Oct. 12 – 27/COOPERSVILLE – Saturdays and Sundays only. A fall tradition that should not be missed. The Coopersville & Marne Railway’s train cars are almost 100 years old. They were built between 1919-1932 and are all decorated to celebrate the fall harvest. The Grand Pumpkin, Mr. Scarecrow and Little Crow will entertain in your railcar during the 90-minute journey through family-owned farms and fields. At the end of the ride, all kids go to the track-side pumpkin patch to pick their very own, locally grown pumpkin. There is nothing aboard the trains that would scare any children. It is a harvest celebration. >MORE
Thru Oct. 30/LIVONIA – Daily from noon. – 7 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. weekends. The haunted barn is open on weekends from noon – 6 p.m. This annual fest offers fresh pumpkins, cornstalks and gourds for sale; plus pony rides and hayrides, a haunted barn, and more. Enjoy cider, donuts, food, coffee and hot chocolate while you browse a variety of crafter displays! Admission is free, $1 for the haunted barn. For more information call 734-558-5506.
Oct. 10 and 25/Plymouth – 7 p.m. Cost is $3. This annual film series brings classic Halloween movies back to the big screen every Thursday in October. Head to the theater on Oct 10 for a viewing of Gremlins (1984); Oct. 17 for The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966); and Oct. 24 for Ghostbusters (1984). All the films are rated G or PG. For tickets or more information, call 734-453-0870.
Oct. 11-13, 18-20, and 25-27, 2019 /ROYAL OAK – Join us as we open all 125 acres of the Detroit Zoo for Zoo Boo! This annual “merry-not-scary” family event is now bigger and better than ever with more animals and habitats to see, more rides and attractions to enjoy and earlier hours. Family-friendly crowd favorites from past Zoo Boo events will return, including dazzling and daring aerialists, mesmerizing mimes, superhero reenactments, a joking juggler and height-defying stilt-walkers. Take a trip through the never-ending corn maze, check out the pumpkin smasher and make friends with haunted creatures while enjoying the fabulous pumpkin displays. A festively decorated treat trail, photo opportunities and educational activities will be located throughout the Zoo, ensuring your entire experience is filled with merry memories for adults and kids alike. New this year! The entire Zoo will be open until dark, allowing you to visit your favorite animals throughout. You will also have the option to purchase tickets to a 15-minute version of “The Wizard of Oz 4-D Experience” at the Wild Adventure Zone in the Ford Education Center, or purchase tickets to take a ride on the Tauber Family Railroad! Cost starts at $10. Times are 3-7 p.m. For more information, call 248-541-5717 or >MORE
Oct. 11-13, 17-20, 24-27/DEARBORN – Experience the special effects of the 19th century with a thrilling magic lantern show, and wander through a chilling dreamscape for the imagination in Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park. A magical encounter with show-stopping storybook characters along a path lit by 1,000 hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns. Throughout your evening, comfort yourself with craft beers, warm apple cider, and fresh doughnuts. The torches are lit, bells are tolling, skeletons are dancing and pumpkins are singing, all to make this the most stirring night of the year. Open 6:30 – 10 p.m. Tickets are $17 for nonmembers. $2 discount available on website. Complement your spooktacular evening with an enhanced dining experience. Admission to Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village is included with your dinner reservation. Call our Contact Center at 313-982-6001 to make your reservations. >More
Stonewall Pumpkin Festival
Oct. 12/ROCHESTER HILLS – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Van Hoosen Farm. Thousands of jack-o’-lanterns decorate the historic stonewalls at the museum. Check them out and enjoy music hayrides and pumpkin carving, too. Annual pumpkin lighting will take place from 7-9 p.m. Festival activities will take place from 10 a.m-4 p.m. The event during the day is packed with activities for the kids, including pumpkin bowling and their own pumpkin that could be carved while at the festival or taken home. “Carvers” are encouraged to bring their own carving tools to the event. “Carvers” are encouraged to bring their jack-o-lanterns back for the evening’s highlight. Organizers are hoping to beat the record 1011 pumpkins on the wall. For more information, call 248-656-4663.