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Fall Events in West Michigan

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Fall Events
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Autumn is such a great season here in West Michigan. You can visit a multitude of festivals, take a fall color tour to view the spectacular oranges, reds and yellows that take over the landscape, and just enjoy the cool, crisp air. Halloween is not just for kids- our local communities sponsor various parties and events that are fun for the entire family. 

For more information on Trick or Treat dates and locations, read our Halloween story.

Local Corn Mazes & Pumpkin Patches

Orchard Market

8400 N. US 31, Free Soil. (231) 464-5534. Wagon rides, corn maze, u-pick pumpkin patch, apple cannons, and more. 11am-5pm Saturdays and Sundays in October. Visit for more information.

The Jam Farm

The Jam Farm is located at 5075 W. Meisenheimer Rd., Ludington. (231) 845-9909. Pumpkin Patch. (NOTE: Pumpkins are only available every other year. The next pumpkin patch will be in 2023.)

Orchard Market
The Market

Fun Fall Events That Are Currently Scheduled

Oceana County

  • Saturday, October 14th, 2023 – Oktoberfest in Downtown Pentwater. Bingo, Comedy Night, Kids Activities, Entertainment Tent, and more.
  • Saturday, October 28th, 2023 from 12-2pm – Spooktacular in downtown Pentwater – Event includes costume contest (12:15pm), scavenger hunt, and downtown trick-or-treating (12-2pm). Visit for more information.

Manistee County

  • Saturday, October 7th, 2023 – Onekama Fall Festival in Onekama Village Park – Craft and food vendors, inflatables, kids activities, fun run, pet parade, and more! Visit for more information.

Fun Fall Events That Are Typically Held

Mason County

  • Scare Crow Contest hosted by Circle Rocking “S” Children’s Farm – The event is free for special needs families, groups, and nursing homes. A $25 fee is requested from businesses or the general public. Participants may be from Mason, Manistee, or Lake Counties and addresses must be clearly marked on judging week. For entry forms, visit
  • Octoberfest Craft Beer & Music Festival in downtown Ludington
  • Harvest Weekends  for campers at Kibby Creek Campground – 4900 W. Deren Rd. in Ludington. Visit to reserve your campsite.
  • Halloween Weekends for campers at Ponchos Pond – 5335 W. Wallace Rd. in Ludington. The event includes trick-or-treating, a site decorating contest, kids’ pumpkin carving, costume contest and more. Visit to reserve your campsite.
  • Halloween at the Station for campers at Vacation Station RV Resort – 5061 W. US 10 in Ludington. The event includes spooky train rides, pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating, and a site decorating contest. Visit to reserve your campsite.
  • Halloween Hayride, Costume Contest and Potluck Dinner at Circle Rocking “S” Children’s Farm – 5487 Tuttle Rd. in Free Soil. Bring treats, a dish to pass, and your own beverages and table service. Must RSVP by September 30th by calling (231) 462-3732. For more information and printable RSVP, visit
  • Fall Festival at the Ludington State Park– 8800 M-116, Ludington. Event includes horse-drawn wagon rides by Meadow Breeze Farms, music by 80 Cows , beach bonfire, apples, donuts, and cider.
  • Chili Cook-Off at Ruby Creek Conservation & Recreation Club- 8152 E. Washington Rd., Branch. Enter a pot or sample and vote. Dessert will also be available. Suggested donation is $5 per person. For more info, call Janet at (231) 233-4637.
  • “A Scream in the Night” Halloween Drive-thru event to benefit Connexion Point Addiction Treatment & Recovery Program. $5 per person. Cartier Park- 1254 N. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington. 
  • Camp Sauble Cages of Carnage Haunted Prison – 4058 E. Free Soil Rd. in Free Soil. $15/person entry fee benefits local fire departments. Handicapped accessible and with 2 trails to follow. Not recommended for small children.
  • Pumpkins for Change Pumpkin Decorating Contest at Betten Baker Ford- 3045 US 10, Ludington. Pumpkins will be available at Betten Baker Ford of Ludington for a $5 entry fee from October 19th-22nd and can be dropped back off when decorated (no later than October 25th at 6pm). The first place winner receives: 50% of the total entry fees collected (the other 50% will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation). The second place winner receives: gift card to a local business. Winners will be chosen and announced on October 26th to celebrate National Pumpkin Day. For more information, call(231) 845-5111.
  • Harvey’s Haunted Garage – 320 S. Madison Ave. in Custer. Haunted maze, family friendly, and free for all. Donations accepted.
  • Haunted Village Children are encouraged to wear costumes and trick or treat throughout the historic buildings in the village. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for kids age 3-13, and kids under 3 enter free. Historic White Pine Village- 1687 S. Lakeshore Dr. in Ludington.
  • Ice Skating Spooktacular at the West Shore Community Ice Arena- 3000 N. Stiles Rd., Scottville. Admission/skate rental is $10/person with proceeds to the West Shore Wolves Hockey League. Costumes encouraged!
  • Run for Your Lives 5k & Half Marathon in Downtown Ludington. 
  • Pumpkin Painting at Sandcastles Children’s Museum- 125 E. Ludington Ave., Ludington. Regular admission rates apply.
  • Halloween Party Fundraiser for Mason County Eastern School’s Sports Division at Mel’s Long Lake Cabins- 7414 US-10, Branch. Admission is $5 per person and includes hot dogs, chips, cider, costume contest for both children and adults, door prizes, games, face painting, a raffle for cabin stays and pontoon rental, and more. For more information, visit
  • Ludrock’s Night of Fright at Ludington Area Center for the Arts- 107 S. Harrison St, Ludington.
  • Halloween Charity Event at Photography by Sue Brown- 1676 W. Hansen Road, Scottville. Free photo with donation to United Way of Mason County. Sign up by visiting

Oceana County

  • Sloan’s Halloween Display – 5789 N. US-31 in Free Soil. Come browse and take pics at this annual free display. Pumpkins for sale.
  • Sam Adams Steinfest at Golden Sands Golf & Bucket Bar- 2501 Wilson Rd. in Silver Lake. Keg Rolling/Throwing, Stein Hoisting, and more!
  • Haunted Acres – Cost is $25 for three attractions- The Devil’s Playground, Field of Screams, and Vertigo. There will also be food vendors on site and merchandise available for purchase. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Free Parking. Haunted Acres- 7970 Park Rd., New Era.
  • Halloween Haunted Trail – Admission is $5 per person and refreshments will be served. Walkerville Cross Country Course- N. 180th Ave., Walkerville.
  • Free Homemade Donuts! Pentwater Fire Department– 486 E. Park St.
  • Haunted Library at the Pentwater Library- 402 E. Park St., Pentwater. Free and open to the public.

Manistee County

  • Manistee’s Ghost Ship on the S.S. City of Milwaukee historic carferry. This is a truly thrilling and scary adventure. Travel through five decks and 72 stairs, some quite steep. Located at 99 Arthur Street (US 31).
  • Kids Halloween Craft Night at Maple Grove Township Community Center- 9208 Kauko St, Kaleva. Kids ages 5-12 are welcome. Ages 5-7 will need to be accompanied by an adult. Limited to 15 kids, so reservations are encouraged.
  • Whovilles Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch at Calvin Lutz Farms- 8576 Chief Rd., Kaleva. Corn Maze, You Pick Pumpkins, Games, Cider, Donuts, Wagon Rides and more. Call (231) 889-5594 for more information. 
  • Whovilles Night in the Corn Maze at Calvin Lutz Farms- 8576 Chief Rd., Kaleva. Come find your way through the corn maze in the dark. Bring your own flashlight. Call (231) 889-5594 for more information. 
  • Children’s Costume Crawl & Downtown Ghost Hunt beginning at the Manistee County Library – 95 Maple St., Manistee.
  • Boos, Brews, & Brats Manistee Elks Lodge- 432 River St.
  • Trick or Treat and Halloween Parade at the Filer Township Fire Department- 2706 Nelson St. in Manistee.

Stay tuned for a schedule of Fall Fun in West Michigan for 2023!

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