By SUE SUCHYTA
DEARBORN – From carved jack-o-lanterns to spooky scarecrows, to the Grim Reaper and friendly witches, there’s something for everyone at Hallowe’en Nights in Greenfield Village through Oct. 30 at The Henry Ford.
Two trains offer a Hallowe’en ride around the village to see a haunted graveyard, ghostly gatherings and skeleton crews.
Since guests no longer queue up at treat stations, visitors may enter any time after 4 p.m., and wander throughout the village to visit costumed characters, including the friendly enchantresses at Witch Hazel’s Used Broom Lot and the ever-friendly Madam Zaza the fortune teller.
The carousel runs all evening, next to the playground, and leads to the recently opened Detroit Central Market, which includes musical entertainment, the Owl Lunch Stand and story time, kid crafts and traditional hands-on games that don’t require computer chips.
Musical entertainment abounds, and includes The Potion Sisters and the Transylvania Trio at the Town Hall, as well as skeletons shaking their bones while dancing at the gazebo.
Favorite characters, including Alice in Wonderland, on Main Street near the Heinz House, Peter Pan, near the Suwanee Lagoon and the Wizard of Oz, near Davidson-Gerson Gallery of Glass, are on hand to make one smile.
Spooky sites are also available, from the Grim Reaper in the Ford Home pasture to the fog-filled and eerily lit covered bridge, to the Woman in White on the balcony at the Robert Frost Home.
The Headless Horseman pursues Ichabod Crane in the pasture on Mill Lane near the entrance to the village, and Hallowe’en cartoon shorts play on an outdoor screen near Mrs. Fisher’s food stand.
A Taste of History Restaurant and Main Street vendors offer fun foods, soft drinks and adult beverages, and souvenirs are available at the village store, the Liberty Craft Works and at Halloween Market stalls throughout the village.
Costumes are optional, but make the experience fun, as families often follow a theme. The event goes on rain or shine, and guests are encouraged to check the temperature forecast and to wear comfortable shoes.
For more information about upcoming events, go to thehenryford.org.