Halloween Events Around Town You Don’t Want to Miss!

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Alice Dreger for ELi

A young East Lansing resident examines the pumpkins and gourds at the Farmers' Market in 2017.

We’re willing to bet you’ve had “This is Halloween, this is Halloween” from The Nightmare Before Christmas stuck in your head since the month began, but in the event that you haven’t celebrated the spooky season just yet, here’s a list of fun festive fall events to get you in the witchy spirit. With educational activities, trick-or-treating, nature walks, haunted tours, Howl-o-ween events for dogs, and even goat yoga, there’s something for everyone.

Educational Entertainment Options

The MSU Paranormal Society presents “Intro to Ghost Hunting” at the East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) meeting room on Friday, Oct. 22, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees will learn about paranormal investigation equipment and the haunted history of the local area. The event is suitable for both kids and adults. For more info, visit the ELPL website.

ELPL is also hosting a Hallo-Teen Party on Friday, Oct. 29, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Halloween festivities include treats, creepy crafts, and a spooky scavenger hunt. A costume contest will award prizes for various categories. More information is available here.

ArachnoBROADia! is happening on Sunday, Oct. 31, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum on Michigan State University’s campus. Learn all about eight-legged creatures through crafts and visits from creepy-crawly friends at the MSU Bug House. Make sure to register in advance for this free event!

Outdoor Activities

Harris Nature Center invites the community to enjoy a full moon with a guided nighttime tour through the woods on Friday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. Dogs are allowed but must be leashed. Registration is encouraged, and the tour costs $5/person. For more information or to register, call (517) 349-3866 or email hnc@meridian.mi.us.

The Great Pumpkin Walk returns to downtown East Lansing for free, family-fun on Sunday, Oct. 24, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Families are invited to bring kids in costume for trick-or-treating with participating downtown businesses. Live music and a magic show will also take place in the Ann Street Plaza. Free, to-go pumpkin painting kits and photo opportunities with MSU Royal Encounters’ superheroes and princesses will be available. Both the event and parking are free. More information is available here.

The MSU Campus Archaeology Program and Paranormal Society present “A Haunted Campus Tour” on Tuesday, Oct. 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The free, kid-friendly tour takes attendees to five different stops on campus. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

MSU Fraternity and Sorority Life are hosting a Safe Halloween on Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on M.A.C. Avenue between Burcham Drive and Linden Street. There will be face painting, games, trick-or-treating at Greek houses, costume contests, live music, inflatables, a reading circle, arts & crafts, and more. For more information on this free event, visit the Facebook event page.

The Meridian Historical Village will be open for walk-through tours and treats on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Okemos. For more information, contact the Meridian Historical Village at 517-347-7300.

Art of Adrienne and Paint Your Poison present Darlaween. Inspired by Art of Adrienne’s giant pink van, the traveling event features a chance for adults to win either a trick or a treat, including mini paintings, candy, or even a beer, by spinning the wheel. Kids are welcome too. The event starts at 5 p.m. in Old Town, moves to REO Town from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., and then on to East Lansing from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30.

The East Lansing Farmers’ Market closes out the 2021 market season on Sunday, Oct. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Valley Court Park. Stop by for Michigan-grown produce, products, fruits, bread, cheese, meat, syrup, honey, flowers, and more.

Original Goat Yoga presents Fall into Fun! on Sunday, Oct. 31, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Williamston. This one is a bit of a wild card, but we had to include it. This special edition of goat yoga includes a Halloween Happy Hour with sweet treats and apple cider for $35. No yoga experience is necessary, and costumes are welcome. For more information and to register, visit the event page.

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