How will you spend Halloween?

Kari Norton

Have you decided how you’re going to spend your Halloween? Several Grand Valley State University clubs and organizations are hosting events throughout the Halloween weekend free of charge and open to the public. If that’s not enough, there are a variety of haunted attractions in West Michigan that are determined to provide everyone with a night of fear and entertainment.

Halloween Swing Dancing:

The Grand Valley Swing Dance Club is hosting a Halloween-themed night of dance tonight from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. The event will take place in the Grand River Room located in the Kirkhof Center, and will include dancing, free food, a costume contest and games. Prior dance experience is not necessary because members of the club will be there to teach anyone that wants to learn the art of swing dancing. The event is free of charge and open to everyone.

BOO-nfire Halloween Bash:

From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. tonight, the Habitat for Humanity Club and Backpacking Club will be co-hosting an outdoor bonfire bash at Robinson Field. The night will include a cider tournament along with a costume contest taking place at 8:30 p.m. in which prizes will be awarded. There will be free refreshments, snacks and candy, and s’mores that can be purchased for $2. DJ A-Man and Tha Kameleon will provide live music.

The Haunt:

For 13 years, The Haunt has been known as Grand Rapids’ Halloween Hot Spot. Its 20,000 square-foot location is full of Hollywood-quality sets, lighting and special effects, paired with experienced actors. Apart from the main haunted hallways, The Haunt also includes an outdoor maze and two other side attractions. The haunted house will be open tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Nov. 1 and 2 until 10 p.m. Tickets can be purchased on-site for individuals or online for groups of 20 or more. For more information, visit

Forest of Fear:

Grand Rapids’ only charity haunt, Forest of Fear, is an outdoor haunted attraction in Caledonia, Mich. A new set of actors takes over the 1/3 mile haunted trail every night, offering a different experience from one day to the next. The event serves as a community service opportunity through the Kentwood Jaycees, a non-profit organization for individuals ages 21-40. Forest of Fear is open from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, visit