For many Michiganders, fall is the most beautiful season of all. Make memories your family will never forget by attending some of the best events around—for all ages and every budget! Here are our top four picks:
Hayrides and Pumpkin Picking at The Petting Farm at Domino’s Farms Office Park
Join in on fall fun for the entire family without any fear or fright at the Domino’s petting farm in Ann Arbor. Enjoy daily hayrides which depart hourly starting at 11 am through 3 pm. Pick a pumpkin, take a hayride and visit the animals including a new baby calf. You can also ride a pony and check out the new indoor bee hive sold to the Petting Farm from the Ann Arbor Children’s museum. There will be even more activities offered on Halloween—Family Fun Day, from 10 am until 4 pm.
MSU Tollgate Education Center and Farm Pumpkin Festival
The annual Pumpkin Festival, which is in partnership with the Novi Public Library, will be held from 11am until 4 pm on Oct. 10th and 11th. Enjoy a variety of activities such as picking a pumpkin, taking a hay ride, visiting the animals, eating fresh home-made donuts or just taking in all of the beautiful farm grounds. Best of all, admission is free and pumpkin picking and food costs are nominal.
Fright Night Haunts, Barn of Horrors & Corn Stalkers Maze
For over 36 years, Erwin Orchards of South Lyon, MI has been daring and scaring Southeast Michigan families at the annual Friday Night Haunts. Every Friday and Saturday night now through Oct. 31st, visitors of the Barn of Horrors can enjoy the mystery of the black hole; a moonlight wagon ride; nightly bonfires, and a free cup of cold cider and an apple spice donut with paid admission.
Erwin’s terrifying Corn Stalkers Maze will chill you to the bone! Warm up afterwards with hot cider, hot chocolate, and other treats available for purchase at the Cider Mill or Ghoul Café. Note that the Fright Night haunted attractions are recommended for ages 12 and older. The Corn Stalker mazes are safe for smaller children as there are no live actors and it’s very easy to find pictures printed on admission tickets. Learn more.
Pick Your Pumpkin Hayrides at Kensington Metropark Farm Center
All October long, you and your family can enjoy this seasonal tradition! On Saturdays and Sundays from Noon until 4 pm, and on weekdays from 10 am until 2 pm, you can take a colorful fall hayride to and from Kensington’s huge pumpkin patch and select your perfect Jack-O-Lantern. Pumpkins and gourds are available in a variety of popular colors, shapes and sizes; all priced according to size. Bring your bikes to take a family ride along beautiful Kensington Lake and enjoy amazing autumnal foliage. Note that a Metroparks vehicle entry permit is required to enter any Metropark which costs $35 annually or $7 daily.
Article by: Jennifer Elkow
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