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Trick-or-Treating happens in the Benton Harbor Arts District and in downtown St. Joseph on Wednesday, October 31st from 4:30-6:00pm! Both locations will come alive with treats and offerings thanks to our generous members, who supply candy for Trick-or-Treaters. 

For fun leading up to the big day, read on! 

FAMILY FUN

Round up your little goblins and ghouls under a spell of fun with these family activities! 

 The train rides at Eden Springs Park at House of David are always awesome, and even better with a spooktacular makeover for Halloween! For just $3 per ride, you can explore the decorated grounds on a historic miniature train. Rides are available October 13th and 14th, 20th and 21st, and 27th and 28th. They’ll run on Saturdays and Sundays from 5-9pm. 

 Something wicked is coming at Sarett Nature Center! On October 27th from 6:30-8:30pm, families can walk the lighted trail, discovering wild creatures and fun activities at the "Halloween at Sarett" event. Bring a flashlight! There is a dark trail for the adventurous Halloween enthusiasts; there’s also snacks and crafts indoors. It’s $5 per person. 

 For more Family Fun nights, head over to the Silver Beach Carousel as they host multiple nights of spinning spooky fun. They are open on Thursdays from 4-8:30pm, and rides are only $1! 

    October 11th - It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

    October 18th - Ghost Riders! 

    October 26th - Haunted SCAREousel 

On Sunday, October 28th, there’s a free “Flick-or-Treat” at the Box Factory for the Arts in collaboration with the Coastline Children’s Film Festival! Celebrate Halloween with a few scary silent films, shown with live accompaniment, then watch the classic “Bride of Frankenstein”. Silent films are good for ages 6 and up, and the feature film for 9 and up.   

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Keep the fun going after Halloween - check out the Heritage Museum and the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra’s Celebrating the Day of the Dead | A Community Cultural Event on November 2nd! 

 

Treats

CREEPY CLASSES 

If you’d like to try your hand at creepy creativity, check out these classes for a cackling good time! 

It’s treats time at Lazy Ballerina- they are hosting a Halloween cupcake decorating class with local pastry queen Mandy Krause on Tuesday, October 23rd! From 6-8pm, create some macabre yet glittery treats, with a glass of Lazy Ballerina wine. Pre-registration is required - check out the Facebook event for details. 

Kids can get in the spirit with a pumpkin painting class at JLN Studios in Stevensville! The October 24th class is 4:30-6:00pm, and students will be guided through an awesome pumpkin painting you can probably keep up through Thanksgiving. Pre-registration is required; and it’s good for ages 5+ (under 8 needs a grownup to stay). 

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Confident in your carving skills? Check out Watermark Brewing’s Pumpkin Carving event on Sunday, October 21st! Local farmer Alex Gallert will be on hand selling his pumpkins...then carve at your own risk.  

 

 

PARTY MONSTERS

Because costumes aren’t just for little witches and warlocks, here’s some unearthly fun for grownups, too! 

The Box Factory for the Arts celebrates the season with Boos and Brews at the Box: Nightmare on Broad Street on October 13th! The spooky bash offers libations, food and dancing, and also tarot card reading, henna tattoos, and an awesome silent auction. Bring your creative costumes (there’s a contest!) and support the Box Factory! 

Bust out some moves at the Journeyman Distillery’s Halloween Dance Party on Friday, October 26th. The creepy cocktails will be out-of-this-world, and there will be a DJ spinning from 8-11pm. Bring your best costume for a chance to win Staymaker gift certificates, too! 

Keep the fun going on Saturday, October 27th at Round Barn Winery’s “Hallowine” party in the vineyard! Local bands will be rocking, and Round Barn favorites are served from 11am-7pm. 

 

 

 

Dogs in Halloween costume 

FIDO FRIENDLY

We’ve got to be honest...costumes on kids are cute, but it’s hard to compete with dressed up puppies! If your four legged friend wants to get in on some seasonal fun, here’s where to bring them. 

On Saturday, October 27th, Berrien County Animal Control hosts their “Fall Festival”. It offers not only a trunk or treat and fun for kids, but the opportunity to walk a dog, play with a cat, and maybe meet your new best friend! 

On Sunday, October 28th from 2-6pm, bring Fido to North Pier Brewing where you can raise a pint to benefit the Bark Angels. The 3rd Annual Howl-oween Fundraiser’s highlight is the 4:30pm pet costume parade, and there’s lots of other kid-friendly “dogtoberfest” activities.

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FuzzyButz Pet Bakery has created Halloween treats for our furry friends, so they won't have to miss out on the sweet fun! You can stop in the store, or order online.