Be afraid, be very afraid!!! Once again our Fearsome Finder of Frights has compiled a list of haunted houses, corn mazes and scary attractions. You can also check Absolute Michigan keyword haunted and (as always) if you know of one we missed, please post it in the comments!
‘Tis now the very witching time of night,
When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out
Contagion to this world. ~William Shakespeare
Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen,
Voices whisper in the trees, “Tonight is Halloween!” ~ Dexter Kozen
Hold on, man. We don’t go anywhere with “scary,” “spooky,” “haunted,” or “forbidden” in the title. ~Shaggy from Scooby-Doo
History of Halloween – Wikipedia
Halloween has origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain [pronounced: sow- wen] (Irish pronunciation: [ËˆsË aunÊ²]; from the Old Irish samhain, possibly derived from Gaulish samonios). The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture, and is sometimes regarded as the “Celtic New Year”. Traditionally, the festival was a time used by the ancient Celtic pagans to take stock of supplies and slaughter livestock for winter stores. The ancient Celts believed that on October 31st, now known as Halloween, the boundary between the living and the deceased dissolved, and the dead become dangerous for the living by causing problems such as sickness or damaged crops. The festivals would frequently involve bonfires, into which the bones of slaughtered livestock were thrown. Costumes and masks being worn at Halloween goes back to the Celtic traditions of attempting to copy the evil spirits or placate them, in Scotland for instance where the dead were impersonated by young men with masked, veiled or blackened faces, dressed in white
A Halloween treat for retailers: Higher sales
Americans plan to spend an average of $66.28 on costumes, candy and decorations, up from $56.31 last year, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation – via Chicago Tribune
Halloween could be a little less scary for retailers this year, with consumers expected to spend considerably more on the Oct. 31 holiday than they did last year.
Americans say they plan to spend an average of $66.28 on costumes, candy and decorations, above the $56.31 they budgeted last year and in line with the $66.54 figure in 2008, according to a survey released last week by the National Retail Federation.
Total spending for the holiday is expected to reach $5.8 billion, with an estimated 148 million Americans partaking in some sort of celebration. Halloween falls on a Sunday this year, turning the weekend into a chance to mark the holiday.
Paranormal resources and groups in Michigan
Michigan’s Otherside – Your guide to Michigan’s paranormal world & beyond
Find a pumpkin patch near you
“Halloween History” – from National Geographic
Also check out the History Channel’s 5 part video series “The Haunted History Of Halloween” on You Tube.
The 2010 Michigan Haunted Houses, Mazes & Attractions List – We have to caution you that many of these sites are graphic – parental guidance is advised!
Amazing Acres Corn Maze and Pumpkin Farm – Edwardsburg
Amazing Acres Corn Maze and Pumpkin Farm is a truly unique family entertainment experience. Take some time this Fall to make memories that will last a lifetime. The farm is over 90 acres and is packed with events for every member of the family, young or old. Explore the 14 acre corn maze with over 3.5 miles of paths. Keep a watchful eye for the 12 hidden check points! The Maze is available both Day and Night!
Amazing Corn Maze – Leonard
Can You Find Your Way Out?
Bestmaze – Williamston/Webberville
If another maze you are interested in will not put their picture on the website there is a reason!!! We have had a system in place for years of sweeping through our maze at end of each night. Even if we have no cars in the Bestmaze lot we still sweep through the maze in case a few kids were dropped off and parents went to Mc Donald’s.
Blake’s Nighttime Spooky hayride & 3 Story Haunted Barn – Armada
Imagine yourself on a journey through acres of unspeakable fiendish ghouls, special effects, laser beams, strobe lights, and unimaginable horror. Then you’ve found yourself in the midst of Michigan’s larger than life Blake’s Nighttime Spooky Hayride. If you survive that then you’ll be dared to find your way through Michigan’s only 3-Level Haunted Barn and Black Hole. Don’t forget the free cider and donuts at the witches cauldron on the hayride! If you survive Blake’s Halloween terrors, you can calm your nerves around one of the many bonfires.
Castle of the Dead – Roseville
The Halloween Season is fast approaching! If you haven’t experienced the Castle… you have yet to experience true fear! I dare you to compare! NO haunted house can match the fear of the CASTLE OF THE DEAD!!!!!
Circus Park Corn Maze – Clio
This years theme is “Down on the Farm” in honor of our Illustrious Potentate Ivan C. Sparks. There are 2 mazes in our 10 acre field. Come on out and get lost! We will have flashlights available for you nighttime adventures and our nightly campfire will be roaring to warm you up on those chilly evenings.
ChelseaMaze – Chelsea
Our challenging maze has trivia signs and 3 separate entrances that promote competition and teamwork.
Crots Corn Maze – Ottawa Lake
We’re open from September 19 through November 1, 2009 Saturday and Sunday Only!
Deadly Intentions – Warren
Our Only Goal is to Scare You to Death
Depner Farms Corn Maze – Caseville
“MaZe-O-Saurus” opened on August 7th and our return visitors are saying it’s more corn-fusing than ever! We’ll be here
each Saturday and Sunday ’til November 1st, so come on down and GET LOST for a half-a-day or maybe more Open Saturdays & Sundays ’til November 1st!
Erebus Haunted Attraction – Pontiac
World’s Largest Walk Though Haunted House
Erwin’s Barn of Horrors & Terrorfying Corn Maze – South Lyon
Erwin’s Barn of Horrors with the Mystery of the Black Hole! “Where Evil Stalks”
Exit 13 – Mt. Morris
Flint Area’s Preeminent Haunted House
Empire Eagles Field of Screams – Empire
A haywagon ride through a haunted Leelanau fores, always the last 2 weekends of October and Halloween.
Fear Farm – Casco
Corn Fun Family Farm has 2 challenging corn mazes with 4 miles of meandering trails, and for October we have added a new Haunted corn field!
Fun Acres Corn Maze – South Rockwood
Fun Acres Family Fun Farm is a seasonal agritourism adventure for families to learn and play. The combination of agriculture and entertainment is sure to both challenge and entertain your whole family!
Gruesome Encounters – Ortonville
Come experience an eerie evening of horrifying events that will haunt you for years to come when our souls of the underworld lore you into Gruesome Encounters.
Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village – Greenfield Village
Step back in time to a turn-of-the-20th century Hallowe’en. Follow an endless path of hand-carved jack-o-lanterns and meet colorful characters along the way. Feel the whoosh as the headless horseman rides by, banter with a clever witch, and make stops at several treat stations spread throughout Greenfield Village. It’s frightfully fun for the whole family! Members of The Henry Ford receive discount admission and an exclusive opportunity to purchase tickets in advance.
Haunted Barn and Wagon of Fear – Mason
Enter if you dare the Haunted Barn maybe you’ll be able to make it through to enjoy the next day or maybe not. Our barn is well over a hundred years old and has seen many strange things, if it could only talk or … can it. We have many souls in the barn from the century past. Some farm animal souls still linger; they join us now and then. This time they’re not on the dinner menu. Be prepared to experience a screaming good time.
Haunted Corn Maze – Bloomfield Hills
three mazes of varying conveniently located on eight acres at Bloomfield Hills Scholls’ Historic Bowers Farm.
Haunted Farm of Terror – Lexon Township
Haunted Farm of Terror in Lenox TWP offers over 20 acres of haunted hayrides, corn mazes, horror movies, tasty treats and haunted houses for your haunted Halloween pleasure!
Haunted Hallows – Westland
Acres of Hair Raising Spooky Attractions
Haunted Barn & Maze – Imlay City
t’s not just another predictable walk around a haunted house where some mechanical piece of cloth comes out and surprises you. Oh no, it is dark, can’t see the hand in front of your face dark and you’re never sure where or when â€œitâ€ will get youâ€¦.and if you have been here beforeâ€¦.it’s coming at you from a different directionâ€¦it can’t be plannedâ€¦.it can’t be anticipatedâ€¦.but it will be REAL, down to your toes, leaking down your legâ€¦FRIGHTENING!!!
The Haunting – Adrian
The Haunting is Southeast Michigan’s Greatest Haunted Attraction! Located in Adrian Michigan at the Lenawee County Fairgrounds just 30 minutes South of Ann Arbor and 30 minutes North of Toledo.
Hay Ride from Hell & Zombie Shoot – Pinckney
Take a ride through our haunted forest with lots of scares and Halloween horror. Your heart WILL be pounding by the end this ride!
This interactive lazer event takes both skill and nerve. Never ending zombies creep towards you as you try to shoot them dead. Earn points for every kill. Do you have what it takes to be #1 ?
Heck of a Corn Maze – Monroe
More than 8 acres! Open weekends September 12 – October 31
HellBlock13 – Wyandotte
You’ve heard the legends and told the rumors. Now find out the truth for yourself. With over 13,000 square feet and indoor waiting, this twisted twisting labyrinth of fear and torment will have your eyes bulging, skin crawling and heart pounding. See if you can break free from the imprisoned demons that are ready to pass judgment on your soul.
Jackson’s Underworld – Jackson
Jackson’s Underworld, were you’ll uncover the soft underbelly of the most impressive animatronics and props not found in any other haunt in Michigan. As you trudge through the massive 30,000 sq ft, keep to the path, we wouldn’t want you to get lost.
Jacob’s Corn Maze – Traverse City
We are located 3.5 Miles from West Grand Traverse Bay off M-72. Our farm is on the left, on the hill, has a big silo, and is just past the big windmill!
Krazy Hilda’s Barn of Doom & Coleman’s Corn Maze – Saline
Be There If You Dare My Pretty…
Macabre Manistee County – Manistee
“Macabre Manistee County,” which features haunted attractions, harvest festivals, food, music and much more, throughout October. And the Gatekeeper, the official mascot of Macabre Manistee County, will be visiting select events and greeting the public once again. He can be followed on Twitter (or is he following you?). There’s so much to do, it’s scary!
Miller’s Big Red Haunted Hayride – Washington
The wagon pulls out once again as Miller’s Big Red transforms the orchard into a foggy playground filled with 9 foot monsters, creatures of the night, and the Demon of Doom. Will you spot them before they spot you?
Morrow Road Haunted Trail & Hayride – Clay
The Morrow Road Film is having another Haunted Trail & Hayride! This fundraiser event will offer a chance to meet the director of the film, and the trail is even longer than last year’s in a brand new location! And the hayride will take those brave enough to the actual haunted road at night.
Motor City Massacre – Roseville
Haunted House & Maze of Horror
New Salem Corn Maze – Dorr
Bring the whole family on down for the fall fun extravaganza! Activities include: hay rides, our corn maze, petting zoo, childrens corn maze, 5 acre pumpkin patch, and alot more!!
Night Stalkers Haunted House – Millington
Join the thousands that witnessed Night Stalkers last year. Every year we not only grow in size but we also add new monsters and scares so even if you came last year you are sure to be surprised! So join us this Haunt season, it’s sure to be our best yet.
Join us this Halloween season as we celebrate another year of scaring you poor innocent mortals. We have 2 stories of terrors and chills to frighten the bravest among you. All indoors and over 8,000 square feet. Night Stalkers Haunted House is easily the biggest haunt in the Tri-Cities area! Night Stalkers immerses you in Hollywood-type scenes, fantastic creatures of the night as well as special effects and scares to make your nightmares come alive before your very eyes!
Night Terrors – Ypsilanti
Beware! This is not just another haunted house! The grounds of Wiard’s Orchards south of Ypsilanti, Michigan (near Ann Arbor, in Washtenaw County) are said to be truly haunted. The history of these lands has lived in haunted houses of Michigan lore for centuries. Those who have dared to set foot on the haunted grounds of this old orchard say they can still hear the howling sounds of the night. At least it’s been said by the few brave souls who have survived, and the fear will always live on with them. There comes a time in each of our lives when we must face our fears and face the terror of these haunted lands. What’s your Fear? Is it the dark? Is it death? Is it the old neighborhood haunted house? Or is it just the unknown? Be prepared to confront those fears at one or all of the Wiard chilling haunted attractions: the Ultimate Haunted Barn, the Asylum, The Mineshaft, Hayrides of the Lost, The Labyrinth and Alien Caged Clowns. Because at Night Terrors WE PUT TERROR IN YOUR FACE!! We’re NOT just another haunted house in Michigan!
Panic at Pine Stump Hollow – St. Clair
This Haunted Event Is Unlike Anything You Have Ever Seen Or Heard About. It Takes Place In An Eerie Haunted House And Outside In A Truly Ghostly Forest. There Is Nowhere To Run And Hide From What’s Lurking Around The Corners And In The Trees. This Is Not For The Faint Of Heart, And We Welcome Anyone Who Thinks They Have What It Takes To Make It Through Pine Stump Hollow.
Phantasmagoria – Okemos
Lansing Area’s Premiere Haunted House
Saint Lucifer’s Haunted Asylum – Flint
Mid-Michigan’s Top Scare
Salem’s Haunted Barn – Capac
Terror comes home to the county… Call for paranormal haunts!
Scarefest Scream Park – Lenox Township
Featuring the Hayride of Doom and Forest of Darkness & Terror Zone Maze!! Metro Detroit’s Halloween Park.
Slaughtered at Sundown – Armada
Glimpse the Grim Face of Death
Slaughterhouse, Haunted Maze & Blood Bath & Beyond Hayride – Fowlerville
Haunted House – Corn Maze – Haunted Maze – Haunted Hayride
Spooky Trails – Swartz Creek
Corn maze and other haunted attractions…
S.S. City of Milwaukee Annual Ghost Ship – Manistee
Fridays & Saturdays in October (and Halloween) the 76 year old car ferry features four stories of unsettling oddities
Talladay Farms Corn Maze – Milan
Maps are in sealed envelopes and cost $1. We have checkpoints throughout the maze. If you get lost, you can find a checkpoint and look on your map at the correlating numbers to figure out where you are. If you make it through the mazes without opening the map, you get your dollar back. We will also have letters on the checkpoints. If you can find all of the checkpoints and write down each letter that is at the checkpoints, your name will be submitted for a grand prize drawing at the end of the season!
Terror in Townsend Forest – Clarkston
Dusk til Last Victim, ¼ Mile of TERROR Filled Forest Trails
Terrorfied Forest & Manor – Pinckney
Welcome to The Terrorfied Forest, Southeastern Michigan’s Premier Outdoor Haunted Attraction. It’s not for the faint of heart, This is TEEN & ADULT entertainment. The tall pines whisper for you to “come, Join your departed ancestors”, as you walk among them.
Should you choose to ignore them, they have been known to emerge out of a tree and make off with your soul. You will never know when or where they will appear, but they will know where you are and strike at your most vulnerable moment.
The Crypt Haunted House – Burton
More thrills and chills than ever! It is in your face Crypt chilling! A haunted house with actors and more state of the art effects than any other haunt! Experience the black hole, claustrophobia & more, so beware of the Crypt! Not recommended for small children or sissies.
The Deadland Haunted House – Davison
Bring all your friends out to see what we have in store for you…
The Fear Factory – Mt. Clemens
30 Minutes of Relentless Bloody Terror
The Haunted Forest – Dryden
Take a guided 20 minute tour through the haunted forest. The forest is not recommended for children under ten.
The Haunted Castle – Beverly Hills
A family friendly haunted house that’s scary. But don’t worry (too much). While the Haunted Castle contains great scares and awesome sets, there’s none of the gore found at other haunted attractions. Crawl through hidden passageways, wade through the swamp, and avoid the bottomless pit. You might get out alive.
This is a Hollywood style haunted attraction, with exceptional set design, and attention to detail. If you like Disney’s Haunted Mansion, but wish it was scarier, you’ll love the Haunted Castle.
The Haunted Winery – Farmington
“We Are Not Out To Make A Killing -We Just Want To Scare The Hell Out Of You!”
The Haunting – Adrian
A Haunted House to Die For
The Homer Mill – Homer
Ever Been So Scared the Hairs on the Back of Your Neck Stand Up?
The Lab – Grosse Ile
Called one of the best themed attractions in the U.S. by Haunted Attractions Magazine, The Lab boasts more scares per square foot than any other haunted attraction. Gen-Tech Laboratories is a secret government funded genetics lab, where something has gone wrongâ€¦very wrong. Mutants, freaks, zombies and 9-ft tall monsters roam the halls, along with all the demented doctors who are ready to use you as their next experiment in this interactive adventure.
The Scream Machine – Taylor
The Scream Machine IS BACK!! HAS BEEN REVAMPED AND EXPANDED!! With new special effects and scares for the 2009 season including BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND.. THE HELLEVATOR!! THIS PORTAL TO THE UNKNOWN takes you to the depths of your worst FEARS WERE NIGHTMARES AND REALITY COLLIDE.
Spook Train – Bridgeport
Michigan’s best Halloween Happening Enjoy the scenic ride with 250 Jack O’ Lanterns lighting the way. Filled with thrills and chills, from over 80 different scenes along the track. Lots of surprises from our live spooks. The scenes are funny, cute, and scary. This all adds up to a very exciting way to experience Halloween.
Twist of Evil – Brownstown
Twist of Evil is Downriver’s Premeir Haunted Attraction… THE PLACE THAT GIVES DEMONS NIGHTMARES!!
Uncle John’s Cider Mill Corn Maze – St. Johns
Get lost in Uncle John’s 5-acre corn maze!
Westview Orchards Corn Maze – Washington
Well, you knew Tom Izzo was outstanding in his field … so he’s been honored with a six-acre corn maze in his image.
Katrina Schumacher, co-owner of Westview Orchards and Adventure Farm in Washington Township, said Izzo and Michigan State’s Final Four run were the inspirations for the maze — which proclaims him “Coach of the Ear.” Ha!
Wicked Hill Scream Park – Birch Run
8,000 feet of Haunt Experience!
Wrong Turn Campground & Bloody Butcher House! – Hudson
Hours: Dusk ’til whenever!