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Detroit continues Halloween in the D celebration with series of citywide activities

2023

· Family-friendly activities to be offered at Detroit recreations centers across the city
· New this year is Haunt Your Home, a contest for the best decorated Detroit homes
· Palmer and Clark 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. 28-31.  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. 

For the first time, the City of Detroit will recognize the best decorated Detroit homes for Halloween. “Haunt Your Home” is a new feature allowing Detroit residents to vote on their favorite Halloween-decorated home.

Most of the Halloween in the D events will take place Oct. 31, with Fall Fest set for Oct. 28 at Clark Park and ScareFest on Oct. 29 at Palmer Park.

“Halloween in the D is a tradition that families enjoy across the city, and this year it’s going to be even better,” said Mayor Mike Duggan. “Children growing up in Detroit are going to have memories of this fun annual citywide tradition that will last their lifetime. We are so grateful to all the sponsor and volunteers who make Halloween in the D possible each year.”

Halloween in the D has continued to grow in popularity since it was first introduced. During Halloween in the D in 2022:

Total Pieces of Candy Distributed / 1 million+
Total Amount of Money Donated / $81,567
Total Number of Volunteers / 397
Attendance at Police Precincts and Fire Stations / 20,000+
Attendance at the Two Park Events / 8,000+
Attendance at Recreation Center Events / 12,394

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.  Residents and businesses are encouraged to donate candy or volunteer to decorate a car for trunk-or-treating at police precincts and fire stations.


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 $84,200 in cash and in-kind donations so far. Ryan Hubbell Auto Parts and Homrich Wrecking are the lead sponsors with donations of $10,000 each.

"Homrich is honored to be a part of Halloween in the D. Detroit has been a great place for our company and our employees for our 55+ year history," said Tim Homrich, President, and Scott Homrich, CEO, Homrich.  "We are proud to be a part of Detroit and support its residents.” 


Title Sponsors
Ryan Hubbell Auto Parts, Inc.                                 
Homrich Wrecking                                                     

Major Sponsors
Ambassador Bridge                                                    
Cadillac Asphalt                                                          
Michigan Recreational Construction Inc. (MRC)     
Priority Waste                                                              
Rocket Companies
Skillman Foundation
Downtown Detroit Partnership                             
Giorgi Concrete                                                           
Hubbell, Roth & Clark Inc.
KEO and Associates, Inc.                                          
Marathon Petroleum Company                             
Motor City Grounds Crew                                          
Motorola
Waste Management                                                 
Reset Ventures                                                                                           

Other sponsors include:
All Pro Color Printing
Blue Cross Blue Shield
CNS Healthcare
Corewell Health
DMC Consultants
Detroit Thermal
DivDat
Gandol Inc.
Jenkins Construction
Operating Engineers Local 324
Salenbien Trucking and Excavating Inc.
DTE Energy
VITEC
Motor City Electric

Companies and organizations that want to sign up as Halloween in the D sponsors or volunteers should send an email to [email protected] or call (313) 236-8521. 
 

HALLOWEEN IN THE D EVENT DETAILS

Haunt Your Home
Residents can vote on their favorite Halloween-decorated home by following @cityofdetroit on Facebook and Instagram to see the homes featured.  Each week, a different set of homes will be highlighted. The winner gets a small prize.  In addition, residents can suggest homes to include in the contest by sending a direct message on either social media platform.

Fall Fest | Oct. 28 from 1 - 5 p.m. Clark Park, 1130 Clark Street
Fall Fest features carnival rides/games, hay and pony rides, petting zoo, archery, axe throwing, rock climbing, zip lining, a Barbie Zone, video game truck and mobile bowling alley. Other activities include pumpkin and face painting, arts-n-crafts, inflatables, S'mores, food trucks and other vendors.

ScareFest | Oct. 29 from 4 - 8 p.m. 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 and laser tag, haunted hay and trolley rides, face painting, dog costume contest, candy drop, carnival games, inflatables, aerial artist and entertainment. Scarefest will also include vendors and food trucks.


CANDY, CANDY AND MORE CANDY! – October 31

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

RECREATION CENTERS TO HOST ACTIVITIES – Oct. 31 at various times
The Parks & Recreation Division is planning a variety of activities for children and teens at 11 recreation centers on Oct. 31. Activities include haunted houses, carnival games, trunk-or-treat, picture station, arts-n-crafts, face painting and more.  Go to http://halloweeninthed.org for details.