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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Ford's haunted train station event you were so excited for? You probably can't get in

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2018 at 10:10 AM

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Ever since Ford announced one month ago that it would turn the derelict train depot it now owns into a haunted house for Halloween, metro Detroiters have been brimming with anticipation of having their spookiest of spooktacular dreams fulfilled.

Entry was to be free to the public, with priority given to neighbors of the hulking structure. But priority, in this case, seems to mean that if you don't live in Corktown or another close-rung neighborhood — you likely won't get in.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Ford plans to distribute all 800 tickets for the Oct. 31 event to local community and business leaders who will then distribute them with a "focus solely on Corktown families." A spokeswoman with Ford tells the daily that's because families in the area have been attending Halloween events at the company's Resource and Engagement center behind the train depot for years. Some Ford employees are also expected to be able to attend the event, the Free Press reports.

Huge bummer, because what's coming together for inside the station sounds like it's going to be pretty cool. The Freep reports the offerings include a haunted graveyard and slime area. The concept is being developed with help from the Michigan Science Center.

The indoor festivities will run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., with 400 people admitted into the train station in two waves. Outside the station, Ford will host a separate truck-or-treat event, which the public is permitted to attend.

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