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Pumpkin Palooza coming to downtown Plymouth this Sunday, October 23, from noon to 4:00!

Games, crafts, entertainment, a “haunted alley” and candy — of course — will hit the streets of downtown Plymouth next weekend for the debut of a one-day Halloween party for children.

Pumpkin Palooza, a free event being organized by downtown retailers, will combine elements the Great Pumpkin Caper (downtown trick-or-treating) and summertime’s Kid Palooza, the two events it replaces. The first-ever Pumpkin Palooza is scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23.

“We wanted it to be more of an event instead of the normal trick-or-treating,” said Lindsey Lebovitz, the owner of Creatopia and chairwoman of the Pumpkin Palooza committee.

“It’s more fun for the kids instead of just walking around in a circle on the sidewalk, in a big, huge crowd,” Lebovitz added.

The Great Pumpkin Caper, which drew kids to downtown businesses that were passing out candy, was popular, said Teri Fry, events manager at the Plymouth Community Chamber of Commerce, but the spirit of Halloween — and fun — was lost in the crush of people.

Pumpkin Palooza, while offering trick-or-treating at some businesses (and at candy stations at three major intersections), will also feature a variety of activities that should be more in keeping with the Halloween theme, she said.

“They wanted to do something better,” Fry said of the retailers.

Pumpkin Palooza will take place downtown on Main, Forest, Ann Arbor Trail and Penniman — the streets will be closed to vehicles — and at Kellogg Park and The Gathering.

Games, with prizes, will include pumpkin bowling (pumpkins as bowling balls, gourds as the pins), witch-hat ring toss, pumpkin bocce ball and “ghost” waiter races. There will also be Halloween-themed crafts, a strolling magician and a strolling balloon sculptor, a 2:30 p.m. hula-hoop demonstration in Kellogg Park, and a noon pet costume contest and 1:30 p.m. children’s costume contest both at The Gathering. (Registration for the pet contest is at 11:30 a.m.; entrants to the kids’ contest can just show up).

Pumpkin Palooza will also feature a “haunted alley” (the passageway between Main and the lower part of the downtown parking deck) and a “pirate singer” who will be doing his swashbuckling on Forest between Wing and Ann Arbor Trail.

Jack Demmer Ford is the event’s major sponsor, but Fry said upwards of 35 businesses are participating. Some 20 to 25 of those, said Lebovitz, will have candy for trick-or-treaters.

It’ll be the only downtown Plymouth event designed especially for children, the two said.

“Most of the events that go on in town are for adults, except for Fall Festival,” said Fry. “So this is strictly a children’s event.”

For updates on Pumpkin Palooza offerings, check the chamber’s website,, and click on the “events” tab.

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Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village

It’s that time of year again!!!

Step back in time to a turn-of-the-20th century Hallowe’en. Follow an endless path of hand-carved jack-o-lanterns and meet colorful characters along the way. Feel the whoosh as the headless horseman rides by, banter with a clever witch, and make stops at several treat stations spread throughout Greenfield Village. It’s frightfully fun for the whole family! Members of The Henry Ford receive discount admission and an exclusive opportunity to purchase tickets in advance.

Program highlights

  • 800 hand-carved jack-o-lanterns light your way.
  • The spirits of Greenfield Village come to life as you are surrounded by the eerie sights and sounds of Hallowe’en past.
  • Pass through 11 themed treat stations.
  • Come across fun and colorful characters, and be sure to bring your camera!
  • Dress outrageously or come as you are.
  • Visit our Hallowe’en Shop in Liberty Craftworks for this year’s souvenir T-Shirt and Hallowe’en collectibles.
  • Enjoy delicious meals and snacks at Taste of History or the Guild Beer Hall along the way.
  • Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village treat bags will be provided.

MEMBER ADULT age 13 & up, $12.75
MEMBER YOUTH age 3-12, $12.75
CHILDREN 2 & under are freeParking is $5 per vehicle.
A $2.50 service fee will be charged for all call center and internet advance purchases

What to bring, what to wear
Greenfield Village is spread over dozens of acres– comfortable clothing and comfortable shoes are a must. Costumes are encouraged for both adults and children, however, costumes that impede vision should be avoided. Dressing for the weather is a must. Bring umbrellas / rain gear and prepare for a wide range of temperatures. Bring a flash light.Please do not bring real or imitation weapons. Costume props that are, or resemble weapons will be collected and checked at the Village entrance building upon entry. Be aware that Halloween treats (that are given out for free at various treat stations) could contain allergens such as wheat, dairy and / or peanuts.

Due to the large number of guests that attend, electric scooters and children’s wagons WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE for rent at this event. Wheelchairs are available for a small fee at the Village entrance. You are welcome to bring your own wheelchair or electric scooter, however, upright scooters (Segways) are not allowed on premises.

Bring a camera; photography is allowed in all areas of the Village.

Tickets to Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village will be available August 11 for members and September 15 for non-members through The Henry Ford Call Center (open 7 days a week, 9am – 5pm) 313-982-6001. Tickets can be mailed when reservations are made 2 weeks or more in advance. Tickets purchased less than 2 weeks out will be held at Village Will Call.Click here for more information!

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