Kids and costumes go together like cookies and milk— it’s a natural combination. If you have a pretty princess, smart scientist, super hero or a fun-loving kid at home, then there is a wide array of events they’ll certainly want to check out.
Many of these fun, family-friendly events are free. Whether you get out for just one or enjoy them all, your certain to find that there’s no shortage of great things to do in Flint!
Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 27 & Oct. 28; 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Halloween in the Gardens at Applewood — Princes, princesses, mermaids and unicorns will meet-up with Spiderman, Star Wars characters and Transformers at this highly-anticipated Halloween event, which is free to the public. Stop by the trick-or-treat stations where volunteers wills be handing out today’s favorites, as well as some iconic candies likely to bring a flood of memories to parents and grandparents. We’re betting “buttons” and “candy sticks” might be among them (hint).
Everyone will enjoy snacks that feature ingredients from Applewood’s famous orchards, in addition to activities including live music by Riely McLincha, For-Mar Nature Preserve’s popular Turtle Van, a story time and costume parade (noon). Make-and-take t-shirts and a fashion show, hosted by Flint fashionista Kala Wilburn will take place at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Applewood is located at 1400 E. Kearsley St. in Flint, next to the Flint Cultural Center.
Friday, Oct. 26, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. TLC Church presents its 2018 Pumpkin Fest —A candy launcher (trebuhet candy launch) and apple cannon is worth a stop by TLC’s annual Pumpkin Fest, which also features a costume contest, fall games, cider and donuts, a pumpkin patch, hay wagon rides and laser tag. Yo Yo entertainment will be performing live.
The church is located at 2473 W Shiawassee in Fenton.
Friday, Oct. 26 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. YMCA presents its Trunk or Treat event — Grab the kids, get on the costumes and come down to the Pierson Road YMCA for their annual Trunk or Treat event. There will be trick-or-treating and ultimate s’mores by the campfire, in addition to bobbing for apples, pin the broom on the witch and other fun games and activities.
For more information, visit, www.flintymca.com
Saturday, Oct. 27; 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Spooky Science at Flint’s Children’s Museum — Who’s NOT up for mixing up glow-in-the-dark slime, fun science experiments, games and more? Add trick-or-treating, pizza and snacks and you’ve got a crowd, which is just what the Children’s Museum staff are prepared for this Saturday.
Admission is $8 per person. Members get in for $2 each. And costumed adults get 50 percent off admission.
Saturday, Oct. 27; 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. A Healthy Halloween at the Flint Farmers’ Market — Enjoy Halloween with a bit of healthy twist this Saturday at the Flint Farmers’ Market. Trick-or-Treat the market from 10 a.m. until Noon. There will also be cooking demonstrations, nutrition and food safety tips, healthy recipe give-a-ways and lots of physical activities for everyone to enjoy.
Entry is free. The Flint Farmers’ Market is located at 300 E 1st Street. Visit their website for additional detail.
Saturday, Oct. 27 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Genesee Valley Center’s Lil’ Monster’s Halloween Bash — There will be trick-or-treating for the wee ones, followed by a fun magic program with Cameron Zvarra at noon courtesy of the Flint Public Library and the Genesee District Library.
GVC is located at 3341 S Linden Road.
Saturday, Oct. 27 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Genesee Valley Center’s Trunk or Treat and Spooky Trail event — Everyone will love the Trunk or Treat and Spooky Trail event sponsored by GVC and the Flint Twp. Police.
This event will take place between Bar Louie and Barnes and Noble.
GVC is located at 3341 S Linden Road.
Sunday, Oct. 28; Noon – 2 p.m. Brush Alley Skateshop’s Flint Skatepark Costumed Demo — Calling all costumed characters, creatures and skateboard aficionados you’re invited to appear in the Brush Alley Skateshop’s costume contest and youth fundraiser.
Organizers Nick Welch and the Brush Alley Skateshop hope to raise sufficient funds to support Flint Skatepark improvements and showcase how the sport adds vibrancy and young energy to Flint’s city culture. Check out our post for additional details.
The event, scheduled to take place on Oct. 28 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Flint Skatepark.
Wednesday, Oct. 31, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Candy Land at Word of Life Christian Church — It’s eye candy for the soul and a sweet escape for kids. This popular annual tradition returns to Word of Life Christian Church this Wednesday.
The event, which features an AMAZING candy mountain, games, treats and activities for everyone, is free and open to the public. Costumes are encouraged. The church is located at 460 West Atherton.
Wednesday, Oct. 31, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Everything Flint/BIC’s “Treats in the Suites” — Stop, shop, sip and sup at Everything Flint’s collaboration with BIC (Business Investment Coalition). The crew will be handing out candy to young trick-or-treaters and will open-up the cafe for everyone.
The shop is full of original merchandise from locally-owned vendors and worth a return visit. It is located at 4526 Beecher Road in Flint.