This is my favorite time of year! If I had it my way, decorations would get put up at the beginning of September but majority vote wins…….bummer for me. Not to fret and not to frown – the great thing for me is I get to decorate my house, and I have the opportunity to create the 23rd Annual Halloween Trail at the Civic Center Park with my side kicks Johnnie Mattiello and Greg Landry from DPW. Half the fun is the time we spend together coming up with different ideas on how to make the trail better than the last one. Don’t get me wrong – the three of us get the ball rolling, but it takes everyone here at the City working together to pull off this event that draws between 500-800 people every year.
Pulling off this event is no easy task as it takes the following items: advertising/marketing, station decorations, donations, candy preparation, recruiting 40+ volunteers (give us a call if you are interested), 3 days of trail set-up and clean-up, and months of preparation. With all of us working together, we create 12 different stations for children, ages 12 and under, to “Trick or Treat” down the Halloween Trail in Civic Center Park. The last station children visit is the “Talking Pumpkin”, and then they enjoy a special Halloween Magic Show inside the Community Center. This event is FREE to all children in costume. Now to figure out my costume for this year! For more information, call Parks & Recreation at the Auburn Hills Community Center at 248-370-9353.
Mikey Gorak, Recreation Coordinator