The leaves are falling, the weather is getting cooler and it’s time to start gearing up for Halloween. What better way to get ready for the spookiest holiday of the year than by checking out haunted houses and attractions? Metro Detroit offers several of the most suspenseful and downright terrifying haunted houses in Michigan. There is a reason our state has been dubbed “The Haunt Capital of the World” by hauntworld.com.
Erebus, located at 18 South Perry St., Pontiac, is the king of all haunted houses. The building is four stories high and a staggering 30,000 square feet of pure terror. This attraction held the title of “World’s Largest Haunted House” in the Guinness Book of World Records from August 2005 to September 2009! Erebus has been featured on the Travel Channel and has been named one of the “top haunts” in the nation by Hauntworld Magazine.
Tickets range in price from $23 to $28, and can be bought in advance or at the door. Due to the high popularity of this attraction, it would probably be in your best interest to purchase tickets ahead of time. Are you brave enough to wander through this never-ending maze of horror? I accomplished this feat three years ago, and I’m ready to give it another go.
The Fear Factory, located at 237 North River Rd., Mt. Clemens, is not quite as large as Erebus, but still checks in at an impressive 25,000 square feet and provides 30 minutes of non-stop chills. This haunted house is also the home of “Michigan’s Largest Vortex Tunnel.” Some haunted house goers can end up making money back by finding the “secret door” at the Fear Factory. Participants who find the secret door get three times their money back, and according to the website, 357 people found the door in 2012. A haunted house where it is possible to triple your money? Yeah, count me in on this one.
Tickets cost $18 through October and $13 on November 1 and 2. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Scarefest Scream Park is located at 34111 28 Mile Rd, Lenox Township. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to drive to the northeast corner of Gratiot and 28 Mile, it might just be worth your while. Scarefest Scream Park is an astonishing 50 acres of scares, fun and attractions. This park offers the Hayride of Doom, Muttonville Manor Haunted House, Carnival of the Dead, and The Terror Zone Haunted Maze, just to name a few.
After you have gotten your share of haunted attractions, stick around. The park also offers live music, entertainment and movie showings. Scares, music and movies, sounds like my kind of night! For more information, hours and prices visit www.scarefestscreampark.com.
Night Terrors at Wiards Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd, Ypsilanti, is another staple on the list of haunted attractions to visit each year. Night Terrors at Wiards Orchards offers six haunted options. Explore the old creepy Asylum, try to make your way through the tricky Labyrinth, or test your bravery walking though the Ultimate Haunted Barn. If those don’t put the fear inside you, there are plenty of other attractions “Michigan’s Premier Haunted Thrill Park” has to offer.
Check out the website for dates, times and ticket prices. This park is an unprecedented 89 acres and has 115 live monsters, plus each attraction is based off of a haunted tale that has taken place at the Wiard’s grounds. I am yet to check this one out, but I will definitely put it on the to-do list.
The Scream Machine, 27258 Eureka Rd, Taylor. The 7,500 square foot attraction forces you to walk your way through the haunted chapel, undead cemetery and the grave keeper’s home. I don’t know about you, but to me there aren’t many things more creepy than cemeteries at night. However, I’m not one to back down from a challenge. Bring it on, Scream Machine.
Admission costs $14 and the attraction is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The Scream Machine will also have a Lights on Event from 2 p.m. through 5 p.m. where the lights will be on and the actors will pass out candy. The Lights on Event costs $4 to enter and children under four feet tall get in free.
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