Celebrating Halloween in the Ann Arbor Area

Oct 19, 2016

Whether you love Halloween for the costumes, treats, or the scares — there are plenty of events throughout the area where you can celebrate your way! Who says that costume is only good one day a year?

ypsiGLOW is going to turn Ypsilanti streets luminescent! Kicking-off it's inaugural year on Thursday, October 27 at 6:30 p.m., this community event is brought to you by the same creative minds who coordinate FoolMoon and FestiFools. Join local artists, businesses, organizations and community leaders for interactive art, live music, street performances, and more! Need help creating your own illuminating gear? Join one of the pre-event workshops to build floats, luminaria, and neon clothing!


Celebrate Halloween amongst the dinosaurs at the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History. On Sunday, October 30 from noon to 5 p.m., the entire family can discover spooky stations and displays full of hands-on activities, live animals, and more! The party is free — no reservations or tickets necessary. Don’t forget to bring your goody bag!


Now in its 16th year, the Downtown Ann Arbor Halloween Treat Parade is a great place to bring your little ghouls and goblins for some costumed fun! On October 31 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., area merchants with black and orange balloons will pass out treats. Check out a full list of participating merchants here. Get an early start and head to the Ann Arbor District Library on S. Fifth Ave. for a Halloween Party in the first-floor lobby. This year you can choose to attend from 10:30 – 11 p.m. or from Noon – 12:30 p.m. Come in costume for stories, puppets and trick-or-treats.


More events happening in the area:

This collection of events features those that are:

  • Family-friendly  
  • Costume contest
  • Free


Friday, October 21

Fall Festival & Trunk or Treat
Dixboro Farmers Market
4:30 – 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 22

Harvest Spooktacular
Matthaei Botanical Gardens
10 a.m.

Cardboard Challenge
Ann Arbor Art Center
Noon – 4p.m.

Michigan Theater
11:30 a.m.

Captain Spooky’s Halloween Parrrrty
NULL Taphouse
7 – 11 p.m.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Michigan Theater
10 p.m.

Sunday, October 23

Boo Bash
Lillie Park
1:30 – 4 p.m.

Thursday, October 27

Halloween Downtown
Ypsilanti Library Plaza
5 – 6:30 p.m.

Downtown Ypsilanti
6:30 – 9 p.m.

Zingerman’s 10th Annual Halloween Hootenanny
Zingerman’s Deli
5 – 6 p.m.

Nosferatu with Live Organ Accompaniment
Michigan Theater
8 p.m.

Friday, October 28

Downtown Milan Trick or Treat
Downtown Milan
5:30 – 8 p.m.

Saline Boo Bash
Saline Rec Center
5:30 – 8 p.m.

Black Cat Cabaret
Bona Sera Underground
7:30 p.m.

Pride presents Haunted Halloween Party
9 p.m.

8th Annual Halloween Band Masquerade
Blind Pig
9:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 29

Halloween Harvest Party
Chelsea Farmers Market
8 a.m.

Halloween Spooktacular
10 a.m. – 4p.m

Black Cat Cabaret
Bona Sera Underground
7:30 p.m.

Boo Bash Drag Show and Costume Contest
Tap Room
9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Halloween BANG!
Blind Pig
9:30 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Sunday, October 30

Family Halloween Party
U-M Museum of Natural History
noon – 5 p.m.

3rd Annual Organ Spooktacular
First Presbyterian Church Ypsilanti
4 p.m.

Halloween Concert
Hill Auditorium
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Scare for Care Halloween 5k
U-M Central Campus
6 p.m.

Monday, October 31

Halloween Treat Parade
Ann Arbor Main Street
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Book Themed Halloween Costume Contest
Literati Bookstore
10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Halloween Caramel Apple Event
Downtown Manchester
5 – 7 p.m.

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