Arbor Annie’s Halloween Planner

With Halloween on Thursday, Arbor Annie has all the information you need to plan your Halloween day – Trick or Treat Events & Times, Dining Deals, & Post-Halloween Events.

Arbor Annie's Halloween Planner from Ann Arbor with Kids

Daytime Halloween Events

If your kids aren’t in school full time, there are several day time trick or treat events. My daughter and I loved the Main Street Area Halloween Treat Parade. It is ending earlier this year – at 3p. Previously it ran until 5p – last year my daughter and friends went after school (as 7th graders). We always started at the library party. This year the library has two sessions – from 10-10:30a and from 11:30a-noon.

Ann Arbor Halloween Events - Main Street Treat Parade

Downtown Dexter will also have trick or treat at downtown businesses from 9a-4p with additional business and the Chamber of Commerce in Monument Park from 1-4p. Additionally, Ruby’s Makery is holding a Not-So-Spooky Halloween Party (Advance registration is required).


All Halloween events on Halloween:

Date/Time Event
Downtown Dexter Trick or Treat
at Monument Park, Dexter Michigan
Halloween Party!
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
Pick Your Pumpkin Hayrides
at Kensington Metropark Farm Center, Milford MI
Spooky Story Time
at Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse, Ypsilanti Michigan

Halloween Treat Parade

at Main Street Area, Ann Arbor MI
Halloween Treat ParadeThe Main Street Area Association will hold their 18th annual Halloween Treat Parade on Halloween from 11a-3p. Stop by participating businesses to trick or treat (the list of businesses will be added to theΒ Main Street Area Association's website). Before the Halloween Treat Parade starts, the Downtown Branch of...Read More
Halloween Party!
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
Not-So-Spooky Halloween Party
at Ruby’s Makery, Dexter Michigan
2nd Annual Community Trick or Treat
at The Cedars of Dexter, Dexter Michigan
Halloween Caramel Apple Event
at Downtown Manchester, Manchester Michigan
Haunts for Hunger
at Haunts for Hunger, Ann Arbor Michigan
Halloween Candy Safety Checks
at McDonalds, Ann Arbor Michigan

Halloween Food

We’re used to eating a late dinner, so it is always a struggle to fit dinner in before trick or treat. There are several places that offer free or discounted meals on Halloween. Over the years we’ve taken advantage of several offers. At 13, my daughter has aged out of kids meals, but there are still plenty of offers that she is eligible for.

2019 Ann Arbor Halloween Dining Deals

Trick or Treat Information

Did you know that most local municipalities have set or recommended Trick or Treat Times? We’ve got all of the information here. Of course, pay attention to any local recommendations from your own neighborhood.

Ann Arbor Trick or Treat Times

The early Halloween weather forecast is looking iffy. It is scheduled to be in the 30s & 40s with a 90% chance of rain early in the day and a 60% chance later in the day. Hopefully the rain stays away. Check out our suggestions for Rainy Day Halloween Costumes.

Costume Ideas for a Rainy Halloween

When the kids are trick or treating, it’s always good to keep a few rules in mind.

  1. An adult should accompany kids under 12 – but please don’t creep along behind them in the car. Park the car and get out and walk. Yes, this is a pet peeve of mine.
  2. Don’t go into houses of people you don’t know
  3. Skip houses without their lights on
  4. Be careful cutting across yards especially those with lit Halloween decorations. Use the sidewalks/driveways when possible.
  5. Make sure the kids dress for the weather – layers under their costume for cool weather.
  6. If your residence is’t conducive to trick or treating (apartments, rural areas, no sidewalks), meet up with a friend in their trick or treat friendly neighborhood

A few tips for those who are handing out candy

  1. Turn your porch light off if you aren’t participating
  2. Be ready by the door
  3. Have non-candy treats for those with allergies (or everyone) – Check out the Teal Pumpkin Project for a selection of printable door signs.
  4. Don’t invite kids inside
  5. Be welcoming to all trick or treaters – including the teens, out of neighborhood kids, and those who may be non-verbal or struggling with the sensory overflow of trick or treating.

After Halloween

Don’t worry if your kids collect too much Halloween candy (or you end up with too many leftovers). We are still updating our list of Candy Take Back programs around town. Let the kids save a reasonable amount of candy, then pass it along through one of these programs. Check back on Friday for the latest list, 2019 events are still being announced.

Ann Arbor Halloween Candy Buy Back Programs


After Halloween Saline has The Great Pumpkin Roll on Saturday, November 2 to get rid of your carved pumpkins.

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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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