30+ Family-Friendly Detroit Halloween Events


Eeeeeeekkkkk it’s the season of festivals, haunted houses, and pumpkin patches! From trunk or treat stops to Fall Festivals, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the Fall Season in + around Detroit. {And get multiple uses out of that costume for your kids!} We’ve got your guide to family-friendly Halloween events around Detroit, and you don’t want to wait long to get started! You’ll notice them arranged by dates, then we included a roundup at the end of places open all season long!!

Family-Friendly Halloween Events around Detroit

Thursday, October 13th

Monster Mash 

Location :: Wixom Community Center
Date :: Thursday, October 13, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Cost :: $8/person, age 2 and under are free!

Family fun night! Come dressed in your best costumes. Pizza dinner, cookies, punch and a DJ are just some of the delights that await you! Pre-registration required by 10/11!

Saturday, October 15th 


Location ::  Hess-Hathaway Park, 825 S. Williams Lake Rd., Waterford, 48237
Date :: Saturday, October 15, 1:00-6:00 p.m.
Cost :: $6 per person, under 2 – Free

Enjoy a local color tour on a hayride through the park.  Take a tour with a farmer to see the animals. Top it off by warming yourselves by the fire and roasting marshmallows for s’mores!  Pumpkins will be available for purchase and concessions will be open!

Ghost Night at the Mansion 

Location :: Governor Warner Mansion, 33805 Grand River Ave., Farmington, 48331
Date :: Saturday, October 15, 7:00-9:30 p.m.
Cost :: $10 per person in advance, $12 per person at the door

Recommended for ages 8 & up, this event promises the scary stories of the Warner family mansion, Young Frankenstein the movie, palm readings, haunted classic cars and best of all – cider and donuts!!

River Bends Park Halloween Spectacular

Location :: 5700 22 Mile Rd., Shelby Charter Township, 48317
Date :: Saturday, October 15, Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Cost :: Free

Games and goodies galore!  Come celebrate Halloween with a trunk-or-treat, hayrides around the park, crafts and family fun! This event is held rain or shine.

The Friendly Forest

Location :: Clintonwood Park, 6000 Clarkston Rd., Clarkston, 48348
Date :: Saturday, October 15, 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Cost :: $10 per person

Dress the kids in their Halloween costumes and parade them around at trick-or-treating stations featuring their favorite cartoon/movie/superhero characters!  Also enjoy a picture station, a hay maze, wagon rides and juice and donuts.


Fall Festival in the Woods

Location :: Hawk Woods Nature Center, 3799 Bald Mountain Rd., Auburn Hills, 48326
Date :: Saturday, October 15, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost :: Free entrance and shuttle

Nature activities – Hay Rides – Petting Farm – Pumpkin Carving – Live Music – Free Cider & Donuts – And More!

Sunday, October 16th

Spooky Story Time in the Park

Location :: 910 Merrill Plaisance St., Detroit, 48203
Date :: Sunday, October 16, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.Cost :: Free

Families are invited to Palmer Park for Spooky Story Time. Meet near the Palmer Park gardens off of Merrill Plaisance near the splash park lot! Bring your own blankets or chairs to sit on. Enjoy the autumn park scenery and interactive stories read aloud and performed around the theme of SPOOKY STORIES. Park at parking lot off of Merrill Plaisance near the splash park. Gather by the Palmer Park vegetable gardens

Wednesday, October 19th

Pumpkin Paradise

Location :: Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, 333 N. Hill Cir., Rochester 48307
Date :: Wednesday, October 19, 4:30-6 p.m.
Cost :: $15 for non-members, $12 for members

Come see how many ways you can decimate a pumpkin!  With use of a catapult and several other methods, pumpkins will be smashed and the seeds will be collected for roasting!!

Friday, October 21st

Halloween Hoopla

Location :: Macomb Township Recreation Center, 20699 Macomb St., Macomb, 48042
Date :: Friday, October 21, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Cost :: $10/non-resident, $5/residents

A full evening of activities and attractions are planned for the entire family to experience. Families will have the opportunity to take in a magic show, walk the vendor sponsored Trick or Treat Trail, stroll through the haunted house, dance the night away at Monster Studio 54, get your hair and nails done at the Freaky Hair Salon & Spa or make crafts at our “Boo-tique”. Concessions and picture packages available for an extra fee.  No tickets at the door!  Get them in advance.

RP’s Annual Monster Mash

Location :: Rochester Play, 380 E. 2nd, Rochester, 48307
Date :: Friday, October 21, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.Cost :: $12 per child/$6 per sibling
*Members just $5 per child

Join us for a kid friendly Halloween Party at your favorite indoor play place. This year our annual Halloween Monster Mash will offer even BIGGER fun with the addition of our new dance party room! This year we will start with our annual costume contest and prizes followed by the cake walk game and limbo!

WBA 3rd Friday Fall Festival 

Location :: Downtown Wyandotte, 3200 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte
Date :: Friday, October 21, 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Cost :: Kids Festival Package – $5 ($2 off with canned good), Chili Sampling – $10

Join the Wyandotte Business Association for Trick or Treating, Cider & Donuts, Pumpkin Decorating, Hayrides, Family Costume Contest and the Sarah Sherrard Band. 

Saturday, October 22nd

Fisk Farm Haunting 

Location :: Fisk Farm, 9180 Highland Rd.,  White Lake Twp., 48383
Date :: Saturday, October 22, 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Cost :: $2 per family

So many fun things for the family! Games in the barn, refreshments and entertainment in front of the campfire, tea leaf reading, costume contest and parade!

Halloween Fun in Downtown Rochester

Location :: Downtown Rochester 
Date :: Saturday, October 22, 3:30 p.m.
Cost :: Free – Spaghetti dinner to benefit Rochester Area Youth Assistance $10 per person and $5 per child 10 and under

The fun starts with a trick-or-treat along the streets of the downtown Rochester, then a costume parade on the corner of Water St. and University.  Finish up the night with some firehouse fun at the Rochester Fire Department.

Halloween Science at Cranbrook 

Location :: Cranbrook Institute of Science, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield, 48303
Date :: Saturday, October 22, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Cost :: $10 for members, $15 for general public

This is the Institute’s most popular annual event.  Join for one of three sessions as we investigate the science behind the spooky through demonstrations, interactive activities, and more.  Each session features all ages, not-too-scary experiences, and attendees are encouraged to don their costumes for this event.

Mad Scientist Lab Day

Location :: Indian Springs Metropark, 5175 Indian Trail, White Lake, 48386
Date :: Saturday, October 22, 1:00 p.m.
Cost :: $5 per participant and $10 park entry fee without park pass

Take science to a crazy level this Halloween with some spooky experiments!! Ages 8 & up.  You must preregister for this event!

Smashing Pumpkins 

Location :: The Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, 48067
Date :: Saturday, October 22, 2016, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Cost :: FREE with Zoo admission

Come and watch the zoo animals enjoy seasonal munchies – including pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks and other fall harvest goodies – as part of its comprehensive program of ensuring environments for animals that are ever-changing and appropriately complex.

Under the Big Top Spooktacular

Location :: Franklin Athletic Club, 29350 Northwestern Hwy., Southfield, 48034
Date :: Saturday, October 22, 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Cost :: Free

A fun event for the whole family, promising a dance party, a costume parade and contest, face painting, princesses and superheroes, exotic animal show, fortune telling and much, much more!


HarvestFest Detroit

Location :: The Dequindre Cut, Detroit
Date :: Saturday, October 22, 12:00-5:00 p.m
Cost :: Free

Face painting, hayrides, giveaways, bounce houses, Detroit Tigers mascot PAWS, live music, princesses and superheroes and MUCH MORE!


Sunday, October 23rd 

End of Season Birmingham Farmers Market Fun

Location :: Birmingham Farmers Market, Parking Lot #6 Old Woodward
Date :: Sunday, October 23, 9:00-2:00 p.m.
Cost :: Free

Fall fun event with hayrides, corn shelling, live music, pumpkin crafts and pumpkin carving demonstrations all day!  The perfect way to wrap up the season!

Hoots & Haunts Halloween 

Location :: Indian Springs Metropark, 5715 Indian Trail, White Lake, 48386
Date :: Sunday, October 23, 1:00 p.m.
Cost :: $5 per child, $10 entry fee without park pass

A little Halloween party for all of your little ghosts and goblins! Halloween costumes are a must!!  Ages 10 and under.  Preregistration is required!

Spooky Skating 

Location :: Berkley Ice Arena, 2400 Robina, Berkley, 48072
Date :: Sunday, October 23, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Cost :: Free for those who come in costume!

Halloween-themed skating event. 


Kids Trick-or-Treat and Hayride

Location :: Scarefest Scream Park, 34111 28 Mile Rd., New Haven, 48048
Date :: Sunday, October 23, 1:00- 4:00 p.m.
Cost :: Free for kids 12 and under

Take a free hayride through the forest and get candy from some of the friendly monsters!  Kids over 12 will be $5.  Costumes encouraged but no masks for children over 12.

Tuesday, October 25th

Halloween Spooktacular

Location :: 1099 Lone Pine Rd., Bloomfield, 48302
Date :: Tuesday, October 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Cost :: Free to attend, but registration may be required. 

Fun for all ages! Monsters and mayhem will take over the library with spooky stories, ghoulish games and frightening fun!  Costumes are highly encouraged.  Contact the library for further details regarding registration for the event.

Wednesday, October 26th 

Halloween Stories and Parade

Location ::  Downtown Lake Orion
Date :: Wednesday, October 26, The parade line up will begin at 5:45p.m. at the Ehman Center, corner of Lapeer & Elizabeth Street. The parade starts promptly at 6:00 p.m.
Cost :: Free

Calling all ghosts, ghouls, goblins, and anyone else who wants to venture into Downtown Lake Orion! This annual event is a Lake Orion tradition! Children of all ages are invited to wear their costumes and walk in the parade through historic downtown Lake Orion.  Trick-or-Treat, cider and donuts to follow in Children’s Park.

Thursday, October 27th

Spooktacular Trunk-or-Treat Event

Location :: Garden City Business Alliance, 5805 Central St., Garden City, 48135
Date :: Thursday, October 27,  5:30-7:00 p.m.Cost :: Donate non-perishable food items for a local food pantry!

Mark your calendars for this event and use your imagination to decorate those vehicles. Bring the kids the grand kids and the neighbors kids! We hope to hear from you soon, and see you there!!

Fun on the Farm Halloween Party

Location :: Kensington Metropark Farm Center, 4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford, 48380
Date :: Thursday, October 27, 10:00 a.m.
Cost :: $5 per participant, $10 park entry fee without annual pass

Geared specifically toward toddlers, a trick-or-treat around the farm, a Halloween game or two, a friendly haunted barn and photo opportunities with the big jack O’lantern! 

Friday, October 28th

Monster Mash @ Orchard Mall

Location :: Orchard Mall, 6445 Orchard Lake Rd., Bloomfield Twp., 48322
Date :: Friday, October 28, &:00 – 9 :00 p.m.Cost :: $3.00 per person

Orchard Mall is excited to host a Monster Mash for children of all ages. Goodie bags will be given one per child at the door (while supplies last). Children will have fun dancing the night away with chances to earn prizes for “best costume”.  All proceeds/donations and ticket sales will be donated to the Greater West Bloomfield Community Coalition. 



Saturday, October 29th 

Boo Bash 

Location :: Main St., Downtown Milford
Date :: Saturday, October 29, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Cost :: Free

Bring the little ones downtown for trick or treating at your hometown merchants! Step in line at any location. Have fun! Sponsored by the Milford Business Association.

Detroit Moms Blog Fall Family Festival 

Location :: Cranbrook Institute of Science, Bloomfield Hills 
Date :: Saturday, October 29, 11:00am – 2:00pm
Cost :: $8/per person

Dress the kiddos up and head to Cranbrook for plenty of fall fun! You’ll enjoy science experiments, superheroes, princesses, facepainting, a fire truck, snacks, sponsors and spend the day at Cranbrook even after the event is over. Get ready!  


Location :: Woodhaven Community Center, 23101 Hall Rd, Woodhaven, 48183
Date :: Saturday, October 29, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Cost :: FREE 

Enjoy a Costume Parade, Trick or Treat Village, Farmer John’s Barnyard Express, Petting Zoo, Animal Shows, Crafts & Balloons and much more… Check their page for times. 


Pumpkin Pool Party 

Location :: Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois, Troy, 48083
Date :: Saturday, October 29, 5:00- 8:00 p.m.
Cost :: Residents $10 / Non-Residents $12—with pumpkin
Residents $5 / Non-Residents $6—NO pumpkin

Pumpkins will be numbered and floating for you to find your pumpkin pal. One pumpkin per registration. Bring your bathing suit and towel for a family night out! Enjoy decorating your pumpkin, doing crafts, and watch it float! There will be a very special visit from the tooth fairy! She will be handing out treats thanks to Bright Side Dental. All family members need to register to participate!

Zombie Apocalypse Survival 

Location :: Kensington Metropark Nature Center, 4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford, 48380
Date :: Saturday, October 29, 1:00 p.m.
Cost :: $5 per participant and $10 park entry fee without annual pass

Fun for ages 8 and older, this equips participants with the skills to survive a zombie attack and other survival emergencies!



Location :: Howell Nature Center, 1005 Triangle Lake Rd., Howell, 48843
Date :: Saturday, October 29, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Cost :: Adults/ $5 Children/ $10 $25/family of 4

Come celebrate with the Wild Wonders Wildlife for a spooky night of fun! Trick or Treat our Wildlife Park (candy provided), come dressed to impress for our critter costume contest and enjoy a Free Live Creepy Critter Display! Children’s Crafts, Hayrides, and Refreshments all included! Halloween fun fit for all ages, a merry not so scary good time!

Sunday, October 30th

Day of the Dead

Location :: Novi Civic Center, 45175 Ten Mile Rd., Novi 48375
Date :: Sunday, October 30, 2:00- 4:00 p.m.
Cost :: Free

Learn about this amazing Mexican cultural event and enjoy festive music, refreshments, a Mexican folk dance demonstration and more! There will be several hands on stations to make your own sugar skull, paper flowers, and papel picado, as well as a station to try on authentic traditional dance costumes! This program is open to all ages.

Spooky Skate

Location :: Novi Ice Arena, 42400 Nick Lidstrom Dr., Novi 48375
Date :: Sunday, October 30, 3:00-4:50 p.m.
Cost :: $5

A Halloween-themed skating event featuring a costume contest.  Halloween costumes strongly encouraged!

Halloween Boo Bash

Location :: David Shepherd Park, 24198 Church St., Oak Park, 48237
Date :: Monday, October 31, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Cost :: Contact Oak Park Department of Parks and Recreation at 248-691-7400 for pricing information

Everyone remembers what it was like to dress up and trick or treat. Today, it’s about finding a safe haven to take the kids where they are surrounded by community members, fun and great activities. This year’s annual Halloween Boo Bash is planned for outdoors in the David H. Shepherd Park. The bash will feature a slightly haunted hayride through the outdoor nature trail, trick-or-treat street around the park, and the Boo Bash Monster Mash under shelter one. We are taking our beloved annual Boo Bash to the next level! Come enjoy this enhanced event with opportunities for festive sight-seeing, trick-or-treating, and light refreshments in the park. If inclement weather, we will take the event indoors.

>> Ongoing Detroit Halloween Events <<

Bat Zone Tours at Cranbrook

Location :: 39221 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303-0801
Date :: Saturdays, 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.
Cost ::  check website for updated information

Take a personal, behind-the-scenes tour with a bat expert at the Bat Zone: experience bats in flight, amazing animal facts, and the world’s largest species of bat, the Malayan Flying Fox!  

Boo Bash Camping 

Location :: Addison Oaks County Park, 1480 West Romeo Road, Leonard, MI 48367
Date :: October 7, 8, 14 & 16, 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Cost :: See website for pricing.

Frightful fun with costume contest for all ages, campground trick or treating, Halloween face painting, inflatables, haunted house, family games, costumed DJ dance, campsite decorating contest, Halloween crafts and wagon rides.

Zoo Boo

Location :: The Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, 48067
Date :: October 7-9, October 14-16, October 21-23, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. 
Cost :: $9/person in advance. Walk-up tickets will only be sold between 6:45 and 7:45 p.m, first come first serve

The Detroit Zoo’s annual “merry-not-scary” Zoo Boo celebration features a festively decorated trick-or-treat trail through the front of the Zoo. Live stage show, jugglers, pumpkin carving are more and featured! An awesome annual event.

Plus, don’t miss these helpful fall posts too…

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Please Note :: While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and event details on our guides, we always encourage you to do the same when researching options and making plans too! If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can make every attempt to correct them.  And if you know of any other Detroit Halloween events, please include those in the comments as well!!


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