The leaves are changing quickly, the temperatures are getting a little bit cooler, and can you believe it is already October 5th? Time is flying, and we know your calendar is filling up, so we wanted to get this blog post up and headed your way asap!
Not to toot our own horn, but while we were working on finding all of the kid-friendly fall events in Jackson County, we quickly realized that this information is a bit hard to find, and it is not compiled in any one place —until now! We are proud to present to you the most comprehensive list of kid-friendly fall events anywhere on the internet (well, for our county at least!).
And, good news – this is a living document, so we’ll hop on here to update and add as we find new events. You can help us keep this list up-to-date by sharing your events with us! Head here to send us your event information:
We wanted to make this information super user-friendly, so make sure you read all the way bottom to download your printer-friendly copy!
Fall Event Round-Up
(events subject to change – check corresponding event pages from event organizers to stay up-to-date on these events)
Meckley’s Fall Festival
-Saturdays and Sundays in October
-11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
-U-pick apples, corn maze, live entertainment, food trucks, u-pick pumpkins, yard games, animal exhibit, cider mill, brewery, and bakery
Fall 2021 Storytime – Jackson District Library
Storytimes will run weekly during October and November
Henrietta Branch: Tuesdays, 10 a.m.
Meijer Branch: Wednesdays, 11 a.m.
Carnegie Library: Thursdays, 10 a.m.
Brooklyn Branch: Thursdays, 11 a.m.
The Great Pumpkin Decorating Contest
-Jackson District Library
-Decorate a pumpkin as your favorite literary/book character! All ages are welcome to participate. To submit, send a photo of your pumpkin to email@example.com with your name and phone number any time from October 1-25. All entries will be entered into a drawing for prizes including an Amazon gift card, movie tickets, and a Meijer gift card. The winner will be announced on November 1 and entries will be displayed on JDL’s Facebook page.
Brooklyn Pumpkin Quest Festival
-Saturday, October 9, 2021
-11 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
-Pumpkin Quest is a free festival for the entire family. We give away 500 pumpkins for a donation to our local food pantry. There are hayrides, make and take scarecrows, games, crafts, face painting, balloon animals, bouncy house, and many more fun things throughout the day-long event. Have the kids wear their Halloween costumes so they can be in the costume parade and a chance to win a prize for the best costume.
Great Pumpkin Giveaway (courtesy of Century 21 and Mortgage One Jackson)
-Sunday, October 10, 2021
-12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
-100 E. Michigan Ave, Jackson (One Jackson Square)
-Pumpkins are limited. The first 300 kids receive a free pumpkin.
-Meckley’s cider and donuts
-Ice cream samples provided by Metropolitan Ice Cream Co.
-Every child who wears a costume will get a prize!
K105.3 Fall Fest & Chili Classic
-Saturday, October 16, 2021
-11 a.m. – 8 p.m. in Downtown Jackson
-Chili tasting is $5, otherwise, events are family-friendly and free
Halloweentown Trunk or Treat
-Tuesday, October 19, 2021
-6 p.m. – 9 p.m. in Keeley Park
-Free to attend
Editors note: We have just learned that the McKibbin Media Group Trunk or Treat for this year has been CANCELLED. We are sorry for any confusion!
McKibbin Media Group Trunk or Treat at Meckley’s
-Tuesday, October 26, 2021
-5 p.m. – 7 p.m.