Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village – Review
Introduction: Every October, Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan gets a spooktacular, turn-of-the-century Hallowe’en makeover. No I am not spelling Halloween incorrectly because in the early 1900s the evening was known as All Hallows’ Even and abbreviated as Hallowe’en. Now that you’ve had your history lesson for the day let me tell you about this great event!
Details: Greenfield Village opens their doors after hours starting at 6:30 pm Friday through Sunday for 3 weeks in October for this event. Ticket prices are the same for adults and children, however, children under 2 are admitted free. (There is also a $5 parking fee per vehicle) Tickets are sold in half-hour increments through 9pm Friday and Saturday, and until 8pm on Sunday. It is highly recommended that you purchase your tickets in advance because these events sell out long before the evening begins. We can’t stress that enough: BUY YOUR TICKETS EARLY! There were countless people at the ticket booth being turned away because they simply assumed they could buy their tickets at the door.
Activities: You will not be allowed to enter the village until your scheduled time. This is to keep the crowds spaced out and allows everyone more enjoyment and less hassle as they venture around. The gift shop is open for shopping if you arrive early and need to kill some time before entry, otherwise most people just hung around the fountain near the entrance. Once inside, you will follow a path of over 1000 hand carved jack-o’-lanturns around the village where you will see spooky decorations in themed areas and several places to stop and trick-or-treat. You may bring your own bag, however, they had some available for free at the entrance. There were several small performances going on throughout the village with plenty of seating for those who wished to stay and watch. There were several food stands open as well, our favorite was one with classic cartoons playing near Menlo Park.
Our Visit: This was our first visit to the Hallowe’en event at Greenfield Village so we didn’t know exactly what to expect. We dressed up as the 4 Ninja Turtles and April O’Neil to get into the spirit of things. We opted for a 7pm start time and figured we should arrive a half-hour early in order to get our tickets from “will-call”, stop at the bathrooms, and get situated before going in. We got a pretty good parking spot at that time and would definitely recommend an early start time because parking was a mess when we were leaving.
Once inside you were in a pretty decent sized mob and everyone was crowding around each of the displays for a good view. People began to spread out fairly quickly and only got bunched up around the trick-or-treat spots. Each was preceded by a costumed character alerting us of the upcoming candy so you could fall into line and be ready without much trouble. There weren’t as many candy stations as we had figured… not that the kids need tons of candy but we were over-prepared with our ginormous-sized bags when a small one would have sufficed.
It took us a little over an hour to walk the village in it’s entirety without stopping to eat or catch a show. I would have liked to stay and watch one of the performances but the kids were eager to press on. Overall this was a great experience and the kids had a blast! This is definitely an event we will attend for years to come!
Disclaimer: We were given free entry to this event in exchange for our honest opinions. However, we are huge fans of the Henry Ford and probably would have went regardless.