Looking for a fun way to celebrate Halloween with your family? Hallowe’en at Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan is my favorite way to spend an evening Trick or Treating with the kids. Why? Because there is more to it than just the tricks and the treats! Yes, they have those too but you might also be surprised at what else they’ve got to offer – and it’s not JUST for the kids! Read on to see our best Halloween Greenfield Village tips!
Hallowe’en at Greenfield Village | The Henry Ford
It’s no question, asking my kids where they want to go Trick or Treating will always gather the same response: Hallowe’en at Greenfield Village. This event, held at the outdoor historic village of The Henry Ford Museum, always provides my family with a memorable evening of fun and laughter.
Imagine for a moment trick or treating in a vintage village that is built with real historic buildings – designed to resemble a realistic looking town. There are streets and sidewalks. There are doctors offices and school houses.
Think about a vintage looking village that can not only be eerie during the day but one that takes on a whole new level of spookiness at night…
This is just one of the reasons Hallowe’en at Greenfield Village is always a top choice for my family. While there are several more reasons we enjoy attending this event (i.e. it’s not TOO scary, it’s well designed, it’s an entire evening worth of fun), we’ve made a list of our recommendations for seven things that are a definite “Not-to-Miss”!
7 Things Not to Miss During Hallowe’en at Greenfield Village
When you’re Trick or Treating through Hallowe’en at Greenfield Village, be sure to look for these seven things – they’re worth it!
1 . 1,000 hand-carved jack-o-lanterns
Hallowe’en at Greenfield Village is set up along a jack-o-lantern lit path across the village grounds. And while you may be preoccupied trick or treating for goodies, we recommend not overlooking one very cool aspect of the trail: the jack-o-lanterns themselves!
Along the path through Greenfield Village, you can find more than 1,000 hand-carved pumpkins! We love to each pick out our top favorite of the night – a task not easily accomplished.
2. Meet costumed characters
It is not unusual to find yourself face to face with someone you recognize during Hallowe’en at Greenfield Village. It could be the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, or the Bride of Frankenstein having a tea party…
Costumed characters are just another thing we enjoy seeing at this event. Thankfully, all of the park staff dress up as well (so you don’t have to worry about being the only one). Go ahead, dress the part! It’s fun!
3. 1900’s Top Hat Sideshow
Along with trick or treating, this event also offers entertainment. One of our favorite shows to watch is the Top Hat Sideshow. It’s a carnival vaudeville act that is reminiscent of the 1900’s traveling sideshows and carnivals. Creepy cool!
4. Pirates of Suwanee
My kids love pirates, so when we first happened upon the Pirates of Suwanee we had to stop just to see what they were doing. Set up along the river, the Pirates of Suwanee put on quite a show with humor, song, and dance. Just don’t be surprised if they bring you into the act!
5. Musical Acts: Transylvanian Trio and Potion Sisters
Another thing Hallowe’en at Greenfield Village has gotten right is the music! In different spots along the walking path, there are spots to stop and enjoy the entertainment – Transylvanian Trio and Potion Sisters are two more you’re going to want to keep an eye out for.
6. Nightly Terrors: Headless Horseman and Grim Reaper
No Hallowe’en evening is complete without a little thrill – am I right? Luckily, this one is creepy but not overly scary. In fact, my kids (who are terrified easily) love watching for the Headless Horseman to ride up on his horse in the dead of night.
Although, they may just really like seeing the horse. . .
Either way, be on a lookout for these two after the sun sets.
7. New This Year: Yellow Brick Road
The Yellow Brick Road is a new feature to the 2017 Hallowe’en event and we can’t wait to see what it’s all about! From what I hear, we will be able to walk the yellow brick road through Kansas, Oz, and even the Haunted Forest. Along the way, we’re likely to run into Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Tin Woods Man, and all of the other characters from the story.
Want to see all of this for yourself?
Tickets to Hallowe’en at Greenfield Village are available for $13.75 (members) or $16.00 (non-members) and children 2 and under are FREE.
You can purchase your tickets online at HenryFord.org.
Tickets are sold for specific time slots – they run every 30 minutes.
What are your best Halloween Greenfield Village tips? Tell us in the comments. Got a photo to share? Tweet us or tag us @raisingdickjane – we’d love to see them!
Thank you, Henry Ford Museum for providing us with free access to preview this event. All opinions are our own.