Saturday’s all right for frights at Dodge Park

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published October 14, 2015

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A rebranded annual Halloween party in Sterling Heights has gotten over its first-time jitters and is ready to build on its success, according to city officials.

On Oct. 24, the Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Department will hold its second annual Sterling Frights Halloween party at Dodge Park.

Parks and Recreation Supervisor Troy Nowotny said the city has hosted a Halloween party for many years, but officials decided to rebrand the event to Sterling Frights last year and make some changes to the event.

“We did raise the age (limit) from 10 to 12 to get more children involved,” he said. “It’s really a family-oriented event. It’s free for all participants. We show them a good time, have fun and have festivities for Halloween.”

During the event, children will get a bag that they can use to go trick-or-treating and get candy from costumed characters, Nowotny said. He explained that the park also promises a cider and doughnuts area, a Halloween-themed games area, a straw maze, hayrides and a pumpkin patch.

“The first 400 participants will get a free pumpkin and take a picture with our Ms. Pumpkin,” he said.

A live entertainment stage, an inflatable bounce house play area, a swings ride and a kids’ Ferris wheel will also make appearances, he said.

“Last year we had really good weather,” Nowotny said. “A little over 2,000 people went to the event.”

Recreation Manager Kyle Langlois said the event is made possible with the help of the Community Relations Department, the Department of Public Works and other sponsors.

“We are looking to build on the momentum that we built up last year,” he said. “I think word of mouth will potentially make this even bigger this year.”

Langlois said this event’s popularity and turnout are just behind A Sterling Christmas, the holiday event.

“As we saw last year, that gap kind of got closer,” he said. “It’s truly a great event — it’s a short event; it’s early. It gives kids another chance to wear a Halloween costume.”

The Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Department will present its second annual Sterling Frights Halloween party 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at Dodge Park, 40620 Utica Road in Sterling Heights. Admission is free, though guests are asked to donate boxed or canned food that can be given to people in need.

Learn more by visiting www.myshpr.net or by calling (586) 446-2700

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