Franklin prepares for FranklinStein Frenzy festivities

By: Brendan Losinski | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published October 16, 2017

 Mr. and Mrs. FranklinStein will lead the costume parade through downtown Franklin for 
the FranklinStein Frenzy Oct. 21.

Mr. and Mrs. FranklinStein will lead the costume parade through downtown Franklin for the FranklinStein Frenzy Oct. 21.

Photo provided by Deanna Yow

FRANKLIN — The village of Franklin is getting ready to show its spooky side with its annual FranklinStein Frenzy Halloween event.

The frenzy will take place between noon and 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, throughout downtown Franklin. It is organized by Mainstreet Franklin, a community group that seeks to maintain the historical nature of the village and encourages business opportunities there.

The parade will consist of a costume parade for local youths, led by mascots Mr. and Mrs. FranklinStein, so the kids can show off their Halloween best. This will be followed by trick-or-treating throughout the village, with local businesses and organizations giving out candy. The afternoon will end with a pumpkin-rolling contest.

“Our parade lineup starts at 11:45 in the morning at the Van Every Building,” said Deanna Yow, executive director of Mainstreet Franklin. “Then Franklin Road is closed, and the participants march down in their costumes down to the village green. There’s trick-or-treating with the merchants, and each stop has its own decorations and activities, and we finish up with the pumpkin roll at 2 p.m.”

Many of the local businesses will be taking part in giving out candy. This includes Event Bliss, Deja Vu, Village Yoga, Smile Builders, Franklin Dental, Holistic Healer, the Village Boutique and the Franklin Public Library.

“We’re a trick-or-treat station, but we also have crafts for the kids,” said Teresa Natzke, director of the Franklin Public Library. “There’s a Halloween theme, obviously, and what we did last year — and we’re bringing it back this year — is a Halloween book called ‘Skeleton Hiccups’ posted individually, page by page, in the area so they can read their way across the green.”

This is the eighth year that Franklin has hosted the FranklinStein Frenzy festivities. The community has embraced the event, and it has become one of the most anticipated programs of the year in the village.

“We used to do an event around Christmas called Winterfest, and it kind of died down several years ago. It was very popular, and this has kind of taken its place,” said Natzke. “We get at least 300 people at the library on that day, and it’s a good way to invite people inside who might not usually visit us. It’s a great way to pull the community together for this.”

Trick-or-treating will last from the parade’s end, at approximately 12:30 p.m., until 1:30 p.m. Donations are requested for participation in the pumpkin roll; otherwise, there is no cost for the event. Many of the participating businesses and organizations will have accompanying activities for children during trick-or-treating.

“The firefighters let the kids look at the fire engines. The police let them look at their mounted units,” said Yow. “Someone has a bounce house at their business. There’s balloon animals, a face painter, and other little games and activities scattered throughout downtown.”

Yow and her fellow organizers hope those in the area will come down and enjoy one of Franklin’s most enjoyable days of the year.

“It’s just a terrific community event celebrating fall, Franklin and fun,” said Yow. “Mainstreet Franklin is happy to host this event each year.”