Third Halloween Weekend added at Camp Dearborn

DEARBORN — The Dearborn Recreation and Parks Department added a third Halloween Weekend at Camp Dearborn, due to the popularity of the family-friendly event held the past five years.

The weekends of Oct. 12 to 14, 19 to 21 and 26 to 28 are reserved for the themed camping weekends.

Halloween Weekends offer families an opportunity to expand on the fun and atmosphere of Halloween by booking a tent, cabin or RV site for a weekend filled with activities in a safe environment. New this year are the popular resort cabins with full bathroom facilities.

Campers will receive one pumpkin at check-in Friday afternoon to carve and enter in a contest. Additional pumpkins will be available for purchase and campsites will be allowed multiple entries in the contest.

Campers are invited to take part in all scheduled activities at no additional cost. Campsite decorating is strongly encouraged to set the mood and will be judged for prizes.

The schedule for the three weekends is:

• 3 p.m. check-in

• 8 p.m. magic show by Tom Plunkard

• 9 to 10:30 p.m. haunted house

• 11:30 a.m. pumpkin contest

• 1 to 3 p.m. games

• 2:30 to 4 p.m. hayrides

• 5 p.m. costume parade ending with a contest for best costumes (competition will be broken into age groups)

• 6:30 to 8 p.m. trick-or-treating (no driving during this period)

Campers should take candy for trick-or-treaters and a few things that might be collected in the scavenger hunt.

Camp Dearborn has 118 tents, eight resort cabins and 30 rustic cabins for rent. There are 191 campsites available for visitors who bring their own RV, tent or pop-up. Gate fees for day visitors will reflect the special event charge of $10 per vehicle after 4 p.m. Friday and all day Saturday.

Reservations can be made at either of the Camp Dearborn Offices: 313- 943-2350 or 248-684-6000.

More information on Camp Dearborn can be found on the camp’s website,