Fall & Halloween Fun: Trip To a Cider Mill, Haunted Blake’s, and Greenfield Village!

Hello All! It’s been a while since I shared a Slice of Life post with you all. Though the Holidays are slowly approaching I thought it would be fun to share some of the fall and Halloween activities that I’ve been doing over the last couple of months. Thankfully we have one more month left to enjoy autumn before winter settles in, but knowing the Michigan weather pattern it might just set in a bit earlier than promised. Hopefully it will hold off for just a little longer. ūüôā


Franklin Cider Mill

 Franklin Cider Mill, located in Bloomfield Township (Michigan), opened in 1837.Today, the Franklin Cider Mil is still owned and managed by the Peltz family. Along with apple cider and hot donuts, the mill also sells a variety of apples, meats, cheeses, pies, candies, breads, and fruits. The mill operates during the fall from Labor Day to Thanksgiving weekend.

This is one of my favorite local cider mills to go to! Though it’s small in size and it’s hard to get a parking space, the ambiance and food make up for it. I try to visit this cider mill every year to get a glimpse of the beautiful fall foliage (the area has a lot of trees and woodsy space) and drink their delicious cider. Hands down they have the best donuts (in my opinion)! The donuts have a little bit of cinnamon that give it that extra flavor. When you’re not in line for food, you can take a seat by the pond to feed the birds or just enjoy the scenery around you.


Haunted Blake’s

Located in Armada (Michigan) Blake’s¬†has been open since 1946. They have a wide variety of activities at their Apple Orchard & Cider Mill experience in all of Metro Detroit area including Apple, Strawberry, Cherry, Peach Picking, tasty cider & donuts, hard cider bar, corn maze, haunted house, hay rides & more.

My coworkers and I try to do an outing every month, so in October we headed out to Blake’s for some spooky fun! This was my second time at Blake’s so I was excited to go. After buying cider and donuts we started off with Zombie Paintball.¬†¬†You got to travel on over 10 acres of zombie infested orchard in special outfitted wagons and shoot some zombies. It was a ton of fun. Then we went to the Spook Land part of the park which had a corn maze, 3D maze, fun house, and petting zoo. We skipped out on the Haunted Barn (as most of us in my group hates haunted houses, myself including). What a great night!


Hallowe’een at Greenfield Village

Hallowe’een at Greenfield Village is an annual event held in October. The Village is part of the¬†The Henry Ford¬†Museum which¬†is a large indoor and outdoor history museum complex in Dearborn¬†(Michigan).¬†The Village includes buildings from the 17th century to the present, many of which are staffed by costumed¬†interpreters¬†who conduct period tasks like farming, sewing and cooking.

This was my second year at this event. It’s family friendly and full of fun! The Village sets up a pathway lit up by jack-o-lanterns and you get to walk around the trail and see the sights while getting candy. On top of that there are costumed characters, live music,¬†The Top Hat Sideshow (Carnival Vaudeville Act), and even an appearance by¬†The Headless Horseman. There are so many things to do at this event and even though it was rainy there was a great turnout.


What Fall/Halloween activities have you been doing throughout the season? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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