There are always a lot of fun things for adults to do at Halloween time, but the holiday is really all about kids. All of the scary Halloween activities for adults evolved out of the simple act of children dressing up in costumes and going door-to-door seeking treats. In Detroit, they haven’t forgotten that Halloween is a big deal for kids and a great time for family fun. In that "spirit," here are our picks for the best Halloween activities for kids in the greater Detroit area.
Fri. Oct. 19 and Sat. Oct. 20 @ 5 p.m., Sun. Oct. 21 @ 3 p.m.
Detroit Zoo – 8450 W. 10 Mile Rd. – Royal Oak
Billed as a “merry not scary” event, kids can stroll through a half-mile trick-or-treat trail where they can collect goodies and enjoy entertainment that’ll include jugglers, acrobats, storytellers, live music and “extreme” pumpkin carving. And the zoo’s reptile house is haunted for the season; ghosts, goblins and other creatures await to delight children. Zoo Boo will take place rain or shine, and advance ticket purchase is recommended.
Fish or Treat
Weekends of Oct. 20 and 27 @ 10 a.m. Sat. and 11 a.m. Sun.
SEA LIFE Michigan – 4316 Baldwin Rd. – Auburn Hills
Bring the kids to the aquarium for some Halloween fun where they can search the Interactive Touchpool to find “ghoulish goodies” and otherwise seek out scary creatures throughout the aquarium. The aquarium will also be presenting its regular array of educational talks and feeding demonstrations during Fish or Treat. There’ll be tasty treats, and not to be missed is the underwater pumpkin carving demonstration.
Halloween Costume Contest & Party
Sat. Oct. 27 @ 2 p.m.
Grand Circus Dog Park – 2-98 E. Adams Ave. – Detroit
Here’s a Halloween event that lets the canine members of the family in on the fun. Dress your pup in their best Halloween costume and they might go home with something to really bark about; awards will be given in the categories of scariest, cutest, most unique, funniest and overall best costume. The awards are just for dogs but kids can wear their costumes too.
Halloween Family Fun Day
Sat. Oct. 27 @ 1 p.m.
Beacon Park – 1903 Grand River Ave. – Detroit
Bring the kids in costume to this free event where they can enjoy trick-or-treating, a costume parade, pumpkin decorating, s’mores making stations, face painting, cider and donuts and much more. Additional food and drink for purchase will be available for when the “little monsters” get hungry. The event is just a short walk from the above-mentioned party at Grand Circus Dog Park.
Weds. Oct. 31 @ 5 p.m.
Goodwill Detroit – 3111 Grand River Ave. – Detroit
Here’s some Halloween family fun that actually takes place on Halloween. The 2nd annual BOO-Fest will offer face painting, bounce houses, pumpkin decorating, corn hole and other games of skill and prizes. Of course, there will be candy for the kids and there’ll be music and food too. The event is free and for everyone, and each person will receive two tickets to use at any of the food trucks that’ll be on hand.
For additional information on Halloween activities in Detroit and to plan a visit to the city go here.