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Lansing Center, Lansing MI. October 28 & 29, 2017

About the Event


The third annual How-To Halloween is a family-friendly festival that celebrates all of the creative aspects and do-it-yourself spirit of the haunting season. It includes the Downtown Lansing Zombie Walk and features huge displays, great music, STEM-based activities, and everything you'd want to know about making your own ghoulish props, decorations, and make-up. So break out your best homemade costumes, bring your friends and be a part of this unique and innovative event.

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Full Days

2 full days of fun, family entertainment.

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Activities

From hands-on experiences where you can make tombstones or light-up blinky pins, to photo ops with the Big Lug, there are over 50 activities for you and your kids to do!

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Exhibitors

Science Museums, kids groups, maker organizations, and many other types of exhibitors, vendors, and participants will converge to help you get into the DIY spirit of Halloween.

Things To Do


How-To Halloween is a festival for ghouls of all ages. We pride ourselves on lining up over 50 different activities for all of our living (and not-so-living) attendees. From the simple and small ("Make Your Own Blinky Pins" and Halloween make-up classes) to the fun (interactive games, music) to wild costumed characters and cool cars, How-To Halloween will keep you and your family entertained for hours!

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    Hands-On Activities

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    Interactive Games

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    Your Favorite Characters

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    Robots & STEM

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    Costume Contests

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    Zombie Walk

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    Car Show

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    Vendors

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    Music

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Hands-On Activities
How-To Halloween offers plenty of things for little (and not-so-little) hands to do.  Here is just a sampling of what you can do:
  • Want to make a blinky safety pin for your costume?
  • Like to color?
  • Interested in make-up and fake blood classes?
  • Wanna channel your inner Sid from Toy Story and create a freakishly cool toy?
Lots, lots, lots more!  (Did we say "lots"?)
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Interactive Games
Like to play games?  How-To Halloween has several for gamers of all ages!  Imagine you and your family playing these wild and weird games:
  • Giant-sized Connect 4 game
  • Guinness World Record-setting Pong game
  • A 6 feet tall Tetris game
  • Pumpkin bowling
Unleash your inner gamer!
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Your Favorite Characters
How-To Halloween brings in some of the coolest costumed characters from your favorite movies, TV shows, and comics.  This year, we have lined up these characters in their full awesomeness:
  • Ghostbusters
  • Star Wars
  • Batman
  • Minions
Plus, other comic book, cosplay, steampunk, and other characters, just to name a few.  Be sure to show up in your own hand-made costume to show it off!
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Robots & STEM
  Killer robots are coming to How-To Halloween!  Well, not really killer robots, but definitely cool.  Young ghosts and goblins can drive and experience several different types of robots. Additionally, several STEM-based organizations will be on-hand with Halloween-based activities!
  • MSU College of Engineering
  • Lansing Makers Network
  • Impression 5 Science Museum
  • tinkrLab
  • Haslett Robotics Club
You will learn how robots, STEM, and Halloween creations all are related.  Tap into your inner Dr. Frankenstein!
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Costume Contests
  Got a cool costume that you've been working on?  Got a neat idea that you want to show off?  Throw it on and come on down!  We have several costume contests for children and adults alike!  Win fabulous prizes and receive the admiration of your fellow Halloween enthusiasts.
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Zombie Walk
  Calling the undead (and undead families): Come down to the Lansing Center on Sunday, October 16th at noon for the 7th annual Downtown Lansing Zombie Walk!  This is a charity event, so be sure to bring some canned goods for the Greater Lansing Food Bank.  After the walk, all zombies will be given wrist bands for entry to How-To Halloween! For more detail, check out the event on Facebook: Downtown Lansing Zombie Walk.
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Car Show
Halloween is about the do-it-yourself spirit, the drive that causes people to create something cool.  The custom car field is the same.  How-To Halloween loves to provide a means for custom car creators to show off their awesome Halloween-related vehicles.  This year, we've lined up:
  • Several Ectomobiles from the Ghostbusters movies, including a version from the reboot film.
  • Jurassic Terror, a vehicle inspired by Jurassic Park
  • Reapers Ride, a dragster inspired by Dragula from the Munsters TV show
  • Last Ride Limo, a pimped-out hearse that has been converted into a limo
 
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Vendors
Halloween lends itself to creative arts and crafts.  How-To Halloween provides a means for artists and crafters to show and sell their spooky wares.  Additionally, several of these crafters are providing hands-on sessions for the crafters of the future!
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Music
Music is a big part of the Halloween season!  We celebrate Halloween music with on-stage DJs, live acts, and dancing.  Head out to the dance floor and shake your costumed booty!

Press


For potential sponsors, vendors, exhibitors, and any other interested parties, we here at How-To Halloween have received a vast amount of press coverage. This coverage translates into coverage for our sponsors, exhibitors, and other partners as we promote your contributions to the event. Here is a sample of the television, radio, and print coverage that we've received.

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On October 24, 2014, the Krista Wilson, a reporter from the City Pulse, interviewed co-creators Steve Sneed and Jerry Jodloski on the eve of the inaugural How-To Halloween. http://lansingcitypulse.com/article-10668-halloween-showcase.html

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Co-Mad Scientists Jerry Jodloski and Steve Sneed talk about the 2nd annual How-To Halloween at the Lansing Center.

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Listen in as Jerry and Steve give WKAR's Scott Pohl a walk-through of one of 2015's highlights.

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Contact


Lansing Center Address

333 E Michigan Ave Lansing, MI 48933

Email

info@robotpumpkin.com