DEARBORN, Mich. — The mid 20th-century comes alive with the sights and sounds of Hallowe’en at the Greenfield Village. The celebration of Halloween dates back long, long ago at the end of summer and the harvest season. Cornstalks, witches, ghosts and goblins were everywhere.
The AmericaJR.com Web Team had the chance to walk the pumpkin-lined streets. I hear there were over 1,000 pumpkins along the entire route, and I believe it. Spooky thrills awaited us as we headed toward The Top Hat Sideshow. Two magicians asked for a volunteer to put his head in a guillotine. Uh oh…….Swallowing swords and spitting fire were also on the agenda.
Next came Zaza with her crystal ball. Many children were interested in her predictions. Scarecrows and witches were abound along the streets. Even the headless horseman from the Legend of Sleepy Hollow was there.
There were dancing bones emerging from their vaults. The Village Cemetery was nearby as spirits haunted the graveyard. As you walked through the covered bridge, you were engulfed in a puff of fog.
Shows consisted of “The Transylvania Trio,” “The Potion Sisters,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “The Tell Tale Heart” and last but not least, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”
There were several places to eat, if in fact you got hungry. The Taste of History Restaurant served hot and cold food. Mrs. Fisher’s Souther Kitchen served hot brews, cold beverages and snacks as you watched a black and white film playing on the screen as you ate. The frozen custard stand served hot and cold beverages, custard and snacks.
There were hundreds of children and their parents who wore their costumes to this event as we walked along the pumpkin path. Walking through the forest was dark and scary. Take heed and beware of the sounds in the bark.
The event was sold out the day we went. So get your tickets early. Tickets for adults and youth (2-11 years of age) are $16.00 for non-members and $13.75 for members; children (younger than 2) were free. Hallowe’en at Greenfield Village begins weekends of October 14-16, 20-23 and 27-30 only. Greenfield Village is located at 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, Michigan.