10/03/2009

Halloween in Jonesville Michigan

Halloween has been a fun evening in Jonesville for years. On 8 of the last 10 years, the weather was very good for trick or treating. Cool evening temperatures with dry conditions brought kids of all ages out by the hundreds. Surrounded by the festive activities, it is very easy to get into the spirit of the holiday.

In 2008, I had the lead role in a play about deer hunting in Michigan's U.P. "Escanaba in da Moonlight" was inspiration for my wife and I to dress up as Yoopers. It was really quite simple. I grew my beard, donned a fur hat, put on boots, wore a red Union Suit (one piece long underwear), sipped a beverage from an empty soup can, and greeted kids on my front porch.

Operating a bed and breakfast in Michigan--or any lodging business in a residential district--means that we can not turn our lights off when we run out of candy on Halloween, so we have to be prepared to have enough goodies through the entire designated trick or treating period. We like kids and enjoy displaying a positive image of our inn, so we give out good candy to everyone--even the teen-agers and the adults. Our philosophy is that if you dress up, you get candy. If you say trick or treat, you get candy. Even if you're not dressed up, but are in the spirit, you get candy at the Munro House.

When the weather is right, the kids just keep coming and coming. In 2008, mild temperatures in the 60's made for an absolutely perfect Halloween. Upon final count, we had nearly 650 trick or treaters! At 6 p.m., it was evident that the number we expected was sure to be exceeded, so a special trip to the store for more candy was an absolute necessity.

Halloween falls on a Saturday this year. There should be no school events, conflicts, or early bed times. Saturday is usually a bed and breakfast's busiest night of the week. Our overnight guests can expect innkeepers dressed for the evening and a 2 hour barrage of activity at the front door. The busy hours for trick or treating is from 5-7 p.m. If the weather is nice
My suggestion is for weekend guests to make it a 2 night stay arriving on Friday and sitting out on the porch with us on Saturday night to enjoy the festivities in small town America before heading out for dinner. For people who can only stay one night, check-in before 4 p.m. would be ideal.


Mike Venturini - Innkeeper
"Life is good in Jonesville"


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