In the crisp autumn air of October in west Michigan children have an abundance of choices when it comes to festivities dedicated to All Hallows Eve. Whether they are under one year old or pre-teen, the Muskegon County area has something to offer kids of all ages.
Nestled in the hills of White Lake, the proverbial sleepy hamlet of Montague celebrates Halloween with the annual Pumpkinfest. Every mid October the organizers set up a pumpkin pie contest, pumpkin painting and carving contest, seed spitting contest, as well as the biggest pumpkin weigh in. However, most children come for the main event. For a couple hours the city closes one of the principal streets which encompasses a large, steep hill for the pumpkin roll. Merely for the fun of it, hundreds of children launch their gourds down Dowling Street just to see them splat.
Further north located in the outskirts of the tiny village of New Era, Lewis Farms offers year round entertainment. When the weather cools Halloween traditions come out in full force. In addition to the farms petting zoo and large inflatable jump pillow Fall marks the opening of additional activities special to the season.
A corn maze can offer a challenge to even the wisest problem solvers. While a hayride offers a relaxing view for those who wish to take in the picturesque landscape of the changing leaves. For the younger kids a tractor train give toddlers a tour of the apple orchard.
After the riding attractions youngsters head to the pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect jack-o-lantern. Most take a brief moment to watch the fruit flinging catapults and the pumpkin canon. And what trip to the farm would be complete without stopping for apple cider and doughnuts at the main farmhouse.
For the older, braver kids a 30 minute drive to Grand Rapids yields a haunting adventure. Not for the feint of heart this all indoor haunted house experience is guaranteed to scare even the most iron clad souls. Nights of Fear is designed not only to startle, but to instil psychological terror at your core. Voted the scariest venue in the area by the Grand Rapids Press Nights of Fear offers three haunted houses for one price.
So if your looking for a good scare or old fashion family fun, the Muskegon area has what your looking for. From one to one hundred even the biggest kids will get their fill of Halloween’s tricks and treats. After all everyone in West Michigan is “dying” to show you a good time.