Disclosure: My family received complimentary tickets for Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village to facilitate this write-up.
Friday night my family attended Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village – an old-fashioned Hallowe’en celebration. All of Greenfield Village is decorated for Hallowe’en. There are pumpkins, bunting, scarecrows, ghosts, and more pumpkins. Hallowe’en is an all-ages event. The scares are minimal making the event fun for even the youngest kids.
We walked through the Village on Jack-o’-Lantern Boulevard – a path through the village lined by 1000 hand-carved pumpkins. We loved all the unique pumpkins that we found along the path. Be sure to wear good walking shoes since the trick or treat trail is a mile long.
Along the trail, there are several treat stops. Treats are for all guests regardless of age. While only my daughter wore a costume in our family, many adults are also in costume. Whether you are costumed or not, everyone in the family receives treats. Each treat stop is marked by a costumed presenter such as a Knight or the Queen of Hearts. The costumes on the presenters are amazing.
Along the way, there are a number of photo opportunities. My daughter found one of the head cut-out frames and decided to be creative with her Minecraft Enderman costume. She asked Dad to help her by removing the box head, sticking her head through, and having him put her box head back on.
We also had a great experience with the jester. My daughter went up for a quick picture. His white costume was a perfect contrast to her all-black costume. After our traditional picture, he asked her to sit on his platform and then perched his arms on her box head.
We have attended Hallowe’en at Greenfield Village three previous times, although we skipped last year’s event. I noticed a few changes this year. There were some new characters at the treat stations. It was also the first time that I saw the treat trail extend into the village section. There were also more performance vignettes – the Top Hat Sideshow, Day of the Dead, Hansel, and Gretel, and more.
Hallowe’en is held on Thursday through Sunday nights in October. This year Hallowe’en began on Friday, October 9 and runs through Sunday, October 25. Tickets are available for 30-minute time slots from 6:30-8p on Thursdays and Sundays and 6:30-9p on Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets are $16 for non-members or $13.75 for members. Tickets are almost sold out for this year, so be sure to get your tickets now.
I definitely love Hallowe’en at Greenfield Village. If you have visited before, what is your favorite part of the event?
This is a guest post by Anna Mae Trievel, who attended the event on behalf of Shawn Ann. Anna Mae Trievel runs Ann Arbor with Kids, a resource for Ann Arbor area families to find the best local events and activities. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram