Southeast Michigan Hayrides & Haunted Houses 2012
From harmless scares for kids to truly terrifying experiences for teens, here are some of the best ongoing haunted houses, spooky barns, fun mazes and more in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.
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There's no doubt about it – we like to be scared. Every Halloween season, haunted houses, spooky corn mazes and ghostly hayrides pop up all around Michigan, boasting better scares than last season. Here, we have the official 2012 Metro Parent roundup of hayrides, mazes and haunted houses for you to find the best haunt for your family. We have the truly frightening attractions for teens and adults – and friendly lures with little or no scares for younger children to enjoy.
- Address: 38035 S. Huron Road, New Boston
- Phone: 734-753-9380
- Schedule 2012: Hayrides start at 4:30 p.m.; last weekend of September-October
- Cost: $5
This scare-free hayride for little kids (2 and older) takes you on a pleasant autumn journey out to a bonfire, where they can eat a doughnut and sip on some cider.
- Address: 61475 Silver Lake Road, South Lyon
- Phone: 248-437-0150
- Schedule 2012: Corn Maze 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays; Children's Spooky Barn 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekends; Corn Stalkers Maze & Barn of Horrors 7:30-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday through October
- Costs: $5/person daytime maze, $10/person nighttime maze, $2/Children's Spooky Barn, $14/Barn of Horrors, $22/combo Barn of Horrors and Corn Maze
Young ones can wander through a corn maze and get rewarded with cider and a doughnut or roam through a harmlessly spooky barn. Older kids who want a better scare can wait until nighttime, when they are "stalked" by monsters through the corn maze. There's also a Barn or Horrors with scary creatures to make you scream – and state-of-the-art robotics, special effects and illusions.
- Address: 9391 Lindsey Lane (29 Mile Road), Casco Township
- Phone: 586-365-9401
- Schedule 2012: Mazes: 5-11 p.m. Fridays, noon-11 p.m. Saturdays, noon-8 p.m. Sundays. Fear Farm: dusk-11 p.m. Fridays, dusk-11 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 28-Oct. 30. Daytime hayrides: noon-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays.
- Cost: Scary attractions: $18/adults, $16/ages 5-11. Family fun: $10/adults, $8/ages 5-11, free/under 5 (add-ons: $8/haunted attractions, $2/daytime hayrides)
The family fun includes the corn maze, petting zoo, mini hay bale maze for kids, hay bale pyramid and bounce hour for kids under 11. For teens and adults, there's the haunted cornfield and forest, 3-D haunted horror house and mysterious "black hole." Two mazes take about two hours to navigate with flashlights allowed in the main maze – but not in the haunted maze. Bring your own flashlight, or rent one for $3 and a $5 deposit.
- Address: County Line Antique Flea Market, 20900 Dequindre Road, Warren
- Phone: 248-376-3459
- Schedule 2012: 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday-Saturday, 8-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, Sept. 21-23, Sept. 28-30, Oct. 5-7, 12-14, 18-21 and 25-31
- Cost: $15/adults, $8/kids 48 inches or under
Back by popular demand for one last season, the Deadly Intentions (formerly Deadland) Haunted House is a multi-level attraction of terror. Not recommended for young kids, though they are allowed to enter.
- Address: Blake's Big Apple, 71485 North Ave., Armada
- Phone: 586-784-9710
- Schedule 2012: nights, Fridays-Sundays, Sept. 21-Oct. 28
- Cost: $19-$31.95/adults, $15-$27.95/kids
New this year is the Zombie Paintball Safari, where participants take a hayride affixed with paintball guns and shoot at real zombies! On Friday and Saturday nights in October, the barnyard transforms into a creepy landscape of fortunetellers, a dark cornfield maze and twisted fun house. The strobe light hayride drives through acres of monsters and ghouls. Then try to find your way through the three-level haunted barn and mysterious black hole. Not for young kids!