Can you feel fall in the air? Halloween/fall events and other things to do in Detroit this October 2023 range from scary, spooky, to fun and magically sweet. Dressing up as your favorite characters and other creepy creatures is just one of the many ways to get in the Halloween spirit. Find family-friendly events for all ages that’ll get you outside in the cool, autumn air.
Celebrating Detroit’s historic Fort Wayne’s 175th anniversary and the Detroit Harvest Fest & Food Truck Rally at Dequindre Cut were just the start of the festivities.
October in Detroit and metro Detroit is still a cultural experience. The zoo will have its own costume change this month! The weekends will be extra cool and fun this month.
Detroitisit rounded up a list of things to do in Detroit this October to enjoy with the family.
ZOO BOO AT THE DETROIT ZOO
Date & Time: 2-6 p.m. from 14-15 and 20-22.
This list of fun things to do in Detroit in October wouldn’t be complete without Detroit Zoo’s beloved annual Halloween extravaganza! Presented by Corewell Health, join the annual family-friendly event that already kicked off on October 7, 2023. There are still two enchanting weekends left for all ages to enjoy. Each weekend has a different theme that the Zoo staff works hard at to reimagine the park. Guests are encouraged to match each weekend’s theme. Bring out your creativity with
with Monster Mash — Oct. 14-15 and Movies, Books, and Make Believe — Oct. 20-22. Get ready for trick-or-treating, educational stations, Halloween face painting, habitat chats, themed photo opportunities, entertaining jugglers, magicians, and more. Ticket prices vary and space is limited, so click HERE to purchase tickets and learn more.
Location: 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak
DISNEY JUNIOR LIVE ON TOUR COSTUME PALOOZA
Date: Friday, October 20, 2023 at 6 P.M
There’ll be plenty of adult costume parties to partake in, leading up to Halloween in Detroit. Let the kiddos experience their own joys of dressing up as well as watch their favorite characters put on a show! Don’t miss Mickey, Minnie, and the colorful cast of Disney pals as they take the stage for an interactive costume party at Detroit’s historic Fox Theatre. Expect lots of singing, dancing, 3D effects, and world-renowned acrobatics. You’ll also see highlights of characters from Marvel’s Spidey and His Amazing Friends. Join in on the fun by wearing your costumes. Tickets are $20+, click HERE to purchase.
Location: Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Dates: Saturday and Sunday October 28th & 29th
Take a trip outside of town to celebrate the arts with the A2 Artoberfest! Check off your list of fun, family things to do in Detroit/metro Detroit this October 2023 with this free outdoor fair on Ann Street. You’ll view works by 100 jury-selected artists at this outdoor fair, stretching from Ann Street to North Fourth Avenue. Enjoy lovely fall weather and the gradual shift of tree colors as you shop the talented artisans (i.e. jewelry, paintings, fiber art, ceramics). Food, drinks, and great live tunes add to the overall experience. Click HERE to stay updated click HERE for more info on the website.
Location: Downtown Ann Arbor
HALLOWE’EN AT GREENFIELD VILLAGE
Date: Oct. 5-8; 12-15; 19-22; 26-29
Family things to do in Detroit and nearby this October have the perfect mix of spooky and fun. Check out Dearborn’s Greenfield Village for a unique Halloween tradition. Enjoy chilly and a bit spooky weekends from 4-9:30 p.m. this Halloween month with a transformative Greenfield Village. October evenings will be ghoulish with harvest markets, costumed characters, ghostly performances, and more. These 16 days of festivities are selling fast! Click HERE to view the Henry Ford website.
Location: 20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn
BIRMINGHAM ART WALK
Date & Time: 5-8 p.m. on Oct. 12
Family-friendly fall things to do in Detroit are great to explore, but it’s also nice to take a trip to another town to enjoy fall festivities in brisk air. Peruse downtown Birmingham and see what the Birmingham Shopping District has to offer for this special art festival walk in it’s 42nd year. The streets will be filled with local businesses and artists and other special shopping promotions. There will also be light refreshments and entertainment. Click HERE to learn more.
Location: Shain Park, in downtown Birmingham
CIDER IN THE CITY
Date & Time: Oct. 14-15 and Oct. 21-22 from 1-5 p.m
Have you heard the hype over Cider in The City? You and your family & friends are in for a treat with this truly one-of-a-kind Detroit fall experience. Cider mill fun is coming to Detroit’s Beacon Park. Experience all the fall activities & essentials essentials right here in the city. This list of family-friendly things to do in Detroit this October wouldn’t be complete without this event that includes horse-drawn hayrides, vendors, live music, and entertainment. Did we mention Blake’s Farm will have a market stand featuring fresh donuts, cider, and apples? There’ll also be food trucks, Lumen Detroit with cocktails, craft beer and cider. Catch the Detroit Lions games, broadcasted on October 15 and October 22 – starting at 1 p.m! Click HERE to learn more about this free fall event in Detroit.
Location: Beacon Park, 1903 Grand River Ave, Detroit
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