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The Best Events in Detroit this Halloween Season

Haunted Attractions, Halloween Parties, Family Fun, and Stage & Screen Scares.

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HAUNTED ATTRACTIONS

 

13 FEET UNDER

Playland Park, 5290 S. Dort Hwy., Flint; 2.5 miles north of I-75 at exit 109, Dort Highway; 810-695-8200; michiganhauntedhouse.com

Runs Oct. 25-27, Oct. 30-Nov. 2; opens at 8 p.m. Sunday, at 7 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; tickets start at $15.

 

BLAKE’S HAUNTED ATTRACTIONS

At Blake’s Big Apple, 71485 North Ave., Armanda; 586-784-8094 or visit www.hauntedblakes.com

Run Oct. 25-27; open dusk until midnight; call for prices and reservations; group and corporate discounts available.

 

BLOOD BATH ON BIDDLE

3131 Biddle Ave., north of Eureka Road in downtown Wyandotte; 734-288-7024; wyandottejaycees.org/hh

Runs Oct. 24-31; open 7-10 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, 7 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday; $15 (see website for special deals).

 

THE CRYPT HAUNTED HOUSE

4247 S. Dort Highway, Burton; three miles north of exit 109 from I-75; 810-742-2260; thecrypthauntedhouse.com

Runs Oct. 25-27, Oct. 29-31; open dusk to midnight Friday and Saturday, dusk to 11 p.m. weekdays and Sunday; $15.

 

THE DEADLAND

HAUNTED HOUSE

20900 Dequindre Rd., Warren; located behind the County Line Trade Center; 248-808-2463; www.thedeadland.com

Runs Oct. 25-27, Oct. 30-Nov. 2; open 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 25-26: 7-11 p.m. Sunday-Saturday; adults $15, ages 12 and younger $8.

 

DREADLANDS

HAUNT OF DAVISON

10280 E. Stanley Rd., Davison; 810-406-2913; dreadlands.net

Runs Oct. 25-27, Oct. 31-Nov. 2; opens at 6:30 p.m.; Research Laboratories $9, Proving Ground Trail $13, both for $17.

EREBUS

18 S. Perry St., Pontiac; 248-332-7884; hauntedpontiac.com

Runs Oct. 23-Nov. 2; open 7-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 6-11 p.m. Sunday; weekdays $23, Friday and Saturday $28, Sunday $25; reserve your time by purchasing your tickets at the website.

 

ERWIN’S BARN OF HORRORS

& TERRORFYING CORN MAZE

61475 Silver Lake Rd., South Lyon; 248-437-0150; www.ErwinOrchards.com

Runs Oct. 25-27; open 7:30-11 p.m. Oct. 25-26, 7:30-10 p.m. Oct. 27; Barn of Horrors $14, Corn Stalkers Maze $10, combo ticket $22.

 

EXIT 13 HAUNTED HOUSE

6069 N. Saginaw, Mount Morris; I-475 to exit 13; 810-858-9768; exit13hauntedhouse.com

Runs Oct. 24-27, Oct 30-Nov. 2; opens at 8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; $18, VIP fast pass is $28.

 

THE FEAR FACTORY HAUNTED HOUSE

237 N. River Rd., Mount Clemens; I-94 exit to 237 toward Mount Clemens, inside Gibraltar Trade Center; 586-216-2291; thefearfactory.com

Runs Oct. 23-Nov. 2; opens at 7 p.m.; Oct. 23-Oct. 31 $18, Nov. 1-2 $13.

 

FUNERAL HOME

3880 Inkster Rd., Inkster; between Michigan Avenue and Van Born Road on the west side of the road; 734-922-5542

Runs Oct. 25-31; open 7 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday; 7-10 p.m. Sunday; 7 p.m.-? Halloween; $12, $2-off coupon usable by no more than four people.

 

GOIKE’S GARDEN PUMPKIN PATCH

80661 Van Dyke, Bruce Twp.; 810-798-0404

Runs Oct. 25-27; open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; call for prices.

 

HALLOWE’EN IN

GREENFIELD VILLAGE

20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; take I-94 to the Oakwood Boulevard exit; go north on Oakwood; 313-982-6001; thehenryford.org

Runs Oct. 25-27; admittance every half-hour 6:30-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 6:30-8 p.m. Sunday; Member Adult age 13 & up: members age 2-12 $12.75, nonmember adults $12.75, nonmember youths $15, children 2 and younger free.

 

HAUNTED FARM OF TERROR

28405 26 Mile Rd., Lenox Twp.; 586-203-7222; www.HFTerror.com

Runs Oct. 24-27, Oct. 29-Nov. 1; open 7-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday and Saturday; adults $22; 10 and younger $15.

 

HECK OF A HAUNTED BARN

4309 W. Albain Rd., Monroe; between US-23 and I-75; 734-243-1790; www.heckofahauntedbarn.com

Runs Oct. 25-26; open 6:30-10:30 p.m.; $12, bring four people and get tickets for $10 a person.

 

THE HOUSE OF FEAR

620 W. Woodward Heights Rd., Hazel Park; 248-546-4092; houseoffearhazelpark.org

Runs Oct. 25-27, Oct. 31-Nov. 2; open 7-11 p.m.; $10.

 

HUSH

34043 Ford Rd., Westland; three miles east of I-275 and directly across from Cadillac Memorial Gardens; 734-502-6026; www.facebook.com/hushdetroit

Runs Oct. 24-Nov. 2; open 7 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, 7-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; $12.

 

JUNCTION VALLEY RAILROAD’S

 HALLOWEEN SPOOK TRAIL

7065 Dixie Hwy., Bridgeport; take northbound I-75 to exit 144 A and turn right; or take southbound I-75 to exit 144 B and turn left; 989-777-3480; www.jvrailroad.com

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