Halloween in Traverse City
It's time to carve out good times. Celebrate Halloween all month long in Traverse City! From ghost tours to corn mazes to races in your Halloween best, here are plenty of ways to celebrate Halloween in northern Michigan.
The corn maze at Jacob's Farm is favorite activity that has delighted visitors for years. For a family adventure, for a date night, for teenagers needing less screen time, or for a small group of friends, there is no shortage of seasonal things to do on this farm. The maze design changes from year to year, but the one thing that remains constant is the fun and memorable experience you will have trying to find your way out! Give yourself plenty of time as it can take up to two hours to navigate through the trails. Once you've found your way out, there are plenty of ways to refuel including a full menu of food and beverage offerings.
Pro tip: Be sure your phone is charged because you don't want to miss out on all of the photo ops around the farm.
The Ghost Farm of Kingsley
Ready to scream? Join the crew at the Ghost Farm of Kingsley for a night of fright this Halloween season! Their farmer resident is planning a terrifying good time and is always digging up new friends to make your visit along the haunted trail a scream! For tickets, directions to the farm and more information visit their website.
Pro tip: The trail length is 1/8 of a mile with small, uneven hills, trees, roots and darkness so wear comfortable, sturdy shoes.
Fall Color Chairlift Rides at Crystal Mountain
The view at the top is incredible! Soak in the fall colors in Benzie county. Scenic Chairlift Rides take place in one-hour blocks. Within that hour, you'll need to check-in and at the chairlift ready to ride to the top. Reservations are required.
Pro tip: Make sure your phone and camera are charged! These are photo ops you don't want to miss!
Historic Tours at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons
Choose from two unique tours at the Commons. First is the Asylum Flashlight tour, a 90-minute guided experience in which you’ll explore one of the state hospital’s cottages from attic to basement as scenes from the asylum’s past are played out in dramatic fashion. Keep your flashlight within reach as this tour ends with a walk through the 1885 steam tunnels.
The second tour is called the Twilight Tour, which takes you on a 90-minute adventure all across the campus of the former Traverse City State Hospital. You’ll get a little history as well a look inside life at the asylum.
Pro tip: Plan to spend a little extra time wandering around the Village at Grand Traverse Commons where you can enjoy shopping, wine tasting, a brewery, coffee shops and restaurants.
Mummies will be out en masse the morning of Saturday, Oct. 29, for Traverse City’s 14th Annual Zombie 5k Run. This event benefits the TART Trails and draws a motley crowd. The goal of this event isn’t about how fast you can run, it’s about how awful you can look. Expect mummies, skeletons and zombies at the start and finish line, Right Brain Brewery. Prizes are awarded for best (worst!) look – and dogs are welcome, with or without ghostly attire.
Pro tip: Plan to stick around post-race for a refreshing beer at Right Brain Brewery.
Screams in the Dark
From the Swamp of Suffering to Dreadmoore Manor, there's something to terrify everyone at Screams in the Dark Haunted Attractions! There are two tour options: Option 1 includes a wagon ride, a haunted trail, The Mausoleum and corn maze while Option 2 includes all the attractions including the wagon ride, haunted trail, Pandemonium, Swamp of Suffering and Dreadmoore Manor. This is an attraction recommended for ages 14 and up, and those who truly love to be scared out of their minds!
Pro tip: The last two weekends in October get very busy and wait times range from 40 minutes to an hour (or more). Visit earlier in the season or on Sundays which tend to be less busy.