Fear not, Lansing: Your guide to local Halloween events


The will be no need to venture far outside city limits to get your ghoul on. Here is a look at what greater Lansing has to offer this season. Starting with the accumulation of autumnal flowers and décor at Lansing Gardens, this season is full of family-friendly activities from zombie walks to petting zoos. Foodies can get their goblin grub on at the Food Truck Mash-Up Oct. 9, while college students may wish to attend Lambda Delta Phi’s Zombie Prom. Other staples are a “Rocky Horror Picture Show” screening, craft workshops, tattoo festival and plenty of bar hangs.

Lansing Gardens’ Fall Festival

Celebrate the season’s harvest with kids' face painting, dessert walk, apple toss, costume contest and more. Donuts and cider are on the house.

Saturday, Oct. 12, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 1434 E. Jolly Road, (517) 882-3115, www.lansinggardensllc.com

Falconers Special Boo at Potter Park Zoo

This sensory-friendly event is designed for children and adults with special needs and unique challenges. Pre-registration is required.

Friday, Oct. 18, 5-7:30 p.m., 1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave., (517) 483-4222, register at www.potterparkzoo.org

Rocky Horror Live Shadow Cast at Sun Theatre

Tickets and prop bags will be available at the door. Rice, confetti or lighters will not be supplied or permitted.

Friday, Oct. 18, 9:40-midnight, $20 150 W. Grand River Ave., Williamston, www.williamstonsun.com, (517) 655-1850

Zombie Prom at Spiral-Dancebar

The annual fundraiser for Delta Lambda Phi sets the stage for a series of Halloween-themed events slated for this month at Old Town’s signature dance club.

Saturday, Oct. 12, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., 1247 Center St., (517) 371-3221, www.spiraldancebar.com

Food Truck Mash-up Meet-up at Cooley Law School Stadium

One ticket comes with $5 in Mash-up Cash to use toward any food truck purchase.

Saturday, Oct. 19, 6-9 p.m., $20 general, $10 under 15, 501 E. Michigan Ave., www.tickets.foodtruckmashup.com

Downtown Lansing Zombie Walk 2019 at the Lansing Center

Celebrating 10 years of bringing a horde of undead to Michigan Avenue. This open to the public event is collecting nonperishable food donations to support the Greater Lansing Food Bank. After invading the steps of the Capitol, a How-To Halloween party will kick off at the event center.

Sunday, Oct. 20, 12-2 p.m., 333 E. Michigan Ave., (517) 204-6119, www.facebook.com/Lansingzombiewalk

100% That Witch pillow making at ALT Printing Co.

Create sassy seasonal pillows on repurposed fabric. While you wait for one-on-one sewing machine assistance, design and print your own festive poster.

Thursday, Oct. 24, 6-9 p.m., $65, 1139 Washington Ave., (517) 388-3558, www.altprintingco.com

Nightmare off Elm St. in REO Town

The official REO Town Halloween block party is an artist market by day and eccentric night club after 8 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 25, 5 p.m.-2 a.m., REO Town, www.facebook.com/reotown

Tattooween at Woke Mind Body Studio

ARTspace is gathering up tattoo artists, henna and body-painting artists to REO Town for a full day of ink and spooktacular activities and vendors. Must be over 18 to enter.

Saturday, Oct. 26, 12-8 p.m., $5 1133 S. Washington Ave., eastsideartspace@gmail.com, (517) 348-2271

Tag and Treat Costume Party at Zap Zone Lansing

Get a wicked start to the spookiest day of the year at this all-ages, free event.

Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 936 E. Mall Drive, (517) 327-0747,


Artist’s Umbrella Vol. V at the Loft

This special Halloween edition will feature Detroit poet Native Brown Child, the Sanderson Sisters as well as a smattering of local artists.

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 6:30-9:30 p.m., $10 adv, $12 door, 414 E. Michigan Ave., (231) 855-1065, www.theartistsumbrella.com

Ultimate '80s Halloween Party at The Grid

Awards will be given to the Best Costume, Best Single Costume, Best Couple Costumes and Best Group Costume at 10 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 31-Friday, Nov.1, noon to 2 a.m., 226 E. Grand River Ave., (517) 885-3010, www.thegridoldtown.com

Haunted Lansing Tour

Based on the book by local scream queen Jenn Carpenter this tour opens a portal to some of the most haunting histories across the Capital City. Register for the tour at dementedmittentours.com.

Saturday, Nov. 2, 7-11 p.m., $45, info@dementedmittentours.com


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