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5 Must-See October Events in Livingston County

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The colors are changing and the nights are getting colder. It’s time for fun fall festivals in Livingston County.

Whether you’re looking for a chance to enjoy a beer and food truck with a friend or with your dog, or you’re looking for a pre-Halloween costume and a trick or treat with kids, several local community events in October are not to be missed.

Howell Food Truck Rally

  • Saturday October 15
  • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Howell Summit Gardens Park, 219 N. Walnut St.
  • Presented by Howell Main Street
  • Bring cash for the food trucks and beer garden
  • For more information and a list of participating food trucks, visit www.downtownhowell.org/food-truck-tuesdays
Rose Curnutt, owner of food truck Tamale Rose, talks to customer Sharon Simmons at Howell's Food Truck on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

A dozen food trucks will converge around the park and parking lot of Howell Depot for the last food truck event of the season in the city.

The rally is the culmination and conclusion of the city’s food truck season, which featured food trucks downtown each Tuesday.

The rally will feature local and regional food truck vendors and a beer garden. Howell’s newest park, Howell Summit Gardens, also has play equipment and whimsical structures to explore.

Growl-er Brewfest

  • Sunday October 16
  • 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • SELCRA Meijer Park, 333 Charles F. Orndorf Drive, Brighton
  • Free parking at St. Patrick’s School
  • Presented by 2 Stones to benefit the Southeastern Livingston County Recreational Authority
  • Tickets are $40 for beer drinkers 21 and older; $10 for designated drivers
  • For more information visit www.2stonesevents.com/new-events/growler
Dogs and owners enjoyed the autumnal weather, along with beer tastings and food trucks at the Growl-er Brewfest in Brighton on Sunday October 17, 2021.

Whitney McClellan-Stone and Cal Stone of Brighton-based 2 Stone Events launched a dog-friendly craft beer and food truck event last year. The festival returns to SELCRA Meijer Park for another round.

Local and regional craft brewers will offer samples of their beers, and a few food trucks will serve food.

Ticket holders, aged 21 and over, will receive a Growl-er Brewfest beer glass. Ticket holders will receive 12 drink tickets for 3 ounces.

“Growl-er Brewfest will include a fun obstacle course, puppy pools and photo ops for the puppies and their humans,” according to a statement from the event.

Dogs must be on a leash and be friendly with people and other dogs.

Live music will be provided by keyboardist and vocalist Jarrod Champion.

“He’s one of our favorite musicians,” McClellan-Stone said in the statement. “We’ve had it at many venues and events around Brighton including Smokin’ Jazz and Taste or Brighton.”

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“Legend of Sleepy Howell” Drive-Through Experience

  • Friday October 21
  • 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; book 30-minute time slots for 6 p.m., 7 p.m. or 8 p.m.
  • Scofield City Park, 404 Thompson Street, Howell
  • Presented by the Howell Area Parks and Recreation Authority
  • Tickets are $15 per vehicle; reservations required
  • For more information and to reserve a timeslot, visit www.howellrecreation.org/sleepyhowell
Area businesses handed out candy to children holding fishing nets out of the windows of passing cars in Howell's Scofield Park for a pandemic reimagining of the legend of Sleepy Howell on Saturday October 24, 2020.

Alice in Wonderland is the theme for this year’s drive-in version of Howell’s Legend of Sleepy Howell trick or treat festival.

Kids will stay in the car while their adults stop at candy stations decorated like Alice in Wonderland.

Children can collect candy through the car windows. An option for those wishing to maintain social distancing can bring their own bug net to collect candy.

5K Headless Horseman

  • Saturday October 22
  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Starting line at the corner of State and Clinton streets in downtown Howell
  • Registration is $30; registration closes at 5:30 p.m. on October 22
  • For more information and to register, visit www.howellrecreation.org/events/headless22
A headless horseman, parked near a fireworks display, greets participants in The Legend of Sleepy Howell on Saturday, October 24, 2020.

You never know who might show up for Howell’s annual 5k Halloween Costume Run and stroll through downtown, historic neighborhoods and Scofield City Park. Runners and walkers are expected to show up in all sorts of costumes, and the Headless Horseman himself has been known to appear.

Walkers, strollers, assistive devices and dogs on a 6 foot leash are permitted.

5K attendees can pick up advance packs, Oct. 19-21, at the Oceola Community Center, 1661 N. Latson Road. Participants can pick up race shirts and bibs from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on October 19 and 20 and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on October 21. Race day registration begins at 5 p.m. at the corner of State and Clinton streets.

Pinckney Spooktacular

Community members will decorate Pinckney's town square with Halloween pumpkins ahead of Pinckney Spooktacular.

Pinckney’s annual pre-Halloween festival features a children’s parade and costume contest, as well as a trunk or treat around the town square.

The children’s costume parade begins at 5:45 p.m. on the lawn next to The Hub Youth Center and ends at the gazebo. The costume contest will take place at 5:50 p.m.

Chest or candy stations around the square open at 6 p.m.

Pinckney also celebrates fall with pumpkin carving and home decorating activities.

Pumpkins in the Park October 26-29. Participants will carve pumpkins which will be displayed around the plaza leading to Pinckney Spooktacular.

The award for “Best Decorated Spookacular House” will be announced at Pinckney Spooktacular. Residents can decorate their home and email a photo by October 26 to [email protected] to enter the contest.

Contact Livingston Daily reporter Jennifer Eberbach at [email protected]