Ann Arbor Indoor Halloween

Ann Arbor Indoor Halloween Activities

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It is a rainy Halloween in Ann Arbor. The last time it was rainy on Halloween, it was a Saturday so there were indoor Halloween activities during the day. Unfortunately, most of those happened this past weekend. Still, we have a few suggestions.

The rain forecast for today is not promising. The chance of rain drops from 2-4p, but it is still at least a 70% chance.


Our Indoor Halloween Recommendations

All of the indoor activities on the calendar are during the school day. I did not find any indoor activities in the evening or after school.

The Ann Arbor District Library’s Halloween Parties at the Downtown Branch are indoor. It includes story time, a puppet show, and trick or treat. There are sessions both at 10a and 11:30a.

Ypsilanti District Library has a Spooky Storytime at Cultivate.


Ruby’s Makery in Dexter has an indoor Halloween event and Learning Express has a Tiny Tots event. Both require registration, but I suggest calling ASAP this morning.

Date/Time Event
Halloween Party!
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
Not-So-Spooky Halloween Party
at Ruby’s Makery, Dexter Michigan
Boo Bash
at Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor Michigan

I have heard of nursing homes in various areas having trick or treat events. I checked several in the Ann Arbor area and did not find any information. If you know of any, let us know.

Main Street Treat Parade

The Main Street Treat Parade is always fun, even in the rain. A few locations allow you to get inside for awhile.

  • The Courthouse usually has multiple stops. When my daughter was younger, you could not bring a camera in, but I’ve heard that is no longer the rule.
  • Stop at various shops and browse. Cherry Republic, Ten Thousand Villages, Crazy Wisdom, and more are good for browsing
  • Plan lunch. Conor O’Neills was our tradition
  • Multiple businesses in one location. There are a couple of places where there are multiple businesses with indoor entrances.

Halloween Dining Deals

Check out some of the Halloween Dining Deals. They are mostly inside.

2019 Ann Arbor Halloween Dining Deals

Rainy Halloween Costume Suggestions

Some costumes are better for rain than others. A couple of years ago, my daughter was supposed to be a Minecraft Enderman with a cardboard head. With a rainy Halloween we quickly pivoted to a black cat. Check out our list of Rainy Day Halloween Costumes, many of which are easy to quickly put together.

Costume Ideas for a Rainy Halloween

Halloween Crafts & Treats

Instead of covering the whole neighborhood in trick or treat tonight, visit a few neighbors and plan indoor fun. Here are a few ideas for crafts, games, and treats.

Halloween Craft Ideas

Paper Jack-O-Lanterns are easy for kids of all ages to make. Toddlers can just draw the faces, while older kids an also do the cutting.

Paper Jack O'Lanterns


Pick up some small pumpkins at the grocery store for painting tonight.

Do you have black balloons? Add some black streamers to make spiders.

Halloween Game Ideas

Ring toss on a witch’s hat is a great Halloween game. Cut the center out of paper plates, stuff the witch’s hat so it stands up and have the kids try to land them on the hat.

Halloween toss. Use your extra trick or treat candy to toss into Halloween buckets.


Halloween Treat Ideas

Orange O’Lanterns are time consuming, but manageable for a small group.

Orange O'Lanterns

Candy Corn Fruit Cups are also simple. I already have all the ingredients in my house – pineapple, mandarin oranges, and whipped topping. When making for a smaller group, I would make them a little larger and not in disposable cups.

Candy Corn Fruit

Of course you can always make and decorate cupcakes or a cake.

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