Grand Rapids Halloween Updates: Trick-or-Treat Times, Events, Outdoor Displays

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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.


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 Goes Boo is On for Halloween 2020!

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.
john ball zoo goes boo

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.

3) Fill Your Candy Sack at a Trunk or Treat Event

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.

4) Find Something Special on the Huge Halloween Events List

In addition to the trick or treat trail at the zoo, there are many other options for Halloween fun in West Michigan, especially on the weekends.

Families can check out a corn maze, go on a spooky hike, trunk-or-treat to your heart’s content, paint pumpkins, visit with night time animals and so much more!

5) Make Your Way Through a Designer Corn Maze

Corn mazes come is all shapes and sizes – and some come with prizes!

Choose your maze based on distance, design, and location.

Doing a maze after dark adds a whole new element to the game.

Some mazes may be haunted but most are not.

6) Chase Down All of the Spooky Sightings around Town

As October 31 approaches, try something new this year with your family. Similar to Christmastime, drive around town and look for spooky houses.

You can make a scavenger hunt list of what you think you’ll see, like tombstones, mummies, cobwebs, and ghosts. Whoever finds the most things on their list wins!

I am definitely putting this on our activity list this year. 

7) See How Much Scare You Can Handle

There are all levels of scare popping up around Grand Rapids as far as haunted attractions are concerned.

Read the descriptions and age limits carefully before signing up to be spooked.

These places don’t give refunds for doing their job well!

8) Find Your Neighborhood’s Trick-or-Treat Time and the Get All of the Candy

If it’s Halloween Night in west Michigan, you can be almost guaranteed that the weather will be less than perfect.

Since I’m always determined to show off our stellar costumes, we bundle up and trek around the neighborhood regardless of the weather.

The official trick-or-treating window for most areas is 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM. There are a few exceptions so be sure to check our big list to verify your area’s time.

9) And Then Sell Back Your Candy

And after the haul? Well, you can let the kids gobble it all up, or you can opt for a Halloween Candy Buyback program.

Last year, I was able to convince my kids to take some of their haul to the candy buy-back at Hudsonville Family Dentistry, where they got cash for their candy. 


What Are Your Halloween Plans this Year?

No matter how many or few festivities you attend, enjoy making Halloween memories with your kids!

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