The Friday 5 — Oct. 26-28

Your guide to this weekend's events

By: Josh Soltman | Online Only | Published October 25, 2018

1. Royal Oak Spooktacular
Downtown Royal Oak • Sunday, Oct. 28

The 35th annual Royal Oak Spooktacular, which returns this weekend, will move from Main Street to South Washington Avenue in Royal Oak. The holiday event will run from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. 

The event will include free trick-or-treating at businesses in the central business district from 1 to 4 p.m. New this year, signs will be on display to show which businesses will be participating in the trick-or-treating.

In addition to the trick-or-treating, anyone who purchases a “Spooky Pass” will have access to even more entertainment. Some of the available perks will include a trick-or-treat bag, cider and doughnuts, the opportunity to pick out a pie pumpkin, a photo booth snapshot, entertainment provided by a magician, and access to the bounce houses and games. The “Spooky Passes” cost $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the event.

For more information, visit www.spookyroyaloak.com or call (313) 402-5647.

Related story: Royal Oak Spooktacular to move to Washington Avenue


2. Halloween Fun Fest
Veterans Memorial Park, St. Clair Shores • Sunday, Oct. 28

More Halloween fun can be had at the Halloween Fun Fest, which will take place in Veterans Memorial Park, 32400 Jefferson Ave., from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28.

During the event, more than 50 vendors will create a trick-or-treat path for children throughout the park. The event will also include cider and doughnuts, music from Elite Entertainment, hayrides, kiddie rides and a petting zoo. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed in their Halloween costumes.

Pre-sale wristbands are available for $2 for residents and $3 for nonresidents at the Parks and Recreation Department, 20000 Stephens St. Entry at the gate costs $3.

For more information, call (586) 445-5350.

Related story: Halloween to take over Veterans Memorial Park Oct. 28


3. Clawson Halloween events
Clawson • Oct. 27-28

The city of Clawson will continue its annual tradition of holding three Halloween events aimed to please all ages the weekend of Oct. 27-28.

On Saturday, Oct. 27, the Downtown Development Authority will sponsor trick-or-treating at local businesses, followed by the Great Pubkin Crawl for adults that night. On Sunday, Oct. 28, Clawson Youth Assistance will sponsor its Trick-or-Treat Trail at Clawson City Park.

On Oct. 27, trick-or-treating at local businesses in downtown Clawson will take place from noon to 3 p.m. DDA Director Joan Horton said the Police and Fire departments, Alliance Ambulance and others would also pass out candy on the sidewalk.

Later that evening, those ages 21 and older are invited to dress up and join the Great Pubkin Crawl for food and drink specials.

The crawl will begin between 6 and 7 p.m. at Three Cats Cafe, 116 W. 14 Mile Road. Teams will receive a booklet that will send them on a downtown scavenger hunt, which will include solving puzzles, completing tasks and snapping photos. The cost is $20 per person in advance, or $25 the night of the event. Proceeds will benefit the downtown public art fund.

From 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, families are invited to trick or treat along the wood chip trail at Clawson City Park.

For more information or to register for the pub crawl, visit www.downtownclawson.com. For more information about the Trick-or-Treat Trail, call (248) 259-6208.

Related story: Clawson to host Halloween events


4. Mount Clemens Spooktacular
Downtown Mount Clemens • Saturday, Oct. 27

The next Macomb County bicentennial celebration in Mount Clemens will be the spotlight of the Downtown Development Authority’s annual Spooktacular this year.

The event, which takes place on Oct. 27, will feature a trunk-or-treat in the city's municipal parking garage and trick-or-treating at downtown businesses. Both of these activities will take place from noon to 3 p.m.

Other popular attractions with the kids will take place on and around the Fountain Stage, near Pine and Walnut streets, including free face painting, free Halloween putt-putt golf, and meet-and-greets with Rosco the Clown at 1 p.m. and Hazel the Wacky Witch from 2 to 3 p.m.

There will also be a meet-and-greet with local firefighters at the Mount Clemens Fire Department on Dickinson Street. The Lions Club will also be offering free vision screenings on Macomb Place, and SVS Vision will be on-site with discounts, candy and other giveaways.

For more information, visit www.downtownmountclemens.com.

Related story: Historical skeletons to highlight annual Spooktacular Oct. 27


5. HarvestFest Detroit
Dequindre Cut Greenway, Detroit • Saturday, Oct. 27

HarvestFest Detroit will return to the Dequindre Cut Greenway, near Eastern Market, from noon to 4 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 27.

The event will feature plenty of fall-themed events, including hayrides, face painting, giveaways, bounce houses, airbrush tattoos, trick-or-treating, photo opportunities, live music, family movies and cartoons, food vendors and more.

Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes.

For more information, visit www.harvestfestdetroit.com.


Staff Writers Sarah Wojcik, Kristyne Demske and Julie Snyder contributed to this report.