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The Friday 5 — Oct. 18-20

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published October 17, 2019

1. Sterling Frights Halloween
Saturday, Oct. 19 • Dodge Park, Sterling Heights

Families of children ages 12 and younger are invited to don their costumes and head to Sterling Frights Halloween from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Dodge Park, 40620 Utica Road in Sterling Heights.

The event will include live music, inflatable play structures, a straw maze, and appearances by Ms. Pumpkin and Scarecrow characters. While there won’t be trick-or-treating, kids can still receive candy at different activity stations. Attendees can also enjoy doughnuts and cider, and the first 400 people who arrive at the event will get a free pumpkin.

Admission is free, though visitors are encouraged to bring nonperishable food donations for charity. For more information, visit or call (586) 446-2700.

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2.  Guardians for Animals Pet Expo
Oct. 19-20 • Madison Place, Madison Heights

The Guardians for Animals Pet Expo and Adoption Event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at Madison Place, 876 Horace Brown Drive in Madison Heights. 

The expo will feature local animal rescues with dogs, puppies, cats, kittens and birds available for adoption. Other highlights include pet contests; family and pet photography; photos with exotic birds; free massages (Oct. 19 only); shopping with vendors; balloon artists and magicians; fudge tasting; food and drinks; a silent auction; raffles; a 50/50 cash drawing; and more.

There is no cost to attend, however, donations of sealed cans or bags of pet food are appreciated. All proceeds will support the emergency medical fund for GFA and its 16 affiliates. Attendees can also bring their leashed pets with them, but all pets attending the expo must be short-leashed or muzzled, have proof of vaccinations or their current city dog license, and sign a waiver to enter. For more information, visit

Related story: GFA Pet Expo offers $100 off adoptions, low-cost microchipping

3. Boo Bash
Saturday, Oct. 19 • Southfield Pavilion, Southfield

Southfield Parks and Recreation will host its 2019 Boo Bash from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road in Southfield. 

The event will feature ghoulish games, hair-raising hayrides to the pumpkin patch, ice skating, a magic show, creepy crafts and trick-or-treating. 

Admission for children 2-12 years old costs $10 for Southfield residents and $12 for nonresidents. Adult admission is free. Tickets for the Boo Bash are available at the Southfield Parks and Recreation building. For more information, visit or call (248) 796-4620.

4. Lathrup Village Fall Fest
Saturday, Oct. 19 • Lathrup Village

The Lathrup Village Parks and Recreation Department will host its annual Fall Fest from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, in and around City Hall, 27400 Southfield Road in Lathrup Village. 

The event will feature family fun with pumpkins, live music, food trucks, costume contests, a movie for kids, cider and doughnuts, and more. 

Tickets cost $5 for residents and $7 for nonresidents. For more information, visit or call (248) 557-2600.

5. Disney on Ice
Oct. 17-20 • Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

Much-loved Disney heroes will take audiences on new adventures when Disney on Ice presents “Dream Big” Oct. 17-20 at Little Caesars Arena, 2645 Woodward Ave. in Detroit.

Audience favorites — including Moana, Coco, Anna, Elsa, Olaf and more — will take to the ice in a show that combines imaginative stories with cutting-edge figure skating, eye-catching costumes, stunning set designs and innovative special effects. 

Performance times are 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17; 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19; and 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20. Ticket prices start at $15. For more information, visit

Staff Writers Eric Czarnik and Andy Kozlowski contributed to this report.