Halloween activities for the whole family

By: Katie Goncalves | September 27, 2022

Halloween is one of the top holidays for kids and there are so many ways to celebrate the entire month of October. Besides, who doesn’t love getting multiple wears out of a Halloween costume? If you’re looking for something more interactive and engaging than just trick or treating, the whole family is sure to love these Halloween-themed events happening in Metro Detroit…

Tricks and Treats at SEA LIFE Michigan


Daily through the month of October, kids can enjoy Tricks and Treats at SEA LIFE Michigan in Auburn Hills. There are challenges to complete and an activity sheet to fill in as kids learn about the scary-not-scary creatures of the ocean. Plus, there are plenty of treats to earn along the way all while enjoying the state’s largest aquarium. There are also meet and greet opportunities with Serafina the Sea Witch at certain times throughout the day. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Zoo Boo at The Detroit Zoo

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Explore the entire Detroit Zoo while celebrating Halloween weekends in October with Zoo Boo. The animals will be enjoying special treats and there will be enrichment activities all throughout the zoo. New this year are themed weekends, where the park will be decorated to match a theme. Attendees are also encouraged to wear a costume of their choice or that fits the theme for the weekend. All tickets must be purchased in advance, walk-up tickets will not be sold at the gate. 

The weekend themes are:

  • Wildlife and Wild Places – October 8-9
  • Witches, Warlocks and Werewolves, oh my! – October 15-16
  • Heroes and Villains – October 21-23

Ooky Spooky Light Show at Longway Planetarium

Longway Planetarium is putting on a family-friendly, spooky light show from October 4 through October 30. Your favorite Halloween songs like “Monster Mash” and “Thriller” are set to lights and displays inside the planetarium. This event is great for adults and kids ages 6 and older. The weekend of Halloween, you can enhance your visit to the Ooky Spooky Light Show with admission to the Haunted Hallway, a ten-minute stroll through a black light hallway that’s fun for all ages. There are only 129 seats in the auditorium so reserving tickets in advance is highly recommended. 

Glenlore Trails Haunted Forest 
Although it sounds scary, the Haunted Forest at Glenlore Trails is fun for all ages. The trail is an immersive experience that only happens once the sun goes down. This year’s theme is FATE, with a storyline of fortune telling. There are live performances and plenty of opportunities for photos along the way. The trail is about a mile long and takes approximately one hour to walk through it. Glenlore Trails is open every Thursday through Sunday from September 29 through October 30. Tickets are available for purchase in advance.