Halloween events in Midland

Halloween isn’t just for the kids anymore! There are plenty of options for the youngsters and grownups to celebrate the spooky season. Whether you’re looking for a fun family outing, or ready to partake in some tasty, themed adult beverages, here’s a rundown  of events to enjoy across Midland. 
Boo Bash 2021 was well attended in downtown Midland.
Boo Bash in Downtown Midland: Friday, Oct. 28 from 6 p.m. to midnight. The Halloween event returns to McDonald Street and Main Street for the second year. The children/family portion of the event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m., and includes trick-or-treating at downtown businesses, outdoor games, complimentary balloon art, a DJ costume party, costume contest, and fire dance performance by Blue Crow Talent.

Renee Smith, downtown events coordinator says the turnout blew her away at last year’s inaugural event, estimating roughly 4,000 visitors. “We had one of the biggest turnouts we’ve ever had for an event downtown. You couldn’t see the sidewalks or streets last year. The weather didn’t cooperate with us, it was cold, windy and rainy but we still had thousands of people downtown wanting to celebrate Halloween.”

There is no registration required, but you can receive a trick-or-treat bag and a map of participating businesses at a tent on McDonald Street. 

Boo Bash takes place Fri, Oct. 28 in downtown Midland.
This year, there’s also an accessibility and disability-friendly trick-or-treat option from 6 to 8 p.m. in the parking lot of Independent Community Living (223 E. Larkin St). Smith says they received feedback from a few families expressing the need for a sensory-friendly, and a more easy-to-navigate version of the event. 

“Our big tent that’s going to be put up on McDonald Street will be less than a block away from that accessible and disability-friendly, trick-or-treat,” Smith says. “They’ll have more than 15 stops there, and that’s pretty close to how many stops there are at Main Street. It’s equivalent, so they won’t be missing out.”

After the sun goes down, the party starts for the adults from 9 p.m. to midnight. PARTYFAM provides the DJ party at the Grave Rave, and specialty food items and Commons beverages will be available during the drink-or-treat. There’s also a costume contest for adults too.

Smith says Boo Bash is unique because you don’t really see an event split up between age groups. “A lot of the families that come with their children from 6 to 8 p.m., will actually go home and drop off the kids with grandma and grandpa or a sitter. Then the parents will come back that night and party.”
The party starts for the adults at 9 p.m. and goes to midnight.
The event also promotes the Commons area, allowing to-go adult beverages from local bars and eateries in the open-air setting. “Putting a tent up, and having everyone dress up in Halloween costumes, and everyone dancing with the DJs, enjoying food and beverage is awesome.”

Proper Taco and Sawadee food trucks will also be on site. Parking is available at the Larkin Parking Garage. The free event is made possible by support from Midland Ford Lincoln, Molasses Smokehouse and Bar, Smith’s Flowers and Gifts, Horizon Bank, and Sound Productions. 

Halloween Events at the Library: Wednesday, Oct. 26 to Monday, Oct. 31, the Grace  A. Dow Memorial Library has a few different Halloween events for kids of all ages. . Wednesday at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. is the Halloween Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5. Registration is required.
For grades 4-12, the Library hosts Halloween Escape Rooms on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 3 to 7 p.m, Friday, Oct. 27 from 3 to 5 p.m., and on Monday, Oct. 31 from 3 to 7 p.m. Teams of 2-6 participants try to solve all the puzzles to escape the haunted house before the clock runs out. 
Something spooky is happening at the library. Can you solve all the puzzles to escape the haunted house before the clock runs out? Teams of 2-6 teens and tweens are invited to this Halloween escape room at the library.
For 0-18 months, 18-24 months, and 3-5 year olds, the Library hosts Halloween Move and Groove sessions, followed by a costume parade on Monday, Oct. 31 at 10 a.m., 10:30, 11, and 11:30 a.m.


Offsite, the Library hosts a Fall Fest & Trunk or Treat on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Grove Park in Midtown. 

Halloween Events at the Airport: On Friday, Oct. 28, the Jack Barstow Airport hosts a free kids fun run on the runway at 6 p.m. Following the fun run, kids can trick-or-treat among aircraft on the ramp. At 7 p.m., there will be a runway-lit 5K run/walk. The fun run and trick-or-treating is free, but the 5K is $40 per person. Registration is available online
Sarah Pagano, airport manager, says the inaugural event’s goal is to raise funds for the airport, and share the space with the community. “Our beautiful airport is open to the public,” Pagano says. “You are always welcome to come and enjoy our terminal building or Aviation Discovery Area.”
Halloween events at Midland Center for the Arts: On Saturday, Oct. 29, the Center for the Arts hosts the Halloween Bash, from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Enjoy trick-or-treating outside, spooky science demos, hands-on activities. Tickets are $7 per person, and free for museum members or kids ages 3 and under. Registration is available online or by phone: 989-631-8250.
 Trick of treating hours in the City of Midland are from 6-8pm on Halloween, Mon, Oct. 31.
Co-hosted with the Midland County Historical Society, the Center for the Arts invites residents for a guided walk through the Midland Cemetery on Saturday, Oct. 29 from noon to 2 p.m. Hear stories of notable people in front of notable monuments. Tours are every 20 minutes. Tickets are $5 per person, $3 for members.  Registration is available by phone: 989-631-8250.
Official Trick-or-Treating Hours in the City of Midland: Monday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. The Midland Police Department encourages children to dress in light-colored, reflective clothing, and that masks do not obstruct vision. Adults should accompany children, and inspect candy for safety before consumption. 

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