What’s your favorite part of Ann Arbor fall? Mine is probably the donuts and cider that are available. Whether you love going to the Apple Orchard, Going for a Hay Ride, Halloween, or attending a Michigan Football game, our Ann Arbor Fall Guide has tips for you. With 2020, there are a few changes to fall activities for social distancing. For example, Michigan Football games were delayed until October and there will be no spectators.
Note: We are in the process of updating this content for 2020
- Ann Arbor Fall Guides
- Ann Arbor Halloween Guide
- Fall Festivals, Hayrides & More Fall Fun
Ann Arbor Fall Guides
Apple Orchards & Cider Mills
For me the first sign of fall (other than kids returning to school), is the start of the apple picking season. We are lucky to have so many great orchards and cider mills in the Ann Arbor area. Unfortunately 2020 is a bad year for Michigan apples. A late frost on Mother’s Day weekend damaged many crops.
Ann Arbor Corn Mazes
We also love visiting the corn maze. Personally, I think they are a great socially distant activity since they are outside and we don’t usually see a lot of people in the maze, but the rest of my family is more skeptical. Many local Corn Mazes are open, but not all of them. Our Corn Maze Guide has details on each of the corn mazes.
Ann Arbor Pumpkin Patches
As my daughter has gotten older, we have been skipping the pumpkin patch more often. But, with less activities this fall, we are going to try to make time to visit a pumpkin patch. It is a great socially distant activity especially if we can go on a weekday. .
Of course in a college town, fall usually means College Football. This year, the Big 10 delayed football with the season starting in October. However, there will be no spectators at the game. Instead of going to a game, why not host an at home tailgate? We have some ideas.
Hopefully next year College Football (and life) will be back to normal.
Ann Arbor Halloween Guide
Of course no discussion of Fall is complete without Halloween. Over the years of writing this site, I’ve realized Ann Arbor loves Halloween. There are tons of great events and I always see a traffic spike. As with most things, Halloween will look a little different this year. Some events have been cancelled and others have been modified for social distancing.
Washtenaw Halloween Happenings
Check out our Halloween picks in our guide to Washtenaw Halloween Happenings and links to events throughout Southeast Michigan.
Drive Thru Halloween Fun
This year social distancing is of great importance. A number of Drive-Thru/Drive-In events are being offered to allow for maximum social distancing.
Where to Get Halloween Costumes
There are plenty of ways for everyone in the family to find the perfect Halloween costumes. Check out our lists of Halloween shops, craft supplies, resale, and costume swaps.
Ann Arbor Pumpkin Decorating
Skip the mess of carving or painting pumpkins at home. Head to one of these Pumpkin Decorating Events instead.
Ann Arbor Area Trunk or Treats
Trunk or Treats are very popular events to replace Trick or Treats. Kids head to a parking lot and visit decorated car trunks instead of going door to door. Ann Arbor Trunk or Treats are usually held in advance of Halloween.
Ann Arbor Area Trick or Treat Times
Wondering what time trick or treat is in various communities? We’ve got the list of Washtenaw Country Trick or Treat Times.
Halloween Dining Deals
Each year there are a number of specials for Halloween dining deals. They are usually announced in mid-October. In the meantime, check out the 2018 local Halloween Restaurant Specials. Both IHOP and Chipotle have offered deals for many years, and I expect them to continue this trend.
Fall Festivals, Hayrides & More Fall Fun
at Independence Lake, Whitmore Lake Michigan
Testing, event will be updated for fall 2021 details when available. Looking for a little mystery this fall? Come to Independence Lake County Park and visit Scarecrow Lane, where you can solve the great mystery of the Blue Heron Scarecrow, and enjoy family friendly activities! Activities include: building your own...Read More