Pandemic pastimes: Get spooky with these Halloween events


A family takes a group photo in front of the big pumpkin sign, Saturday, Oct. 24 at Papa's Pumpkin Patch. 

Halloween this year will not be the same due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, there will still be plenty of spooky events to attend with social distancing -- from trick or treating with dogs, to a drive-in movie, to even petting alpacas. 

In this edition of Pandemic Pastimes, Central Michigan Life takes a tour of the events being offered this weekend.

Trick or treat with dogs

Want to celebrate Halloween with a furry friend? Mutt-ster Bash will feature a dog trick or treating treasure hunt, pumpkin dog cookie decorating and a pet costume contest.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Halloween at Soldan's Pet Supplies in Mount Pleasant. The address is 1721 S. Mission St.

Halloween at a farm

If people want to pet more than just dogs on Halloween, then take a trip up to the Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farm in Clare for its Halloween at the Farm event. People will have a chance to pet alpacas and reindeer, along with eating warm donuts and drinking hot caramel cider.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Halloween at 2706 E. Stevenson Lake Road.

A spooky night about video games

Central Michigan University RSO Action Replay is hosting a virtual event at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 30. Action Replay is an organization that discusses video games topics, including the history of games and video game music, said RSO president Michael Gonzalez.

The event will be open to all CMU students and will discuss horror games and games with horror in them. There will be horror video sound effect trivia, presentations and Jackbox party games. To attend, go to this link:

Drive-in movie

The CMU Program Board will host a drive-in showing of Hotel Transylvania at 8 p.m. in parking lot 22 at 1590 S. Washington St. There will be a limit of three people per car and attendants must have student ID’s with them to enter.

Over events

Other events this weekend include Legends of the Dark, a haunted tour through North Campus, and Karma Kat Cafe’s Craft with Cats event.

Pandemic pastimes is a weekly article series with suggestions of activities and events CMU students can partake in during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have any local suggestions, please reach out to