Cities prepare for annual trick-or-treat events

By: Kevin Bunch | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published October 7, 2015

 Albert McQueen and Mykhia McQueen dress as pirates during East Detroit’s 2014 trunk-or-treat event.

Albert McQueen and Mykhia McQueen dress as pirates during East Detroit’s 2014 trunk-or-treat event.

File photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — The recreation authority and the East Detroit Public Schools are planning Halloween activities for kids to trick-or-treat and show off their costumes in safe environments.


Wristbands are now on sale for children who want to participate in the Recreation Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe’s annual trick-or-treat trail Oct. 24. The wristbands cost $3 each and are available at the recreation center at 18185 Sycamore St. in Roseville.


Recreation Assistant Director Bobbie Wilson said the authority wants to do a “fun family evening” with numerous individuals, organizations and groups passing out candy in Veterans Memorial Park from 6 to 7 p.m.


“We’re going to have anywhere between 40 and 50 different (individuals), groups and organizations passing out candy,” Wilson said. “We’re also hoping to have a DJ out there, and hot chocolate for kids that are in line.”


Wilson said there are only enough wristbands for 500 kids, and while they were still available as of last week, they have tended to sell out quickly to individuals and school groups.


“That’s the biggest misconception of this event — that they can just show up,” she said. “It’s heartbreaking that we have to turn away people in full costume, but we do it in fairness to our groups that pass out candy.”


Wilson said the people bringing candy can better budget for how much to bring if they know an exact number of kids who are coming. For groups like the Roseville Optimist Club, which brings full-sized candy bars, the difference between 500 kids or, for example, 600 kids can get costly, she said.


People interested in passing out candy can contact RARE at (586) 445-5480, and Wilson said that anyone who helps out will get two free wristbands as a thank-you on the day of the trick-or-treat trail.


On Oct. 28, East Detroit High School will host the annual “trunk-or-treat” at 6 p.m. in the parking lot. Organizations and individuals will have their cars parked in order to give out candy to kids coming through, according to Assistant Principal Andy Kastl.


The event typically runs until dark or until people run out of candy — around 7:30-8 p.m., Kastl said. The past couple years have been big for the event, with nearly 1,000 kids coming through in their costumes.


“We try to not encourage the middle schoolers to come through, because we’re trying to make this a safe and enjoyable event for elementary-age kids,” Kastl said. “But if middle schoolers are coming with younger siblings, we don’t turn them away.”


While the candy is the primary draw, Kastl said the performing arts department hopes to have some students perform for the kids waiting in line. In the past, the Fire Department has had an engine parked for kids to look at, but that is dependent on whether or not they need it, Kastl said.


A local funeral home has been known to bring a hearse out, he added.


Anyone interested in passing out candy at the trunk-or-treat can contact Kastl at (586) 533-3719. He said they tend to reach out to community organizations and the Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce, but individuals are also welcome.

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