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October 12, 2012

Turning Point, DDA making plenty of fun, friendly and ghoulish holiday plans

By Julie Snyder
C & G Staff Writer

MOUNT CLEMENS — October isn’t just a month when people dress up in costumes and decorate their homes for Halloween’s little trick-or-treaters. It’s also Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Combining the spirit of the holiday and the ongoing efforts to direct attention toward local services for victims of abuse, Turning Point and the Mount Clemens Downtown Development Authority are hosting Trunk or Treat on Saturday, Oct. 27, for the fifth year.

Turning Point created Trunk or Treat in 2009 as an activity to support peaceful family interactions in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This event also brings awareness to the many services available to victims and survivors of domestic violence that Turning Point provides. 

Turning Point has been serving the community for more than 30 years, providing programs and resources enabling victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence to regain control of their lives. 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: Cars, trucks and SUVs are decorated for Halloween, and children, dressed in costumes, are invited to trick or treat by going from vehicle to vehicle for their Halloween goodies. 

The family event will be held inside the four-level parking structure at Market and Main streets in downtown Mount Clemens.

“It’s really cool,” said Lynn Wilhelm, with Turning Point. “People come out and decorate their cars and fill their trunks with candy. It’s more friendly than scary.”

Trunk-or-treating will be held from noon until 3 p.m. While it is free to those who trunk or treat, a $1 donation will be requested.  There will be live music, 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. Each person involved must have at least 1,500 pieces of candy available.

That should be enough, said Michelle Weiss with the DDA.

“Last year, we had about 3,000 people come out,” she said. “It’s a really, really fun, closed environment for kids to enjoy Halloween.”

“While we are most concerned with bringing our services before the community, we also have found this event offers a great opportunity for businesses to market themselves to a large crowd under one roof,” said Turning Point CEO Sue Coats.

But Trunk or Treat isn’t the only holiday event going on in the city that day. The DDA’s Halloween Spooktacular will be held from 1 p.m. to 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, shows for the kids, and free kids’ activities like arts and crafts and games.

The second annual Mount Clemens Zombie Walk throughout the downtown area begins at 10 p.m. at the Anton Art Center, 125 Macomb Place. 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. This year’s Zombie Walk features a new, longer route and a Zombie Photo Booth. MC Wolfman Mac will make an appearance.

Registration for the Zombie Walk starts at 7:30 p.m., also at Anton. The cost for the Zombie Walk is $5 for adults, $3 for kids 15 and older. All proceeds benefit The Anton Art Center. Used on New, 36 New Street, will host a free zombie makeup workshop at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26. No registration or reservation is necessary.

Individuals or businesses interested in participating in Trunk or Treat, or becoming a sponsor, can visit www.turningpointmacomb.org, or call Lynn Wilhelm at (586) 463-4430.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Julie Snyder at jsnyder@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1039.