Children dance with princesses in costumes at the Macomb Township Parks and Recreation Department’s annual Halloween Hoopla at the Recreation Center Oct. 18.

Children dance with princesses in costumes at the Macomb Township Parks and Recreation Department’s annual Halloween Hoopla at the Recreation Center Oct. 18.

Photo by Erin Sanchez


Macomb Township hoopla celebrates Halloween

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published October 22, 2019

 Ella Hoover, 10, of Washington Township, gets her nails polished at the Halloween Hoopla.

Ella Hoover, 10, of Washington Township, gets her nails polished at the Halloween Hoopla.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Halloween can be a bit creepy for some, which is why a recent event focused on creating a family-friendly atmosphere.

Macomb Township Parks and Recreation Department hosted its annual Halloween Hoopla at the Recreation Center Oct. 18.

Michelle Duda, a recreation programmer, said the event sold out with about 700 people attending.

“We promote the event as a kooky, spooky, delightful, frightful family fun costume party, but family friendly is very important to us,” Duda said. “We do have a slightly creepy experience for older kids. All other features of the party are very appropriate for kids of all ages.”

The Halloween Hoopla moved to the Recreation Center in 2007, which brought with it the new name. The event provides more than a dozen activities and nearly everyone who attends dresses up in a costume.

Participants had a chance to get their hair and nails done in a Halloween manner at the “Freak” hair salon and spa, walk a trick-or-treat trail, take in a magic show, stroll through a haunted house, and make crafts at the “Boo-tique.”

Along with a gym full of inflatables and games, Duda said they cap the event at a certain number of tickets each year to make sure the event stays fun for everyone who attends.   Duda said money raised from the event covers the expenses of the Halloween Hoopla and leftover money goes into the department’s general account to offset other free events throughout the year.

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