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Posted on Thu, Oct 21, 2010 : 1:27 p.m.

Halloween Guide: Event listings, trick-or-treat times, helpful hints

By Chrysta Cherrie

The 2011 Halloween guide can be found at this link.

Are you ready for Halloween? Have no fear; we've got you covered. We've got suggestions on fun things to do in Washtenaw County, details on area trick-or-treat times and helpful hints to assure a scary good time. This guide will continue to be updated as Halloween approaches, so keep checking back for more ideas and fun.


From Geisha girls to ghosts, to bananas, the Michigan Philharmonia Orchestra had all the bases covered as they dressed in costume while performing their 2008 Halloween Concert at Hill Auditorium.

Lon Horwedel | Ann Arbor News file photo

Family fun • Haunted happenings • Trick-or-treat times • Helpful hints

THINGS TO DO Looking for fun events to get in the Halloween spirit? Check out these happenings around Washtenaw County. * indicates family-friendly events.

Through the month of October

Ann Arbor Treasure Hunt *
Thursday, October 28
Black Mass music/film party at Arbor VitaeCollege Night presents... Halloween Bash! at Necto"Nosferatu"at Michigan TheaterNot Too Scary Halloween Storytime at McKune Memorial Library * • Preschool Halloween at Parties Saline District Library * • Pumpkin Carving at Ypsilanti District Library - Superior Twp. *

Friday, October 29

11th Annual Halloween Concert at Greenhills School * • Downtown Halloween Fall Festival at Ypsilanti District Library - Michigan Ave. * • Dreamland Puppet Troupe presents: "Children of the Corn" at Dreamland TheaterEMU Symphony Orchestra Halloween concert at Pease Auditorium * • Halloween Family Bash at Meri Lou Murray Recreation CenterHalloween Magic Show with Alan Kazam at Tecumseh Center for the Arts * • Soot Halloween Show at Tap RoomHalloween Treat Parade in Downtown Ann Arbor * • Maze of Terror at Bryant Community CenterSpookapella concert at Angell Hall * • Storytime: Halloween Party at Ann Arbor District Library, Main Branch * • Halloween Hullabaloo at Saline Recreation Center * • Pride presents... Annual Pride Halloween Party! at NectoZombie Walk Ann Arbor

Saturday, October 30

Adult Halloween Party at Bayou GrillAll Hallows Mad Hatters Ball at Tree of Life at Cultural Arts Studio • Annual Halloween Spectacular at various Borders locations: Arborland | Downtown | Waters Place * • Annual Halloween Bash at Cavern Club • Bats of the World at Ypsilanti District Library: Michigan Ave. | Whittaker Rd.Brandywine CemeteryCharity Costume Party at Aubree's Saloon/SticksCostume Day at Barnes & Noble * &bull Davy Rothbart & Mike Henry present the Elks Haunted House Dance Party at James Crawford Elks LodgeDevils Night at the Disco at Corner BreweryDreamland Puppet Troupe presents: "Children of the Corn" at Dreamland TheaterFrequency presents... Devil's Night Celebration & Costume Contest! at NectoThe Halloween Bang at Blind PigHalloween Horse Show at Cobblestone FarmsHalloween Monster Bash at Dance PavilionHalloween Party wsg George Bedard and the Kingpins at Guy Hollerin'sHalloween Skate at Veterans Memorial Ice Arena * • Halloween Singles Dance Party at Grotto ClubHalloween Spooktacular at Matthaei Botanical Gardens * • Halloween Spooktacular Dance Party at Come Dancing Dance StudioHalloween with The Beatles (tribute) at Goodnite GracieHaunted Halloween Tour at Motawi Studio * • Haunted Woods at Camp Munhacke (PDF) • Huron Village Plaza Halloween HappeningIndependent Horror Film Festival Michigan TheaterKerrytown Market & Shops and the Farmers Market Halloween * • Kids Club Halloween Treat Trail at Whole Foods Market * • LIVE Halloween Mega Bash at Live at PJ'sOld-Fashioned Halloween Fun at Huron Village Plaza * • "Poltergeist" at Penn TheatreA Purrfect Halloween: Dance Party & Performance at Ann Arbor Civic TheatreSamhain Celebration at Brighton Recreation Area / Bishop Lake CampgroundSpooky Pumpkin Carving Contest: Display, Voting and Prize Awards at Whole Foods Market * • A Victorian Haunting Experience at Stone Arch

Sunday, October 31

Annual Family Halloween Party at University of Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History * • Brandywine CemeteryHalloween Concert at Hill Auditorium * • Halloween Party: Ballroom Dance Club at Michigan UnionHalloween Party at Chelsea Center for the Arts * • Halloween Trick-or-Treat at Manchester Mill * • Light the Night a Family Event at Milan Free Methodist Church Parking LotNatural Treat Trail at Whole Foods"Poltergeist" at Penn TheatreScary Animals of Halloween at Kensington Metropark * • Spooky Music: Ypsilanti Pipe Organ Festival Halloween Concert at First Presbyterian Church of YpsilantiSubdudes: Halloween Spectacular! at The Ark • "Truck or Treat" 5-6:30 p.m. at Victorious Life Church of God, 860 East Clark Road, Ypsilanti. Info: 734.482.4293. • "Trunk or Treat" in North Prospect Baptist Church parking lot"The Turn of the Screw" at Performance NetworkU-M Rock Boulderween event at U-M Intramural Sports Building * • Walking tour of Forest Hill Cemetery with Wystan Stevens

Monday, November 1

Factory presents... Halloween V2.0 - Day of the Dead at Necto


Kesha French and her 14-month-old son Kamari pose during the 2007 Downtown Halloween Fall Festival in Ypsilanti.

Lon Horwedel | Ann Arbor News file photo

Things to do • Haunted happenings • Trick-or-treat times • Helpful hints

FAMILY FUN Prefer non-spooky fare? Try a corn maze, cider mill, pumpkin patch, u-pick farm or farmers market. Check out Tammy Mayrend's roundup and get more info here:

Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor Farmers MarketThe Butterfly RanchParker Mill (PDF) • Westside Farmers Market




The Blast Corn MazeDexter Cider MillDexter Farmers MarketJenny's Dexter Market


Alber Orchard & Cider MillFusilier Family Farm & Greenhouse


Talladay FarmsWasem Fruit Farm


Obstbaum Orchards


Coleman's Corn Maze


Sharon Mills (PDF)


Coleman's Farm MarketMakielski Berry FarmRowe's Produce FarmWiard's Orchards & Country FairYpsilanti Farmers Market

Things to do • Family fun • Trick-or-treat times • Helpful hints

HAUNTED HAPPENINGS Seeking thrills and chills? These scary sites will get your heart pounding.

Ann Arbor

Brandywine Cemetery


Pigman's Lair

Grass Lake

The Spookiest Haunted 3-acre walk through at Waterloo Tree Farm


Krazy Hilda's Barn of Doom


Night Terrors at Wiard's (Ultimate Haunted Barn, The Asylum, The Mineshaft, Hayrides of the Lost, The Labyrinth and Alien Caged Clowns) • Studio of Scares


Abbot Elementary School PTO parents distribute donuts and cider (provided by Wiard's Orchards) to neighborhood Trick-or-Treaters.

Ann Arbor News file photo

Things to do • Family fun • Haunted happenings • Helpful hints


Sunday, October 31

• Ann Arbor: 5-8 p.m • Chelsea: 4-6 p.m. • Dexter: 5:30-7:30 p.m. • Loch Alpine subdivision: 5-7 p.m. • Milan: 6-8 p.m. • Saline: 6-8 p.m. • Ypsilanti: 5-8 p.m. • Ypsilanti Township: 6-8 p.m.
To add your community's info to the list, email


Halloween scarecrows photo by Flickr user EllenM1.

Things to do • Family fun • Haunted happenings • Trick-or-treat times

HELPFUL HINTS From festive ideas to safety tips, resources to help your holiday go smoothly.

• Eco-friendly Halloween: Candy | Costumes | Decorations | Kids' stuff | Party
• Halloween safety: General | Candy
• Make your own: Costumes | Decorations | Haunted house | Party
• Pumpkin carving: Ideas | Safety
• Info from Ann Arbor city web site: Halloween safety trips (PDF) | Safe kids are seen on Halloween

Chrysta Cherrie is the entertainment producer/copy editor for Reach her at or 734-623-2526, and follow her on Twitter @chrystacherrie.


Kellie Carbone

Mon, Oct 24, 2011 : 10:11 p.m.

Sunday is the 30th, not the 31st! So, it still leaves me wondering, is trick-or-treating Sunday or Monday?

Kimber Arnold

Sun, Oct 31, 2010 : 3:14 p.m.

Thank you for the Trick-or-Treat times! We just moved to Ypsilanti and had no idea when to take out little ones out. Now, if only I knew where to take them. I'm told out neighborhood is not a good one for trick-or-treating.

Chrysta Cherrie

Mon, Oct 25, 2010 : 12:14 p.m.

Here's one for Wayne County that came to my inbox: Halloween Free Fest is this coming weekend, Saturday October 30th at Saint Andrews Hall in Downtown Detroit. This is the first year of what is sure to become an annual event. The show will feature over 20 Bands on 2 Stages and incorporate 2 shows into one event.


Fri, Oct 22, 2010 : 10:48 a.m.

MSC, don't answer the door.


Thu, Oct 21, 2010 : 9:33 p.m.

I just think 5-8 is a ridiculous amount of time for trick or treating in Ann Arbor. I think 6-7 or even 6-8 is plenty! Although Halloween is on a Sunday this year, 5:00 on weekdays with kids,daycare pick-ups, work, dinner, etc... is very hard to do! Not that you must go out at that time, but kids do come knocking on your door the full time.

Chrysta Cherrie

Thu, Oct 14, 2010 : 11:34 p.m.

We haven't received Ypsi trick or treat time info yet. When we do, we'll update the guide.


Thu, Oct 14, 2010 : 11:27 p.m.

Hey Ed, any idea of the trick or treat times for Ypsi and Ypsi Twp? Whether I agree with scheduled times or not, it's nice to know when to sit down, relax, and let the dogs back out!

Stephen Landes

Wed, Oct 13, 2010 : 10:18 p.m.

Trick or Treat times? Who decided that we needed set times for such an individual and personal activity. Which organization decided they had the time to consider and the authority to establish permissible times for Hallowe'en? Foolishness -- an NO TREATS for them at all!