Get in the Halloween mood with this spooky bus tour featuring a brewery with a haunt, one of Kalamazoo’s best haunted attractions and try some great fall seasonal beers. Be prepared for a night of frights, flights and fun.
Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded to some of our favorites!
Our Halloween tour will begin at Old Burdick’s inside the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo where pumpkin ales, hard ciders and other autumn classics will be on tap. The group will then make the short jaunt west to Paw Paw Brewing Co. where the crew will get you in the spirit of the season with fall ales and perhaps a few scary surprises.
From there, we’ll make way to Psycho Ward & Nightmares, one of Kalamazoo’s best haunted attractions tucked into the woods behind the Kalamazoo Speedway. Enjoy VIP access to one of the haunted attractions while trying a Michigan pumpkin ale.
We’ll then conclude with a quick ride north to Plainwell’s Old Mill Brewpub. Owner and brewmaster Scott Zylstra plans to serve some of his first beers and offer a tour of the more than 100-year-old building known to be inhabited by a few ghosts.
The bus will return to downtown Kalamazoo where guests are encouraged to participate in SkeleTour, where decorative skeletons are spread around participating businesses. You can also take advantage of the Central Commons Refreshment Area, a series of designated streets where people can order to-go cocktails and walk through downtown.
Need help with overnight accommodations? Consider booking our discounted rate at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo.
Origination: Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill inside the Radisson Plaza Hotel, 5-6 p.m.
Stop 1: Paw Paw Brewing Co., samples, haunt, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Stop 2: Psycho Ward & Nightmares, haunted attraction, 8-9 p.m.
Stop 3: Old Mill Brewpub, samples, meet-and-greet and tour, 9:30-10:30 p.m.
Termination: Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill & SkeleTour of downtown Kalamazoo, 11 p.m.
5 p.m.: Registration
6 p.m.: Bus Leaves
Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill
Includes brewer meet-and-greet and tasting. Paw Paw Brewing Company was established in early 2010 by brother-in-laws Ben Fleckestein and Ryan Sylvester, placed in the small village of Paw Paw on the banks of the Paw Paw River surrounded by beautiful wilderness. The idea behind Paw Paw Brewing Company was to create a place where the community could gather and connect with one another over a pint of locally hand crafted beer. In early December 2010 the door opened for business with four beers on tap, St. James English Mild, Black River Oatmeal Stout, Paw Paw Wheat and 2Paws IPA. Paw Paw Brewing Company’s grand opening celebration was January 21, 2011. The brewery moved to its new home — an expansive space featuring an outdoor patio, live music stage, private room, gaming room, full kitchen and more — in 2019. It’s located very near St. Julian Winery, one of Michigan’s oldest and largest wineries. PPBC has an affinity for Halloween, where it decks out the brewery in spirited decor and throws a massive party.
Arrive: 6:30 p.m.
Includes VIP Access. Many have experienced the terror of the Floyd Cranston clan and the reign of horror they have inflicted on visitors to the PSYCHO WARD. Some have even survived—but not without years of intensive therapy. What disturbing twist on Floyd’s unique form of dismemberment and bloodletting does he have in store for you this year? There’s only one way to find out—if you dare!
Arrive: 8 p.m.
Includes tour of haunted basement and tasting. Proprietor Scott Zylstra decided to leave the his job in pharmaceutical sales to start his own brewpub. It’s located in the historic Eesley Mill in Plainwell, near the popular Plainwell Ice Cream Co. It terms of building atmosphere, it’s hard to beat. John F. Eesley purchased a roller rink built in 1869 and converted the building to become the Sunshine Flour Mill. After several months of serving beer from other West Michigan breweries, Old Mill tapped its own beer this in 2014 and now offers 10 brews. As an ode to its past, Zylstra’s first beer, released in October, 2014, is the Sunshine Oatmeal Stout. In addition to a fine food menu, Zylstra continues to roll out his own beer in one of the most unique venues in the area — complete with a couple friends from beyond the grave.
Arrive: 9:30 p.m.
Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill
What happens if I am late for the tour?
The bus will leave promptly at the scheduled time. Please arrive at the origination site at least 20 minutes ahead of time. If you are late we will not wait for you. There are no refunds.
What happens if I need to cancel?
All ticket fees are non-refundable. However tickets may be transferred to another passenger.
What happens if a tour is canceled?
If a tour is canceled for any reason all ticket fees will be fully refunded.
Can I drink beer on the bus?
In most cases there is no drinking on the bus.
Can I bring a minor?
No – all tour participants must be 21 years or older. Please bring personal identification.
May I bring beer on the bus?
Only beer purchased from the participating brewers may be brought on to the bus. For most tours, no drinking on the bus will be permitted. Coolers will be provided for growlers and other purchased beer.
Will there be food included on the tour?
Light snacks (i.e. pretzels and chips) and water will be provided on the bus. For most tours food will be available for purchase at one or more of our brewery tours. Unless otherwise indicated, most tour packages will not include the cost of food at the stops.
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** There will be time to purchase additional pints at the breweries.
** We encourage guests to purchase beer from the breweries. Coolers will be provided for safe transportation. Alcohol consumption will not be allowed on the bus.