Dear Crabby, Have you Ever Been BOOed?

  Dear Crabby, Halloween is almost upon us and I’m hearing a lot of talk about BOOing people in your neighborhood. I’m told this is a good thing. Have you heard about it and if so, what do you think? Thanks, Frank N. Stein Dear Mr. Stein, I’ll admit, I wasn’t aware of this BOOing business. At first, I thought maybe people were supposed to stand on their neighbor’s lawn and boo their lack of (or just plain awful) Halloween decorations. Or maybe you were supposed to boo … [Read more...]

Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Rochester

Trick-or-Treat Downtown, Costume Parade, Spaghetti Dinner, Kid’s Craft, and Movies in the Moonlight On October 20, join your friends and neighbors in downtown Rochester for Trick-or-Treat Downtown, a costume parade, a spaghetti dinner and a Halloween edition of Movies in the Moonlight. Kids are encouraged to dress-up and Trick-or-Treat Downtown from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Nearly 50 businesses will participate in Trick-or-Treat and the participating businesses will be marked with window … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do you Carve Pumpkins for Halloween

Dear Crabby, It Might be Early to Ask, But Do you Carve Pumpkins for Halloween? Curious, Jack O.   Well, Jack, I do most years. It's an old tradition in the Crabby household - carving pumpkins is a glorious event. We usually plan our attack the weekend before Halloween. We pick up our pumpkins at a local cider mill or farmer's market or the Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival. Many folks go for the perfectly round, perfectly orange, perfectly Halloween'ish, pumpkin. I look for the odd … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s the Point of Trick-or-Treating?

Dear Crabby, I don’t know where October has gone, but my calendar tells me that next week is Halloween. So, now I need to go out and buy candy for the neighborhood rugrats. Remind me: what's the purpose of trick-or-treating? Thanks! Samantha Sucre Dear Samantha Sucre, What’s the point of trick-or-treating? Pretty sure it’s the fact that kids get a pillowcase full of candy that weighs more than them, and for one night only, their moms and dads don’t seem to care. As a parent, the … [Read more...]

Trick or Treating in Downtown Rochester and Other Halloween Activities

Trick-or-Treat Downtown, Costume Parade, Spaghetti Dinner, Kid’s Craft, and Movies in the Moonlight On October 21, celebrate Halloween activities in downtown Rochester with Trick-or-Treating, a costume parade, a spaghetti dinner, and a Halloween edition of Movies in the Moonlight. Kids are encouraged to dress-up and Trick-or-Treat Downtown from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Over 50 businesses will participate in Trick-or-Treat and the participating businesses will be marked with window … [Read more...]

Walk Like a Zombie in Downtown Rochester

For the first time the Rochester Hills Public Library is celebrating Halloween, the premier of The Walking Dead and all things spooky with a community Zombie Walk October 26 at 6:00 p.m. Participants are asked to dress like a zombie and take a short walk through downtown Rochester and the Paint Creek trail with library staff. Before the walk, free cider and donuts from the Paint Creek Cider Mill will be available. Prizes will be awarded to the best costume and an after party is being held at … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is It Too Early for Christmas?

Dear Crabby, I love fall. Living in Michigan, I think it’s the best season to experience and our last hurrah before the dreaded ‘s’ stuff starts falling. But it seems like as soon as Labor Day was over and the school routine started up again, I was hearing whispers of Christmas. Now I’m no Scrooge, but isn’t it too early to be talking about putting up trees and playing holiday music non-stop?  Thanks, Suzie Salem Dear Suzie Salem, Yes! It’s absolutely too soon to be yapping about … [Read more...]

Halloween Fun Time

Cider mills, haunted houses and corn mazes are fun, but are you looking for something else? Here are a couple different Halloween themed activities for all ages going on this weekend. Waterford Oaks BMX Halloween Race Operated by Oakland County Parks and Recreation, the Waterford BMX (bicycle motocross) runs races on Saturday mornings from May until October. All ages, both males and females, use manual power to maneuver over jumps, banked corners and other obstacles with a pedal … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Can I Make Halloween Less Scary?

Dear Crabby, I don’t mean to a spoilsport, but I’m a little nervous about letting my kids go out trick-or-treating this year. Lately there are so many stories on the news about missing children and don’t even get me started on the costume options—especially for young girls. Do you think I’m overreacting? Thanks! Nervous Nelly Dear Nervous Nelly, I may be an old curmudgeon, but I don’t think I’m in the minority when I say Halloween ain’t what it used to be. Back in my day most kids … [Read more...]

The Teal Pumpkin Project

Halloween costume: Check Halloween candy: Check EpiPen: Check Yes, that"s right. One in 13 children trick-or-treating this year may be carrying an EpiPen just in case they are exposed to any allergens during this fun time out. Unless it directly affects your child, you may not even think about the reaction the candy you"ll be passing out will have on some of those dressed up kiddos. This is where the Teal Pumpkin Project comes into play. The Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) … [Read more...]