Professional pumpkin carver and Oakland Community College instructor Doug Ganhs works his magic on a pumpkin during the End of Season Celebration at the Birmingham Farmers Market.

Professional pumpkin carver and Oakland Community College instructor Doug Ganhs works his magic on a pumpkin during the End of Season Celebration at the Birmingham Farmers Market.

File photo by John McTaggert


‘Boo’mingham and Beverly Hills get into the Halloween spirit this weekend

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published October 21, 2019

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BIRMINGHAM/BEVERLY HILLS — The season for spooky celebrations has arrived.

There will be plenty of fall fun to be had in the Eagle’s coverage area this weekend, as three of the community’s favorite Halloween events return.

Things will get started early Saturday, Oct. 26, with the Halloween Hoot at Beverly Park. Volunteers will begin the 24th annual event at 8:30 a.m. by gutting lots and lots of pumpkins, which will be carved noon-2 p.m. that day.

Once the pumpkins have their best faces on, they’ll be lined up around the park to illuminate a family-friendly trick-or-treat trail at 6 p.m. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to wear costumes and bring a flashlight, and when the candy collecting is done, everyone can stick around for some storytelling, a magician and a silent auction for the older set.

The following day, kiddos can do it all over again at the Birmingham Farmers Market during the annual End of Season Celebration Sunday, Oct. 27. Visitors can enjoy autumn-themed activities, impressive pumpkin-carving demonstrations by a true gourd artist, and of course, trick-or-treating at the vendor booths (so don’t forget your costume).

While younger visitors have fun, older attendees can shop the selection of local produce stands, food artisans and other vendors at the market for the last time in 2019.

It’s OK to get a little misty, thinking about how long it will be until the Michigan-grown fruits and veggies return next spring.

“This season, the improved and expanded parking lot enabled us to offer the community more vendors and fresh produce than ever before,” Birmingham Shopping District Events and Operations Manager Jaimi Brook said in an email. “We have exciting new special events planned for next season and look forward to seeing everyone again in May.”

Then the party moves down Old Woodward Avenue to Shain Park, where the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce and the Junior League of Birmingham will host the 83rd annual Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Patch.

Families can play games, do crafts and enjoy live performances in the park 1-4 p.m., and then nearby the Baldwin Public Library will invite guests in for the Spooky Monster Magic Show with Gordon Russ 3-3:45 p.m.

The main event will take place promptly at 4 p.m., when the costume parade will hit the streets surrounding Shain Park. Led by the Birmingham Fire Department and the Seaholm High School marching band, kiddos will get the chance to show off their fine Halloween attire for throngs of fans.

“This fun fall event is just one of the ways the business community shows its gratitude to residents for supporting their businesses,” Chamber President Joe Bauman said in a prepared statement. “Having a thriving central business district is a huge part of what makes Birmingham the truly special community it is.”  

All of the events taking place this weekend are free and open to the public.

For questions about the Halloween Hoot, email organizer Trish Oen at trishoen@gmail.com.

More information about the End of Season Celebration at the Birmingham Farmers Market can be found on the BSD website, allinbirmingham.com, as well as on social media @BhamFarmMkt on Twitter and Instagram.

Details about the annual Pumpkin Patch and Halloween Parade are on the chamber’s website, bbcc.com.

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