6 Reasons to Visit Michigan’s Thumbcoast in October
October is one of my favorite months here in Michigan. The crisp early morning air, changing of the colors and the smell of cinnamon are what make it a special experience. In fact, there’s so much to do here I’m renaming it FUNtober! Here are my top 6 reasons to visit so grab your pumpkin spiced drink and head this way.
#1 The Fall Colors
Follow the red, orange & yellow trail along the scenic M29 – M25 route. There are countless charming shoreline communities worthy of a stop along the way. Use the digital map link below to help you plan and navigate the ultimate fall colors road trip!
#2 Farms & Orchards
- McCallum’s Orchard & Cider Mill – Jeddo
- Corn Maze Adventure & Pumpkin Patch – Casco
- O’Hair Farms – Croswell
- Pankiewicz Cider Mill & Farm Market – Casco
#3 Halloween Events
Oct. 7 – 23 | Moreau’s Horrors – Enter Stage Right Theatre, Port Huron
Oct. 8 | Fall Foraging Hike – Columbus County Park
Oct. 8 | Haunted Michigan Presentation with Detroit Paranormal Expeditions, Port Huron
Oct 8, 15 | Haunted Village – Port Sanilac
Oct. 8 – 28 | Creepy Baby Doll Contest – Port Sanilac
October 14 – 15, 21 – 22, 28 – 29 | Haunted House, Marine City
Oct. 15 | 4-H Open House Truck or Treat – Goodells
Oct. 15 | Lakeside Cemetery Tour – Port Huron
Oct. 21 – 22 | Rocky Horror Show LIVE – Port Huron
Oct. 21 – 22 & 28 – 29 | Haunted Corn Maze – Harbor Beach
Oct. 22 | Treats & Trucks – Downtown Port Huron
Oct. 22 | Paranormal Investigation – Fort Gratiot Lighthouse, Port Huron
Oct. 22 | SCCLS Zombie Shamble – Port Huron
Oct. 22 | Pumpkin Palooza – Port Austin
Oct 22, 29 | Nightmare on Lake Street – Port Austin
Oct. 23 | Michigan’s Haunted Lighthouses Lecture – Port Sanilac
Oct. 26 | Monster Bash – Yale
Oct. 28 | Bat Hike – Columbus County Park
Oct. 29 | Halloween Stroll – Port Huron, Sanborn Park
Oct. 29 | Paranormal Investigation – Carnegie Center, Port Huron
Oct. 29 | Haunted Maze – Minden City
Oct. 30 | Young Adult Spooky Evening Candle Lit Museum – Port Huron
#4 The Bird Migration
The eastside of Michigan is between two bird migration flyways, the Mississippi and Atlantic. Waterfowl, water birds, shorebirds, songbirds and raptors will pass through Michigan on their way south to their wintering grounds, according to the Michigan DNR. A great source to check the migration forecast and hot zones is at Bird Cast. Locally, there are a few hot spots where I’ll often see professional birders. Lighthouse Beach and the Blue Water River Walk in Port Huron are the two best locations to check out.
#5 The Real Haunts
If you dare, take a chilling tour of the 10 scariest places in the Thumbcoast on our HAUNTED TOUR. Be sure to bring a friend with you so you don’t get too scared, some will claim these are the locations of real haunts! Use #DiscoverTheBlue and share all your ghostly adventures with us!
Fishing in the fall is excellent, just ask any of the local charters. Although there are many fish varieties to be caught, walleye is the preferred fall catch for many anglers. Mark Romanack of Woods-N-Water News says “Anglers who target walleye in the fall are winners either way, and the fishing just gets better as the leaves drop and the temperatures get colder.” Some of the noted great spots are where Lake Huron meets the St. Clair River and in the St. Clair River. View the full article from October, 2021 for more details. Get the local fishing report by calling (810) 984-FISH.
Oh My Gourd!
Discover 400 + videos of Michigan’s Thumbcoast in every season on our TikTok page! Seasonal tip, check out War Water Brewery in St. Clair and try their seasonal Oktoberfest Beer on tap or in a can.
Article by Katie Stepp, Blue Water Area Convention & Visitors Bureau