What is How-To Halloween?

How-To Halloween is a grass-roots festival dedicated to fostering the do-it-yourself spirit of the haunting season. It combines elements of a maker fair, comic con, theme park, craft show, science museum, music fest and Halloween carnival,.. so there is truly something for everyone. There are actually three "thriller" events during the How-To Halloween weekend because it also includes the Killer Car Show and Downtown Lansing Zombie Walk. It promises to be an immersive experience that is both inspirational and educational with countless exhibits, displays, contests and hands-on activities.

Is How-To Halloween appropriate for young children?

Yes! Parents can rest assured that their little ones will have tons of fun in a safe, indoor environment reminiscent of the excitement that happens in your own neighborhood on Halloween night. There aren't any startle scares or anything overtly disturbing on display. A parade of zombies comes through the hall briefly on Sunday, but it is about as family-friendly as a zombie walk can be.

Should we dress in costume?

We strongly encourage ghouls and goblins of all ages to arrive in your coolest, most amazing creations and be a part of the huge spectacle at the show. But for those not fully decked out, we’ll have face painters on hand to help out along with some maker sessions showing how-to build elements of your own costume. Also, be sure to bring a bag because there will be trick-or-treating stations throughout the exhibit hall.

What is the Killer Car Show?

The Killer Car Show kicks off day-1 of How-To Halloween, and showcases a line-up of weird, wacky and wild rides unlike anything the Capital City has ever seen before. It all happens in front of the Lansing Center on Michigan Avenue and is free of charge. Be sure to visit the Killer Car Show Facebook page for more info.

When is the Downtown Lansing Zombie Walk?

A special Devil's Night edition of the 11th Annual Downtown Lansing Zombie Walk is a festival highlight on Saturday evening. All ages of the undead are welcome to walk, and participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food donation in support of the Greater Lansing Food Bank. Please check the Z-Walk Facebook page for all the details.

Are there any additional fees after entering the festival?

How-To Halloween was designed from the outset to be very affordable for the entire family. Once you walk through the doors, there are a huge variety of activities available for no additional charge that will keep you busy for hours. Some organizations may charge a small additional fee (usually only a few bucks) to cover the cost of materials for certain how-to sessions. There are also many vendors who are offering unique Halloween-themed items for sale for those who’d like to do a little shopping. In the end, you’ll have a fun-filled day for your whole gang at a really great value.

Will there be food available?

The North Point Cafe will be open right across from our exhibit hall in the Lansing Center with a wide variety of food and beverage choices (including grilled items) available at reasonable prices.

Is the event wheelchair accessible?

The Lansing Center is fully ADA compliant with wide entry doors and easily accessible elevators.

Are cameras and video recording equipment permitted?

We encourage guests to shoot away with photos and video. Please be sure to share your memories on social media and help spread the word about our show.

What’s the deal with the cartoon pumpkin thingy?

Robot Pumpkin is the name of our mascot which represents all the innovative tech and mischievous curiosity that we promote at our event. You can see an audio-animatronic version of him (custom built out of some repurposed junk) as you enter the main doors of the exhibit hall.

Does How-To Halloween benefit any charities?

We assist many local charitable organizations and nonprofits, and we are collecting donations for the Greater Lansing Food Bank during the Killer Car Show and Downtown Lansing Zombie Walk. Some of our exhibitors also represent charities such as The League of Enchantment who are part of Make-A-Wish as they raise funds to support their visits to children hospitals. So please give generously... and thanks for your help!

Where do I park?

There is an abundance of public parking lots in Downtown Lansing, but we recommend finding a spot at a meter because it’s free to park all weekend long.