Fun and Festive Family Events This Fall

Who doesn’t love fall, the holidays, the changing colors, nice temperatures and having the excuse to wear a hoodie every day. 

These are just some of what make the fall season special. This year, Washtenaw County residents have even more reason to enjoy the upcoming fall season with trunk or treats to Harvest festivals. Take a look at some of these upcoming events!

Children’s Halloween Costume Exchange

The Chelsea District Library is giving children the chance to swap out their outgrown and gently used costumes (all costumes should be in wearable condition). Just head to the first floor of the library to either donate, grab a new costume or both!  

Oct. 1-31

221 S. Main St, Chelsea.

Black Walnut Harvesting

Interested in black walnuts? Have no idea what they are? This year at Growing Hope Urban Farm, individuals will have a chance to volunteer and pick up falling walnuts from the ground and load them up from later processing. 

A local black walnut farmer will later show participants his process and share some history behind black walnuts! Volunteers will need their own transportation and are asked to dress for the occasion.

Oct 8 12-3 p.m.

Oct 15 12-3 p.m.

Oct 22 12-3 p.m.

922 West Michigan Ave. Ypsilanti.

Family Fall Festival

This year at Frog Island Park, come out and enjoy the 2nd Annual Family Fall Festival, hosted by the Women Special Program. The event is expected to provide crafts, games, a petting zoo and food.

Oct. 8 2 p.m.-6 p.m.

699 Rice St, Ypsilanti.

A2 Artoberfest 

Admission is free to this celebration of the arts. Food trucks, beer, cider and more will be available at the event!

Oct. 8 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Oct. 9 10 a.m.-p.m.

Downtown Ann Arbor

Pioneer Day at Waterloo Farm & Dewey School

Pioneer Day at Waterloo Farm & Dewey School event will be taking place at the Waterloo Farm & Dewey School Museum. 

This event will be in celebration of 19th century farm life. There will also be demonstrations of crafts, trades and cooking methods!

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and for children 5-12, $2. WAHS members are free!

Oct. 9 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  

13493 Waterloo Munith Rd, Grass Lake. 

Chefs in the Garden

Growing Hope Urban Farm is having their annual fundraiser!  Come out and enjoy great food and even greater company.

 Oct. 12 5-8 p.m.

922 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti.

Thursday Fall Migration Walks

For the nature lovers or just those who are looking to spend more time outside to start their morning, the Nichols Arboretum is hosting their fall migration walk. 

New to the bird scene? That’s no problem at all, everyone is welcome to come and learn something new. Binoculars will be provided if needed. Participants must meet at the east end of the arboretum at the Dow Prairie entrance.

Oct.13 8-10:30 a.m.

Oct. 20 8-10:30 a.m.

Oct. 27 8-10:30 a.m.

1610 Washington Hts, Ann Arbor. 

Pumpkin, lanterns & Leaves 

This event at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens will be giving families that chance to enjoy nature together as well as cider, donuts, crafts etc. Admission is $15 for this event.

Oct. 14 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Oct. 15 5:30-7:30 p.m.

1800 N. Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor.

Apple Cider Pressing

The Gerald E Eddy Discovery Center, will be hosting an Apple Cider Pressing. This experience is free to the public!

Oct. 15 12-2 p.m.

Oct. 22 12-2 p.m.

17030 Bush Rd, Chelsea. 

Trick or Treat Paddle

There will be a Trick or Treat Paddle event at Gallup Park. They are currently looking for volunteers who are willing to dress up and help hand out candy around the Huron river! As a volunteer you will be able to create an experience for all trick or treaters!

Oct. 16 11a.m.-6 p.m.

3000 Fuller Rd, Ann Arbor. 

Zombie Run 

This is an event where capture the flag and zombies collide. At the end the left-over flags can be turned in for raffle tickets and later used to get prizes!

Oct. 21 6-8 p.m.

1610 Washington Hts, Ann Arbor. 

Harvest Party 

Located at the Assembly Saline, the Harvest party is a great place to enjoy some family fun this year with the community! There will be prizes, candy, food and more! Admission is free to the public

Oct. 22 1-4 p.m.

300 Old Creek Dr, Saline.

Halloween Downtown

Liberty Plaza will be hosting a trick or treat! There will be music, sweet treats and a visit to the haunted BOO(k)mobile. This event will be sponsored by Spark East.

Oct. 22 5:30-6:45 p.m.

229 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. 

Downtown Milan Trick or Treat

Families are welcome to gather in Tolan Square & Downtown Milan for trick-or-treating.

Oct. 28 5-6 p.m.

Haunt at The Roxbury

At Green Farms subdivision, there will be the Haunt at the Roxbury, an outdoor haunted trail!  To attend this outdoor event, you must bring a nonperishable food item or hygiene product.

Oct. 28 7:30-10:30 p.m.

Oct. 29 7:30-10:30 p.m.

7410 Roxbury Dr, Ypsilanti. 

Day of the dead Halloween Ball

This event will be hosted at the Zal Gaz Grotto Club. This adult only event will be filled with music, fun and dancing! Consumes are permitted!

Oct. 28  7-11 p.m.

2070 W Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor.

Halloween Geocaching 101

The Gerald E Eddy Discovery Center will be hosting Halloween Geocaching 101. Navigate the trails and find hidden “treasures”!

Oct. 29 3-4 p.m.

Halloween Concert 

Conducted by Kenneth Kiesler, the University of Michigan band will be performing music to get listeners into the Halloween spirit! This event takes place at the Hill Auditorium. Tickets range from $8-12.

Oct. 30 at 4 p.m.

825 N. University Ave, Ann Arbor.

All Hallows Illumination of Frog Island

Frog Island Park is hosting their 4th annual All Hallows Illumination of Frog Island event! This free event is run by volunteers and will be hosting performers such as Fire Spinners Ypsi Spin Jam and Black Jake & the Carnies!

Nov. 1 7-9 p.m.

699 Rice St, Ypsilanti,.