Halloween Events

A number of fun Halloween events and activities take place in East Lansing each year.

While participating in Halloween events and trick-or-treating in East Lansing, community members should follow guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Ingham County Health Department regarding crowd sizes, masking and social distancing. In areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, the CDC advises that community members should consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated. Costume masks are not a substitute for cloth masks and costume masks should not be worn over or under cloth masks if it makes it difficult to breathe. Additional safety information is available under the trick-or-treating section below.

Find details on the events scheduled for 2021 below.

Great Pumpkin Walk

The 2021 Great Pumpkin Walk will take place on Sunday, Oct. 24 from 1-4 p.m. Families can bring their costumed children to downtown East Lansing to trick-or-treat with participating downtown businesses (there is no starting pointing for the event).

There will also be live entertainment in Ann Street Plaza, pumpkin painting kits to take home and superheroes and princesses handing out candy and available for photo ops throughout the downtown thanks to volunteers from MSU Royal Encounters! The live entertainment in Ann Street Plaza will include:

  • A family-friendly Comedy Magic Show featuring Cameron Zvara: Comedy Magician & Entertainer from 1-1:45 p.m.
  • Live music featuring Pretty Jane & the Magazines from 2:30-4 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public, and parking will be free in the downtown on the day of the event. The event is also rain or shine.  View the event poster (PDF) for additional information, including an activity schedule and map. 

Safe Halloween

Michigan State University Fraternity and Sorority Life will be hosting Safe Halloween on Wednesday, Oct. 27 from 5-7 p.m. on M.A.C. Avenue, between Burcham Drive and Linden Street. This festive family event will include face painting, Halloween games, trick-or-treating at the various Greek houses, costume contests, live music, inflatable moonwalks, a reading circle, arts and crafts and much more. The event is free and open to the public. Learn more


ArachnoBROADia! will take place on Sunday, Oct. 31 from 1-4 p.m. at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU, 547 E. Circle Drive. Participants can get creative with creepy crafts and learn about their favorite crawly creatures with the MSU Bug House. All ages welcome. Registration is required for this free event

Trick-or-Treating on Halloween Night

Trick-or-treating hours in East Lansing's neighborhoods are from 6-8 p.m. on Halloween night (Oct. 31) each year. View safety tips.