAPER FLOWERS

October 18 – October 20

@ Detroit Institute Of Arts Artmaking Studio, Detroit

Come to the studio to make your own paper versions of the flowers you find in our collection that inspire you.

 

SENSORY FRIENDLY SATURDAY

Saturday, October 19

@ Frederic H. Pease Auditorium, Ypsilanti

Join us for sensory-friendly programming with the Ann Arbor Symphony! “Sensory Friendly Saturday” offers accessible programming opportunities to patrons and their families needing special accommodations. The event features a hands-on experience with brass instruments through our Instrument Petting Zoo program. Following the zoo there will be a 30 minute performance by our String Quartet!

 

STERLING FRIGHTS HALLOWEEN

Saturday, October 19

@ Dodge Park, Sterling Heights

Exciting events, attractions & cast coming to the 6th Annual “Sterling Frights” Halloween Party! Enjoy music, hayrides, goodie bags, cider and donuts, a straw maze, and more!

 

FAMILY ART STUDIO: ONE AND MANY

Saturday, October 19

@ University Of Michigan Museum Of Art, Ann Arbor

Families with children ages 6+ are invited to look, learn, and create together in this hands-on workshop inspired by the UMMA exhibition Copies and Invention in East Asia. 

 

FREE PUMPKIN PAINTING

Saturday, October 19

@ Whistle Stop Hobby & Toy Inc., St. Clair Shores

Let’s get into the Halloween spirit by painting a free pumpkin!

 

HARVEST  TRUNK OR TREAT

Saturday, October 19

@ Jefferson Barns Vitality Center, Westland

Enjoy this Free family event.  Dress in your costumes and be ready for the trunk or treat fun!

 

HARVEST FESTIVAL

Saturday, October 19

@ Crosswinds Marsh Wetland Interpretive Preserve, New Boston

Enjoy a beautiful hayride along a forested trail and gather around the bonfire for kid-friendly stories while enjoying cider and donuts. You can also demonstrate your pumpkin bowling skills, try our fall crafts and games and even participate in a scavenger hunt.

 

TOWN CENTER TRICK OR TREAT

Saturday, October 19

@ Novi Town Center, Novi

Not only are the businesses giving away Halloween goodies but also enjoy complimentary Face painting, Balloon twisting and Photo Booth!

 

3RD ANNUAL MALL-O-WEEN

Saturday, October 19

@ Westland Shopping Center, Westland

Enjoy the trick-or-treat trail filled with goodies, ghouls, and goblins and then head over to the East Court for a variety of kid-friendly activities, including: Four inflatables; face painters, balloon twisters, and airbrush tattoo artists; a photo booth (with a free 4×6 photo); a craft table; games; DJ; roving entertainment; and more!

 

DOWNTOWN ROCHESTER TRICK OR TREATING

Saturday, October 19

@ Downtown Rochester

Grab a costume and come trick or treat from Downtown Rochester merchants! Rain or shine! Afterwards there are games, a costume parade, treats, firehouse fun, and entertainment at the Farmer’s Market lot on E. Third St.

 

COUNT ME IN! SPECIAL NEEDS STORYTIME

Saturday, October 19

@ Canton Public Library, Canton

This is a sensory-friendly story-time filled with picture books, preschool songs and simple sign language especially designed for patrons of all ages with special needs and their families and/or caregivers.

 

LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOWELL

Saturday, October 19

@ Downtown Howell

This giant outdoor Trick-or-Treating event is also host to the Annual Headless Horseman 5K & Monster Mile as well as hayrides and many more fall activities!

 

MOVIE IN THE COURTYARD: 90S CLASSICS

Saturday, October 19

@ Trumbell & Porter Hotel, Detroit

Tonight’s feature film is “Men In Black”, Rated PG. Enjoy happy hour specials before the film. During the movie, the Pump Room outdoor bar will serve popcorn and cocktails. The 15,000-square-foot courtyard has a bonfire, plus chairs, picnic table seating and ground seating (bring a blanket).

 

GFA PET EXPO & ADOPTION EVENT

October 19 – October 20

@ Madison Place, Madison Heights

A two day, indoor family fun pet expo & adoption event bringing humans and animals together to share the love!

 

PUMPKIN PALOOZA

Sunday, October 20

@ Downtown Plymouth

Pumpkin Palooza is a family fun Halloween extravaganza with games, costume contests, dancing, entertainment, petting zoo, and candy.

 

ALLOY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS: SPEEDY

Sunday, October 20

@ Detroit Film Theatre, Detroit

Free for DIA members!  A perfect opportunity for youngsters to discover the unique experience of cinema merged with live performance – and to meet the band after the show.

 

SENSORY STORY TIME

Monday, October 21

@ Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham

Join us for a more laid-back, inclusive story time that explores the sights, sounds, touch, and smells. Registration required.

 

PUMPKIN PAINTING

Monday, October 21

@ Utica Public Library, Utica

Children will receive one small pumpkin to paint. Children should wear clothes suitable for painting. Registration Required!

 

MEET MICHIGAN MAMMALS

Wednesday, October 23

@ Northville Community Center, Northville

Meet a variety of Michigan mammals, and learn about these fascinating animals in this program presented by the Howell Nature Center, and sponsored by The Friends of Maybury State Park and the Northville District Library Youth Department.

 

MONSTERS AND MAYHEM

Wednesday, October 23

@ Clinton-Macomb Main Library, Clinton Township

Join us for a (not so) scary good time! Monsters and mayhem will take over the library for some creepy crafts, ghostly games, and spooky stories. Costumes are encouraged! No registration is required. All ages welcomed!

 

DROP-IN HALLOWEEN CRAFTS FOR KIDS: MAKE A HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN BOX

Thursday, October 24

@ Northville District Library, Northville

Kids of all ages get creative decorating a  fun pumpkin box to hold Halloween treats! No registration required, just drop in!

 

GCBA 2019 TRUNK-OR-TREAT

Thursday, October 24

@ Garden City Parks & Rec, Garden City

Come to the annual trunk or treat. This year we are asking if you plan on attending this event, please consider donating non-perishable or canned food items for the Garden City HOME FOOD PANTRY.

 

TALE ON THE TRAIL

Thursday, October 24

@ Jaycee Park, Berkley

Join Berkley Parks and Recreation and the Berkley Public Library for a spooky fun time. Read pages from Click, Clack, Boo! while enjoying treats along the way.

 

HALLOW-PALOOZA

Friday, October 25

@ Heritage Park, Taylor

The trick-or-treat event follows a path that winds it way through “spooky locations” in Heritage Park, the petting farm, Taylor Conservatory & Botanical Gardens and other stops. FREE for residents, $5 non-resident charge.

 

HALLOWEEN AT THE Y

Friday, October 25

@ Livonia Family YMCA, Livonia

This FREE event is open to the public. We will have games, activities and crafts, healthy snacks and a COSTUME CONTEST at 730 pm. Bring your kids for a FRIGHTFULLY good time!

 

TRUNK OR TREAT

Friday, October 25

@ Waterford Recreation Center, Waterford

This FREE event is open to the public. We will have games, activities and crafts, healthy snacks and a COSTUME CONTEST at 730 pm. Bring your kids for a FRIGHTFULLY good time!

 

HARRY POTTER HALLOWEEN PARTY

Friday, October 25

@ Barnes & Noble, Northville

Practice your spell book, iron your robes, and save the date! We’ll be celebrating with trivia, crafts, and more! Come dressed as your favorite Harry Potter character or wear your Halloween costume early!

 

SPOOKY FUN FOR EVERYONE

Friday, October 25

@ Boll Family YMCA

Join us for a spooktacular night of fortune telling, not-so-scary stories, healthy treats, obstacle courses, haunted locker rooms, games, crafts and so much more.

 

TWEEN & TEEN HALLOWEEN LOCK-IN

Friday, October 25

@ Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham

For children in grades 4 to 6. Enjoy a spooky night at the Library with snacks, face painting, a movie, and our Library Ghost Walk. Come if you dare! A signed permission slip is required.

 

INAUGURAL MOVIES AT THE PARK

Friday, October 25

@ Bay Court Park, Clarkston

Bring your family, friends, a blanket or a chair and join us for a double feature! Hocus Pocus @ 6:45pm  / Rated PG and Scream @ 8:30pm / Rated R

 

HARRY POTTER HALLOWEEN EVENT PARTY

October 25 – October 26

@ Barnes & Noble, Allen Park

This FREE event is open to the public. We will have games, activities and crafts, healthy snacks and a COSTUME CONTEST at 730 pm. Bring your kids for a FRIGHTFULLY good time!

 

HALLOWEEN HOOT

Saturday, October 26

@ Beverly Park, Beverly Hills

All children living in Beverly Hills are welcome to join in the festivities! There will be pumpkin carving, stories, a trick or treat trail, and cider and donuts.

 

TRICK OR TREAT AT THE MARKET

Saturday, October 26

@ Oakland County Farmer’s Market, Waterford Township

Trick or Treat with market vendors and enjoy inflatable bouncers (socks required), kids games and activities.

 

STREETS OF TREATS

Saturday, October 26

@ Downtown Northville

Kids and parents are invited to welcome the Tooth Fairy into town with a ceremonial wave to kick off the Downtown Trick or Treating. Enjoy the skeletons sculptures and other friendly activities while trick or treating from one business to the next.

 

BOO AT THE NATURE CENTER

Saturday, October 26

@ Belle Isle Nature Center, Detroit

This annual event invites children to wear costumes and bring your own treat bags – Halloween goodies are provided to all who attend.

 

HALLOWEEN STORYTIME AND DOWNTOWN TRICK OR TREATING

Saturday, October 26

@ Downtown Farmington

Join us for some fun not-so-scary stories, crafts and activities, followed by trick or treating.

 

HARVESTFEST DETROIT

Saturday, October 26

@ Robert C. Valade Park, Detroit

HarvestFest Detroit will feature lots of family-friendly activities including hayrides, kiddie “tattoo” artists, bounce houses, a princess castle, live music, pumpkin patch, games, giveaways and much more. Bring the kids and pets in costume to trick-or-treat along the Dequindre Cut. Don’t forget your non-perishable food item donation.

 

TRICK-OR-TREASURE TIME

Saturday, October 26

@ Downtown Clawson

Kids in costume travel through the downtown businesses gathering treats. And they’re allergy friendly so it’s safe for all the little goblins and ghosts.

 

SPOOKTACULAR

Saturday, October 26

@ Downtown Auburn Hills

Downtown merchants will be handing out candy and goodies! Bring the kids in costume for a frightfully good time!

 

FUNTASTIC HALLOWEEN-ROPL STYLE

Saturday, October 26

@ Royal Oak Public Library, Royal Oak

Bring the whole family for a merry, not scary, time of Halloween games, crafts, parades, dancing, stories, and trick-or-treating around the library. Wear your Halloween costume (or come as you are)!

 

HALLOWEEN FAMILY FUN DAY

Saturday, October 26

@ Beacon Park, Detroit

Bring your little monsters in costume for a frightfully good time. Stop by for Halloween themed make and take activities, free hayrides, and back by popular demand the 2nd Annual Costume Parade!

 

BRILLIANT DETROIT HARVEST FESTIVAL

Saturday, October 26

@ Brilliant Detroit, Detroit

Join us we celebrate all fall has to offer. With games prizes, bounce houses, and of course lots of books.

 

DOWNTOWN DEARBORN TRICK-OR-TREAT

Saturday, October 26

@ Downtown Dearborn

Bring all your little trick-or-treaters along with your pets to businesses in both the East and West downtowns. Listed businesses will be treating kids to some spooktacular fun!

 

HALLOWEEN PARTY

Saturday, October 26

@ Auburn Hills Public Library, Auburn Hills

Wear your costume and join us for a Halloween Party! Crafts, activities, and trick-or-treating are all part of the fun. This program is for ages 3 to Grade 4.

 

2019 HALLOWEEN HAYRIDE

Saturday, October 26

@ Pleasant Ridge Community Center, Pleasant Ridge

All residents welcome – no reservations needed! Join in on the family fun with hayrides through town, “wax hands,” pony rides, petting farm, yummy fall treats and more!

 

DOWNTOWN FERNDALE TRICK OR TREAT

Saturday, October 26

@ Downtown Ferndale

Bring your little ghosts, goblins, princess, ninjas and more to Downtown Ferndale! All you need are your costumes and be ready to have a fun night!

 

GLOW BIKE PARADE

Saturday, October 26

@ McKinley Park, Fraser

All ages are invited to bring your bike out to decorate and parade around bike path at McKinley Park! Craft Supplies and glow sticks will be provided, however you are welcome to bring your own supplies. Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place bikes.

 

MOVIE IN THE COURTYARD: 90S CLASSICS

Saturday, October 26

@ Trumbell & Porter Hotel, Detroit

Enjoy happy hour specials before the film, and during the movie, the Pump Room outdoor bar will serve popcorn and cocktails. The 15,000-square-foot courtyard has a bonfire, plus chairs, picnic table seating and ground seating (bring a blanket). Tonight’s feature film is Hocus Pocus, Rated PG.

 

FRASER LIONS CLUB CHILDREN’S HALLOWEEN PARTY

Sunday, October 27

@ Fraser’s Lions Club, Fraser

Celebrate with the Lions Club and Fraser Recreation! This party is FREE for residents and non-residents attending Fraser Public Schools.

 

TREATS IN THE STREETS

Sunday, October 27

@ Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit

Go on the candy hunt, be a history adventurer, enjoy cider and doughnuts with family, and make new friends while playing fun games. Come wearing your favorite costume for a day of spooktastic delight with lots of sweets treats, prizes, entertainment and not a trick in sight.

 

SPOOKY SOUNDS

Sunday, October 27

@ Ann Arbor District Library, Ann Arbor

Come check out a variety of weird, wonderful Music Tools from the collection and make some spooky sounds of your own.

 

ROYAL OAK SPOOKTACULAR

Sunday, October 27

@ Downtown Royal Oak

Come dressed in your costume for our annual trick or treating downtown!

 

BIRMINGHAM PUMPKIN PATCH & HALLOWEEN PARADE

Sunday, October 27

@ Shain Park, Birmingham

Head to the annual Pumpkin Patch in your costume from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. for children’s activities and live entertainment. Stick around to march in the annual Birmingham Halloween Parade.

 

THE SPOOKY MONSTER MAGIC SHOW

Sunday, October 27

@ Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham

Join us for a one-of-a kind magic show filled with face-paced fun, lots of audience participation and Gordon Russ the Magician! Registration required.

 

TRICK OR TREAT TRAIL

Sunday, October 27

@ Clawson City Park, Clawson

Bring a flashlight and bag for all that you’ll collect from local businesses and organizations! All children must be with an adult. Stay and enjoy cider and donuts after!

 

CLIFFORD’S HALLOWEEN PARTY AND PARADE

Tuesday, October 29

@ Milford Public Library, Milford

Join Clifford in the Community Room for a short Halloween-themed storytime. Then we’ll parade through the library for some goodies followed by Halloween crafts and activities. Kids and parents are encouraged to come in costume.

 

SPOOKTACULAR

Tuesday, October 29

@ Bloomfield Township Public Library, Bloomfield Township

A not-so-scary evening of slightly spooky fun, creepy crafts and ghoulish games followed by trick-or-treating throughout the Library. Costumes are encouraged! All ages are welcome.

 

HALLOWEEN STORYTIME

Wednesday, October 30

@ Farmington Community Library, Farmington Hills

We’ll treat you to Halloween books, songs, and activities.  Wear a costume if you like. No food or candy will be served. For ages toddler to pre-k.

 

HALLOWEEN PARTY

Thursday, October 31

@ Ann Arbor District Library, Ann Arbor

Come in costume for stories, a puppet show, and trick-or-treats. Then, head to Main Street for the Halloween Treat Parade! For ages pre-school – 3rd grade.

 

HALLOWEEN PARTY

Thursday, October 31

@ Adams Butzel Recreation Center, Detroit

Stop in at the Adams Butzel Complex’s FREE Halloween party. There will be games, prizes and face painting. Ages 3-12.

 

FARWELL TRUNK OR TREAT

Thursday, October 31

@ Farwell Recreation Center, Detroit

Put on your Halloween costume and get ready to Trunk or Treat at Farwell.

 

HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL AND THEATER BASH

Thursday, October 31

@ Lasky Recreation Center, Detroit

Ages 12 and under are invited to come to the center for games, a costume contest, spooky movies and prizes!

 

PATTON’S PUMPKIN PATCH PARTY

Thursday, October 31

@ Patton Memorial Recreation Center, Detroit

Did you know pumpkins float!?!? Come out and join us to play some pumpkin aqua games, decorate a pumpkin and enjoy some refreshments! For ages 6 – 12.

 

TRICK OR TREAT AT CROWELL

Thursday, October 31

@ Crowell Recreation Center, Detroit

Spend Halloween at Crowell for a FREE party with carnival games, candy, prizes inflatables and a haunted house.

 

HALLOWEEN AT ROUGE PARK

Thursday, October 31

@ Rouge Park, Detroit

Activities for kids 10 and under include pumpkin bowling, hockey and skee ball, witch ring toss, hayrides, inflatable bounce houses and arts and crafts. Kids 10 and older can enjoy haunted activations, a scavenger hunt and a haunted hayride.

 

ZOMBIELAND AT CHANDLER PARK

Thursday, October 31

@ Chandler Park, Detroit

Activities for kids 10 and under include a pumpkin relay, pumpkin bowling, skee ball, witch ring toss, hayrides, inflatable bounce houses and arts/crafts and more! Kids 10 and older can enjoy haunted activations and a scavenger hunt.

 

DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATION AT CLARK PARK

Thursday, October 31

@ Clark Park, Detroit

Head to Clark Park for lots of Halloween fun! Activities for kids 10 and under include pumpkin bowling, hockey and skee ball, witch ring toss, hayrides, inflatable bounce houses and arts/crafts and more! Kids 10 and older can enjoy haunted activities and a scavenger hunt.

 

DOWNTOWN BELLEVILLE TRICK OR TREAT

Thursday, October 31

@ Downtown Belleville

Head to downtown Belleville for the annual businesses Trick or Treat. There will be a costume contest at 6pm in the 4th Street Square.

 

TRICK OR TREAT AT THE MILL

Thursday, October 31

@ Parmenter’s Cider Mill, Northville

Trick or Treat at the Mill this Halloween! Kiddos 13 and under in costume will get a free cup of cider and a donut

 

 

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About Mary Furgason

Mary Furgason is a fitness instructor and writer on LittleGuide Detroit. She lives in western Oakland County with her husband and four kids. Mom of kids in pre-school through high school she knows the ins and outs of motherhood and the best things to do with kids of all ages.

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