The Fall season is upon us! The leaves are turning red, the days are getting shorter and Halloween is just around the corner. With the change of season, there is also an influx of various events across the county. There will be tons of things to do, including visiting festivals, fairs, and even 5K runs! But of course we can’t count out the orchards, cider mills, and haunted attractions that are such staples of the upcoming October holiday.
First and foremost, you should be aware of some of the activities happening this year, like Trunk or Treat or Oktoberfest. The best place to find out more is the Make Macomb Your Home events page, where you’ll have updated information of the events taking place throughout the season.
However, when it comes to Autumn, there are certain activities that are a must. Hayrides for example, and corn mazes too. Of course we can’t forget about pumpkin picking either! As a child, every year my mother would take me to Oxford, MI and we’d go to Upland Hills Farm, which had all of that and more. Magic shows, farm shows, hayrides, donuts … My experiences there forged my own perception of what made October, well, October.
But you don’t need to go all the way to Oxford to experience some holiday fun (although I do recommend giving it a chance). In fact, there are plenty of awesome activities right here in Macomb County. Let me explain!
Across the county, there are so many different farms that host what I consider to be the most important activities of the season. Blake’s Big Apple, for example, will have their own haunted attractions that will consist of haunted hayrides, barns and zombie paintball. You can also try out their Spookyland, which has even more holiday-themed adventures.
Westview Orchards & Cider Mill will be hosting their own ‘family-fun’ events as well. On the weekends, expect a corn maze and wagon rides, on top of the already great 3-acre playground, petting zoo and cider mill goodies. You can also find even more wagon rides at Stony Creek Metropark! Access their calendar here to find out dates and times.
Want to embrace the more spookier side of the season? I completely understand! That’s why it’s my job to inform you of the Terror on Tillson event. For those who don’t know, Tillson is a street in Romeo that takes Halloween to the extreme. Over 30 residents in the community adorn their houses with elaborate and creative holiday decorations. Every year, they bring in tons of foot traffic from all over the area, especially the week of Halloween, when most of their preparations have been completed. Not only is Terror on Tillson fun to experience, but it also showcases the camaraderie and support the people of Romeo have for one another. I wouldn’t pass up on the opportunity to witness this spectacle and neither should you!
Another spectacle that’s coming to the county is the Twisted Horrors Haunted House in Clinton Township. Opening night is Friday, October 22. If you’re concerned about whether or not this is a good event to bring your child, then don’t worry! Kid-friendly Day is October 24 from 5-6:30 PM. If you’re going without children, however, I’m sure every other day will be a huge treat!
The New Baltimore Historical Society is putting together their own spooky museum tour with their upcoming event, the Grand Pacific House Haunt. Starting October 22, the tours will take place on Friday and Saturday of that week, as well as the week after. Unlike many this season, this haunt won’t consist of extravagant jumpscares or axe wielding maniacs. Instead, you will be guided on a tour through the haunted hotel, witnessing spooky props and real-life antiques as volunteers narrate the scary stories behind each scene. Tickets are limited, so don’t miss out on this chance to witness the creepy doll room!
Another spooky attraction that I highly recommend is the Scarefest Scream Park. As you can probably guess by the name, this place will no doubt elicit horrified screams from you and your friends, and acts as the perfect haunt to test your courage. From their Forest of Darkness to their Hayride of Doom, you don’t want to miss out on this whirlwind of terror during the holiday season!
Rachel Dearing is an intern for Macomb County Planning and Economic Development.