Ann Arbor Halloween Events for Kids

I love Halloween in Ann Arbor. There are always a lot of fun family Halloween Events around town and in surrounding communities. I must not be the only one who love Ann Arbor Halloween since the website has a spike in traffic every October with people looking for information on Halloween events.

I will continue to add to the post as more events are announced. If you see an event that I missed be sure to let me know in the comments, by social media, or by email.

Ann Arbor Halloween Events

My Favorite Ann Arbor Halloween Events

For years my Favorite Ann Arbor Halloween Event was the AADL Halloween Party and the Main Street Treat Parade. The event is geared towards toddlers and preschoolers. It is so much fun to see all of the little kids trick or treating along Main St. This year’s Main Street Treat Parade will be on Friday, October 30. I miss the years when my daughter was young enough to attend.

Ann Arbor Halloween Events - Main Street Treat Parade


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More recently, our favorite Halloween activity has been the Family Halloween Party at the UM Museum of Natural History which will be held on Sunday, October 25 this year. The event is typically very crowded, so be prepared for crowds.

Ann Arbor Halloween Events - Family Halloween Party at UM Museum of Natural History

Beyond Ann Arbor Halloween Events

There are a number of great events beyond Ann Arbor. We have attended Hallowe’en at Greenfield Village a number of times over the years. Hallowe’en is an old-fashioned Halloween celebration. The event is offered Thursday through Sunday nights through October 25. We attended the event on Friday, October 16 as a guest reviewer for Living to the Fullest. Check out our review on their site.


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Hallowe'en at Greenfield Village

The Toledo Zoo offers several Halloween events: Little Boo on October 22 and 23 and Pumpkin Path on October 24 and 25. These events include treats, animals, and some special guests this year. They also have Jumping Pumpkins on Halloween.

Halloween Events at the Toledo Zoo

The Detroit Zoo’s Zoo Boo event is offered on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights through October 25th.

For older kids, I definitely recommend HalloWeekends at Cedar Point. We visited in September during Bloggy Conference. We had a great time on the rides, and tried some of the haunted areas this year for the first time.

Cedar Point HalloWeekends 2015 Pumpkin Blaze

Ann Arbor Area Halloween – Trick or Treat Times

A reader has asked whether Trick or Treat will be moved because of falling on a weekend. In 2009 and 2010 Halloween was on a Saturday and a Sunday respectively. Trick or Treat didn’t change, it was still held on the evening of Halloween. Personally I’m thrilled it’s on the weekend so we don’t have to rush home from work/school or worry about getting up early for school the next morning. I found a listing of Trick or Treat times from 2014 on Mlive (it’s at the bottom of the post):

  • Ann Arbor – 5-8p
  • Chelsea – 5:30-7:30p
  • Pittsfield Township – 6-8p
  • Ypsilanti – Dusk
  • Saline – 6-8p
  • Dexter – 5:30-7:30p
  • Milan – 6-8p
  • Manchester – 5-7p

If I hear of any changes to the 2015 schedule, I’ll be sure to update the information above. 

Indoor Halloween Alternatives for a Rainy Day

Ugh for the third year in a row it looks like rain on Halloween night. Check out our Indoor Halloween suggestions

Halloween Treats

Plenty of businesses in the Ann Arbor Area are offering special deals in honor of Halloween. Quality 16 is offering a free kids movie ticket to see Goosebumps or Hotel Transylvania 2 on Halloween with the purchase of an adult ticket.

There are also a number of dining deals around town in the days leading up to Halloween. Be sure to check our Halloween Dining Deals and make a plan for your family.

After Halloween

After Halloween, don’t forget to check out these Halloween Candy Buy Back Programs.

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Anna Mae

Anna Mae owns & operates Ann Arbor with Kids, a website dedicated to Family Activities in Ann Arbor. My husband and I moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 and our daughter joined the family in 2006.

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