Halloween used to be a one-day event of childhood, running from house to house for all-day trick-or-treating, rewarded with a pillowcase full of candy.

 Today’s Halloween is a month-long celebration of pumpkin farms, campground events, haunted houses, trunk-or-treat events and a number of other ways to celebrate this spooky holiday.

 In addition to the Nightmare on Mill Street event in downtown Fenton this Saturday evening, here are some ideas to get you thinking about Halloween activities.


 The Fenton Regional Chamber of Commerce makes it easy and safe for your kids to trick-or-treat with “An Event So Good It’s Scary.” Participating businesses open their doors to trick-or-treaters on Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31, from 1 to 6 p.m. See a list of participating businesses on fentonchamber.com. Fenton United Methodist Church also participates with a spooky trail, crafts, games, etc. at their Family Life Center.

 New this year will be a huge trick-or-treat tent at The Home Depot parking lot on Silver Parkway, for participating businesses from Silver Parkway, Owen Road and Silver Lake Road.


 The Ponemah-Squaw-Tupper (PST) Lake Association is hosting a trunk-or-treat and haunted house on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. on Ponemah Drive in Fenton Township. The event is free and open to the public.


 The Big Pumpkin Fest is in its third year, with thousands of people expected to visit The Freedom Center on Friday, Oct. 28, from 5 to 9 p.m. at The Freedom Center in Fenton. A candy launcher, costume contest, car smash, hay rides, laser tag, inflatables, pumpkin bowling and doughnuts on a string are just part of the fun.

 A tradition of many decades will draw families to the Fall Festival at Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Crafts, puppet shows, games, prizes and trunk-or-treating is just part of the fun.

Haunted houses

 For a huge Halloween scare, visit a nearby haunted house, and be sure to bring your friends.

 Rotten Manor, a dilapidated mansion in Groveland Township near Holly is the closest haunt at 13245 Dixie Hwy. Running through Sunday, Oct. 30, hours are Thursday and Sunday, from 7 to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday, from 7 to 12 p.m.

 Other haunted houses with good reviews on michiganhauntedhouses.com include the Clio Manor House in Flint, Flint’s largest two-story haunted house at 4403 Clio Rd. and the Crypt Haunted House at G4247 S. Dort Highway in Burton. These haunts are definitely not for children.

Family-friendly haunts

 For more family-friendly haunts, visit Spooky Trails at 8266 W. Baldwin Rd. in Swartz Creek. A haunted hayride and zombie hunter hayride are for all ages and a haunted cornfield hayride is recommended for ages 6 and up. Hours are every Friday and Saturday in October. Daytime activities include a corn maze, pumpkin patch and hay rides, from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Special events

 Terror at Tillson in Romeo is famous for turning their Tillson Street historic homes into a haunted habitat. Tens of thousands of visitors wander down the two-blocks-long street during the last two weeks of October, with the most extravagant displays running through this weekend, Oct. 22 and 23. Trick-or-treating is only on Monday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.

 Cedar Point hosts its 20th year of HalloWeekends from mid-September through Sunday, Oct. 30 — the last day of the 2016 season. Mazes, scare zones, shows and experiences are all part of the scary fun.

 Visit Longway Planetarium in Flint on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. for a costume party. Enjoy cookies, punch and a free ticket for the 7 p.m. showing of the Ooky Spooky Light Show.

 Halloween Ghosts & Goodies is family-oriented fun at Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railway at 6140 Bray Rd., Flint. Weekdays, from 5 to 9 p.m. and weekends, from 12 to 9 p.m., watch the village transformed into the spirit of the season.

 Treats and tricks, cider and doughnuts, enchanted forest, magic show, straw maze and 20 Treat Stops are just part of the fun. A 40 minute ride on the Huckleberry Ghost Train or a cruise around Mott Lake on the Genesee Belle will complete your experience.

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