Terrifying Tours: Explore the Haunted Side of Metro D

By: Amber Ogden | October 8, 2015

Ahh, October, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! Halloween is merely a few weeks away, and who doesn’t love Halloween?

There are plenty of ways to get into the spooky spirit, but one of the most fun ways of doing so involves taking a haunted tour in southeast Michigan.

Hometown History Tours offers public walking and bus tours throughout the year, with a twist during October. Owner and operator Karin Risko will take you on her Notorious 313 True Crime and Ghost Tour that leaves a chill running up your spine.

There are several eerie lantern walking and bus tours, including Foreboding Fort Street, Midtown Unmasked and Ghastly Greektown. New this year is the Notorious 313 Friday Night Fright Bus Tour, which stops at historic Fort Wayne at night.

“Thanks to the City of Detroit and Historic Fort Wayne Coalition, we’re able to hop off the bus and walk through the fort where we’ll tell stories about the entities that are supposed to haunt the fort,” Risko said.

All Hometown History Tours are led by passionate and knowledgeable tour guides, and attendees can expect a spirited adventure through the streets of Detroit.

“In general, being a tour guide with Hometown History Tours is a great gig. During Halloween, it’s extra fun,” Risko said. “People really get into the spirit of the season. Sometimes odd things do happen.”

Visit the official website for more information, and use the promo code “RealDeal” when booking your tour for $5 off bus tours and $8 off walking tours.

The Detroit Bus Company’s Houdini: The Final Day tour is one to take advantage of this month. The two-hour tour retraces magician Harry Houdini’s final steps and runs Thursday through Sunday with showings at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

The tour begins and ends at Grand Trunk Pub, where you can grab a beer to take the edge off if you’re a scaredy pants. Grab your tickets here!

Whether you plan to embark on a guided tour or would rather do the exploring yourself (which I don’t condone and won’t be bailing you out of jail for), October is the time to explore Metro Detroit’s spookiest spots.

Happy haunting!