Arbor Annie’s Weekend Roundup – October 26-28

This weekend’s event calendar is jam packed – mostly with pre-Halloween events. Sadly, we won’t be able to attend many events. My daughter has a very busy schedule between school events, friends, and Girl Scouts.

Arbor Annie's Weekend Picks - October 26-28

Arbor Annie’s Weekend Picks

With Halloween this week, it’s the last weekend for fall fun. Unfortunately there is some rain in the forecast. At least there are a number of indoor activities.

Friday night kicks off the weekend with our top pick – ypsiGLOW. My daughter and I had a great time their first year. Also on Friday night is  Halloween Extravaganza at Dixboro Farmers Market, and  Downtown Trick or Treat in Milan.


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Saturday starts with Halloween Comic Fest – formerly known as Spooky Free Comic Book Day. My daughter loves Zap Zone (our sponsor), so I know she’ll be thrilled with their Tag & Treat Costume Party.

Zap Zone Tag & Treat

Saturday wraps up with parties in the evening: Spooky Species at The Creature ConservancyAnimal Haunts at LSNC, Muttster Mash Bash at Humane Society, and Halloween Bash at Meri Lou Murray Rec Center.

Since the UM Museum of Natural History is closed this year they are not holding their annual party. Other museum Halloween events are Saturday Sampler Tour: Haunted History at Kelsey Museum and Halloween Spooktacular at Yankee Air Museum.


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Sunday wraps up the weekend with more Halloween fun. There is the AADL Costume Contest,  Halloween Parade and Spooky Fun! in Kerrytown, Scio Township Fire Department Halloween Party, and Halloween Party & Sensory Friendly Day at USA Hockey Arena. The weekend concludes with Halloween Concert at Hill Auditorium.

If you’re like us and have not gotten a pumpkin yet, make time for a trip to a local Pumpkin Patch (but be sure to check the weather first).

Ann Arbor Pumpkin Patches

My daughter made a second corn maze trip this time to Coleman’s with her swim team.

Ann Arbor Corn Maze Guide

It’s still apple season. If you haven’t picked yet or want to visit a cider mill, check out our list of apple orchards & cider mills. Locations may start closing so be sure to verify before heading to the orchard.

Ann Arbor Outdoor Activities - Ann Arbor Orchards & Cider Mills

Top Weekend Event Picks

Friday Picks

  • 3:00pm-7:00pm Halloween Extravaganza & End of Dixboro Farmers Market at Dixboro Farmers Market
  • 5:00pm-6:00pm Downtown Trick or Treat at Downtown Milan
  • 5:00pm-7:00pm Skelementary at U of M School of Education
  • 5:30pm-7:00pm Halloween Downtown at Ypsilanti District Library – Downtown
  • 6:30pm-8:00pm Den of Darkness at Pittsfield Township Community Center
  • 6:30pm-9:00pm Wicked Horrors - No Live Monsters at Wicked Horrors
  • 7:00pm-8:00pm Concert: Joo Won Park Electronics at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 7:00pm-8:30pm Mini Succulent Pumpkins at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 7:30pm-9:00pm Celebration of Halloween: 1978 Concert at Morris Lawrence Building
  • 7:30pm Orchestra Halloween Concert at Pease Auditorium
  • Saturday Picks

  • 10:00am-2:00pm Cardboard Challenge at Ann Arbor Art Center
  • 10:00am-10:00pm Halloween Comic Fest at Stadium Cards & Comics
  • 10:00am-10:00pm Halloween Comic Fest - formerly known as Spooky Free Comic Book Day at Vault of Midnight
  • 10:00am-3:00pm Halloween Spooktacular at Yankee Air Museum
  • 10:00am-6:00pm Just Treats at Zingerman’s Bakehouse
  • 10:00am-12:00pm Kids Club: Monster Bash at Michaels
  • 10:00am-12:00pm Not-So-Spooky Children's Boo Brunch at Pretzel Bell
  • 10:00am-1:00pm Tag & Treat Costume Party at Zap-Zone
  • 11:00am-1:00pm Kids Halloween Party at Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse
  • 11:30am-12:30pm LEGO Make & Take at Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor
  • 12:00pm-2:00pm Halloween Bash at Ann Arbor Farmers Market
  • 1:00pm-2:00pm Halloween Crafts at Westgate Branch of AADL
  • 1:00pm-2:00pm Halloween Crafts! at Westgate Branch of AADL
  • 1:00pm-3:00pm MAKE break: Monster Slime at Michaels
  • 1:00pm-3:00pm Zombie Apocalypse Survival at Hudson Mills Metropark
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm Halloween Good Night with Author Rebecca Grabill at Nicola’s Books
  • 2:00pm-3:30pm Meet & Greet with Minion at Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm Saturday Sampler Tour: Haunted History at Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
  • 3:00pm-5:00pm Murder at Raccoon Ranch - Suspect Meet & Greet at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 3:00pm-4:30pm Ypsilanti Township Trunk or Treat at Ypsilanti Township Community Center
  • 5:00pm-8:00pm Boo Bash at Briarwood Mall
  • 6:00pm-8:00pm Animal Haunts at Leslie Science & Nature Center
  • 6:00pm-8:00pm Muttster Mash Bash at Humane Society of Huron Valley
  • 6:30pm-8:30pm Halloween Bash at Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center
  • 7:00pm-9:00pm Wicked Horrors at Wicked Horrors
  • 10:00pm-2:00am Halloween All-You-Can-Play at Zap-Zone
  • Sunday Picks

  • 10:00pm-2:00am Halloween All-You-Can-Play at Zap-Zone
  • 12:30pm-2:30pm Halloween Parade and Spooky Fun! at Kerrytown Market & Shops
  • 1:00pm-4:00pm Sensory Friendly Day at USA Hockey Arena at USA Hockey Arena
  • 1:00pm-2:00pm Spider Web Art at Pittsfield Branch Library
  • 1:30pm Frankenweenie: Toyota Family Friendly Film Series at State Theater
  • 2:00pm-4:00pm Walk and Snap Photo Hike at Independence Lake
  • 3:00pm-4:30pm Trunk or Treat with St Paul Lutheran School at St Paul Lutheran School
  • 4:00pm-5:00pm Organ Spooktacular at First Presbyterian Church
  • 5:00pm-7:00pm Trunk or Treat at American Legion Post 282
  • Movies

    The Free Fall Movies at Quality 16 concludes this weekend. This weekend’s movie is Hotel Transylvania 3 – perfect for Halloween Weekend.

    Ann Arbor Free Morning Movies at Quality 16 - Fall 2018

    The Toyota Family Friendly Film Series gets in on the Halloween celebrations with Frankenweenie.

    Goosebumps 2 opened earlier this month. While it is only rated PG, use your judgement about how your child handles suspense.

    Other family friendly movies at the theater are Smallfoot and House with a Clock in Its Walls.

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    Looking Forward to Next Week

    Date/Time Event
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    10/29/2018
    10:30am-11:30am
    Halloween Story Time & Craft Hour
    at Nicola’s Books, Ann Arbor MI
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    10/29/2018
    5:30pm-6:30pm
    Trunk or Treat
    at Huron Valley PACE, Ypsilanti Michigan
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    10/30/2018
    9:00am-11:00am
    Baby's Halloween & Open House
    at A2 Montessori, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    10/30/2018
    10:30am-12:00pm
    Halloween Fun Moms Group
    at Align Chiropractic Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    10/30/2018
    4:00pm-6:00pm
    Crafternoon - Little Monsters
    at the Scrap Box, Ann Arbor Mi
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    10/30/2018
    5:30pm-9:00pm
    Haunts for Hunger
    at Haunts for Hunger, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    10/31/2018
    7:00am-10:00pm
    Free Scary Face Pancakes
    at IHOP, Ypsilanti Michigan
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    10/31/2018
    11:00am-2:00pm
    Trick or Treat at the Mansion
    at University Bank, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    10/31/2018
    5:30pm-9:00pm
    Haunts for Hunger
    at Haunts for Hunger, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    10/31/2018
    6:30pm-9:00pm
    Halloween Candy Safety Checks
    at McDonalds, Ypsilanti Michigan
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    10/31/2018
    7:00pm-8:30pm
    Halloween Wind Down and Candy Checks
    at UAW Hall, Saline Michigan
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    11/02/2018
    6:00pm-8:00pm
    Hands-On Museum Family Night: Math & Engineering
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    11/02/2018
    7:30pm-9:30pm
    Family Mew-vie Night
    at Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    11/03/2018
    10:00am-12:00pm
    Kids Club: Christmas Tree
    at Michaels, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    11/03/2018
    10:30am-11:30am
    Native American Storytelling
    at Ypsilanti District Library – Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti Michigan
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    11/03/2018
    11:00am-12:00pm
    Harry Potter's Wizarding Workshop
    at Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor MI
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    11/03/2018
    12:00pm-2:00pm
    Jump-A-Rama Princess Gymnastics Party
    at Ypsilanti Township Community Center, Ypsilanti Michigan
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    11/03/2018
    2:00pm-3:00pm
    Bat Biology
    at Ypsilanti District Library – Superior, Ypsilanti Michigan
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    11/03/2018
    2:00pm-3:00pm
    Harry Potter's Wizarding Workshop
    at Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor MI
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    11/03/2018
    3:00pm-4:00pm
    Mickey Mouse's Birthday Part 1: Create a Necklace
    at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    11/04/2018
    10:00am-11:00am
    Nature Storytime - Super Senses: Sight!
    at Leslie Science & Nature Center, Ann Arbor MI
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    11/04/2018
    1:30pm
    Family-Friendly Film Series - Babe
    at State Theater, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    11/04/2018
    2:00pm-5:00pm
    Copper Wire Jewelry
    at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    11/04/2018
    2:00pm
    Mother Goose & Lucy Locket Storytime
    at Kerrytown Market & Shops, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    11/04/2018
    3:00pm-4:00pm
    Make Your Own Kaleidoscope
    at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

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    All Weekend Events

    With Halloween on Monday, we will have a special Halloween week roundup on Monday morning.

    Friday, October 26, 2018

    Date/Time Event
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    10/26/2018
    3:00pm-7:00pm
    Halloween Extravaganza & End of Dixboro Farmers Market
    at Dixboro Farmers Market, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    10/26/2018
    5:00pm-6:00pm
    Downtown Trick or Treat
    at Downtown Milan, Milan Michigan
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    10/26/2018
    5:00pm-7:00pm
    Skelementary
    at U of M School of Education, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    10/26/2018
    5:30pm-7:00pm
    Halloween Downtown
    at Ypsilanti District Library – Downtown, Ypsilanti Michigan
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    10/26/2018
    6:30pm-8:00pm
    Den of Darkness
    at Pittsfield Township Community Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    10/26/2018
    6:30pm-9:00pm
    Wicked Horrors - No Live Monsters
    at Wicked Horrors, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    10/26/2018
    7:00pm-8:00pm
    Concert: Joo Won Park Electronics
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    10/26/2018
    7:00pm
    JJ's Place
    at James & Anne Duderstadt Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    10/26/2018
    7:00pm-8:30pm
    Mini Succulent Pumpkins
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    10/26/2018
    7:30pm-9:00pm
    Celebration of Halloween: 1978 Concert
    at Morris Lawrence Building, Ann Arbor MI
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    10/26/2018
    7:30pm
    Orchestra Halloween Concert
    at Pease Auditorium, Ypsilanti Michigan

    Saturday, October 27, 2018

    Date/Time Event
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    10/27/2018
    7:00am-3:00pm
    Ann Arbor Farmers Market
    at Ann Arbor Farmers Market, Ann Arbor MI
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    10/27/2018
    10:00am-2:00pm
    Cardboard Challenge
    at Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    10/27/2018
    10:00am-10:00pm
    Halloween Comic Fest
    at Stadium Cards & Comics, Ypsilanti Michigan
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    10/27/2018
    10:00am-10:00pm
    Halloween Comic Fest - formerly known as Spooky Free Comic Book Day
    at Vault of Midnight, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    10/27/2018
    10:00am-3:00pm
    Halloween Spooktacular
    at Yankee Air Museum, Belleville Michigan
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    10/27/2018
    10:00am-6:00pm
    Just Treats
    at Zingerman’s Bakehouse, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    10/27/2018
    10:00am-12:00pm
    Kids Club: Monster Bash
    at Michaels, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    10/27/2018
    10:00am-12:00pm
    Not-So-Spooky Children's Boo Brunch
    at Pretzel Bell, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    10/27/2018
    10:00am-1:00pm

    Tag & Treat Costume Party


    at Zap-Zone, Ann Arbor Michigan
    Zap Zone is having a Tag & Treat Costume Party. There will be candy stations, costume contest, kid-friendly haunted house, and a free attraction to use that day.
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    10/27/2018
    11:00am-1:00pm
    Kids Halloween Party
    at Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse, Ypsilanti Michigan
    🎟
    10/27/2018
    11:30am

    Family Capoeira Class


    at The Phoenix Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
    Capoeira, from Brazil, combines elements of martial arts, acrobatics, music, and dance. Capoeira is great for kids! A fun family friendly atmosphere develops confidence and coordination. Children and adults learn to sing in Portuguese and play traditional instruments.  We are so excited to start our family class! This is a...Read More
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    10/27/2018
    11:30am-12:30pm
    LEGO Make & Take
    at Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor MI
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    10/27/2018
    12:00pm-2:00pm
    Halloween Bash
    at Ann Arbor Farmers Market, Ann Arbor MI
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    10/27/2018
    12:00pm-3:00pm
    We The People Growers Association: Harvest Festival of Thanks!
    at Grace Fellowship Church, Ypsilanti Michigan
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    10/27/2018
    1:00pm-2:00pm
    Halloween Crafts
    at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    10/27/2018
    1:00pm-2:00pm
    Halloween Crafts!
    at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    10/27/2018
    1:00pm-3:00pm
    MAKE break: Monster Slime
    at Michaels, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙
    10/27/2018
    1:00pm-3:00pm
    Zombie Apocalypse Survival
    at Hudson Mills Metropark, Dexter Michigan
    💙🆓
    10/27/2018
    2:00pm-3:00pm
    Halloween Good Night with Author Rebecca Grabill
    at Nicola’s Books, Ann Arbor MI
    💙🆓
    10/27/2018
    2:00pm-3:30pm
    Meet & Greet with Minion
    at Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor MI
    💙🆓
    10/27/2018
    2:00pm-3:00pm
    Saturday Sampler Tour: Haunted History
    at Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    10/27/2018
    3:00pm-5:00pm
    Murder at Raccoon Ranch - Suspect Meet & Greet
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    10/27/2018
    3:00pm-4:30pm
    Ypsilanti Township Trunk or Treat
    at Ypsilanti Township Community Center, Ypsilanti Michigan
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    10/27/2018
    4:00pm-5:30pm
    Fall Festival
    at Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor MI
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    10/27/2018
    4:00pm-6:00pm
    Trunk or Treat at Zion Lutheran Church
    at Zion Lutheran Church, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    10/27/2018
    5:00pm-8:00pm
    Boo Bash
    at Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    10/27/2018
    6:00pm-8:00pm
    Animal Haunts
    at Leslie Science & Nature Center, Ann Arbor MI
    💙🎟
    10/27/2018
    6:00pm-8:00pm
    Muttster Mash Bash
    at Humane Society of Huron Valley, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    10/27/2018
    6:30pm-8:30pm
    Halloween Bash
    at Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
    10/27/2018
    7:00pm
    Michigan vs. Minnesota Volleyball - Halloween Fest
    at Cliff Keen Arena, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    10/27/2018
    7:00pm-9:00pm
    Wicked Horrors
    at Wicked Horrors, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    10/27/2018 - 10/28/2018
    10:00pm-2:00am

    Halloween All-You-Can-Play


    at Zap-Zone, Ann Arbor Michigan
    Join Zap-Zone for an all-you-can-play laser tag event for just $25.

    Sunday, October 28, 2018

    Date/Time Event
    10/28/2018
    9:30am-10:30am
    Pre & Post Natal Corrective Exercise
    at Peachy Fitness, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    10/28/2018
    12:30pm-2:30pm
    Halloween Parade and Spooky Fun!
    at Kerrytown Market & Shops, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙
    10/28/2018
    1:00pm-4:00pm
    Sensory Friendly Day at USA Hockey Arena
    at USA Hockey Arena, Plymouth Michigan
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    10/28/2018
    1:00pm-2:00pm
    Spider Web Art
    at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    10/28/2018
    1:30pm
    Frankenweenie: Toyota Family Friendly Film Series
    at State Theater, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    10/28/2018
    2:00pm-4:00pm
    Walk and Snap Photo Hike
    at Independence Lake, Whitmore Lake Michigan
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    10/28/2018
    3:00pm-4:30pm
    Trunk or Treat with St Paul Lutheran School
    at St Paul Lutheran School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    10/28/2018
    4:00pm-5:00pm
    NaNoWriMo Kick Off Party
    at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    10/28/2018
    4:00pm-5:00pm
    Organ Spooktacular
    at First Presbyterian Church, Ypsilanti Michigan
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    10/28/2018
    5:00pm-7:00pm
    Trunk or Treat
    at American Legion Post 282, Ypsilanti Michigan
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