Fun Fall Events in West Michigan

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Autumn is such a great season here in West Michigan. You can visit a multitude of festivals, take a fall color tour to view the spectacular oranges, reds and yellows that take over the landscape, and just enjoy the cool, crisp air. Halloween is not just for kids....our local communities sponsor various parties and events that are fun for the entire family.

For more information on Trick or Treat dates and locations, read our Halloween story.



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Local Corn Mazes & Pumpkin Patches:


Lewis Farm Market


4180 W. M-20, New Era. (231) 861-5730. Corn Maze opens in early September with other fall activities in full swing by mid-September. Featuring The Apple Express, Barrel Train, Pumpkin Moon Walk, jumping pillow, and pedal carts. U-pick apples and pumpkins for additional charge. Special music is performed some weekends. Visit LewisFarmMarket.com for more information.

Orchard Market


8400 N. US 31, Free Soil. (231) 464-5534. Corn maze, u-pick pumpkin patch, games, wagon rides, apple cannons, and more. 10am-5pm Saturdays and Sundays beginning September 23rd through October 30th. Visit OrchardMarket.us for more information.

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Fun Fall Events in Mason County


Events Currently Scheduled


  • Friday, September 28th-September 29th - Bell's Octoberfest Craft Beer & Music Festival in Downtown Ludington.
  • Saturday, September 29th, 1pm at Lakeside Links Golf Course- 5369 W. Chauvez Rd. in Ludington. Benefits the Second Chance Humane Society. Chili is served on the course along with two kegs of beer. Top two-tier payback, a blind auction, and more. Cost is $75 per person or $300 per team of four. For more information, e-mail 2ndchs@gmail.com
  • Thursday, October 4th - Fall History in Action Days at the Historic White Pine Village- 1687 S. Lakeshore Drive in Ludington.
  • Tuesday, October 9th - Fall History in Action Days at the Historic White Pine Village- 1687 S. Lakeshore Drive in Ludington.
  • Thursday, October 18th - Fall History in Action Days at the Historic White Pine Village- 1687 S. Lakeshore Drive in Ludington.
  • Saturday, October 20th - Spooky Trick or Treat at the Historic White Pine Village- 1687 N. Lakeshore Dr. in Ludington.
  • Saturday, October 27th, 6pm - Ludrock's Night of Fright at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts- 107 S. Harrison St, Ludington.

  • Events That Traditionally Occur


  • Orchard Market Pumpkin Decorating Contest - Pick up a free contest pumpkin at Orchard Market of Ludington, 212 S. Pere Marquette Highway to be returned and voted upon. Entries will be voted on by donation with all proceeds benefiting The Childhood Cancer Campaign. Prizes awarded for: Fan Favorite, most creative (kids- three age groups), best family entry, scariest, funniest. Individuals, families, groups, businesses, and organizations are welcome to participate. Winners announced at the Great Pumpkin Party.
  • Harvest Fest at Ma & Pa's Gluten Free Cafe - 8852 N. Quarterline Rd. in Free Soil. Event includes Stuff a Scarecrow, Barnyard Friends Games, Ring a Pumpkin, Hay Maze, Pumpkin Patch, and more.Mason County Mutts Halloween Spooktacular at Tendercare of Ludington- 1000 E. Tinkham Ave. Bring your pets dressed in costume. Costume contest and lots of prizes.
  • Halloween Hayride and Potluck Dinner at Circle Rocking "S" Children's Farm- 5487 Tuttle Rd. in Free Soil
  • Haunted Trail at 2547 N. US 10 in Ludington. Cost is $5 for adults & $3 for kids if you dare to bring them. Definitely not for kids under 10 yrs or the faint of heart.
  • Fall Fest Weekend at Mason County Reformed Church- 45 S. Amber Rd. in Ludington. Friday events include a community chili cook-off, live music, and bonfire. Saturday festivities include a pig roast, games, ponies, bounce houses, and much more for the whole family! Admission is free and open to the public.
  • Great Pumpkin Party at Orchard Market- 212 S. Pere Marquette Highway in Ludington
  • Dolloween at Barley & Rye- 107 W. Ludington Avenue in Ludington. Local artist creepy exhibits by artist Laurie Carey that are not for the faint of heart. All are one-of-a-kind and for sale. The exhibit stands through Halloween.
  • Fall Festival - United Methodist Church Pavilion - 5810 Bryant Rd. in Ludington. Pumpkin painting, cider press, s'mores, hot dogs, hay rides, bounce house, and more.
  • Pumpkin Party at the Ludington branch of the Mason County District Library- 217 E. Ludington Ave. Free event includes crafts, games, and a slightly spooky story.
  • Shagway Fall Festival at - Shagway Arts Barn- 5949 Shagway Rd. in Ludington. Spooky Trail, Trick-or-Treating, outdoor games, art sale, live music, vendor/craft show.Chili & Chocolate at the Ruby Creek Conservation and Recreation Club- 8152 E. Washington Rd. in Branch. Chili cook-off and chocolate dessert with a cost is $3 per person. Participants can bring a pot of chili if they are able. Prizes awarded. Toppings for chili are provided along with coffee, milk and dishware.
  • Harvest Gallery Festival at Art by Mary Case Gallery & Studio- 329 E. Dowland St. in Ludington. "Pumpkins on Parade" (display of Orchard Market Pumpkin Decorating Contest) and "Skelly Art" by Maria Marfia. Costumes welcome, free goody bags, outdoor children's activities (weather permitting). Enter to win three private art lessons, admission to 2018 Summer Kids Art Camp, or a beginner's "Budding Artist" Painting kit. Raffle proceeds benefit the Childhood Cancer Campaign.
  • Halloween Party & Costume Contest at SandBar- 203 S. James St. in Ludington. Costume Contest around 11:30pm with prizes for top 3 costumes, Drink specials, karaoke, and dancing. Food available for purchase!
  • Harvey's Haunted Garage - 320 S. Madison Ave. in Custer.
  • Run For Your Lives 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run in Downtown Ludington.
  • Tricks & Treats at Big Sable Point Lighthouse. Visit with pirates, get a treat from the princess in the tower. Tower Climb Special of buy one ticket, get one free (must be 40 inches tall to climb). Bus transports available for $5 per person, 12 and under are $2. Call (231) 845-7417 for more info. Haunting's of Big Sable to follow from 6-9pm.
  • Halloween Kids Night Out at Letha Fulton's School of Dance- 1166 N. Rath Ave. in Ludington. Free event hosted by the Letha's Senior and Junior Dance Teams with games, food, and fun.Haunted Fairgrounds at the Mason County Fairgrounds- 5302 W. US-10 in Ludington.
  • Harvest Party at Cornerstone Baptist Church- 121 Nelson Rd. in Ludington. Event includes face painting, inflatables, games, a photo booth, prizes and candy!


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    Fun Fall Events in Oceana County


    Events Currently Scheduled


  • Friday, September 22nd-Saturday, September 23rd - Autumn Fest at Lewis Farm Market- 4180 W. M-20 in New Era.
  • Saturdays from September 29th-October 20th - Haunted Acres- 7970 W. Park Rd. in New Era. Corn maze and zombie shooting gallery. Four attractions: Field of Screams, Zombieland, Corn Maze Craze, and Zombie Paintball. $20 to enter. Fresh cider, food, and merchandise available for purchase. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Free parking.
  • Friday, September 29th-Saturday, September 30th - Fall Fling Festival at Lewis Farm Market- 4180 W. M-20 in New Era.
  • Friday, October 6th-Saturday, October 7th - Rocktober Festival at Lewis Farm Market- 4180 W. M-20 in New Era.
  • Friday, October 12th-Saturday, October 13th - Oktoberfest in Downtown Pentwater.
  • Friday, October 13th-Saturday, October 14th - S’mores Summer Festival at Lewis Farm Market- 4180 W. M-20 in New Era.
  • Friday, October 20th-Saturday, October 21st - Great Pumpkin Festival at Lewis Farm Market- 4180 W. M-20 in New Era.
  • Friday, October 27th-Saturday, October 28th - Spooktacular Festival at Lewis Farm Market- 4180 W. M-20 in New Era.
  • Saturday, October 27th - Halloween on the Green & Spooktacular Parade in Downtown Pentwater. Story time at Storybook Village at 10:30am and 2:30pm; Costume contest, face painting, pumpkin painting, sack race, great pumpkin roll, and candy bags from 12-1pm; Trick-or-Treating to downtown merchants from 12-2pm; Spooktacular Parade at 1pm. Pub Crawl at 6pm.

  • Events That Traditionally Occur


  • Shadows in the Shedd - 265 E. Tyler Rd. in Hart. Three Attractions which include The terrifying shedd, the tunnel of fear and a hay ride through the woods. The cost is $10 per person with a Freaky Friday night special of $30 a car load (Up to 6 people per car).
  • Halloween Haunted Basement & Teen Dance at Lakeside Rehab & Family Fitness Center- 39 S. State St. in Hart. Haunted Basement is open to all ages and has a $5 entry fee. Dance is open to teens ages 13-19 and is $7 per person.
  • Halloween Party at Murphy's Tavern- 8848 80th Ave. in Pentwater. Featuring live music.


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    Fun Fall Events in Manistee County


  • Manistee's Ghost Ship on the S.S. City of Milwaukee historic carferry. This is a truly thrilling and scary adventure. Travel through five decks and 72 stairs, some quite steep. For more information, visit Carferry.com or call (231) 723-3587. Located at 99 Arthur Street (US 31).
  • Haunted Library at Manistee County Library. Recommended for children in 3rd grade and up. Free admission.
  • Onekama Fall Festival at Onekama Village Park. Craft and food vendors, inflatable castle, wagon/pony/miniature train rides, face painting, Mr. Balloon Man, Corn Hole Tournament, Live entertainment, and more! Rain location: Onekama School.
  • Library Halloween Parties at Manistee County Library. Event includes Halloween stories, games, crafts, a costume contest, prizes, and refreshments. Everyone is welcome, but space is limited so pre-registration is required. Boos, Brews & Brats in Downtown Manistee. Events all day for all ages.


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    For more activities & attractions, check out these additional links for Things to Do in West Michigan:


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    Ludington Activities & Things to Do -- Play on a beautiful beach, take a tour at Historic White Pine Village, or explore the barn quilt trail, murals or sculptures in the county--Ludington offers many fun things to do for the entire family!
    Have Fun in Manistee, Michigan -- Explore Manistee's historic downtown district and riverwalk, hike the Manistee National Forest, canoe on the Manistee River, and more.
    Hamlin Lake -- Just 4 miles north of Ludington, Hamlin Lake is a great destination for boating, fishing and climbing dunes! The Hamlin Lake shoreline is also part of the Ludington State Park.
    Silver Lake Sand Dunes -- Visiting the Silver Lake Sand Dunes makes for a terrific vacation because you can take your off-road vehicle for a spin on the scenic sand dunes overlooking Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.
    Things to Do in Pentwater, Michigan -- Nothing is quite like the quaint, artsy, harbortown village of Pentwater. Don't miss the popular Charles Mears State Park beach on Pentwater's Lake Michigan shoreline.
    Lots of Activities in Scottville, Michigan -- Explore the Riverside Park along the National Scenic Pere Marquette River.
    Canoeing or Fishing on the Pere Marquette River -- Many boat liveries offer canoe rentals.
    Also, check out West Michigan Guides and our locally produced WestMichigan.MichBiz.com directory for our largest lists of Things to Do in West Michigan.
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    Last Updated: 09-07-2018 02:38 PM ID: 1195