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No tricks, all treats: Halloween events in 2021

Metro | Published September 28, 2021

METRO DETROIT — The Halloween activities are piling up like raked leaves on a crisp fall day. Here's a smattering from the C & G coverage area for October and beyond. For local things to do that aren't as spooky, check out our Community Calendar

 

Wednesday, Oct. 20
‘Michigan’s Most Haunted’ discussion • Shelby Township Library
The Shelby Township Library, 51680 Van Dyke Ave., will invite the Mystic Mitten Paranormal Group to discuss “Michigan’s Most Haunted,” tales from its investigations around the state, at 7 p.m. For more information, call (586) 739-7414 or email shelbylib@libcoop.net.

 

‘Teen Mad Scientist Party’ • Roseville Public Library
The Roseville Public Library, 29777 Gratiot Ave., will host a “Teen Mad Scientist Party” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Activities include tearing apart and combining toys (think Frankenstein’s monster); mixing drinkable potions; and playing games, such as mummy-wrapping and bobbing for worms. Free pizza and snacks will be provided. Prizes will be awarded for the best mad scientist and monster costumes. Masks are required. To register or for more information, visit rosevillelibrary.org.

 

Learn about bats in Michigan • Zoom
The Clinton-Macomb Public Library will invite Seven Ponds Nature Center to discuss bats in Michigan from 7 to 8 p.m. on Zoom. The presentation is intended for adults. To register, visit cmpl.org or call (586) 226-5040.

 

Help autism charity during Halloween event • Children's Park, Lake Orion
Calling All Autism Heroes will hold a decorated pumpkin patch and spectrum art fundraiser during the "Downtown Lake Orion Halloween Extravaganza Trick or Treat" from 4 to 8 p.m. in Children's Park, 175 S. Broadway St. Suggested donations range from $5 to $25 with all proceeds going to help the non-profit charity's mission to build lifelong neighborhoods for autistic people and their families. For more information, call (248) 762-6486 or email stacey@callingallautismheroes.com.


Friday, Oct. 22
Build-a-monster workshop for teens • Shelby Township Library
The Shelby Township Library, 51680 Van Dyke Ave., will invite teens (grades 7-12) to build a monster using dolls, plushies and other materials at 6 p.m. The event will also include ghost stories. For more information, call (586) 739-7414 or email shelbylib@libcoop.net.

 

‘Jack O’ Lantern Jubilee’ • Novi ITC Community Sports Park
The Novi Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services will host its “Jack O’ Lantern Jubilee” from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Novi ITC Community Sports Park, 51000 Eight Mile Road. For $5, kids can trick or treat along a trail, work on crafts and visit with characters. For more information and to register, visit cityofnovi.org.

 

‘Halloween at the Y’ • Birmingham Family YMCA
Birmingham Family YMCA, 400 E. Lincoln St., will host “Halloween at the Y” from 5 to 8 p.m. The outdoor event will include a trunk-or-treat, spooky storytelling, face painting, healthy treats, pumpkin decorating, games and crafts. For more information, email dmarsh@ymcadetroit.org or call (248) 644-9036.

 

Trick-or-treat from Hazel Park City Hall staff • Hazel Park City Hall
The Hazel Park District Library will host trick-or-treating at Hazel Park City Hall, 111 E. Nine Mile Road, at 11 a.m. Come earlier at 10:30 a.m. for “Tiny Tales Storytime” in the courtyard at City Hall. To register, visit the library, call (248) 546-4095 or email hpmlibrary@gmail.com.


Friday, Oct. 22-Saturday, Oct. 23
‘Boo at the Burgh’ • Burgh Historical Park, Southfield
The Southfield Parks & Recreation Department will host outdoor trick-or-treat events from 5:30 to 8:15 p.m. Oct. 22 and from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at Burgh Historical Park, located on the corner of Civic Center Drive and Berg Road. Parents can sign up children ages 5-13 for 30-minute time slots. Tickets are $5 for Southfield residents and $10 for nonresidents, and can be purchased at https://bit.ly/3tEIC7f, by calling (248) 796-4620 or by going to the Parks & Recreation information window inside the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road.

 

‘Haunted Nature Center’ • Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center, Shelby Township
Shelby Township will host haunted events from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 22-23 at the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center, 4101 River Bends Drive. For $5, participants will find costumed characters, fun scenes, treats and spooky stories. The last admission each night will be at 8:30 p.m. To register, call (586) 323-2478.


Friday, Oct. 22-Sunday, Oct. 24

‘Halloween Hoot’ • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, Rochester
The Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, 333 North Hill Circle in Rochester, will hold its 30th “Halloween Hoot” from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Activities will include a trail walk, campfire, mad scientist laboratory, take-home goodie bags and music by the Monster Bash Band. Tickets are $9 for ages 3 and older and must be purchased in advance at DinosaurHill.org/Hoot.

 

'Zoo Boo' • Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak
The Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Road in Royal Oak, will host its "Zoo Boo" from 2 to 6 p.m., with the last entry at 5 p.m. Children will receive a goodie bag (note: this will not be a trick-or-treating event, but costumes for all ages are encouraged). Tickets are $13 for ages 2 and older; kids under 2 will be admitted for free. All registration must be done in advance at https://zooboo.detroitzoo.org.


Saturday, Oct. 23
'Halloween Bash' to benefit medical service dogs • The Premier Event Center, Clinton Township
The “5th Annual Halloween Bash” to benefit Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs will take place from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at The Premier Event Center, 20400 S. Nunnely in Clinton Township. The cost is $99, which includes dinner, dessert, an open premium bar, late night pizza, music by DJ Paul Martindale from 95.5 FM and dancing. Parking is free. Must be at least 21. To purchase tickets, visit halloweenbash2021.com.

 

'Skelebration' • Various locations, downtown St. Clair Shores
A "Skelebration" will be held from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in downtown St. Clair Shores. Activities will include trick-or-treating, a parade, a pumpkin patch, crafts, a clown, a costume parade, and a dance party and performances by local dance schools.

 

‘Halloween Fest’ • Center Line
Center Line Parks and Recreation will host its “Halloween Fest,” featuring trunk-or-treating from 6 to 8 p.m. and a haunted house from 6 to 9 p.m., at Memorial Park, 25355 Lawrence. All kids can get a pumpkin for free; cider and doughnuts will also be available at no cost. Particiapnts are asked to bring a five-can donation of nonperishable food. For more information, call (586) 757-1610.

 

‘Spooky Book Walk & Trick or Treat’ • Roseville Public Library
The Roseville Public Library, 29777 Gratiot Ave., will host a “Spooky Book Walk & Trick or Treat” outdoor event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Treats will be offered between 2 and 3 p.m. If moved indoors, participants older than 2 will need to wear masks and come to the Erin Meeting Room. For more information, visit rosevillelibrary.org, call (586) 445- 5407 or email rsvlibraryservice@roseville-mi.gov.

 

‘STEAM with Leaves’ • Farmington Community Library (12 Mile location)
The Farmington Community Library, 32737 W. 12 Mile Road in Farmington Hills, will host “STEAM with Leaves” for grades K-5 at 2 p.m. The event will teach about why leaves change colors, and include a hands-on science experiment, leaf identification and nature crafts. Children older than 2 are encouraged to wear masks. Click here to register or call (248) 553-0300.

 

‘Trick or Treat Trail’ • Veterans Memorial Park, Roseville
The Roseville-Eastpointe Recreation Authority will host a “Trick or Treat Trail” at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 27325 Barkman St. in Roseville. The event is for ages 18 months to 12 years old, and costs $3 for residents and $5 for nonresidents. For more information, call (586) 445-5480.

 

Trunk-or-treat • Eastpointe Odd Fellows
The Eastpointe Odd Fellows, 23322 Gratiot, will hold its “Third Annual Trunk-or-Treat” from 4 to 6 p.m. Sliders and sides will be available for purchase during and after the event. The group is also asking for a donation of one non-perishable food item per child to help the needy during the holidays.


Sunday, Oct. 24
Trunk-or-treat • Shelby Gardens, Shelby Township
Just Giving Back Events will host a free trunk-or-treat from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the back parking lot of Shelby Gardens, 50265 Van Dyke in Shelby Township. For more information, call (248) 819-2420 or email lorrie.justgivingbackevents@gmail.com.


'Halloween Fun Fest' • Veterans Memorial Park, St. Clair Shores
St. Clair Shores Parks and Recreation will host its "Halloween Fun Fest" for Shores residents only from 1 to 4 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 32400 Jefferson Ave. Costumed children ages 12 and under can trick-or-treat along a trail with nearly 50 vendors. Wristbands are $2 each and must be purchased at the Parks & Recreation Department, 20000 Stephens St.

 

'Trick or Trunk' • First United Methodist Church of Troy
First United Methodist Church of Troy, 6363 Livernois, will host its "Trick or Trunk" from 2 to 4 p.m. Costumed children can trick-or-treat around the parking lot, and paricipate in games and crafts. For more information, visit fumctroy.org/kids, email troyfirstumc@gmail.com or call (248) 879-6363.


Monday, Oct. 25
Comic artist teaches monster drawing • Zoom
The Ferndale Area District Library will invite comic artist Rick Strominski to teach kids 8 and older how to draw goblins, ghouls, witches and other monsters at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. To sign up, call (248) 546-2504 or email jasmine@ferndalepubliclibrary.org. For more information, visit fadl.org.


‘Michigan Haunts’ program • Zoom
The Royal Oak Public Library will invite Jon Milan and Gail Offen, authors of "Michigan Haunts: Public Places, Eerie Spaces," to discuss spooky stories about ghost towns, eateries and theaters in the state at 7 p.m. To register for the free online program, visit ropl.org.

 

'Boo Fest' • Community Park, Berkley
Berkley’s Parks and Recreation Department will host “BooFest” from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Community Park, 2400 Robina Ave. The event will feature ​​smashing pumpkins, pumpkin decorating, a web maze, a tie-dyeing station and a trunk-or-treat gauntlet with candy and prizes. Visit recreation.berkleymich.org and click on “special events” to register.


Wednesday, Oct. 27
‘Michigan Haunts’ presentation • Zoom
The Clinton-Macomb Public Library will invite Jon Milan and Gail Offen, authors of “Michigan Haunts: Public Places, Eerie Spaces,” to discuss ghost towns, tales of murder and more from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Zoom. The presentation is intended for adults. Register by visiting cmpl.org or calling (586) 226-5040.


Thursday, Oct. 28
Medium discusses death and afterlife • Zoom
The Senior and Caregiver Resource Network will invite medium Lori Lipten to give a presentation, “Bringing the Soul to Life,” from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Zoom. Tickets are $38 and can be purchased at SACRN.org/event or by calling (888) 458-0667. Proceeds will help provide emergency assistance for older adults served by Jewish Family Service of Metro Detroit.

 

‘Trunk or Treat Scouting Style’ • Spindler Park, Eastpointe
Scouts BSA will host a trunk-or-treat from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Spindler Park, 19400 Stephens in Eastpointe. The event will also allow boys and girls from kindergarten to age 21 to meet local scouting units and sign up. For more information, email scoutsbsa1438@gmail.com or call (586) 292-3857.

 

'Halloween Storybook Trail Adventures' • Raintree Park, 3775 John R
The Troy Public Library will host "Halloween Storybook Trail Adventures" from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Raintree Park, 3775 John R. All ages are invited to hear a not-too-scary tale and gather treats. For more information, visit troypl.org or call (248) 524-3538.


Friday, Oct. 29
Teen movie night: ‘Poltergeist’ • Harrison Public Library
The Harrison Township Public Library, 38255 L’Anse Creuse St., Suite A, will show “Poltergeist” at 7 p.m. Pizza and drinks will be provided. Kids 12 and older can bring a pillow and a blanket for the indoor event. For more information, visit htlibrary.org.

 

Murder mystery dinner • Fraser Lions Club
The Fraser Lions Club, 34540 Utica Road, will present “A Dance with Death,” a 1950s sock hop murder mystery, at 6:30 p.m. The $45 entry will also include dinner and one drink ticket. A cash bar will be available. Costumes are encouragd. For more information, visit the Fraser Lions Facebook page or call (586) 873-8669.

 

‘Trick or Treat in the Village’ • City of Grosse Pointe shopping district
Main Street Grosse Pointe and the City of Grosse Pointe Parks and Recreation Department will invite children to trick or treat from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in the shopping district along Kercheval Avenue between St. Clair Avenue and Cadieux Road. Village merchants will pass out candy and other goodies. For more information, visit the chamber's website.


Friday, Oct. 29-Saturday, Oct. 30
All-night Halloween party for teens • Hazel Park District Library
The Hazel Park District Library, 123 E. Nine Mile Road, will hold an all-night Halloween party for teenagers from 5:30 p.m. Oct. 29 to 11 a.m. Oct. 30. The free event will includes such activities as “Zombie Murder Mystery,” “Scavenge the Cellar,” a costume contest and a Nerf gun fight (bring your own blaster), as well as food, drinks and candy. To register, visit the library, call (248) 546-4095 or email hpmlibrary@gmail.com.

 

Trick-or-treating events • Troy Historic Village
The Troy Historic Village, 60 W. Wattles Road, will hold under-the-sea themed trick-or-treating events from 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 29 and from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 30. The cost is $5 for members and $7 for nonmembers if registering ahead of time; $2 will be added for those paying on site; children 2 and younger will be admitted for free. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit troyhistoricvillage.org.


Saturday, Oct. 30
Trunk-or-treat events • C.A.R.E.S and Salvation Army of Farmington Hills
The Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce will host free trunk-or-treat events from 3 to 5 p.m. at C.A.R.E.S, 27835 Shiawassee Road in Farmington Hills, and from 4 to 6 p.m. at The Salvation Army of Farmington Hills, 27500 Shiawassee Road. Candy, giveaway items and prizes — including a $50 gift card for best costume — will be handed out. For more information and to register, visit gfachamber.com or call (248) 919-6917.

 

'Halloween Skate Jam' • Skate World of Troy
Uniting Neighborhoods and Inspiring Today's Youth will hold a Halloween fundraiser from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. at Skate World of Troy, 2825 E. Maple Road. The cost is $7, not including skate rental. Proceeds will go toward U.N.I.T.Y.'s programs and community outreach. Prizes will be awarded for best costume, while all participants will receive a goodie bag. To purchase tickets or make a donation, call (313) 444-9838 or visit unitydetroit.org.

 

'Second Annual Trunk-or-Treat' • Fraser Public Library
The Fraser Public Library, 16330 E. 14 Mile Road, will host its “Second Annual Trunk-or-Treat” from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information about the free outdoor event, or to register to pass out candy, visit https://bit.ly/FPL-trunk-or-treat.


Halloween take-home kits • Shelby Township Library
The Shelby Township Library, 51680 Van Dyke Ave., will offer Halloween take-home kits featuring activities and treats for kids in grades 5 and below. Registration is required. For more information, call (586) 739-7414 or email shelbylib@libcoop.net.

 

Halloween story time • Sunflour Bakehaus, Farmington
The Farmington Community Library will host Halloween story time for all ages at 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Sunflour Bakehaus, 33250 Grand River Ave. For more information, visit farmlib.org.

 

Trunk-or-treat • Highland Park Baptist Church, Southfield
Highland Park Baptist Church, 28600 Lahser Road in Southfield, will host a trunk-or-treat from noon to 2 p.m. The free event will run rain or shine. No scary, violent or inappropriate costumes should be worn. For more information, visit hpbc.cc or email aruppenthal@hpbc.cc.

 

‘Fall Spectacular Craft Show’ • Macomb Community College Sports & Expo Center, Warren
The Macomb Community College Sports & Expo Center, 14500 E. 12 Mile Road in Warren, will host a fall craft show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $3, which will get shoppers access to an estimated 100 booths. Strollers are allowed. For more information, visit smetankacraftshows.com or call (810) 658-0440.


Sunday, Oct. 31
'Book & Boo' • Bedford Woods Park, Southfield
Southfield Parks & Recreation will host its "Book & Boo" at Bedford Woods Park, located on Lathrup Drive, north of 12 Mile Road. Children ages 2-10 can meet characters from a popular Halloween story while trick-or-treating along a decorated trail. The first 200 kids to finish will receive a pumpkin. Choose one of five 30-minute time slots: 1-1:30 p.m., 1:45-2:15 p.m., 2:30-3 p.m., 3:15-3:45 p.m. or 4-4:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for Southfield residents and $10 for nonresidents, and can be purchased at https://bit.ly/3A7MlN3, by calling (248) 796-4620 or by visiting the Parks & Recreation information window inside the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road.


Ongoing
Hayrides • Heritage Park, Farmington Hills
Heritage Park, 24915 Farmington Road in Farmington Hills, will offer hayrides from 5:30 to 7 p.m. every Friday through Nov. 5. The cost is $5 per person; children under 2 are admitted for free. The rides leave every half hour. A cup of cider, a s’mores kit and a roasting stick to use at the campfire can be purchased for an additional $1 per person. Register at https://recreg.fhgov.com or in person at the Costick Center, 28600 11 Mile Road in Farmington Hills. Private group hayrides will be offered on any night other than Friday by calling (248) 477-1135.

 

'BOO!KLEY Nights' • Downtown Berkley
Berkley’s Downtown Development Authority is hosting “BOO!KLEY Nights,” a monthlong Halloween-themed event. Some of the activities include: “Monster Movie Nights” every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Berkley First, 2820 12 Mile Road; a “Trick-or-Treat Stroll” from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 30 throughout downtown; and a “Monster Mash” — a street party with a DJ, arts and crafts, and photo opportunities — from 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 30 on Coolidge Highway and Dorothea Road. For more, visit downtownberkley.com/bookley.

 

'3rd Annual Halloween Stroll' • Canterbury Village, Lake Orion
Canterbury Village, 2359 Joslyn Court in Lake Orion, will host its “3rd Annual Halloween Stroll” Oct. 22-24 and 29-30. Follow the path to see the spooky carousel house, scarecrow row, dancing skeletons and more starting at 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and at 6 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. Last entry is at 8 p.m. Afterward, children can enjoy hot chocolate, cider and doughnuts, while adults can partake in Oktoberfest beers and other fall drinks. Tickets are $14.99; kids 2 and under and military showing ID can get in for free. Parking is $5. Participants are encouraged to bring a box of cereal to donate to the Village food pantry. For more information, visit HalloweenStroll.com.

 

Day of the Dead exhibit • Detroit Institute of Arts
The Detroit Institute of Arts’ ninth annual Day of the Dead exhibit, “Ofrendas: Celebrating el Día de Muertos,” will run on select dates through Nov. 7 at the downtown museum, 5200 Woodward Avenue. The DIA, in collaboration with the Mexican Consulate of Detroit and the Southwest Detroit Business Association, will display 12 ofrendas, or altars, created by local artists to honor the life and memory of lost loved ones. Admission is free for residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties, but tickets must be reserved in advance at dia.org or by calling (313) 833-4005. Masks are required for all visitors.

 

Pumpkin decorating contest • Harrison Township Public Library
The Harrison Township Public Library, 38255 L’Anse Creuse St., Suite A, will hold a pumpkin decorating contest Oct. 18-23. Design a pumpkin (bowling ball size or smaller) based on a favorite book character. For contest rules, entry categories and prizes, visit htlibrary.org.

 

‘Grand Raven Victorian Book Walk’ • Streets of Farmington
The Farmington Community Library will invite “lovers of the macabre” to walk the streets of Farmington while listening to a recitation of “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays in October. Participants are encouraged to wear Victorian-style clothing. The group will start at the library, 23500 Liberty St. For more information, visit farmlib.org or call (248) 553-0321.

 

‘Fright Village’ • Canterbury Village, Lake Orion
Canterbury Village, 2359 Joslyn Court in Lake Orion, will host its “Fright Village” at 8 p.m. Oct. 21-23 and 28-31. The Four attractions include the “Factory Tour,” “Dead & Breakfast” and “Sunnydale Hospital,” all located inside the Haunted Castle, and “Field of Screams,” which is outside. Last entries will be at 10:45 p.m. on Thursdays and at 11:45 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Halloween. Students can purchase buy-one, get-one tickets with school ID during opening weekend at the box office; all others should visit FrightVillage.com. For a video, click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OipcsFBovKI.

 

'Haunted Forest' • Glenlore Trails, Commerce Township
Glenlore Trails, 3860 Newton Road in Commerce Township, will open its "Haunted Forest" Thursdays though Sundays until Oct. 30.  The mile-long walks take about an hour and start at 7 p.m. For more information, to purchase tickets and to see photos of the trail, visit glenloretrails.com.


To submit an event, email calendar@candgnews.com or call (586) 498-1037. To advertise an event, call (586) 924-9193.

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