Michigan Renaissance Festival

Adults can celebrate Halloween too at the Michigan Renaissance Festival

A spooky color run, outdoor scary movies and more will put you in the Halloween spirit.

Jessica Levy, for Michigan Renaissance Festival
Halloween thrills lurk at the Renaissance Festival.

What do you get when you cross an event known for its intricate costumes with Halloween season? Find out this October at the Michigan Renaissance Festival.

This year, the festival is offering plenty of opportunities to explore your spooky side with its Halloween-related events and attractions. Many of the events are aimed at adults, tapping into a market of jovial grown-ups who don’t think kids should get to have all the Halloween fun.

If you’re ready to embrace the Halloween spirit, here are three upcoming events you shouldn’t miss.

Dine with the Phantom of the Opera at the Phantom’s Feast (Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 11-26).

The Phantom of the Opera invites you to a Halloween feast. Together, you’ll enjoy a five-course meal, along with a review of some of the most legendary spooky movies in history: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Young Frankenstein” and more. You’ll also play games and have the chance to win prizes.

Come eat with the Phantom of the Opera!

Feel free to steal the show by dressing up as your favorite character — or in an eerie outfit of your own. At the end of the night, you’ll take home a souvenir goblet.

Although there is no age requirement to attend the Phantom’s Feast, please keep in mind that its contents are considered PG-18.

Sprint from zombies at the Running Dead 5K (Oct. 12).

Do you have what it takes to complete a 5K race through the Woods of Terror? If so, join the Running Dead 5K. The course weaves its way through the Michigan Renaissance Festival grounds and into the woods, where you’ll encounter zombies throughout the course — or even running alongside you. Don’t slow down, or the zombies might catch you.

The race is also a color run: While you dash, you’ll be greeted by “doctors” splashing you with vibrant “antidotes” to help you survive. If you do, you’ll walk away with a medal and admission to Halloween in Hollygrove, where you can brag about your escape to your friends.

Enjoy a variety of thrills at Halloween in Hollygrove (Oct. 12).

Whether you want to get up and move or just watch movies while lounging on the grass, you’re sure to find an activity that matches your interests at the annual Halloween in Hollygrove.

If you’d like to get your heart pumping, you’ll love playing Zombie Paintball. The game will take you into the Zombie Trail, where your mission will be to make it through the trail without getting “infected.”

Avoid the paint (and the zombies) while playing Zombie Paintball.

Then, keep your blood flowing by dancing the night away at Club Scream, featuring a DJ, a costume contest, games and entertainment, food, drinks, and more.

Even if you choose to sit back and enjoy an outdoor movie, you can still count on your heart rate rising. The event will feature two bone-chilling films to get you into the Halloween spirit. Bring your blanket, and get ready to scream.

This event is considered PG-18; although there’s no age requirement, please keep this in mind before bringing children.

Don’t forget to buy tickets early.

No matter which Halloween events you decide to attend, consider buying your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment — and don’t wait too long to start planning your costume!

For more information about the many Halloween events taking place on the grounds of the Michigan Renaissance Festival, visit michrenfest.com.