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Halloween Ghosts and Goodies at Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad

us for several days of silly Halloween fun when the Village is filled
with friendly witches, happy ghosts and some of your favorite spooky
friends.  Find your way through an amusing straw maze and an enchanted
forest where trees have eyes.  Watch an old-fashioned magic show and
take a 40-minute ride on the famous Huckleberry Ghost Train Express!
There are trick-or-treat stations throughout the Village with plenty of
doughnuts and candy for everyone!


Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad 
6140 Bray Road, Flint, MI 48505


Hours & Rates  
Dates:          Open October 3-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25 and 28-31
Hours:             Weekdays: 5:00 to 9:00 pm
                     Weekends: 12:00 Noon to 9:00 pm
Ticket sales end at 8:30 pm
booths open 15 minutes before the event, ticket sales end at 8:30 pm.
The last regularly scheduled train runs at 7:30 pm. It is highly
recommended that you purchase your Huckleberry Railroad train tickets
early as they do sell out in advance. For your convenience, summer,
Halloween and Christmas tickets are sold year round.

Ticket ages:  All persons older than 12 months.  No group discounts.
Village Only Ticket (Any day)
Combination Ticket: Village/Train (Any day) -OR- Village/Belle (Saturday and Sunday)
Deluxe Ticket: Village, Train AND Belle
(Saturday and Sunday)
Genesee Belle Tickets
Add onto a combination ticket, purchase in conjunction
with a free admission-only pass, or add onto a family pass during the
Halloween program.  Cost is $3.00 per person for everyone 13 months and

Amusement rides
The Charles W. Parker Carousel, Superior Wheel,
miniature mechanical pony cart, miniature Flyer Train, and Venetian
swing and wheelchair swing. $1.25 each or 4 rides for $4.00. Open during
Village operating hours.

Ghost Train Departures

Weekdays: 5:50 pm, 6:40 pm, and 7:30 pm.
Weekends: 12:50 pm, 1:40 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:20 pm,
4:10 pm, 5:00 pm, 5:50 pm, 6:40 pm, and 7:30 pm.

Extra train runs generally are added on Friday and Saturday nights
(except for opening weekend) due to demand at the ticket gate.
Generally, we do not sell advance tickets for the extra trains.  If
needed, extra trains will run at 8:20 pm, 9:10 pm, and 10:00 pm.
Reservations will let visitors know if they are selling tickets for
extra trains.  The last regularly scheduled train runs at 7:30 pm.  To
order advance tickets, call 800.648.7275, ext. 6.

Boarding time for the train is 20 minutes prior to the schedule departure. Genesee Belle Cruises

Cruises will depart at: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, & 7pmReservations
Buy your train tickets early!  Tickets can be purchased throughout
the year.  Reservation office hours (walk in and by phone) are Monday
through Friday, from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. 
Tickets may be purchased in advance with Visa, Discover, Master Card, and American Express.  Call 800.648.7275, ext. 6.

If you have a group of 20 or more, we can hold tickets for you with a 50% deposit.

Fabulous Fun Food
Saturday & Sunday: 1:00-8:00 pm
Monday – Friday: 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12:00 – 9:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 1:00 – 5:00 pm
The Genesee County Parks and
Recreation Commission has taken great care to enhance the
accessibility of Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad with
its dirt roads and uneven boardwalks by offering free of charge on a
first–come, first-serve basis, a limited supply of conventional
(non-electric) wheelchairs.  If you need a wheelchair, it is
recommended that you bring your own— especially on busy weekends.

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Safe Kids Releases First-of-Its Kind Halloween Research Study

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“Twice As Many Child Pedestrians Are Killed While Walking on Halloween” ~ Press Release 10/20/2011

Washington, DC – New Safe Kids research shows only one third of parents talk to their children annually about Halloween safety.  To complete this first-of-its kind study on Halloween-safety, Safe Kids commissioned Harris Interactive to conduct a poll of 935 parents with children ages 12 and younger to assess their knowledge, attitudes and behaviors related to Halloween safety.

On average, twice as many child pedestrians are killed while walking on Halloween compared to other days of the year.  On this potentially dangerous night of the year for child pedestrians, Safe Kids strongly recommends that parents prepare children to behave safely and for drivers to take extra precautions.

While most of the parent participants in the study have talked to their children about Halloween safety at some point, many have not made it an annual conversation.  Safe Kids urges parents to engage in repeated discussions with each child, every year to reinforce safety messages and safe behaviors because of the risks they face on Halloween.

“Given children’s limited attention spans, repeated and consistent messages about safe behaviors are key to preventing injuries,” says Kate Carr, President and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. “By following the basic safety tips provided by Safe Kids, Halloween can be a fun and safe night for children of all ages.”

According to the study, 40 percent of parents allow their child to use one or more unsafe item on Halloween such as a mask, loosing fitting clothing, and / or a sharp object – any of which could contribute to falls, burns or pedestrian injuries.  These are preventable hazards that could be avoided by following Safe Kids’ safety tips.

Another key finding of this report shows twelve percent of children five years of age or younger are permitted to trick-or-treat alone.  Not only should these young children be accompanied by an adult, but it is also recommended by Safe Kids that no child under 12 years of age spend Halloween night navigating the streets unsupervised.  This recommendation was made to protect children who often lack the maturity and cognitive ability to make appropriate decisions to accurately judge speeds and distance.

“It is alarming to hear that children ages five years and younger are trick-or-treating without adult supervision,” added Carr.  “If they are old enough and mature enough to trick-or-treat without an adult, parents should make sure children go out in groups and stick to a predetermined route with good lighting.”

In preparation for Halloween, Safe Kids coalitions across the country will team up with Walk This Way program sponsor FedEx to provide kids with reflective materials to promote visibility, including zipper tags that can be attached to costumes and trick-or-treat bags, as well as important safety information to children, parents, and drivers.  The Halloween study was made possible through funding provided by FedEx.

To ensure a safer celebration of Halloween, Safe Kids and FedEx recommend the following tips to parents and caregivers:

Trick-or-Treating Safety:

Children under 12 should trick-or-treat and cross streets with an adult.
Always walk on sidewalks or paths.  If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, choose light colored costumes that fit properly and avoid carrying sticks, swords, or other sharp objects.
Check treats for signs of tampering before children are allowed to eat them.  Candy should be thrown away if the wrapper is faded, torn, or unwrapped.

What Drivers Need to Know:

Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods.  Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
Anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on early in the day so you can spot children from greater distances.
Remember that costumes can limit children’s visibility and they may not be able to see your vehicle.
Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

For more tips on how to help kids become safer pedestrians on Halloween, as well as throughout the year, visit and visit our Facebook page at

In 1999, Safe Kids Worldwide and program sponsor FedEx created the Safe Kids Walk This Way Program in the United States to teach safe behaviors to motorists and child pedestrians and create safer, more walkable communities.  This year will mark the twelfth yeah anniversary of the program.

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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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