Halloween is near and it’s time for kids to hit their neighborhood streets in scary costumes in pursuit of candy and treats! But, if you’re looking for some additional fun this year, here are some activities your kids will love to do around Detroit.
Sacred Heart Major Seminary will open its doors at 5 p.m. on Halloween to more than 2,000 Detroit trick-or-treaters and their families. The seminary has been welcoming trick-or-treaters in the spirit of community service for more than 20 years.
“We’ve been here a long time but not everyone is aware of what we do and that we’re here,” said Father Stephen Burr, who serves as director of undergraduate seminarians. “Our trick-or-treating event is one of our outreach efforts in the community.”
Father Burr said that children from across the city come to the seminary to enjoy their Halloween in a safe and unique way.
“We literally have a room packed full of candy that local parishes and seminarians have donated for the local kids,” said Father Burr, who was trained at the Catholic institution that was founded in 1919. “We have seminarians who dress up in costumes and they decorate the front of our building. It’s a wonderful event.”
The seminary is located at 2701 Chicago Boulevard in Detroit.
Check Out Spooktacular
Oak Park is hosting Spooktacular, which is its free trunk-or-treating event, at the Oak Park Community Center West parking lot for area children age five to 10 on Friday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. There will also be balloon art, Halloween games, crafts and hayrides.
“I took my kids last year and it was their first time on a hayride,” said Detroit resident Angela Perry. “This event offered a safer alternative for sons to enjoy Halloween. They really had a ball.”
Perry plans to bring her kids again this year and bring her nephews, too.
“I wish there were more positive activities like this in the area,” she said. “It’s important for parents to support activities like these.”
The community center is located at 14300 Oak Park Blvd. in Oak Park.
Halloween week is the perfect time to take in the show touted as the largest magic show touring the world. “Masters of Illusion” will be in Detroit this Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Fillmore downtown. It’s a life show with no cameras, computer graphics or technological tricks involved.
This kid-friendly show includes grand illusions, underwater escapes, levitating women, vanishing acts, and more! Kids will love the show because young audience members may get a chance to be an assistant from certain acts.