By Carolyn Marnon – Gone are the days when a child wore their costume just on Halloween. Wayne and the surrounding area will help any child get the most wear out of their fantastic costume this year.
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Cruise on over to Gertrude Street, east of Howe Rd in Wayne and admire the home of Larry Reid. This display will delight revelers young and old. It was designed by 8-year old Ryan Reid. Larry Reid has put up a Halloween display for the past ten years, but he says Ryan is now the brains behind the display. They do it for all the kids. They’ve never had any problems with anyone tampering with the display. “The kids here respect me,” says Larry. Nestled among the lifelike figures is a sports display, the brainchild of Ryan, to make the yard look less scary-hockey sticks, balls (soccer, football, basketball, baseball), baseball bats, golf clubs and a nod to the Wolverines.
There are lights and fog streaming near the piano where Larry or Ryan can serenade you with a tune if they are outside. This is their way of giving back to their community. It’s worth a visit any night up through Halloween.
Westland Historic Village Park will be having a Harvest Fest 3:00p.m.-7:00p.m. Planned activities include games, a petting farm, a produce stand and pumpkin decorating. Le Cakery Bake Shop will be there selling baked goods.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at Wayne Memorial High School for the annual Spooktacular event for kids 6th grade and under. This free event will have kids trick or treating throughout the halls of the school. There will also be a haunted area. Parents are to accompany all children as this is a family event. Costumes should be school-appropriate. Bring your own trick or treat bag. At 7:00 p.m. the marching band will be performing on the field for the kids to round out the evening. Doors will close at 6:30 p.m. to new trick or treaters to give everyone a chance to get candy before the marching band performance.
Garden City Presbyterian Church on Middlebelt will be having a Fall Harvest Festival from 4:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. There will be hot dogs, hot apple cider, hot chocolate, chips and more (only a free-will offering is asked for).
There will be trunk or treating and pumpkin decorating. All “trunks” are welcome to participate. This event is appropriate for all ages; nothing spooky. Pre-registration is requested to help avoid long lines. Online registration is available at www.gardencitypresbyterian.org.
Stop at Dairy Queen for their 1st Annual End of Season Halloween Bash! Those in costume will receive a free small Arctic Rush. Furry friends in costume will get a free dog treat.
Dairy Queen will award a free Halloween photocake to the person wearing the best costume. Details for judging were being worked on when we went to press. The DQ event will be 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and there will be discounts on all menu items during this time.
St. Mary’s will be having a Trunk or Treat event in their Sims parking lot from 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
HYPE presents HYPE Up for Halloween, a spooktacular family fun event.
Trick or treaters will be able to follow a path around Attwood Park and collect candy and goodies from community partners. Cider and donuts will be provided. This event is 6:00 p.m.-8:00p.m.
Wayne Westland Federal Credit Union will host Trunk or Treat in their parking lot on Wayne Rd from 2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Abundant Life Church, 2100 Hannan Rd. in Canton, will be having Trunk or Treat at 5:30 p.m. There will be fun, free food and fellowship.
The Wayne Masonic Hall, located at Palmer and Newburgh, will be hosting Trunk or Treat at 6:30 p.m.
As with all things, be sure to practice good safety when out on Halloween. Travelling in groups, carrying flashlights, staying on sidewalks, crossing only at marked crosswalks and not going inside homes are all common sense strategies to make the night safe for all.If you are out driving on Halloween, be extra cautious. No one wants to hit a little ghost or goblin or fairy princess because they didn’t expect them to suddenly be in front of them.
With all the activities, it is sure to be a sweet Halloween!