By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers
MELVINDALE – The ninth annual Harvest Fest Trunk or Treat, with hayrides and a pumpkin raffle, offers family fun 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 16 at Kessey Fieldhouse, 4300 S. Dearborn St.
Participants are encouraged to decorate cars and pass out candy, with a prize for the best decorated car. To register a car, contact Parks and Recreation Co-Chairwoman Kelly Borden at 313-304-0149.
The event offers free cider and doughnut holes, with beef hot dogs, chips and bottled water available for purchase.
Parks and Recreation Commission Co-Chairwoman Frances Ladach said the event is a safe, popular activity for families with children, and up to 1,400 people have attended in the past, with 40 to 50 decorated cars handing out candy while spooky music plays.
Borden said the Police Department, district court judges and Voran Funeral Home also participate.
Ladach said she organizes the hayride, with the Department of Public Works attaching trailers, filled with hay, to its tractors.
“They go out by the river, by the woodsy area by the (former) ice arena, and they go on a nice little hay ride,” Ladach said. “Last year we got kids to actually sneak on – they were all dressed up, and they were hidden, and then they popped up during the hayride and the kids loved it. They’d scream like it was the scariest thing.”
Borden said children and adults have the option of wearing Halloween costumes to the event.
“There are adults that dress up in their costumes, and they kind of get scary a little bit, and the kids laugh,” Borden said. “It’s fun.”
Ladach said once Halloween is past, the commission gets busy preparing the Fire Department Safety House for visits from Santa following the city tree lighting ceremony. She said fire trucks are temporarily moved out of the station, and snacks and coloring activities are available for children to enjoy.
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