If you’re seeking the Halloween experience this October, Ypsilanti is the place to be! With several exciting and spooky activities planned, all ages are invited to have some Halloween fun. Check out how you can experience Ypsi during the best time of year!
Halloween Event Highlights
Annual celebrations, festivals, and a full list of Ypsi events are highlighted in our kick-off campaign, October in Ypsi. Check out more Halloween highlights below and start planning now.
ypsiGLOW returns for an evening of community connection and creativity. The party takes place throughout October and comes together to light up downtown on October 28! Catch pop-up performances, light shows, interactive art, and SO much more. 28. Free.
Highland Cemetery Tours
Carry a lantern through the beautiful Highland Cemetery while touring the grounds after dark. Listen to local historian James Mann share stories about those now resting who once resided in Ypsilanti throughout the tours. Highland Cemetery was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places. Dates vary; About 1.5-2hours, hilly grounds. $10 Cash only.
Boylesque Drag Spooktacular
Celebrate Boylesque’s 10 year anniversary at with a memorable evening of Drag shows and bingo with special guest, Orion Story from RuPaul’s Drag Race. This ages 18+ event includes two games of bingo. Proceeds benefit JDRF, a nonprofit for type 1 diabetes. Limited seating is available. October 31; $12
All Hallows Illumination
Bring your jack-o-lanterns to Frog Island Park and enjoy live acts during this outdoor community party. With more pumpkins and performances added each year, these glowing jack-o-lanterns will fill the amphitheater for a picturesque evening and perfect way to close out the Halloween fun. November 1; Free.
There are several events happening around Ypsilanti this October. Find more Halloween and Fall-time happenings here. Events are added regularly, so be sure to check back often!
Holy Bones Festival & Halloween Market
Browse bizarre gifts, shop all things spooky, and support area artists at the annual Holy Bones Festival. This event hosts performers, crafters, and creative souls full of shopping and live entertainment. Food trucks will be on-site. This year, enjoy a drag show and pin-up contest to make the most of your time out! October 15, Tickets: $6.66-$10, proceeds benefit The YPSI.
Wiard’s Orchards has become a fall tradition for Ypsilanti families and visitors. Wiard’s is one of the longest-standing establishments still operating in Washtenaw County. Enjoy family fun during the day, but visit only if you dare at night! Wiard's Night Terrors is Michigan's premier top haunt, and was the first in the US to add a haunted attraction to their orchard.
In the daytime hours, Wiard’s Orchards & Country Fair is a family-fun destination with no secret scares. Spend time searching for the perfect pumpkin and feeding animals at the petting zoo. Visit the country store to pick up the must-try cider and donuts. Take home jams, pies, and well, a few more donuts for later!
Wiard's Night Terrors
If you’re a fan of haunted houses and getting spooked, you have definitely heard of Wiard’s Night Terrors. Hosting a handful of haunted attractions, these highly rated, frightening walkthroughs have been recognized as one of the Top Haunted Attractions in the US. Are you brave enough to face ‘alien caged clowns’ in 3D and board ‘the hayride of the lost’? Prepare to be scared!
Shopping: Inspiration & Decorations
Oddities and unexpected treasures are found any time of year in Ypsilanti. Search for decorations and handmade products that inspire your creative side! Find restaurants along the way and stop for a quick bite to reenergize.
Find handmade items crafted from over 50 area artists at Twisted Things including witchy wares, magical workings, and ethically sourced bone jewelry. Located in the “Diagon Alley” of Ypsilanti, this shop sits next to Evenstar’s Chalice and World of Rocks. More spots like Unicorn Feed & Supply carry seasonal items like Halloween fairy garden decorations and the Gallery at Stone and Spoon is showcasing a 'Creepy Cool' art exhibition. Startdust Ypsi and Conjure Goddess are must-visits any time of year.
Discover one-of-a-kind pieces at This That & the ODDer Things filled with seasonal gifts, ‘stuffed’ animals and unusual artwork. Nearby, browse low-cost Halloween decorations at the Thrift Depot. Shop the Depot Town businesses like Ambient Antiques, retro shop Lucky Haskins, and Brick & Mortar Modern General Store for more seasonal finds.
Many stores around Ypsilanti are carrying Halloween goodies and awesome finds. Click here for 6 eccentric shops to visit in Ypsilanti.
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