GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (ABC 4)- Calling all ghouls, goblins, witches and autumn enthusiasts! Fall is underway, and Halloween is creeping up! Find ways to make the most of this season by exploring seasonal-themed events and activities across West Michigan. Between fall festivals, trick-or-treating and spooktacular happenings for kids, families and adults, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

Fall-themed festivals & events:

Downtown & Centertown Grand Haven’s “Fall Festival”

A photo of fall colors in Grand Haven. (Courtesy of Sara Schoendorff Redeker)
A photo of fall colors in Grand Haven. (Courtesy of Sara Schoendorff Redeker)

The City of Grand Haven invites the community to its family-friendly event filled with activities! From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, enjoy spooky stories, costume contests, trick-or-treating, a haunted museum, carriage rides, a thriller dance and zombie walk happening both downtown and Centertown. View the event schedule here.

Additional events:

Oct. 27 | 5 p.m.- 7 p.m. | The Stuart Neighborhood Fall Festival in Kalamazoo | Details

Oct. 28 | Begins at noon | Fall Harvest Day at Adventure Point in Grand Rapids | Details

Oct. 28 | 4 p.m.- 6 p.m. | Cedar Creek Fall Fest in Muskegon | Details

All things pumpkin:

Live Giant Pumpkin Carving at Rosa Parks Circle

This isn’t your ordinary pumpkin carving. From 3-7 p.m. on October 27, head to Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids to watch a live professional carving of a 1,600-pound pumpkin! Plus enjoy free candy, fall photo ops and pumpkins while supplies last. Learn more here.

Additional events:

Oct. 28 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m.| Pumpkin Smash N’ Bash at Ed Dunneback & Girls Fruit Farm |Details


9th Annual Trick-or-Treating on the Dunes

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You’ve been trick-or-treating in your local neighborhood, but have you ever collected candy on the Silver Lake Sand Dunes? From noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, join community members for a fun event! Learn more here.

Additional events:

Oct. 28 | 10 a.m.-noon | Trick-or-Treating in Downtown Holland | Details

Oct. 28 | Begins at 3 p.m. | Hocus Pocus Double Feature at LMCU Ballpark | Details  

Oct. 28 | 5 p.m.-8 p.m. | Trick-or-Treat at the Zeeland Township Fire Department | Details

Oct. 28 | 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m.| Pierce Cedar Creek Institute’s Candlelight Trails/Trick-or-treating | Details

Oct. 29 | Noon-4 p.m. | Trick-or-treat at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum |Details

Spooktacular family-friendly events

“Zoo Goes Boo” at John Ball Zoo

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FILE – A Zoo Goes Boo banner at John Ball Zoo. Photo captured in 2019.

Get into the spooky spirit at John Ball Zoo! “Zoo Goes Boo” is back and features Halloween decorations, twisted treat stations, animals, live entertainment, and trick-or-treating for guests and families! View all of the fun in store for the community here

Additional events:

Oct. 27 | 1-8 p.m. | Boo at the Barn by the Critter Barn | Details

Oct. 28 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m.| Halloween in the Historical Village at Blandford Nature Center | Details

Oct. 28 | 11 a.m.- 10 p.m. | A Nightmare Off Elm Street at Reo Town in Lansing | Details

Oct. 28 | 2 p.m.-5 p.m. | Halloween Forest at Milham Park in Kalamazoo | Details

Oct. 28 | Noon- 3 p.m. | Dia de Los Muertos at the Holland Armory | Details

Oct. 28 | Noon-4 p.m. | Halloween Demo Day at House Rules Board Game Lounge in Grand Rapids | Details

Oct. 28 | 1 p.m.-4 p.m. | Haunted Museum in Grand Haven | Details

Oct. 28 | 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.| Halloween Skating Party at Tarry Hall Roller Skating Rink | Details

Oct. 28 | 5 p.m. -9 p.m. | Monster Mash at Downtown Wayland Main Street | Details

Oct. 28 | 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. | Day of the Dead/Dia de Los Muertos at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center | Details

Oct. 28 | 8 p.m.-10:30 p.m. | Haunted History of Kalamazoo Walking Tour | Details

Oct. 29 | Noon- 5 p.m. | Kids Haunt at the Haunt | Details

Oct. 31 | 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. | Halloween Swing Dance at the Grand Rapids Public Museum | Details

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To view trick-or-treating times near you, view WOOD TV8’s list here!