When the leaves start to change and you notice a crisp, cool feeling in the air, it can only mean one thing. Halloween is right around the corner! It’s time for spooky activities like haunted houses, corn mazes, and ghost tours, not to mention pumpkin-flavored everything. So, where can you go in and around Grand Rapids when you’re looking for the perfect Halloween activity?
The team at Goodman Acker put together this list to help you take the guesswork out of planning a season to remember in Grand Rapids. Whether you’re looking for fun for the whole family or Halloween activities suited to an older crowd, you’re sure to discover the perfect place to go close to home.
Here at Goodman Acker, we know a thing or two about incredible places to visit in and around Grand Rapids. That includes exactly where you want to go for fun when the calendar page turns and you see Halloween is quickly approaching. Get started with an unparalleled haunted experience.
The Haunt has positioned itself as the premier haunted attraction in all of West Michigan for the past 20 years. In other words, you’ll want to have this place at the top of your list if you’re looking for local scares. You can easily get into the Halloween spirit by buying tickets to the attractions at the end of September all the way through Halloween. Whether you’re in the mood for a spooky adventure with the kids or you want to make your day truly scary alongside some family or friends, The Haunt has you covered.
When you buy a ticket for The Haunt, you’ll have access to all attractions. If you want to treat the kids to some scream-worthy fun, get a ticket to Kid’s Day. You can also opt to explore the full slate of Halloween activities. After all, The Haunt offers attractions complete with vampires, creepy creatures, circuses, and more.
Roam around a hospital where things aren’t quite right, or band together with other survivors after the end of the world. No matter how you define spooky, this popular local attraction is sure to raise those goosebumps and get you ready for even more Halloween fun.
Make the short trip from Grand Rapids to nearby Dorr when it’s time for another classic Halloween activity: haunted corn mazes, of course! The New Salem Corn Maze offers a season chock full of scares and fun. You’ll find a wide range of daytime activities perfect for younger Halloween lovers in your brood as well as nighttime events for even bigger screams.
Start with the Witches Woods, for instance. Brave visitors get to pick the path they think is best, but you’re sure to find spooky things lurking no matter which way you turn. The Haunted Corn Maze offers quite the challenge, prompting you to walk, run, or even crawl as you attempt to make your escape. Then there’s the Zombie Attack wagon, which gives you a paintball gun to use as your defense against zombies.
Of course, the New Salem Corn Maze aims to create Halloween experiences that suit every need. If you head over during the day, you’ll find plenty of kid-friendly activities such as a Daytime Corn Maze. The family-oriented activities aren’t as scary as the offerings you can enjoy at night, but they still pack plenty of Halloween-ready fun.
There’s no better time of year to brush up on your Grand Rapid’s haunted history than when Halloween rolls around. So, sign up for one of Paranormal Michigan’s Ghost of Grand Rapids tours and see what ghosts are hiding close to home. Meet the authors of the Paranormal Michigan book series by taking Paranormal Michigan tours, which will introduce you to some spooky happenings around our hometown. One or more authors lead each tour, taking you on a journey to some of Grand Rapids’ best-known haunted spots while teaching you all about the spooky activities that have been reported at these locations.
You’ll gain a unique insight into Grand Rapids’ past as you learn about local history and the paranormal reports in the area. Stories to look forward to include: what really happened in the legend of the AT&T Building, the Pantlind Hotel’s dark history, the cursed story at the Aston Building, and much more.
The Paranormal Michigan Tours all take place rain or shine, so dress comfortably for an experience that you’ll enjoy entirely outdoors. Walking routes are approximately 1 mile long and will take about 2 hours per tour. Oh, and if you’re feeling inspired to learn more local history, you can also make the trip to Kalamazoo. Paranormal Michigan Tours hosts events there, too.
When it’s time to take a break for ghouls, ghosts, and other spooky Halloween activities, you can still get into the spirit of the season. Just plan a trip to one of Grand Rapids’ amazing breweries with loved ones and toast to the holiday — with some pumpkin beer, of course. Local craft breweries to check out include:
There you have it, Goodman Acker’s list of some of the best Halloween activities in and around Grand Rapids. What place are you looking forward to visiting the most this season? Do you have another favorite activity we didn’t include that locals shouldn’t miss? Drop us a line! We’d love to share your recommendations as we all get ready for Halloween fun.
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