Lauren Sellman, Arts & Entertainment Editor
Blake’s Apple Orchard. Photo// Daily Detroit
Looking for something festive and frightening to do this fall season? Here are some ideas coming up in the metro-Detroit area!
Pick your own fresh apples this season at any of Blake’s three locations through October. Honeycrisp, Fuji, Gala apples and more are available now, while other types of apples, in-season fruits and vegetables are available to pick through the Fall. U-pick offerings vary depending on location and time, so it’s recommended to call and check which apples are being offered before you visit. Prices range from $25.95 for ½ a bag to $36.95 for a full bag.
Other farms and cider mills throughout metro-Detroit, like Wasem Fruit Farm, Westview Orchards and Erie Orchard & Cider Mill, also offer apple U-Picks.
Blake’s Big Apple Cider Mill in Armada is hosting a family-friendly 5k run/walk on Sept. 22. at 6:30 p.m. The 5k takes runners through the trails around Blake’s 800-acre farm. Costumes are encouraged but not required, and registration includes a complimentary doughnut, cider, t-shirt, pie pumpkin and free admission to the haunted attractions of Blake’s Spookyland after the race. There will be prizes for 1st-3rd place for men and women runners overall, as well as 1st and 2nd place for men and women of different age groups. Registration is $45 per person until Sept. 22 and $50 per person the day of.
Thursday, Oct. 12, from 6:30-9 p.m. at Blake’s Backyard in Almont, decorate six sugar cookies with this Halloween-themed class while enjoying a cold cider. Tickets are $65 and there are limited spots available so reserve your seat today!
One of the most popular haunted attractions in the state, Erebus, is a four-story haunted house with over a half-mile walk throughout the building – if you make it to the end! The attraction is located in Pontiac and is be available starting Sept. 15 through Nov. 4. Opening hours and ticket prices vary by day, so check their website for more information.
Tickets are selling fast for this festive and frightening event, with costumed characters roaming the village, performances, Fall harvest markets and Greenfield Village’s iconic Hallowe’en Express train. Tickets are still available for Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26, all other listed days are sold out. Family-friendly fall activities are from 4-9:30 p.m. each day, but as the evening progresses, the atmosphere shifts to a spooky Halloween night that will surely be one to remember!