This is the last weekend before Halloween (which is next Wednesday). There are a lot of Halloween themed activities. We also have activities for the dogs this weekend. We have comedy, food, toys, birds of prey, Paula Adbul, and a chance to get rid of any old prescriptions you might have.

Some activities include the kids, while others are more for the adults.

Click on the event title for additional information.


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    Halloween Activities

    Various Locations and Times

    Cost: Varies by Location

    It’s that time of year again. Time to have things jump out at you and scare you! There are several haunted locations for you to enjoy this year. This is the last weekend before Halloween (which is Wednesday). That means this is the final weekend for a lot of these events. We have haunted malls and parks, corn mazes, ghost tours, trails of terror and more. Check out the list to find a place to go and visit.

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    Brewery Vivant presents Fork Fest

    Romence Gardens & Greenhouses, 265 Lakeside Dr., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Friday, October 26th, 2018 - 5:00 pm-9:00 pm

    Cost: $45.00 in advance, $55 at the door, special pricing for children

    It will be an evening of local food and drink at the 8th annual Fork Fest, presented by Brewery Vivant. Stroll from booth to booth and try samples from dozens of West Michigan's finest restaurants, farms, grocers, bakeries, breweries, and more. All samples and one drink ticket are included in the price of admission and a cash bar will be available.

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    Comedian Mike Armstrong

    Dr. Grin’s at The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Friday, October 26th, 2018 - 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm

    Cost: Tickets are $10.00

    Mike Armstrong is a real Southern gentleman with a quick-wit about him. Frequently referred to as, "everyone's favorite former cop," Mike has been making audiences laugh since way back. With appearances on HBO, Comedy Central, the Fox and CMT networks, as well as many fundraising and corporate events, Mike is everyone's best friend while providing an event full of good, fun, (and clean) entertainment.

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    National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

    Various Locations

    Saturday, October 27th, 2018 - 10:00 am-2:00 pm

    Cost: Free

    The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.2 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths. There are several drop off locations in the west Michigan area. Check the Collection Site Locator on the official website for a location near you.

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    2018 Corgis In the Park

    Riverside Park, 2001 Monroe Ave., NE,, Grand Rapids, MI 49505

    Saturday, October 27th, 2018 -  10:00 am-2:00 pm

    Cost: Donation to Paws With A Cause

    2018 Corgis in the Park is brought to you by Chow Hound. This is Michigan's largest gathering of corgis and corgi lovers with a goal of raising money and awareness for Paws with a Cause. PWAC raises, trains and provides assistance dogs for people with disabilities. Park Band Shell is located the north end of the park. There will be fenced-in play time for the dogs, food trucks and a corgi Halloween costume contest which provides a few hours of fun along the Grand River. We ask for a donation of any amount that you're comfortable with at the event.

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    TOYS! Exhibit

    Grand Rapids Public Museum, 272 Pearl St., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

    Opens Saturday, October 27th, 2018 - 10:00 am, then open during regular museum hours.

    Cost: Included with regular general museum admission

    TOYS! is an interactive, multi-generation exhibition of toys and games to rekindle childhood memories and spark the creation of new ones. This GRPM original exhibit features toys and games from the Museum’s Collections and on loan from the community, allowing visitors to imagine, compete and create, while going on a journey of toys through generations. The exhibit will even include a 1980s style arcade!

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    Birds of Prey Photography

    Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

    Saturday, October 27th, 2018 - 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

    Cost: $9 members, $12 non-members

    Capturing the magic of the elusive owl on camera can be difficult. This unique opportunity allows photographers of all abilities to get up close shots of Blandford's resident birds of prey during the day. Pre-registration is required. This program is for adults only.

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    Paula Abdul

    Four Winds Casino, 11111 Wilson Rd, New Buffalo MI 49117

    Saturday, October 27th, 2018 - 9:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $65.00

    Grammy Award-winning pop legend and dance superstar Paula Abdul is on a new North American tour – STRAIGHT UP PAULA! - her first solo outing in over 25 years. The singer/dancer/choreographer will be performing her most memorable hit songs including “Straight Up”, “Forever Your Girl”, “Opposites Attract”, “Rush Rush” and “Cold Hearted” – just to name a few. In her three-decade career Paula has sold over 60 million records, had six number one songs, earned seven MTV Awards, a Grammy Award and two Emmy Awards.

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    Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest

    All Chow Hound Pet Locations

    Sunday, October 28th, 2018 - 1:30 pm-3:00 pm

    Cost: Free

    Enter your pet into Chow Hound's Howl-O-Ween costume contest and you could win one of many prizes! All participants will receive free swag just for participating, provided by NutriSource Pet Foods. Registration is from 1:30 pm-2:00 pm and Judging will be from 2:00 pm-3:00 pm. Each of their locations will award prizes for: Most Creative, Funniest, Best duo, and Best Trick. Each winner will receive a $25 gift card. One Grand Prize winner will be chosen from all store winners, and will receive a $100 gift card!

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    The Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween Event

    Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St., SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

    Sunday, October 26th, 2018 - 1:15 pm

    Cost: Adults $5, Children $3

    It’s a spooky screening of a Halloween (or is it Christmas?) classic, The Nightmare Before Christmas! There will be games, trunk-or-treating, costume contests (for kids AND adults!) and snack specials for you to enjoy at this family-friendly screening!  And don't forget -- with the purchase of an adult ticket, you'll receive a FREE child ticket! What a great way to get the whole family together without breaking the bank. Doors open at 1:15 pm, the movie starts at 2:00 pm.

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