Free Family Halloween Fun at Halloween Forest in Milham Park
Published on October 18, 2022
Event will include fall themed games, pumpkin racing, a costume contest, magic show, and more!
Halloween Forest will return to Milham Park on Saturday, October 29 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Halloween Forest is a completely free and family-friendly alternative to trick-or-treating for Kalamazoo families.
Milham Park will be filled with fall-themed games and activities like pumpkin bowling, pin the spider, “boo”loon pop, and witches brew for kids and families to play together. Pumpkin Car racing will start at 2 p.m., and a magic show will follow at 3 p.m. There will be plenty of photo opportunities too, including the chance to meet and take a photo with Moment of Magic Princesses, Spider Man, Black Panther, Hulk, and Pj Mask Cat Boy. There will be plenty of Halloween candy for everyone to enjoy, as well as complimentary cider and donuts. Snacks will also be available for purchase from Schultz Sweets and Pop City Popcorn.
There will also be several new additions to the event this year, including inflatable games like a 40 ft by 40 ft inflatable corn maze and an inflatable bobbing for apples game where participants will race to the center of the inflatable to grab apples. Guests can also make spin art (first 500 participants) or a video in the 360-degree photo booth. After making a video, the booth will create QR codes that guests can scan to access their videos. Several local dance groups will also be performing this year including Trinity Prep Center from 2:00 to 2:15 p.m., Unique Unity Dance Team from 3:00 to 3:15 p.m., and the Suicide Squad from 4:00 to 4:15 p.m.
“This is always such a fun event, and we love seeing families dressed up in costumes having a great time,” said Shannon Keene, Special Events Coordinator for Kzoo Parks. “We’re excited to bring some new activities to Halloween Forest this year and it’s going to be better than ever.”
Youth ages 3 to 14 can enter the Pumpkin Car Race which will start at 2 p.m. Pumpkin cars can be assembled on-site or before the event (help from a parent or guardian is permitted). Prizes will be awarded to the top three fastest cars as well as the best decorated, most creative, and funniest pumpkin race cars. Pumpkin car instructions and racing rules are available at www.kzooparks.org/halloween
All attendees can also participate in a costume contest for a chance to win prizes by getting their photo taken at the contest back-drop. Photos will be uploaded to the Kzoo Parks Facebook page in two categories, Family and Individual. The top three photos with the most likes in each category will win.
Attendees should remain cautious and follow CDC and local health official guidelines to protect themselves and the community from COVID-19. This event is free, and although the activities are geared towards families with children, all community members are welcome.