Halloween is almost here! Are your little ghosts, ghouls and goblins ready to celebrate?
There is no shortage of fun, kid-friendly events to check out throughout Grand Rapids and the suburbs this year. Since riding the bus is an adventure for kids of all ages, we suggest getting on board and riding The Rapid to make your Halloween even more spooktacular. Whether you’re in search of treats or a full-fledged Halloween experience, there’s something for every kid to love.
If it’s your first time riding The Rapid, you can learn about using the bus to get around at ridetherapid.org. 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:
Kentwood Parks and Recreation is hosting their “trunk or treat” event at Kentwood Department of Public Works on Oct. 21. Children are encouraged to come in costume and bring their own candy-collection bag. More than 20 businesses and City departments will be handing out candy and other treats. Kids can also enjoy games, face painting, a bounce house and hay rides.
Ride Route 2 or 44.
Visit John Ball Zoo on Oct. 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29 for loads of Halloween fun including trick-or-treating, activities and animals. Admission is $8 for non-members and $3 for members. Children under two years of age get in for free.
Ride Routes 12 or 50 to get there.
Get your witch fix by catching Wicked presented by Broadway Grand Rapids at DeVos Performance Hall! This Broadway sensation gives an inside look at what happened in the Land of Oz from a completely different angle. It’s the perfect Halloween musical. Wicked is on stage from Oct. 18 – Nov. 5.
Ride the Silver Line and Routes 11 and 50.
Bring your little ghosts and goblins for a special night of Halloween fun at the Children’s Museum on Oct. 26. Decorate a treat bag, create spooky art projects and trick or treat throughout the museum. All trick-or-treat activities are included with the $1.75 admission after 5 p.m.!
On Oct. 27, ride Route 24 to MVP Sportsplex for a spooktacular night of games, swimming, pizza and more – wear a bathing suit, not a costume. Boo Bash is from 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Admission is just $20 for members and $26 for non-members.
Ride Route 24.
Get up and close with night animals within Blandford’s enchanted forest! This event takes place from 6 p.m. – 7: 30 p.m. on Oct. 26. Come dressed in your costume to meet the animals, enjoy a treat and do a creepy craft. For those looking for more Halloween fun, come back for an afternoon of Scary Tales on Oct. 28. Tickets are $5 for members and 48 for non-members. Register here.
Ride Route 7.
Ride the Silver Line to Kroc Center for Halloween “trunk or treat” fun on Oct. 28! Come dressed in your favorite costume and visit local organizations and businesses in the Kroc Center parking lot to collect candy and other goodies. This is a free event. All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Ride Route 1 or the Silver Line.
Enjoy storytime with local author Rebecca Grabill as she reads her first book, “Good Night Halloween,” at Books & Mortar Bookstore Oct. 21. Grabill will also be doing a reading at Hopscotch Children’s Store on Oct. 28. After storytime, you can do a bit of Autumn shopping and enjoy a walk around the neighborhood! This event is free and family friendly.
Ride Route 6 and 14.
Stay active with your family while celebrating Halloween! This annual family-friendly fun walk and run takes place on Oct. 28 in Alger Heights. Register now! Entry fees are just $30 and $40.
Ride Route 4 or 24.
Celebrate Día de los Muertos with the Grand Rapids Public Library! Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that honors family and friends who have passed on. Loved ones come together to build altars that celebrate the life and memory of the dead. This is a time of celebration and joy, filled with talk and memories of those who have died. Altars from members of the community honoring family and friends will be on display. Every altar is unique and taken together they create a fascinating portrait of what citizens of Grand Rapids hold close to them. This event is free to the public.
Ride 4, 6, 14 and 15.