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Fun and freaky Halloween events

By JANET SOWLE, Editor

Ghouls and goblins, haunted trails, trick or treats, Rocky Horror and more can be found in mid MIchigan.

Get in line early for The Haunted Trail at MMCC. This guy got in line so early, he's already lost his head. Photo by Janet Sowle.

This gentleman got in line early for The Haunted Trail. Goblins got him and he lost his head. Photo by Janet Sowle.

The Haunted Trail — complete with hayrides, werewolves, witches, Freddy, Jason, and more — awaits you on MMCC’s Harrison campus. Char Keel, Custodial Manager on MMCC’s Harrison campus, and her family have hosted hauntings for several years. This year, she introduced the idea to Phi Theta Kappa as a possible fundraiser and plans for the haunting quickly started.

“We wanted to do something fun for the youth and young at heart in our community,” Keel said. “The Haunted Trail begins with a hayride taking people out to the beginning of the trail where they will begin their journey walking deep into the haunted woods where there will be dark tunnels, flying ghosts in the sky, chainsaws and lots more,” Keel said. “There will be a lot of scares.”

Though the trails might be too frightening for younger children, the evenings will also feature kid-friendly crafts and movies in MMCC’s cafeteria, as well as refreshments.  Adults must accompany children during their time at the college.

The event is open from 6-11 p.m. on Oct.19-20, 26-27 and 31. Admission is $7 per person or $5 for children 12 and under. Proceeds will be used to support MMCC’s Honor Society programming and student activities at the college.

For more information or to be a victim volunteer, contact Tammy Alvaro at talvaro@midmich.edu or Char Keel ckeel@midmich.edu for more information.

A new event this year in Clare is the Clare Pumpkin 5K Run/Walk. The run begins at 9 a.m. on Oct. 20 with the walk beginning one minute later. Following the start of the Pumpkin Run/Walk Clare Main Street and Parks & Recreation will again present Main Street Spook-Tacular. Goblins can paint pumpkins, take a hayride, search for skeletons, trunk-or-treat and more. The costume parade will begin at noon with line-up outside McEwan Subway. For more information on the Pumpkin Run/Walk or Main Street Spook-Tacular, click here.

Mt. Pleasant will have treats for all ages starting with the Haunted Yard, located at the corner of Pickard and Lansing streets, sponsored annually by Ace of Diamonds. The yard opens on Friday, Oct.19, and runs through Halloween. Hours can be found by clicking on the poster to the right.

Halloween-themed movies will be featured at Celebration! Cinema Mt. Pleasant. The Frankenstein/Bride of Frankenstein double feature will be shown on Oct. 24 and the Mystery Science Theatre Rifftrax of Birdemic will be shown on Oct. 25. Paranormal Activity 4 is scheduled to open Oct. 19 and Silent Hill Revelation 3D will be released on Oct. 26.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be shown at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort’s Halloween Fright Night in addition to its annual showing at the Broadway Theatre.

The Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort is hosting a Halloween Fright Night starting at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 27. It includes a viewing of Rocky Horror, a Thriller dance, multiple costume contests with a total of $10,000 in prizes and more. Admission is free and open to the public. You must be 18 years of age or older and have a valid photo ID. For more information on Fright Night, click here.

The Broadway Theatre, located in downtown Mt. Pleasant, has once again teamed up with Alpha Psi Omega, CMU’s theater fraternity. The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be shown at 8 p.m. and 12 midnight Oct. 26 and 27. No one under 18 years of age will be admitted without a parent or legal guardian.

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