Parks and recs, Orchard Mall to celebrate Halloween

By: Cari DeLamielleure-Scott | C&G Newspapers | Published October 19, 2016

 Parks and Recreation Commission West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission naturalist Lauren Azoury runs an activity table during the 2015 Trick or Treat Trail in Marshbank Park.

Parks and Recreation Commission West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission naturalist Lauren Azoury runs an activity table during the 2015 Trick or Treat Trail in Marshbank Park.

Photo provided by the West Bloomfield

WEST BLOOMFIELD/KEEGO HARBOR — Calling all witches and ghouls!

Are you looking for some spooky activities this season? 

Halloween events that are sure to fill your ghostly needs are popping up around the greater West Bloomfield area for kids of all ages. 

On Oct. 20, children ages 3 and older can meet West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation naturalist Lauren Azoury in the nature room for a Bone Detective and Slime Sleuth class. Attendees will learn about animals that have a spooky reputation, make slime, dissect owl pellets and find animal bones. Registration costs $7 for residents and $12 for nonresidents and is required for children and adults. 

Azoury will also host the Basically Bats live animal show 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 25, during which children ages 3 and older will meet live bats from around the world. 

Representatives from the Organization for Bat Conservation’s education department will discuss an insect-eating bat from North America, a leaf-nosed bat from South America and a flying box bat from Africa. Attendees will also create a bat craft. The cost is $8 for residents and $13 for nonresidents.  

On Oct. 27, the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission will offer a Nutty Halloween Spooktacular science class at the Family Aquatic Center 6-7 p.m. Nutty Scientists will pack the hour with hands-on interactive experiments and demonstrations. The event costs $20 for residents ages 5-11 and $25 for nonresidents ages 5-11. For more information or to register for any of the classes, visit www.westbloomfieldparks.org. 

Orchard Mall will host a Monster Mash that’s sure to be a “graveyard smash” 7-9 p.m. Oct. 28. 

Kelly Woodley, property manager, said the night will include a dance party, a costume contest, and pumpkin and cookie decorating. Each kid will receive a goodie bag. 

“This is a new event. We used to do Malloween for several years where the kids would trick-or-treat through the mall, but we wanted to try something new this year,” Woodley said. 

Tickets cost $3, and proceeds will benefit the Greater West Bloomfield Community Coalition. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Orchard Mall on Facebook. Pre-registration is required. 

The West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission’s annual Trick or Treat Trail will return at Marshbank Park Oct. 30. Two out of the four time slots have already sold out, so officials are encouraging people to register as soon as possible. The trail costs $6 for children who are residents and $8 for nonresidents. On-site registration will not be available. 

While the trail is geared toward children ages 3-12, Parks and Recreation Marketing Coordinator Meagan Kurnat said parents can register infants for the fee. If parents of kids under 3 do not want their young goblins to receive treats, Kurnat said they can walk the park for free. 

Upon arrival, participants will check in and receive a Halloween bucket. The trail will be lined with costumed characters from local businesses and organizations.

“I think it’s a great way for our residents to interact with businesses and local nonprofits,” Kurnat said. “It’s just a fun day at the park. Hopefully we’ll have good weather.”

The event runs rain or shine. Cider and doughnuts will be available in the lodge. 

On Oct. 31, Roosevelt Elementary students will parade from the school to the gazebo in Rose Sorter Park starting at 2:30 p.m. In the gazebo, members of the Keego Harbor Parks and Recreation Commission will hand out goodie bags to each student. 

“This gives them a little bit of a treat to get while they’re doing their parade,” said Keego Harbor City Manager Linda Voll. 

If weather prohibits an outside parade, Voll said the Parks and Recreation Commission members will go to the school to hand out the bags. While the event is for students, Voll said she hopes community members and businesses will step outside to watch the parade.