Halloween Fun Time

Crossroads Village Halloween

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?

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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 … [Read more...]

The Teal Pumpkin Project

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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...]

Trick-or-Treat and Something Good to Eat!

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Trick-or-Treat Downtown, Costume Parade, and Spaghetti Dinner On Oct. 18, join your friends and neighbors in downtown Rochester for Trick-or- Treat Downtown, a costume parade, spaghetti! As stated via press release, kids are encouraged to dress-up and Trick-or-Treat Downtown from 4 - 5 p.m. Over 50 businesses will participate in Trick-or-Treat and streets with participating businesses will be marked with balloon decorations. At 5:15 p.m., kids can meet for the Costume Parade at the … [Read more...]

Perspective and Pepperoni

Last Wednesday was trick-or-treat night in Rochester and I hope everyone had as much fun as we did! My husband and I invited a few friends over for pizza and fun before we took our kids out to beg for candy. We know how fun our neighborhood is and we wanted our friends to be able to have a fun experience with their kids like we’ve had in the past. We always get so many trick-or-treaters and I enjoy seeing all the children’s costumes and families out together. It was no surprise that when I … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Do I Do About Scary Decorations?

Dear Crabby, I really do not like all of the scary decorations that people put out for Halloween these days. My kids are young, and some of these decorations scare them and give them nightmares!  Why is it that people have no issue with putting scary props out on their yard, but if you dare to put a Nativity Scene in your yard, you face criminal charges? Sincerely, Common Sense Mom Dear Common Sense Mom, You certainly make a good point about these different holiday traditions and … [Read more...]

The Positive Side of Halloween

Ayrton trick-or-treating in downtown Rochester last year.

I absolutely love fall. It is my favorite time of year partly because it is so beautiful here in Rochester, but also because I enjoy eating all the fall goodies, like pumpkin bread and apples. We’ve already been to Yates’ Cider Mill several times! I love watching the trees change color and collecting leaves with my son, Ayrton. His birthday is just before Halloween and we have so much fun celebrating that day with him. I also know that with fall comes the beginning of the holiday season, … [Read more...]

Wildlife comes “alive” at Van Hoosen Farm

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will be presenting Halloween Wildlife: Fact vs. Fiction on Saturday, October 27 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. The program is free for Members of the Rochester Hills Museum. The cost for non-members is $5 for adults, $3 for students, and $3 for seniors. During the program guests will discover if the myth and legends people have created about wolves, crows, and other Halloween animals are based on fact or fiction. This program is recommended for ages 7 … [Read more...]

Rochester Newcomers and Neighbors Club Scares Up Family Fun

Halloween Family Night at Buddy’s Pizza Join Rochester Newcomers and Neighbors Club on October 25th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Buddy’s Pizza, 2612 N. Squirrel Rd. on the corner of Walton & Squirrel. We will order a variety of pizzas, salads, and non-alcoholic beverages, which will be served family style. The cost for members will be $5.00 per adult, per teenage child, and $3.00 per child under the age of 12. The cost for non-members will be $15.00 Come learn about our … [Read more...]

Don’t Get Mad, Get Silly!

By Meghan Zeile These days, life spins out of control for me. With a 3-year-old son, baby #2 on the way, a bathroom/laundry room remodel, and a husband working overtime, I rarely get to sit and take a breath. I am on a schedule, getting from here to there on time and with everything clean and organized and accomplished. Or so I’d like to think. I can no longer suck down the amount of caffeine necessary to take on the world due to baby #2, thus leaving me exhausted and ready for a nap when … [Read more...]