HARRISON TOWNSHIP/ MOUNT CLEMENS — Kids don’t trick or treat once a year anymore.
That’s because every fall, organizations and schools in communities all over Macomb County organize and stage their own unique events to mark the holiday.
Locally, there are some “trunk or treating” and Zombie Walks going on.
First up is the Harrison Township Parks and Recreation Committee’s Hallowpallooza at Tucker Park Oct. 19.
Frank Kapral, a Harrison Township trustee who works as a liaison for the committee, said this first-time event is open to the entire family, and there will be plenty of activities to keep the young ones full of Halloween spirit through the evening.
“This is mostly a trunk or treat-type event aimed mostly at younger children ages 3-11,” said Kapral. “We hope to have enough cars to fill the Tucker parking lot.”
In addition to the trunk or treating, the evening will also feature a Halloween-themed movie presentation and hayrides. There will be a bonfire, cider and doughnuts, and other games.
Kapral said those who want to pass out candy to the children, who are encouraged to dress in their Halloween costumes, can just show up the day of the event. Festivities will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will not go on in the event of rain, and there is no rain date scheduled.
The following weekend in Mount Clemens, members of the Downtown Development Authority will be yet again hosting their annual Zombie Walk on Saturday, Oct. 26, which begins at sundown and follows Turning Point’s now annual Trunk or Treat for Family Peace event from noon-3 p.m.
Turning Point Executive Director Lynne Wilhelm said Trunk or Treat for Family Peace began in 2009 as an activity to support peaceful family interactions in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.
The event also brings awareness to the many services available to victims and survivors of domestic violence that Turning Point provides. Services include an emergency shelter, individual and group counseling, advocacy, a Personal Protection Order assistance program, a Forensic Nurse Examiners Program for victims of sexual assault and a Prevention Education Program.
The concept of Trunk or Treat for Family Peace involved cars, trucks and SUV’s decorated for Halloween as costumed children trick or treat at each.
“Also, they will be asked to sign a pledge to lead a peaceful life with their families,” said Wilhelm. “Our event is for family peace, and it offers a safe place for children to trick or treat and be with their families.”
The family event will be held inside the four-level parking structure at Market and Main streets in downtown Mount Clemens. Wilhelm said more than 3,500 people participated in the event last year, and there were some 40 trunks involved.
“We have a trunk-decorating contest too, and they do get pretty competitive,” she said with a laugh. “They really do an awesome job.”
While it is free to those who trunk or treat, a $1 donation will be requested, and there will be music for dancing, coffee, refreshments and hot dogs. Wilhelm said there will also be a contest for the best-decorated vehicle, with the $25 entry fee going to support Turning Point programs. To register a vehicle, become a sponsor or to donate wrapped candy, call (586) 463-4430.
Meanwhile, the DDA’s Halloween Spooktacular will be held noon-4 p.m. on Macomb Place, at the Fountain Stage, Cherry Street Mall and at downtown businesses. There will be more trick-or-treating at the businesses, a kid-friendly haunted house at The Box Theater 1-4 p.m., and free shows for the kids include Wacky Witch at 3 p.m. and Rosco the Clown at 2 p.m.; free kids’ activities like arts and crafts, and games like putt-putt golf; a “Thriller” dance at 3 p.m., hayrides all day; and cider and doughnuts while they last.
The 3rd annual Mount Clemens Zombie Walk throughout the downtown area begins at the Anton Art Center, 125 Macomb Place, at 9 p.m. Participating zombies must stay in character during the walk. There will be a prize for the best zombie, and registered adult zombies will receive drink specials at participating establishments.
Registration for the Zombie Walk starts at 7:30 p.m. at Anton. The cost for the Zombie Walk is $5 for adults and $3 for those younger than 21. All proceeds benefit The Anton Art Center.