Family-Friendly Halloween Fun in Oakland County

Little kids run around dressed up in Halloween costumes outside on a fall day.

This fall, participate in the magical, mysterious, and spooky excitement of Halloween by attending any one of the family-friendly events across Oakland County! From hayrides and pumpkin-picking, to trick-or-treating and solving corn mazes, there’s no shortage of great activities for residents of all ages to enjoy this holiday season. To see the full list of events near you, click the button below:

List of Family Friendly Oakland County Fun

Many of the events give a seasonal twist to iconic Oakland County locations. Examples include Zoo Boo at the Detroit Zoo, Halloween Science at the Cranbrook Institute of Science, and Halloween in Hollygrove in Holly. Others, such as Boo Bash in Addison Oaks, surround attendees with the beautiful fall landscape.

Wherever you go, you’re sure to have a Happy Halloween at any of these events in Oakland County.

Do you know of any other family-friendly Halloween events in the Oakland County area? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter, contact us at socialmedia@oakgov.com, or leave a comment below.


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Cider Mills in Oakland County Story Map

A crowd of people gathers outside of Franklin Cider Mill on a sunny day. Trees with yellowing leaves stand behind the cider mill.

With cider mills all around us in Oakland County, fall is one of our favorite seasons! All year long, we look forward to “Cider Mill Season” to enjoy locally grown apples, apple cider, donuts, and other cider mill goodies. In addition to sweet treats, cider mills offer a variety of fun activities, including apple picking, pumpkin picking, a corn maze, pony rides, a petting zoo, and hayrides.

Use our interactive story map to find a cider mill or apple orchard near you and pack in the fall fun. The story map, created by Oakland County’s award-winning GIS team, shares details about each cider mill in the county like photos, features, activities, and more. Please call ahead or check websites to verify hours and times before you go.

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List of Cider Mills in Oakland County

Do you know of any other cider mill locations in the Oakland County area? Send us an email to let us know: socialmedia@oakgov.com.


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Garden of Healing and Renewal

A sign crafted of light colored, rectangular tiles reads: GARDEN OF HEALING AND RENEWAL. Pink petunias have been planted in front of the sign and tall grasses have been planted behind it.

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

“The Garden of Healing and Renewal is an oasis of beautiful paths, sitting areas, fountains and sculptures. It even has a labyrinth, an ancient meditation resource and symbol of spiritual healing, that incorporates a walking path to encourage both exercise and curative reflection.” McLaren Health Care.

A large sculpture of a monarch butterfly crafted from a mosaic of tiles sits in the midst of a garden. A bench stands in the background near a brick paver path. Black-eyed susans and other plants surround the sculpture.

The Garden of Healing and Renewal is not some faraway mystical place. It’s within earshot of the din of traffic on I-75 and just a few minutes drive from the busy I-75 Sashabaw Road exit in northern Oakland County. The garden and connected forested wetland of the site encompasses five acres and has a just under 1/3 of a mile of level looped trails, part of which are attractive pebble surfaced sidewalks. The McLaren Clarkston website states that it’s “Serious medicine to kick cancer. Serious healing for body and spirit.” But it’s more than that for those that explore this medically themed and rather tame corner of the Wilder Side of Oakland County. It’s a peaceful walking adventure for all ages. Continue reading

Get Scared at Erebus Haunted Attraction in Oakland County

A red colored demon comes out of a brick wall holding a sign that says "EREBUS". A mural of flames rises up behind the demon and gargoyles stand perched on each side of the demon.

Oakland County is home to one of the scariest places in Michigan: the Erebus Haunted Attraction. Located in downtown Pontiac, this four-story venue is 30,000 square feet of frightening fun, making it one of the largest walk-through haunted attractions in the world.

Check out our video below for a sneak peek of the Erebus Haunted Attraction:

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Memories Created in Oakland County at the Michigan State Fair

The Michigan State Fair brought over 100,000 people together at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi over Labor Day weekend. The annual event attracted people from all across the state for an exciting day full of fun for the whole family.

Attendees enjoyed a variety of thrilling Midway rides like the Orbiter and the Zipper while there was also a more relaxing Ferris wheel for everyone to enjoy. Food options were numerous with options varying from a Farmer’s Market to Elephant Ear stands. Musical acts delighted audiences throughout every day of the event.

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