Looking for things to do in Metro Detroit this October? Check out these dining, entertainment and fall-themed events.
By Eden Lichterman
Farmington Hills Hay Day
24915 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills
Featuring hayrides, pumpkin painting and hiking, Farmington Hills Hay Day will bring an evening of fall-themed fun. The event also includes tours of a Farmington Hills Fire Department fire engine, Nature Center visits, a bounce house and roasting marshmallows and hot dogs over Farmington Hills’ largest campfire. Admission is free.
Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan
2131 Beaufait St., Detroit
This year marks the 14th annual Detroit Uncorked, a wine-tasting event presented by the Detroit Wine Organization and Kroger that benefits Gleaners Community Food Bank. Attendees can taste over 300 wines and sample foods from over 20 local restaurants. The event will also include a silent auction, entertainment and special tastings from Piattelli Vineyards, the Detroit Wine Organization’s Winery of the Year. General admission tickets cost $100 and tickets purchased in a group of six cost $83.33 each.
Oct. 5-7, 12-14, 19-21
Friday and Saturday 5-8 p.m.
Sunday 3-7 p.m.
8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak
Kick off the spookiest month of the year with a weekend of entertainment, pumpkin carving and sweet treats. The family-oriented event will feature acrobats, magicians, jugglers, storytellers, live music, a haunted reptile house and Halloween displays along the “unlucky” 13-station trick-or-treat trail. Tickets cost $10 in advance and $16 at the door. Children under 2 are free. Tickets go on sale Sept. 6 on detroitzoo.org.
ReMARKable Women Live Luncheon
Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Main event with lunch begins at noon.
The Henry Hotel
300 Town Center Drive, Dearborn
Join Florine Mark, president and CEO of the Weight Watchers Group, Inc., and SEEN for the 19th annual ReMARKable Women Live Luncheon at The Henry Hotel in Dearborn. The event, benefiting women’s health initiatives, begins 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 12 and will include a vendors’ fair, live music, raffles and networking opportunities. Cheryl Richardson, New York Times bestselling author and former team leader for the “Lifestyle Makeover” series on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” will deliver the keynote address. Mark will moderate a panel on women’s issues with Richardson, Sandra Ali of WDIV-TV, Andrea Isom of WXYZ-TV, Amy Andrews of Fox 2 News and Motown singer Martha Reeves. Tickets cost $80 each and $70 for Weight Watchers members.
Hallowe’en in Greenfield
Oct. 12-14, 18-21, 25-28
Maple Lane, Dearborn
Get into the Halloween spirit at Greenfield Village with a path of 1,000 hand-carved jack-o-lanterns, The Top Hat Sideshow (a carnival vaudeville act), live music, treat stations and costumed characters including pirates, a mad scientist, Hansel and Gretel and Dorothy and the Wicked Witch. Guests can also enjoy craft beers, warm apple cider and donuts. Tickets for Greenfield Village members cost $14.50 and $17 for non-members. Children under 2 get in free.
Michigan Craft Beer Stroll
Noon to 5 p.m.
Downtown Royal Oak
For an afternoon of sipping Michigan-brewed beer and tasting appetizers from 20 Royal Oak restaurants, check out the Michigan Craft Beer Stroll. Participating restaurants include Lockhart’s BBQ, HopCat, Royal Oak Brewery and Lily’s Seafood Grill & Brewery. Early bird tickets cost $40 and are $50 the day of the event.
SEEN Social Hour
Mike’s Pizza Bar
2515 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Join the SEEN team for happy hour 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Mike’s Pizza Bar at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit! Sign up to attend here.
Mother: The Summit
8:30-9 a.m. Rooftop Yoga and Meditation (optional)
9-10 a.m. Breakfast, Smoothies and Registration
10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Event
The Loft at Madison
1555 Broadway St., Detroit
Join SEEN and Mother Honestly for Mother: The Summit, a day of keynote speakers, fireside chats and breakout sessions focused on providing more than 200 women with tools and resources for balancing their goals with their role as mothers. Mother Honestly is a think tank, platform and community meant for modern women straddling the worlds of motherhood and personal aspirations. Speakers for the event include “Mojo in the Morning” co-host Shannon Murphy, Mother Honestly founder Blessing Adesiyan and Drought co-founder Julie James. Early-bird tickets cost $175 and regular tickets cost $225.
2018 Frank Lloyd Wright Affleck House Tour
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
925 Bloomfield Woods Ct., Bloomfield Hills
Take a stroll through history at the Gregor S. and Elizabeth B. Affleck House, the first house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in Metro Detroit. Wright created the one-story home in 1941 with the intent of meeting the needs of the average American on a budget. The architect used the word “Usonian” to describe this phenomenon, and he wanted the house to exist in harmony with the surrounding landscape. Tickets cost $25 for adults and $15 for children or students.
Pumpkin Carving Party
Kensington Metropark Nature Center
4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford
Create your own Halloween decorations at Kensington Metropark’s Pumpkin Carving Party. Participants will pick out pumpkins and cutting designs before creating their masterpieces inside the Halloween-decorated Nature Center. Cider and donuts will be served following the carving. Admission costs $6 and covers one pumpkin and refreshments.