Do you live in the city or a neighborhood of the metro that just doesn’t tend to host the best trick-or-treating each Halloween?
Thankfully, the Detroit Metro area has a ton of fun Halloween events planned so your little monsters can still trick-or-treat and show off their costumes.
Here’s a round up of Halloween events in the area:
City of Detroit Halloween Events
Halloween in the D — City of Detroit (Oct. 31)
The City of Detroit started this Halloween tradition in 2018 to provide a safe and fun alternative to door-to-door trick or treating. Halloween in the D is a city-wide event — with police precincts, fire stations and city parks all participating on Halloween night.
All 11 police precincts will host trunk-or-treats on Halloween night, and 7 fire stations will also be handing out candy! Several of the Recreation Centers will also be hosting a ton of fun activities on Halloween — including a Pumpkin Plunge, Halloween Carnival and Theater Bash, haunted house and costume party.
Fall Fest — Pingree Park (Oct. 29)
Part of the City of Detroit’s Halloweekend events, Fall Fest will be held from 12-4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, in Pingree Park, 8401 E. Forest Ave. The event will include a variety of activities, including a mechanical bull, hayrides, pony rides, a petting zoo, archery, ax throwing, rock climbing, a zip line, paintball, a video game truck and mobile bowling alley, pumpkin and face painting, arts-n-crafts, outdoor games and more!
The event also will also provide spaces for those wishing to tailgate and watch the football game between Michigan State and the University of Michigan.
Participants can receive free food tickets while supplies last. Find more information on the city’s website
.Scarefest — Palmer Park, Detroit (Oct. 30)
Attend the “Ultimate Halloween Party” on Sunday, Oct. 30! Scarefest will be held at Palmer Park, 910 Merrill Pl., from 4-8 p.m. For this event, Palmer Park will transform into a place of fun and fright for children and adults with the Zombie Trail of Terror, haunted hay rides, a haunted tent, a scary scavenger hunt, a pumpkin carving contest, an apple biting contest, scary face painting, a costume parade, candy grab, Halloween bag decorating, a photo booth, DJ sets and live entertainment.
Scarefest will also include an adult costume contest, dog costume parade, vendors and food trucks. Find more information on the city’s website.
Ann Arbor — Kerrytown Halloween Parade (Oct. 30)
Head to Kerrytown Market & Shops in Ann Arbor for a Halloween Parade and more spooky fun! All ages are welcome to dress up in their Halloween costumes and join in on this free event on Sunday, Oct. 30. The program begins with crafts at 11:00 AM; meet in the seating area outside of Spun (1st floor). Then all costumed participants can parade through Kerrytown starting at 1 p.m. Learn more here.
Downtown Berkley — Boo!kley Nights (Oct. 29)
Trick or Street Stroll
Downtown Berkley’s annual Boo!kley Nights includes a Trick or Treat Stroll on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 12-3 p.m. This event is a fun, safe way for the kids to “trick or treat” from downtown businesses. Not only will the little ones get to dress up in their Halloween costumes and get candy, but the downtown area will be all dressed up for the occasion as well! Keep your eyes peeled for tons of spooky skeletons invading the town! Over 100 businesses are participating throughout the downtown. Check Downtown Berkley’s website for a map and more information.
After the kids finish up their trick or treating, head over to the Monster Mash block party! Held from 2-5 p.m. on Coolidge between 12 Mile and Catalpa, this party will feature a live DJ, Halloween crafts and activities, performances and more entertainment including a juggler, unicyclist, stilt walker, and aerialist. There will be plenty of photo opportunities and something suitable for all ages. Find more information on the city’s website or Facebook event page.
Clawson Trick or Treat Events
Trick or Treat Trail — Clawson City Park (Oct. 23)
Kids can trick or treat from local businesses and organizations set up along the woodchip trail in Clawson City Park from 6-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23. Bring a flashlight and your own trick or treat bag. Stay and enjoy cider and donuts courtesy of the Parks and Recreation Department.
Trick or Treasure — Downtown Clawson (Oct. 29)
Does your kid have food allergies? This allergy-friendly trick or treat event is being held in downtown Clawson from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. Kids will receive allergy-friendly treats from local businesses. See the Facebook event for more information.
Downtown Dearborn — Pumpkin Carving & Trick or Treating (Oct. 29)
Head to Downtown Dearborn on Saturday, Oct. 29, for a day full of Halloween fun! Families can participate in free pumpkin carving at Wagner Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or City Hall Park from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Then, families are invited to get dressed up in their Halloween best and visit participating businesses for Halloween Trick or Treating from 2-5 p.m. in both East & West Downtown. See more on the city’s website.
Dexter — Hudson Mills Metropark — Thrills at the Mills (Oct. 29)
Celebrate Halloween with fun for everyone, including your dog! Come out to Hudson Mills Metropark for Thrills at the Mills on October 29 from 3:30 to 8:30. The doggos will get to enjoy the leaves, tug-a-war and participate in a costume contest, and there will be candy and activities for the humans! Don’t forget your costumes. There will be a trunk-or-treat event for the little ones, and then the whole family can gather around the outdoor big screen to watch the movie Monster House! See more information here.
Livonia — Spooktacular at Schoolcraft College (Oct. 28)
Schoolcraft College in Livonia is preparing to welcome ghosts, goblins, superheroes, princesses and more to their first-ever Halloween Spooktacular. This free, family-friendly event will be held from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, October 28, in the Mercy Elite Sports Center. Families are asked to register for the Halloween Spooktacular, which will feature: trick or treating, bounce houses, a costume contest and more. Register here.
Northville — Streets of Treats (Oct. 29)
Head to Downtown Northville on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for their annual Streets of Treats event! Dress up in your Halloween costume and trick or treat from the downtown businesses and treat stations set up along the route on Main St. between Wing St. and Hutton St. and on Center St. between E. Cady St. and Dunlap St. Learn more here.
Plymouth — Pumpkin Palooza (Oct. 23)
Downtown Plymouth’s annual Pumpkin Palooza event draws around 6,000 attendees each year. This free event is a safe and haunted Halloween experience held on the closed streets of West Ann Arbor Trail, Forest Avenue, Penniman, and Main in Downtown Plymouth Michigan. Pumpkin Palooza includes games, candy, live music and other entertainment, pet and kid costume contests, and more. Check it out on Sunday, Oct. 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Learn more here.
Royal Oak — Spooktacular (Oct. 23)
Trick or treat at Downtown Royal Oak business on Sunday, Oct. 23, from 1-4 p.m. There are 40 + businesses who are participating. The businesses have numbers on their windows, there will be directional signage and crossing guards helping you along the way. If the footprint is too large for your little one, please feel free to take short cuts, but go in the same direction as everyone else. Make sure you use the cross walks.
While the trick or treating is free, participating in additional activities like face painting and games at the Spooktacular requires the purchase of a Spooky Pass. The Spooky Pass is only required for children ages 12 and under; adults do not need a pass, but children cannot be unattended. Purchase Spooky Passes and learn more here.
Looking for more kid-friendly events in the Metro area? Check out Little Guide.