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 Lilllyana Bruster and her mom, Nichole Bruster, get some  candy from Tiaja Sabrie, from M. C. ’WICHES, during downtown trick-or-treating in Ferndale last year.

Lilllyana Bruster and her mom, Nichole Bruster, get some candy from Tiaja Sabrie, from M. C. ’WICHES, during downtown trick-or-treating in Ferndale last year.

File photo by Donna Agusti

Ferndale, Berkley to host Halloween-themed events for children

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published October 22, 2019


FERNDALE/BERKLEY — Halloween is right around the corner, and the cities of Ferndale and Berkley have events planned that residents can enjoy.

Ferndale’s Downtown Development Authority — along with the Boston Tea Room, downtown Ferndale business owners and the Ferndale Area District Library — is hosting a downtown trick-or-treat night for families. It will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at West Nine Mile Road and Woodward Avenue.

DDA Executive Director Lena Stevens said that parents and children are encouraged to dress in costumes and go door-to-door trick-or-treating at the downtown businesses.

In addition to the downtown trick-or-treating, the library will be having a Halloween Spooktacular from 5 to 7 p.m. the same day with trick-or-treating, crafts, snacks and entertainment.

Stevens, who was hired as executive director last week, said she’s looking forward to the event and seeing everyone dressed in costumes, especially any dogs or other pets.

“What I’m looking forward to is the chance to be out to see the retailers interacting with their customers, to see that increased foot traffic, and it’ll be a chance for me to go around,” she said. “Halloween is my favorite holiday. It is absolutely my favorite holiday, so I’m really looking forward to it on a personal level.”

Berkley will be having its yearly BooFest starting at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at the Community Center, 2400 Robina Ave., presented by the Berkley Junior Women’s Club and the Berkley Parks and Recreation Department.

The event, designed for children as old as fifth graders, will have quarterly start times beginning at 5 p.m. People can register for BooFest at The cost is $7 per person, though parents do not have to pay.

According to Parks and Recreation Director Theresa McArleton, the Community Center will be transformed into various Halloween-themed rooms for the children to enjoy.

Children will be able to look forward to a haunted forest obstacle course, slap-bracelet decorating, photo opportunities, a monster noodle assembly, tattoos, a caramel apple bar and more.

“Between the juniors and our staff here, they try to come up with some new things for the kids to both see but also do, like in terms of crafts or creating something that they can take with them, which is always really nice,” McArleton said.

“They go above and beyond decorating and really creating a really neat Halloween environment for the kids. Our building really transforms, and each room becomes something that it completely wasn’t before, and I think that’s really special,” she said.