DETROIT (WJBK) - Halloween is changing in Detroit. The city is no longer focusing on patrols on angel's night but instead returning Halloween to the children.
On Wednesday, officials announced the launch of Halloween in the D -- eight days of Halloween activities in Detroit starting on Oct. 24. And while there will still be sufficient patrols on Angel's Night, the city says fires and vandalism isn't a problem like it was in years past.
"A whole generation of children are growing up remembering Halloween is a time of patrols. And that's not the message that we want, so we feel like we made enough progress in the city that we can make Halloween about the children. We're really excited, this is a special time," said Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.
A lot of people came together to make this happen. Ford is the lead sponsor and the city says everyone can take part by donating wrapped candy to the police precincts where kids will get to go "trunk or treating" at police cars.
"It's nice to see the innovation and the new ways we that we're bringing families together. We're bringing together the people who help serve our communities and we're also, most importantly, bringing wonderful resources back to our children that absolutely need every bit of it," said community activitist Korey Batey.
Check out all these events:
HAUNTED PARKS - Open from 5-8 PM, October 31
Rouge Park at the Brennan pool house will be transformed into a haunted locker room, 21415 Plymouth Road.
Chandler Park - The zombies take over as the park becomes Zombie Ruins.
Clark Park becomes the Creepy Carnival complete with haunted house theme, clowns, scary music, etc.
HARVEST FEST - Open from 5-8 PM, October 31
A Harvest Fest is set for Spirit Plaza on Woodward Avenue with games, music and food.
CANDY, CANDY AND MORE CANDY! - October 31
Trunk-or-Treat events at all 12 Detroit Police precincts and other activities Oct. 31
Detroit Fire Department will distribute candy at a number of fire stations Oct. 31
DDOT TAKES ITS SCARY TRICKS ON THE ROAD - October 31
A haunted DDOT Bus will be stationed at the Detroit Police 10th Precinct, 12000 Livernois, joined by the roving Ghost Busters.
POLICE DEPARTMENT HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES - various dates
In addition to trunk-or-treating, the Detroit Police Department has other activities including a Halloween party and haunted hay ride at the 12th Precinct, 1200 W. Seven Mile Road, Oct. 31; and Nevada House of Horrors at the 11th Precinct, 5200 Nevada, from Oct. 26 - 31. Go to halloweeninthed.org for details.
RECREATION CENTERS TO HOST ACTIVITIES - various dates
The Parks & Recreation Department is planning a variety of activities for children, teens and seniors at eight recreation centers from Oct. 24 - 31. Activities include Pumpkin Plunge, Crazy Hat Bingo, costume party, carnival and a trip to Cedar Point for Halloweekend. Go to halloweeninthed.org for details.
DETROIT LAND BANK OFFERS 3 HAUNTED HOUSES - October 31 - 5-8 PM
The Detroit Land Bank Authority gets in on the action by decorating three homes with a Halloween theme for a kid-friendly experience. Refreshments and candy provided. The addresses are:
14259 Archdale (District 1)
18424 Hartwell (District 2)
5282 Bishop (District 4)