This time of year makes it hard to choose which activities are perfect for you, your friends, and your family to do to celebrate the onset of fall and spooky season. There is so much to do that the fear of missing out on something becomes as much an impediment as time, but the good news is that there are more than enough options to keep you busy for the whole month of October.
If you’re looking for some evening fun with the family, then head to Longway Planetarium’s Ooky Spooky Light Show. The show runs through Halloween and features festive lights and images set to classic Halloween songs. If you go later in the season, you can also take a walk down the Haunted Hallway for an added cost. The hallway runs October 26 and 27 and is family-friendly.
For more family fun, there’s always the Halloween Bounce Bash at the Mundy Sportsplex. This event is from October 13 through the 15 and admission offers bounce houses, a spooky obstacle course, music, games, treats, and candy. Or head out to Davison’s Pumpkin Festival. Happening on October 14, a day after the city’s downtown Trunk or Treat, the festival will feature vendors, food trucks, pony rides, bounce houses, and even roller-skating and lasts the entire day. You’ll find a Trunk-Or-Treat and Zombie Walk in Clio City Park on Saturday, October 14, as well. There will be a delightfully weird, costumed zombie walk, a trunk or treat, pumpkin painting, vendors, a haunted graveyard, and other surprises.
For the older kids or just you and your friends, you can hit up any number of local haunted attractions like Exit 13 in Flint or The Howling Haunted Trail in Fenton. These are for those looking for a very scary time but what’s Halloween without a good scare or two?
If you prefer to commune with the spirits and not have them leap out at you then perhaps a Haunted Bike Tour in Flint based on the book Haunted Flint where you’ll see some of the city’s famously haunted spaces. Maybe take a graveyard tour and learn about Victorian Mourning Traditions at Flint’s historic Glenwood Cemetery. On September 28, the Stockton House Museum in Flint will be offering its Roaring ‘20s Tea with Spirits which encourages guests to dress for the affair at the haunted Hotel de Stockton and enjoy some tea and the possibility of being joined by guests from beyond the grave.
Finally, sometimes all you want to do is relax with a good movie, and the FIM Capitol Theatre is bringing back The Rocky Horror Picture Show for another year. This time with actress Patricia Quinn, who played Magenta in the film. The movie will be presented with a live shadow cast and audience participation and there will be a costume contest as well. Additionally, the Flint Institute of Arts will be showing a double feature of two classic films – Night of the Living Dead and Eraserhead on Thursday, October 26 starting at 6 p.m.
With so many options you’d have to be undead not to find something fun to do this Halloween. Rest assured though, there’s probably something even for those of you dealing with your post-life dilemma