St. Clair Shores Halloween in the Park proceeds with limited tickets

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published October 15, 2020

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Adding to the fall fun in St. Clair Shores, the Parks and Recreation Department and Activities Committee have announced there will be a Halloween in the Park trick-or-treating event for children Oct. 25.

“We’re controlling the numbers coming into the park. There will not be cider and doughnuts, there will not be tractor rides,” said Parks and Recreation Director Henry Bowman. “We’re planning on making sure everyone’s practicing social distancing as they’re going through.”

The department is selling advanced tickets only for $2 each to St. Clair Shores residents and their guests. Only a few hundred people will be let in every half hour, beginning at 1 p.m. and ending with the 3:30 p.m. time slot. 

“There has been so limited events and activities across the whole tri-county area, and we believe we can do this safely the way we have it,” Bowman said. “It’s time for kids to be kids again.”

Tickets are available for pre-sale at Civic Arena, 20000 Stephens Street. Bowman said vendors are being asked to wear masks and gloves and participants are being asked to wear masks, as well. In addition, he said, in order to let in as many children as possible, they are asking as few adults as possible to attend for each group. 

Mayor Kip Walby praised Bowman and the committees for the number of activities they are providing for residents this fall.

“It almost seems like it’s our summer months,” he said.

Activities Committee Chair Elizabeth Munger said they first reached out to vendors to see if they would be willing to participate.

“We still had a great response from many of our vendors that they still wanted to hand out candy to the kids,” she said. “The overwhelming answer was yes.

“Obviously, it is going to be scaled back, (but) the most important part is to offer a positive community event for the kids to still be able to enjoy Halloween.”

She said while they like to open events up to non-residents when they can, the reason they work so hard to put activities like this together is for the benefit of St. Clair Shores residents. 

“We do the work so our families from St. Clair Shores, they have the opportunity to do that,” she said. “We still wanted to be able to have a great event.”

“We’re really looking forward to it,” Bowman said.