Halloween happenings

GENESEE COUNTY — Besides door-to-door trick-or-treating on Tuesday, there is no shortage of spooktacular places where children can go to show off their Halloween costumes, starting this weekend.

The Genesee District Library and the Flint Public Library have partnered to bring a free, safe Halloween event to the children of Genesee County. Their Lil’ Monsters Halloween Bash will be held from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 28 at the Genesee Valley Center shopping mall.

Children may wear costumes and pick-up free goodie bags at 10 a.m. at the Genesee Valley Center Library in the Sears Wing, or in the J.C. Penney wing, and trick-or-treat in the mall from 10 -12. At noon, the kids can head to Center Court for Rick Kelley’s Music Show and Dance Party. After the show kids may stop in at the Genesee Valley Center Library for a free book. No face-covering masks or “weapons” are permitted. For more information, please visit thegdl.org, or fpl.info.

Next stop, from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, October 29, the West Flint Church of the Nazarene, 2254 S Dye Road, is inviting everyone to its annual Community Fall Festival & Trunk or Treat. where there will be hayrides, marshmallow roasting, face-painting, fall games, and more.

Also from 3-6 p.m. Sunday October 29, is a free, public Trunk or Treat family fun event hosted by Genesee County 911 at the Michigan State Police Post, 4481 Corunna Rd. The post’ back lot will be filled with firetrucks, ambulances, police cars, cotton candy, popcorn and of candy. NASH FM 95.1 radio station will be there with games and giveaways.

Guest parking will be available in the parking lot at Lowe’s home improvement store. Flint Township police will be participating in theevent and also are handing out treats all week at the police station, 5200 Norko Drive.

Outside of Flint Township, several organizations are also hosting Halloween parties and events including the Halloween Hootenanny, from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, October 28, at Longway Planetarium, offering prizes for best costumes, treats and more. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for youth ages 2-11 Each ticket includes admission to the 6 pm Ooky Spooky Light Show. Reserve tickets by calling 810.237.3427 or go online at www.Longway.org.

Also Applewood, the Charles Stewart Mott estate, 1400 E. Kearsley Street, will be hosting Halloween in the Gardens, from 11am to 5pm, Oct. 26-29. Admission and activities are free, no reservations needed.

Families can take a guided tour of the fall gardens at noon each day, attend Storytime at 11:30 a.m. each day, enjoy fall decorations around the estate, visit trick or treating stations throughout the grounds, walk the Halloween-themed obstacle course in the lower gardens, and sample ingredients grown at Applewood.

On, Saturday there will be a costume parade following Storytime. For more information, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ events/1911321085799169/?acontext=% 7B%22ref%22%3A%223%22%2C% 22ref_ newsfeed_ story_ type%22%3A%- 22regular%22%2C%22action_ history% 22%3A%22null%22%7D

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