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Fall Fun in Greater Kalamazoo

Posted on October 5th, 2011
Kayla Kiley

You can find Kayla Kiley wrapping up in the unparalleled beauty of Michigan summers, grooving to local live music, sipping on the inventive craft-beer scene, joining foodie tours, oil painting, ballroom dancing, and simply exploring the world around her.

Kalamazoo, Mich. — Winter temperatures may be beginning to creep in, but it’s no time to hibernate.

Get out and enjoy what southwest Michigan has to offer this autumn season.From haunted experiences to corn mazes and pumpkin patches to hayrides — you can experience it all in greater Kalamazoo!

Phobia House

• Location: 84 North Douglas, Plainwell, MI
Phone: (269) 599-4328
• Dates: Oct. 7-8, 13-15, 20-22, 26-31, 2011
• About: There is a saying “When Hell is full, the dead will walk among us.” Well that day has come. Your nightmares will become reality, and your reality will be but a fleeting memory! Face your fears at the Phobia House! Open: 7:15 p.m. (last ticket sold 11:30 p.m.).
Cost: $15 (Big Daddy Taxi is running a shuttle service between Kalamazoo and Phobia House on all open nights for $4 per person one way. For info and pick-up/drop-off areas, call Big Daddy Taxi at (269) 492-9444).

Psycho Ward & Nightmares Haunted House  kalamazoo fall activities
Phone: (269) 491-0060
• Location: Kalamazoo Speedway, 7656 Ravine Rd., Kalamazoo, MI
• Dates: Oct. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-31, 2011
• About: Face your fears with Floyd Cranston and his terrifying clan of misfits at this year’s Psycho Ward Haunted House. Some have survived, but not without years of intensive therapy. What disturbing horror does Floyd have in store for you this year? There’s only one way to find out… if you dare! Open: 7:30 to 11 p.m.
Cost: $15 (covers two attractions).

“Block of Terror” (Entertainment District)
• Location: 310 E. Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI
Phone: (269) 389-9349
• Dates: Thursdays-Saturdays in October 2011
• About: Ghouls and gooey goblins wander about the Entertainment District all month long in October. The Entertainment District transforms its block into a haunted, foggy zone full of chilling decorations and roaming spooks! During dinner hours, “District Scare” and participating restaurants offer amusement for the whole family with coffins, trolls, and live characters — and kids up to 18-years-old may ride the bull at Wild Bull for free when dining in. Four adult costume parties with prizes throughout the month lead to the big bash on Oct. 29, which features a $1,000 prize. Thursdays are 18+ after dinner hours. Fridays and Saturdays are 21+ after dinner hours. Open: Thursdays-Saturdays in October; costume parties begin 9 p.m. Oct. 22, 27, 28, 29. (Dinner hours vary depending on restaurant.)
Cost: $5 after 9 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday.

halloween kalamazooCORN MAZES
Barbott Farms
• Location: 7155 Cleveland Ave., Stevensville, MI
Phone: (269) 422-2378
Dates: Maze: Oct. 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30; Market: Daily in October 2011
About: Blast off to space with this year’s corn maze, which features a space-rocket design! The farm also offers pumpkins, squashes, and home decorations at the market, which is open dawn to dusk daily. Pumpkinville – which features pedal-car rides, life-size board games, a three-story hay-fort, hayride, and stone maze – is open 1 to 6 p.m. October weekends (free with corn maze admission). Corn maze open: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays; 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays; 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays. Last ticket sold one hour before close.
Cost: Corn maze $8 adult; $6 children 3 to 9 years old; free children 2 and younger.

Crane Orchards
• Location: 6054 124th Ave., Fennville, MI
Phone: (269) 561-8651
Dates: Daily in October 2011
About: Expect major screams & goosebumps with 30 to 40 minutes of suspense, excitement, and fun in this 20-acre maze! Sure, you’ll pay to get in, but you’ll likely “pray” to get out. Daytime and haunted nighttime corn maze. Design commemorates a local teen’s life. Also available is you-pick fruits from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily; cow-train for kids and hayrides noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Corn maze open: Daytime maze 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays; noon to 6 p.m. weekends. Haunted maze from dark to 10 p.m. (last ticket sold at 10 p.m.) Fridays and Saturdays in October.
Cost: Corn maze daytime $7 adults; $5 children ages 6 to 10; free children 5 and younger. Nighttime $14, which includes the haunted maze and admission to 3D special-effects barn. Payment: cash/check.

corn maze kalamazooGull Meadow Farms
• Location: 8854 Gull Road, Richland, MI
Phone: (269) 629-4214
Dates: Daily in October 2011
About: This year’s maze sports a Western Michigan University theme. As you travel through the maze, punch your card at five hidden stations. When exiting, drop off your card to a Gull Meadow staff member for a chance to win tickets to WMU Bronco sporting events. (See “Pumpkins, Cider, & Hayrides” for more activities.) Corn maze open: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Family-friendly flashlight maze 7 p.m. (last ticket sold 9 p.m.) Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 29.
Cost: $5/person daytime; $8/person nighttime.

pumpkin patch kalamazooPUMPKINS, CIDER, HAYRIDES
Gene the Pumpkin Man
• Location: 22637 M-43 Highway West, Kalamazoo, MI
Phone: (269) 668-2952
Dates: : Daily in October 2011
About: Gene offers many varieties of pre-picked winter squash, pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn, corn stalks, straw, sunflower heads, pumpkin honey, pumpkin butter, and more! Gene, the locally-famous “pumpkin man,” said this year’s squash crop is fantastic, and the pumpkins are just as fabulous. You’ll find everything from pumpkins the size of doughnuts to pie pumpkins to the big-daddy large pumpkins. Open: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily in October.

Gull Meadows Farms corn maze kalamazoo
• Location: 8854 Gull Road, Richland, MI
Phone: (269) 629-4214
Dates: Daily in October 2011
About: Pick-your-own apples from the orchard and pumpkins from the patch (or grab already-picked pumpkins); train rides; child-sized haybale maze; wagon rides; gift shop; snacks and refreshments stand; fresh-baked pies; doughnuts; caramel apples; picnic area; corn maze (see “Corn Maze” category). Open: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Activities 4 to 7 p.m. weeknights; weekend activities start 1 hour after opening and wristbands must purchase at least 1 hour before close. Wagon rides open during activity hours only.
Cost: $1 wagon ride; $8.50 all activities.

Husted Farm Market and Cider Mill
• Location: 9191 West Main, Kalamazoo, MI
Phone: (269) 372-1237
Dates: Daily through Nov. 23, 2011
Pumpkins (already-gathered from the field); pick-your-own apples; caramel apples; homemade doughnuts and pies; tractor-pulled hayrides; cider mill; pre-picked produce; snacks and refreshments stand. Open: Market hours 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Nov. 23. Hayrides noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in October.
Cost: $2 hayrides. Payment: cash/check.

Verhage Farms
• Location: 8619 West ML Ave., Kalamazoo, MI
Phone: (269) 375-0153
Dates: Daily through Nov. 24, 2011
Hayrides; 850-foot zipline; pony rides; apple train ride and pumpkin jump for young children; gold mine sandpit with hidden trinkets; animal barn; you-pick apples; already-picked apples, gourds, squash, cherries, and peaches; homemade cider (non-pasteurized); a dozen varieties of homemade doughnuts and caramel apples; Country Store; homemade jams; picnic area; focaccia; Amish noodles and butter; spices; fudge; Danishes, pumpkin rolls. Open: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; activities only on weekends.
Cost: $5 pony ride and zipline; $3 hay ride; $2 face painting, gold mine, apple train, and pumpkin jump.

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