7 Ways to Enjoy the Halloween Season in Flint & Genesee

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All Hallows’ Eve is just a few weeks away. Why not make the most of the spooky season with some of these fun activities?

  1. Brave a haunted house or two. Exit 13 in Mt. Morris and Saint Lucifer’s ScreamPark in Grand Blanc will be open on select dates through Oct. 31.
  2. Find your way through the Country Corn Maze in nearby Corunna. The 25-acre field features 7.8 miles of paths and four professionally designed mazes.
  3. Learn about the Celtic origins of Halloween while enjoying a beer or glass of wine during Whaley Historic House Museum’s History Happy Hour on Oct. 2. Admission is $5, plus the cost of beverages. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the lecture begins at 7 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Call (810) 471-4714 to reserve your seat.
  4. Hang out with the undead during the 7th Annual Flint Zombie Walk on Oct. 3. The festivities will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Flint Local 432, with the actual walk starting at 3 p.m. Professional makeup application will start at 10 a.m., and will be offered first come, first served.
  5. Carve a jack-o-lantern during For-Mar Nature Preserve’s Pumpkin Carving 101 event on Oct. 17. Each participant will receive a pumpkin and carving tools. The cost is $8 per person. Pre-registration is required by Oct. 13.
  6. Take a ghost tour at Stockton Center at Spring Grove Museum, which was built in 1872. Tours are available on Fridays through the rest of the year. To reserve a spot, call Jacquie at (810) 250-1145.
  7. Pen your own scary story during the Flint Public Library’s Halloween Story Write-in on Oct. 31. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and is appropriate for middle and high school students, adults and seniors.

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‘Camp Hatchet’ to Host One-Night, Horror-Themed Camping Event

tents-801926_1280Love a good scare? Why not sign up for a camping experience that promises “twelve hours of pure horror?”

On Saturday, Sept. 12, individuals signed up for Michigan Fear Camp will meet in Mt. Morris at 6:30 p.m., after which they will be transported via bus to a secret location being referred to as “Camp Hatchet.” According to the camp’s website, its name refers to an urban legend involving a murderous family who has survived in the woods for decades.

How campers spend the rest of the evening depends on their ticket levels, which include:

  • FRIGHTEN EASILY: You scare easily but want to check this out. Your tent is your safe zone. You can venture out into the woods if you are feeling up for it but can always retreat back to your tent. The Hatchet family members may venture into your area, but they are known to retreat back, deep into the woods, as the night goes on.
  • I WANT TO BE SCARED: You like to be scared, but don’t like to cry. You will encounter Hatchet family members, and they may touch or grab you for attention. They will not drag you, or go into your tent during the night.
  • EXTREME SCARE: You are brave and up for anything! You will not get much sleep, if any. You will need to be prepared to be touched, grabbed and even dragged. Nothing is off limits, not even your tent is safe. You will have more encounters with the members of the Hatchet family than the other zones.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.michiganfearcamp.com.

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Halloween Treat: ‘Phantom of the Opera’ Performance Planned Oct. 31 at FIM

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Too old for trick-or-treating? That doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy Halloween. The Flint Institute of Music wants you to get out and celebrate by taking in a performance of “The Phantom of the Opera.”

At 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, the Flint Theatre Organ Club will perform, featuring organist Andrew Rogers, with special guests the Flint Light Opera singing selections from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway musical.

And if you still wanna dress up? Great! A Halloween costume contest will be held during intermission. Treats will be available for the kids.

“The Phantom of the Opera” will be performed at the FIM MacArthur Recital Hall, 1025 E. Kearsley St., Flint.

Admission is $18 for adults and $9 for those 12 and younger. Call (810) 237-3122 for tickets.

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Attention, Little Spooks: Halloween Activities for Kids Abound in Flint & Genesee

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Looking for some Halloween fun for your little ghosts and goblins? Right this way!

On Saturday, Oct. 25, Genesee Valley Shopping Center will host its free Lil’ Monsters Halloween Bash from 10 a.m.-noon. Kids 12 and younger can enjoy safe indoor trick-or-treating at the mall, along with live family-friendly music, a spooktacular comedy show, storytelling, crafts, raffles and more.

Trick-or-treat bags and a list of participating stores can be picked up outside of the Genesee District Library, located in the Sears wing of the mall, 3341 S. Linden Road, Flint.

Kids should come in costumes, but please: No face covering masks or weapons.

For-Mar Haunted Trail

For the older kids, For-Mar Nature Preserve presents its Haunted Trail this weekend.

Be prepared to be scared as you travel through the haunted trails with plenty of thrills and chills around every bend at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton.

Trails are open 8-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24-25. The cost is $5 per person. This event is recommended for ages 10 and older.

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Little Ghouls and Goblins can Trick-or-Treat during Halloween at Crossroads

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Want some family-friendly fun for Halloween this year? Look no further than Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad.

Join Crossroads for some silly Halloween fun when the village becomes 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. It is highly recommended to purchase train tickets in advance, as seats do sell out.

The special Halloween hours and days are:  5-9 p.m. weeknights on Oct. 10, 17, 24, 29-31, and noon-9 p.m. on weekends Oct. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 and 25-26. Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad is located at 6140 Bray Road in Flint.

Learn more about Halloween at Crossroads here.

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Film Fans Are In For A Scary Treat This Week At The Flint Institute Of Arts

room-237-movie-posterJust in time for Halloween the Friends of Modern Art at the Flint Institute of Arts have a scary treat in store for film fans this week as they show the horror classic The Shining on Thursday in anticipation of their premiere of the documentary on the film Room 237.  The Shining is the 1980 classic chiller starring Jack Nicholson as a frustrated writer who heads into the mountains of Colorado to take a job as the winter caretaker for a grand old hotel that just happens to be very haunted.  The film was made by legendary director Stanley Kubrick and has been the topic of heated debates and discussions over the years as to the meaning of some of the symbolism held within the film.  Room 237 is a recent documentary that presents many of the numerous theories on the symbolism, inspirations, and imagery behind The Shining and lets the viewer see which of the many theories they might believe and there’s no better way to get primed to see this documentary than to watch the film it explores first!

The Shining will be showing at the Flint Institute of Arts on Thursday, October 31 at 7:30PM in their theater and Room 237 will be showing this weekend on November 1, 2, and on the 3rd.

This is wonderful timing to see both The Shining and Room 237 as Halloween approaches with Winter close behind so treat yourself to a weekend of movies with one of film’s scariest classics.

The Shining

Flint Institute of Arts – Theater

Thursday, October 31 – 7:30PM

Room 237

Flint Institute of Arts – Theater

Friday, November 1 – 7:30PM

Saturday, November 2 – 7:30PM

Sunday, November 3 – 2PM

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Celebrating Halloween With The Family

Jack-o-lantern-300x225It’s never easy to celebrate Halloween with the family.  Sure, you can go trick or treating, and some schools will have Halloween or harvest festivals but it isn’t always easy to find places to go or events to attend that will give a shiver to the entire family but not scare them too badly.   There is plenty to do though with the last week of the month heading our way and Halloween on the horizon.

Super Saturday Storytime at the Flint Public Library will offer children and families a Halloween themed day on October 26 with stories and crafts in their Children’s Room.

After the stories you can stick around for the Family Costume Party which will be starting at 3PM at the main branch of the Flint Public Library.  Come dressed for Halloween and ready to dance!  This event is recommended for young children so if you have a family with kids of all ages this may be a great time to take the wee ones to the party and to give the older ones a tour of the library and everything it has to offer.

Both events are free.   The Library is located at 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, MI, 48503 – (810) 249-2170 · fpl.info

If your family is more interested in things that go Vroooom in the night then head on out to The Mounds for the Dr. Frankenstein Vehicle Contest where the biggest, baddest, fastest, and weirdest vehicles will win awards for their modified Quads, Motorcycles, Jeeps, and Trucks.  The event begins at 3PM.  The Mounds are located at 6145 E. Mt. Morris Rd., Mt. Morris, MI.  (800) 648-PARK · geneseecountyparks.org

Later in the evening For-Mar Nature Preserve will be having their Haunted Trail & Hayrides.  This ‘scary’ hayride will run at 8PM, 8:30PM, 9PM, and 9:30PM and it’s recommended you call ahead to make sure your seat is secured.  This is definitely something for the older kids who are ten and older but this is a wonderful way to explore For-Mar’s much darker side! For-Mar is located at 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton · (810) 789-8567 · geneseecountyparks.org

Make sure you make time to check out the Pumpkin Fantasyland Tours at Montrose Orchards this weekend where you can take a hayride through 200 acres where you will see famous and beloved childhood characters on display during your travels.  On the way out you can stop at the Pumpkin Patch and get the perfect pumpkin and then stop by the campfire for hot dogs, s’mores, apple cider, and even fresh made donuts!  The orchards run their tours Friday 3PM to 6PM and Saturday & Sunday 10AM to 5PM.  Montrose Orchards – 12473 Seymour Road, Montrose · (810) 639-6971 · montroseorchards.com

After you have done all of those things, or some of the many other things targeted at families you can end your weekend with a Spooky Brunch at the Holly Hotel.  The brunch will be held between 10:30AM to 2:30PM and you are invited to enjoy the buffet with or without a costume in a beautiful and historic hotel that is rumored to be haunted.  Reservations are recommended.  110 Battle Alley, Holly · (248) 634-5208 · hollyhotel.com

They are not always easy to find but there are so many things going on this weekend and the next few days before Halloween that if you keep your peepers peeled you’ll find lots of playfully spooky adventures to have before November is here.