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Top Things to do with KIDS in October

Children wearing black and orange witch costumes with hats playing with pumpkin and spider in autumn Park on Halloween. Kids trick or treat. Boy and girl carving pumpkins.

It’s officially holiday season – Oktoberfest for grown-ups (yes…parents can still have fun!) and Halloween for the kids! In Michigan, the leaves changing color is its own reason to celebrate, so don’t miss out on fun fall activities like hayrides, u-pick pumpkin patches and, of course, cider mills. There’s so much to do, so little time – enjoy every minute!

 

ZOO BOO

Friday, October 5 – Sunday, October 21

@ Detroit Zoo

Exhilarating live entertainment awaits your costume-clad little ones, including dazzling and daring acrobatics, magic acts, jugglers, story tellers, live music and extreme pumpkin carving demonstrations.

 

HALLOWE’EN FAIRY-TALE FEAST

Friday, October 12 – October 28

@ Greenfield Village

Climb aboard a horse-drawn hayride to A Taste of History® Restaurant for a Hallowe’en-themed buffet supper that’s perfect for young children. Decorate your own dessert with a creepy cookie activity, and learn spirited songs from our Hallowe’en singing groups.

 

HALLOWE’EN IN GREENFIELD VILLAGE

Friday, October 12 – October 28

@ Greenfield Village

Step inside Hallowe’en’s classic tales as you stroll a reimagined path in Greenfield Village lit by 1,000 jack-o-lanterns. Meet new and favorite characters and strange worlds along the way.

 

OCTOBER 1-7

PUMPKIN PATCH IN THE POOL

Thursday, October 4 / 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

@ Summit Canton

Hunt for your perfect pumpkin in the pool and then deck it out at our decorating station with all sorts of fun crafts! Plus, enjoy apple cider and donuts and the pool will be open for pumpkin-splashing fun.

 

PRINCESS PARTY

Friday, October 5 / 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

@ West Bloomfield Recreation Activities Center

Come join Cinderella & Rapunzel as they host a special party for your favorite girl. The princesses will perform their favorite song and dance with the girls as a group. This party experience will also include some princess training, photo opportunity with both princesses and face painting.

 

MOM/SON BOWLING – ALL STAR NIGHT

Friday, October 5 / 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

@ Apollo Lanes, Roseville

Moms – grab your special boy (ages 3 – 14 yrs. old) for a night of bowling fun!  The event will include:  two games of bowling, snacks, unlimited pop, prizes and lots of fun! Wear your favorite sports team apparel for a chance to win the “Best Dressed All-Star Couple” of the night award!

 

MOM – SON PIRATE DANCE PARTY

Friday, October 5 / 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

@ William Costick Activities Center, Farmington Hills

ARRRR you and your little pirate ready for a fun night of games, music, and snacks? We hope to SEA you dressed as your favorite pirate or in formal wear. Photo packages will be available for purchase. Registration required for both adult and child.

 

PUMPKIN EXTRAVAGANZA

Saturday, October 6 – Sunday, October 7

@ Erie Orchards & Cider Mill

This is a great weekend for pumpkin picking. The cider and donuts are at their best and lots of entertainment for children and adults. We have a huge craft show, pony and hayrides and a corn maze.

 

HEROES VS VILLAINS

Saturday, October 6 / 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

@ Rara Recreation Complex, Rochester

2018 Heroes Vs Villains Kids 1 Mile Run! Pick your side, dress in your Hero or Villain costume, and race to the finish line!

 

FERNDALE FALL FESTIVAL

Saturday, October 6 / 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

@ Detroit Curling Club, Ferndale

Ferndale Fall Fest will feature a variety of activities, including games, prizes, hay rides, pony rides, face & pumpkin painting, carnival games, bounce houses, live music, a trick-or-treat trail and more!

 

CIDER MAKING

Saturday, October 6 / 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

@ Indian Springs Metropark, White Lake

This festive fall program is fun for the whole family. Learn how to make apple cider by using a cider press, enjoy delicious donuts and sample different kinds of apples. Families and scouts are welcome.

 

FALL FAMILY FIELD DAY

Sunday, October 7 / 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

@ Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, Rochester Hills

Spend a beautiful fall day at Dinosaur Hill with your family…we’ll dip caramel apples, make pumpkin/apple-print t-shirts, play games with our parachute and so much more! This is a great way to get outside, have fun and experience all the best of Fall!

 

OCTOBER 8-14

21ST ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL IN THE WOODS

Saturday, October 13 / 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

@ Hawk Woods Nature Center, Auburn Hills

Enjoy the outdoors this fall and try some great hands-on activities for kids, take a hayride, carve a pumpkin, enjoy live music, free cider and more! Entry for the event is $2 per person.

 

FUNTOBER AT HESS-HATHAWAY PARK

Saturday, October 13 / 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

@ Hess-Hathaway Park, Waterford

Grab your family and come out to Hess-Hathaway Park for a local color tour on a hayride.  Visit the farm and stroll with one of our farmers on an official animal tour. The campfire will be warm and ready for roasting marshmallows and making s’mores.

 

HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR

Saturday, October 13 / 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

@ River Bends Park, Shelby Township

Ghosts, goblins, princesses, pirates and all other costumed kids are invites to join in the fun! We’ll have games and goodies galore, hayrides around the park, plus a visit from Duck Duck Donkey!

 

TRICK OR TREAT ON THE TRAIL

Saturday, October 13 / 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

@ Hudson Mills Metropark, Dexter

Costume clad little ones will experience fun stops along the trails with a Halloween theme. Upon your return to the Activity Center enjoy cider and donuts. Program is geared toward younger children.

 

30TH ANNUAL PANTHER HUNT

Saturday, October 13 / 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

@ Gilbert Willis Park, Wixom

Are you ready to find that mysterious Panther? Cost Includes: Shirt, prizes on the trail, cider and donuts. Spooky Hayrides for all! Face painting, pony tides, bonfires, and DJ.

 

S’MORES FAMILY FUN RUN

Saturday, October 13 / 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

@ Lakeshore Park, Novi

One mile family fun run followed by s’mores, live music, hayrides, and fun!

 

KIDS NIGHT OUT HALLOWEEN PARTY

Saturday, October 13 / 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm

@ Franklin Athletic Club, Southfield

It’s a Halloween party, you’re in for a scare. Our treats will delight you, be there if you dare. Games, trick or treating, bounce houses, and more!

 

BOWERS FARM FALL FESTIVAL

Saturday, October 13 – Sunday, October 14

@ Charles L. Bowers School Farm, Bloomfield Hills

Fall Festival will include: animal activities, wagon rides, food trucks, live music, bounce houses, face painting, horse riding demonstrations, wool spinning and much more!

 

PUMPKIN CARVING PARTY

Sunday, October 14 / 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

@ Hudson Mills Metropark, Dexter

Get in the Halloween spirit with us! Pick out a pumpkin, a design and have fun carving it. You’ll also enjoy cider and donuts. We’ll party ‘til the pumpkins run out! Fee covers one pumpkin and refreshments.

 

OCTOBER 15-21

MONSTER MASH

Thursday, October 18 / 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
@ Wixom Community Center

Come dressed to give the crowd a chuckle or a scare! It’s a fun family dance with pizza dinner. DJ and goodie bags for the kids!

 

HALLOWEEN HOOT 2018

Friday, October 19 – Sunday, October 21

@ Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, Rochester Hills

Dust off the box of costumes, grab yourself an orange pumpkin to hold some candy, and get ready boys and girls because our favorite fundraiser, The Halloween Hoot, will be creeping onto our trails within the next few full moons. This popular Rochester tradition is one of our favorite ways to feed the animals inside, families will be inducted into the fun inside the nature center where we will be putting together silly animal masks to take out onto the trails.

 

HAUNTED NATURE CENTER

Friday, October 19 – Saturday, October 20

@ Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center, Shelby Township

Visitors are welcomed into our spook-filled nature center to find costumed characters, fun scenes, and even a few trembly tales. Some of our characters will be handing out treats to anyone entering our lair. The entire nature center is orchestrated to evoke a playfully eerie Halloween night for the entire family.

 

SOUTHFIELD BOO BASH

Saturday, October 20 / 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

@ Southfield Pavilion

Kids ages 2-12 years old are invited to come in costume and ready to have some Halloween fun! Enjoy creepy crafts, ghoulish games and trick or treating fun throughout the Southfield Pavilion. Don’t forget to take the hayride out to the pumpkin patch to pick the perfect pumpkin.

 

TRICK OR TREAT TRAIL

Saturday, October 20 / 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

@ Recreation Center at Hillside, Northville

Get ready for a spooky, frightful, family friendly, delightful event! Enjoy a trick or treat trail, crafts, entertainment, and a Haunted Hallway! Candy, games, balloons, music…..who could ask for more??

 

HALLOWEEN HAYRIDES AND SPOOK VILLAGE

Saturday, October 20 / 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

@ Drayton Plains Nature Center

The Friends of the Drayton Plains Nature Center are hosting their annual Halloween Hayrides and Spook Village at the DPNC. Hayride includes: Bounce house, scary storytelling and enjoy a bonfire with marshmallows!

 

PUMPKIN PALOOZA

Sunday, October 21 / 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

@ Downtown Plymouth

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

 

PUMPKIN CARVING PARTY

Sunday, October 21 / 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

@ Kensington Metropark, Milford

Get in the Halloween spirit!  Pick out a pumpkin and a design and have fun carving it in our festively-decorated event room. Then enjoy cider and donuts. We’ll party ‘til the pumpkins run out!  Fee covers one pumpkin and refreshments.

 

OCTOBER 22-31

TINY PUMPKINS

Tuesday, October 23 / 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

@ Northville Community Center, Northville

Have a “FANG”tastic time at our not-so-spooky Halloween Event! Enjoy a magician, pumpkin decorating, cider and donuts, and a costume contest for the tiny pumpkins! Parents & Grandparents are welcome at no charge.

 

TRICK OR TREAT AT THE FARM

Wednesday, October 24 / 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

@ Wolcott Mill Farm Center, Ray

Go Trick-or-Treating in each barn. Enjoy the slightly haunted “Boo Barn”. Watch a movie while enjoying cider and a donut. Join Roscoe the Clown at the Candy Scramble and make a Halloween craft. Don’t forget to visit with the animals. The draft horses have been working hard on their costumes!

 

FUN ON THE FARM: HALLOWEEN

Thursday, October 25 / 10:00 am – 11:00 am

@ Kensington Metropark, Milford

This program is especially for the little ones. It’s time for toddlers to “trick or treat” all around the farm. Play Halloween games and visit a “haunted” barn. Our special spooky party includes an animal parade and you can join in! Costumes are encouraged and appreciated! Ages 2 to 6.

 

DEARBORN HISTORICAL MUSEUM HALLOWEEN PARTY

Friday, October 26 / 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

@ Dearborn Historical Museum

Join us in your favorite costume at the DHM to play games, win prizes, enter in a best costume contest, and participate in trick-or-treating!

 

HALLOWEEN AT THE Y

Friday, October 26 / 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

@ Boll Family YMCA, Detroit

This October the Y is hosting our annual Halloween at the Y event, where families are invited to celebrate Halloween in a safe and fun environment. We offer a craft room, haunted house, obstacle course, and other fun games made for kids under 12. Join us for a spook-tacular event, and don’t forget your costume!

 

SHADOWS FROM THE PAST HALLOWEEN WALK

Friday, October 26 / 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

@ Greenmead Historic Village, Livonia

Have frightfully good time at the Shadows From the Past Halloween Walk at Greenmead. Join us Friday, Oct. 26, and trick or treat at the village houses during this family-friendly event. Goodies and treats will be available for everyone. Costumes and flashlights are encouraged. Enjoy refreshments at the end of the tour at the Friends Meeting House.

 

TRICK OR TREAT PARADE

Friday, October 26 / 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

@ Summit Canton

Show off your Halloween costume while you travel along our path collecting goodies and surprises! There is a haunted house at the end, for those who dare! Parents are responsible for the supervision of their children during this special event.

 

TRICK-OR-TREAT ON WASHINGTON STREET

Friday, October 26 / 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

@ Walter & Mary Burke Park, New Baltimore

The Annual Trick or Treat On Washington Street is a family event that gets the entire community involved! Without the help from our local businesses, church communities, and local organizations, our department wouldn’t be able to facilitate such an amazing Halloween event that draws in thousands of people from New Baltimore and other Anchor Bay communities.

 

SPOOKY SWIM

Friday, October 26 / 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

@ Livonia Community Recreation Center

Pre-registration is required to participate in floating pumpkin patch. Come join us for a spooktacular event in the pool! Crafts, games and a floating pumpkin patch to get you in the Halloween spirit.

 

2018 BELLEVILLE ZOMBIE 5K RUN/WALK

Saturday, October 27 / 9:00 am – 11:00 am

@ Horizon Park, Belleville

Belleville is a community based town that likes to come together and make living fun. Or in this case, not living. Come join us for a family friendly 5k run/walk in Belleville!

 

STREETS OF TREATS

Saturday, October 27 / 9:30 am – 11:30 am

@ Downtown Northville

Please join Northville in this Halloween Tradition. Free Event, Open to the Public. Kids’ Costume Parade begins at the Northville Community Center, 303 West Main Street, at 9:30am and walks into downtown, with a special parade escort by Preservation Dental’s Tooth Fairy.

 

TINY TOTS: ROCK O’WEEN

Saturday, October 27 / 10:00 am – 11:00 am

@ Detroit Symphony Orchestra

With Miss Paula and the Candy Bandits! Come and listen as Miss Paula and the Candy Bandits play popular children’s songs set to a rock n’ roll beat. Nursery rhymes will never be the same again!

 

HALLOWEEN AT HOGWARTS

Saturday, October 27 / 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

@ Detroit Symphony Orchestra

All aboard the Hogwarts Express! Join the DSO for musical selections from your favorite Harry Potter films and more. Witches, wizards, and even muggles are invited to participate in the annual costume contest and other Spooktacular pre-concert activities!

 

BOO AT THE NATURE CENTER

Saturday, October 27 / 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

@ Belle Isle Nature Center

This annual event invites children to wear costumes and bring treat bags – Halloween goodies are provided to all who attend. Guests are asked to join the Detroit Zoological Society on its green journey by bringing their own treat bags; bags are not handed out at the event.

 

HARVESTFEST

Saturday, October 27 / 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

@ Dequindre Cut Greenway, Detroit

Celebrate fall along the beautiful Dequindre Cut at the 4th Annual HarvestFest Detroit, a FREE day of family fun, hosted by the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy.

 

THREE-RING HALLOWEEN

Saturday, October 27 / 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

@ Troy Historic Village

Come one, come all! Wear your Halloween costume and join us on the Village Green, rain or shine, for our annual family-friendly Trick-or-Treat event. This year’s theme is Three-Ring Circus! Step right up and travel from building to historic building, collecting candy and treats.

 

KIDS, CANDY & CHARACTERS

Saturday, October 27 / 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

@ Oakwoods Metropark, New Boston

Enjoy an indoor program on Halloween history, followed by a hike through the woods to meet some interesting characters and get a head start on your Halloween candy collection. Kids (and adults) are encouraged to wear their costumes.

 

HALLOWEEN FAMILY FUN DAY

Saturday, October 27 / 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

@ Beacon Park, Detroit

Bring the little ones in costume to Beacon Park’s free Halloween Family Fun Day for a howling good time complete with trick and treating, face painting, inflatables, make and take activities, cider and donuts, music and more.

 

SPOOKTACULAR

Saturday, October 27 / 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

@ Franklin Athletic Center, Southfield

Fun for the whole family, bring your friends so they can join in on the fun too! Take advantage of special discounts on membership and promotions for adult and kids classes and programs. Don’t forget your costumes and trick-or-treat bags!

 

TOTS HALLOWEEN

Saturday, October 27 / 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

@ Lake St. Clair Metropark

Join us to learn about pumpkins and Halloween through stories, activities and crafts. Snacks and cider will be part of the fun. Ages 3-6.

 

SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN TRICK OR TREAT TRAIL

Saturday, October 27 / 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

@ Veteran’s Memorial Park, Roseville

We will be hosting Trick or Treat Trail at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Roseville with children ages 18 months – 12 years old.  This event will feature DJ music, hot chocolate, petting farm, inflatables, many service clubs, businesses, city departments and individuals handing out candy in a safe and secure setting.

 

TRICK-OR-TREAT AT THE FARM

Saturday, October 27 / 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

@ Wolcott Mill Farm Center

Go Trick-or-Treating in each barn. Enjoy the slightly haunted “Boo Barn”. Watch a movie while enjoying cider and a donut. Join Roscoe the Clown at the Candy Scramble and make a Halloween craft. Don’t forget to visit with the animals. The draft horses have been working hard on their costumes!

 

PUMPKIN EXTRAVAGANZA

Sunday, October 28 – Monday, October 29

@ Erie Orchards & Cider Mill

Our annual costume contest will be held Sunday October 28 for children ages 1-10—winners get a prize. Contest is 3pm. Sunday. Don’t miss this fun event. And final weekend to get your pumpkin! Enjoy the pony and hayrides, crafters, entertainment and pumpkin and apple picking.

 

FARMINGTON HILLS BOO BASH

Sunday, October 28 / 11:30 am – 5:00 pm

@ Heritage Park, Farmington

Come on out to Heritage Park for some Halloween fun! Enjoy s’mores, hayrides, crafts, an animal show, and a “candy free” trick or treat route. Pizza will be provided. Don’t forget to wear your costume!

 

ROYAL OAK SPOOKTACULAR

Sunday, October 28 / 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

@ Downtown Royal Oak

“Spooky Passes” will be available for purchase. This pass will give kids “Spooktacular” time with a trick or treat bag, cider, donuts, a professional photo, access to the bounce houses and pie pumpkin decorating.

 

TREATS IN THE STREETS

Sunday, October 28 / 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

@ Detroit Historical Museum

Don’t miss one of our favorite days of the year! On Sunday, October 28, children aged 12 and younger can follow clues to explore the museum while searching out treats and games throughout the museum, enjoy free refreshments and make a Halloween craft to take home. We encourage everyone to come in costume! Also bring your own bag, pail or pillow case to collect your goodies.

 

HALLOWEEN TEA WITH PRINCESS BELLE

Sunday, October 28 / 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

@ The Townsend, Birmingham

Our Children’s Princess Teas are Interactive for the First 45 Minutes with Singing and Dancing. We Will Have Food Stations and Fun for All Throughout…. And Yes, Boys and Men love to Attend. Drinks are Available Upon Request.

 

HOOTS AND HAUNTS HALLOWEEN

Sunday, October 28 / 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

@ Indian Springs Metropark, White Lake

It’s that time of year when trees creak, doors squeak and we put on a Halloween party for little ghosts and goblins. Wear your favorite Halloween costume and come out for spooky fun. Fun and creepy characters will be your hosts for a not-too-scary afternoon of activities and treats. Ages 10 and younger.

 

TRICK-OR-TREAT TRAIL

Sunday, October 28 / 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

@ Marshbank Park, West Bloomfield

Get more treats than tricks this fall by walking along the safe and friendly ½ mile paved trail at Marshbank Park during our Trick-or-Treat Trail. Put on your costume and head out to collect goodies from costumed characters, local businesses and organizations.

 

HALLOWEEN FEED THE HUNGRY CELEBRATION

Sunday, October 28 / 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

@ The Village of Rochester Hills

This year we will be gathering donations and collecting food for Blessings in a Backpack in Rochester/Rochester Hills to help feed our children in our community.

 

FOUR FEET DOWN THE TRAIL – THE FOUR FOOT HALLOWEEN PARTY

Monday, October 29 / 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm

@ Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, Rochester Hills

Bring your best costume because we’re going to be shaking to some music, putting together some black-and-orange crafts and even bowling with pumpkins for this festive shindig.

 

DISNEY JUNIOR DANCE PARTY!

Tuesday, October 30 / 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

@ Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor

“Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour” is traveling the nation with a high-energy interactive live show bringing the beloved characters and music from the #1 preschool television network to life in an immersive concert experience designed for kids and their families.

 

Wait there’s more!

Check out these FREE Family-Friendly Events in Metro Detroit in October.

 

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About Chrissy Hartig

Chrissy Hartig is a recent graduate of Wayne State University and contributing writer for Little Guide Detroit. Born in the Metro Detroit suburbs, she moved to Midtown to be closer to the excitement of the city. She loves spending her time outdoors and enjoying nature in places like Belle Isle and the Riverwalk.

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