Spooky Events Not to Miss

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There's plenty of fun to be had around West Michigan now that the fall season is in full swing. From the family-friendly to the spookier and adults-only, take a look at our list of can't-miss Halloween events happening around town.

Just Wicked

Taking place at the JW Marriot Grand Rapids on Saturday, October 29, 2022 from 9 p.m. - 1 a.m., Just Wicked is the perfect Halloween bash for those who really want to party down. The spooky, 21 and up event will feature haunted spirits, music spun by DJ Kung and a costume contest judged by a surprise special guest, with enviable prizes that will inspire attendees to dress to the nines.

Tickets are $20, with VIP options available. A portion of all proceeds will benefit Autism Support of Kent County.

Zoo Goes Boo

Among the several Halloween-centric events happening at John Ball Zoo, Zoo Goes Boo is the perfect option for the kids, taking place October 21-23 and 28-30 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For this event, the Zoo will transform into the ultimate Halloween destination complete with decorations, costumes, candy, and of course, the amazing animals who call the Zoo home. While visiting, attendees will find spooky treat stations ready for trick-or-treating located throughout the Zoo, strolling entertainment, roaming villains, and Halloween-themed food.

Members are admitted for free, along with members-only access from 9 – 10 a.m. each day of the event. Tickets for non-members can be found here.

Jack O'Lantern World

Taking place at Millennium Park now through October 30 on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, Jack O'Lantern World is a sight to behold for the whole family.

Visitors to this family-friendly event could take a ¾ mile long outdoor walk through 17 immersive worlds of hand carved Jack O' Lanterns designed by artisans. In addition to the glow of thousands of pumpkins, food and beverage will be available from some favorite local food trucks.

Timed tickets must be purchased online ahead of time.

Douglas Halloween Parade for Adults

A well-loved tradition started in 1998 by Ginger Wilkinson, the Adults Halloween Parade in Douglas consistently draws thousands of spectators from all around the country and is led by the Pumpkin King mascot. Taking place October 29 at 10 p.m., the parade makes its way through downtown, rain or shine.

Want to walk in the parade? The good news is that you can! Just show up 9:30 p.m., where volunteers will guide you further on where to be for the parade's start. Remember: It's best to leave the kids at home for this event.

Courtesy of West Michigan Woman.

 Photo courtesy of AHC Hospitality.


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