Today is officially the first day of fall! So grab a Pumpkin Spice Latte, throw on some boots and a scarf and take the kiddos outside to enjoy the beautiful weather! There are so many fun things to do around Metro Detroit this time of year, so there’s really no excuse not to! We have even compiled a list for you to make them all easier to find. So get out there and have some fall fun! Don’t forget to let us know if there is something going on in your town that we missed!
Things to Do:
October 5th at 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
What: Ferndale Fall Festival
Where: Detroit Curling Club
Details: 2019 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!
What: Fall Color Walk
Where: Heritage Park in Farmington Hills @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
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 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Details: This annual event is a fun event for the entire family. The day is filled with a variety of activities and events including:
A children’s area with inflatables, a trackless train, Science Alive, make and take crafts, a pumpkin patch, Golden Age Club Bake Sale, crafters, entertainment, farm animals, food concessions, hayrides, pony rides, and more!
What: Clawson Fall Festival
Where: Clawson City Park @ 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Details:Celebrate the beginning of fall with an afternoon of fun with the Parks & Rec Department! The day includes free hayrides, farm animals, free rock-climbing wall and inflatables (don’t forget your socks) and baked goods for sale. Food offerings will be available at the Clawson Chamber’s Taste of the Town. The day will end with everyone’s favorite— a bonfire conducted by the Clawson Fire Department.
October 8th @ 5:00 – 8:00 pm
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
What: Hallowe’en at Greenfield Village
Where: Greenfield Village
Details: What is the most enchantingly thrilling Hallowe’en adventure of all time? The story you create in Greenfield Village through magical encounters with show-stopping storybook characters along a path lit by over 1,000 hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns.
Throughout your evening, comfort yourself with craft beers, warm apple cider and fresh doughnuts, then stop for a photo opportunity at your favorite scene. The torches are lit, bells are tolling, skeletons are dancing and pumpkins are singing — all to make this the most stirring night of the year.
What: Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival
Where: Rochester Hills Museum/Van Hoosen Farm
Details: Come and enjoy the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm’s signature event – the Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival. The presenting sponsor is Genisys Credit Union. Activities during the day include food, pumpkin bowling, Stoney Creek High School Drum line, a Rochester Hills Fire Truck, and more! Guests are invited to carve a pumpkin and place it on the stone walls surrounding the Museum property and return in the evening to see all the pumpkins lighted up! The Museum is hoping to exceed its record of 1,011 pumpkins lighted 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.
October 17th – 30th
What: Zoo Boo
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! New this year–the entire Zoo will be open until dark, allowing you to visit your favorite animals throughout. You will also have the option to purchase tickets to a 15-minute version of “The Wizard of Oz 4-D Experience” at the Wild Adventure Zone in the Ford Education Center, or purchase tickets to take a ride on the Tauber Family Railroad!
Zoo Boo will be held on the afternoons of October 11-13, October 18-20 and October 25-27. These Friday, Saturday and Sunday events will run from 3 to 7:30 p.m. with last entry at 6:30 p.m.
October 18th – 20th
What: Halloween Hoot
Where: Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve in Rochester, MI
Details: An annual fundraiser hosted by Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, Halloween Hoot is a light-hearted family friendly Halloween experience for you and your family to enjoy in a safe, all-in-one, environment. Discover Dinosaur Hill like you’ve never seen it before with guided forest walks with funny and interactive skits along the way, crafts, candy (duh!), a mini-carnival, and a cozy campfire with cider and doughnuts!
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. Cost: $25
What: Trick or Treat Among the Trees
Where: Troy Nature Center
Details:Put on your costume and come out to hike the woodland pumpkin trail with a SNC guide. Learn some secrets of the forest, receive treats, meet costumed characters and more! Dress for the weather. Adults are free and must remain for the program.
Ages: 3 – 9
TNS Member: $10.50 | Non-Member: $13.50
What: Streets of Treats (Family Halloween Event)
Where: Downtown Northville
Details:Kids’ costume parade begins at 10:00am beginning at the Community Center (303 W. Main St). Trick or Treat Stations will be open throughout Downtown Northville. Please come out and join us!
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 downtownclawson.com! There will tentatively be an unveiling of the Clawson / DIA Mural Project as well—check the back page for details!
What: Birmingham Farmers Market End of Season Celebration
Where: Parking Lot # 6 North Old Woodward (the east side of North Old Woodward, north of Harmon Street) @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Details: Everyone is invited to join in as the Birmingham Farmers Market wraps up the season. Dress your children in their Halloween costumes and let them enjoy these fun pre-Halloween activities and events: live entertainment, children’s craft, pumpkin carving demos, Trick or Treating (make sure the kids wear their costumes!)
What: Spooky Monster Magic Show
Where: Baldwin Public Library @ 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
Details:Join Gordon Russ the Magician for his special Spooky Magic Halloween Show. (The Pumpkin Patch parade will be held at afterwards!) All ages. Registration required for magic show – Call 248 647-1700.
October 28th @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
What: Trick or Treat in the Village
Where: Troy Historic Village
Details:Don your red riding hood, climb a beanstalk, fly a magic carpet—make your way to the Troy Historic Village for fairytales and legends come to life. Wear your Halloween costume and collect tasty treats from all over Village fairytale land. Storybook characters, potions and elixirs, magical beasts and more await! Activities include pumpkin bowling, ringing the anvil and jousting, making a dragon craft to take home, and collecting mini-pumpkins
October 29th @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
What: Troy Police Halloween Safety Bash
Where: Troy Police Department
Details: The Troy Police Department hosts the third annual Halloween Safety Bash, an emergency vehicle trunk or treat, on October 29, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The FREE, kid-friendly event features decorated police, fire and EMS vehicles, along with displays from a variety of community partners. The first 2500 children will receive a free, reusable safety light. Other giveaways include candy and promotional items. A live DJ will keep the event hopping with Halloween-themed music. All kids are welcome and costumes are optional. This a free event. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cider Mills are the perfect fall event! Here is a list of cider mills around the metro Detroit area. See one missing? Comment below or email us your favorite and we’ll add it to the list!
- Blake’s Orchard (17985 Armada Center Rd., Armada)
- Erwin Orchards and Cider Mill (61475 Silver Lake Rd., South Lyon)
- Franklin Cider Mill (7450 Franklin Rd., Bloomfield Hills)
- Long Family Orchard & Cider Mill (1540 E. Commerce Rd., Commerce Twp.)
- Miller’s Big Red Apple Orchard (4900 32 Mile Rd., Washington)
- Paint Creek Cider Mill (4480 Orion Rd., Rochester)
- Parmenter’s Cider Mill (714 Baseline Rd., Northville)
- Rochester Cider Mill (5125 Rochester Rd., Rochester)
- Spicer Orchards and Cider Mill (10411 Clyde Rd., Fenton)
- Three Cedars Cider Mill (7897 Six Mile Rd., Northville)
- Yates Cider Mill (1990 E. Avon Rd., Rochester Hills)