From decorated house tours, to pumpkin patches and cider mills – here are 8 of the best Halloween and fun fall activities to do in the Mid Michigan area.
Halloween Town Tour – Alma
A virtual family friendly tour highlighting the most decorated houses in the Alma, Michigan area created in 2020. With the onset of limitations around gatherings and events, Halloween season just wouldn’t be the same without all the fun events. So an alternative was designed, Halloween Town Tour, a safe and virtual event to engage and entertain the local community!
Halloween Town Tour is free and open to the public. It is expected to run through the end of October with some exclusive – Halloween Day only – stops to be added later this month.
Jack-o-lantern Display – Shepherd
See 1,000+ carved pumpkins on display October 24-31, 2021 in the Village of Shepherd, Michigan. Each year, the home behind the post office boasts thousands of carved pumpkins with a fun Wizard of Oz theme!
This small Mid Michigan village comes to life each Halloween, drawing spectators from near and far. For nearly a decade, Shepherd Michigan’s Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin display, has been lighting up the night on the corner of Second Street and Orchard.
Papa’s Pumpkin Patch – Mt. Pleasant
A pumpkin patch and country farm market, with tractor pulled hay rides, farm animals, playgrounds, sandbox, pedal tractors and so much more to explore! Join in the fun and make your way through the 9 acre Michigan maze, straw maze and pumpkin maze.
Apple Barrel Cider Mill – Ithaca
Stop in Apple Barrel Cider Mill and step back in time! A rustic decorated, relaxed atmosphere, serving fresh donuts daily and seasonal produce. With a gift shop selling locally made crafts, honey and maple syrup; and a made from scratch bakery specializing in homemade pies, donuts, fudge and more.
Each Spring the greenhouse is loaded with beautiful hanging baskets and bedding plants. Throughout the summer, fresh Michigan seasonal fruits and berries are available. Fall features squash, pumpkins, mums, of course apples and cider! Cider is pressed on-site, weekly from Labor Day, through the year end. Watch the pressing process through the large glass viewing windows.
Phillips Orchard – St. John’s
Phillips family Orchard & cider mill, for over 162 years. Watch cider pressed on a traditional rack & cloth press in the fall. Horse drawn wagon rides on weekends in September & October. Free walking tours of the orchard, boasting 36 different types of apples. Snack on fresh donuts, bread and pies from the bakery.
Uncle John’s Cider Mill – St. John’s
In the Spring, the Apple Orchard is in full blossom with hundreds of fluffy flowering apple trees. The dreamy golden Sunflower Fields come to life around mid-summer, this our absolute favorite time to visit! We pick Sunflower bouquets while sipping on cider and snacking on donuts. I am obsessed with the U Pick Sunflowers, Pumpkins, Zinnias, Apples and so much more!
Look in the gift shops, sip on a hard cider, and during the months of September & October, the best days to watch cider pressed is “usually” on Saturday & Sundays. If you are planning your visit around the cider press operating, it is suggested to call ahead.
Andy T’s Farm Market – St. John’s
The colorful pumpkin variety keeps us coming back year after year. The farm also has a playground, hay maze and goats to feed!
At Andy T’s Farm Market, you will find greenhouses full of flower and vegetable plants in the Spring; mums and colorful pumpkins in the Fall. You can’t miss the aroma from the scratch bakery making delicious pies, breads, pumpkin rolls, cookies and doughnuts.
Terror on 27 – Ashley
One of the best haunted houses in Michigan, Terror on 27 has a variety of attractions to satisfy your gruesome appetites.
Insanity takes you on the ride of your life, through the tunnel of delusion, down to the gates of hell. From there, minds are lost, vision impaired and souls stolen. Entanglement is a twisted path through the darkness down to the depths of our mine shafts, make it through the waterfall of blood out through the foggy, pitch black hallows.
Animosity is a true maze! Find your own way out while being followed by your worst fears, with no direct route from beginning to end. The House, is a haunted Victorian home, get a highly interactive opportunity to be introduced to the ones who preceded us. It’s rumored that guests get launched from the attic!
Wondering what to do this holiday season? Well look no further! Here is a list with over 50 different holiday activities for you, right here in the Mid Michigan area. If you are in search of real-life Christmas Villages, Michigan has several to choose from! This list has it covered! From Alma, Breckenridge, Chesaning to Clare and St. Johns to Stanton. As I sit here watching our second snow fall of the season, I think to myself… what a wonderful state!
Seems like it was just Summer, but here we are into November! Good news is, you can watch Santa parachute or take a train back in time! Everyone always asks where I find fun stuff to do, so I made a list of our favorite activities for the holiday season!
With over 130 wineries, 200+ craft breweries and an ever growing list of hard cideries & more, Michigan’s beverage industry is thriving. 🍻 There are many great options to choose that are family friendly! Let me know below if you’ve been to any of these places or if they’re on your bucket list!
Check out the below accounts for more inspiration on breweries, wineries and cider mills to visit in Michigan: @cassondra.wanders