Hometown Halloween Happenings Trick or Treating in the Tri-City Area
By Angela Stair This year Halloween, October 31, falls on a Wednesday. Most municipalities will be celebrating on the traditional day of October 31, but there are a few events that will take place at different times. Below you will find each city and township in the Tri-City Area with a listing of their trick or treat hours that have been set. Additionally, is information for other Halloween festivities in the area.
HARTFORD TOWNSHIP does not set Halloween Trick or Treat day or time.
BAINBRIDGE TOWNSHIP also does not set a date or time for the event.
HAGAR TOWNSHIP has set up the date and time for Halloween Trick or Treating on October 31, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
KEELER TOWNSHIP has set the Halloween Trick or Treating for Wednesday, October 31 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
CITY OF HARTFORD has approved Halloween Trick or Treating on Wednesday, October 31 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The Hartford Reserve Police Officers will be giving out candy at the station.
CITY OF WATERVLIET has approved Wednesday, October 31 for Trick or Treating between the hours of 5:00 and 7:30 p.m. The City also celebrates with a traditional down town parade of youngsters; trick or treating in costume at the businesses of downtown from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
WATERVLIET TOWNSHIP has approved the date of Wednesday, October 31 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. for Halloween Trick or Treating.
CITY OF COLOMA will hold trick or treating hours on Wednesday, October 31 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The City will also celebrate with their annual Halloween in the Park from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 27 (see separate story for details).
COLOMA TOWNSHIP has approved the date and time for trick or treating as Wednesday, October 31, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Coloma Lions Great Pumpkin Derby It is pumpkin racing time again in Downtown Coloma. The Coloma Lions Club has announced the 3rd Annual Great Pumpkin Derby will be held on Saturday, October 27 near City Hall in Downtown Coloma. There will be three classes of racers this year. There will be a race for Competing Area Merchants, an Open Class that anyone can enter and a separate Lions Club Challenge Race. There is also a “Best Decorated Racer” prize. The format will be double elimination and the eventual Grand Champion will be decided by a run-off race between the three class winners. Kits that include the legal wheels can be purchased for $15 at the Coloma True Value. Anyone wanting to build their own racer with their own hardware is allowed subject to the rules. The application to participate and the rules are available at the True Value Hardware. Participants must pay a $10.00 entry fee per racing pumpkin. Cash Prizes to be paid to the winners. Weigh-in and “Technical Inspection” will start at 11:00 a.m. with racing to start at High Noon. For further information please contact Lion John Whisler at (269) 208-4580.
Halloween Fall Festival at HIS Place in Hartford The Hartford Public Library will have its 6th Annual Halloween Fall Festival on Saturday, October 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. This year the Halloween Fall Festival will be held at HIS Place Community Center, 15 South Maple, due to popularity of the event. There will be 20 fun games to play, lots of prizes, candy, crafts, face painting and a Halloween costume contest. There is plenty of free parking available and no cost to participate. All children and families are welcome. Friends of the Hartford Library supports the entire event for the library and the community. For more information, call the library at 621-3408.
Coloma FOP Youth Halloween Party On Saturday, October 27 the Coloma F.O.P. #147 at 3470 Angling Road is having a kids’ Halloween Party from 2 – 5 p.m. The free fun includes a spooky funhouse, games, prizes, food and crafts, and weather permitting, a hayride. Come in costume, at 3:30 will be a costume contest! Halloween in the Park Downtown Coloma event Coloma is holding its annual Halloween in the Park on Saturday, October 27 from 3 to 5 p.m. The two-hour event will take place in Baker Park and behind City Hall Downtown Coloma. Festivities begin with a costume parade from the Fire Station at 3:00 p.m. Participants can enjoy hot dogs grilled by the Coloma Lions Club, popcorn, juice and apples. Bring a bag to “Trick or Treat” to cars and vehicles behind City Hall. The candy and food are provided by area merchants and community organizations. For extra fun, there will be games provided by Freshwater Church and Halloween music by Tom Gear with emcee Andy Kendall. This event is coordinated by North Berrien Community Development. There will be no merchant trick or treating.
Halloween event at Sarett Nature Center Visit the Nature Center on Saturday, October 27 between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. for a family-fun Halloween event! Volunteers and staff will be on hand to help visitors discover wild creatures and fun activities, including a wagon ride, along the lighted trail. Snacks, a craft and their education animals will be inside. Cost is $5 per person. Bring a flashlight! Sarett Nature Center is located at 2300 Benton Center Rd. in Benton Harbor.
Early trick or treating at Crystal Springs Church of God Start trick or treating early this year! Crystal Springs Church of God is inviting families to a Trunk or Treat event on Sunday, Oct. 28 starting at 4:30 p.m. in their church parking lot. They are located at 1465 Pipestone Road next door to Crystal Springs Florist in Benton Harbor. For more information, call 269-925-1843 or find them on the web at: www.crystalspringsfamily.com.
Trunk or Treat in Sister Lakes Sister Lakes Community Church invites the public to join them for Trunk or Treat family-friendly fun at Sister Lakes Community Church, 67119 M-152 in Dowagiac on Sunday, October 28, from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. They will have lots of candy, homemade cookies, apple cider and kids games.
Maritime Museum has free family-fun trick-or-treating in South Haven Michigan Maritime Museum on Halloween, Wednesday Oct. 31, is having a FREE Trick-or-Treating family event. From 4 to 6 p.m., trick-or-treaters will collect candy and non-food treats and play games around the Museum. This event is for kids ages toddler to 10 years old. Children must be in costume and be accompanied by an adult. For the third Halloween in a row, the Michigan Maritime Museum is supporting FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project to create a safer, happier Halloween by offering non-food treats for trick-or-treaters. Simply state that your trick-or-treater requires a non-food treat at each trick-or-treating station around the Museum and receive a fun prize instead of candy! For more information on the Teal Pumpkin project, visit www.tealpumpkinpro- ject.org. Get ready for some family Halloween fun! The Museum is located at 260 Dyckman Ave. in South Haven.