Autumn is such a great season here in West Michigan. You can visit a multitude of festivals, take a fall color tour to view the spectacular oranges, reds and yellows that take over the landscape, and just enjoy the cool, crisp air. Halloween is not just for kids....our local communities sponsor various parties and events that are fun for the entire family.
For more information on Trick or Treat dates and locations, read our Halloween story and also check out the spooky fun events associated with the annual Macabre Manistee County
Below are local corn mazes and pumpkin patches that are generally open, as well as fall events that typically happen. Check back for more updates on the 2016 events.
Local Corn Mazes & Pumpkin Patches:
Lewis Farm Market
4180 W. M-20, New Era. (231) 861-5730. Corn Maze opens in early September with other fall activities in full swing by mid-September. Featuring The Apple Express, Barrel Train, Pumpkin Moon Walk, jumping pillow, and pedal carts. U-pick apples and pumpkins for additional charge. Special music is performed some weekends. Visit LewisFarmMarket.com
for more information.
Major Produce & Pumpkin Patch
9476 N. 120th Ave., Hart. (231) 873-5281. Open Saturdays and Sundays in october.
They offer Hay Rides, Haunted Hall, Pumpkin Carving, Corn Maze, Hayfort, and much more. Also good food available, including homemade pies, hot dogs, pulled pork, sloppy joes, and caramel apples.
Douglas Valley Winery
5375 Douglas Valley Dr., Manistee. (231) 887-3333. Hay Maze from mid
September to the end of October. Hayrides on Saturdays and Sundays throughout October.
Pere Marquette KOA Campground
11713 W. 40th St., Branch. (231) 240-0303. Open Thursday- Sunday in October. Pumpkin Patch, hay rides, hay bale maze, pet the goats, and arts & crafts daily. Bobbing for apples, bonfire roast, pumpkin painting/carving (bring your own tools), pie eating contest, and pumpkin chunkin every Friday & Saturday. Apple cider/donuts, blood soaked tie dye, Oktoberfest (Beer Garden), and Haunted Night Hike every Saturday.
Other Fun Fall Events
LUDINGTON & SCOTTVILLE
Fall History in Action Days - Historic White Pine Village.Octoberfest - downtown Ludington.Autumn Day - Historic White Pine Village.Dolloween - Barley & Rye, 107 W. Ludington Ave., Ludington. Halloween props exhibit by artist Laurie Carey. All items are one of a kind and for sale. Fair warning: This exhibit is not for the faint of heart or folks that just don't get Halloween!Pumpkin Party - Sandcastles Children's Museum.. Each child can decorate and take their little pumpkin home. Cookies, cider, and coffee; and homemade orange playdoh.Haunted Fairgrounds - Mason County Fairgrounds.Haunted Village - Historic White Pine Village.Halloween Hustle One-Mile Run - beginning at Cartier Park Gazebo in Ludington. For kids in grades Kindergarten-6th.Rocktober Night of Fright presented by Ludrock - Ludington Area Center for the Arts.Dogs and Suds Halloween at the Museum to benefit the Mason County Democrats - Sandcastles Children's Museum. Beer, cider, and hot dogs provided. Tarot Card and palm readings, and entertainment by Jon Erickson and Bill White.Boos and Brews Halloween - Sportsmans Bar. Drink specials, special Halloween drinks, and spooky appetizers.Creepy Cosmic Halloween Bash - Country Lanes Bowling Center. Costume contest, all ages welcome.Annual Halloween Festival - Shagway Arts Barn, Ludington. Music, Trick-or-Treating, lawn games, pumpkin painting, face painting, and spooky trail.
SLRC Spooktacular - Friday, September 23rd-Sunday, September 25th at Silver Lake Resort & Campground- 1786 N. 34th Avenue in Mears. Family fun weekend including costume and campsite decorating contests, pumpkin carving, Halloween movie, Trick-or-Treating, and more. Call (231) 873-7199 for more information. Oktoberfest - downtown Pentwater.Wrangler Run 5K Run/Walk - Double JJ Resort, RothburyBeer Fest - Double JJ Resort, Rothbury. Local brews and microbrews featured.Singles Night - Double JJ Resort, Rothbury. Mixer, buffet, and live music.Spooktacular Weekend - downtown Pentwater. Saturday activities include Halloween on the Green (costume contest, face painting, pumpkin painting, sack race, crafts, egg toss); trick or treating with downtown merchants and Charles Mears State Park, Spooktacular Parade.Halloween Party - Murphy's Tavern- 8848 80th Ave., Pentwater. Costume contest with cash prizes, drink specials, and music.
Manistee's Ghost Ship - S.S. City of Milwaukee historic carferry. Open every Friday and Saturday in October. This is a truly thrilling and scary adventure. Travel through five decks and 72 stairs, some quite steep. For more information, visit Carferry.com or call (231) 723-3587. Located at 99 Arthur Street (US 31).
Onekama Fall Festival - Onekama Village Park. Craft and food vendors, inflatable castle, wagon/pony/miniature train rides, face painting, Mr. Balloon Man, and more! Rain location: Onekama School.Boos, Brews & Brats - downtown Manistee.5K Zombie Pub Crawl - downtown Manistee. Participants travel from tavern to tavern, order the "signature drink" at that location and receive a stamp in their passports. Completed passports go into a drawing at the Monster Bash for a chance to win a big prize which include lots of drink tickets for the bash.Rockin' Halloween Party - Manistee Elks Lodge- 432 River Street. Music, costume contest, hors d'oeuvres, and cash bar. Open to the public.
Don't forget to check out all the spooky good fun that happened at the 2015 Macabre Manistee event, too!