Halloween Fun for the Kids

By: Kurt Buesching | October 7, 2011

There are plenty of scare fests for adult Halloween-lovers, but there’s also a wide variety of fun activities for the kids. And more chances to wear those costumes means more fun and, let’s face it, more candy. And really, what kid is going to miss a few Skittles packages out of the hundreds they’ll receive during these fun-filled events?

Downtown trick-or-treating

A fun and safe way to extend Halloween beyond one night is to take advantage of one of the many trick-or-treat events hosted by downtown development authorities. Here’s a roundup of area events:

Mount Clemens: Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. is the Mount Clemens Halloween Spooktacular, featuring trick or treating at downtown businesses from 1 to 4 p.m., a kid-friendly haunted house, kids’ shows, Halloween miniature golf and more.

St. Clair Shores: On Oct. 23 from 1 to 5 p.m. head to Veterans Memorial Park for trick or treating, cider and donuts, hayrides and other entertainment. Admission is $2 per person.

Birmingham: On Oct. 23 from 1 to 4 p.m., head to downtown Birmingham’s Shain Park for the annual Pumpkin Patch & Halloween Parade. Kids’ activities and snacks, and a parade featuring kids’ best Halloween garb, is on tap at the event.

South Lyon: Get the kids dressed up to trick or treat at downtown South Lyon businesses on Oct. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Wyandotte: Trick or treat in downtown Wyandotte Oct. 28 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Farmington: Go door-to-door trick or treating at participating downtown businesses Oct. 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. The Civic Theatre on Grand River Avenue will have a free showing of “Monsters vs. Aliens” at noon. “Even the farmers market will get in the spirit of the day,” said Farmington DDA Director Annette Knowles. “I think they are planning to pass out candy during market hours and some vendors and volunteers will get dressed up for the occasion.”

Royal Oak: Trick or treat in downtown Royal Oak from 2 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 30. There will be food samples, face painting and other fun activities.

If you don’t see your city, or one near you, listed here, check your local paper or DDA Web site. Most downtown areas host something fun for kids around Halloween.

Other fun kids’ activities

Here are some other area activities to help kids’ – and adults – get into the spirit of Halloween:

Haunted Halloween Family Party Oct. 22 in Dearborn: The Arab American National Museum at 13624 Michigan Avenue in Dearborn is hosting a fun event for kids and their families from 4 to 7 p.m. Trick or treat in the museum galleries, do crafts, enjoy games and stories and even kids’ Karaoke. Admission is $8 per child at the door or $7 in advance by calling (313) 624-0215, and includes lunch for the kids. No tickets are required for parents, and adult lunch is available for purchase.

Boo Bash: Farmington Hills Parks & Recreation is hosting its annual Boo Bash Oct. 15 at the Heritage Park Day Camp building. Kids can dress in their costumes and enjoy s’mores and “candy-free” trick-or-treat stations. Choose from the 12 to 2:30 p.m. Boo Bash or the 3 to 5:30 p.m. session. Admission is $9 for residents of Farmington and Farmington Hills, and $14 for non-residents, and includes pizza. Call (248) 473-1800 for information and tickets.