metro Detroit

Family Friendly Events Around Metro Detroit for Fall 2018

With the official day of fall just on the horizon, we thought we would put together a list of events going on around the metro Detroit area in October.

We all know that fall in Michigan is the best time of the year. The leaves are changing, football is on, weather is cool and there are plenty of family friendly events to do on the weekends. With the official day of fall just on the horizon, we thought we would put together a list of events going on around the metro Detroit area in October. Fall fun, friendly Halloween events and cider mills. What’s better?! Let us know what your must for the fall is!

Things to Do:

October 2nd

What: Hay Day
Where: Heritage Park in Farmington Hills
Details: Hay! Check out these unbe-leaf-able activities: hayrides, pumpkin painting, hiking, bouncing on the bounce house, touring the Fire Department’s fire tuck, roasting marshmallows and hot dogs over Farmington Hills largest camp fire, and watching the trees change color. Food, hayrides, and other items will be available for purchase. FREE ADMISSION

October 5th – 21st

What: Zoo Boo

Zoo Boo 2017

Where: Detroit Zoo
Details: The Detroit Zoo’s annual “merry-not-scary” event has been re-imagined to bring even more Halloween excitement to your family! Zoo Boo will be held on the evenings of October 5-7, October 12-14 and October 19-21, between 5 and 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; Sunday hours are from 3 to 7 p.m.

October 6th

What: Mommy/Daddy and Me – Monster Mugs
Where: Creative Arts Studio in Royal Oak
Details: Scoop up your little monster and come make a memory at our Monster Mug Mommy/Daddy and Me class. We’ll read a monster story and then use hand prints and sponges to create a monster design on a coffee mug. After the class, our talented custom artists will add details and your child’s name finish of your personalized masterpiece.

What: Ferndale Fall Festival
Where: Detroit Curling Club
Details: 2018 entertainment and activities include – hayrides, pony ride, carnival games, face painting, inflatable bouncers, trick-or-treating, pumpkin painting, music, arts and crafts, photo station and more!

October 7th 

What: Fall Color Walk
Where: Heritage Park in Farmington Hills
Details: Experience the magic of the season! Take a guided hike under a canopy of color through Heritage Park. Discover why and how leaves change color in the fall, and search for animals preparing for winter. Please dress for the weather.

What: Harvest Happening – Fall Festival
Where: Hess-Hathaway Park in Waterford
Details: Come out and enjoy fall at the farm during our 32nd Annual Harvest Happening Fall Festival!

What: Clawson Fall Festival

Lions Tailgates are a Fall Essential

Where: Clawson City Park
Details: Celebrate the beginning of fall with an afternoon of fun with the Parks & Rec Department! The day includes free hayrides, farm animals, free inflatables (don’t forget your socks) and baked goods for sale. The day ends with a bonfire conducted by the Clawson Fire Department. Car show information can be found at, proceeds will benefit Veteran’s Food Pantry. Also enjoy the Second Annual Donut Dash 5K and Taste of the Town, contact 248-435-6500 if you are interested in those events.

October 8th

What: Family Fall Fest
Where: Troy Farm
Details: Local food/craft vendors, face painting, inflatables, games, and more. For more info, call 248-524-3484

October 10th 

What: Smashing Pumpkins
Where: Detroit Zoo
Details: Detroit Zoo animals will have a smashing good time on Wednesday, October 10, and Saturday, October 20, when they receive pumpkins filled with tasty treats to eat, play with, roll around in, tear apart and smash.

Each year around Halloween, Detroit Zoological Society staff provide the animals with 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.

October 12th-28th

What: Hallowe’en at Greenfield Village
Where: Greenfield Village
Details: Stroll down streets and alleys haunted by lavishly costumed characters during America’s most spooktacular Hallowe’en event. Follow a mile long, curving path illuminated by the flickering light of over 1,000 hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns. This is a kid-friendly, nightmare-free Hallowe’en gathering. We regret there can be no refunds or exchanges, even in the event of inclement weather as determined by The Henry Ford in cooperation with local emergency services.

October 13th 

What: Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival
Where: Rochester Hills Museum/Van Hoosen Farm
Details: The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will host its signature event – the Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, October 13 from 10:00 – 4:00 p.m. Activities during the day include entertainment, music, food for purchase, and more! Guests are invited to carve a pumpkin and place it on the stone walls surrounding the Museum property and return that evening to see all the pumpkins lit up! The Museum is hoping to exceed their record of 1,011 pumpkins glowing at one time. In addition, an outdoor exhibit of scarecrows made by local organizations will be on display. The Museum will provide stencils and carving tools but guests are encouraged to bring their own carving tools from home. Evening lighting of the pumpkins runs from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

October 20th

What: Halloween Hoot
Where: Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve in Rochester, MI
Details:  Bring your little ghosts and goblins for a spooktacular Halloween tradition. This is Dinosaur Hill’s favorite fundraiser and proceeds go to support our programming!

Groups will gather in the nature center to create a spooky-fun craft, then head out on the mood-lit trails to participate in a series of short, funny, interactive skits while collecting treats along the way.

Complete your evening with a doughnut and cup of cider around the campfire with live entertainment. You can even let your little monster loose to have fun at our mini-fair with Halloween themed carnival games…all included with your ticket.

Tickets sell for a specific time with groups leaving every ten minutes. Times will sell out so don’t delay. $8 per person. Registration Required, follow the handy-dandy link:

October 22nd

What: Trick or Treat Among the Trees

Troy Nature Center in the Fall

Where: Troy Nature Center
Details: A fun and friendly outdoor celebration for kids ages 3-9. Costumed kids are welcome to hike the woodland pumpkin trail with a SNC guide. Children will learn the secrets of the forest and receive treats and meet costumed characters. Fee is $13. Call 248-688-9703 to register.

October 27th 

What: Streets of Treats (Family Halloween Event)
Where: Downtown Northville
Details: 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. Main and Center Street businesses will be open to trick or treaters as the Parade of Costumes walks into Northville till 11:30am, with some additional treat stations and activities. The event is free and sponsored by the Chamber, NCBA, DDA, and others.

What: Trick or Treasure
Where: Downtown Clawson
Details: Kids in costume will travel through the downtown businesses collecting allergy-free treats and maybe a few tricks along the way! Find more information about this Downtown Development Authority (DDA) event at!

October 28th

What: Halloween Feed the Hungry Celebration
Where: The Village of Rochester Hills
Details: The annual Halloween Party! We are asking participants to donate either $5 per child.

What: Halloween Hoot
Where: Beverly Park in Beverly Hills
Details: All children living in Beverly Hills are welcome to join in the festivities. For more information go to the Beverly Park homepage.

What: Birmingham Pumpkin Patch & Halloween Parade
Where: Shain Park in Birmingham
Details: Head to the annual Pumpkin Patch from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. for children’s activities and live entertainment. Dress your children in their Halloween costumes and let the fun begin! The Pumpkin Patch event is hosted by the Junior League of Birmingham. Stick around to march in the annual Birmingham Halloween Parade hosted by the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber at 4 p.m. at the corner of Bates and Martin near Shain Park. Cider and seasonal treats will be served after the parade.

What: Trick or Treat in the Village
Where: Troy Historic Village
Details: Wear your Halloween costume and tour the grounds as you collect tasty treats and make a craft to take home. Call for $$$ info and to register – 248-524-3570.

October 30th

What: Troy Police Halloween Safety Bash
Where: Troy Police Department
Details: The Troy Police Department will be joined by the Troy Fire Department and Department of Public Works for a trunk-or-treat event. Safety lights will be distributed to children in attendance. Troy PD asks you pre-register for this FREE event HERE.

 Cider Mills:

Who doesn’t love a good outing to the Cider Mill on a nice chilly day? Here is a list (not complete) of cider mills around the metro Detroit area. See one missing? What’s your favorite?!

Rochester Cider Mill


  1. Blake’s Orchard (17985 Armada Center Rd., Armada)
  2. Erwin Orchards and Cider Mill (61475 Silver Lake Rd., South Lyon)
  3. Franklin Cider Mill (7450 Franklin Rd., Bloomfield Hills)
  4. Long Family Orchard & Cider Mill (1540 E. Commerce Rd., Commerce Twp.)
  5. Miller’s Big Red Apple Orchard (4900 32 Mile Rd., Washington)
  6. Paint Creek Cider Mill (4480 Orion Rd., Rochester)
  7. Parmenter’s Cider Mill (714 Baseline Rd., Northville)
  8. Rochester Cider Mill (5125 Rochester Rd., Rochester)
  9. Spicer Orchards and Cider Mill (10411 Clyde Rd., Fenton)
  10. Three Cedars Cider Mill (7897 Six Mile Rd., Northville)
  11. Yates Cider Mill (1990 E. Avon Rd., Rochester Hills)

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