There is really no justification for how much I adore Halloween. I mean, there is the boatloads of candy that my children bring home that I can pilfer at will (give me all the Reese's). And the ridiculously adorable costumes. And the glorious fall weather, except our first year back in Michigan when it snowed during trick or treating hours.
So dress your little goblins up and head out for a spectacular weekend of candy-getting. Have fun, friends!
Head to Binder Park Zoo for unlimited hayrides, carousel and train rides, life-sized games and the trick or treat trail (through Oct 22)
Discover the magic of old Halloween traditions at Holland's Cappon House, with mini pumpkin carving, lawn games, ghost stories, fortune telling, candies and crafts
Check out hayrides, pumpkin chuckin', a costume parade, live music and more family fall fun during the Haven Harvest festival in South Haven (through Sunday)
Learn all about the stars during a guided night hike, then sip a mug of hot cocoa at the Kalamazoo Nature Center
Wander through the Michigan Maritime Museum's creepy haunted house (not suitable for young children) (through Saturday)
Don't miss a family-friendly Hocus Pocus magical show, snacks and lessons with renowned magician Steve Marshall in Holland
Swim through the Chocolate Swamp and other magical CandyLand spots at the Holland Aquatic Center's whimsically themed open swim
Enter your pup in the best costume contest around and join a guided hike at Fernwood Botanical Garden's HOWL-O-Ween event in Niles
Dive into a delicious Oktoberfest spread at Ottawa Beach, plus don't miss the dog costume contest, apple bobbing and more
Roll into the Forever Curious Children's Museum to meet local firefighters and learn all about fire prevention and safety
Dress in costume and head to a safe trunk-or-treat at Hidden Acres in Kalamazoo for candy, games and fun activities
Pick a pumpkin from the patch for a chance to win the Great Pumpkin prize drawing at Overhiser Orchards in South Haven
Ride the Halloween-decorated train at Eden Springs Park in Benton Harbor at night for an unforgettable experience (through Sunday)
Enjoy trick or treating, face painting, a spooky hayride, magic show, photo booth with surprise guests and more Monster Mash madness at Schrier Park in Portage
Don your costumes and ride your bikes (or walk!) down the Kal-Haven Trail in South Haven for the unforgettable Boo on Your Bike candy excursion
Take a spectacular afternoon train ride aboard the Little River Railroad for the Double Header Fall Color Run in Coldwater
Check out all the fabulous fall festivities on the Southwest Michigan Kids calendar.