Halloween is right around the corner – and many of 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 haunted houses and hayrides in Detroit and Ann Arbor that are sure to offer something for everyone. Here are some truly frightening haunts – and a few family-friendly events perfect for your tiny ones.
- Address: 31401 John R. Road, Building 2, Madison Heights
- Phone: 734-718-0088
- Schedule: Line opens at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2-3, 9-11, 15-18, 21-31, possible dates in November.
- Cost: Buy tickets in advance, they will be limited this year. $30/general, $50/fast pass, $80/front of the line pass.
- Masks required. Lines are outdoors and no-touch temperatures taken.
This haunted attraction is built in a multi-level maze that was formerly one of the largest laser tag arenas around. Legend has it that it houses lost souls that are trapped and held hostage by a mighty dragon that fed on their fears. Throughout the years, the dragon summoned demons to terrorize those brave enough to enter Azra. If you make it through, stop by the spot’s sister company, Escape Room Zone, to test your problem-solving skills in a local escape room.
- Address: 18 S. Perry St., Pontiac
- Phone: 248-332-7884
- Schedule: 7-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 6-11:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 6-10:30 p.m. Sunday Sept. 25-26, Octo 1-4, 8-11, 14-18, 20-31, Nov. 1, 6-7.
- Cost: Price varies by day of the week, $20-$29, speed pass $30, VIP $50. Timed tickets offered this year.
- Masks required. Temperatures will be taken and social distancing enforced.
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: 4-9:30 p.m. timed entry Oct. 8-11, 15-18, 22-25, 29-31
- Cost: $17/adults and kids ages 2-plus, free/kids under 2, $6/parking
- Registration: Tickets will be limited so buy in advance.
- Face masks required for guest over 2 in all indoor spaces and where social distancing cannot be maintained.
Stroll down the streets and alleys lined with jack-o’-lanterns and 50 classic costumed characters. Dramatic scenes played out from The Wizard of Oz, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Tell-Tale Heart and more, plus newly reimagined storybook experiences from Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland and Peter Pan. New this year is a Hallowe’een Express train experience around the village. Trick or treating will not be held, costumes are permitted.
- Address: 481 Lake George Road, Oxford
- Phone: 248-628-1611
- Schedule: Harvest Moon Hayrides: 6-10 p.m. Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
- Cost: $10.45/person online
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. Masks are required inside and when social distancing cannot be maintained. Wagons accommodate 20 people at a time.
- Address: 71485 North Ave., Armada
- Phone: 586-784-9710
- Schedule: 6-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 6-10 p.m. Sundays Sept. 19-Oct. 31; additional nights of Oct. 15 and 22 for zombie paintball, which opens at dusk.
- Cost: Fees vary by attraction, must be purchased in advance. Limited number available due to coronavirus.
This apple orchard offers a 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 haunted hayride drives through 20 scenes of monsters and ghouls, which will maintain social distance. Haunted barn will be closed this year. Not for young kids. Masks must be worn on Haunted Hayride and Zombie Wagons, seating at 50 percent capacity.
- Address: 37550 Cherry Hill Road, Westland
- Phone: 734-502-6026
- Schedule: 7-10 p.m., some weekend nights until midnight, Oct. 2-3, 9-11, 15-18, 21-31, Nov. 1, 6-7
- Cost: General: $19.99-$28.99, Fast Pass: Add $10, Immediate Admission: Add $22
Ranked among the top 20 haunted attractions in the country, this daunting destination features mutants, monsters and zombies “that even nightmares can’t compete with.” New characters and scares this year, a new queue line midway and new COVID-19 precautions, including face masts, temperature and health checks and social distancing for guests and cast members. Not for young kids.
- Address: 5565 Merritt Road, Ypsilanti
- Phone: 734-390-9211
- Schedule: 7:15-10 p.m. Sept. 19, 25-26, 7:15-11:30 p.m. Oct. 2-4, 9-11, 15-18, 22-25, 29, 7:15-10 p.m. Oct. 30-Nov. 1
- Cost: Prices vary by attraction, limited quantity available this year.
Wiard’s Orchards has been creating frights for more than 30 years. It offers four adventures this year at its Haunted Thrill Park, including The Asylum, the Ultimate Haunted Barn, the Hayride of the Lost and The Mindshaft. Recommended age is at least 10, but use discretion. The Wiard’s Country Fair (through Oct. 31) is little-tyke friendly, although some attractions are closed due to COVID-19.
- Address: 13245 Dixie Hwy., Holly
- Schedule: House opens at 7 p.m., forest opens at 8 p.m. Sept. 25-26, Oct. 1-4, 8-11, 15-18, 22-31
- Cost: $26/one attraction, $40/both attractions, add $10 to skip the line (cash only)
- Masks required, social distancing enforced and hand sanitizer must be used before and after visiting the attraction.
Boasts two full 35-45 minute attractions, Michigan’s largest and most realistic custom-build haunted Rotton Manor and Rotten Asylum/Forest.
- Address: 34111 28 Mile Road, Lenox Township
- Phone: 586-749-6666
- Schedule: 8 p.m.-midnight Sept. 18-19, 25-26, 7 a.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays Oct. 2-3, 16-17, 23-34, 30-31, 7-10 p.m. Sundays Oct. 11, 18, 25. It also has instituted a virtual queue to hold your place in line.
- Cost: $15/single attraction; $25 speed pass. Buy online due to COVID-19.
- Masks required as are temperature screenings.
Scarefest offers these major haunts this year: Castle of the Dead Haunted House, Forest of Darkness and Hayride of Doom. Expect a night packed with fun – see bands, DJs and entertainment offered nightly; there’s also a heated bar tent. Plus bonfires and concessions.
- Address: 145 Swarthout Road, Pinckney
- Phone: 517-915-6022
- Schedule: 8 p.m.-midnight Sept. 25-26, 8 p.m.-10 a.m. Thursdays and Sundays Oct. 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, Nov. 1, 8 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays Oct. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 30-31
- Cost: $20/person, $30 fast pass VIP
- Masks required, temperatures taken, social distancing enforced and hand sanitizer distributed.
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 in the woods.
Looking for even more Halloween fun? Check out our list of the best Halloween events in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor.
This post was originally published in 2014 and is updated regularly.