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Local hauntings to celebrate Halloween


Communities plan events this weekend



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October 22, 2008
TRI-CITY AREA— Communities throughout the area are hosting special activities to mark the Halloween season. Some of the more popular events are listed below.

In Imlay City, the annual Merchant Trick or Treat Day features an expanded itinerary of activities for young candy seekers and their families on Saturday, Oct. 25.

Sponsored by the Imlay City Area Chamber of Commerce, businesses citywide will welcome visitors from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., inviting the little ones inside for Halloween fun and treats.

Setting an eerie tone for the day, members of Sue Howard's Extreme Cheer & Dance Studio will perform their seasonal production of Michael Jackson's "Thriller," promptly at 10:45 a.m. Stake out your spot at the corner of Main and Third streets to see the show.

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Families enjoy trick-or-treating through downtown Imlay City during Merchant’s Trick-or-Treat event.

Tom Schutz of Output Entertainment will play "spooky" music under the tent at the corner of Third and Main streets. He will be joined by face painter "Wowie the Clown" and DDA members passing out popcorn.

Nearly 1,000 people took part in last year's Merchant Trick-or-Treat event, said Chamber Director Sally Reinhardt, and another large crowd is expected this year.

Immediately following the event, the Imlay City Fire Department will host an Open House at the fire hall on Third Street.

From 1-4 p.m., firefighters will be handing out candy and fire safety materials to all children. The general public is invited to check out the fire trucks, emergency equipment and ask questions of the fire fighters.

In Almont, the 11th Annual Spooky Time Parade takes to the streets downtown on Saturday, Oct. 25.

Sponsored by the Almont Downtown Development Authority, the popular Halloween activity begins at 2 p.m. at the corner of School and Main streets, and runs through 4 p.m.

In addition to the costume parade, children will be able to enjoy food, games and goody bags filled with seasonal treats.

Along with the DDA, the event will be sponsored by hometown banks; CSB Bank, National City Bank and Tri-County Bank.

Also in Almont, the Almont-Dryden Lioness Club will host a Halloween Costume Dance on Saturday, Oct. 25, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Lions Hall.

The adults-only event includes food, music, a cash bar and prizes for best costumes.

All proceeds will go toward the Lioness Sighted Fund.

In Lapeer, the annual Downtown Treat Walk runs from noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at downtown businesses. Free treat bags and maps are available at participating businesses.

The event is sponsored by the Lapeer Downtown Business Association. Call 810-441-2983 for more details.

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