By Rosemary Horvath
Saturday will be packed with fanciful Halloween merry making for children in downtown Clare and at Camp Rotary while the older crowd will have an early start on holiday gift buying at the Clare Primary School.
The 3rd annual Fall Bazaar & Marketplace from 9 to 4 p.m. sponsored by Clare Area Chamber of Commerce will feature a wide variety of products, according to chamber manager Pam O’Laughlin.
Featured will be crafters, artisans and vendors with food products ranging from Traverse City cherry products to beef jerky and sausages.
There is no entry fee but a $3 donation is requested at the door.
The 2nd annual Clare Pumpkin 5K Run/Walk will kick off a full morning of activities for the Main Street Spook-Tacular on Fourth Street. Sponsor is Clare Parks & Recreation.
Participants from Michigan – some dressed for Halloween – will run or walk the Pere Marquette Rail Trail. Start time is 9 a.m.
Race day registration and packet pick up is from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Pere Marquette Library where the event will begin and end.
There is a $25 late registration fee.
The run has received a Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness endorsement from the State of Michigan.
From 10 to 11:45 a.m. children 12 and under can paint pumpkins. There will be hay rides every 15 minutes, clowns, games, story telling and face painting.
A Trunk or Treat is planned in the 5th Street parking lot where decorated vehicle trunks will become cornucopias of Halloween treats for children. Parks and recreation pre-registered vehicle participants.
At 11:45 a.m. children dressed in costumes will meet outside McEwan Street Subway for a noontime costume sidewalk parade.
After a nice afternoon nap, Camp Rotary, the 1,100-acre campgrounds of the Michigan Crossroads Council, 3201 S. Clare Avenue, half way between Clare and Harrison, promises an evening of excitement and spooky fun for families.
The event open 6 to 9 p.m. is geared for children age 6 and older and their families.
“The event is open to scouts and to everyone who wants to come,” said Brad Murray, camp director.
Nine local Boy Scout troops will be strategically placed along the Trail of Terror. Each has created an illusion for the Witch Project Fright Night.
Visitors will arrive in the Camp Rotary parking lot between 6 and 9 p.m. to be escorted to a hay wagon for a camp tour and frightful ride through the woods.
The event flyer says “remember this is all just in fun and none of the Fright is real. Parents are required to stay with their children and to make it a family event.
Tours end at the Camp dining lodge for a feast of snacks.
Cost is $8 per person. Online registration until midnight Oct. 25 at www.michiganscouting.org has a one dollar discount.
“Typically we have four to six wagons to make the loop,” Murray said.
Visitors average 1,500 to 2,000 depending on the weather.
Camp Rotary has a few major events open to the public annually. Its Winter Carnival with partner Jay’s Sporting Goods attracts families the second Saturday of February from 9 to 4 p.m.
Here’s a schedule of Trick or Treat hours for Oct. 31:
6-8 p.m. — Clare, Coleman and Farwell
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Harrison