Halloween is right around the corner – and all the local frights are back to scare you into the fall season! Metro Detroit is packed with haunted houses, spooky hayrides and eerie corn mazes to help you get into the scary spirit. Whether you have little ones or more daring teens, we’ve gathered a list of attractions sure to offer something for everyone. Here are some truly frightening haunts – and a few family-friendly events perfect for your tiny ones.
- Address: 9391 Lindsey Lane (29 Mile Road), Casco Township
- Phone: 586-365-9401
- Schedule 2016: Corn mazes 5 p.m. Fridays (last ticket sold 10 p.m.), noon Saturdays (last ticket sold 10 p.m.), noon Sundays (last ticket sold 8 p.m.); daytime hayride noon-6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays; Sept. 17-Oct. 30
- Cost: $10/ages 4-plus, free/3 and under (add-ons: $2/daytime hayrides)
The family fun destination includes a corn maze, petting zoo, mini hay bale maze for kids, hay bale pyramid and bounce pad for kids and adults. Plus, grab a delicious doughnut and a glass of cider. Pick out your own pumpkin too ($2-$10/each). Guests get $1 off if they mention this Metro Parent article.
- Address: 18 S. Perry St., Pontiac
- Phone: 248-332-7884
- Schedule 2016: 7:30-10:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 6-11 p.m. Sundays Sept. 23-24 and 30, Oct. 1-2, 6-9, 13-16 and 19-31.
- Cost: $28/Fridays-Saturdays, $23/Mondays-Thursdays, $25/Sundays
Erebus is in its 16th year of bringing you frightening haunts. This haunted house offers four stories of terrifying paths for those who dare. Erebus is known for its recognition in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the world’s longest walk-through haunted attraction from August 2005 to September 2009.
- Address: 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
- Phone: 313-982-6001
- Schedule 2016: 6:30-9 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays (plus Thursday, Oct. 27), 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays Oct. 14-16, 20-23 and 27-30
- Cost: $16/adults and kids ages 2-plus; $13.75/members, adults and kids ages 2-plus; free/kids under 2
- Registration: It’s highly recommended, as this popular event can sell out
Stroll down the streets and alleys lined with over 1,000 jack-o’-lanterns and classic costumed characters. You may see the Headless Horseman ride out of the shadows of Firestone Farm’s fields or see witches, wizards and dancing skeletons. This is a kid-friendly, scare-free Halloween attraction.
- Address: 481 Lake George Road, Oxford
- Phone: 248-628-1611
- Schedule 2016: Harvest Moon Hayrides: 7-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays in October
- Cost: $8/person
This hayride is perfect for those who don’t like scary attractions or those with little kids. Upland Hills Farm offers a 30-minute ride, with a warm beverage and a fresh doughnut. After the trip, warm up by the bonfire.
- Address: 71485 North Ave., Armada
- Phone: 586-784-9710
- Schedule 2016: 7-11 p.m. Fridays-Sundays Sept. 23-Oct. 30
- Cost: Spookyland: $10.95/person; zombie paintball safari: $19.95/person; three-story haunted barn: $13.95/adults, $9.95/kids; haunted hayride: $16.95/adults, $12.95/kids; combo pack tickets can be purchased online
Check out Zombie Paintball Safari, where participants take a hayride equipped with paintball guns. On weekends, the barnyard transforms into a creepy landscape of fortune tellers, a dark cornfield maze and twisted fun house. The strobe-light hayride drives through acres of monsters and ghouls. Try to find your way through the three-level haunted barn and mysterious black hole. Not for young kids.
- Address: 28405 26 Mile Road, New Haven
- Phone: 586-203-7222
- Schedule 2016: 6:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 6:30-11 p.m. Sundays Sept. 16-Oct. 30; plus 6:30-11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27
- Cost: Combo ticket, haunted house and hayride: $25/adults, $15/kids; single attraction ticket: $17/adults, $13/kids; check out the Haunted Farm of Terror online to snag some “killer offers”
This haunted farm is over 20 acres of scary stuff. Take the haunted hayride or explore the haunted house, filled with new spooky scenes. 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: 14555 Dixie Highway, Holly
- Phone: 248-634-9811
- Schedule 2016: 8 p.m. Sept. 24 (Stay for the day or camp overnight)
- Cost: Call for pricing
Join a campsite-decorating contest, make your way through the Haunted Island, dance to Halloween music from the DJ (costumes optional) and participate in other themed games and activities. There will also be Halloween face painting, hayrides and campground trick-or-treating.
- Address: 3001 Earhart Road, Ann Arbor
- Phone: 734-998-0182
- Schedule 2016: general: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily April 1-Oct. 31, seasonal hours rest of year
- Cost: general: $6/adults and kids, $5.40/seniors, free/2 and under; pumpkin picking fees additional; $2/bag of animal feed; $2/person for hayrides; $5/pony rides
This petting farm offers fright-free attractions for your little ones, including popular hayrides. It lets kids pet and feed the animals, too, while there are also pony rides and pick-your-own pumpkin (select dates only) options. Also consider the Fall Festival 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 29.
- Address: 34043 Ford Road, Westland
- Phone: 734-502-6026
- Schedule 2016: Opens at 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday Sept. 23-Oct. 31, plus Thursdays Oct. 20 and 27 and Monday, Oct. 31
- Cost: Fridays-Saturdays: $18/general admission, $30/VIP (skip the line), $45/ultimate VIP (skip the line plus T-shirt)
Ranked among the top 20 haunted attractions in the country, this daunting destination was completely rebuilt for 2016 and features mutants, monsters and zombies “that even nightmares can’t compete with,” its website claims. Definitely not for young kids.
- Address: 5565 Merritt Road, Ypsilanti
- Phone: 734-390-9211
- Schedule 2016: 7:15-11:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 7:15-10:30 p.m. Sundays Oct. 1-Oct. 31; opens starting Sept. 24 with limited attractions
- Cost: Starts at $18/single event; up to $59/VIP package ($18-$49 on Sundays)
Wiard’s Orchards has been creating frights for more than 30 years. It offers six haunted attractions in one location at its Haunted Thrill Park. Recommended age is at least 10, but use discretion. The Wiard’s Country Fair (Sept. 10-Oct. 30) is little-tyke friendly.
- Address: 2240 W. Buno Road, Milford
- Phone: 248-684-8632
- Schedule 2016: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays; noon-4 p.m. weekends Oct. 1-31
- Cost: $5/adult, $3/child, free/2 and younger; pumpkins and gourds are priced according to size (Note: A Metroparks vehicle entry permit is required to enter the park. Daily passes are $10 or annual passes are $35.)
Enjoy the autumn colors on a relaxing hayride to the pumpkin patch! Select your very own pumpkin or gourd to bring home with you.
- Address: 65775 Wolcott Road, Ray Township
- Phone: 586-752-5932
- Schedule 2016: 11-4 p.m. Saturday-Sundays in October (excluding Oct. 16 and 29)
- Cost: $6/adults, $4/kids includes cider and doughnut; pumpkins priced according to size (Note: A Metroparks vehicle entry permit is required to enter the park; daily passes are $10 or annual passes are $35.)
This Macomb County Huron-Clinton Metropark offers its “Pumpkin Patch Wagon Rides” on select weekend dates. In October, take a wagon ride down to the pumpkin patch to pick your own (pumpkins at additional cost) and then stop for a cup of cider and a doughnut.
- Address: 34111 28 Mile Road, Lenox Township
- Phone: 586-749-6666
- Schedule 2016: open 7 p.m.-midnight Fridays-Saturdays in October, plus 7-10 p.m. Oct. 23 and 30 (full date range spans Sept. 9-Oct. 30)
- Cost: $15/single attraction; $45/four attractions, $65/VIP pass for unlimited attractions
Scarefest offers these major haunts: Castle of the Dead Haunted House, Carnival of the Dead Forest Walk, Terror Zone Maze, Hayride of Doom, Zombie Paintball and Survive the Night. Scarefest is your hub for a night packed with fun – see bands, DJs and entertainment offered nightly; there’s also a heated bar tent or grab an adult drink at the Club Terror Zone. Plus bonfires and concessions.
- Address: 71800 Romeo Plank Road, Armada
- Phone: 586-752-7669
- Schedule 2016: 7-11 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, Sept. 30-Oct. 30. Kids hayride offered 2-4 p.m. Sundays Oct. 4 and 11.
- Cost: $15/each haunted house or hayride, $25/combo; $10/kids 10 and under, per attraction, $16/combo
Shivers will run down your spine as you go through the Slaughtered at Sundown haunted house and the Slaughtered Town Hayride. This terrifying romp is definitely for older kids.
- Address: 145 Swarthout Road, Pinckney
- Phone: 734-878-3737
- Schedule 2016: 8 p.m.-midnight Fridays-Saturdays Sept. 16-Oct. 29; 8-10 p.m. Sundays Oct. 9-16 and 8-11 p.m. Oct. 23, 30-31.
- Cost: $10/manor, $20/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 dare, also check out Hillside Mortuary – an indoor attraction that was previously shut down and boarded up for many years.
- Address: 20900 Dequindre Road, Warren
- Phone: 248-808-2463
- Schedule 2016: 7 p.m.-midnight Fridays-Saturdays Sept. 16-Oct. 30 (plus Monday, Oct. 31), 7-11 p.m. Sundays Sept. 25-Oct. 30; 7-11 p.m. Thursdays Oct. 13-Oct. 27
- Cost: $15/person
The Deadland is back with a new frightening show for 2016. You can rent a monster! For $5 (in addition to admission price), rent one of the nicer monsters to walk through the haunted house with you. Not recommended for young kids.
- Address: 125 S. Main St., Milford
- Phone: 248-797-3060
- Schedule 2016: 7-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 6-10 p.m. Sundays Oct. 22-23 and Oct. 28-30; purchase tickets at the door (cash or credit card)
- Cost: $15/age 18-plus, $10/under age 18
The Suzanne Haskew Arts Center (the SHAC) turns into The Haunted SHAC for this second annual fundraiser to support the Village Fine Arts Association. Frightening scenes, spooky encounters and more. It’s billed as a “shocking showcase of artistic abnormality.”
- Address: Gibraltar Trade Center, 237 N. River Road, Mount Clemens
- Phone: 586-216-2291
- Schedule 2016: 7 p.m.-midnight weekdays, 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Fridays-Saturdays Sept. 16-18, 23-25 and 30. Open daily in October except Oct. 3-6 and 10-11.
- Cost: $19/person
Offers 25,000 square feet and 30 minutes of “throat ripping terror.” This haunted house has creepy hallways, dark passages and Michigan’s largest vortex tunnel. No age limit; depends on your fear level. Check the website for coupons.
- Address: 37 Turk St., Pontiac
- Phone: 248-338-0029
- Schedule 2016: 7:30 p.m.-midnight Fridays-Saturdays, 8-11 p.m. Sundays Sept. 16-30; 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 8-11 p.m. Sundays and occasional weekdays, Oct. 2-Oct. 31
- Cost: $27-$40/Sunday-Thursday; $29-$40/weekends
There are three frightening attractions in one place – the “realm” itself, plus House of Nightmares 3D and the new-for-2016 Dead Souls Corrall. This is said to be Michigan’s only “real” haunted house!
- Address: 29350 W. Chicago St., Livonia
- Phone: 734-466-2410
- Schedule 2016: Haunted Barn Stroll for all ages noon-7:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays Oct. 15-16, 22-23 and 29-30
- Cost: $1/person per trip
This Livonia spot offers a fun attraction for all ages. Kids who like being frightened can maneuver the spooky barn in the dark, while little kids get to stroll through with the lights on. While the haunted portion is weekends only, all throughout October, you can also visit for pumpkins, hayrides and more family fun (fees may apply).
- Address: 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak
- Phone: 248-541-5717
- Schedule 2016: 5-8 p.m. Fridays-Sundays Oct. 7-9, 14-16 and 21-23; Time slots run every half hour
- Cost: $9/ages 2-plus, free/children under 2
- Registration: Tickets may sell out, advance purchase is suggested; a limited number of tickets may be available for purchase the day of for $13 if a time slot is not sold out. Walk-up tickets will only be sold 6:45-7:45 p.m.
This annual event features a decorated, half-mile trick-or-treat trail through the front of the zoo. Children will love the kid-friendly entertainment at the Zoo Boo Revue and the Creepy Craft tent. The Detroit Zoo Boo is a “merry-not-scary” event perfect for little ones.
This post was originally published in 2014 and has been updated for 2016 by Jessica Schrader.