Frightfully Good Fun For 2021
Halloween becomes its own treat for visitors to the Saugatuck/Douglas area with unique events, including spooky trails and costumed cruises. From traditional community events for kids—and even pets—to our famous Douglas Halloween Parade for Adults featuring an extravaganza of creativity in costuming and performances, the spookiest time of year also becomes the most special time here.
Grab your EMF detector and infrared thermometer and check out the paranormal activity happening at the Felt Mansion. Considered one of the most haunted attractions in the state, the Felt Mansion has been home to unexplained happenings throughout the years, including the presence of shadowy figures and doors that open and close themselves. On Friday-Sunday, October 29-31, the Felt Estate will be offering Hauntings & History Nights. These evenings include self-guided Candlelight Tours which provide explorers access to the mansion, carriage house, and grounds during the dark of night. For thrill-seekers looking for a more daring experience, the Felt Mansion is offering exclusive overnight stays throughout October. Rent the estate for a group of up to 12 people and stay overnight within the mansion—if you dare.
Join us for the Ox-Bow Goes to Hell event during Halloween weekend, October 29-31, where the famed school of the arts will be hosting haunted cabins, a Spooky Trail, and a Graveyard Rave in their meadow where you can dance ‘til you're dead. The Spooky Trail is family-friendly and for all ages, but please be aware that some parts may be scary for our younger guests. Specifically for the kiddos is the Ox-Bow Goes to Heck event, a Family Day with a matinee haunt.
On October 30, from 11:30 am to 4:00 pm in Saugatuck's Wicks Park, there will be a Family & Pet Halloween Costume Contest and Parade. Cash prizes will be awarded in four costume categories for both kids and pets: Cute, Funny, Scary, and Most Creative. Other family-friendly activities include a puppet show, sidewalk chalk art contest, and more!
During the evening of October 30 in downtown Douglas, will be our renowned Adult Halloween Parade. The party starts at 10 pm with a Giant Pumpkin King rising from the ashes to officially commence the festivities. For years, this outrageous event has been drawing thousands of spectators from around the country who come to gawk and marvel at the unleashed creativity. Anyone in costume can feel free to strut your stuff down the parade route but be sure to leave the kids at home for this mature-themed event.
For a ghoulishly good time, the Star of Saugatuck paddlewheel boat is offering a 90-minute themed Boo’s Cruise down the Kalamazoo River for adults only on October 30 with music, drink specials, a costume contest, and a few other tricks or treats. October 31 is the Kid’s Halloween Cruise offered at both 1 pm and 3:00 pm. Come in costume or as you are. There will be treats for the kids.