Halloween Fun Fest returns to Veterans Memorial Park

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published October 13, 2021

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — Little witches, mummies, vampires and more can bring their bags and buckets to Veterans Memorial Park at the end of this month to collect candy, goodies and treats from local businesses and groups when the St. Clair Shores Halloween Fun Fest returns Oct. 24.

“We’re expecting a good turnout for it,” said Karl Schwarzwalder, vice chair of the St. Clair Shores Activities Committee. “Just hoping everybody comes and (to) put a smile on some faces.”

Tickets cost $2 each and are available for residents only to purchase at the St. Clair Shores Parks and Recreation Department in Civic Arena, 20000 Stephens Street. As in 2020, wristbands will be given out in half-hour increments between 1 and 4 p.m. to stagger the crowds throughout the day. Schwarzwalder said wristbands would only be available for presale, and purchasers must provide proof of residency.

More people will be able to make their way through the trick-or-treat trail of at least 50 vendors this year, he said, with about 300 people allowed in each half-hour time slot.

After trick-or-treating, visitors can enjoy cider and doughnuts, as well as music from Elite Entertainment. Other food and refreshments will also be available for purchase.

Schwarzwalder said they are asking vendors passing out candy to wear gloves and masks for safety, and they will be spreading vendors out along the path at Veterans Memorial Park, 32400 Jefferson Ave. Participants are recommended to wear masks, as well.

“We’re asking everyone to, please, be mindful of social distancing,” he said. “We’re just praying for good weather.”

There is no rain date scheduled. Refunds will be given to those who present their purchased wristbands at the Parks and Recreation Department if the event is canceled due to inclement weather.

Selling wristbands in time-slot increments worked out well in 2020, Schwarzwalder said, eliminating the huge line to get into the park. The event is very popular, and attendees did appreciate the fact that it returned to bring fun for local children.

“It’s a great way for their kids to get a lot of candy, have a great time in a short amount of time, and do it in a safe manner,” he said. “We’re excited to have everybody come back to the park and have a good day.”

It’s a lot of work for organizers, he said, but it is worth every minute.

“It’s more fun for us to see the smiles on people’s faces,” he said. “It’s well worth it.”