Celebrate Halloween in Midland

This Halloween, there are plenty of options for both youngsters and adults to enjoy all the spooky season has to offer. Whether you’re looking for the classic candy crawl or hoping to find a new tradition, here’s a roundup of events you can enjoy across Midland. 

Boo Bash in Downtown Midland: Oct. 29 from 6 p.m.-midnight. 

The Boo Bash will be held on Friday, Oct. 29 in downtown Midland.The first-ever Boo Bash takes over the Pedestrian Plaza and The Commons for a family-friendly night of free outdoor entertainment. From 6-8 p.m., kids are encouraged to come dressed in costume for trick-or-treating at downtown businesses, with a costume contest at 7:30 p.m.

Blue Crow Talent will be demonstrating a fire performance at McDonald & Main St. from 8-9 p.m. From 9 p.m.- midnight, it’s time for the adults to party at the Grave Rave with PARTYFAM, a notable DJ duo. There’s also a drink-or-treat with specialty drinks at select downtown restaurants, with extended hours for late-night food options and a costume contest at 10:30 p.m.

Renee Smith, downtown events coordinator, says this is the first time the City has hosted this event, and hopes it can become an annual one. 
Renee Smith is the downtown events coordinator for the City of Midland.
“It’s for all ages, so we have a family and kids portion of it, and the second part will be for adults. It’s kind of nice to have an event that’s for everybody,” says Smith. “We didn’t have a chance to do Festifall this year … so we came up with a Halloween party downtown that’s for everybody.”

All activities are outdoors and include pumpkin bowling, massive Jenga, Halloween-themed mini golf, oversized board games, and more. 

“We’re also going to be having a bingo I-Spy type of game,” says Smith. “As the kids are trick-or-treating downtown, they’ll get a bingo card that has all these little figurines on it. The figurines will be hidden in downtown business windows. You’ll be able to enter in your bingo card and enter to win a pizza party, sponsored by Mercantile Bank.” 

For the entire list of participating businesses, visit the Boo Bash Map

Ghoulish Gathering at The Rock: Oct. 29 from 6-8 p.m. 

This event is for middle and high school students, featuring scary movies, dance party, games, crafts, and a haunted maze. There will be pizza, snacks, and drinks. A costume contest with three categories (most original, funnies, and best duo/group) will also take place. Enter to win a $15 Meijer gift card by pre-registering online for this $5 event.

Trick-or-Treat at the Library: Oct. 30 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library. 
 
Stop by to check out some books and leave with some treats! Visit each of the service desks for Halloween goodies.
 
This Halloween, there are plenty of options for both youngsters and adults to enjoy all the spooky season has to offer. Halloween Bash at the Center for the Arts: Oct. 30 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (admission times every 30 minutes). 
 
Bring on the costumes and enjoy some early outdoor trick-or-treating at Midland Center for the Arts. There will be science demonstrations, hands-on activities, and of course, treats. This all-ages event includes admission to the temporary museum exhibit inside the Center with your $7 ticket purchase. The event is free for kids ages 3 and under or for museum members. Pre-registration is required and can be done via the Ticket Office (989-631-8250) or online

Official Trick-or-Treating Hours in the City of Midland: Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. 
 
The City encourages all ghouls and goblins to follow current public health recommendations regarding COVID-19. 

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