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October 23, 2013

Halloween events make communities ‘spooktacular’

By Sherri Kolade
C & G Staff Writer

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Heritage Park in Farmington Hills was the spot for Halloween happenings Oct. 19 during the Boo Bash Celebration. The event featured hayrides, s’mores, candy and more. Pictured, New Baltimore resident Emma Harrington, 6, dressed as a bee, looks at bees during the event.

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Preparations are underway to turn the communities of Farmington and Farmington Hills into a Halloween destination for the ages.

The spirit of Halloween — and all its ghoulish festivities — will descend upon the area with events for children and adults alike.

Anyone with a love for the fright night Oct. 31 is welcome to partake in several events aimed to educate and fascinate the minds of old and young alike.

From 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 23, families, friends and community members can attend the second annual Trunk or Treat event at First Presbyterian Church of Farmington, 26165 Farmington Road in Farmington Hills.

The event, held in the church’s parking lot, will feature Halloween-themed trunks decorated for children to trick or treat at, a dinner, and intergenerational games.

Charon Barconey, First Presbyterian Church director of Christian education, said that roughly 60 children attended, and about 25 vehicles were decorated last year.

“We’re expecting to double that this year,” Barconey said.

She added that the purpose of the event is to draw people together.

“The community is changing rapidly, and not all people know each other,” she said. “We wanted something that could bring the community together, and it is a safer way to go around trick-or-treating. And the church is a safe place.”

For more information, call the church office at (248) 474-6170.

For those 50 and older, a Halloween party with a 1950s sock hop theme is scheduled for 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Costick Center, 28600 11 Mile Road in Farmington Hills.

The annual Halloween-themed party will feature food, a costume contest, a live band and prizes.

Angela Nazak, senior division liaison, said she hopes the event will take attendees back in time.

“I’m sure they will be reminiscing, and the live band will try to play some of the ’50s (songs),” she said.  “We just thought it would be fun. We’re going to have an Elvis impersonator as our entertainment.” 

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in Conway Hall at the Costick Center.  For more information about the Halloween party, call (248) 473-1830.

For the littlest ones, a Halloween story time is on tap 11 a.m.-noon Oct. 26 at the Farmington Community Library, 23500 Liberty St. in Farmington.

Attendees can dress up in a costume and stop in for some stories and crafts for all ages.

Call (248) 553-0300 for registration information.

A Haunted Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market is upon us.

From 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 26, families, community members and friends are invited to shop the market as costumed vendors sell fresh fall produce.

The event also boasts free face painting, pumpkin decorating and trick-or-treating with the Farmers Market vendors. Strolling mourners from the historic Governor Warner Mansion will also be there, among other features.

The movie “Spooky Buddies” will play at the Farmington Civic Theater, 33332 Grand River Ave., that day, with door prizes, noon-2 p.m.

Local businesses participating in trick-or-treating 2-4 p.m. Oct. 26 will display a balloon outside their door in downtown Farmington. They will hand out candy, coupons and other treats.

Annette Knowles, executive director of the Farmington Downtown Development Authority, said downtown Farmington is ready to have a good scare once more this year.

“Businesses have stepped up again this year to provide a safe, fun Halloween treat for the area’s little people,” she said in an emailed statement. “The cornstalks and scarecrows, which adorn the town, set the stage for another frightfully good experience.”

For more information, go to www.downtownfarmington.org.

Halloween story time is scheduled at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Farmington Community Library main branch, 32737 W. 12 Mile Road, for ages 2 and older.

Stories, songs, rhymes and activities celebrating Halloween are scheduled. Costumes are welcome.

Laura Scott, head of children’s services at the Farmington Community Library, said the event includes crafts and dancing.

“We tend to go for a gentler version of Halloween,” she said at the library recently. “We don’t get edgy with this program; we don’t want (children) to be frightened. We want them to have fun and celebrate all of the wonderful Halloween stories and traditions that are out there.”

Some Halloween safety tips the Farmington Public Safety Department offer are to only visit people you know, trick or treat with a trusted adult, avoid dark places, stay with a group, carry a flashlight, and wear a costume that lets you see and hear clearly. Another tip is do not eat Halloween treats until they have been deemed safe to eat.

Two members of the FPSD are scheduled to patrol Farmington neighborhoods to hand out bags with Halloween surprises at 6 p.m. Oct. 31. The patrolling program started 20 years ago.

For more information, call (248) 474-4700.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Sherri Kolade at skolade@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1046.