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October 1, 2013

Enjoy Halloween fun, family-style

By Linda Shepard
C & G Staff Writer

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Pumpkins await at last year’s Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival at the Rochester Hills Museum.

ROCHESTER HILLS — This Halloween season, families can enjoy activities for all ages at the Rochester Hills Museum and Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve.  

The annual Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. Pumpkin lighting on the museum’s historic stone walls will be 7-9 p.m. 

“This is our 13th year,” Museum Supervisor Pat McKay said. “Last year, we had 13,000 lit pumpkins. We want to beat that record.”

Daytime activities include pumpkin carving, a pioneer playground, music, food, crafts, hayrides and a fire truck exhibit.

Entertainment includes Joel Tacey’s Spooktacular Comedy Show, the Guy Louis Family Concert and the Stoney Creek High School drum line. Author Laura Cassar will read her children’s book “Night of 1,000 Pumpkins,” which is based on the event.

“It is very family-friendly,” McKay said, and activities will be held rain or shine. “It is all under cover of tents,” he said.

Admission to the Pumpkin Festival is $7 per person and includes a pumpkin.  Kids 2 and younger attend for free.

The museum provides stencils and carving tools, but guests are encouraged to bring their own carving tools.

Admission to the evening pumpkin lighting is one can of food, a cash donation or gently used gloves and hats for the Rochester Neighborhood House.

The Rochester Hills Museum is located at 1005 Van Hoosen Road, off of Tienken, between Rochester and Dequindre roads.

Dinosaur Hill’s annual Halloween Hoot is planned for Oct. 18, 19 and 20. Families walk through a forest lit with luminarias and populated with characters and skits from books and movies. Groups of 25 enter the forest every 10 minutes for a 45-minute guided walk.

The walk is described as a fun, humorous and slightly haunting approach to nature.

“The Hoot is one of the area’s oldest and finest family-friendly Halloween events,” said Rita Becker, Dinosaur Hill administrative assistant, in a statement. “Many families return year after year.”

Tickets are $7 per person and must be purchased in advance. Ticket price includes cider and doughnuts, the guided walk and a campfire with entertainment. To order tickets, call (248) 656-0999 or email events@dinosaurhill.org.

Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve is located at 333 N. Hill Circle in Rochester.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Linda Shepard at lshepard@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1065.