BIG List of Halloween Fun in Southeast Michigan 2014

October is one of the best months of the years…Beautiful leaves falling to the ground, hot apple cider, and of course dressing up to trick-or-treat. I had a great time putting this big list of Halloween fun in southeast Michigan this month, and can’t wait to attend some of the events. Please note most cities have their own downtown trick-or-treating events, so check out your city’s website…I couldn’t list them all ;)

BIG List of Halloween Fun in Southeast Michigan 2014

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So, without further ado, a BIG list of Halloween and fall-inspired fun happening in October!

October 3-5 — Trenton Scarecrow Festival {Trenton} – A fall festival with fun for the entire family, complete with contests, prizes, games, arts & crafts, scarecrow building, a dog costume contest, live music, a carnival and more. FREE.

October 4 —  Ghoultide Gathering {Chelsea} – This looks like a really neat event! Three dozen artists will gather to sell unique style Halloween items such as paper-mache sculptures, paintings, art dolls, pottery, soft sculpture, ornaments, and wood carving. Admission is $5. Children 10 and under are free.

October 4 — Autumn Magic at Independence Oaks {Clarkston} — From 2–4 p.m., bring the family for some sweet, colorful autumn magic. Press apples into cider, enjoy a fall snack and craft a leaf- print T-shirt. Experience the magic of nature in the fall with a naturalist-led walk, song and activities in beautiful Independence Oaks County Park. Bring a light colored T-shirt for printing. $5/person.

October 4-5 — Fall Festival at Kensington Metropark {Milford} – Enjoy a fun-filled weekend of activities for the whole family. Tour the farm and view demonstrations, entertainment by Rosco the Clown, and more. Also, take a hayride to and from the pumpkin patch to pick your perfect pumpkin. Many activities are free with park entry.

October 4-26 — Upland Hills Farm Harvest Festival {Oxford} – The Upland Hills Farm Fall Harvest Festival takes place every Saturday and Sunday in October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy cider and donuts, visit the animals, milk a cow, watch a farm demonstration, be amazed at Baffling Bill’s Magic Show, enjoy a hayride in the woods, walk the storybook trail, pick a pumpkin, or take a pony ride! Admission to the farm is $9 per person. Children 24 months and under are free. {Admission includes magic show, farm show, hayride, storybook trail, visiting the animals, and milk a cow.}

October 4,11, 26 — Fall at the Farm at Northfolk Outback {Webberville} – Games, horseback rides, petting zoo, kids train, pumpkin decorating and more. $12/person, age 2 and under are free. Book ahead of time, as these weekends fill up quick!

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Coming Soon to Auburn Hills: SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium

SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium

I am a SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium Parent Ambassador and will be receiving an exclusive first look at events leading up to the attraction’s grand opening early next year and complimentary tickets. All opinions expressed are my own.

I have posted a few times on my Facebook page about the SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium coming to Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Auburn Hills in spring 2015 and have gotten a HUGE response from my followers. I mean, I don’t blame you — our family is super excited too!

Yesterday there was a groundbreaking ceremony, complete with a kid reporter and local dignitaries, and some fab announcements were made.

SEA LIFE Aquarium Groundbreaking

Local kids helped with the groundbreaking

I was also able to see some renderings of what the space is going to look like…and it’s going to be so rad for Michigan families. Take a peek:

SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium Renderings

Looks fabulous, right?

Here’s more on what’s to come from press materials:

SEA LIFE is the world’s largest aquarium brand, with more than 40 attractions worldwide. The company is focused on offering amazing, breathtaking and educational experiences that wow guests and inspire them to take an active role in conversation so these amazing creatures and their environments are preserved for generations to come.

In addition to weaving conservation information and tips throughout our exhibits, SEA LIFE takes an active role in conservation through its Breed Rescue Protect initiative. Additionally, they run breeding programs to help sustain endangered species, rescue hundreds of sick and injured creatures and nurse them back to health to return them to the wild, and actively campaign to protect individual species and marine environments from exploitation or destruction.

You’ll find more information about these initiatives in the new 35,000-square-foot aquarium, along with more than 5,000 amazing creatures from our world’s oceans, including sharks, stingray, seahorses, fish and much, much more. There also will be creatures from our very own Great Lakes and other Michigan waterways. Through SEA LIFE’s one-of-a-kind, engaging exhibits, such as a 180-degree underwater tunnel and interactive touchpools, guests will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to come nose to nose with these creatures and learn about them and their environments.

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So exciting, right?! I’m looking forward to reporting updates in the future as more is announced…Stay tuned! :D

In the meantime, be sure to follow SEA LIFE Michigan’s websiteTwitter, Facebook and Instagram for more updates.

All images in this post are courtesy of SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium.

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Cuddling Up With Huggies Little Snugglers #MC #Sponsored

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Smoked Sausage, Egg and Cheese Bake

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Breakfast on the Farm - Michigan

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