Boo! Check out Halloween fun in Midland.

It’s spooky season! And there’s no shortage of haunts and exploring to do this Halloween in Midland County!
From fitness classes to trick or treating and everything in between, there’s a lot of fun activities happening for both kids and adults.

 Downtown Midland hosts Halloween fun
Fun for the whole family

If your family prefers good old-fashioned trick-or-treating in a nearby neighborhood, plan on popping in on Tuesday, Oct. 31. “The City of Midland suggests door to door
 trick-or-treating every year on Halloween from 6-8 p.m.” says Katie Guyer, Communications Coordinator for the City of Midland. Sanford and Coleman have the same suggestions for trick-or-treating times.
There’s also an extra-special opportunity for the little ones. “This year, Washington Woods senior apartments will be hosting a trick-or-treating event with candy, games, music, and fun interactions with the residents on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 5-6:30 p.m. at its campus on Cambridge Street.” Guyer adds. 
Want to check out something a little different? Many organizations are hosting Trunk-or-Treat events for little ghosts and ghouls.
●       Midtown is hosting Fall Fest & Trunk or Treat at Ashman Plaza parking lot on Thursday, Oct. 26 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Along with the candy, little ones can get their faces painted, and paint pumpkins as well. The event will also feature live music, a photo booth and food trucks.

●      Sanford Strong is hosting its 4th annual Trunk or Treat on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 1-3 p.m. at Porte Park in Sanford. You’re invited to come, decorate your trunk and hand out candy. Businesses and vendors are also encouraged to set up a booth. Be ready for free doughnuts, cider and pumpkins while supplies last at this spooktacular event!

● Midland Recyclers is hosting a Halloween Bash Trunk or Treat on Sunday, Oct 29th from 1:00pm - 4:00pm at the recycling center located at 4305 East Ashman Street. There you’ll find a bounce house, silent auction, games, fire truck, pumpkin bowling and more!

● Lee Bar & Grill, located at 430 West Isabella Road will have a bounce house, prizes and lots of candy. Their event takes place on Sunday, Oct 29 from 12-3 p.m.


 A couple of fun family parties will be the happening places for all of Midland’s costumed characters.
 ●   The Midland Center for the Arts will be hosting the Halloween Bash every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28. Hands-on activities and demonstrations will be part of this candy collecting stop on your Halloween tour. Tickets are $10 per person, free for museum members, and free for ages 3 and under.

●    Don’t miss the Halloween Move and Groove Storytime. Little ghosts and goblins can be part of the costume parade while trick-or-treating at the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library, 1710 West Saint Andrews Road, on Tuesday, Oct. 31 every half hour from 9:30 - 11 a.m.

Downtown Midland entertainment for all
 Booos Bash on Oct. 28
●   On Saturday, Oct. 28 beginning at 8 p.m., specialty food and beverages will be available for those 21 and over at participating Downtown businesses in the Booos Bash. Costumes are encouraged!
●   On Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 6-9 p.m., visit the east parking lot at Dow Diamond for the Midland Emergency Services Halloween where you’ll have the opportunity to see the fire trucks, ambulances, and patrol cars. And, of course, there will be candy.
●   Also, on Oct. 31st from 5-8 p.m., participating businesses in Downtown Midland will be looking for kids in costumes to hand out candy to as well.
Activities for nature lovers
Scarecrows assembled for Little Forks Scavenger Hunt.
●   If your family is more interested in exploring the great outdoors, visit the 419-acre Riverview Natural Area on East Wheeler Road off North Homer anytime between Oct. 26-Nov. 3 to take part in the Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt, presented by the Little Forks Conservancy.  Scavenger hunt maps will be available at the trailhead.

For the artistic types

●   If you want to remember the good ol’ days of radio, check out the Old Time Radio Show Creative Radio Network as they present...The Haunting Hour! on Fri-Sat, Oct. 27 & 28 at 7 p.m. at Creative 360, 5501 Jefferson Avenue. ‘The Haunting Hour’ will leave you spellbound with the story, live sound effects and commercial jingles.

●   The Youth Theatre ensemble will be providing a legendary performance of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The show will go on at various times beginning Friday, Oct. 27th-Sunday Oct. 29 in the Little Theater at the Midland Center for the Arts, 1801 West Saint Andrews. Don’t miss the relaxed performance which creates a welcoming atmosphere for those individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, and other sensory-sensitive people.

●   If you’re a fan of the Nightmare Before Christmas, you’ll want to check out Nightmare Before Christmas Concert on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. at The
Friction Theatre, 1403 Washington St. This exciting sing-along will feature parts of the movies and small trick-or-treat stations from 3-3:30 p.m. for the little monsters and the concert starts at 3:30 p.m.

For the fitness focused
Allied Group Fitness
●   Pound it out on Saturday, Oct. 28 and 29 at 9 a.m. at Allied Group Fitness, 420 Waldo Avenue, Suite 1. The Halloween POUND Fitness class will energize even the most tightly wound mummy. Participants are asked to adorn their best Halloween costumes to add to the atmosphere of the decorated studio. No membership required! First class is free with code “freefitness”.

For more details and more Halloween activities, be sure to check out the community calendar at

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