Pre-Halloween Adventures in Ann Arbor with Kids

Since Halloween is next Saturday, many places are holding their celebrations this weekend. Some of my favorite Halloween celebrations are this week. In addition to the Halloween events, there are a number of other great events.  I think this weekend needs to be twice as long to attend as many events as we would like!

Pre Halloween Weekend Activities in Ann Arbor with Kids

Halloween Activities this Weekend

Ann Arbor Halloween Activities

Now that my daughter is older, my favorite Ann Arbor Halloween celebration is the Family Halloween Party at the UM Museum of Natural History on Sunday.

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

Other Ann Arbor Halloween Activities that I recommend are Saturday’s GameStart Fall Festival. My daughter has been asking to go since receiving a flyer at school. We attended last year and she had a lot of fun. Unfortunately I don’t know that it will work in our schedule this year. 


GameStart Fall Festival

A few other Halloween activities include Halloween at the Ann Arbor Farmers MarketKids Club Pet Spider at Michaels, and Spooky Species at The Creature Conservancy. Be sure to check the event calendar at the bottom of the post for the full activity list.

Halloween Beyond Ann Arbor

Beyond Ann Arbor, it’s also Little Boo at the Zoo (Friday) and Pumpkin Path (Saturday and Sunday) at the Toledo Zoo.


Halloween Events at the Toledo Zoo

We also loved attending Hallowe’en at Greenfield Village last weekend. There are very limited tickets available for the last 3 days this weekend. Check out our guest review on Living to the Fullest.

Hallowe'en at Greenfield Village

Halloween Events Guide

Plus, don’t miss our complete Halloween Events Guide for fun holiday activities this weekend and through next week.

Ann Arbor Halloween Events

Non-Halloween Activities


On Sunday, we recommend Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra’s Gershwin’s Magic Key at Michigan Theater. Tickets are still available, so don’t miss out on the fun!
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Gershwin's Magic Key - Gershwin Talks to the BoyThe Girls on the Run Superhero 5K is also on Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately the schedule overlaps wit the concert so you cannot attend both events.

Girls on the Run Superhero 5k - Start Line


The weather forecast for Saturday is looking a bit iffy. Fortunately, some of the Halloween events are indoors.

Movies are always a great choice on a rainy day. This weekend’s Free-Quent FMG Movie at Quality 16 is Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. The movie shows at 9 & 10a on Saturday and Sunday. 

Free-quent FMG Movie Series Free Fall Matinees at Quality 16 for Fall 2015

First run movies in the theater include Goosebumps, Hotel Transylvania 2, and Pan. My daughter enjoyed Pan when she saw it last weekend at a birthday party.

There’s only a little more time to visit an Apple Orchard, Cider Mill, or Corn Maze. This past week we visited both Talladay Corn Maze on Sunday and Wasem Fruit Farm for pumpkins on Tuesday afternoon. It’s looking like Sunday may be the better day based on the weather.

Apple Orchards, Cider Mills, and Corn Mazes Near Ann Arbor

My Weekend Picks

In addition to the activities listed above, my top weekend picks are:




Be sure to check below for the full weekend event list for the latest schedule of family events around Ann Arbor.

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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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