The Ultimate Guide to Fright Night in Detroit

Modified: November 27, 2018 | Story by Heidi Tiano | Photos by Theatre Bizzare

We’ve got your lineup of Halloween-themed events and parties in and around Detroit — whether you’re a fraidy-cat or a fiend for frights.

Bring Your Little Goblins

Kids love an opportunity to show off their costumes, both on Halloween and in the days leading up to it. Here are a few that promise more fun than fright.

Zoo Boo is held throughout weekends in October at the Detroit Zoo, with acrobatic performances, pumpkin carving demonstrations, a Haunted Reptile House and more. Advanced tickets are recommended.

Kids and pets can trick-or-treat along the Dequindre Cut Oct. 27 during HarvestFest Detroit, or check out a classic Halloween movie or cartoon on a big outdoor screen.

In Birmingham, kids activities are held at the city’s Pumpkin Patch in Shain Park from 1 – 4 p.m. Oct. 28. After that, kids are invited to march in the annual Halloween Parade at 4 p.m. (head to the corner of Bates and Martin).

Farther north in the metro Detroit suburbs, Terror on Tilson Street in Romeo is a friendly neighborhood decorating competition that has taken on a life of its own, drawing huge crowds of visitors to see each home’s incredible themed display, and thousands of kids for trick or treating. The best part? It’s a public street so you can check it out — at no cost — whenever you’d like.

Trick or treating in Michigan

Run for Your Life

Get an early start burning off the soon-to-come Halloween candy in Royal Oak’s Spooktacular Dash, a festive costumed 5 Kill-O-Meter run/walk Oct. 28. It also includes a shorter Trick or Trot run/walk for kids and post-race festivities.

Grown-up Ghouling

For adults-only party vibes, grab a ticket to one of Detroit’s convert venues.

Some of the biggest seasonal bashes are held at The Fillmore. On Oct. 26, check out Monster’s Ball Detroit, which mixes music with high-wire aerialists, acrobats, illusionists and fire performers.

At the Halloween Paranormal Event at The Whitney, you can sip champagne, enjoy a five-course dinner and take a spirited tour by Haunt Investigators of Michigan, including one-night-only access to the basement and carriage house. Reserve your spot for Oct. 28, 30 or 31.

Theatre Bizarre brings elaborate masquerade and performances to the Masonic Temple Oct. 13 and 20.

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Mentioned Attractions And Venues





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    Detroit Zoo
    8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48067
    248-541-5717
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    The Fillmore Detroit
    2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202
    313-961-5451
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    The Whitney
    4421 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202
    313-832-5700
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    Detroit Princess Riverboat
    1 Civic Center Drive, Detroit, MI 48226
    517-627-2154
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    The Masonic of Detroit
    500 Temple Ave., Detroit, MI 48202
    313-638-2724