Halloween with University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

The Halloween Party at University of Michigan Museum of Natural History is one of our favorite Ann Arbor Halloween events. While the museum is still closed, they are holding a costume contest and Halloween at Home fun.

About the UM Museum of Natural History Halloween Party

The UMMNH Halloween Party was typically held on the Sunday afternoon before Halloween. It was always packed with activities spread across the galleries. The exact activities varied year to year, but there were often crafts, live animals, stories spooky experiences. As a parent one thing that always stood out to me was the effort that many of the student docents put into their costumes.

The last party was held in 2017 since the museum closed in 2018 as they moved to the new building. Last year (2019) they were still working on the second phase of reopening. We were hoping it would return this year…of course 2020 had other ideas with the museum still closed to the public due to COVID-19.

But, that isn’t stopping the UMMNH this year. They are hosting both Halloween@Home with Science Fun and a Costume Contest on Halloween.

Halloween@Home

In Halloween@Home, UMMNH will host a FREE spooky science webinar. There will be spooky science demos and a chance to vote in their Frightening Fun Costume Contest

Advance registration is needed for Halloween@Home. Registration is FREE, but donations are encouraged to support the museum.

Frightening Fun Costume Contest

UMMNH is holding a costume contest this year with lots of fun categories. To enter, you need to upload photos of your costume by 5p on October 30. 30 of the best costumes will be featured in a slide show during Halloween@Home for a chance to win the People’s Choice category.

Costumes will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Best Prehistoric Creature
  • Best Scientist
  • Best Scientific Concept
  • Best Group Costume
  • People’s Choice (determined by votes during Halloween@Home).

Costumes will be evaluated based on creativity and execution. Prizes will be delivered to local winners by a costumed T-Rex.

Other Virtual Halloween Events

The Ann Arbor District Library is also holding Virtual Halloween Programming this year.

Halloween with the Ann Arbor District Library

In Person Halloween Events

Yankee Air Museum Halloween Spooktacular

The Yankee Air Museum’s Halloween SpooktacularΒ is on Halloween from 10a-4p. There will be activities at the Air Adventures Hangar and the museum. Advance registration is reqiured and includes 1 hour at the hangar and 1 hour at the Museum.


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Check out our review of visiting the Yankee Air Museum.

Yankee Air Museum - Riveting

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Halloween in Your Car

Drive thru and drive in Halloween events are a great way to maintain social distance while having fun. Several local organizations have responded by creating drive thru and drive in events.

Ann Arbor Drive Thru Halloween Events

Events on Halloween

Date/Time Event
10/31/2020
10:00am-2:00pm
All Hallow's Read
at Manchester District Library, Manchester Michigan
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10/31/2020
10:00am-4:00pm
Halloween Spooktacular
at Yankee Air Museum, Belleville Michigan
10/31/2020
10:00am-2:00pm
Outdoor Storytime
at Manchester District Library, Manchester Michigan
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10/31/2020
11:30am-12:00pm
Halloween Party!
Virtual Event - Enjoy at Home
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10/31/2020
4:00pm-6:00pm
Halloween Drive
at The Petting Farm at Domino’s Farms, Ann Arbor MI
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10/31/2020
4:30pm-5:30pm
Halloween@Home
Virtual Event - Enjoy at Home
10/31/2020
6:30pm-9:00pm
The Haunted Drive Thru Trick or Treat
at Ring of Steel, Ann Arbor Michigan
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10/31/2020
7:00pm-11:00pm
Halloween Drive
at The Petting Farm at Domino’s Farms, Ann Arbor MI
10/31/2020
7:00pm-8:30pm
Halloween Drive-In-Movie - Family Movie
at Zion Lutheran Church, Ann Arbor Michigan
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10/31/2020
7:00pm-9:00pm
Halloween Glow
at North Star Reach, Pinckney Michigan
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10/31/2020
7:00pm-9:00pm
Lift Off: Night Terrors
Virtual Event - Enjoy at Home
10/31/2020
9:00pm-11:00pm
Halloween Drive-In-Movie - Middle School/High School Movie
at Zion Lutheran Church, Ann Arbor Michigan

More Halloween Events

Don’t miss our Halloween Happenings with even more Halloween fun throughout the Halloween season.

Washtenaw Halloween Happenings

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What Halloween events are you attending this weekend?

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