by Rick Thompson/October 21, 2019
Editor’s note: Rick Thompson is a Board member of NORML of Michigan and a member of Motor City NORML, which is mentioned in this article. ~RT
From provisioning centers to social clubs to entire hotel takeovers, you won’t have to look hard to find events for the cannabis industry with a Halloween theme in Michigan.
All these events can be found on TheSocialRevolution.org’s CALENDAR section, which is available free to all.
The Big One
In metro Detroit, Dab-o-Ween continues a five-year tradition of bringing cannabis and costumes together. This year it’s located in Romulus at the Wyndham Garden Hotel. The 2-day event offers an overnight stay from November 1st to the 2nd, including a pumpkin carving contest on Nov. 1. The entire hotel has been booked, and it will be a 420 free-for-all. Open smoking of cannabis (not tobacco) is allowed inside the hotel by those who are 21 years of age or who have valid medical marijuana cards. Vending and sponsorship opportunities are still available.
The last several years, Dab-O-Ween has embraced the theme of Bury The Hatchet. “I have seen many relationships rebuilt by folks sitting down and just talking while having a good time,” said perpetual Dab-O-Ween sponsor personality Kirk Reid. “Some times it works and some times it does not. But on this one night, no politics, no fighting- just having a good time and giving back to the community.”
Reid has been involved with Michigan’s cannabis evolution since shortly after the medical law was passed in 2008. He has awards and trophies from competitions in Michigan and across the country. Known for his medicated edible foodstuffs, especially his Key Lime Pie, Reid has seen the best- and the worst- from people over the years. “It’s the night we all put on our big boy and girl pants and act civil while giving back.” Tickets are available through Facebook via direct message to Adam Brook, to Kirk or by texting 313 999-0329.
The First One
The first opportunity to dress up and show off comes in Flint at the grand opening celebration for Bacco Farms, a provisioning center whose Saturday the 26th event will include a costume contest and free giveaways. Management advises there will be no masks or face paint in the building or in the contest, for security reasons.
Bacco Farms offers personal consultation services to introduce new patients to the many product options available in the medical cannabis industry. They recently held a highway cleanup event and owner Regina Momgaudas has a history of philanthropy in Genesee County.
The store and costume contest both open at 10am on the 26th. There is a $500 gift basket for the costume contest winner and free giveaways to the attendees. More information about the provisioning center can be found on their Facebook page.
Emoji Costume Contest!?!
Not to be outdone is the Motor City NORML contingent, whose party takes place in a familiar location: the offices of Cannabis Counsel in Detroit. Matt Abel and Tom Lavigne’s office has served as a hub of activity for the cannabis revolution for more than a decade, and it attracts some of the coolest people.
The NORML contingent has introduced the Pumpkin Cup, listed as “a grower’s cup and emoji costume Halloween party.” Entry into the Pumpkin Cup cannabis competition is only $100. The group is offering a best strain contest, a costume contest and a joint rolling contest. Everything happens on Halloween night, October 31st, starting at 7pm. Tickets are $20 in advance and are available on Eventbrite, or $25 at the door. Contact the event organizers via their Facebook page HERE.
The Hellaweed event will be held October 31st at Bedrock Lounge in Flint. It features some heavy bands, a low $10 entry fee and a costume contest.
“No costume, no entry” is the operative phrase associated with the Halloweed event in Detroit. $20 entry fee. Tickets for the Oct. 31st event are available on Eventbrite or at the door.
For a super spooky happening visit The Rec Center in Mt. Morris on November 1st and celebrate Donald Trump’s reelection bid. Titled a “Post-Apocalyptic Night of Terror,” the happening is sponsored by the Young Democrats of Michigan. The event features live music, a costume contest and door prizes for every guest. Tickets are available on TicketLeap.
November 1st features an Alice in Wonderland-themed ‘High Tea’ held at Vehicle City Social in Flint. Best Hat and Best Costume contests will combine with ‘nonsense gift bags,’ free giveaways and more. More details are available on the company’s Facebook page.