Have I mentioned how much we love Halloween in our house? Of course I have. Five days out from Halloween, the kids have already eaten their respective weights in candy and worn no fewer than half a dozen different costumes.
However, the best is truly saved for last, and this weekend is shaping up to be the perfectly gloomy fall backdrop to haunted, treat-dotted nature trails and cozy indoor parties.
Read on for the weekend's Halloween happenings. Have a magical one!
Walk along the non-scary trails at the Van Raalte Farm anytime to discover wild creatures, fun activities and treats before enjoying cider and cookies
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 (through Saturday)
Contribute pictures, sugar skulls, paper flowers and other non-perishable items to Herrick District Library's Día de los Muertos altar in Holland
Head to Binder Park Zoo for unlimited hayrides, carousel and train rides, life-sized games and the trick or treat trail during Zoo Boo (through Sunday)
Collect treats and encounter critters along the trails of Holland's Outdoor Discovery Center and enjoy games and activities (through Saturday)
Get faces painted and take part in tons of crafts and activities at the rollicking Glow in the Park in Douglas
Watch hot air balloons glow in the dusky sky over Gull Meadow Farms during the Balloon Fest
Stop by the Holland Museum for trick-or-treating in the exhibits, flashlight tours of the Dutch Galleries, fun games and spooky crafts
Discover wild creatures and fun activities on a treat-studded walk, then head indoors for snacks and crafts, at Sarett Nature Center in Benton Harbor
Wear a costume and head to Niles' Fernwood Botanical Garden for trick or treating in the gardens, a creepy craft, spooky creatures and stories
Enter your quickest pumpkin into the nail-biting pumpkin race hosted by the Optimist Club of Niles
Look for the Great Pumpkin, play games and check out the exhibits at the Forever Curious Children's Museum's family-friendly Halloween bash in Fennville
Walk along the trails and collect treats during this non-spooky evening at Baroda Township Park
Bring your furry friends and win prizes for best costume during the delightful Family & Pet Halloween Parade in Saugatuck
Take a spook-facular evening train ride through Eden Springs Park in Benton Harbor (through Sunday)
Get to Holland Town Center for an early trick-or-treating adventure perfect for the littles
Grab your last scoop of Blue Moon before the iconic South Haven dairy bar shutters its doors for the season
Join an avid videographer for a unique look at some of our area’s wildlife at Sarett Nature Center in Benton Harbor
Check out all the ghoulish Halloween happenings on the Southwest Michigan Kids calendar.