(The Thomas Alva Edison’s statue is decorated for the season at Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan on Sunday, October 13, 2019. Photo above by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.)
Over one thousand hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns border the walkway through the grounds of the famed Greenfield Village, part of the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, for the current running of its Hallowe’en In Greenfield Village. The show is designed to return its visitors to the Hallowe’en holiday as it was celebrated in the first half of the Century.
An appropriate Good Witch serves as the greeter at the Village’s front door that leads to costumed actors throughout the park, singers and magicians and all manner of animating classic children’s tales from Alice in Wonderland to the Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Sleepy Hollow.
The good witch confirmed she is, in fact, a good witch, which explained her golden gown. Good witches, she told Eyes on Windsor, don’t melt. Apparently, there was rain on Friday night and the bad witches melted away.
Greenfield Village excels at creating enjoyable events and this one is no exception. To make its Hallowe’en walk simple, the jack-o’-lanterns serve as guideposts for the walk. Greenfield’s planners estimate the time to travel the full route, and its twelve major attractions, is about two hours. Thus, tickets are sold in intervals of a half hour, starting at 6:30 with the last slot at 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 8pm on Thursdays and Sundays. Parking fills up just about every spot available and some not usually available, on the grass alongside the entrance roadway. However, those arriving for later tours might best consider searching out a spot closest to the Village’s entry gates. There aren’t many, but as early visitors leave, spots do open and can put those following this advice a stone’s throw from the entrance.
One of the scariest, or spookiest, attraction, your choice, is the Troll Bridge. The covered bridge is dark and foreboding. And there is fog. But, it is the shortest way to walk from the Dancing Skeletons to the Woman in White so the routine is simply to prepare to be spooked, it is enjoyable.
For those who like to stand and be entertained, the Top Hat Side Show features an exceptional troupe performing deeds of derring-do, mostly magic, and ends each set with a tight rope walker from Florida.
The night ends with the Headless Horseman riding about Sleepy Hollow and presents a fascinating barely lit conclusion to a grand tour of considerable delight.
At the start Greenfield staff hand everyone a red plastic bag and talk of there being treats ahead. They are right. Along the way costumed characters, there are more than 50 in the Village, dole out such candy treasures as licorice, Skittles, gummy bears, suckers and more. If nothing else, they are something to munch on between attractions.
There is also much story telling from the Transylvania Trio, the Potion Sisters – who do a rousing version of Love Potion Number 9 – along with Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel with Gretel among many others.
Other attractions can be reserved including the Hallowe’en Fairy Tale Feast, a horse-drawn wagon ride to a Hallowe’en-themed supper with storybook characters, festive music and children’s activities. There is also the Eagle Tavern Harvest Supper with its old fashioned menu, music and parlor games. The admission fee to both includes no cost admission to Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village.
The event runs Thursday to Sunday October 17-20 and 24-27 with tickets sold in intervals between 6:30 and 8pm and 10pm depending on the day. Standard admission for all comers is $14.50 for Henry Ford members and $17 for non-members. Children under 2 are free.
For more information visit https://www.thehenryford.org/current-events/calendar/halloween-in-greenfield-village/
Article by Robert Tuomi
For over a decade, Robert has covered local news and community events. Initially as a contributor to CBC Radio’s local morning show and then as the long-time producer and host of CJAM’s The Rest of the News and as a journalist at the Windsor Square. A graduate of the Nikon School of Photography he enjoys illustrating his reports with what he sees through his camera’s lens.