Sunday, October 20, 2013

Halloween happenings lurk around every corner

Halloween is next week and haunted happenings are in high gear. Hayrides, haunted houses and trick-or-treating events can be found from one end of Downriver to the other.

The following calendar highlights many of the Halloween happenings taking place throughout the News-Herald's coverage area.

For more information on a particular event, check the paper's weekly listings or contact the city or organization holding the event. To list a Halloween event, email information by 5 p.m. Oct. 24 to Andrea Blum at

Gilead Baptist Church, 23700 Outer Drive, Allen Park, hosts a Trunk or Treat and carnival from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 20. There will be free food, games, a costume contest, and trunk or treating.

Call 1-313-274-8600 for details.

An Evening Hayride and Bonfire is set for 6 p.m. Oct. 25 at Oakwoods Metropark in Huron Township.

Visitors can explore the rich history of local cemeteries during the evening.

The event costs $3. Call 1-734-782-3956 or visit for more information.

Spirit of Truth Family Church, 22144 Huron River Drive, Rockwood, holds a Trunk or Treat event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 25.

Visit to learn more.

Lake Erie Metropark hosts a Haunted Hayride from 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26.

Tickets are $10 a person and will be sold each night at the wave pool concession building with no entry fee to the park. A $1 off coupon is available at

Food and beverages also will be sold. All proceeds benefit the Brownstown Professional Firefighters Union Local 4112 and its charities, the Brownstown Goodfellows' Toys for Tots program.

Children can join the Downtown Trick or Treat from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 25 in downtown Wyandotte.

Select businesses with pumpkins outside will hand out treats to little ones during the three-hour period.

Visit for more information.

The Woodhaven Recreation Department will host the 9th annual Hallohaven event from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Community Center, 23101 Hall Road.

A magician, Chris Linn, also will be performing at 6:30 and 6:55 p.m. The free event will also include a trick or treat village in the center's Safety Town as well as crafts for kids.

Do the time warp again as "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" comes to the big screen courtesy of The Downriver Actors Guild and the Wyandotte Jaycees.

Screenings of the 1975 cult comedy starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick are set midnight Oct. 25 and 26 at Out of the Box Theater, 1165 Ford Ave., Wyandotte. Tickets are $10. No one younger than 16 is permitted without a parent. No outside food, drinks or props are allowed. Prop goodie bags will be available for purchase. Call 1-313-3033-5269 for more information.

The annual Great Pumpkin Festival runs through Oct. 26 in Trenton.

The event challenges the community to set a Trenton record for the most lit jack-o-lanterns in one place. Families, churches, scout troops, classes, clubs or groups are asked to carve pumpkins to help set the record.

Carving lessons will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Trenton Cultural Center, 2427 West Road. The goal for 2013 is to exceed last year's total of lit jack-o-lanterns on display during the Oct. 26 DTE Energy "Community Nite Lite."

The official pumpkin count and lighting ceremony of the tower of pumpkins will be held at 7 p.m. at the Trenton Cultural Center.

For every pumpkin received, DTE Energy will donate $1 to First Step, a nonprofit agency assisting women and children affected by domestic abuse.

For more information, call 1-734-675-7300. The event is sponsored by the Trenton Firefighters Charities, Trenton Exchange Club and Trenton Senior Citizens.

Learn about Halloween History at 10 a.m. Oct. 26 at Lake Erie Metropark in Brownstown Township.

Find out about the holiday's relatively short history in the United States, and learn how pumpkins, costumes and trick-or-treat became part of the tradition.

The event costs $3. Call 1-734-379-5020 or visit for more information.

The third annual Halloween Family fun halloween drinks Day takes place Oct. 26 at the Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center on the Wayne County Community College District's Downriver campus, 21000 North Line Road, Taylor.

The fun includes a chance for children to paint windows with Halloween scenes at 12:30 p.m.; a mask-making workshop (registration required) at 1 p.m.; and a live performance of "Jack and the Bean-stalk" at 2 p.m. by Wild Swan Theater.

The day ends at 3 p.m. with an onstage costume parade and trick-or-treating around the campus.

Costumes are encouraged. The event is free and open to the public. For more information or to register for the workshop, call 1-734-374-3200.

The Heritage Park Petting Farm, 12803 Pardee Road, Taylor, will host Boo Barn from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27.

The family friendly event will feature Copper Tom will performing for the children. The Tri-County Two-Cylinder Tractor Club of Michigan also will be on hand with its antique tractor display.

Decorate apples for a sweet Halloween treat and visit with characters that stop in at the farm for a surprise visit.

Get your face painted like a ghost, vampire or any other spooky creation for an additional fee. Enjoy free cider and doughnuts or purchase other refreshments.

Costumes are encouraged. Regular admission rates apply. Call 1-734-374-5946 for more information.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 465 Oak St., Wyandotte, will host its annual Trunk or Treat event from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 26.

Children are welcome to dress in their favorite non-scary costumes and get candy from the decorated car trunks. There also will be crafts and refreshments.

Call 1-734-282-5877 or visit for more information.

The community is invited to Trinity Lutheran Church, 465 Oak St., Wyandotte, for a free non-scary Halloween event from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 26.

Children will enjoy trunk-or-treating between decorated vehicles, refreshments and crafts. Non-scary costumes are encouraged.

First United Methodist Church, 72 Oak St., Wyandotte, will host a family friendly Trunk-or-Treat, along with a cupcake walk and other Halloween-themed activities, from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26.

The event is free.

Trick or treat from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 26 on the first floor of the Bacon District Memorial Library, 45 Vinewood, Wyandotte.

The event is free.

The Woodhaven Recreation Department will host a 5K Monster Mash Run/Walk at 10 a.m. Oct. 27 at the Woodhaven Community Center, 23101 Hall Road.

Costumes for participants are encouraged, and prizes will be given away for best costume.

Online registration is available at

Proceeds will benefit Shop with a Cop and the Woodhaven Community Foundation.

For more information, call 1-734-675-4926.

DownRiver United Methodist Church, 12601 McCann, Southgate, will host a free Trunk or Treat event so children and their loved ones may gather candy safely from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 27

Refreshments, including cider and donuts, will be provided. In addition, children in their costumes may get their photo taken in adecorated photo venue.

Visit for more information.

Evangel Baptist Church, 16994 Telegraph, Taylor, will host its Trunk or Treat event from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30.

The event will be a safe, family environment to enjoy collecting candy and playing games. There also will be music, a photo booth, snacks and more.

The church also will hold a winter coat giveaway for those in need.

All are welcome. Call 1-734-946-5680 to learn more.

Greenfield Village hosts its annual Hallowe'en celebration Oct. 25 to 27.

A path lit by 900 hand-carved jack-o-lanterns and occupied by characters adorned in elaborate costumes inspired by the Hallowe'en party pamphlets of the early 1900s will guide guests through the village to experience the holiday as it was celebrated at the turn of the century.

Guests will come face-to-face with characters from classic literary works come to life, such as "Treasure Island," "Hansel and Gretel" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" at stops along the way.

Listen to a chilling retelling of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart," and stroll through the Sleepy Hollow Forest, all the while on the lookout for the infamous headless horseman, or enjoy classic 1930s-era cartoons near the Sarah Jordan Boarding House.

There will be a variety of treats for guests to enjoy, including hot cider, doughnuts, and Greenfield Village brewed beer for the adults.

Time slots are available every half hour from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets cost $12.75 for members and $15 for non-members. Children ages 2 and younger get in for free. Purchase tickets at or by calling 1-313-982-6001.

Farmer Charley's in Monroe offers a full fall experience, from hayrides and corn mazes to pig races and cider and doughnuts.

One of the biggest draws is the Corn Maze Adventures, which feature a different theme each Halloween. This year's intricate cornfield maze takes on a "Superheroes" theme. Flashlight Nights, which involve navigating the mazes in the dark with flashlights, and haunted hayrides also are a big draw.

Admission is $10.95 for adults and $9.95 for senior citizens. Children ages 3 and younger get in free. Tickets are all-day passes. Visitors can return for free as long as they leave their wristbands on.

Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Thursdays, 5 to 11 p.m. Fridays, noon to 11 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 10 p.m. Sundays.

Farmer Charley's Corn Maze Adventures is open weekends through Nov. 3 and is located at 6421 N. Stony Creek Road, Monroe. Visit for more information, directions and coupons.

Corn mazes hosted by J. Webb Farm, 4262 Post Road, in Newport, are open from 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays, 2 to 10 p.m. Saturdays, and 1 to 7 p.m. Sundays throughout October.

Free games are included with maze admission and many free children's activities are available at the farm. Farm animals, varieties of pumpkins and Indian corn, gourds, squash, straw bales, and corn stalks are all part of the experience.

Corn maze tickets are $5 for ages 13 and older and $4 for ages 4 to 12. Children ages 3 and younger get in free. Prices include admission to two mazes.

Other activities include scenic hayrides for $3 each and evening bonfires. Call 1-734-652-4287 for group rates and reservations, and visit for more in-formation.

Source: Thenewsherald

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