As the early days of fall start to blend into spooky season, it’s time to turn up the dial on frightening activities. An always-popular choice is hitting up a haunted house for maximum Halloween excitement. While haunted houses range from family-friendly to downright terrifying for even the bravest of adults, one thing is for sure: you’re almost always guaranteed to have a good time…
Azra Chamber of Horrors
31401 John R. Road, Building 2, Madison Heights
Voted the number one Michigan Haunted House by Scare Factor, Haunt World, and Freight Find, Azra Chamber of Horrors is not for the faint of heart. Previously used as a laser tag arena, Azra is a multi-level maze of a haunted house best suited for adults looking for a scary good time. Tickets can be purchased in advance through their website.
Deranged Haunted Attraction
35560 Goddard Road, Romulus
With a storyline involving a lost bus of campers, Deranged Haunted Attraction is sure to keep you creeped out even after leaving. Recommended for ages 13 and up, this haunted house pulls out all the stops with fog, lights, sounds, and other special effects. Deranged Haunted Attraction is open on weekends beginning at the end of September. There are also special events like the Parade of Lights and Deranged After Dark to amplify your scare factor.
30712 Michigan Avenue, Westland
Eloise Asylum is back again this year and better than ever. They have two fully-immersive haunted attractions that they spent millions of dollars upgrading with state-of-the-art production technology. Eloise has over 30,000 square feet of haunted attractions guaranteed to scare you. If the paranormal is more your speed, check out their paranormal, historical, and private investigation tours as well. Eloise is open on weekends through November 5.
Erebus Haunted Attraction
18 South Perry Street, Pontiac
Erebus Haunted Attraction is one of the area’s longest-standing haunted houses. Created by the Terebus brothers back in 2000, Erebus leads guests through a four-story walk of unique and terrifying paths. This haunted house is not recommended for kids under the age of 13. Tickets are available for purchase in advance on their website as well as at the box office on the day of the show.
Ghosts on the Balcony
Emagine 8 Theater – Birmingham
Rumor has it that the Emagine Theater in Birmingham is haunted. Used as a playhouse when it was built back in 1927, guests reported that they could hear sounds and voices that could only be explained as ghosts. During the month of October, the Emagine 8 will be transformed into a Victorian-era immersive experience with 11 uniquely themed areas, many of which are not open to the public during regular business hours. Ghosts on the Balcony’s blood-curdling adult haunt will run daily from October 1-31. A family-friendly haunt specifically for those ages 5-12 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
71485 North Avenue, Armada
On weekend evenings from September through October, Blake’s Cider Mill and Blake’s Big Apple transform into Haunted Blake’s. Their Halloween attractions feature a haunted hayride, a three-story haunted barn, Spookyland, and haunted paintball. They recommend kids be at least six years old to participate in the haunted barn and haunted hayride, and at least eight years old for haunted paintball. Tickets are available for purchase in advance through their website and attractions can be combined for a discount.
Michigan’s Haunted Thrill Park
5565 Merritt Road, Ypsilanti
Wiard’s Orchards in Ypsilanti has five haunted attractions in one location. Each one is unique and has a different storyline to experience. From haunted barns to hayrides and a 3D clown experience, they’re sure to have what scares you the most. Michigan’s Thrill Park is open weekends from the end of September through the end of October. They do not have an age requirement but note that Night Terrors is not recommended for kids under the age of 12.
13245 Dixie Highway, Holly
Rotten Manor has two attractions: The Manor and The Asylum/Forest. There is also a hayride that takes you on a chilling tour of the forest and a carnival-themed midway with games and activities. While there is not an age limit for Rotten Manor, they require kids under the age of 13 to be accompanied by an adult. Tickets for Rotten Manor can only be purchased in person at the ticket booth and is cash only.
Scarefest Scream Park
34111 28 Mile Road, Lenox
An area attraction since 2006, Scarefest Scream Park has created a well-rounded experience for those looking for Halloween fun. They have four different haunted attractions ranging in levels of intensity. The Hayride of Doom is family-friendly while the Castle of the Dead is the most intense experience they offer. They are open on the weekends starting mid-September through the end of October. Friday and Saturday admissions in October can only be purchased online.