On Halloween, Ford offered a glimpse of what we might expect for Michigan Central Station’s future: a place where the community can gather. The grand lobby opened for neighbors—mostly kids—for trick-or-treating and Halloween fun. Photographers Michelle and Chris Gerard stopped by early to capture the event.
Local businesses handed out treats to costumed kids in the grand lobby, while ghosts and vibrant lights projected on the ceiling and walls. A DJ kept the music going, with groups of kids and teens breaking out into dance. Outside, trucks formed a line for trunk-or-treat in front of the Beaux Arts beauty, while a makeshift graveyard led guests to the entrance.
A year ago, not many would have believed that the public would have chances to visit the long-vacant building—although, for this event, it would have been nice to see a little more of that first floor. Still, past the decorations, it’s incredible to see the architecture and dream of what the space will become over the next few years.