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Places to go: Kid-Friendly Halloween Destinations

Halloween Destinations Ride The Rapid

Calling all ghouls, ghosts and goblins! Have your children picked their costumes yet?

Everyone’s favorite spooky holiday is just around the corner. This Halloween, there are so many kid-friendly events to check out throughout Grand Rapids and the suburbs. Since riding the bus is an adventure for kids of all ages, we suggest getting on board and riding The Rapid to visit some frighteningly fun Halloween events. Whether you’re in search of treats or a full-fledged Halloween experience, there’s something for every kid to love.

First time ride with us? No problem. We have all the details about how to ride available on As for fares, a single fare is $1.75. While children under 42″ tall ride for free with a paying adult. If you’re planning to ride with us for a round trip or visit several destinations along a route or during a trip, we suggest purchasing an unlimited 1-Day Pass for $3.50. If you have several family members joining you, a 10-Ride Ticket for $13.50 may suit your needs since the rides can be used for more than one person.

Here are some great Halloween events to check out:

Zoo Goes Boo at John Ball Zoo

Visit John Ball Zoo on Oct. 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30 for loads of Halloween fun including trick-or-treat, activities and animals. Admission is $8.00 for non-members and $3.00 for members. Children under two years of age get in for free.

Ride Routes 12 or 50 to get there.

Halloween Storytime at Barnes & Noble

On Oct. 22, ride The Rapid to Barnes & Noble at Woodland Mall at 11:00 a.m. to celebrate Halloween with storytime and activities.

Plan your trip.

Jack-O-Lantern Jamboree at the Downtown Market

Celebrate all things autumn at the Downtown Market on Oct. 22 and 23. This event features professional pumpkin carvers at work, face painting for kids, pumpkin-themed classes, cooking demos and bars, and more.

Ride Routes 1, 2 and the Silver Line to get there.

Van Andel Arena’s 20th Anniversary Halloween Open House

Ride The Rapid to Van Andel Arena for Halloween fun and an anniversary celebration you don’t want to miss. Don’t forget to come in costume because activities include costume contests, live DJ, trick-or-treating, bag decorating and more. Be one of the first 5,000 people to arrive to enjoy a free hot dog, popcorn and Pepsi. The first 2,000 people will be given a celebratory birthday cupcake.

Just steps away  from Rapid Central Station.

Bethany Christian Services Trunk N’ Treat 

Come out for some treats for this rain-or-shine Halloween activity on Oct. 26 from 5 – 7 p.m.

Ride Route 15 to get there.

Trick or Treat at Grand Rapids Children’s Museum

Bring your kids to GRCM for an unforgettable trick-or-treat outing through the museum! You’ll get a chance to create spooky art, decorate a treat bag and more.

Ride  Routes 1, 4, 6, 14, 15 and the Silver Line to get there.

hOWLween at Blandford Nature Center

Kids can get an up-close look at Blandford Nature Center animals after dark on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. This event is for ages seven or older.

Ride Route 7 to get there.

The Boo Bash at Gymco!

Visit Gymco! from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Oct. 29, visit! for Halloween-themed games, fun in the gym and a pizza dinner are included, costumes encouraged with comfy clothes underneath. $27/members, $32/non-members, sibling discounts available.

Ride Routes 5 or 24 to get there.

Kid’s Night Out Boo Bash at MVP Sportsplex

From 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. on Oct. 28, ride with your kids to MVP Sportsplex for a night of fun night for potty-trained kids ages three-to-eleven years old to come enjoy a night of spooky games, trick-or-treating, swimming, pizza and more (must pre-register)! Cost: Members $20/ Non-Members $26. MVP Sportsplex, 4035 Burton Street SE, Grand Rapids.

Ride Route 24 to get there.

Monster Mash at The Salvation Army Kroc Center

Ride The Silver Line in your favorite costume to the Kroc Center for the annual trick-or-treat celebration on Oct. 28. Enjoy some “trunk-or-treating” fun that’s appropriate for the whole family. All children must be under the age of 12 to attend.

Route 1 or the Silver Line can get you there.


Written by The Rapid

The Rapid (Interurban Transit Partnership) is the authority that provides a variety of public transportation services for the Grand Rapids metro area and beyond. It is organized and operates under Michigan Public Act 196 of 1986.