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Posted: 10/06/10

Romeo Harvest Days to have
all of the fun of fall

Monsters and zombies expected to
find their way to Main Street

Observer Special Writer
      Ghouls and ghosts and long legged-beasts will be bumping every night, and day, throughout October during the month-long Romeo's Harvest Days celebration.
       All of the event planning entities in Romeo have joined together to offer a month of autumn and Halloween activities that are sure to delight, or scare, families looking to celebrate the season. From cemetery tours to cider and donuts to the Terror on Tillson Street Halloween displays, a feast for the senses will take place in historic downtown Romeo.
       La Grotesque art show
       The Starkweather Arts Center (SAC) will kick off the Harvest Days celebration on Oct. 8 with the opening of "La Grotesque," a juried art show featuring the darker side of local artists' works. Wacky, weird, wicked or twisted drawings, paintings and sculptures will transform the SAC into a gallery from Halloweentown.
       The opening reception is open to the public and begins at 7 p.m. SAC is located at 219 N. Main in downtown Romeo. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, weekly. A closing costume party/reception will take place on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 6-9 p.m.
Historic Romeo Cemetery Walking Tour

       The Romeo Historical Society is offering a cemetery tour through the historic Romeo Cemetery on Saturday, Oct. 9 from 1-4 p.m. The self-guided tour, which is in its second year, opens a glimpse into Romeo's history as costumed volunteers portray some of the area's influential citizens who are buried there.
       Graveside presentations will include some of the area's most recognizable names, as well as information about the Civil War monument and the war's veterans who are interred there.
       The Romeo Cemetery is located on West St. Clair, about four blocks west of downtown Romeo. Tickets are $8 per person and $5 for society members, seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased at Kane's Town Hall Antiques, located at 205 N. Main or at the cemetery on the day of the event. Free trolley rides are available to and from downtown Romeo and the cemetery.
Free children's activities downtown

       The Romeo-Washington-Bruce Parks and Recreation Department, the Kiwanis Club of Romeo and the Romeo Merchants, Restaurants and Professional (MRP) association will offer free activities for kids throughout downtown Romeo on Saturday, Oct. 9.
       Scarecrow building will take place in the Village Park as well as children's games and activities. Face painting, pumpkin painting, bike and skateboard raffles, balloons and treats will be offered at various locations on Main Street. Discounted menu items will also be offered at local restaurants for kids.
Monsters on Main Street

       The Greater Romeo-Washington Chamber of Commerce will bring Dracula, Frankenstein and a total of 20 favorite Halloween characters alive with Monsters on Main Street.
       Life-sized, family-friendly cutouts will stand up and down the streets of downtown Romeo for photo opportunities. The monsters, sponsored by chamber members, will show up on Saturday, Oct. 9 and will hang around until Oct. 31. Don't forget to bring a camera!

       "Thriller," the song and dance made popular by Michael Jackson, will be performed by The Dance Studio and the Romeo High School Dance Team on Oct. 30 at various locations on Main Street.
Romeo Zombie Walk and Food Drive

       Romeo will be added to a long list of cities worldwide who will offer a Zombie Walk to stomp out hunger on Sunday, Oct. 10. Sponsored by the Romeo Creamery and Tea Room, the first annual event for Romeo will benefit homeless veterans.
       Those who wish to take part are asked to bring 2-3 cans of non-perishable food items and register behind the Creamery, located at 227 N. Main. Walkers are also encouraged to dress like a zombie.
       Costume and make-up ideas can be found on various websites. Registration begins at 4 p.m., with the walk starting at 5 p.m. Prizes will be awarded in the Village Park following the walk.
       For more information contact Jonathon at 586-752-2222.
Homecoming Parade

       The Romeo High School Homecoming Parade has a new route and will be incorporated with the Harvest Days events. On Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m., the parade will begin on Church Street and head south on Main Street and end at the Lion's Field, located on Washington Street.
       Instead of floats, this year each class will decorate a playhouse that has been built by the construction trades classes at the Romeo Engineering and Technology Center and raffled off after the parade. The decorated playhouses will be escorted down the parade route and judged, as the floats used to be, to determine which class has the flashiest decorations.
       The RHS band, football players, cheer and dance teams, as well as students from all of the elementary and middle schools, will take part in the parade as well. Raffle tickets are $1 each and will be available starting Oct. 11 at the high school and various businesses in downtown Romeo.
Halloween in the Village

       RWB Parks and Rec and the Romeo Downtown Development Authority, in conjunction with the downtown merchants and businesses, will offer Halloween in the Village on Saturday, Oct. 30.
       Trick-or-treating will take place on Main Street from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Afterwards, a costume contest, games, petting farm and Monster Mash Dance will be offered free of charge in the Village Park until 2 p.m.
Terror on Tillson

       Tillson Street residents will once again dazzle, spook and amaze thousands of spectators and trick-or-treaters with their front-yard Halloween displays. Cemeteries, sunken pirate ships and other animated, creative and elaborate decorations will be on display from Sunday, Oct. 24 to Sunday, Oct. 31.
       Free trolley rides will be offered to and from Tillson Street and downtown Romeo beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 27 through Halloween night so those coming to the area can experience all of the Harvest Days happenings.

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