Grosse Pointe Shores residents Bridget Beland, 3, and brother  Brendan Beland, 10, are dressed as the Little Mermaid and  a Harlem Globetrotter, respectively, for last year’s Boo-Fest at  Osius Park in Grosse Pointe Shores.

Grosse Pointe Shores residents Bridget Beland, 3, and brother Brendan Beland, 10, are dressed as the Little Mermaid and a Harlem Globetrotter, respectively, for last year’s Boo-Fest at Osius Park in Grosse Pointe Shores.

File photo by Donna Agusti


Grosse Pointe Shores youngsters will be saying ‘Boo’ earlier this year

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published October 1, 2019

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Grosse Pointe Shores parents might need to go shopping for those Halloween costumes a little earlier than usual this year.

The annual Halloween Boo-Fest has been moved up a week and will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Osius Park. Officials say the date in the city calendar is incorrect.

Boo-Fest will again include hayrides around the park, a haunted house, a bounce house, treats, a bonfire, photos “behind bars” and a pumpkin patch where children can select their own pumpkins to take home. Organizers said the pumpkins will be full-sized.

“Our pumpkin patch is one of the highlights for the children,” Shores Beautification Committee Chair Helen Bai said.

Beautification Committee members and other volunteers decorate the park for Boo-Fest, which is said to be the city’s most popular event.

The Department of Public Works also is involved in some aspects of park preparation.

“The Boo-Fest is a big deal for us in the DPW,” DPW Director Brett Smith said. “We are really grateful for Helen Bai, (Park Manager) Alison (Scarfone) and all of the employees (and volunteers).”

The fee is $6 per child; admission is free for children younger than 2. Tickets can be purchased in advance at city offices or at the gate.

Bai encouraged adults without kids to stop by the park as well, noting that refreshments — served by the nonprofit Grosse Pointe Shores Improvement Foundation — along with hayrides and the fire pit are for all ages.

“It is truly a complete community event,” Bai said.

Volunteers are needed to help decorate the park and assist during Boo-Fest itself. To volunteer or for more information about volunteering, contact Scarfone at ascarfone@gpshoresmi.gov.

For more about Boo-Fest, visit the city’s website at www.gpshoresmi.gov or call (313) 881-6565.