Rust Belt artist Vershion Young, of Shionne Designs, dresses as Ursula the Sea Witch from “The Little Mermaid” while passing out candy to children during Ferndale’s Downtown Halloween Trick-or-Treating event last year. This year’s event will take place Oct. 27.

Rust Belt artist Vershion Young, of Shionne Designs, dresses as Ursula the Sea Witch from “The Little Mermaid” while passing out candy to children during Ferndale’s Downtown Halloween Trick-or-Treating event last year. This year’s event will take place Oct. 27.

File photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Halloween events coming to Ferndale, Berkley

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published October 9, 2018

 Trick-or-Treaters make their way to downtown Ferndale to get candy from local businesses during the city’s trick-or-treating event last year.

Trick-or-Treaters make their way to downtown Ferndale to get candy from local businesses during the city’s trick-or-treating event last year.

File photo by Patricia O’Blenes

FERNDALE/BERKLEY — October, once again, is upon Michigan, and Halloween is coming around the bend for parents and children everywhere.

Both Ferndale and Berkley will be holding Halloween-related events for residents to enjoy.

In Ferndale, residents can hit the downtown for two events leading up to Halloween: a special trick-or-treat night at businesses in the city, and Fido Does Ferndale, a “dog’s night out” event with a Halloween twist.

The Downtown Ferndale Trick-or-Treat Night will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, near the Nine Mile Road and Woodward Avenue area. Fido Does Ferndale will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25.

“Kids can come down and trick-or-treat at the local businesses,” Ferndale Downtown Development Authority Deputy Director Cindy Willcock said. “They’ll have a sign out that indicates they’re participating, and costumed kids and their parents can come on down to downtown Ferndale and trick-or-treat.”

Fido Does Ferndale is located on West Nine Mile Road near Schiffer Park, with various vendors and activities for pups and their humans to enjoy. There also will be a treasure hunt, a pooch parade and other contests to net free swag for dogs.

While not usually a Halloween-related festivity, Willcock said Fido was moved back a week because of a scheduling conflict, and it was decided to make it a special event that will encourage owners to dress up their dogs in their finest costumes.

“It was really close to Halloween, so we thought we’d focus more on the costumes and the trick-or-treating to make it kind of a Halloween party for dogs,” she said.

In Berkley, the Parks and Recreation Department’s yearly Tale on the Trail kickoff event will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at Jaycee Park, near West Webster Road and Bacon Avenue.

The event features a story told to kids while they’re walking around the park. As the story and event will be Halloween-centric, kids also will have the opportunity to get candy.

Berkley Parks and Recreation Director Theresa McArleton said there will be staggered start times for the event, with start times beginning at 6 p.m., 6:10 p.m., 6:20 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

“This is our third year, and it’s kind of a fun thing because, again, it gets the kids outside, they get to read a story, a Halloween story, they get to use their minds, but they also get a little activity running through the park,” she said. “Then we add the candy to it, the costumes, and it’s kind of fun to see all the kids dressed up in their costumes running through the park to get to the next stage.”

Another Berkley Halloween event will take place two days before the big night. The Berkley Boo Fest from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at the Community Center, 2400 Robina Ave.

Put on by the Berkley Junior Women’s Club and the Berkley Parks and Recreation Department, Boo Fest will see the Community Center given a Halloween makeover, where kids can enjoy pumpkin decorating, photo opportunities, tattoos, candy, fortune tellers, a pirate shipwreck, prizes and more.

“The kids will go into different types of rooms in the Community Center,” McArleton said. “There will be various activities, from arts and crafts to one room that’s more like a circus room, another ‘Alice in Wonderland’ room — different types of rooms, different activities, all kinds of people dressed up, and really just a fun community event.”

The event costs $7 per person, although parents don’t have to pay to enter themselves. Registration is required to attend, which can be done over the phone at (248) 658-3470 or in person at the Community Center.