Greenfield Village is A Fantastic Place For Families to See the Sights of Hallowe’en

(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.

Pumpkins at Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village

A jack o’lantern display during Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan on Sunday, October 13, 2019. Photo by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.

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.

Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village's Good Witch

The Good Witch and her black cat greet guests as they enter Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan on Sunday, October 13, 2019. Photo by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.

Merlin the Good Wizard at Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village

Merlin the Good Wizard greets guests during Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan on Sunday, October 13, 2019. Photo by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.

The Queen of Hearts and Alice at Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village

The Queen of Hearts and Alice from Alice in Wonderland during Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan on Sunday, October 13, 2019. Photo by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.

The Wizard of Oz at Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village

The Wizard of Oz speaking to guests as they pass by during Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan on Sunday, October 13, 2019. Photo by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.

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.

Top Hat Sideshow at Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village

A tight wire walker during the grand finale of the Top Hat Sideshow at Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan on Sunday, October 13, 2019. Photo by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.

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.

Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village

One of the many costume wearing candy distributors, this one with licorice, during Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan on Sunday, October 13, 2019. Photo by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.

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.

Cartoons at Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village

1930’s Halloween themed cartoons being screened at Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan on Sunday, October 13, 2019. Photo by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.

Lighted Halloween Necklaces at Greenfield Village

Lighted necklaces sold just outside the entrance gate are popular items worn on the tour of Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan on Sunday, October 13, 2019. Photo by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.

Witch Shoppe inside the Greenfield Village Store

A special Witch Shoppe inside the Greenfield Village Store during Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan on Sunday, October 13, 2019. Photo by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.

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/

Robert Tuomi

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.