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Fall into autumn with these festive, spooky activities

Metro | Published September 23, 2022

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METRO DETROIT — Fall in Michigan means plenty of festive — and sometimes spooky — activities. Here's a list we compiled. Check back often as we continue to add more. 

Oct. 3
Explore Haunted Detroit: With author Nicole Beauchamp at 6:30-7:30 p.m., Hazel Park District Library, 123 E. Nine Mile Road, hazel-park.lib.mi.us


Oct. 4
Hay Day: 5-8 p.m., Heritage Park, 24915 Farmington Road in Farmington Hills, (248) 477-1135, event page on Facebook


Oct. 5
Pumpkin decoration: Upcycle books by turning them into pumpkin decorations, Harrison Township Public Library, 38255 L’Anse Creuse (Suite A), register at htlibrary.org/events or by calling (586) 329-1261


Oct. 8
Pumpkin painting party: For ages 12-18, 2-3:30 p.m., St. Clair Shores Public Library, 22500 11 Mile Road, register by Oct. 3 in person, by calling (586) 771-9020 or via email at SCSYouth@libcoop.net

Cemetery walk: Hear stories and see portrayals of lesser-known figures with local history, 1-5 p.m., Clinton Grove Cemetery, 21189 Cass Ave. in Clinton Township, purchase tickets on Eventbrite

Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival: Also reveal of Scarecrows in the City outdoor exhibit, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, rochesterhills.org/museum, (248) 656-4663

Read the story: Museum’s pumpkin festival, scarecrows to help spice up fall

Cemetery walk: Learn about founding residents, prominent people and sports figures, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Pine Lake Cemetery, northeast corner of Lone Pine and Middlebelt roads in West Bloomfield, $5 donation appreciated, (248) 757-2451, gwbhs.org


Oct. 8-9
Pumpkinfest: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., MSU Tollgate Farm, 28115 Meadowbrook Road in Novi, facebook.com/ExperienceTollgate


Oct. 9
Trunk or treat: Also costume contests, best decorated car prize and more, Costick Activities Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Road in Farmington Hills, donation of nonperishable food item for C.A.R.E.S appreciated


Oct. 11
Halloween crafts: 4:30 p.m., Troy Public Library, 510 W. Big Beaver Road, troymi.gov


Oct. 12
Paranormal investigator: Learn about local legends and how to look for paranormal activity, 7-8 p.m., Shelby Township Library, 52610 Van Dyke Ave.

Doll head planters: Create a creepy arrangement for Halloween, Grosse Pointe Public Library Ewald Branch, 15175 E. Jefferson Ave. in Grosse Pointe Park, register at grossepointelibrary.org or by calling (313) 821-8830


Oct. 14
Legends of the Fall: Storytelling and ghost stories, 6-9 p.m., Grosse Pointe Historical Society Educational Center, 375 Kercheval Ave. in Grosse Pointe Farms, events@gphistorical.org, GPHS on Facebook


Oct. 14-15
Hoot N' Howl Hayride: Look for nocturnal animal activity, followed by campfire, cider and doughnuts, 7:30-9 p.m., Bloomer Park, 345 John R Road in Rochester, register at Rochester Hills Outdoor Engagement page on Eventbrite


Oct. 15
Halloween Town: Free event featuring haunted house, trunk or treat (sign up required), pumpkins, doughnuts and cider, 6-8 p.m., Center Line Parks and Recreation Department, 25355 Lawrence Ave., (586) 757-1610

Sterling Frights Halloween: Hay rides, goodie bags, candy, cider and doughnuts, and photos with Halloween characters, ages 12 and younger, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Dodge Park, 40620 Utica Road in Sterling Heights, sterling-heights.net

Read the story: Sterling Frights, HarvestFest to bring fall fun

Hallowpalooza: Trunk-or-treat, hayride, crafts, spooky stories and more from 4-6 p.m., showing “Hocus Pocus” at dusk, Lake St. Clair Metropark, 31300 Metro Parkway in Harrison Township, register at metroparks.com/hallowpalooza

Hallowcrawl 2022: Bar crawl in downtown Royal Oak, wear a costume and enjoy festive drinks, 2-7 p.m., 21 and older, RoyalOakBarCrawls@gmail.com, (248) 543.1000

Michigan Witches Ball: Roaring '20s-themed fundraiser, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., Ukrainian Cultural Center, 26601 Ryan Road in Warren, michiganwitchesball.com

Family Fall Fest: Pumpkin patch, inflatables, trick-or-treat trail, face painting, arts and crafts, and cider and donuts, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Jeanne M. Stine Community Park, 241 Town Center in Troy, register by Oct. 12 at rec.troymi.gov/events

Trunk or Treat and Halloween Fest: Also a costume parade, starting at 3 p.m., Main Street and Farmers Market lot in Rochester, downtownrochestermi.com/trick-or-treat-downtown


Oct. 19
1,000 Hours Bat & Nighttime Animals Walk: 5-6 p.m., Grosse Pointe Public Library Ewald Branch, 15175 E. Jefferson Ave., Grosse Pointe Park, click here to register


Oct. 20
Is your house haunted?: Hear from local author and paranormal researcher, 6:30 p.m., Harrison Township Public Library, 38255 L’Anse Creuse (Suite A), register at htlibrary.org/events or by calling (586) 329-1261


Oct. 21
Music, Magic & Mayhem — Halloween Delights: Performance by Macomb Symphony Orchestra, 8 p.m., Macomb Center for the Performing Arts on Center Campus of Macomb Community College, 44575 Garfield Road in Clinton Township, macombsymphony.org/archive-events/halloween2022

Trunks & Treats: 6-8 p.m., Lake Shore Church, 27801 Jefferson in St. Clair Shores, event funded by sales from pumpkin patch, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays Oct. 16-31

Special effects makeup workshop: Learn to create trauma effects like cuts, scars, burns, bruises and more from Alex Thomas and Friends, for ages 13-18, 6 p.m., Center Line Public Library, 7345 Weingartz, register by calling (586) 758-8274


Oct. 21-22
Troy 'Prehistoric' Village Trick-or-Treat: 4-8 p.m. Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Troy Historic Village, 60 W. Wattles Road, troyhistoricvillage.org


Oct. 21-23
Halloween Hoot: 5:40-9:10 p.m., Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, 333 N. Hill Circle in Rochester Hills, dinosaurhill.org/Hoot


Oct. 22
Spooky scavenger hunt: For ages 4-10, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sterling Heights Nature Center, 42700 Utica Road, sterling-heights.net/calendar.aspx


Oct. 22-23
Macomb County HarvestFest: Featuring trick-or-treat stations, hayrides, pumpkin patch, professional pumpkin carvers and more, also Gleaners collecting canned goods and non-perishable protein items, noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Freedom Hill County Park, 14900 Metro Parkway in Sterling Heights, macombcountyharvestfest.com/index.html


Oct. 23
BOOwling fundraiser: Hosted by Royal Oak Woman’s Club to benefit Care House of Oakland County, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Luxury Lanes, 600 E. Nine Mile Road in Ferndale, costumes encouraged, purchase tickets at rowc.org/shop

Frightful 5K: Costumed race at 8:30 a.m. (7:30 a.m. check-in), also Family Pumpkin 1K at 9:30 a.m., starts at Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois Road, register at rec.troymi.gov/events

Trick or Treat Trail: For ages 3-12, 3-5 p.m., Marshbank Park, 2805 Hiller Road in West Bloomfield, register at westbloomfieldparks.org or by calling (248) 451-1900

Meadow Broook Hall-oween: Trick or treat throughout mansion and learn history of holiday, 10 a.m.-noon and noon-2 p.m., 350 Estate Drive in Rochester, meadowbrookhall.org/halloween

Halloween Hysteria: Trick or treating, fall crafts and more, 1-5 p.m., Northville Historical Society & Mill Race Village, 215 Griswold St., millracenorthville.org/events-1/halloween-hysteria-3

Trunk or treat: Hosted by Knights of Columbus, 2-4 p.m., St. Paul of Tarsus Catholic Church, 41300 Romeo Plank Road in Clinton Township


Oct. 24
Ghost stories: Hear from author and director of Southeast Michigan Ghost Hunters Society, 6:30 p.m., Clinton-Macomb Public Library Main Branch, 40900 Romeo Plank Road in Clinton Township, register by calling (586) 226-5040


Oct. 26
Psychic & Holistic Spooktacular Fair: 4-9 p.m., Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Road

Creepy crafts: Also ghostly games, spooky stories and photos with Ghostbusters, 5:30 p.m., Clinton-Macomb Public Library Main Branch, 40900 Romeo Plank Road in Clinton Township


Oct. 27
Haunted trivia night: Also pizza and drinks, teams encouraged, 6-8 p.m., Roseville Public Library, 29777 Gratiot Ave., register by emailing rsvlibraryservice@roseville-mi.gov or calling (586) 445-5407


Oct. 28-29
Teen Halloween party: For ages 12-17, 6 p.m., Hazel Park District Library, 123 E. Nine Mile Road, register at hazel-park.lib.mi.us


Oct. 29
Trunk or treat: Hosted by Lathrup Village DDA, 6-8 p.m., City Hall, 27400 Southfield Road, bdorsey@lathrupvillage.org, (248) 557-2600, ext. 246

Trunk or treat: Free event also includes cider and doughnuts, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Highland Park Baptist Church, 28600 Lahser Road in Southfield, hpbc.cc/trunk-or-treat

Trunk or treat: 7-9 p.m., Fraser Public Library, 16330 E. 14 Mile Road, register at fraserpubliclibrary.org

All Hallows’ Eve event: Featuring fortune telling games, dangling doughnuts and storytelling, ages 5-12, 1-4 p.m., Selinsky-Green Farmhouse Museum, behind St. Clair Shores Public Library, 22500 11 Mile Road, register until Oct. 24 by visiting library or calling (586) 771-9020


Oct. 30
Trunk or treat: 4 p.m., Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society Museum, 16600 Stephens Road in Eastpointe, mimths.org

Trick or Treat & Trunk or Treat: 2-4 p.m. outside and 2-5 p.m. inside, also costume contest for kids, pets and adults, New Baltimore Trade Center, 35248 23 Mile Road, (586) 273-7900, newbaltimoretradecenter.com


Nov. 4
‘Hocus Pocus’: Free movie at 6 p.m., outdoor at Municipal Park, 27400 Southfield Road in Lathrup Village, bdorsey@lathrupvillage.org, (248) 557-2600, ext. 246


Ongoing
Wagon tours: Also campfires and stories about fall, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 14, 21 and 28, Stony Creek Metropark, 4300 Main Park Road in Shelby Township, register at metroparks.com/stony-creek-metropark or by calling (586) 781-9113

‘Ghosts on the Balcony’: Haunted theater attraction until Oct. 30, The Birmingham 8 Powered by Emagine, 211 S. Old Woodward Ave., emagine-entertainment.com

‘Misery’: Perfomed at 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays, and 3 p.m. Sundays Oct. 7-31, Ringwald Theatre at Affirmations LGBTQ+ Community Center, 290 W. Nine Mile Road in Ferndale, TheRingwald.com

Flashlight Tours: 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Mondays until Oct. 31, Meadow Brook Hall, 350 Estate Drive in Rochester, advanced tickets required, meadowbrookhall.org/flashlight

Zoo Boo: Trick-or-treating stations, Halloween face painting and more, 2-6 p.m. Oct. 8-9 (Wildlife and Wild Places), Oct. 15-16 (Witches, Warlocks and Werewolves, Oh My!) and Oct. 21-23 (Heroes and Villains), Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Road in Royal Oak, zooboo.detroitzoo.org

Canterbury Halloween Stroll: Oct. 7-9, 14-16, 21-23 and 28-30, Canterbury Village, 2359 Joslyn Road in Lake Orion, CanterburyHalloweenStroll.com

‘Little Shop of Horrors’: Select dates until Oct. 23, presented by Stagecrafters Main Stage, Baldwin Theatre, 415 S. Lafayette Ave. in Royal Oak, stagecrafters.org, (248) 541-6430

‘Little Shop of Horrors’: Select dates Oct. 5-30, Meadow Brook Theatre, on campus of Oakland University, 378 Meadow Brook Road in Rochester, mbtheatre.com/little-shop-of-horrors, (248) 377-3300.

Haunted Weekends: Zombie paintball, three-story haunted barn, spookyland 3D maze and haunted hayride, Fridays and Saturdays until Oct. 30, Blake’s Big Apple, 71485 North Ave. in Armada, advanced tickets at blakefarms.com

Hay Ride Central: Friday evenings until Nov. 4, Heritage Park, 24915 Farmington Road in Farmington Hills, register by calling (248) 473-1870

Group hayrides: For up to 30 people, also includes cider and doughnuts, 5-8 p.m. Oct. 6-7 and 13-14, Marshbank Park, 2805 Hiller Road in West Bloomfield, register at westbloomfieldparks.org or by calling (248) 451-1900

Corn maze and hayrides: 5-9 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays, Maybury Farm, 50165 Eight Mile Road in Northville, (248) 374-0200

Grand Raven Festival: Includes RavenCrow contest, pumpkin carving exhibition, movie night, Victorian walk and more during October, downtown Farmington, downtownfarmington.org


Do you know about an event we missed? Upload it for free at candgnews.com/calendar. To advertise in our print publications, call (586) 924-9193.

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