Macabre Manistee County... There's so Much to Do, It's Scary!

September & October

Macabre Manistee County presents a variety of spooky-fun events for adults who are kids at heart and families alike. Below are a list of some of the 2015 highlights. For additional kid and family friendly Halloween fun in Manistee and surrounding areas that happen each year, check out Halloween Events and the listing of fall events.

Month-Long Events from 2015

  • Douglas Valley Winery Corn Maze: Outdoor corn maze, weather permitting. $3/person with kids 4 and under admitted free with adult supervision.
  • Onekama Scarecrows: Presented by the Portage Lake Association, this event included over 60 scarecrows along M-22 and the color route tour.
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  • Apple Valley Orchards: Bear Lake at 11240 Milarch Rd., a working apple farm with farm tours available.
  • Scary Story Contest: The Manistee County Library offered a chance for 3rd graders and older to write and submit an original story for an opportunity to be included in the 2015 Terrifying Tales booklet.

Single and Multi-Day Events from 2015

  • Manistee's Ghost Ship - Fridays and Saturdays in October at the S.S. City of Milwaukee docked at 99 Arthur Street just off US-31. $10 for adults, $8 for children 7-17 and seniors 60+. Bring a non-perishable food item and receive $1 off admission.
  • Douglas Valley Harvest Days - Saturdays and Sundays in October. Historical hayrides, hay mountain, corn maze, cider and donuts, pumpkin patch and u-pick apples.
  • Bottle House Museum - Saturdays in October at 14551 Wuoksi St. in Kaleva. (231) 362-2080.
  • Cemetery Walk - Learn about Manistee County's history in this walking tour that lasts about one hour. Cost is $2 per person and the tour begins at Oak Grove Cemetery of Manistee, 1040 Veterans Oak Grove Dr. Proceeds to Manistee Historical Museum and Oak Grove Cemetery.
  • Pumpkins & Haystacks Dinner - Community dinner at the Pleasant Valley Community Center in Arcadia. Free-will donation.
  • Boos, Brews, & Brats - The annual event in downtown Manistee includes kids' games, a Monster Bash with an adult costume contest and live music, beer, brats, and cider.

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    Gatekeeper, the official mascot of Macabre Manistee County, will return to visit select events and greet visitors. Don't be alarmed if you are downtown shopping or dining at a Manistee restaurant...and the Gatekeeper makes an appearance.



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    For more activities & attractions, check out these additional links for Things to Do in West Michigan:

    Ludington Activities & Things to Do -- Play on a beautiful beach, take a tour at Historic White Pine Village, or explore the barn quilt trail, murals or sculptures in the county--Ludington offers many fun things to do for the entire family!
    Have Fun in Manistee, Michigan -- Explore Manistee's historic downtown district and riverwalk, hike the Manistee National Forest, canoe on the Manistee River, and more.
    Hamlin Lake -- Just 4 miles north of Ludington, Hamlin Lake is a great destination for boating, fishing and climbing dunes! The Hamlin Lake shoreline is also part of the Ludington State Park.
    Silver Lake Sand Dunes -- Visiting the Silver Lake Sand Dunes makes for a terrific vacation because you can take your off-road vehicle for a spin on the scenic sand dunes overlooking Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.
    Things to Do in Pentwater, Michigan -- Nothing is quite like the quaint, artsy, harbortown village of Pentwater. Don't miss the popular Charles Mears State Park beach on Pentwater's Lake Michigan shoreline.
    Lots of Activities in Scottville, Michigan -- Explore the Riverside Park along the National Scenic Pere Marquette River.
    Canoeing or Fishing on the Pere Marquette River -- Many boat liveries offer canoe rentals.

    Also, check out West Michigan Guides and our locally produced for our largest lists of Things to Do in West Michigan.

    Last Updated: 10-19-2018 02:16 PM ID: 1461