2018-10-21 / Front Page

Downtown Lapeer to host weekend of Halloween fun

Contributing Writer

Dressed as Wonder Woman, Mayla Zettle of Lapeer participated in last year’s Treat Walk. 
Photo by Jeff Hogan Dressed as Wonder Woman, Mayla Zettle of Lapeer participated in last year’s Treat Walk. Photo by Jeff Hogan LAPEER — There is one more weekend left to enjoy Halloween activities in downtown Lapeer, and there will be plenty to do.

Ghost tours

Throughout October, Lapeer Community Theater and the Lapeer Downtown Development Authority (DDA) have been offering walking ghost tours in downtown Lapeer. Volunteer tour guides and costumed actors bring downtown’s history — dressed up a bit for effect, of course — alive for those who care to listen. They scoured old newspapers and books and listened to verbal accounts of historical tales, and wove them together to give a different glimpse of downtown.

“They’ll not only hear from the tour guides, they’ll hear from the ghosts themselves,” said DDA Director James Alt.

The last tours will be held Friday and Saturday (Oct. 26-27). The first tour leaves at 7 p.m. and they are held every half hour until the last tour leaves at 9:30 p.m. They begin in the Fox Street Mall, which is the courtyard next to the Blue Water Center for Independent Living, and cover Nepessing Street between Mason and Saginaw streets. The tours last about 45 minutes.

Alt said the tours are for all ages, with discretion. He said he’d rate it a PG to PG-13 experience.

“They’re ghost stories, and ghosts don’t appear when people die naturally,” he said.

The ghost tours cost $5 per person, or $15 for a group of 4-6, and proceeds support Lapeer’s downtown Main Street efforts and Lapeer Community Theater.

Pumpkinfest, Treat Walk

Saturday (Oct. 27) will be the annual Pumpkinfest and Treat Walk in downtown Lapeer, and will also be the last day of the season for the Historic Farmers Market of Lapeer.

“Really, there’s stuff all day long,” said Alt.

From 10 a.m. to noon, there will be a scavenger hunt at the farmer’s market, and free pumpkin carving inside New to You Consignment. The pumpkin carving is sponsored by Lapeer Main Street, the DDA and View Newspaper Group (publisher of The County Press and Lapeer Area VIEW).

From noon to 2 p.m., local businesses will be the place to trick-or-treat during the Treat Walk. Alt said normally at least 20 businesses participate.

“If it’s a nice day, it’ll bring over 1,000 kids downtown,” he said.

Magic and laughs

At 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, the PIX Theatre will have a free show featuring the magic of Doug Scheer. Scheer Magic is a comedy and magic show that delights kids and adults alike. The kids are the stars of the show as Scheer brings them onto the stage to help with his zany, hysterical brand of magic.

At 7:30 p.m., international magician Jonathan LaChance will amaze and amuse audiences from 3 to 103 with his unique one-man show, Laugh Magic. Experience mind-boggling magic right before your eyes, all while laughing until it hurts. As a bonus, Alt will perform his own unique brand of amazing close-up magic to open the show. All seats for this event are $12, and can be purchased at the PIX box office inside Gallery 194.

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