By Jennifer Swanchara
Meridian Times staff writer
Halloween in Meridian Township begins early with events occurring at the Harris Nature Center, Meridian Township police and fire departments, Meridian Historic Village, Meridian Farmers’ Market and HOMTV on Saturday Oct. 26.
According to Rich, in the Friendly Forest, “kids go for a walk where there will be learning stations along the way such as the bumblebee garden, the bat cave and the spider web and will end at the pumpkin patch where everyone gets a pumpkin.”“We try and have lots of Halloween fun but slip in some nature education so you always get our nature teaching when you come out here and the Friendly Forest is especially good for that,” said Rich.
The event is $6 per child from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., but according to Rich families should allot two hours to enjoy everything the nature center has to offer.
The Police Department is also celebrating Halloween. It is encouraging families to visit their public safety building from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to meet different officers and take advantage of the only event of the year the building is open for tours.
According to Lt. Greg Frengier the open house is a community event and an educational event to keep children from getting hurt on Halloween.
Frengier said Halloween safety tips include, “wearing bright colored costumes, not wearing a mask that will inhibit them from being able to see clearly, not running into the street and sticking with their parents throughout the night.”
In the municipal building, next to the public safety building, HOMTV will be giving a behind the scenes look at how TV works. According to Krisi Schaeding, secretary for the communications department and HOMTV, kids will be able to see what it is like to be a reporter.
“Kids will be able to go through our studio and see how things are set up,” said Schaeding. “We will also have a chroma key screen so it will look like they are flying or in a funhouse, something like that.”
HOMTV will host its Fun House from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. while the Meridian Farmers’ Market will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. According to Manager Christine Miller, Meridian Farmers’ Market manager, is expecting about 40 vendors with a variety of fall products at the final outdoor Saturday market of the regular season.
“There should be a lot of people coming through because I know the police station will be open and the village will be open so there will be a lot of commotion about with a lot of people walking through,” said Miller.
The final market of the outdoor season will be Wednesday, Oct. 30 until the day before Thanksgiving market on Nov. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market then moves inside the Meridian Mall on Dec. 7.
As for Halloween night, trick-or-treating will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31 in Meridian Township.