The Awesome Mitten- Halloween on Ionia

Halloween on Ionia

The Awesome Mitten- Halloween on Ionia
Photo courtesy of Barfly Ventures.

Halloween isn’t just for kids this year. Barfly Ventures is hosting an outdoor party revolving around a costume contest, bands, and dancing.

“Halloween On Ionia (HOI) will be Michigan’s Largest Halloween Street Party with a costume contest totaling $6000 in cash prizes. HOI will feature headliner, ANTHONY ATTALLA and EDM (electronic dance) music will be provided from 12:30-midnight.”

The Awesome Mitten- Halloween on Ionia
Photo courtesy of Barfly Ventures.

In order to learn more about the street party and the costume contest, I spoke to Shane Philipsen from Barfly Ventures:

“McFadden’s wanted to recreate the energy and excitement of Irish on Ionia during the fall season, and that is how Halloween on Ionia came to be,” said Philipsen, Event Coordinator of BarFly Ventures. “We will have live entertainment and a costume contest offering the largest cash prize in Michigan. It will definitely be a Halloween party that you don’t want to miss!”

Tell me more about the costume contest.

“Costume contest registration is from 2pm-6pm. We will have a tent for costume registration just inside the entrance gates. We will take the registrants contact info and issue them a number on the back of their costume. This will be their voting number. If there are couples or groups, each will receive the same number. 6:01pm the registration tables turn to voting stations. We are encouraging everyone to download the FREE HOI app for Google Play and iTunes. Guests will be able to vote through the app. If you do not have a mobile device, you can vote at the voting station.

There will be a separate winner per hour from 7-11pm. We will announce a winner at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm, 10pm, & 11pm. All winners will receive $1000. At midnight we will bring all 5 winners up on stage and then announce an overall winner through crowd participation. The winner will receive an additional $1000.”

Will there be live music? What kind of music?

We have an awesome EDM (electronic dance music) lineup featuring ANTHONY ATTALA, Kalendar, Jump Smokers DJ Marquee, Mixin Marc & Alex Peace, OBJ, Drill Team, DJ Slim Tim, Uncle Jesse, Alexander B2B Subtractive, and Biff Tannen.

Is there a cover charge? Where can one get tickets?

Limited Pre-Sale tickets are only $10. Can be purchase at our locations (Stellas, McFaddens, HopCat GR/EL, and GRBC)
Also available online at

Tickets can also be purchased through the HOI smartphone app and online at

Any food/drink specials?

There will be “plenty of Beer Tents and Bars, Stoner Street Tacos, HopCat Burgers, and GRBC Brats. The whole company is involved with offerings from all of our bars.”

I’m guessing it’s an outdoor event?

HOI will be held “outdoors on Ionia St. between the blocks of Weston and Oakes including Lot #3.”

What will be the exact dates and hours of operation? Does one need to be 21+ to attend?

Saturday October 26th. Gates open at 2pm and event closes at 12:30am. Strictly 21+

The Awesome Mitten- Halloween on Ionia
Photo courtesy of Barfly Ventures.

Do you need ideas or supplies for your winning costume? My advice for you is to visit a local costume shop such as The Kostume Room on 36th Street or Theatricks located on Plainfield Ave. These local businesses offer both rental costumes as well as items you may purchase. As you are deciding on your outfit for the evening, keep in mind that HOI is an outdoor event. Be sure to be prepared for the changing West Michigan weather.

Have a safe and fun Halloween!

The Awesome Mitten- Halloween on Ionia
Photo courtesy of Barfly Ventures.

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