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The Friday 5 — Oct. 25-27

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published October 18, 2019

1. Royal Oak Spooktacular
Sunday, Oct. 27 • Downtown Royal Oak

Royal Oak will host its 36th annual Spooktacular, rain or shine, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, in the city’s downtown. 

The free event will offer trick-or-treating at more than 35 downtown businesses, and kids are asked to bring their own bags. Participants may also purchase a Spooky Pass, which includes a trick-or-treat bag, a map and clues to the Community Choice Credit Union treasure hunt. From noon to 6 p.m., the pass grants children access to bounce houses, cider and doughnuts, a pie pumpkin, a photo booth, games, and the monster mash dance party on Washington Avenue.

Spooky Passes can be purchased in advance for $10 at until 10 a.m. Oct. 27. Pass holders must check in by 3 p.m. Passes will be available at Washington and Fifth avenues starting at noon Oct. 27 for $15, cash only. Parking in the city is free on Sundays.

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2. Halloween Fun Fest
Sunday, Oct. 27 • Veterans Memorial Park, St. Clair Shores

The St. Clair Shores Activities Committee and the city’s Parks and Recreation Department invite kids of all ages to the Halloween Fun Fest from 1 to 4 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 32400 Jefferson Ave. in St. Clair Shores. 

The event will happen rain or shine, with activities including trick-or-treating, hay rides, a petting zoo, face painting and more. Kids should bring their own treat bags, and those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. 

This event is open to residents and nonresidents. Wristbands may be purchased in advance at the city’s Parks and Recreation Office, located at 20000 Stephens St., for $2 for residents and $3 for nonresidents. Wristbands cost $3 at the gate the day of the event. For more information, call (586) 445-5350 or visit the Halloween Fun Fest event page on Facebook

3. Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Patch
Sunday, Oct. 27 • Shain Park, Birmingham

The Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce and the Junior League of Birmingham will host the 83rd annual Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Patch from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at Shain Park, 270 W. Merrill St. in downtown Birmingham. 

Families can play games, do crafts and enjoy live performances in the park from 1 to 4 p.m., and then the nearby Baldwin Public Library will invite guests in for the Spooky Monster Magic Show with Gordon Russ from 3 to 3:45 p.m.

The main event will take place promptly at 4 p.m., when the costume parade will hit the streets surrounding Shain Park. Led by the Birmingham Fire Department and the Seaholm High School marching band, kiddos will get the chance to show off their fine Halloween attire for throngs of fans.

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4. Downtown Ferndale trick-or-treat night
Saturday, Oct. 26 • Downtown Ferndale 

Ferndale’s Downtown Development Authority — along with the Boston Tea Room, downtown Ferndale business owners and the Ferndale Area District Library — is hosting a downtown trick-or-treat night for families from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at West Nine Mile Road and Woodward Avenue.

DDA Executive Director Lena Stevens said that parents and children are encouraged to dress in costumes and go door-to-door trick-or-treating at the downtown businesses. In addition to the downtown trick-or-treating, the library will be having a Halloween Spooktacular from 5 to 7 p.m. the same day with trick-or-treating, crafts, snacks and entertainment.

For more information, visit

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5. Mount Clemens Halloween Spooktacular 
Saturday, Oct. 26 • Downtown Mount Clemens

The Mount Clemens Downtown Development Authority will host its free Halloween Spooktacular event from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, in downtown Mount Clemens. 

The event will offer plenty of free family fun, including downtown trick-or-treating, a kid-friendly haunted hallway, a meet-and-greet with Hazel the Wacky Witch, a performance by Roscoe the Clown, a cake walk, vision screenings and more. The Mount Clemens Optimist Club will also host a Halloween trunk-or-treat event from noon to 3 p.m. in the parking structure at the Macomb County administrative offices, 1 S. Main St.

For more information, visit the Mount Clemens Halloween Spooktacular event page on Facebook

Staff Writers Sarah Wojcik, Tiffany Esshaki and Mike Koury contributed to this report.