Thursday, October 15, 2020

Spooky spirits of the season


Annual Halloween skeleton display 

in Northville attracts crowds of admirers

While the Halloween spirit and some activities are in question due to the Coronavirus safety precautions, the skeletons in downtown Northville are on full display.

The skeleton vignettes, which have become a tradition in the city and an attraction to visitors from throughout the area, is sponsored by the Downtown Development Authority and local merchants and will continue though Oct. 31.  

Some of the most popular skeleton spoofs have returned this year, including the arm wrestlers at Main and Center streets, the suitor proposing marriage to his sweetie at Orin Jewelers and the witch walking her dog at Loria's.

New exhibits this year include the saxophone playing skeleton at Comerica Community Connection, the dog with his bone on East Main Street and the huge display in Town Square.

Northville is well-known for the Halloween decorations throughout homes and yards in neighborhoods, especially in the Historic District. City officials cautioned that masks are advised for those  walking outdoors in congested areas to view the displays when the 6-feet of social distancing is impossible. 

“Please don't crowd around the skeletons with people outside of your group and remember the skeletons are friendly but shouldn't be touched,” a city spokesperson advised.

Visitors can find their favorite skeleton, take a photo and post it to the DDA social media sites using the hashtags: #SkeletonsAreAlive Families may want to extend the skeleton tour by visiting the outdoor book walk sponsored by the Northville District Library in the park behind city hall. The Northville Art House is also open October weekends with a gallery showing of Detroit revitalization mosaics by Novi artist Darcel Deneau.