Haunted Happenings – Explore the Spooky Side of Pure Michigan

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to get in the ghostly spirit and check out the many Pure Michigan destinations offering chills and thrills during the fall season.

Whether it’s historic hotels or sprawling cornfield mazes, there is something for all ages to make this Pure Michigan Halloween a frightfully fun time. Check out this listing of spooky events happening all across Michigan and visit michigan.org for more information to help you plan your fun Halloween activities!

Go to Hell … Michigan! Be sure to visit “The Hysterical Town” in southeast Michigan, where Screams Ice Cream & Halloween Store hosts an afternoon of creepy crafts, music and family activities followed by spooky stories around the bonfire on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Step Back in Time… A spooky good time awaits the entire family when the second annual Trunk or Treat weaves its web of fun at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum, in Auburn Hills, on Sunday, Oct. 23. Goblins can trick or treat throughout the museum’s three floors for candy and trinkets found in rumble seats, trunks and truck beds.

Halloween in Greenfield Village… Plan a visit to Greenfield Village and step back in time to a turn-of-the-20th century Halloween. Watch for the headless horseman, banter with a clever witch and make stops at several treat stations spread throughout the Village. Be sure to reserve tickets in advance for October 21-23, and October 28-30.

Walk On the Wild Side… Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square in Saginaw will host a Zoo Boo October 22-23 and October 29-31, with treats, entertainment, train and carousel rides and a visit with Dr. Slime, the mad scientist.

The Binder Park Zoo inBattle Creek will play host to its annual Great ZooBoo through October 30 (check ahead for times and specific dates). Kids wind their way through a dedicated trick-or-treat trail and can hop aboard the Binda Conservation Carousel ortake a hay ride.

Zoo Boo is the Detroit Zoo’s merry-not-scary Halloween celebration with a cleverly decorated half-mile trick-or-treat trail through the Zoo. Enjoy entertainment in the Zoo Boo Revue tent, or visit the Haunted Reptile House and the Zombie Zone for ghastly games and spooky activities. Scare up some fun October 21-23 and 28-30.

The Zoo Goes Boo at the John Ball Zoo inGrand Rapids October 21, 22, 28 and 29. Have fun with the animals plus live entertainment, goodies and activities for kids.

Little ghouls and boys are welcome to Lansing’s Potter Park Zoo for Boo at the Zoo on October 22 and 23. There will be plenty of activities and treats including crafts for kids, a straw maze, hayrides, a trip through the Boo tunnel and more.

Field of Screams… Niles Haunted House is nationally recognized as one of the best haunted theme parks in the Midwest – and organizers warn anyone afraid of the dark not to come. They say they will “scare the yell out of you” on 44 acres of haunted madness.

Don’t Feed the Monsters… Wiard’s Orchard is said to have a long history of haunted spirits roaming the old orchard. Experience six spooky attractions with more than 115 live monsters on 89 acres just south of Ypsilanti Township.

Worse Than Elm Street… Hate scary movies? You might not want to venture to Yale for Nightmare on Main Street with 6,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor terror. This nightmare is not for the weak.

Welcome to Crazy Town…You might think you have lost your mind after visiting St. Lucifer’s Haunted Asylum atPlaylandPark in theFlint area. As “patients,” you can take an elevator ride to the bowels of the hospital that is filled with shocking horrors.

  • Catherine Zaring

    Manistee is host to the Ghost Ship every weekend in October. Explore the SS City of Milwaukee in it’s “haunted” phase. Visit Macabre Manistee http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5vUWFvh4B4 for more information on what is happening on the West side of the state. :)

  • http://ariabooksellers.com Mary Ellen Aria

    Don’t forget to mention “Legend of Sleepy Howell” in Howell, Michigan, of course. I started this event 9 years ago and ran it with my bookstore staff. We were interviewed on the BBC, west coast and east coast. The tradition stands and the city has taken over. Please share.

  • http://www.hometownhistorytours.com Karin Risko

    New this year, in the spirit of London’s Jack the Ripper tours and other big city true crime/haunted tours, Midtown Macabre: A Trail of Terror Walking Tour. Where reality is much more frightening than fiction! Join me ….. if you dare! http://hometownhistorytours.com/2011/10/15/midtown-macabre-trail-of-terror-walking-tour/

  • http://graceministrycenter.com Jan Monette

    Please mention The Judgement House, a haunted 3 story, 100 yr. old school in Port Huron, MI. Oct. 21, 22, 23 & 28, 29, 30 @ 6pm-11pm, Sunday’s 6-10pm. Check Judgement House on FB for a printable $3 off coupon and location (10th St. in PH.) Scariest haunted house in St. Clair County!

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  • http://myspace.com/sweetdreamsinn sweetdreamsinn

    Haunted Historic Inn – Sweet Dreams Inn Victorian B&B of Bay Port in Michigan’s Thumb is very ACTIVE!! We are currently in 5 haunted places travel books!  The latest by Helen Pattskyn “Ghosthunting Michigan” We do have availability this weekend for guests if they dare to try to make it through the night? Call 586-322-6170.  Also, we do Guest Ghost Hunts with our guests & SE Michigan Paranormal Society!  So be in a real live paranormal investigation, not like the ones on TV!  We just had an event on Sunday & the guests got pictures of the ghost on the stairs & another one up on the 3rd floor sitting in a chair!  Cost for stay is $90- $250 a night, or to ghost hunt you would need a group of 10-14 of your friends & it is $90 per person, which includes the ghost hunt, pizza & pop & your lodging for the night!  You will get to use the par. groups equipment & you can also bring your own if you would like.   Almost 1/2 of it goes to the paranormal group to come all the way up here to do this & to go over all of the hours of video, etc. which takes weeks! Sleep with one eye open~  Happy Halloween! Mgr. – Sweet Dreams Inn Victorian B&B, 9695 Cedar St., Bay Port, MI  48720  http://www.myspace.com/sweetdreamsinn  email sweetdreamsinn@yahoo.com