Haunted Farmington Farmers Market promises spooky, scary fun

Expect some strange goings-on October 29, as the Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market hosts its sixth annual Haunted Market, open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Farmington’s Walter E. Sundquist Farmington Pavilion and Riley Park.

“This market is haunted, I tell you,” said market volunteer Alexander Steward. “There’s all sorts of strange sounds at the market lately, like chains rattling and weird noises. I think there’s a ghost in the storage room.”

Halloween Downtown Farmington
Look for scary characters Saturday at the Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market.

The event is part of the Farmington Downtown Development Authority’s annual Halloween Fun Fest, which includes an 11 a.m. story time at the Farmington Community Library Farmington branch, a free 12 p.m. movie at the Farmington Civic Theater, and trick-or-treating at local businesses from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“Kids can come out and trick or treat the market pretty much all day,” said market manager Walt Gajewski. “Most of the vendors will have candy and treats, including good stuff like Michigan apples. Vendors and volunteers will be dressing up too. This may be the most fun public market of the year.”

Activities starting at 9:30 a.m. will include a bounce house and free pumpkin decorating hosted by the Greater Farmington Energy Prize. From 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the ventriloquist team of Boytoe and Lazareth will entertain with puppet shows and free balloon art. Chef Dan Maier from the Walnut Lake Country Club will whip up a batch of “ghoulash” during an 11 a.m. cooking demo. Sinjon Smith provides live music starting at 10 a.m., and kids will find artistic face painters and a special craft at the Little Sprouts Kidz Korner.

Learn more at farmingtonfarmersmarket.com.