What's On This Weekend {Halloween Edition}: October 27-29

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!

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  • 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.

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