Fun Fall Events in West Michigan

October & November

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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 & Petting Zoo

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 for more information.

Orchard Market

8400 N. US 31, Free Soil. (231) 464-5534. Wagon rides, corn maze, u-pick pumpkin patch, games, wagon rides, apple cannons, and more. 11am-5pm Saturdays and Sundays beginning in September and going through the end of October. Visit for more information.

Fun Fall Events Currently Scheduled in Mason County

Friday, September 27th-Saturday, September 28th

Octoberfest Craft Beer & Music Festival in Downtown Ludington. Pub Crawl, Chili Walk, and Festival Tent. For tickets, visit For more information, visit

Sunday, September 29th, 3-4pm - Mason County Mutts Halloween Spooktacular

at Medilodge of Ludington- 1000 E. Tinkham Ave. Bring your pets dressed in costume. Costume contest and lots of prizes.

Tuesday, October 1st, 3:30pm

Halloween Hayride, Costume Contest and Potluck Dinner at Circle Rocking "S" Children's Farm- 5487 Tuttle Rd. in Free Soil. Space is limited so RSVP's must be made by September 27th. Bring treats, a dish to pass, and your own beverages and table service.

Friday, October 4th, 6-8pm

Mom & Me Ice Cream and Canvas, Spooky Edition with Inspired Parties at Kilwin's- 118 W. Ludington Ave. in Ludington. Tickets are $50 for two people, additional tickets are $20/each. Visit to purchase tickets.

Friday, October 11th, 8pm-12am

Creepshow Halloween Party at Johnny's Roadhouse- 2278 US 10 in Custer. $5 admission charge. Featuring live music by Pick Axe Preacher, Bog Wizard, and Minus. All ages welcome. Costume contest.

Saturday, October 12th

  • 4-6pm - Friends of the Ludington State Park Fall Celebration at the Ludington State Park Beach House. The event includes a horse-drawn wagon ride, doughnut holes, apple juice, music by The Road Less Traveled, a beach campfire and the beautiful views at the Lake Michigan Beach House. The event is sponsored by Friends of Ludington State Park in conjunction with Ludington State Park and Soberalski Farm’s Draft Horses of Pere Marquette Township. There is no cost to attend with the Michigan Recreation Passport but donations to and membership with the Friends of the Ludington State Park are encouraged.
  • 4-7pm - Howl at the Moon Painting Fundraiser to benefit the Mason County Animal Advocates at KRAVE- 103 E. Ludington Ave. in Ludington. $40 per painter includes a 16" x 20" canvas, paint, expert tips & tricks & lots of encouragement. No experience necessary. Reservations are required, seating is limited. Make your reservation online at
  • 7-11pm - Ludington Area Jaycees Halloween PAR-TEE at their Mini Golf Course- 900 W. Ludington Ave. Local Beer and Wine, Mini Golf Tournament, Costume Contest, and Live DJ. Must be at least 21 to enter. Tickets are $20-$30 and are available at

  • Saturday, October 12th-Sunday, October 13th

    Fall Fest Weekend at Mason County Reformed Church- 45 S. Amber Rd. in Ludington. Admission is free and open to the public. Saturday from 6-8pm: free live music and chili cookoff. Sunday from 12-2pm- Pig Roast and family fun!

    October 18th, 19th, 25th, & 26th; 7-11pm

    Camp Sauble Cages of Carnage Haunted Prison- 4058 E. Free Soil Rd. in Free Soil. $10/person entry fee benefits local fire departments. Not recommended for small children.

    Saturday, October 19th, Beginning at Dark

    Haunted Hayride to benefit Connexion Point, Inc. at Cartier Park- 1254 N. Lakeshore Dr. in Ludington. $5/person or $20/family. Not recommended for small children.

    Wednesday, October 23rd, 4:45pm

    Halloween Hustle 1-Mile Race beginning at the Cartier Park Gazebo- 1254 N. Lakeshore Dr. in Ludington. 1 Mile Fun Run for students in Grades K-5 at Cartier Park. Runners will begin and end at the gazebo. Drivers must enter from Lakeshore Drive. Rain date is Thursday, October 24, 2019.

    Thursday, October 24th-Sunday, October 27th

    Frankenstein at West Shore Community College. Thursday-Saturday performances begin at 7pm and Sunday matinee begins at 2pm. This production is recommended for those age 13 and up. Tickets can be purchased at

    October 25th, 26th, & 30th- 7-10pm; October 31st- 6-10pm;

    Harvey's Haunted Garage - 320 S. Madison Ave. in Custer. Haunted maze, family friendly, and free for all.

    Friday, October 25th, 4-5pm

    Pumpkin Palooza at the Ludington Library- 217 E. Ludington Ave. and the Scottville Library- 204 E. State St. Pumpkin-flavored everything, games, crafts, and all kinds of fun. Children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Saturday, October 26th

  • 9am-12pm - Run For Your Lives 5K/10K/Half in Downtown Ludington.
  • 12:30-2:30pm - Safe Harbor Credit Union's Annual Halloween Parade beginning at the Mason County Courthouse- 304 E. Ludington Ave. Games and activities from 12:30-2pm with the parade stepping off at 2pm. Costume theme is the 80's.
  • 6pm-12am - Ludrock's Night of Fright at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts- 107 S. Harrison St, Ludington.
  • 6:30pm - Spooky Slow Roll for teens and adults. Night-time bicycle ride, which makes its way around town for about 5 miles. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes, and others will be raffled, to those who are brave enough to ride. Expect surprises.
  • 8-11pm - Hocus Pocus Halloween Party at The Mitten Bar- 109 W. Ludington Ave. in Ludington. Costumes, popcorn, candy, and drink specials.
  • 8pm-12am - The Haunted Mansion Halloween Party at the Stearns Hotel Ballroom- 212 E. Ludington Ave. in Ludington. Live music by Glowtube and Maddison Tripp. Prizes for the best costumes, including a night's stay at Stearns Hotel. $5 at the door.

  • Thursday, October 31st, 1-6pm

    Spooktacular Halloween Charity Event at Photography by Sue Brown- 1676 W. Hansen Road, Scottville. Free photo with donation to United Way of Mason County.

    Saturday, November 2nd, 9:30pm-1:30am

    Halloween Party at SandBar- 203 S. James St. in Ludington. Live music by Eyes12.

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    Fun Fall Events Traditionally Held in Mason County

    Pet photos

    at Tractor Supply Company- 4572 W. US 10 in Ludington hosted by Mason County Animal Advocates. Photographer will take photos of pets in or out of costume and there will be Halloween wreaths for sale and Halloween mugs with treats for visitors and their pets. Free-will donations are encouraged to help Mason County dogs and cats in need.

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    Halloween Trick or Treat Times

    Haunted House

    presented by Boy Scout Troop 1190 at the Community Church- 109 N. Harrison St. in Ludington. Lights on, if requested. All donations go to funding activities for the troop.

    Harvest Party

    at Cornerstone Baptist Church- 121 Nelson Rd. in Ludington. Event includes face painting, inflatables, games, a photo booth, prizes and candy!

    Fun Fall Events Currently Scheduled in Oceana County

    Weekends in September-October

    Special Event Weekends at Lewis Farm Market & Petting Zoo- 4180 W. M-20 in New Era.

    Saturday, September 28th

    Sam Adams Steinfest at Golden Sands Golf & Bucket Bar- 2501 Wilson Rd. in Silver Lake. Keg Rolling/Throwing, Stein Hoisting, and more!

    Every Saturday in October, 8-11pm

    Shadows in the Shedd- 265 E. Tyler Rd. in Hart. Three attractions for $10: the Carnival Tunnel, The Maze of Dr Morell and The SHEDD.

    Saturdays from October 5th-26th

    Haunted Acres at 7970 W. Park Rd. in New Era. Corn maze and zombie shooting gallery. Three attractions: Field of Screams, 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, October 11th-Saturday, October 12th

    Oktoberfest in Downtown Pentwater. Bingo, Comedy Night, Kids Activities, Entertainment Tent, and more.

    Thursday, October 24th, 9pm-2am

    Halloween Party at Murphy's Tavern- 8848 80th Ave. in Pentwater. Prizes for best costumes, giveaways, candy and festive fun drink and shot specials. Must be 21 to enter. Grand prize is an exclusive Happy Hour Party with a complimentary hot and cold buffet and a free drink for the first 10 of your guests.

    Friday, October 25th-Saturday, October 26th

    Halloween at the Ranch at Double JJ Resort- 5900 Water Rd. in Rothbury. Tons of kids activities, Karaoke Saturday from 5-7pm, DJ Glow Party Saturday from 7-11pm, and more. Visit for more information.

    Saturday, October 26th, 5pm-2am

    Halloween Party at The Boathouse Bar & Grille- 5164 W. Monroe Rd. in Pentwater. Costume Contest, Games, Halloween Drinks, and Karaoke.

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    Other Fun Fall Events Traditionally Held in Oceana County

    Adult Halloween Costume Dance Party

    at the Shelby Optimist Club- 788 Industrial Park Dr. in Shelby. A night of dancing, food, drinks, and fun!

    Fun Fall Events Currently Scheduled in Manistee County

    Fridays and Saturdays through October, 7:30-10:30pm

    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 or call (231) 723-3587. Located at 99 Arthur Street (US 31).

    Saturday, October 12th, 10am-3pm

    Onekama Fall Festival at Onekama Village Park. Craft and food vendors, inflatables, kids activities, fun run, pet parade, and more! Visit for more information.

    Saturday, October 26th

    Boos, Brews, & Brats at the Manistee Elks- 432 River St. Costume contests for children and adults, music by Sunset Groove, homemade brats and delicous beer.

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    Fall Festivals & Events in West Michigan: Ludington, Manistee, Pentwater, Silver Lake, and more...

    More to Love About Autumn in West Michigan...

    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 directory for our largest lists of Things to Do in West Michigan.

    Last Updated: 10-09-2019 01:28 PM ID: 1195