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    Superman Jax (Clementine Carragher) outside the OutCenter

    I first visited the Arts District in Benton Harbor on a vacation to find a brewery in a barn. Turns out it was the Livery, and my description was a little off, but the beer was tasty! I was instantly intrigued by the area, taken in by the creative energy. The buildings are sparse, and the spaces between teem with a gritty originality that can only be fostered by such an environment. I loved the vibe, and took that impression back to Maine with me each time I left. 

  • October is upon us, leaves are in the air, and we’re ready for Halloween fun! Check out our guide for all things Halloween, with trick-or-treating, family festivals, fun for kids, theater and tours, and somethings for the grownup ghouls, too!


    (and Trunk-or-Treat)

    We’re ready for a spooktacular trick-or-treat in the Benton Harbor Arts District on Halloween! On Monday, October 31st, little goblins and ghouls can visit galleries, studios, restaurants and shops for treats. The event, generously sponsored by Holt Bosse, runs from 4:30-6:00pm. You can find more information here; get there early to claim your bag! 

    Downtown St. Joseph offers trick-or-treating on Halloween, too. From 4:30-6:00 (just before the city trick or treat!) downtown merchants will be ready to hand out treats…and maybe a few tricks! 

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    Trick-or-Treating happens in the Benton Harbor Arts District and in downtown St. Joseph on Tuesday, 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. We're excited to see the costumes; you can also check out the Benton Harbor Marching Band in the Arts District event! 

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

  • Fall is my favorite time of year, and Halloween is the crown jewel of the season. Throughout October, orange and black begin cloak, the sun hangs low in the sky, and pumpkin faces celebrate the darkening of the year. As the nights get longer and the wind howls a little louder, it’s easy to embrace the weird that comes with the season.   


    Blue Moon Vintage Market in Three Oaks, Michigan, is an awesome destination for some vintage and one-of-a-kind Halloween. This once-a-month shopping destination is curated by mother/daughter duo Vicki and Jen Kerr (you can find their story here), and offers their own picks as well as outside vendors’. Danielle Colby (of “American Pickers” fame) sells some of her collection here, and her eye for oddities and darker fun furnished some serious Halloween inspiration. 

    Blue Moon Vintage Market will be open Friday, October 21st through Sunday, October 23rd…and I don’t think any of these items will last! Here's just a few of the picks I found, from animal purses to oversized heads. 

  • Julie Smiy is a wedding and party coordinator based in Southwest Michigan, pulling in her past creative experiences to facilitate unique celebrations. In today’s blog post, she shares some awesome Halloween party game ideas…for kids and grownups!