Maggie Cochran, 7, of Bloomfield Hills, and Ida Hoskow, 5, of Royal Oak, attend the Royal Oak Spooktacular in the city’s downtown last year. The Spooktacular will take place Oct. 27 this year.

Maggie Cochran, 7, of Bloomfield Hills, and Ida Hoskow, 5, of Royal Oak, attend the Royal Oak Spooktacular in the city’s downtown last year. The Spooktacular will take place Oct. 27 this year.

File photo by Donna Agusti


Halloween events are coming your way

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published October 22, 2019

 Lennie Robinson, 3, of Clawson, follows the trick-or-treat trail in Clawson City Park last year despite the rain.

Lennie Robinson, 3, of Clawson, follows the trick-or-treat trail in Clawson City Park last year despite the rain.

File photo by Donna Agusti

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ROYAL OAK/CLAWSON — Wholesome family fun is the name of the game for Halloween events in the Royal Oak Review’s coverage area.

Both of the cities are hosting their own haunting celebrations, as well as each library and the Detroit Zoo.

Royal Oak

On Sunday, Oct. 27, Royal Oak will host its 36th annual Spooktacular, rain or shine.

From 1 to 4 p.m., more than 35 downtown businesses will participate in trick-or-treating. Each business will have a  number on its window, and the city will post directional signage and employ crossing guards. The event is free, but be sure to bring a bag.

From noon to 6 p.m., Spooky Pass holders will be able to receive a trick-or-treat bag, a map and clues to the Community Choice Credit Union treasure hunt. The pass grants children access to bounce houses, cider and doughnuts, a pie pumpkin, a photo booth, games, and the monster mash dance party on Washington Avenue.

Spooky Passes can be purchased in advance  for $10 at www.spookyroyaloak.com until 10 a.m. Oct. 27. Pass holders must check in by 3 p.m. Passes will be available at Washington and Fifth avenues starting at noon Oct. 27 for $15, cash only. Parking in the city is free on Sundays.

From noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, the Royal Oak Public Library will host a family Halloween program full of Halloween games, crafts, parades, dancing, stories and trick-or-treating around the library. The library encourages participants to come in costume and explore two floors of fun. Registration is not required.

The Royal Oak Public Library is located at 222 E. 11 Mile Road, east of Main Street. For more information, call (248) 246-3700.

Clawson

On Saturday, Oct. 26, Clawson will offer a slew of Halloween events, starting with a “Happy Halloween!” program from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Blair Memorial Library, 416 N. Main St., north of 14 Mile Road.

The library invites families to don their Halloween costumes for the program. Preregistration is required. 

“We generally will do some Halloween stories and books. We also have some craft activities planned for the kids,” said children’s librarian Kristin Church. “It’s a pretty popular program. I would say it’s geared toward preschool and elementary.”

For more information or to register for the program, call the library at (248) 588-5500.

From noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 26, the Clawson Downtown Development Authority will host its 11th annual Trick or Treasure event. Children are invited to dress in costumes and gather allergy-friendly treats from downtown businesses.

“The first two years, it was not (allergy-friendly), but then we had a change of plan due to a family in town that had twins — one that was highly allergic and the other not,” said DDA Executive Director Joan Horton. “We wanted for every kid to be able to go out with their brothers and sisters.”

Horton said Clawson police and fire personnel are always a big hit with families, and this year, the Clawson Lions Club is sponsoring a haunted ambulance experience.

During the evening, the DDA also will host its annual Great Pubkin Crawl, where adults are invited to dress up in costume and explore the downtown.

“It’s always a lot of fun because (groups) have a play booklet they go out with. They have things to do, scavenger hunt items to find, tasks they have to perform, and silly things they have to do in terms of video, and then turn in the booklets at the end of the night, and there are prize drawings once they score them up,” Horton said.

From 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 26, groups can register for the Great Pubkin Crawl at Leon & Lulu, 96 W. 14 Mile Road. The cost is $25 per person. Preregistration will end at midnight Oct. 24. Preregistration costs $20 and can be done at downtownclawson.com/happenings/the-great-pubkin-crawl.

From 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27, Clawson will once again hold its trick-or-treat trail along the wood chip path at Clawson City Park, 935 N. Custer Ave. The event is sponsored by Clawson Youth Assistance and the Clawson Parks and Recreation Department.

Director of Recreation and Senior Services Kathy Leenhouts said children should come in costume and bring a trick-or-treat bag, a flashlight, and a parent or guardian.

“Different organizations are stationed all along the wood chip trail, and we usually get close to 1,500 kids that come out for this event,” Leenhouts said. “Under the pavilion, there’s free cider and doughnuts, and we encourage each group to decorate their table or their area for Halloween.”

Detroit Zoo

From 3 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25-27, the Detroit Zoo will host its “merry not scary” Zoo Boo, rain or shine.

For the first time, the entire zoo will be open for the event, which includes aerialists, mimes, superheros, a joke-telling juggler, stilt walkers, a corn maze, a pumpkin smasher, haunted creatures and pumpkin displays.

Guests can walk down a festive trick-or-treat trail, which includes photo opportunities and educational activities, as well as visit with all of the zoo animals. The zoo asks that trick-or-treaters bring their own treat bags, as bags will not be distributed at the event.

The Detroit Zoo is located at 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, west of Woodward Avenue.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.zooboo.detroitzoo.org.

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