Celebrate the Spooky Season with "Movie in the Cemetery" in Redford, Michigan

Tracy Stengel

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Every October, folks try to come up with fun ways to get scared out of their wits. The Redford Township Historical Commission is at the top of their game with their annual "Movie in the Cemetery" event Friday and Saturday, October 8th and 9th. It’s hard to imagine anything goose-bump-spookier than being in historic Redford Cemetery after dark. Eek!

On both nights, Hocus Pocus, rated PG, will be playing at 7:30 PM. Disney’s 1993 fantasy comedy follows Max Dennison, a teenage boy struggling to fit in, after moving from Los Angeles, California to Salem, Massachusetts. On Halloween night, he accidently resurrects three witches, Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy, who were executed three centuries ago.

At 10:30 PM, John Carpenter’s 1978 film, Halloween, will be played. This 1-hour, 31-minute movie conveniently ends almost exactly at midnight … you know … the witching hour! This is the first of the franchise that spawned numerous sequels depicting Michael Myers stalking the fictional town of Haddonfield, Illinois.

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Tickets are $18 per person. Double Feature Tickets are $30 for those watching both shows on one night. The VIP Package is $100 and includes 4 tickets, reserved firepit seating, 4 raffle tickets, s’more kits, and early admission. Be sure to buy your tickets early because there are a limited number of tickets sold.

The historic iron gate will open at 6:30 PM for Hocus Pocus and at 9:30 PM for Halloween. From there, you will follow a path of candles to the check-in point. Then, you’re free to find your spot to lay down your blanket or set up your chairs.

There will be vendors on-site serving up food and snacks. You are welcome to bring your own cooler and goodies, but alcohol is not allowed.

While you are waiting for the show to start, you can calm your nerves by checking out the hearses on display from Just Hearse’N Around. They are a car club based out of, fittingly, Hell, Michigan. Nothing creepy about that, right?

Photo via Just Hearse'N Around Facebook page.

Be sure and bring some cash. There will be 50/50 tickets and raffle baskets along with the vendors and concessions.

Parking is limited. Only those with handicapped placards will be allowed to park in the cemetery. Others can park along the street. Volunteers will be on hand to guide you. Expect to walk at least a block, so wear comfortable shoes. The Redford Cemetery is located at 15898 Telegraph in Redford.

Make this frightful season one to remember! It’s all for a great cause. Keep Redford history alive! I wish you all a spine-tingling good time!

If you’ve been to Movie in the Cemetery in Redford, Michigan in the past, I would love to hear about your experience in the comments!

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