Trunk-or-treat, Spooktacular return to Mount Clemens Oct. 24

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published October 10, 2015

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MOUNT CLEMENS — A lot of tricks and even more treats are in store for those planning to attend this year’s Halloween festivities in downtown Mount Clemens next week.

Kicking off the day on Saturday, Oct. 24, is the Mount Clemens Optimist Club’s annual trunk-or-treat in the parking structure adjacent to the courthouse. The event will be held from noon to 3 p.m.

Optimist Club Treasurer Jerry Kuhl said an impressive 4,200 people enjoyed the event last year, and members are anticipating exceeding 5,000 this year.

“So we really need people to enter their car and give out candy,” said Kuhl. “It is a lot of work, but it’s so much fun. And it’s a really good thing.”

That’s mainly because the spirit of the ghoulish holiday is on high with families dressed in costume, those giving out candy dressed in theme with their decked-out trunks, and all enjoying the goings-on just outside the parking garage — the Downtown Development Authority’s annual Spooktacular.

“These two events kind of go hand in hand,” Kuhl said of the trunk-or-treat and Spooktacular.

“They both work together so well,” said Michelle Weiss, marketing and event coordinator for the Mount Clemens DDA.

The eighth annual Halloween Spooktacular starts at 1 p.m. and will continue until 4 p.m., with everything from costumes and candy to a wacky witch and spooky inflatables.

“It just keeps getting bigger and bigger,” Weiss said of the Spooktacular. “The first year, it was just something fun for the residents, and from the very first one it just was amazing; 1,500 people in the first year, and now 5,000 people come by in that small time frame.”

Some of the events include a kid-friendly haunted hallway sponsored by the Mount Clemens Lions Club, which will be asking for a small donation in an effort to raise money for MCREST (Macomb County Emergency Rotating Shelter), Halloween putt-putt on New Street, and Rosco the Clown and Hazel the Wacky Witch at the Fountain Stage on Macomb Place, with the DDA’s massive inflatables.

In addition, the Mount Clemens Kiwanis Club will be holding a cake walk; there will be a dance inspired by Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” arts and crafts, and games; cold treats will be served from Wally’s Frozen Custard’s mobile ice cream fire truck; and participating downtown businesses will be providing additional trick-or-treating.

Weiss said free recyclable trick-or-treat bags, courtesy of Nickel & Saph Inc., will be provided to all children in costume while supplies last, and parents will receive walking maps of participating locations.

“The whole family comes in costume each year — that’s what I really want to see,” said Weiss. “It’s really a riot. Zombies are always big; a lot of zombie families fill our streets.”

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To register to hand out candy at trunk-or-treat at a cost of $25 or to become a sponsor, call Jerry Kuhl at (586) 899-3634, Steve Saph at (586) 747-9315, or email Submissions are due by Oct. 21, and each participant must bring at least 1,500 pieces of candy to hand out.