We have an annual tradition in my house that begins the first of October. No sooner, no later. This year, I wasn't sure if my tween and my teenage daughters wanted to participate, but sure enough they were begging as soon as the month began! "Mom, can we put the Halloween decorations up?," is how it always begins...Soon enough we find ourselves digging through the bin of costumes planning the perfect character for this year, and reminiscing about previous years. As the conversation continues, I find myself listening more than chatting. What I like hearing the most are their stories about celebrating Halloween and fall (for that matter) in Traverse City. 

What are some of their favorite things to do? Look below for highlights -- and a few additional suggestions, from the adult's perspective. 

Pick the Perfect Pumpkin!

Pumpkin Patch at Pahl's Country Store
Open until October 31
Did someone say $1 pony rides? Add a pumpkin and you just made their day! 

Fall Weekend Fun & Fruit at Hoxsie's Farm Market
Open until October 28 
Pumpkin spice donuts, free tractor-drawn wagon rides out to the pumpkin and apple picking areas, an apple canon and plenty of play areas for the little ones. 

Hoxsie's Farm Market

Get lost in a corn maze

Gallagher's Farm Market Corn Maze
Open until October 31 
Just off M-72 as you head into Leelanau County this roadside farm stand is an easy and rewarding stop. Stock up on fresh produce, fall baked goods and let the kids explore the corn maze. 

Jacob's Corn Maze 
Open until October 29 
It's all things Pure Michigan this year at Jacob's. Their 10-acre maze is in the shape of the mitten! Now that's worth exploring.

On the scary side...

Ghost Farm of Kingsley Haunted Trail
Every Friday & Saturday until October 27 
If you're into getting spooked, this event is for you. Start your tour in the haunted mansion, wander through a haunted forest and end up in the hysteria house with creepy carnival folk. For a lighter, not-so-scary experience, try one of the guided dusk tours that start at 7 pm. 

Screams in the Dark 
Open until October 28 
Not for the faint at heart. This attraction offers plenty of terrifying options. Voted the #1 Haunted Attraction in Michigan by thescarefactor.com, it's definitely creepy!

Zombie Run Traverse City(Photo: Allen-Kent Photography)

Zombie Run
October 27
A Traverse City Halloween tradition, this 5k fun run is a blast! Meet at Right Brain Brewery and run a course through town. Stick around after the race for the medal ceremony and best costume prizes. 

Downtown Halloween Happenings 

Futuristic Sci-Fi Halloween Bash at The Little Fleet
October 27 
For the kid in you that still wants to dress up and for the adult that needs an acceptable place to do it, The Little Fleet's annual Halloween bash is for you. Pick your favorite science fiction character or create your own, creativity is always encouraged!

Downtown Traverse City Halloween Walk 
October 27 
This is the "place to be seen" for kids. Layer up, pack the mittens and something to store the treats in -- kids in costumes of all sizes are welcome. 

For a complete list of events, check out our calendar