Muskegon has a lot of fun things to do all year around but this time of year is especially exciting; because October starts it all off the Halloween and harvest festivities with spook houses, parties; costumes; and of course that staple of the season: Pumpkin Spice. (best served in pie). This year Muskegon is pulling out all the stops with three spookacular new Halloween events jam-packed into one on Saturday, October 29; with a car show, Trunk or Treat and Zombie (pig) Roast.
Paranormal Muskegon talked with Joshua Kaber, Lakeshore Legacy, and Jesse Wilde, pending Managing Partner and Co-Owner of Social Sandbox, LLC; about what are sure to become community favorites in the future. Social Sandbox, LLC, is a new company that works to help communities with areas such as vacant lots like the former location of the Social Sandbox; who might not have the manpower or resources to run them. The company works alongside these communities by finding sponsors, do fund-raising. Hosting events such as the Zombie Roast serves to raise money for community events, putting up structures, building community gardens, or ice rinks; in an effort to draw more people to the community as well as help grow local businesses. Social Sandbox, LLC, goes in and manages the events through sponsorships and hosting these community events. With the Zombie Roast as its debut event; the company hopes to get the ball rolling on revitalizing the Social Sandbox as a community gathering place so that the downtown businesses continue to thrive. Opening in July, 2021, Social Sandbox was community collaboration between Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, City of Muskegon Government, Burl & Sprig, Ramos and Sons Auto body to turn an empty lot into an enjoyable place to gather, listen to music, enjoy food from local restaurants as well as bring your favorite beverage from establishments within the social district. Profits from the Zombie Roast will go towards putting on more family friendly and inclusive events to downtown Muskegon.
Lakeshore Legacy Project will be hosting the car show and Trunk and Treat in downtown Muskegon starting at out at First Street and heads down to 5th Street. Lakeshore Legacy’s Trunk & Treat Lakeshore Legacy Project, who were instrumental in bringing Muskegon Glow and the VanDyk Summer Concert series to down Muskegon is collaborating with the Social Sandbox’s Zombie Roast on both events in order to bring the community together once again. This will be starting right before and carrying on after Trunk and Treat. Lakeshore Legacy Project’s mission is to remove the stigma of income inequality by raising funds and sponsorships to have free community events, have food and clothing drives.
This family-friendly fun goes from 6-8 p.m. Check out the classic cars and eat candy as you stroll along Western Avenue; then head down to the Zombie Roast and enjoy some great entertainment with music by recording artist, Gabe Schillman. All this fun will be happening at the Social Sandbox, 251 Second Street, Muskegon, from 5 to 9. Cheerful (and safe) fire pits at the Social Sandbox will light up the night keep your toes warm as you enjoy some great music and fill up on "zombie meat" (pig roast), sides and cornbread! Meals will be $10 for a to-go box. Leftover meals will be given to local families in need with the help of Taking Back Muskegon, Inc., and Scouts of America.
Sponsors for the Trunk or Treat are; Terry Puffer Real Estate, Hanes Exterminators, RNR Tire Express-Midwest., Fresh Coat Painters of Muskegon, Hearthstone Restaurant, Michigan Mortgage & Team Lehner. Hamburger Mikey’s are a sponsor for the car show as well as Trunk or Treat and Lighthouse for Veterans is a sponsor for car show. The Zombie Roast is sponsored by The Leonard building as well as Burl & Sprig who will be lending their kitchen for the event.
Come on down to downtown Muskegon for a fun Trunk and Treat, Zombie Roast, decorated classic cars, music, FREE candy and support these two amazing non-profit groups!
Lakeshore Legacy Project is accepting unopened bags or boxes of candy to hand out. Drop off site is currently 635 W Summit Ave with more sites to be added. They are also looking for volunteers and sponsorship opportunities. If interested reach out to them on Facebook page via messenger.
The car show and Trunk & Treat goes from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Western Avenue; the Zombie Roast from 5-9 p.m. on October 29 at the Social Sandbox, 251 Second Street, Muskegon, Michigan.
This event is free; however a ticket is needed to enter your vehicle in the car show. Pre-registration is $5 and $10 the day of the event (fees do apply). Please support the cause and enter your decorated vehicle. Prize is a custom trophy. The kids will be voting for their favorites and will receive a prize for voting.
Don't miss Haunted Muskegon too!! Available now in bookstores and online. CLICK HERE to buy a copy of visit Marie at Spirit 33 at the Sei Bella Tattoo Shop Saturday October 22nd where you can pick up a copy and have it signed too!