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Hallowe'en Event at Greenfield Village in Dearborn

Old-fashioned spooky fun is in store Oct. 11-13, 18-20 and 25-27, 2013, as costumed characters, treats and jack-o'-lanterns bring the holiday's history to life

Experience the holiday and the way it all came about – early-20th-century-style! That's the spirit of Hallowe'en at Greenfield Village in Dearborn, an annual three-weekend family festival that serves up slightly eerie sights and characters – including the favorite Headless Horseman, animated skeletons and plenty of storytellers.

This year's event – which happens Oct. 11-13, 18-20 and 25-27 – features a walk lit by 1,000 jack-o'-lanterns, all guiding families to 11 goody stations dotting the village streets.

Kids can come dressed up in their Halloween costumes or in plain clothes to trick-or-treat among the ghouls of the Henry Ford. Strolls are family friendly and suitable (not scary!) for all ages. Each one starts at 6:30 p.m. (all nine nights), and the walk takes about a half hour to finish. Be sure to register in advance, as this event gets very busy and tends to fill up and sell out!

During the walk, you'll enjoy the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe – and tour the dreaded Sleepy Hollow forest. It's all a throwback to the way Halloween was celebrated in the early 1900s. Along the way, enjoy treats like doughnuts, hot apple cider and even some village-brewed beer for mom and dad. There are 1930s-era cartoons to watch, too, and treat bags are provided.

This event costs $15 for adults ($12.75 if you're a member of The Henry Ford), and children under age 2 get in for free. Time slots, which start every half-hour, run 6:30-9 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 6:30-8 p.m. Sundays.

For more information on the 2013 Hallowe'en family event at Greenfield Village in Dearborn, check out the Metro Parent calendar listing.

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