Detroit continues Halloween in the D celebration with host of activities across the city

  • Family-friendly activities to be offered at Detroit recreations centers across the city
  • Rouge, Chandler and Clark parks will transformed into haunted parks; DDOT to revive its popular Haunted Bus
  • City seeks candy donations to support trunk-or-treating at police precincts and fire stations

The City of Detroit continues its new tradition of Halloween in the D with a host of fun, family-friendly activities all across the city on Oct. 31.  The Mayor’s Office, led by the Department of Neighborhoods, kicked off its push to solicit candy donations and volunteers for a citywide series of special events, haunted houses and trunk-or-treat locations at parks, recreation centers, police stations and fire houses.

Mayor Mike Duggan was joined by the City’s public safety officials, community representatives and corporate sponsors for the kickoff at the 8th Precinct on the northwest side.  

Most of the Halloween in the D events will take place Oct. 31.  However, the haunted house at the 11th Precinct will be open several days leading up to Halloween.  

“Last year, thousands of Detroit children and families enjoyed a great Halloween in the D and we plan to build on that success this year,” said Mayor Mike Duggan. "Thanks to our partners and volunteers, our city has a wonderful new tradition that children will remember for decades to come.”

City officials declared the first year of the effort a success as:

  • 225,000 pieces of candy were distributed
  • Nearly 35,000 children visited recreation centers, police precincts and fire stations or attended haunted parks and Spirit Plaza
  • The City received donations of $64,000 in cash and $30,000 of in-kind support
  • More than 100 City employee volunteers and 150 corporate volunteers and residents assisted with Halloween activities.

Events planned across the city on Halloween Night include:

  • Three haunted parks at: Rouge, Chandler and Clark parks
  • A harvest fest on Woodward Avenue at Spirit Plaza
  • Trunk-or-Treat events at all 11 Detroit Police precincts and other activities
  • Detroit Fire Department distributing candy at fire stations  
  • Haunted DDOT Bus  
  • Halloween parties and events at Detroit recreation centers
  • Also, seven community meals, one in each district, to celebrate and recruit volunteers for year-round neighborhood radio patrols October 30

“Halloween in the D is yet another great example of how the police and community come together for a safe and enjoyable family event for all those who live, work and play in the city of Detroit,” said Chief James Craig.

Residents’ Assistance Still Needed

While the City is taking care of most of the planning and logistics, there are still some things residents can do to support the Halloween in the D celebration, including:

  • Donate candy or volunteer to decorate your car for Trunk-or-Treat activities at police precincts
  • Join or start a local neighborhood radio patrol

How to get Involved

For more information on activities or to volunteer, visit www.halloweeninthed.org or call (313) 224-4415.  

Corporate Sponsors Support Halloween Effort

Mayor Duggan thanked this year’s sponsors, who have provided $54,525 in cash so far. DTE is the lead sponsor with a donation of $10,000.

“DTE is proud to support this Halloween tradition that ensures children have fun while being safe,” said Nancy Moody, DTE Vice President of Public Affairs. “Our employee volunteers — DTE’s Care Force — are also actively engaged in the event and will bring their full energy to ensuring this is the best Halloween in the D yet.”

Major sponsors include: DivDat, First Independence Bank, Ford Motor Company Fund and Premier Group Associates.  Other sponsors include: FlexNGate, Power Lighting and Technical Services, and Signal Restoration Services.

Companies and organizations that want to sign up as Halloween in the D sponsors should send an email to [email protected] or [email protected] or call (313) 224-9008.

 

HALLOWEEN IN THE D EVENT DETAILS

HAUNTED PARKS – Open from 5-8 PM, October 31

  • Rouge Park at the Brennan pool house becomes a haunted escape room.
  • Chandler Park – The zombies take over as the park becomes Zombieland.
  • Clark Park becomes the Day of Dead with haunted house theme, clowns, scary music, etc.

HARVEST FEST – Open from 5-8 PM, October 31

  • A Harvest Fest is set for Spirit Plaza on Woodward Avenue with games, music and food.

CANDY, CANDY AND MORE CANDY! – October 31

  • Trunk-or-Treat events at all 11 Detroit Police precincts and other activities Oct. 31
  • Detroit Fire Department will distribute candy at a number of fire stations Oct. 31

DDOT TAKES ITS SCARY TRICKS ON THE ROAD – October 31

  • A haunted DDOT Bus will be stationed at the Detroit Police 10th Precinct, 12000 Livernois, joined by the Ghost Busters, who will travel across the city and stop at a number of locations.

POLICE DEPARTMENT HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES - various dates

  • In addition to trunk-or-treating, the Detroit Police Department has other activities including a Halloween party and haunted hay ride at the 12th Precinct, 1200 W. Seven Mile Road, Oct. 30; and a haunted house at the 11th Precinct, 5200 Nevada, from Oct. 25 - 31. Go to halloweeninthed.org for details.

RECREATION CENTERS TO HOST ACTIVITIES – Oct. 31 at various times

The Parks & Recreation Division is planning a variety of activities for children, teens and seniors at ten recreation centers on Oct. 31. Activities include Pumpkin Plunge, Halloween Carnival and Theater Bash, haunted house and costume party. Go to halloweeninthed.org for details