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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- Address: 28405 26 Mile Road, Lenox
- Phone: 586-203-7222
- Schedule 2012: Friday-Saturday, 7 p.m.-1 a.m., Family nights 7-11 p.m. Oct. 14, 21, 25, 28, 30
- Cost: $22/adults, $15/kids, $50/family night requires a coupon (from their website) for admission for 2 adults, 2 children, 4 hot dogs and 4 drinks; additional kids are $12.50
This haunted farm is over 20 acres of scary stuff. Take the haunted hayride or explore the haunted house. Test your luck at the live zombie paintball shoot for a chance to win prizes. For a more relaxing night, watch scary movies projected on a big screen around a bonfire. Visit the Road Kill Cafe for cider, doughnuts and other snacks.
- Address: 4900 32 Mile Road, Washington Township
- Phone: 586-752-7888
- Schedule 2012: 8-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 8-10 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 28-Oct. 28
- Cost: $14/adults, $10/ages 10 and under
For a 22nd year, the orchard will transform into a creepy landscape of dense fog, where giant monsters will scare the pants off of riders. For movie buffs there's a haunted gallery of vintage movie posters from around the world.
- Address: 5565 Merritt Road, Ypsilanti
- Phone: 734-390-9211
- Schedule 2012: 7:15-11:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 7:15-10:30 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 24-Oct. 31 (not open Friday, Oct. 5)
- Cost: Thursday/Friday/Saturday: $17/single event, $35/all six; Saturday: $18/single event, $38/all six
Wiard's Orchards offers six haunted attractions in one location at its "Haunted Thrill Park." Recommended age is at least 10, but use discretion. For younger kids, the Mined Shaft and Labyrinth are monster-free 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays.
- Address: 61288 Gratiot Ave. at 28 Mile Road, Lenox Township
- Phone: 586-749-6666
- Schedule 2012: Tickets go on sale at 6 p.m., doors open at dusk, Sept. 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, Oct. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27, 30, Nov. 3.
- Cost: $15 each/Hayride of Doom, Castle of the Dead, Forest of Darkness and 3-D Haunted House, The Terror Zone Maze and Yappo's Fun House; $45/all four
Along with the haunts like the Terror Zone Maze and the 3-D Haunted House, there are monster truck rides starting the weekend of Oct. 14 from 4 p.m. until closing. This year, see live on-stage entertainment, sit by bonfires and watch scary PG-13 movies before 10 p.m. on big screens (R-rated movies playing after 10 p.m.).
- Address: 7365 Pinckney Road, Pinckney
- Phone: 734-878-0018
- Schedule 2012: 8 p.m.-midnight Sept. 21-22, 28-29, Oct. 5-6, 12-12, 19-20, 26-27; plus 8-11 p.m. Oct. 14, 21, 25, 28, 30-31
- Cost: $9/manor, $18/forest, $25/combo
For older teens and adults, this 30-acre attraction boasts making grown men curl up in the fetal position and scaring some so bad that they wet their pants! The 40-minute walk is almost a mile. If you're brave, visit the Terrorfied Manor, where strange noises and flickering lights haunt the Hillcrest sanitarium and ghosts and spirits love to scare.
- Address: 65775 Wolcott Road, Ray Township
- Phone: 586-752-5932
- Schedule 2012: noon-3 p.m. Sept. 8-9, 15-16, 23, Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28; evening bonfire: 6 p.m. Sept 28-29, Oct. 5-6
- Cost: $6/adults, $4/kids and seniors; pumpkins priced according to size; bonfire is $6/person
This Macomb County Huron-Clinton Metropark offers its "Pumpkin, Cider & Donut Wagon Rides" on select weekend dates. Come out early at 10 a.m. to see a dairy cow milking and other farm animals. In October, take a wagon ride down to the pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkin and then stop for a cup of cider and a doughnut. For autumn evening fun, come for the nighttime hayride and bonfire afterwards.
- Address: 29350 W. Chicago St., Livonia
- Phone: 734-466-2410
- Schedule 2012: noon-7:30 p.m. Oct. 13-14, 20-21, 27-28.
- Cost: $1/person
This Livonia spot offers a fun attraction for ages 12 and under (scariness is adjusted for the age of the child). Kids who like being scared can maneuver the spooky barn in the dark, while little kids get to stroll through with the lights on.