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


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 and Pingree parks will be transformed for Halloween

  • City seeks block clubs and community groups to volunteer and donate to support trunk-or-treating at police precincts and fire stations

The City of Detroit continues its tradition of Halloween in the D with a host of fun, family-friendly activities across the city from Oct. 29-31. Led by the Department of Neighborhoods, the City is still soliciting sponsors, candy donations and volunteers for a series of special events, Halloween parties, and trunk-or-treat locations at police stations and fire stations.

This year also marks a return to traditional trunk-or-treat activities and Halloween activities at parks. Most of the Halloween in the D events will take place Oct. 31. However, new this year will be Fall Fest on Oct. 29 at Pingree Park and Scarefest on Oct. 30 at Palmer Park.

“Halloween in the D has become the kind of annual family tradition we envisioned when we launched it in 2018,” said Mayor Mike Duggan. “Years from now these fun events at Detroit parks, recreation centers and police stations, with costumes and candy, will be the memories today’s young Detroiters can keep for a lifetime.”

Halloween in the D has continued to grow in popularity since it was first introduced. During Halloween in the D in 2021:

  • Roughly 30,000 children visited recreation centers, police precincts and fire stations
  • Nearly 1 million pieces of candy were distributed
  • Nearly $100,000 in donations and in-kind support were provided
  • More than 200 City employee volunteers and 50 corporate volunteers and residents are expected to assist with Halloween activities.

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 a car for trunk-or-treating at police precincts and fire stations
  • Join or start a local citizen radio patrol

How to Get Involved

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

Corporate Sponsors Support Halloween Effort

Mayor Duggan thanked this year’s sponsors, who have provided $44,950 in cash so far. Huntington Bank is the lead sponsor with a donation of $7,500.

Major sponsors include:

  • FlexNGate
  • Giorgi Concrete
  • KEO and Associates, Inc.
  • Marathon Petroleum Company
  • Rocket Companies
  • Systemp Corporation
  • Waste Management

Other sponsors include:

  • Bell Equipment
  • Ben Washington & Sons Plumbing and Heating Inc.
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Detroit Thermal
  • DivDat
  • GFL Environmental Inc.
  • Gandol Inc.
  • Groundwork LLC
  • Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, PLC
  • Motor City Electric
  • Operating Engineers Local 324
  • Oxford Perennial Corktown Properties
  • Payne Landscaping Inc.
  • SER Metro Detroit
  • The Parade Company
  • UAW Region 1-A CAP
  • Pierce, Monroe & Associates, LLC
  • Savon Foods Super Market
  • Costco (in-kind donation of candy)

Companies and organizations that want to sign up as Halloween in the D sponsors or volunteers should send an email to [email protected] or [email protected] or call (313) 236-3516


Fall Fest | October 29 from noon - 4 p.m. at Pingree Park, 8401 E. Forest Avent

Fall Fest features a variety of activities: mechanical bull, hayrides, pony rides, petting zoo, archery, axe throwing, rock climbing, zip line, paintball, video game truck and mobile bowling alley. Other activities include pumpkin and face painting, arts-n-crafts, outdoor games and photo booth. The event also will provide spaces for those wishing to tailgate and watch the football game between Michigan State and the University of Michigan. Participants can receive free food tickets while supplies last.

Scarefest | October 30 from 4 - 8 p.m. at Palmer Park, 910 Merrill Pl.

Palmer Park will transform into a place of fun and fright for children and adults with the Zombie Trail of Terror, haunted hay rides, haunted tent, scary scavenger hunt, pumpkin carving contest, apple biting contest, scary face painting, costume parade, candy grab, Halloween bag decorating, photo booth, DJ sets and live entertainment.

Scarefest will also include an adult costume contest, dog costume parade, vendors and food trucks.


  • Trunk-or-Treat events at all 11 Detroit Police precincts and other activities Oct. 31
  • The Detroit Fire Department will distribute candy at seven fire stations (one per City Council district) Oct. 31


  • 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 for details.