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 Eastpointe Community Schools will be offering a trunk-or-treat event at Eastpointe High School Thursday, Oct. 24. Kids can come in their favorite costumes and get candy from local businesses and organizations.

Eastpointe Community Schools will be offering a trunk-or-treat event at Eastpointe High School Thursday, Oct. 24. Kids can come in their favorite costumes and get candy from local businesses and organizations.

Photo provided by Caitlyn Kienitz

Eastpointe and Roseville to offer Halloween fun

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published October 8, 2019

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — The Eastpointe and Roseville communities are getting ready for some spooky fun via local Halloween events for kids.

The Recreational Authority of Roseville and Eastpointe is planning its annual Spooktacular Trick or Treat Trail from 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Veterans Memorial Park, located at 27325 Barkman St. in Roseville.

“It’s an event that is similar to a trunk or treat, but instead of giving out treats from cars, we have people with booths around a trail that people can walk around and visit one at a time,” explained Sarah Frederick, the assistant RARE director. “Each will be giving out candy, and they include local families, local businesses or local organizations.”

RARE hosts the event to give families a safer and less time-consuming alternative to traditional trick-or-treating.

“It’s a safe way for children to participate in trick-or-treating,” said Frederick. “Sometimes Halloween falls on a weeknight, and this can make it difficult for parents to get kids ready and take them around, and this is always on the weekend and lets them take the kids out in one concentrated location.”

It is a tradition for several local groups and businesses to take part in the event. Frederick said many look forward to the Trick or Treat Trail and get into the spirit of the season by dressing up and decorating their booths.

“The Roseville Optimist Club takes part, the police departments from both Roseville and Eastpointe have booths, Roseville Community Schools and Motor City Credit Union will be there,” she said. “We encourage everyone to decorate their booths, and there are prizes for best decorations.”

Those interested in taking part need to register ahead of time.

“They can register at the RARE center. The cost is $3 for Roseville or Eastpointe children and $5 for each nonresident child. The age range is 8 months to 12 years old. They need to be given a wristband for the child, so it needs to be done in person,” said Frederick. “If someone is interested in taking part by having a booth there, they can call us at (586) 445-5480.”

If the event cannot take place at the park due to weather, it will be moved inside the RARE Recreation Center, located at 18185 Sycamore St. in Roseville.

Eastpointe Community Schools will be hosting a trunk or treat as well, allowing children to travel around the Eastpointe High School parking lot and visit local organizations, businesses and others giving out candy from their cars.

“We had about 900 children last year, and this should be a good opportunity for kids to have a safe and entertaining trick-or-treating experience,” said Caitlyn Kienitz, the communications and marketing manager for the district. “It’s a traditional trunk or treat with kids going from car to car for candy instead of house to house.”

It will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the high school, located at 15501 Couzens Ave.

“If people are interested (in giving out candy), they can contact Rona Head at the high school. They can come and decorate their truck. Those interested in bringing their kids can just show up. It’s set up on the parking lot along Couzens Avenue, and parking is in the parking lot along Gratiot Avenue. The Police and Fire department will be there. The bus drivers will be there with a decorated bus passing out candy.”

Roseville Community Schools officials said the district also will be offering programs for its students at their individual schools, but it did not want to publicize details to those who don’t have kids in the district.

Police personnel from both communities are preparing for Halloween night and will be participating in the other public activities to ensure that everyone’s holiday is safe as well as fun.

“We purchased 800 glow-in-the-dark necklaces that the Police and Fire departments are handing out to kids,” said Eastpointe Director of Public Safety George Rouhib. “We want them visible when they’re crossing the streets. We’ll have officers in the neighborhood on Halloween night, and we love getting to participate in trunk or treat over at the (Eastpointe) High School.”

Call Staff Writer Brendan Losinski at (586) 498-1068.