Get your frightful fill Saturday in downtown Howell

Two Stuarts on the way to the Legend of Sleepy Howell.

There’s a certain kid in the Stuart household who is counting down the seconds until Saturday night’s 8th Annual Legend of Sleepy Howell.

The spooky extravaganza is set to entertain those in search of friendly frights from 5-8 p.m. in the heart of Downtown Howell. That same kid in the Stuart household is sending offerings to the weather gods to guarantee that there will be no rain on Saturday’s festivities. But just in case his offerings aren’t enough to keep the rain away, the event will take place on Sunday.

If you’ve been to previous Legends of Sleepy Howell, you know why my kid is so excited. If you’ve never been, well, you should check out the fun this weekend.

I’ve never seen a Halloween extravaganza quite like the Legend of Sleepy Howell. Everyone’s favorite scary, spooky event  will haunt fun-lovers of all ages in downtown Howell from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23.

This FREE event is hosted by the Howell Main Street and Downtown Development Authority.

There will be 20 trick-or-treat stations by Meijer, hay rides by Howell Soft Cloth Car Wash, Passport Safari Adventure by Sonrise Church, a terrifying train and haunted graveyard at the Howell Depot Museum, bounce houses by First National Bank, “Haunted Alley” by Howell Bowl-e-Drome, and lots of kids’ activities and booths along Grand River Avenue provided by business sponsors.

There will also be plenty of musical entertainment. The Not Yet Dead Band, featuring my very scary friend Larry Slagell, will be kicking out the ghosts on Grand River Avenue in front of the historical Livingston County Courthouse. There will also be a live deejay outside Cobb-Hall Insurance at 223 W. Grand River Ave., and a live band at the Historic Depot at Wetmore and Walnut streets.

And no one should miss the Scary Storytelling at the Opera House Friday and Saturday night, sponsored by Cobb-Hall Insurance and Doyle Construction.

For all the runners out there, the Howell Area Recreation Authority is partnering with the Legend of Sleepy Howell for the 2nd Annual Headless Horseman 5k/10K race at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 23. Click here to get your race registration information!

The run takes place on Saturday, Oct. 23, and the run happens RAIN or SHINE – there is NO rain date.
The rain date for the Legend of Sleepy Howell is Sunday, Oct. 24.

Here is a video of last year’s event:

If the weather is good — and my son assures me it will be — the event will be frightfully packed. I hope to see you there!
For the complete rundown on the evening’s events, including a map of attractions, go to

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