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Outback Steakhouse $50 Gift Card Giveaway

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Noodles & Company Review and Giveaway

Noodles & Company Review and Giveaway

The other evening, I had the privilege of attending a blogger event at the Noodles & Company restaurant in Novi. This was my first time at a Noodles & Company so I was especially excited. Lucky for me, our group was able to try quite the variety of dishes, which ended up stuffing me to the max!

We began our meal with two shareables – Cheesy Garlic Bread and Korean BBQ Meatballs. The baguette bread is topped with parmesan cheese. garlic butter, and Italian seasonings and it is served with a side of marinara sauce. Definitely a great side to pasta dishes!

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One of Noodles & Company’s newest dishes is the Korean BBQ meatballs. These were a big hit with our group. The meatballs are topped with a sweet and spicy Korean BBQ sauce, which in my opinion was a perfect blend!

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Next, we were presented with two salads – the Napa Market Salad with Chicken and the Chicken Veracruz Salad, both of which are new to the menu. The Napa Market Salad is mixed greens topped with Gala apples, tomatoes, red bell peppers, blue cheese, naturally raised bacon crumbles, and pulled grilled chicken. It’s tossed with pomegranate vinaigrette.

My favorite of the two was the Chicken Veracruz Salad because it has a touch of spicy! This salad is mixed greens topped with tomatoes, red onion, chili-lime chicken, crumbled bacon, corn, crispy jalapenos, fresh avocados, and cilantro. The kicker is the Jalapeno Ranch dressing (YUM).

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For our first main entrees, we were given Penne Rosa, Pesto Cavatappi, and Alfredo MontAmore. You can read more about these dishes on the Noodle & Company website. Of the three, my favorite was the Pesto Cavatappi which is loaded with flavor. This dish has curly pasta, basil pesto, garlic, mushrooms, tomato, wine, cream, parmesan, and Italian parsley.

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For our second main entrees, we had Asian dishes including Pad Thai, Bangkok Curry, and Spicy Korean Beef Noodles (a new dish). The last dish is quite spicy, so this dish is good for spice lovers (like me). Again, you can find the ingredients for these dishes on their website. I bet you can guess which was my favorite, that’s right the Spicy Korean Beef Noodles.

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Believe it or not, we tasted one last set of pasta dishes. This time we had Wisconsin Mac & Cheese (with added broccoli) and Steak Stroganoff. By this time, I was so full I could hardly fit much more. I managed to try a few small bites of both dishes and surely wanted more of the Mac & Cheese. Even though we were all stuffed, it was a favorite.

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Finally came dessert which we all managed to squeeze in. We tried two cookies, chocolate chip and Snickerdoodle, and Rice Crispy Treats. The Snickerdoodle was delish with the chocolate chip in close second. Wow, if only I had more room!

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As you can see, Noodles & Company specializes in pasta dishes, but they also specialize in you (the customer). Their menu is completely customizable from the size of your bowl to your protein to your sides or extra veggies. They will make a dish to your liking and substitute veggies for veggies and meats for meats. Their dishes contain no artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, and preservatives. Their restaurants are free of freezers, microwaves and can openers! As I said, they specialize in us (their customers).

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If you’ve never been to a Noodles & Company restaurant, I highly suggest you visit one soon. If you’ve been before, it’s time to head back to check out their new menu items. To find a location near you, please see their website.

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Southeast Michigan Halloween Happenings


Southeast Michigan Halloween Happenings

Livingston Macomb Oakland Washtenaw Wayne

Find more Halloween Happenings all across Southeast Michigan:

Wayne County Happenings! 

Welcome to Redesigning Happiness! My name is Rachel and I’m the owner of this blog.  I’ve searched Google and Facebook to bring you various Halloween Happening in Wayne County.  I’ve tried to make sure this information is accurate. For more information and updates, click on the title of the events.

If you are interested in other counties in Southeast Michigan, please visit the blogs of my friends. You’ll find links to their blogs at both the top and bottom on this page.

DeBuck’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch (Belleville) 

Sept. 17-Oct. 28 (Fridays-Sundays)

  • Address: 50240 Martz Rd, Belleville, MI 48111
  • Phone: 734-260-0334
  • Times: Fridays from 5 pm-9 pm, Saturdays from noon-9 pm, Sundays from noon-6 pm
  • Cost: General admission: $12.00 (24 months and older), Seniors: $10.00 (over 65), ages 23 months and under FREE with paid adult; Active Military & First Responders (Police, Fire & EMT) with ID $10.00
  • Description: Corn maze admission includes: 13-acre corn maze, wagon ride to pumpkin patch, campfire, bounce pad, tire play area, swings, duck races, barrel rides, double trouble slide, pedal go carts, bouncy balls, super slide, bounce house, and pedal trikes.
Hush Haunted Attraction (Westland)

Sept. 23-Oct. 31 (Select dates)

  • Address: 34043 Ford Rd, Westland, MI 48185
  • Phone: 734-502-6026
  • Times: Sept 23 & 24, Sept 30 – Oct 2, Oct 7-9, Oct 14-16, Oct 20-23, Oct 27-31; Doors open at 8 pm
  • Cost:  General Admission: $18; VIP Skip the Line: $30; Ultimate VIP – Skip the Line & T-shirt: $45
  • THIS EVENT IS APPROPRIATE FOR 13 AND ABOVE
  • Description: HUSH Haunted Attraction is one of Metro Detroit’s most unique haunted attractions, ranked among the top 20 in the nation and completely rebuilt for 2016 . Come face-to-face with the most terrifying mutants, monsters, and zombies.
Wilson Barn Pumpkin Fest (Livonia) 

Sept. 26-Oct. 30

  • Address: 29350 W. Chicago Rd, Livonia, MI 48154
  • Phone: 734-427-4311
  • Times: Mon-Fri from 10 am-7:30 pm;  Sat & Sun from 11 am-7 pm
  • Cost: Free admission, fees for some activities
  • Description: Pony rides, hayrides, pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks, cider, hot chocolate, coffee, donuts, crafts and a haunted barn (on weekends).
12th Annual Redford Township Oktoberfest (Redford) 

Sept. 30-Oct. 1

  • Address: 15145 Beech Daly Rd, Redford, MI 48239
  • Phone: 313-387-2650
  • Time: Fri from 7 pm-11 pm; Sat from 1 pm-11 pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Description: Two days of live entertainment, authentic German food and beverages, hay rides, and German-style games for the adults.
Wyandotte Jaycees Haunted House (Wyandotte) 

October 1 -31 (Thursdays-Sundays) 

  • Address: 3131 Biddle Avenue, Wyandotte, MI 48192
  • Phone: 734-288-7024
  • Times: Thursdays & Sundays from 7 pm-10 pm, Fridays & Saturdays from 7 pm-midnight
  • Cost: $15
  • Description: A haunted house sponsored by the Wyandotte Jaycees.
Downtown Wayne Fall Festival (Wayne)

October 1

  • Address: Derby’s Alley, 34932 Michigan Ave W, MI 48184
  • Phone: 734-629-6822
  • Time: 11 am-2 pm
  • Cost: Varies
  • Description: Pumpkin Painting in Derby’s Alley (between GI Surplus & Flagship Boutique on Michigan Avenue), food trucks/carts, flea market behind Helium Studio on Wayne Road, giveaways and deals inside downtown businesses.
Skeletons are Alive (Northville)

October 7

  • Address: Downtown Northville, 215 W Main St, Northville, MI 48167
  • Phone: 248-349-0345
  • Time: 5 pm-9 pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Description: Enjoy live music and dance in the company of over 100 skeletons each with their own personality! The skeletons will be visiting Downtown Northville through the end of October.
Glass Pumpkin Fest (Dearborn)

October 8 & 9

  • Address: 25331 Trowbridge St, Dearborn, MI 48124
  • Phone: 313-561-4527
  • Time: 10 am-5 pm
  • Cost: Free admission
  • Description: This event is hosted by the Glass Academy of Dearborn. Watch glass blowing, observe handmade glass pumpkin displays, order a custom made glass pumpkin.
Annabella Broom at the Marquis Theater (Plymouth) 

October 8-30 (Fridays-Sundays)

  • Address: 135 E. Main, Northville, MI 48167
  • Phone: 248-349-8110
  • Times: Fridays Oct. 21 & 28 at 7 pm; Saturdays Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29 at 2:30 pm; Sundays Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30 at 2:30 pm
  • Cost: $9
  • Children in costumes welcome
  • Description: This is a play about a little witch with a big heart who would rather wear pink than black.
Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village  (Dearborn) 

October 14-16, 20-23, and 27-30

  • Address: 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124
  • Phone: 313-982-6001
  • Times: Time slots are every 1/2 hour; Fridays & Saturdays from 6:30 pm-9 pm;  Thursdays & Sundays 6:30 pm-8 pm
  • Cost: Adult and youth (2-11) members $13.75, non-members $16; children under 2 free
  • Experience includes:
    • More Than 1,000 Hand-Carved Pumpkins
    • Costumed Characters
    • Dramatic Performances
    • Treat Stations
    • Live Music
    • The Top Hat Sideshow – A Carnival Vaudeville Act!
    • Hot Brew and Snacks
    • The Headless Horseman
    • Discounted Pricing for Members of The Henry Ford
Halloween Forest Fun Hike (Westland) 

October 14 & 15

  • Address:  33175 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland, MI 48185
  • Phone: 734-261-1990
  • Times: Register for one start time: 6 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:00 pm, or 7:30 pm. The program is 1½ – 2 hours long
  • Cost: $6 per child and $2 per adult for Wayne County residents
  • Description: Take a guided night hike to meet some “not-so-scary and sort-of-silly” nature-related characters. These costumed creatures will tell you all about themselves and share some Halloween prizes and treats! Arrive 15 minutes before your starting time. Hikes will be held outdoors, so dress accordingly. The program will be moved indoors only if it’s very rainy.  After a 45 minute hike around the grounds of Nankin Mills, participates will go inside for a live animal show to meet many amazing creatures from around the world!  This program is geared toward ages 4 to adult.
Spooktacular Road Rally (Taylor) 

October 15

Howl at the Moon (Canton) 

October 15

  • Address: Canton Dog Park, Denton Rd, Canton, MI 48188
  • Time: 5 pm-7 pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Description: Join other dog owners and their pets at this special fall event.
    Participate in fun activities including a dog Halloween costume contest, purchase merchandise and receive free give-a-ways from local pet supply and service vendors.Please note: Non-Dog Park members must show proof of up-to-date vaccinations for rabies and DHLPP (signed by an accredited veterinarian).This free event requires no registration and is open to all ages.
Westland Historic Village Park Harvest Fest (Westland)

October 15

  • Address: 857 N Wayne Rd, Westland, MI 48185
  • Phone: 734-326-3870
  • Time: 3 pm-7 pm
  • Cost: Varies
  • Description: Games including a sack race, corn hole, ring toss, apple on a string, vintage bicycles, a petting farm, produce, pumpkin decorating, vendors, a 50/50 raffle, and more.
Maybury Farm Corn Maze (Northville) 

Sept. 17-October 30 (Fridays-Sundays)

  • Address: Maybury Farm, 50165 8 Mile Rd., Northville, MI 48167
  • Phone:  248-374-0200
  • Time: Fridays from 6 pm-10 pm; Saturdays from noon-10 pm; Sundays from noon-7pm
  • Cost: $7 per person, kids 2 and under free. Farm admission and a wagon ride to and from the maze are included with your corn maze ticket.
  • Description:  Find your way through the 6-acre corn maze.  When you hear the bell your journey will begin with a hayride to the corn maze where you are dropped off and then you are on your own to weave your way through.  Your challenge: while you are winding your way through the maze– find all eight of the wooden animals that are hidden throughout. Complete this challenge and you may enter to win a Maybury Farm prize pack!

    Once you have completed the maze another hayride awaits to take you back to the farm where you can enjoy cider, donuts, and snacks that are also available. There is no better way to spend a beautiful autumn day than at Maybury Farm!

The Great Pumpkin Fest (Northville)

October 22

  • Address: Maybury Farm, 50165 8 Mile Rd., Northville, MI 48167
  • Phone: 248-374-0200
  • Time: noon-5 pm
  • Cost: $4 per person (free with your Corn Maze admission), kids 2 and under are free
  • Description: Pumpkin themed activities for kids, face painting, corn maze, pumpkin painting, storytime, and more.
Shadows from the Past Halloween Event (Livonia)

October 21

  • Address: Greenmead Historical Park, 20501 Newburgh Road, Livonia, MI 48154
  • Phone:
  • Time: 5 pm-7:30 pm (Sessions run every 15 minutes and will be approximately one hour long)
  • Cost: Tickets are $6 and must be purchased in advance.
  • Description: Greenmead’s historic buildings serve as the backdrop for this creepy Halloween Walk. Goodies and trinkets for all. Costumes and flashlights are encouraged! Enjoy refreshments at the Friends Meeting House.
Garden City Presbyterian Church Fall Festival (Garden City) 

October 23 

  • Address: 1841 Middlebelt, Garden City, MI 48135
  • Phone: 734-421-7620
  • Time: 4 pm-6:30 pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Description: Free food, pumpkin decorating, trick or treating, and more. You can preregister online to avoid long lines.
Pumpkin Palooza (Plymouth)

October 23

  • Address: Downtown Plymouth
  • Phone: 734-453-1540
  • Time: noon-3 pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Children can wear their costumes.
  • Description: A family fun day with games, costume contest, dancing, entertainment, petting zoo, and candy.
Friendship Church Trunk or Treat (Canton) 

October 23

  • Address: 1240 N. Beck Rd, Canton, MI 48188
  • Phone: 734-710-9370
  • Time: 5 pm-6:30 pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Description: Fun and safe trick or treating and games delivered from trunk to trunk.
The Ford House Trick or Treat in the Gardens (Dearborn) 

October 24 

  • Address: Henry Ford Estate, 1 Fair Lane Drive, Dearborn, MI 48128
  • Phone: 313-884-4222
  • Time: 7 pm-8:30 pm
  • Cost: Tickets must be purchased in advance; $6 for children; Adults free
  • Description: Recommended for children ages 2-9. Bring the kids in costume for this annual tradition of Halloween fun at the historic Henry Ford Estate – Fair Lane in Dearborn. The outdoor fun (rain or shine) begins in front of the historic Henry Ford Estate Garage. Children will follow a loop route through the Estate gardens with 10 trick-or-treat stops along the way. Your arrival is at either 7 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.
Holiday Market Trick or Treat (Canton)

October 26 

  • Address: 520 S. Lilly Rd, Canton, MI 48188
  • Phone: 734-844-2200
  • Time: 5 pm-6 pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Description: Kids can dress up in their costumes to trick or treat through the store.
Garden City Spooktacular Trunk or Treat (Garden City) 

October 27

  • Address: Town Center Parking Lot, 5805 Central St, Garden City, MI 48135
  • Phone: 734-502-2046
  • Time: 5:30 pm-7 pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Description: Children will be able to do their trick or treating at Halloween decorated vehicles. The trick or treat area will be cordoned off from traffic so the event will be a safe alternative for families.
Summit on the Park Annual Trick or Treat (Canton) 

October 28

  • Address: The Summit, 46000 Summit Parkway, Canton, MI 48188
  • Phone: 734-394-5460
  • Time: 4 pm-7 pm
  • Cost: Pre-sale Tickets Only (available at the Summit on the Park) Oct. 1 – 27; Summit Members $5; Canton residents $6 per child; Non-Residents $10 Per Child
  • Description: Show off your Halloween costume while you travel along our themed-path collecting goodies and surprises! Parents are responsible for the supervision of their children during this special event.
4th Annual Ghost Stories at the Barn (Canton) 

October 29 

  • Address: 500 N Ridge Rd, Canton, MI 48187
  • Phone: NA
  • Time: 6 pm-7:30 pm
  • Cost: $4
  • Description: Enjoy an evening of locally-grown spooky stories shared by Judge Ron Lowe (AKA The Spellbinder). Lowe became a professional storyteller more than 25 years ago and returns to the Cady-Boyer Barn at Preservation Park for the 4th time to share his terrifying tales. $4/person includes thrills & chills, 2 donuts, and your choice of cider or water. LIMITED TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE and go on sale October 2nd at the Summit on the Park, and at the Historical Society Barn during Sunday Farmers Markets. The program is recommended for ages 8 & up.
Streets of Treats Halloween Event (Northville)

October 29

  • Address: Downtown Northville, 215 W Main St, Northville, MI 48167
  • Phone: 248-349-0345
  • Time: 10 am – 12 pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Description: Trick or Treat stations and entertainment throughout downtown Northville for children and their parents. Costume parade begins at 9:45 am.
Haunted Halloween Family Park  (Dearborn)

October 29 

  • Address: Arab American National Museum, 13624 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126
  • Phone: 313-582-2266
  • Time: 2 pm-4:30 pm
  • Cost: $7 per child, adults free
  • Description: Join AANM for a merry-not-scary Halloween celebration that includes seasonal craft activities and games, a meal, trick-or-treating in the galleries and much more. Kids are encouraged to come in costume; parent/guardian costumes optional but welcomed.
Little Goblin’s Night Out (Gross Pointe Shores)

October 29

  • Address: Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, 1100 Lake Shore Rd, Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236
  • Phone: 313-884-4222
  • Time: 4 pm-6 pm
  • Cost: $10
  • Description: Drawing on Halloween traditions from the 1920 and ‘30s, when the Fords raised their children at their Grosse Pointe estate, this year’s Little Goblins’ Night Out will be filled with spooky yet kid-friendly fun.Little ghosts and ghouls will enjoy:
    • Trick-or-treat stops for the kids, with a complimentary bag for their goodies!
    • Fun seasonal play, including the always popular giant leaf pile for jumping and photo opps.
    • A “pumpkin patch” where each little one can select their own mini pumpkin.
    • A haunt-free wagon ride along Ford Cove to the house.
    • And a final treat of Michigan-grown apples with local cider and donuts from Yates Cider Mill for everyone!Bags to collect your Halloween treats and surprises will be supplied, just bring your little ones in their wonderful Halloween costumes! Guests will be able to walk around the grounds and snap a selfie with their wee witches and wizards among the fall splendor of the Ford House grounds.
Woodhaven Hallohaven (Woodhaven)

October 29

  • Address: Woodhaven Community Ctr, 23101 Hall Rd, Woodhaven, MI 48183
  • Phone:  734-675-4926
  • Time: 10 am-1 pm
  • Cost: Varies
  • Description: Costume Parade is at 10 am, Trick or Treat Village at 10:15 am, Farmer John’s Barnyard Express, Petting Farm 10 am -1 pm
    Animal Shows 10:45 am & 12:45 pm. Comedy Magic Show 11:05 am & 11:50 pm. Electric train rides, dog costume contest, crafts & balloon twisting. Refreshments available.
Spooktacular Trunk or Treat (Garden City)

October 29

  • Address: 5805 Central Ave, Garden City, MI 48135 (Famers Market Lot)
  • Phone: NA
  • Time: 5:30 pm-7:30 pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Description: Children (up to 12 yrs of age) will be able to trick or treating at Halloween decorated vehicles. The trick or treat area will be cordoned off from traffic so the event will be a safe alternative for families.
Monster’s Ball Detroit 2016 (Detroit) 

October 29

  • Address: The Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
  • Phone: 313-961-5451
  • Time: 9 pm-2 am
  • Cost: General admission $10 (just reduced); VIP $50 (just reduced)
  • Description: Detroit’s BIGGEST and BEST Halloween Party welcomes over 1,500 Halloween enthusiasts to a celebration that keeps Detroit talking about it every full moon throughout the year!The Monster’s Ball Detroit at The Fillmore Detroit features Metro Detroit’s best DJs, live performers and stage entertainers at this annual event brought to you by Live Nation Detroit, The Social Connection and Elive Entertainment! This event sells out every year so get your tickets early!
    Event Info and Presale Tickets: MonstersBallDetroit.com
Bones Bash (Northville)

October 29

  • Address: Northville Winery & Brewing Co, 630 Baseline Rd, Northville, MI 48167
  • Phone: 248-320-6507
  • Time: 6 pm-11 pm
  • Cost: Varies
  • Description: Social Bones will perform around 8 pm. Costume contest, beer & cider releases, Slows To Go Food Truck at 6 pm, live painting and more!!! Most likely this event will be indoors.
Woodhaven’s 5K Monster Mash Run (Woodhaven)

October 30

  • Address: 21869 West Rd., Woodhaven, MI 48183
  • Phone: 734-675-3000
  • Time: 9 am- 12 pm
  • Cost: $20 before Oct. 21; $25 Oct. 22-25; $30 on race day
  • Description: 5K run/walk, costomes encouraged
Wicked Halloween Run (Plymouth)

October 30

  • Address: Kellogg Park, 777 W. Ann Arbor Trail, Plymouth, MI 48170
  • Phone: 734- 455-6620
  • Time: See website for event times
  • Cost: Registration fees vary based on the event
  • Description: 2016 Wicked Halloween Run: 10K, 5K Run/Walk, Monster Mile ~Welcome to our Wicked Halloween Run – a festive race brought to you by the Kona Running Co. Sign up and wear a Costume!  A Halloween-themed annual race event you will not want to miss because you will experience a spooktacular wicked good time!
Morningstar Church Trunk or Treat (Garden City)

October 30

  • Address: 29863 Dawson St, Garden City, MI 48135
  • Phone: 734-367-3029
  • Time: 6:30 pm-8 pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Description: Trick or treat inside the church. In addition to trick or treating, we will have games and concessions.
Connection Church Trunk or Treat (Canton) 

October 30

  • Address: 3855 Sheldon Rd, Canton, MI 48188
  • Phone: 734-891-7129
  • Time: 5:30 pm-7 pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Description: Children can dress up and trick or treat from car to car. Candy, games, and food will be available.

Find more Halloween Happenings all across Southeast Michigan:
Mrs. Weber’s Neighborhood Livingston County Halloween Events
Mom Among Chaos Macomb County Halloween Events
Metro Detroit Mommy Oakland County Halloween Events
Ann Arbor With Kids Washtenaw County Halloween Events
Redesigning Happiness Wayne County Halloween Events

For more information click on these other posts:

Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village

Zoo Boo at the Detroit Zoo

DeBuck’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

5 Halloween Safety Tips and Advice For Your Home

5 Halloween Safety Tips and Advice For Your Home

5 Halloween Safety Tips and Advice For Your Home

5 Halloween Safety Tips and Advice For Your Home

It’s really fun and exciting to decorate the house during Halloween. From traditional pumpkin lanterns up to high-tech decors with special effects, people really love filling their homes with these amazing things.

However, there are times that safety and security are compromised for the sake of perfect Hallows’ Eve. To make sure that your home is totally safe not only for you but also for the tick-or-treaters knocking at your doors, here are few tips and advice that you should follow.

Always keep a light on. Although the darkness can add some creepiness into your home, it’s still advisable that you keep a light on especially at your porch. Also make sure that the pathway or the steps leading to your door is properly illuminated.

Remove any kind of obstruction and obstacles. Don’t put any kind of decorations at the path where visitors will directly walk at. Remove any kind of materials that can likely trip anyone those heading up to your house. Kids usually run up to porches so make sure that the path leading to your door is free from any kind of obstruction and obstacles.

Don’t leave the pumpkin lantern glowing overnight. Avoid potential disaster by blowing out the candle inside your pumpkin lantern before going to bed. Although it’s really amazing to see pumpkin lanterns in the darkness of the night, it’s highly advisable to take the lights out to eliminate fire hazards. Same thing goes with glowing lights, don’t leave them on and attached to electrical outlets overnight.

Look out for your pets. Pets don’t like strangers knocking endlessly at the door. It may agitate them that can lead to panic attacks and nervous breakdown. It’s advisable to put them in a place with minimal disturbance. You can place them in the garage or at the basement where they can peacefully survive the Halloween night.

Watch out for ice. For people living in areas where it snows on Halloween, this is a must-do tip! Look out for ice build up at the pathway, driveway, and sidewalk. Remove the snow and make sure that path leading to your door is free from snow. You can also lay down some salt to prevent kids from sliding and falling while running onto your porch.

Always remember these tips and advice for a safer Halloween celebration. If you have more to add, let us hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

About the Author

Ron is the webmaster of Apartments-For-Rent-In-Michigan.Com. He often writes tips and advice for homeowners, tenants, and landlords. You can visit this blog for more information.

 

Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village

hallowe'en in greenfield village

Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village

Stroll down streets and alleys haunted by over 1,000 carved jack-o’-lanterns and lavishly costumed characters during America’s most spooktacular Hallowe’en event. Follow a mile-long, curving path illuminated by the flickering light of hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns, and meet classic costumed characters along the way. Feel the chilly whoosh of air as the Headless Horseman rides out of the shadows of Firestone Farm’s fields. Banter with dancing skeletons, witches and wizards, and witness unique vaudeville acts that include sword-swallowing, fire-breathing, death-defying stunts and more. They’re everywhere along Jack-o’-Lantern Boulevard. The good news is that you can bring the entire family. This is a kid-friendly, nightmare-free Hallowe’en gathering.

Your experience includes:

  • More Than 1,000 Hand-Carved Pumpkins
  • Costumed Characters
  • Dramatic Performances
  • Treat Stations
  • Live Music
  • The Top Hat Sideshow – A Carnival Vaudeville Act!
  • Hot Brew and Snacks
  • The Headless Horseman
  • Discounted Pricing for Members of The Henry Ford

Pricing:

(Buy tickets online)

***Download a $2 off coupon!

Adult Members

$13.75

Non-members

$16.00

Youth (2-11) $13.75 $16.00
Child (Younger than 2) FREE FREE

 

Hours:

  • October 14-16, 20-23, and 27-30, 2016
  • Time slots are every 1/2 hour
  • Fridays & Saturdays 6:30 pm – 9 pm
  • Thursdays & Sundays 6:30 pm – 8 pm

Location:

The Henry Ford
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, MI 48124-5029

 

Zoo Boo at the Detroit Zoo

zoo boo at the detroit zoo

Zoo Boo at the Detroit Zoo: 

The Detroit Zoo’s annual “merry-not-scary” Zoo Boo celebration features a festively decorated trick-or-treat trail through the front of the Zoo. Live, friendly entertainment including the Zoo Boo Revue live stage show, jugglers and extreme pumpkin carving demonstrations.

Be sure to stop by the Haunted Reptile House and visit the ghosts and goblins that have made the Holden Reptile Conservation Center their home for the holiday season. Make a stop along the trick-or-treat trail at the Creepy Craft tent sponsored by Blue Care Network and help color some of your favorite Zoo animals on our 16-foot mural! 

Costumes are welcomed and children need to bring their own trick-or-treat bag.

Tickets:

Tickets for Zoo Boo go on sale today! Advance ticket purchase is encouraged!  Walk-up tickets will only be sold between 6:45 and 7:45 p.m. Zoo Boo runs just three weekends in October (Oct 7-9, Oct 14-16, Oct21 -23).

Advance tickets are $9 for ages 2 and up. Tickets at the door are $13.

Pre-sale time slots for Zoo Boo are 5 p.m. 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. will only be available for purchase at the gates. Gates close for entry at 8 p.m.

Location: 

The Detroit Zoo

8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48067

248-541-5717

DeBuck’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

DeBuck's Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

The Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch 

DeBuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch is located in Belleville, MI. The corn maze and pumpkin patch are open Fridays-Sundays, Sept. 17-Oct. 28. The maze offers some of the best fall fun in the Detroit-Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area. This year’s maze is actually three mazes with varying degrees of difficulty with a total of more than 5 miles of trails.

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Debuck’s also has an 18-acre pumpkin patch! You can take a wagon ride into the fields to pick out pumpkins of every size and shape to buy. Prices for the pumpkins range from $2.00 to $14.00 depending on the size. Extra large pumpkins are priced at $20.00 and up.

More Adventures: 

For one price, your admission to the DeBuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch includes acres and acres of family fun and activities:

  • Corn Maze
  • Human Foosball
  • Wagon Rides to the Pumpkin Patch*
  • Community Campfire
  • Punchin Pumpkins
  • Bouncing Pad
  • Corn Boxes
  • Mini Straw Bale Maze
  • Tire Play area
  • Swings
  • Duck Races
  • Pedal Go Carts
  • Bounce House
  • Super Slide
  • Barrel Train Rides
  • Double Trouble Slide
  • King of the Hill
  • Bouncy Balls

Hours of operation:

  • Fridays from 5 pm-9 pm
  • Saturdays from noon-9 pm
  • Sundays from noon-6 pm

Prices: 

  • General admission: $12.00 (24 months and older)
  • Seniors: $10.00 (over 65)
  • Ages 23 months and under FREE with paid adult
  • Active Military & First Responders (Police, Fire & EMT) with ID $10.00

Suggestions for Your Visit:

  • If you visit the farm before the weather turns cool, bring insect repellant.  If you visit after the cool nights arrive, bring a jacket.
  • Make sure you dress appropriately for the outdoors, particularly when it comes to shoes.
  • It gets really dark in the country when the sun goes down.  Bring a flashlight.  It will really come in handy.  However, we have flashlights for rental if you happen to leave yours at home.
  • Bring a stroller with you if you’re visiting with small children.  They will get tired walking through the trails even if you are an excellent navigator.
  • Leave any items you can’t afford to lose in a cornfield at home.  There is nothing worse than searching for a watch or ring amidst a couple hundred thousand stalks of corn!!

Location: 

50240 Martz Rd, Belleville, MI 48111

734-260-0334

BEING A GOOD NEIGHBOR

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Being a Good Neighbor

My husband and I have been married for 16 years! During those years, we lived in two different homes. We loved our first little house, especially after making it our own by refinishing the hardwood floors and completely remodeling the kitchen. The problem was it didn’t feel like home. Even though the inside of the house met our expectations, our neighbors did not! Unfortunately, most of us can not choose our neighbors, but we still need to have a good relationship with them.

So what does it mean to be a good neighbor? People have all kinds of relationships with their neighbors, but one thing good neighbors have in common is mutual respect and courtesy. Although our first housing situation wasn’t successful, Dave and I have been very happy in our current home, which we’ve lived in since 2006. Some of the reasons why are listed below:

What it takes to be a good neighbor?

  1. Be welcoming – This could mean just sharing a smile or a wave. In our case, we frequently talk to our neighbors on the right-hand side, but we just share an occasion wave and hello with the neighbors on the left. This is perfectly fine! Find what works with your neighbors.
  2. Consider your neighbor’s lifestyle – If you can, get to know your neighbors a little so you can be considerate of their lifestyles. For example, if your neighbor works nights, quiet mornings are important. Quiet nights may be important if they have children. By learning about each other in advance, you can possibly remedy problems before they start.
  3. Caution your neighbor of parties – If you are planning a large party, be sure to tell your neighbors. Let them know how long you expect the party to last and ask them to contact you if things get too loud. You may even want to invite them.
  4. Remember parking etiquette – Be respectful of where you park your car or where your friends/family park. Be sure your neighbors have adequate space for coming and going. If they park in the street, try to avoid their spot.
  5. Keep your yard tidy – Mow your lawn on a regular basis, pull weeds, keep your bushes trimmed, and avoid leaving toys and other things in the yard for long periods of time.
  6. Be responsible for your pets – Keep your dog in your yard (unless you have a mutual agreement with your neighbor).  If necessary, put your dog on a leash. Control barking, especially when your dog is outside. Clean up dog waste on a regular basis.
  7. Position outside lights with care – Make sure your outside lights aren’t shining into your neighbor’s house, especially a bedroom.
  8. Keep favors to a minimum– It’s alright to ask for favors every once in a while, but your neighbor will not appreciate it if you are asking too often.
  9. Give your neighbors space – Be sure you aren’t intruding or overstepping your boundaries. Play close attention to your neighbors verbal and non-verbal clues. Last thing you want to do is overstep your relationship which could cause bad feelings.
  10. Be a good neighbor first – You can’t control your neighbors, but you can control yourself. “Treat others the way you want to be treated.”

Having good neighbors is important to a healthy living environment. Neighbors can be a blessing or a hindrance, I’m hoping yours are the first! If not, try to remedy issues so there is a more comfortable feeling in the place you call home.

Giveaway: Two Amazon Gift Cards

Enter for a chance to win one of two Amazon Gift Cards,

$25 or $10 and/or two books.

 

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About the prize

“The Lives We Lead” was written by Alexandra Egi. She was 17 at the time she wrote this book and you certainly cannot tell it by the writing. This well-written book about eleventh graders who are attending an exclusive private school. You would think they had it made but this book takes you through the problems these girls experience in their friendships and in their lives. You can read more about it in my review. All three winners will receive an e-book copy of “The Lives We Lead” by Alexandra Egi.

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“Control Your Clutter” was written to help people get a handle on their clutter whether they have a small problem or are an all out hoarder. Because the author doesn’t tell you to get rid of everything the whole process becomes more manageable. So if you are tired of hiding behind the curtain when the bell rings instead of answering the door, this book can help. Once you get your house in order it just seems like the rest of your life follows suit. Read more about “Control Your Clutter! here. All three winners will receive their choice of e-book or paperback of “Control Your Clutter”. Buy it here now!

And of course there is the $25 Amazon Gift Card going to the first winner and the $10 Amazon Gift Card going to the second winner which I am sure you can use to find something you want or need. Perhaps you want to buy more books to go on your Kindle or to add to your library. You can use it for whatever you wish.

Sponsors: Alexandra Egi and BooksbyTSmith

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Giveaway dates: September 10, 1 am CST – October 3, 2016 11:59 pm CST

Open to entrants in the Continental United States, 18+.

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Prize: All three winners will receive the e-book “The Lives We Lead” by Alexandra Egi ($6.99 RV each) and their choice of e-book ($2.99 RV each) or paperback ($7.99 RV each) of “Control Your Clutter!” by Theresa Smith. The first winner randomly drawn will also win a $25 Amazon Gift Card. The second winner randomly drawn will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card. Total value between $64.94 – $79.94 depending on book format choice.

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The Handlebar Detroit

 

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I was given a free Handlebar ride in return for my review of the experience.

If you are looking for an exciting way to explore Detroit, The Handlebar Detroit is the way to go! The HandleBar is Detroit’s first and only 16-person pedal-powered pub on wheels! A company designated driver navigates as you pedal your way around downtown Detroit, stopping at areas of interest (bars, restaurants, etc) along the way. You can bring your own food and drink and have the driver crank up your music of choice while enjoying a great time with friends! This would be a great experience for a birthday or bachelor/bachelorette party or just a fun get-together with friends.

The Handlebar Detroit Experience

I had the privilege of experiencing the Handlebar Detroit last night with a group of 11 blogger friends. This is a photo of a few of them before we pedalled off through downtown. A maximum of 16 passengers (plus the pilot) fit on one pedal pub. All guests must be 18 years or older. Beverages are allowed in plastic cups with lids. You can also bring any snacks of choice.

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As far as the pedal cart, there are 12 “bar stools” total (6 on each side) but only 10 pedalling seats.  Two of the stools don’t have pedals because they’re over the rear wheels. There is also a bench in the back of the HandleBar that seats three for people who want a rest or would rather just relax. There is plenty of storage space for backpacks and purses in the top of the pedal pub.

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Jason was our pilot and he was a great guy! He took good care of us and made sure our needs were met. He was very easy going about the time schedule and allowed for changes if needed. He was an all around fun guy! He steered us to three stops during our 2-hour trip.

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Although we had just 20 minutes at our first stop, Checker Bar, a few of us decided to try their Little Checkers – fresh ground beef sliders with swiss cheese, caramelized onions, and pickle chips. The buns for the sliders were small but packed full of a big chunk of burger (not your average skinny slider). The fries and sweet potato tots were also very good!

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Our next stop was in front of Comerica Park for a group photo. Jason graciously took pictures with about 6 different cameras. It was a short stop, but it made for a really cool picture. Along the way, I was also able to get some photos of other highlights of downtown.

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Our last stop was at a bar called Town Pump Tavern. Again we had 20 minutes to visit, grab a drink or food, or just enjoy the scenery. p1100913

The overall trip was 2 hours, but I could see this being a longer trip. There is so much to see and do in downtown Detroit. The city was bustling with people and excitement. And we were part of it! If you are looking for fun time with a group of friends, I definitely recommend The Handlebar Detroit!

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Tips for The Handlebar Detroit

  • Read the FAQ before heading downtown. There is lots of important information.
  • Check out the map on their website for parking information and info about where to find the Handlebar (there isn’t a building). The rough address is 190 Gratiot, Detroit, MI 48226.
  • There is paid parking in the Z garage or a lot just down the street on Gratiot. We parked in the lot for just $5. The garage was $10.
  • Wear tennis shoes or other closed-toe shoes. It’s easier to pedal and get up and off the seats with appropriate shoes.
  • Wear comfortable weather appropriate clothing.
  • There are only three adjustable seats on the pedal pub. The HandleBar typically has a minimum height requirement of 5’3″ for pedalers depending on the length of your legs. I am 5’5″ and I had a difficult time reaching the pedals comfortably.
  • It is less expensive to rent a pedal pub during the week. It is $100 cheaper on Sunday-Thursday. See the website for pricing and hours.
  • Ask about bar/restaurant specials for Handlebar passengers.
  • Bring water, other beverages, and snacks.
  • Check out the Dan Gilbert/BedRock Real Estate project with amazing professional graffiti. It is by the parking garage. It is a must see!

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