Plenty of thrills and chills at Downriver Halloween haunts

Sunday Times Newspapers

LINCOLN PARK — It’s a win-win situation for local nonprofit groups and thrill seekers alike heading into Halloween. Area “haunted house” attractions and other seasonal fare offer family fun with a chance to help local causes.

Lincoln Park’s annual Anxiety Alley Haunted House will open for business each day beginning Friday through Halloween night. The spooky trailer is operated by high school groups and civic clubs as a fundraiser at the Lincoln Park Community Center, 3525 Dix-Toledo Road.

Hours of operation will be from 8 to 11 p.m.; entry fee is $10 for ages 10 and up and $5 for children under 10.

Chills on ice can be found in Trenton at the Scary Skate event beginning at 7:20 p.m. Friday at the Kennedy Recreation Center, 3101 West Road. Costumed skaters will be admitted for $1 for an evening of music, games and treats.

The city of Trenton will again look for a personal best record of lit jack-o’-lanterns at the Great Pumpkin Festival. Carving sessions will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in preparation for the DTE Energy Community Nite Lite at 6 p.m.

The community event at the Trenton Cultural Center, 2427 West Road, is sponsored by DTE Energy, Trenton Firefighter Charities and includes the support of the Trenton Exchange Club and Trenton Seniors.

For every lit pumpkin DTE Energy will donate $1 to benefit the nonprofit First Step agency to assist women and children affected by domestic abuse. For more information contact 734-675-7300.

In Taylor, children and animals join for a seasonal trip through the Boo Barn at the Heritage Park Petting Farm, 12803 Pardee. Children are invited to tour the farm in a Halloween setting from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 27 and 28. Admission is $4.

Heritage Park also will host a Safe Halloween party for children 10 and under— accompanied by an adult — from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31 for an evening of costumes and treats.

(James Mitchell can be reached at