Fall Fun

Published October 27, 2015

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD HILLS/FRANKLIN — Halloween always promises a fun time for guys and ghouls of all ages, but since the spooky holiday falls on a weekend this year, it promises to bring even more revelry this Friday and Saturday night.


But more revelry could mean more calls for local police, who said they’ll need to work a little bit harder to ensure that kiddos stay safe on the streets and inebriated partiers stay off the roads.

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Published October 27, 2015

ROSEVILLE — Participants in the 2015 Big Bird Run 10K will find a new path through the streets of Roseville as the event enters its 37th year.


The run, which includes a 4K, 10K and 1-mile fun run, is scheduled for Nov. 8. It will kick off at 10 a.m. at the recreation center, 18185 Sycamore St.

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Published October 21, 2015

METRO DETROIT — It’s no secret that black cats and broken mirrors are universally known as bad omens.


And while people the world over may fear those spooky symbols, here in metro Detroit, we have our own superstitions to run from.


The unfortunate thing is that not many people know the local legends and scary stories that were conjured up right in our own backyard, according to Izzy Donnelly, director of education at the Grosse Pointe Historical Society.

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Published October 21, 2015

CLAWSON/ROYAL OAK — When Joan Horton learned of a local family with twins trying to find a Halloween activity that would accommodate one child’s allergies, her aha moment arrived.

“I thought, ‘They shouldn’t have to split them up,’” she said. “How do you say to one, ‘This is fun and you can have all of this,’ and then say to the other child, ‘But you can’t.’”

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Published October 20, 2015

ROCHESTER — Families can celebrate Halloween early in downtown Rochester this month with trick-or-treating, a costume parade and an expanded spaghetti dinner at the new Fire Department building Oct. 24.

The fun kicks off 30 minutes earlier than usual, at 3:30 p.m., when approximately 50 downtown businesses will hand out goodies to costumed children during Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Rochester until 5 p.m.

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Published October 19, 2015

HAZEL PARK — While it’s made of steel and stands 13 feet tall, a new sculpture in Hazel Park’s Art Park conveys the delicate curvature and natural colors one would expect from a flower.

True to its name, “Petal Parts” resembles part of a flower and makes the viewer feel like an insect nestled inside. It’s built to capture light and shadow in a way that changes its appearance throughout the course of the day.

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Published October 14, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The calendar shows that it’s not Halloween yet, but shoppers will have a chance to check off their holiday gift lists this weekend and spend the rest of the season relaxing instead of stressing out.

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Published October 14, 2015

A rebranded annual Halloween party in Sterling Heights has gotten over its first-time jitters and is ready to build on its success, according to city officials.

On Oct. 24, the Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Department will hold its second annual Sterling Frights Halloween party at Dodge Park.

Parks and Recreation Supervisor Troy Nowotny said the city has hosted a Halloween party for many years, but officials decided to rebrand the event to Sterling Frights last year and make some changes to the event.

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Published October 14, 2015

UTICA — Utica High School theater students are counting down the days until they perform a unique play based on the characters from Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.”

The school will perform “Dracula,” by Utica alumnus and playwright Jake Feeman, Nov. 5-7. The production will be an additional time that an original Feeman composition has been presented at the school, with another being “Lovely Lovely Valentine” last school year.

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Published October 14, 2015

METRO DETROIT — There are few better ways to gear up for Halloween than attending a haunted house. 

The spooky music, the dark and the fear of the unknown — was that your friend or a creature of the night breathing on your neck? 

A haunted house is sure to get you in the mood, and quickly.

Local venues offer the Halloween gamut, from over-the-top mayhem and panic to family-friendly entertainment and fun.

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Published October 14, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — The Oakland Community College Culinary Institute is whipping up some special events to usher in the cooler months ahead.

The institute, located in Tirrell Hall, 27055 Orchard Lake Road, will serve up its first event of the school year at 6 p.m. Oct. 22 with the Alumni Guest Chef Dinner.

For $55, the dinner will include an American farm-to-table experience with a strolling cocktail hour, hors d’oeuvres, signature drinks and a five-course meal that will reflect the season’s flavors.

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Published October 14, 2015

FARMINGTON — Fifty years ago, music majors Paul and Fern Barber, who play trombone and clarinet, respectively, graduated from the University of Michigan, got married and started their careers as music teachers for Farmington Public Schools.

They were dismayed to see that there were no music classes offered through the adult education program.

So they went to the director of adult education and said they wanted to start a group for musicians. They got some coverage for their initiative from a local newspaper and started the Farmington Community Band one week later.

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Published October 13, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — If there’s one thing that Cranbrook Institute of Science wants visitors to know, it’s that even learned scientists know how to have fun.


Make that spooky fun, because the institute is putting the final touches on its Halloween events, which will be sure to entertain and even educate crowds of all ages.

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Published October 10, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — Oakland County Parks is planning a new event this year where guests will carve pumpkins, see live bats and creepy-crawlers, go on fall color hikes, work on arts and crafts, and go trick-or-treating on a path lined with the jack-o’-lanterns they made.

There will also be cider and doughnuts to enjoy during the day, and hot cocoa and marshmallows around a campfire at night. It all takes place Saturday, Oct. 24.

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Published October 10, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — A lot of tricks and even more treats are in store for those planning to attend this year’s Halloween festivities in downtown Mount Clemens next week.

Kicking off the day on Saturday, Oct. 24, is the Mount Clemens Optimist Club’s annual trunk-or-treat in the parking structure adjacent to the courthouse. The event will be held from noon to 3 p.m.

Optimist Club Treasurer Jerry Kuhl said an impressive 4,200 people enjoyed the event last year, and members are anticipating exceeding 5,000 this year.

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Published October 7, 2015

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — The recreation authority and the East Detroit Public Schools are planning Halloween activities for kids to trick-or-treat and show off their costumes in safe environments.


Wristbands are now on sale for children who want to participate in the Recreation Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe’s annual trick-or-treat trail Oct. 24. The wristbands cost $3 each and are available at the recreation center at 18185 Sycamore St. in Roseville.

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Published October 7, 2015

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — A nature program about bats and a new Little Library will be offered at two township parks this fall.

Lost Lake Park will host Bats of the World at 7 p.m. Oct. 26, and Cranberry Lake Park will open a new take-a-book, leave-a-book service.

Bats of the World will feature five live bats — an Egyptian fruit bat, an insect-eating bat, a straw-colored fruit bat, a dog-faced bat and a Jamaican leaf-nosed bat.

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Published October 2, 2015

WARREN — Fall color, check. Autumn weather, check. Planning for Warren’s Harvest Treat festival, check.

The festivities will get going at 4 p.m. Oct. 24 at City Square next to Warren City Hall, on Van Dyke north of 12 Mile Road.

Parks and Recreation Director Henry Bowman said the event will  feature something for everyone, including free pumpkins.

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Published September 30, 2015

CLAWSON — Tradition is a strong sentiment in the city, and this weekend will usher in the community’s Fall Festival.

The Clawson Parks and Recreation Department’s Fall Festival will take place 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, at Clawson City Park, which is located off of Elmwood Avenue between Main Street and Crooks Road.

“It’s been going on as long as I’ve been here,” said Mayor Penny Luebs. “It’s a lot of fun.”

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Published September 30, 2015

ORCHARD LAKE — The Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society, in conjunction with the Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary and the city of Orchard Lake, will offer residents a chance to explore the changing seasons during the Autumn Nature Walk at 2 p.m. Oct. 18.


Guided by Naturalist Carol Fink, the free hike is part of a nature series held twice a year at the Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary — on Pontiac Trail, just west of Old Orchard Trail — in celebration of spring and autumn.

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