As the weather cools and the leaves start to fall, people’s attention turns to Halloween and all things spooky. For those looking for some creepy, family fun Flint & Genesee has plenty to offer and lots to do.  

At Flushing Farms, the family can enjoy several hours of fall fun. The farm features three corn mazes for various skillsets, bounce houses, straw mounds, inflatable obstacle courses, a petting zoo, hay wagon rides, barrel train rides, deals on pumpkin picking, and a glass of cider and a donut for one price. When it comes to getting the most for your dollar it’s hard to go wrong here.  

In Fenton, a Halloween Arts & Crafts Market on Friday, Oct. 13 will bring the community together for some spooky shopping on one of the scariest days of the year. Following the market there will be a Witches & Wizards Ball with costumes, a DJ, and dancing that the parents can attend once they drop their little ghouls off at the babysitter's for the night. If you want to attend the dance, make sure to register ahead of time.  

Swartz Creek is home to Jeepers Creekers, which holds monthly handmade/homemade markets and several other events during October. Its Halloween events all happen on October 7 and include the 5th Annual Jeepers Creekers Fun Run & 5K, a local makers market, a downtown Trunk or Treat, and a screening of holiday classic The Nightmare Before Christmas that evening.  

In downtown Davison, you’ll find a trunk or treat for local children along Main Street on October 13. If families are interested in setting up to be one of the treats stops, they can apply for free. The event will be from 6 pm – 8 pm and expects several thousand trick-or-treaters but there should be plenty of good things to go around. 

On October 7, you can head out to Applewood in Flint for its Fall Harvest Festival. Families have the opportunity to walk the grounds of this beautifully preserved estate and grab fresh cider and apples, go on a house tour, listen to some music, see the farm animals, and enjoy the displays and activities. For a peaceful October afternoon spent outside, this cannot be beaten.  

For more outside fun you’ll want to take a look at the offerings from the Genesee County parks. At Wolverine Campground, which has an extensive list of activities for families, including movies, crafts, a magic show, trick or treating, and even a spooky trail! There are two weekends and six days total of fun that shouldn’t be missed. The parks are hosting other activities elsewhere, so it’s worth looking at this calendar to see what might best fit your family.  

If you’re near Linden, you’ll find two nights of freaky family fun during their Zombies, Scarecrows, and Monsters event. Featuring a zombie walk on Friday night with a walk through one of several trails like the trick-or-treat trail, and a scary trail. There will also be music, food, and vendors to keep the shivers away.  

There can’t be any list of family-friendly Halloween events in the area without Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad’s Halloween Ghosts & Goodies. This annual event offers an opportunity to head through the historic replica of a turn-of-the-century town to trick or treat, see a magic show, head through the straw maze, and have some cider and donuts. For an added fee there is even a ride through the haunted countryside on the Huckleberry Ghost Train Express. For fear-free family fun, it doesn’t get much better than this. 

Aside from these fantastic events and scary locations, there are countless other haunted houses, hayrides, and trunk or treats to enjoy. So be on the lookout around Flint & Genesee. Almost every town or city has some sort of festivity that the family can participate in as those autumn winds blow through the state.  

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