Creative Halloween Events for the Great Outdoors

By: Karen Dybis | October 5, 2020

Cub Scout Pack 2018 poses for a photo at their haunted house event in 2019. Photo courtesy of Cub Scout Pack 2018.

October brings falling leaves, cider and donuts as well as one of the best holidays for kids and adults: Halloween. It creates moments of fun, festivity and frights that are both memorable and exciting for all ages. 

While this year’s activities are going to change because of social distancing, many communities are still holding events aimed at bringing that Halloween spirit to life. There are outdoor haunted houses, pumpkin-carving events, costume parties and much more planned. 

This year, St. Clair Shores is putting together a kid-friendly haunted house that serves as a way to enjoy Halloween at a popular location attraction while also helping the community. Organizer Joe Fresard is chair of the St. Clair Shores “Cool City Committee,” which is hosting the event along with Cub Scout Pack 2018.

The Cool City Committee works with city officials to connect St. Clair Shores, its residents and its city organizations together, Fresard said. The idea is to plan events and activities that blend civic and city committees with the community in a spirited way – which seems perfectly suited to planning Halloween events. 

This year, the Cool City Committee and Cub Scout Pack 2018 put their collective heads together and thought a socially distanced haunted house was an ideal way that lets people stay six feet apart while also getting out in the fall weather, Fresard said. 

“All of the donations (for entry) are going to the St. Clair Shores Cops for Kids, which will use the money to buy Christmas presents for local children,” Fresard said, making the event a fun time that also helps the local community in the all-important and likely challenging months ahead.

Here is more detail on the Cool Cities Committee haunted house and other Halloween events that Metro Detroit families will enjoy:  

St. Clair Shores

The City’s Cool City Committee is holding a Haunted House spectacular Oct. 15-17 at Blossom Heath Park at 9 ½ Mile Rd. and Jefferson Rd. from 6-9 p.m. Blossom Heath’s middle pavilion will be transformed into a “ghastly chamber of rooms,” officials said. Admission is $2 and all of the money goes to the SCS Cops for Kids campaign. This haunted house is designed for social distancing, officials added, and the design was created by the Cub Scouts Pack 2018. 

Clarkston

Curious about pumpkins? Then Pumpkin-ology is the ideal event to check out with the family. The event, timed to National Pumpkin Day on Oct. 26, will take place from 1- 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 24 at the Wint Nature Center on Sashabaw Rd. in Clarkston. With social distancing in mind, you can carve your own pumpkin while learning about pumpkin life cycles, hear a pumpkin story and enjoy a pumpkin carving demonstration. Plus, participants can take home a tasty pumpkin recipe to turn your masterpiece into a treat. The cost is $3/ participant and $7/pumpkin. Pre-registration with payment is required. 

Southfield

If you’re looking for some spooky fun, check out Boo at the Burgh inside Burgh Historical Park. The event, which is scheduled for 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday, October 23 and from 3:30-8:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 24, lets you walk through beautiful Burgh Historical park and enjoy the sights of Halloween. There will be trick-or-treating stations throughout the park. All ages are welcome, but everyone that enters must pay the admission fee. Each family must have an adult present. Social distancing will be enforced and everyone that enters must wear a mask.

Troy

Kids who love being outside will enjoy Troy’s Trick or Treat among the Trees, which is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, October 18. The event will take place at Stage Nature Center and is aimed at kids ages 3-9. Costumed kids are welcome to hike the woodland pumpkin trail with an SNC guide. Children will learn the secrets of the forest and receive treats and meet costumed characters. Dress for weather. The fee is $13 to participate. 

Waterford

Head to the Drayton Plains Nature Center for a Halloween-themed 5K Pumpkin family fun run/walk from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, October 18. Participants and/or groups must pre-register for their time slot. The cost is $10 per person, and registration includes a racing bib, medal, sponsor T-Mobile towel and pie pumpkin.