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A snapshot of fall in West Michigan

Beautiful Fall Day in Kalamazoo
A lineup of fun, fall activities in West Michigan. (WWMT){ }

Fall is upon us, and local cities are embracing the season with a variety of colorful, delicious, and downright spooky events. Newschannel 3 rounded up a few of the autumnal soirees this year....to give you a taste of what's on tap here in West Michigan.

  • Pumpkin Centerpieces, Thursday, Oct. 10, Kalamazoo: A centerpiece crafting extravaganza at Brite Eyes Brewing Company. Use real pumpkins, autumn inspired silk flowers, and a large assortment of other rustic accessories to create your fall themed masterpieces.
  • Fall Family Night, Thursday, Oct. 10, Grand Rapids: Ada Township Parks hosts an evening of cider, donuts, and pumpkin painting. You can explore the park's fall foliage and seasonal outdoor recreational activities.
  • Bonteboktoberfest, Saturday, Oct 12, Battle Creek: The Binder Park Zoo event features a wide variety of Michigan craft brews, ciders, and wines. Admission includes 12 drink tickets, collectible tasting glass, superb “small bite” food pairings, live music and animal encounters.
  • Harvest Festival, Saturday, Oct. 12, Grand Rapids: Join the Blandford Nature Center for its annual celebration of Autumn with classic, festive fun. Activities include scarecrow making, candle dipping, horse-drawn wagon rides, face painting, games/crafts, and more. Enjoy fresh donuts, cider, & other concessions as well as Vander Mill hard cider and local craft beer for the adults.
  • Fall Festival, Saturday, Oct. 12, Kalamazoo: Hosted by the Kalamazoo Dream Center; Offers free food, games, and music.
  • Color in the Forest Fall Festival, Saturday, Oct. 12 and Sunday, Oct. 13, Grand Rapids: TreeRunner Adventure Park is celebrating fall with a weekend of forest climbing and zip-lining.
  • Trick or Treat Trail, Saturday, Oct. 12, Grand Rapids: Over 65 businesses and organizations will line the trail at Lamar and provide free candy, prizes, and trinkets to attendees. There will be lots of fun prizes and entertainment for kids. This event is an alternative to traditional Halloween events and costumes are optional .
  • CraneFest, Saturday, Oct. 12, Battle Creek: Hosted in partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Battle Creek, CraneFest is a family-friendly outdoor festival that takes place at the Kiwanis Youth Area in Bellevue, adjacent to Big Marsh Lake and Michigan Audubon’s Baker Sanctuary. Festival activities include guided nature hikes, live animal presentations, educational activities for children, and a nature-themed art show with an array of vendors selling their work.
  • Hocus Pocus at Kalamazoo State Theatre, Saturday, Oct. 19, Kalamazoo: Visit the Kalamazoo State Theatre for an extra special celebration of the cult classic. Dress up in your best Sanderson sister gear, take advantage of our selfie station, visit the adoptable kitties with the SPCA, indulge in a few Sweetwaters donut holes (first 300 attendees) and grab a featured drink and have a witchin’ time
  • Fall Colors Kayak Tour, Saturday, Oct. 19, Kalamazoo: Kayak the Kalamazoo River together and see the fall colors. The event kicks off at Merrill Park on the corner of Comstock Ave and River Street You'll paddle to Arcadia Brewing Company where lunch will be provided, then continue on to the D Ave launch (participants may also end their adventure at Arcadia if they'd like).
  • Fall Festival & Trunk or Treat, Saturday, Oct. 19, Grand Rapids: Hosted by the Kentwood Department of Public Works: Free family fun includes hayrides, face painting, bounce house, pumpkin games and trunk or treat. Put on your Halloween costume and grab treats from decorated car trunks and vote for your favorite trunk.
  • Haunted Fest Michigan, Thursday, Oct. 24, Grand Rapids: Prime Social Group presents Haunted Fest Michigan featuring a lineup of DJ's including: Porter Robinson, Chris Lake, 1788-L, Attak & Kar Pow
  • Fork Fest 2019, Friday, Oct. 25, Grand Rapids: Brewery Vivant presents its annual event featuring artist markets, local vendors, live music, workshops, and demos
  • Halloween Beer Tour, Friday, Oct. 25, Kalamazoo: Get in the Halloween mood with this spooky bus tour featuring a brewery with a haunt and try some great fall seasonal beers.
  • Paranormal Michigan tours, Multiple Dates in October, Kalamazoo/Grand Rapids: Paranormal Michigan Tours are run by the award winning authors of the Paranormal Michigan Book Series. On each of the tours you will be led by one or more authors who will share with you the history behind the best known haunted locations, while simultaneously letting you know exactly what activity has been reported at each location.
  • Pumpkin Soiree: Wednesday, Nov. 6, Kalamazoo: Kalamazoo in Bloom presents this pumpkin-themed fundraiser featuring area chefs and restaurants that have prepared delicious delicacies made with pumpkin for tasting pleasure. Vote a People's Choice winner and see who the special guest judges choose as Overall Pumpkin Champion and Most Creative Use of Pumpkin.