2017-10-26 / Local News

Big menu for Halloween plans in county

Parades to dances

Halloween comes with no shortage of events in Leelanau County, both for kids and adults.

Most county communities suggest trick-or-treating from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, but there are also several parties, costume contests and more being held starting Friday. No less than five events are planned on Halloween.

Here’s what’s happening around the county:


 1:30 p.m. — The 3rd annual elementary school parade will have Suttons Bay elementary students lining up at the entrance to the marina near the library and parading up to St. Mary’s Street, over to Elm Street and then through Tendercare of Leelanau, where residents can enjoy their costumes. The parade ends at the school.

Students and staff will be dressed in their best costumes and led by the Michigan State Police and the Suttons Bay-Bingham Fire Department, as well as the school’s marching band.

In the event of rain, the parade will take place inside the school in the gym.

 6-8 p.m. — Give a shelter dog a paw up at the third annual Halloween pet costume contest fundraiser sponsored by the Great Lakes Humane Society and Shady Lane Cellars in Bingham Township. Bring your costumed pet and win prizes.

The cost of this event is $25, which includes wine samples, snacks, prizes, a wine glass and entertainment. All proceeds will benefit shelter animals.


7:30-11:30 p.m. — A Halloween Dance will be held at the St. Rita/St. Joseph Men’s Club in Maple City. The Diddle Styx polka band of Grand Rapids will provide the music, and prizes for best costume will be given out.

The doors open at 7 p.m. A $15 donation is appreciated, with children 16 and under getting in free if accompanied by a parent.


 Noon to 4 p.m. — Head to downtown

Glen Arbor for an afternoon of trick-or-treating. Get your costumes on and bring the whole family for treats from participating businesses.


 2 to 5 p.m. — Visit the Leelanau County Government Center in Suttons Bay Township for trick-or-treating and so much more. The event features kid’s activities and candy treats, as well as cider and doughnuts.

Kids are invited to visit the various offices to check out the Halloween decorations and costumes and to pick up a treat.

All activities will be held on the first floor.

 3 to 5 p.m. — Keep those costumes on and get to the Friendship Community Center in Suttons Bay Village for a Halloween party for kids. Games, crafts and treats will be included in the fun.

The event is sponsored by the Suttons Bay Public Library and the Friendship Community Center.

 4-7 p.m. — In Northport the Halloween festivities will once again be held in the open space beside The Mitten Brewing Co. on East Nagonaba Street.

Brats, hot dogs, chips and cider will be served.

Everyone is invited to costume up for this free event.

 6-7:30 p.m. — A Halloween party will be held at the Empire Township Hall with costumes, games, hotdogs and treats. Kids can trick-or-treat around the village starting at about 5 p.m. before heading to the township hall.

 6:30-8:30 p.m. — The traditional Halloween party will be held in the small gym at Northport Public School, though this year it will be sponsored by the Student Council as the Booster Club has disbanded. There will be games, a haunted house and treats. Tickets are available at the door.

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