Your One-Stop Grand Rapids Halloween Resource Guide
There’s a lot going on for Halloween around Grand Rapids in 2020.
This guide is to help you sort out what’s going on and find fun activities for your family for Halloween in 2020.
So much in 2020 is different this year and that includes Halloween. Many annual events will not be happening at all this year or will look different than usual. Keep up with the latest CDC guidelines here.
Despite COVID, there is no shortage of fun-filled Halloween events in Grand Rapids this year, no matter which area you call home. You can still go boo at several different zoos or get lost in a corn maze.
My favorite, though, is collecting my Mom Tax after visiting several trunk-or-treat events and trick-or-treating in our neighborhood – both still happening in 2020.
Read on to find links and details for everything Halloween in Grand Rapids and West Michigan.
GRAND RAPIDS HALLOWEEN GUIDE
What’s Going on for Halloween 2020
You wouldn’t know it now, but I wasn’t really into Halloween until I had kids. Then I suddenly loved dressing up and picking out family costumes for us every year. Now that we have such awesome costumes, we need to show them off as much as possible.
Thankfully, there are a ton of events around town where we can wear our costumes.
Use this list to find your family’s Halloween fun:
1) Walk the Treat Trail at John Ball Zoo Goes Boo
My family’s favorite Halloween tradition is going to John Ball Zoo Goes Boo. Nowadays, this is the only time other than Halloween Night that my entire family dresses up.
We love walking around the zoo to see the spooky decorations in the animal enclosures. We also get great treats there.
Last year, the zoo really stepped up their game and had many non-food or healthier options. But don’t worry – they still have candy!
I am really excited that this annual event is still happening for 2020. JBZ says that we can expect it to look a little different and with social distancing measures in places.
John Ball Zoo’s is time-treasured Halloween Zoo Goes Boo will again transform into the ultimate Halloween destination with decorations, costumes, candy, and, of course, the Zoo’s amazing animals. FIND OUT MORE
2) Pick the Perfect Pumpkin at the Pumpkin Patch
Grab that wagon and head on out to the pumpkin patch!
Area farmers are growing all sorts of pumpkins these days. Choose a regular jack-o-lantern style, or have fun with nubby pumpkin varieties.
White pumpkins, yellow pumpkins, or orange, they all make for splendid fall decor.
We always try to hit at least two trunk or treat events in Grand Rapids. There are so many to choose from that it’s impossible to hit them all. If you get lucky, you can find a couple close to each other at the same time and hit more than one in one outing. That’s how you really cash in on the Mom Tax!
Some trunk or treats are very small. It truly is just walking through the parking lot and collecting candy from some very awesomely decorated cars.
For others, that’s just a small part of the fun. At the Kentwood Fall Festival, for example, kids can also enjoy bounce houses, hay rides and face painting. It’s always my mission to find the “best” one every year.