The Friday 5 — Oct. 12-14

Your guide to this weekend's events

By: Josh Soltman | Online Only | Published October 18, 2018

1. Sterling Frights
Oct. 20 • Dodge Park, Sterling Heights

The annual Sterling Frights Halloween event will return Oct. 20 to Dodge Park, 40620 Utica Road in Sterling Heights. The festivities will take place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The event will offer fall and Halloween-themed activities, including trick-or-treating, live music, hayrides, a straw maze, an obstacle course, a bounce house and rides. Doughnuts and cider will be served for free as well. Attendees will receive themed goodie bags, and the first 400 participants will receive a free pumpkin.

Sterling Frights is a free event. It is intended for children 12 and younger, as age-appropriate guest appearances have been scheduled. Guests will include Elmo, from “Sesame Street”; Emmet, from “The Lego Movie”; and Chase, from “Paw Patrol.” The event’s perennial Ms. Pumpkin and Scarecrow will return as well.

For more information, visit or call (586) 446-2700.

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2. Harvest Festival
Oct. 20 • Shopping center at 9 Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue, Eastpointe

The Eastpointe Lions Club will once again be hosting the Eastpointe Harvest Festival this Saturday, Oct. 20. The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the shopping center at Nine Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue in Eastponte.

The Harvest Festival will feature plenty of fall-themed activities, including a petting farm, horse and pony rides, fair rides, a bounce house, pumpkin painting and face painting. The fire department is scheduled to be on-site with fire trucks or a smokehouse.

Some activities are designed to be helpful resources for children and families. Identification kits, allowing parents the opportunity to fingerprint their kids for safety, will be available. Eye screenings will also be offered for all children in attendance.

In the event of a rainout, the Harvest Festival will be rescheduled for the same time frame on Sunday, Oct. 21.

For more information, visit

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3. Harvest Days
Oct. 20-21 • Iron Ridge Marketplace, Ferndale

Harvest Days, an inaugural two-day fall festival, will make its debut this weekend. It will be held at Iron Ridge Marketplace, 660 E. 10 Mile Road in Ferndale.

Harvest Days will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, and will be chock full of entertainment for the whole family. The main attraction is a fall market with fresh produce, harvest décor and a pumpkin patch. A Kids Zone with a “mini market,” featuring face painting, a balloon artist, pumpkin make-and-take projects, games and a photo booth, will be on-site.

Many local favorites will have items available for purchase. Some participating vendors include Blake Farms, Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company, Pulse Fitness, Jupiter Aerials and more. The festival will also feature live music curated by The Ferndale Set.

Admission to the festival is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit the event's Facebook page.

4. Disney on Ice presents 'Frozen'
Oct. 19-21 • Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

The world of the Academy Award-winning classic “Frozen” will come to life on ice with Disney on Ice at Little Caesars Arena this weekend, Oct. 19-21.

The world of Arendelle will come alive with exciting skating and special effects. Disney on Ice, which is hosted by Mickey and Minnie Mouse, will feature guest appearances by characters from other Disney favorites, such as “Toy Story,” “Finding Nemo” and “The Lion King.”

Show times are 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19; 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20; and 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 7 p.m. Sunday Oct. 21.

Ticket prices start at $15.

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit

5. Halloween Trick-or-Treat Festival
Oct. 20 • Downtown Rochester

Downtown Rochester will host a Halloween Trick-or-Treat Festival from 3:30 to 9 p.m. Kids are invited to trick-or-treat at downtown businesses from 3:30 to 5 p.m., and a costume parade will begin at 5:15 p.m. in the parking lot at the corner of Water Street and University Drive and make its way to the Rochester Fire Department, 277 E. Second St.

At the fire station, kids can enjoy a craft activity and a spaghetti dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., the movie "Ghostbusters" will be shown in the parking lot at the corner of East Third and Water streets.

For more information, call (248) 656-0060 or visit

Staff Writers Eric Czarnik and Brendan Losinski contributed to this report.