LANSING, MICH. – If you missed making a camping reservation for your favorite Michigan state park’s harvest festival this year, don’t worry – several Michigan state parks have seasonal events open to everyone.
Many harvest festivals in Michigan State Parks are reserved for registered campers only, but there are opportunities for non-campers to have Halloween-themed outdoor family fun, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
The following events are open to day visitors; Note that the Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into all parks and recreation areas in the state of Michigan.
Haunted Lighthouse Weekend at Tawas Point State Park (East Tawas), October 8-9: This year’s program includes hay rides, children’s games, making corn husk dolls, mini golf, a skee ball, plinko, pumpkin paint, corn hole and the possibility of shopping in the shop of the historic lighthouse museum. Details and program here
Mother Nature’s Halloween Trail at Bay City State Park (Bay City), October 9: Take a guided hike along the pumpkin-lit trail, where you’ll encounter some of Mother Nature’s favorite Halloween animals such as bats, wolves, and spiders (animals are represented by volunteers). There will also be a variety of activities, treats and presentations. Come dressed in your best Halloween. 6 pm-9pm Details here
Harvest Festival at Lake Higgins Nursery and CCC Museum (Roscommon), October 23: Explore the historic buildings of the CCC Museum and Higgins Lake Nursery, and collect candy from each one. Plus, carve a pumpkin, go on a hike, and show off your costume. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. RSVP to reserve pumpkins for carving. 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Details and RSVP information here
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