Evart DDA preparing for fun, spooky Halloween festivities

EVART — It’s gearing up to be a spooky, fun Halloween this year in Evart.

The Evart Downtown Development Authority has two events slated for later this month designed for families to have fun.

For the third year, the DDA is organizing the Haunted Park fundraiser. The event is set for 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, on the east side of the Muskegon River, near Forest Hill Cemetery.

“We’re going to have a dozen or more creepy, ghoulish scenes for people to walk through,” said Al Weinberg,DDA director. “It is going to be interactive with people in them. Tour guides will take groups of 10 to 20 people through at a time and tell them a story about each of the scenes they come upon.”

The Haunted Park also provides a chance for local groups and organizations to get involved, Weinberg said.

“The groups will be decorating the scenes for The Haunted Park. Once people finish the Haunted Forest, they can vote for which one was the scariest,” he said. “The Lamplighter Cafe is the defending champion.”

The event is meant to be fun for the entire family, Weinberg said.

“There are a lot of creepy little things — it creates a lot of startles and scares, but lots of laughter as well,” he said. “It’s all done in good fun for everyone and we strive to keep it very PG.”

Proceeds from the event help the Evart Parks and Recreation Department and the annual Party in the Park with the Evart Chamber of Commerce, Weinberg said.

There is an admission cost of $5 for the event. Organizations that want to create a scene for the Haunted Park should contact the DDA at (231) 734-0185.

The DDA also is gearing up for the annual Main Street Monster Mash, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31.

The event draws around 800 people each year, Weinberg said, and they go up and down Main Street to trick-or-treat businesses and local organizations.

“The people come down Main Street and get to see the businesses there, but also the other organizations like the Moose, the VFW and others who continue to support our community,” he said. “We’ve had a whole bunch of new stores open downtown in the last couple of years. It’s become a vibrant downtown and this is a way for people to rediscover it.”

Besides trick-or-treating, Weinberg said children and pets can sign up for the costume contest. There will be three different age groups for children: 0 to 2 years old; 3 to 5 years old; and 6 to 12 years old.

Weinberg said they are still looking for businesses or organizations who want to participate in the festivities, as well as help with prizes for the costume contest.