A hayride rolls through Dodge Park at a previous Sterling Frights event.

A hayride rolls through Dodge Park at a previous Sterling Frights event.

File photo by Deb Jacques


‘Sterling Frights’ remains keen on Halloween

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published October 4, 2019

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STERLING HEIGHTS — The Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Department will reprise its tradition of “Sterling Frights Halloween” Oct. 19 at Dodge Park.

Parks Director Kyle Langlois praised Dodge Park as a venue, adding that the event gained a boost last year when it was moved back to the renovated park.

“It’s always great to be back home,” Langlois said. “The sheer excitement around Dodge Park brought out even more people last year. … What Dodge Park brings to the table for us was built-in electricity. And having their farmers market pavilion, we have a great space that isn’t weather dependent.”

Although the event will take place rain or shine, park officials are encouraging visitors to dress appropriately for the cooler weather. Organizers are promising live music, inflatable play structures and a straw maze. The Ms. Pumpkin and Scarecrow characters will also make appearances.

When it comes to food, attendees may eat doughnuts and cider. Visitors may also take home goodie bags, and the first 400 people who arrive at the event will get a free pumpkin.

Langlois encouraged families to dress in their Halloween costumes. He said that while there won’t technically be trick-or-treating, kids can still receive candy at different activity stations, like the straw maze or at games.

Melanie Davis, Sterling Heights’ community relations director, agreed that Dodge Park is “one of the best assets of the city,” and she praised the event for allowing families to celebrate Halloween in a safe environment.  

“Like ‘A Sterling Christmas,’ Sterling Frights has become a perennial favorite,” she said.

Sterling Frights Halloween will take place 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Dodge Park, 40620 Utica Road in Sterling Heights. Families of children ages 12 and younger are welcome. Admission is free, though visitors are encouraged to bring nonperishable food donations for charity.

Find out more about the event by visiting myshpr.net or by calling (586) 446-2700.

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