Looking for a good scare? Here's Patch's roundup of Halloween events in the area.
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- Make a Halloween ‘Boo’minary, Oct. 21, 1 p.m. Indian Springs Metropark. Decorate your home or porch with glowing Halloween luminaries. Children will be able to make two paper luminaries, and one old-fashioned can luminary. One LED tea light will be included for each child; additional LED lights are available for an extra fee. Please bring a hammer.
- Fright Night at Fisk Farm, Oct. 26, 7 p.m. An evening of Halloween Storytelling in an old creaky barn. Costumes optional. Dress for the weather. It is spooooky fun for school-aged children and their families. The stories get a little more scarier after 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $2 a person, or $5 a family.
- Scary Stories & Creepy Treats, Oct. 29, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. White Lake Library. Attention ghosts, superheroes, and fairy princesses ... join us for a spooky night of fun! We will share ghost scary stories and also make some creepy crafts and treats. Costumes are encouraged.
- Halloween Party, Oct. 27, 10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Highland Library. Dress up in your favorite costume and come celebrate Halloween at the library! Attendee must be between the ages of 3 Years and 11 Years old.
- Zoo Boo, Oct. 12-14, 19-21 and 26-28, time slots at 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. The Detroit Zoo’s annual “merry-not-scary” Zoo Boo celebration features a decorated half-mile trick-or-treat trail through the front of the park. Live, friendly entertainment and Ghouly Games awaits your costume-clad little ones. Be sure to stop by the Haunted Reptile House and don’t miss the Zombie Zone. General public tickets go on sale October 1. Tickets can be purchased at Guest Relations and Window 1 at the front of the Zoo, or on the Zoo’s website. Tickets are $7 per person ages 2 and up.
- Spooktacular, Oct. 28, 2-4 p.m. Royal Oak invites parents to bring their costume-clad children for freindly trick-or-treating at restaurants and stores throughtout the city's downtown. Participating businesses will be offering goodies to trick-or-treaters and there will also be kids activities and special sales. For a map of downtown Royal Oak, please visit www.downtownroyaloak.org.
Greater West Bloomfield area
- Sylvan Lake Parks and Recreation Halloween party, Oct. 27, 6 p.m.-12 a.m. Sylvan Lake Community Center, 2456 Pontiac Dr., Sylvan Lake. Bring a carved pumpkin for judging as well as a simple dish to pass.
- West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Trick or Treat Trail, Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m. Marshbank Park, 2805 Hiller Rd., West Bloomfield. For children ages 3-11. All of the fun and excitement of Halloween — and not so much of the scary. Come trick or treat in a safe and friendly environment. Collect goodies from costumed characters and local businesses and organizations. Strollers and wagons welcome on the one-half-mile walk. Registration required, space is limited. Call 248-451-1900 or visit westbloomfieldparks.org. (Code: 310101-1A)
- Trick or Trucks, Oct. 29, 5:30-7 p.m. Novi High School north parking lot, 24062 Taft Road. For children ages 3 and older. Children get to trick-or-treat and see some of the area's biggest trucks. Possible trucks include a dump truck, fire engine and bulldozer. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to Oct. 30. Cost is $13 or $8 if you register online at cityofnovi.org.
- Halloween Monster Mash, Oct. 31, noon to 2 p.m. Novi Senior Center, 25075 Meadowbrook Road. Seniors ages 55 and older are invited to put on their best costume (or come as you are) and enjoy a lunch and entertainment by Michael Krieger. Cost is $7 for residents and $8.50 for non-residents.
- Trick-or-Treat and Costume Parade Downtown: 4-5:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at participating downtown Rochester businesses. Parade will begin at the corner of Water and E. University streets at 5:15 p.m. Watch the streets of downtown Rochester come alive with Halloween creatures!
- Halloween Hoot: There's a trail full of performers waiting in the woods for spectators of Dinosaur Hill! Take a hike, watch the skits, then warm up with cider and donuts! 6:20 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Oct. 19 and 20, and 6 p.m.-7:20 p.m. Oct. 21 at Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve. (You'll need a reservation; groups leave every 10 minutes); $7 per person.
- Trick or Treating in Downtown Ferndale, 4-6 p.m. Oct. 27. Children are invited to wear their Halloween costumes and go trick-or-treating in Downtown Ferndale.
- Hallowe'en at Greenfield Village, Oct. 12-28, at The Henry Ford. The Village is all decked out in a scary fashion for this annual family-friendly event. Admission includes a walk through the "haunted" village, included treat stops. Costumes encouraged! www.thehenryford.org
- Dearborn Firefighters Burn Drive Halloween Fundraiser, Oct. 27, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Dearborn. Wear a costume and support the burn drive, which assists families displaced by fire. Adults only—open bar!
- Trick or Treat Trail: Show off your children's costumes as you take in a trail of not-so-spooky housesat Mill Race Village in Northville. Children can fill their bags with goodies at the Northville Parks and Recreations-sponsored event. Tickets are sold in advance for the Oct. 21 event at $8 per child, parents get in free.
- Skeleton displays: Northville is known as a Halloween town. In the spirit of the season, local business sponsor themed skeletons around the downtown area throughout the month of October.
- Northville's Historical Society will hold a Halloween Tea at Mill Race Village on Oct. 28. Part of the festivities include a tea and treats as well as a medium who will be at the historic 1845 church. Cost is $30.
Grosse Pointe Woods
- Caribou Zombie Walk, 12-4 p.m. Oct. 20, 19419 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods; hosted by Caribou Coffee. Cost is a donation of your choice, $5-$10 recommended, and all donations benefit COTS emergency shelter in Detroit, as well as CancerCares. Free drink coupons will be given for awesome costumes, door prizes for the first 25 zombies registered with donation, and a grand prize for the largest donation.
- Hudson Mills Metropark Halloween Extravaganza, Oct. 21, 10 a.m. to noon, and 1-3 p.m. Make cider, decorate doughnuts, and create “spooky” crafts. These kid-friendly activities will get you in the Halloween spirit. Also, meet animals from the Great Lakes Zoological Society. Admission is by advance ticket purchase only. Tickets are $6 per child, under 1 free (includes all activities and hay ride) and $3 per adult (includes cider, doughnuts and hay ride). Tickets are limited and available for purchase Oct. 1 at the park office. To register, call 734-426-8211.
- Halloween Concert, 4 p.m. Oct. 28. The University of Michigan orchestras will come together for this holiday favorite, full of tricks and treats. The concert includes an array of spooky classical music combined with popular Halloween favorites. For tickets, call 734-763-3333.