The Friday 5 — Oct. 11-13

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published October 10, 2019

1. Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival
Saturday, Oct. 12 • Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, Rochester Hills

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, 1005 Van Hoosen Road in Rochester Hills, will present the Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. 

The festival will feature pumpkin carving, scarecrow exhibits, pumpkin bowling, food and more. The carved pumpkins will be placed along the stone walls around the museum property and then lit up during the evening. 

The cost is $5 for museum members and $8 for the general public, and kids 2 and younger will be admitted for free. For more information, visit or call (248) 656-4663.

2. Legends of the Fall storytelling/biking event
Sunday, Oct. 13 • Grosse Pointes/Harper Woods

Enjoy the crisp autumn air while listening to tales of local lore and history during Legends of the Fall, which will run from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 13, rain or shine.

Put together by Beaumont Health for the Healthy Grosse Pointe & Harper Woods initiative, this event will feature presentations by local officials and history buffs in each of the five Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods. Although it’s not mandatory, organizers are encouraging attendees to bike to the different locations. Organizers say stories will be told every 30 minutes or as groups arrive.

The event is free and no registration or reservations are needed.For more information, go to the Healthy Grosse Pointe & Harper Woods Facebook page or visit

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3. Zoo Boo
Oct. 11-13 • The Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

Zoo Boo, the annual Halloween celebration presented by Beaumont Children’s, will return to the Detroit Zoo, rain or shine, from 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 11-13, Oct. 18-20 and Oct. 25-27. 

For the first time, the entire zoo will be open for the event, which includes aerialists, mimes, superhero reenactments, a joke-telling juggler, stilt walkers, a corn maze, a pumpkin smasher, haunted creatures and pumpkin displays. Guests can walk down a festive trick-or-treat trail, which will include photo opportunities and educational activities, as well as visit with all of the zoo animals. The zoo asks that trick-or-treaters bring their own treat bags, as bags will not be distributed at the event.

The Detroit Zoo is located at 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, west of Woodward Avenue. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

4. Empty the Shelters adoption event
Saturday, Oct. 12 • Macomb County Animal Control, Clinton Township

Macomb County Animal Control, 21417 Dunham Road in Clinton Township, will hold a special adoption event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, as part of the  Bissell Pet Foundation “Empty the Shelters” program. 

During the event, adoption fees for select pets will be sponsored or reduced. The shelter’s goal is to “make a significant impact on the homeless pet population here in Macomb,” according to a press release. 

Adoption applications can be completed at

For more information on Macomb County Animal Control, visit For more information on the Bissell Pet Foundation Empty the Shelters program, visit

5. The Farmington Players present ‘Ripcord’
Oct. 11-13 • Farmington Players Barn Theatre, Farmington Hills

The Farmington Players’ production of "Ripcord" continues this weekend with performances Oct. 11-13 at the Farmington Players Barn Theatre, 32332 W. 12 Mile Road in Farmington Hills. 

"Ripcord" is a comedy about two adversarial roommates at a retirement home who take part in an ever-escalating battle of wills. 

This weekend’s showtimes are 8 p.m. Oct. 11-12, and 2 p.m. Oct. 13. Tickets cost $18 for adults and $16 for seniors and students, and are available by calling the box office at (248) 553-2955 or by visiting

Staff Writers K. Michelle Moran and Sarah Wojcik contributed to this report.