Halloween in Farmington and Farmington Hills

Farmington Public Safety Halloween
Trick-or-treaters Chase, 7, and Caden, 3, are pictured in front of Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market in downtown Farmington. The store donated the snacks that officers will hand out Halloween night. (contributed photo)

Halloween isn’t just a one-day event in Farmington and Farmington Hills. Here’s what you should know about the holiday and related events:

Haunted Market

Kids can trick-or-treat during the weekly farmers market held October 29 in downtown Farmington’s Walter E. Sundquist Farmington Pavilion and Riley Park. 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. Trick-or-treating all day. Learn more at farmingtonfarmersmarket.com.

Halloween Fun Fest

This annual downtown Farmington event, held October 29, includes an 11 a.m. story time at the Farmington Community Library Farmington branch, a free 12 p.m. showing of “Toy Story” at the Farmington Civic Theater, Halloween Fun House at Earned Not Give Crossfit from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and trick-or-treating at local businesses from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Learn more at downtownfarmington.org.

Trunk or Treat events

First Presbyterian Church of Farmington, 26165 Farmington Road in Farmington Hills: October 30, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy a spook-tacular coffee hour of cider and donuts, mingle with friends, and pick up treats at open car trunks. Costumes welcome.

Faith Covenant Church, 35415 W. 14 Mile Rd., in Farmington Hills: October 30, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Games, food, a trunk decorating contest, hot cider, tractor rides. Trunk-or-treating from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., a movie showing follows.

Farmington Community Band Spooktacular concert

The October 30, 3 p.m., concert theme is “Area 51”, and the program features several musical selections with an “outer space” theme. This free concert event gives kids an opportunity to show off their Halloween fashions in a costume parade on stage with the band. Everyone is encouraged to attend wearing their favorite outer space costume. Farmington Public Schools band students will appear on stage as special emcees, telling jokes and introducing musical selections. For information, visit fcbmusic.org.

On Halloween night, start out any time you’re ready.

Neither city has established specific hours for trick-or-treating. Generally speaking, folks who welcome costumed characters leave an outside light on.

Look for Farmington Public Safety officers delivering Halloween night treats.

Two members of the Farmington Public Safety Department will be out starting at 6 p.m. Halloween night to hand trick-or-treaters glow necklaces and bags of snacks. The 22-year-old program is designed to give children a positive first impression of police officers. The department also plans extra patrols in neighborhoods that night.

Trick or treat with the Farmington Hills Police Department

The Farmington Hills Police Department will give away Halloween candy on October 31, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at the front desk. In addition, uniformed officers will distribute candy from their marked vehicles, while on subdivision patrols.

Parents and trick-or-treaters are reminded to stay safe this Halloween. The Police Department recommends the following tips:

  • Stay in a group and make sure a parent is nearby.
  • Look both ways when crossing the street.
  • Wear reflective tape for visibility on costumes.
  • Carry flash lights.
  • Wait until children are home to sort out all candy and remove any treats that are unwrapped or appear suspicious.