No tricks this year, only treats, as people came out in droves to the Spooky Spectacular at Michigan Central Station.

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During the first portion of the Ford sponsored event ghouls and goblins of all ages surrounded the iconic landmark.

Costume clad kids rushed to the Ford F-150’s loaded with every type of candy imaginable. While parents waited off to the side in awe of the once dilapidated building, Daphne Britt stood taking in the scenery as her two daughters dressed as a cat and unicorn rushed off to collect candy from each “store front” set up inside MCS.

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“This is so dope. I can’t believe I’m inside the train station,” Britt said. “This is the heart of Detroit. We needed this. I’m so glad the city is finally coming back.”

Inside, a gigantic full moon doubled as a disco ball as silvery ghosts hung suspended in the air. The zombie DJ blasted a variety of monster smashes. It was a real rave from the grave.

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Davion Bailey came to the party with two of his friends hoping to cash in on some candy.

“Honestly, I only came for the candy, but after coming inside, I realized that this is an interesting building,” Bailey said. It would be cool to see this space turned into a rec center for the community.”

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If you missed the first part, it’s not too late. The second portion of the FREE outdoor festivities is from 6-8pm. 

Special thanks to local organizations like Michigan Science Center, Teen Hype and SER Metro.

While ghosts and goblins haunted Michigan Central Station, the Eastside #FREC drew miniature monsters, superheroes, and all manner of characters.

Attendees were met at the door with festive music performed by the New Orleans style, Gabriel Brass Band.

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Once inside, friends of the FREC walked along spiderweb draped hallways clad with spooky decor. As kids enjoyed slime making and face painting, parents took full advantage of the night off from cooking with free pizza, coney dogs, donuts, lemonade, cider, and all the treats the kids could handle.

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Not to be outdone, the adults got in on the Halloween fun too with a virtual fashion show of  costumes.

Dorothy, Toto and the Scare Crow were spotted easing on down the yellow brick road.

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Even Okoye stopped by from the world of Wakanda.

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Sonny and Cher came in to spread peace, love, and good Halloween vibes.

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And Serena Williams to a break from the Grand Slam circuit to say hello to her friends at the FREC.

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From Michigan Central Station to the Eastside FREC, Halloween 2018 was one for the record books! Happy Halloween 🎃 and Dia de los Muertos 📿 from the FREC family to yours!

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The Ford Resource and Engagement Center (FREC) is a client-directed community center where people can learn new skills, obtain needed services, develop new talents and celebrate community. Made possible by grants from Ford Motor Company Fund, The Ford Resource and Engagement Center brings together non-profit partners to serve the surrounding community. 

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