Ann Arbor the new Halloween town

This Halloween, take the little tykes to celebrate the 14th annual Treat Parade in downtown Ann Arbor. Wonderful merchants will welcome your little costumed characters to the neighborhood with greets and treats.

With just under 100 businesses participating, ghouls and warrior princesses will receive a plethora of delicious treats. Participating businesses include: Ann Arbor Magic Shop, Ann Arbor District Library, Ann Arbor Art Center, Crazy Wisdom Book Store, Elmo’s T-Shirts on Main Street, Footprints, Life Is Good, Washtenaw County Courthouse, Vault of Midnight, as well as many of the banks and a multitude of recognizable restaurants. 

Participating businesses will fly black and orange balloons from their store fronts. Join the fun from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., leaving time to still trick or treat within neighborhoods too.

Citizens are also welcome to get an early start by heading to the Ann Arbor District Library on S. Fifth Ave. for some shiveringly scary mood setting with a spooky story. There are two story times to choose from beginning at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.. All creatures welcome to this free event, open to the public.

A full listing of participating businesses can be found online at

Dunning Toyota on Jackson Road will be hosting a trunk-or-treat event from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Bring your dressed up terrors of joy to participate in a free night of candy, a costume contest with prizes and other spooky fun.

Let’s not forget visiting the orchards! Take a short trip to Spicer Orchard in Fenton to share in the final Fall Festival Weekend on Halloween from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Activities for the beloved little hellions include hayrides for fruit picking, train rides, pony rides, playing on the large farm, inflatables, face painting, beekeeping display, sand art and pumpkin picking. Spicer Orchard also will have food from hot kettle corn, fresh cider, baked goods and a pig roast.

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