Clevelanders, here’s your chance to experience a turn-of-the-century Halloween and enjoy a family, autumn getaway when you attend Hallowe’en (Yes, it’s spelled correctly) in Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford Museum complex in Dearborn, Michigan (near Detroit) taking place October 9-11, October 15-18 and October 22-25. It is approximately a 2.5 hour drive from Cleveland.
Visitors can travel back in time to the early 1900’s and witness an old-fashioned Halloween where 1000 hand- carved jack-o-lantern pumpkins will light your mile-long path as you stroll the streets of the historic Greenfield Village. Eerie characters like wizards, witches and dancing skeletons will be around to meet and greet you as you make your way to various treat stations. (Treat bags will be provided by Greenfield Village.) Be sure to watch out for the Headless Horseman as he rides out of the dark from the Firestone Farm fields. And make sure you stop to see performances of the Top Hat Sideshow (Vaudeville acts) that include fire-breathing, sword swallowing and death-defying stunts. Costumes for both adults and children are encouraged but you can also come as you are.
Meals and snacks will be available for purchase at the Taste of History in the Village. However, if you want a real treat, Greenfield Village is offering a special Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village Dinner Package ( from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.) on Fridays and Saturdays in October) that include a candle-lit harvest supper in the famed Eagle Tavern (an 1850’s stagecoach stop) in the Village along with musical entertainment and harvest parlor games that will give you a glimpse into the future.
Menu items at the dinner include cheese & dry cured sausage, soup, squash apple cider chutney, roasted chicken breast with apricot thyme glaze, stuffed pumpkin, corn relish, Greenfield Village sausage with herb gravy and for dessert, pumpkin bundt cake with cinnamon glaze. After dinner you are invited to join the outdoor activities in the Village. Cost of the dinner also includes admission to the Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village event. Price of the dinner package is $61 for adults and youth and $58.75 for Museum members (both adult and youth). Children 2 and under are free.
A Special Note: This Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village event involves a large portion of outdoor activities and the festivities take place in all kinds of weather. Make sure you bring appropriate clothing and weather gear that cover a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions. Also be sure to bring a flashlight. This is also a reminder not to bring real or imitation weapons into Greenfield Village. Costume props like swords or guns or any prop that resembles a weapon will be confiscated and checked at the Village entry gate upon arrival.
Special Health Note: Visitors who have allergies should be aware that some of the treats being handed out at the treat stations may contain allergens like peanuts, wheat or dairy.
Hours for Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village are 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Sundays. Time slots for admittance are every 30 minutes. Admission is $16 for adults and $16 for youth (2-12). Children under 2 are free. Member admission is $13.75 for both adults and youth. There is a $6 parking fee per vehicle for non-members.
For those visitors who would like to stay overnight in the area after their spooktacular evening at Greenfield Village should check out the Best Western Greenfield Inn (just 2 miles from Greenfield Village) located at 3000 Enterprise Dr. in Allen Park. Call 313-271-1600 or get online at www.bestwesterngreenfieldinn.com to check for availability, exact pricing or to make reservations. The hotel also offers free shuttle service to and from The Henry Ford Museum complex.
For more information about Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village, call 313-982-6001 or get online at www.thehenryford.org. Greenfield Village is located at The Henry Ford Museum complex at 20900 Oakwood Blvd. in Dearborn, Michigan. It is approximately a 2.5 hour drive from Cleveland.