Frightful Fun at the World’s Largest Haunted House

Did you know that Michigan is home to the world’s largest haunted house? Erebus, located in Pontiac, is a four story haunted house that was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Largest Walk-Through Haunted Attraction in 2005. Today, Ed Terebus, who owns and operators Erebus with his brother Jim, fills us in on the haunted house business and what you need to know before making a visit to Erebus.

Q: For those who have never been to Erebus, can you give us an overview of the popular haunted destination?

A: Erebus is the result of Dr. Colber, who worked for the government to build a time machine, then later worked on building the time machine on his own.  He was successful at sending people back into time, with the only one glitch being that the time period looked at the people like a virus and wiped them out.  Determined to overcome this glitch, he sent in group after group of his own personnel, but they were unsuccessful and he ended up broke and lacking the proper personnel to run his machine.

Dr. Colber came up with a brilliant idea to disguise his time machine as a haunted house (Erebus) and have the general public help fund his project and use the people going through as human guinea pigs. The theme is time travel

Q: How did you get started in the haunt industry and what’s the history behind Erebus?

A: My brother Jim’s boss made him join the Jaycees. They were doing their annual Halloween haunted house, and it was like he was meant to do.  Years later when he was working for Ford, he was laid off and decided to open a haunted house.  The first haunt was 1200sqft. and $1.50,  the second year 2,800sqft and $3.00 and the third year 3,400sqft and $4.00. We ran that for 13 years, then bought a bigger space.

Q: What are some new attractions visitors can expect this year?

A: Erebus, in Greek Mythology, is the son of Chaos and the brother of Night. This year we’re bringing in the “Big Mama” – Chaos is Here 2012.  Chaos is unleashing an all-out assault… we’ll hit you from every angle with full on fear… and show no mercy.

Q: What’s one thing visitors should be aware of before they visit Erebus?

A: Michigan is the haunted attraction capital of the world with more than 70 haunts in a 50 mile radius.  We can’t buy that really cool prop from the trade show because 25 other haunts will have it in this market. We pride ourselves as one of the most unique haunts in the country by designing and building almost all of our own props in house.

Here is a good example: Buried Alive!  will put you in a room, slam the door and dump 10,000 balls on your head (and bury you alive)!  How long can you hold your breath?  We spent over six years thinking about this and if you want to experience it you have to come to Erebus!

Like I said before, we pride ourselves as being one of the most unique haunts in the country by building almost all of our own props in house. You will see things here that were born from the imaginations of a couple guys that have been thinking about scaring people for 33 years!  If you can conceive it and believe it, you can achieve it!  That is a motto of success; we just applied it to scaring people!

Q: What’s your favorite part of Erebus?

A: We never work on the same thing!  Every year we try to out do what we did the year before, so our creative juices are always flowing.  Even better than that, I get paid to scare people!  LOL!

Q: What makes Pontiac or Michigan in general the right place for Erebus?

A: Halloween needs a place with four season,s and Michigan is beautiful in the fall!   Pontiac is right for Erebus because it’s in the heart of Oakland County, and every major street leads to Pontiac… just look for the search lights!

Q: Where can people go to learn more?

A: Please visit to learn more about Erebus.

Ed Terebus and his brother Jim have 66 years combined experience in scaring people for a living as owner/operators of haunted attractions in Michigan.

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Trick-or-Treat Around Pure Michigan

Halloween is just around the corner, and there are tons of fun events around the state that are sure to put you in the spooky spirit! From haunted houses to family-friendly parades, below is your guide to celebrating Halloween in Pure Michigan.

Visit full a full listing of Halloween events happening around the state!

Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village
Step back in time at Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village at the Henry Ford. Follow an endless path of hand-carved jack-o-lanterns and meet colorful characters along the way. Feel the whoosh as the headless horseman rides by, banter with a clever witch, and make stops at several treat stations spread throughout Greenfield Village.

When: October 26-28, every half hour from 6:30pm-9pm Fridays & Saturdays, Sundays 6:30pm – 8pm
Where: Dearborn

Spooktacular Weekend in Pentwater
It’s a Spooktacular Weekend in Pentwater October 26-28. The trick-or-treating takes place on Saturday, but the whole weekend is full of “spooky” events for the whole family including a parade, pub crawl, Rocky Horror Picture Show performance, a teen costume party and much more.

When: October 26-28
Where: Pentwater

Downtown Halloween Walk in Traverse City
Trick-or-treat your way around downtown Traverse City at participating stores during the Downtown Halloween Walk. Then, make a weekend out of it and bring your four-legged friend to The Dog Party! to celebrate the grand opening of Traverse City’s newest dog park with a costume contest and treats for both dogs and their owners!

When: Halloween Walk – October 26, 3:30-5 pm, Dog Party – October 27, 12-4 pm
Where: Traverse City

Halloween Trick-or-Treat and Halloween Spectacle in Marquette
Bring your little goblins and ghosts to downtown Marquette for the Halloween Trick-or-Treat and Halloween Spectacle. Fill your trick-or-treat bags with goodies from local businesses and stick around to see the zombie folk dancers, stilt walking spirits, a life-size dragon and skeleton marching band perform.

When: October 27, Trick-or-Treat 4-7 pm, Halloween Spectacle 7-8 pm
Where: Marquette

St. Ignace’s Trunk or Treat & Haunted Woods Walk
Make your way to St. Ignace’s Trunk or Treat & Haunted Woods Walk! In addition to the walk and hayride there is also a candy bar walk, apple bobbing, face painting, bean bag toss and football throw.

When: October 27, 7-8 pm
Where:  St. Ignace

The Treat Parade in Downtown Ann Arbor
Black and orange balloons mean treats in downtown Ann Arbor this Halloween. The Treat Parade kicks off with story time at the public library followed by 65 participating businesses that will have balloons outside to signify that you can stop in for a treat.

When: October 31, story time-9:30 and 10:30 am, Treat Parade-11 am
Where: Ann Arbor

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Family Fun at the Corn Maze

Looking for something fun to do with your family this season? Bestmaze Corn Maze provides fun for the whole family! Today, Mark Benjamin of Bestmaze fills us in on this fall attraction.

Mark is a full time farmer along with his father, John. They raise corn, wheat, and soybeans in Ingham County.             

For more on Bestmaze and other corn mazes in Michigan, visit      

Q: For those unfamiliar with Bestmaze, can you provide an overview of what visitors can expect?

A: Visitors to Bestmaze can expect a great all-around experience – from maze flow, groomed trails, and security towers in a large maze.  Those who have been coming here for years now know that if the kids want to go away from “mom and dad” during the day, our four security towers can keep the kids in sight while parents can explore at their own pace with a break from the kids.  Our towers make it great for large youth groups; adult leaders know we can find Billy in a matter of minutes for them and send him out the exit trail when the bus needs to leave for home.  Want help? Just raise your hand or ask a tower.  Of course, if you do not ask for help the security towers will watch you walk in circles until you figure that section out.  Optional exits are about every 15 minutes and the whole maze could take over an hour. Even on a rainy day our trails are not a mud bog as our trails are so well groomed and a complete drainage system was installed. 

Nothing scary is in the corn maze.  But if you want scary, there is a separate Trail of Terror on the other side of the field.  Coming to our field this year is the main prop of national haunters convention that was filmed as it was being made and then at the convention for the Travel Channel.  Most people think a farmer’s corn field cannot be as good as the big haunts known around the country…but we are and we even trade props every year with these other haunts.

There is also a special laser tag arena that becomes a zombie shoot after dark.

Q: What’s the history behind Bestmaze?

A: I am the 6th generation farming in this township. We started the maze 12 years ago and called ourselves Maze & Market, selling pumpkins and sweet corn.  We were being told by customers to change our name to Best Corn Maze.  So after hearing that over and over, we settled on Bestmaze Corn Maze.

People asked us from year one to add a haunt as well. Our first haunting year was like several haunted farms you go to – there were kids hiding in the corn yelling “boo.”  It just wasn’t on par with the corn maze. So with our reputation we had to bring the haunted trail up to the standards people were familiar with about our maze.  Now, Trail of Terror is a full-blown sensory overload with animatronics that people would only expect to see at a major theme park like Universal Studios. People are blown away after experiencing Trail of Terror and the $10 admission after being accustomed to handing over $20 and more at other haunts.  They feel like they have found a hidden gem.

Q: Are there new attractions this year for visitors?

A: We have a laser tag arena carved into the corn field.  At night it becomes a zombie shoot, but…the zombies shoot back! You are armed with a semi-auto laser tag outfit (a good quality one) and the zombies get single shot equipment.  Problem is they get more lives than you do of course, but one zombie cannot take you out by himself.  Several hits need to be made on you. 

Every year the look of Trail of Terror changes!  We never do the same show two years in a row.  We learned early on hearing from customers who got tired of the same thing at their local haunt year after year after year.  The maze theme changes every year. In 2008 we did a special “Pure Michigan” theme.  This year is a Mayan theme with Hun Hun Ahpu the Mayan Corn God, the Pyramid of the Sun, and the Mayan Calendar.

Q: What’s your favorite part Bestmaze, or corn mazes in general?

A: Two things: seeing people who have come for years who say things like we have been coming here since your first year back before you had to expand the parking lot and watching people go through the maze from the towers.  It is amazing how we are able to predict how people will react to trail choices as they come across them.  I could go up on one of our towers and film people navigating the maze, and tell you what 90% of the people will do at key spots in the maze.  And it is almost mind boggling how many people choose the correct path after exhausting all other options.  But the laughs and smiles as they navigate through is why they keep coming back year after year.

Q: What would people be surprised to learn about corn production in Michigan?

A: Well, this year they would be surprised how tall our corn is compared to corn all over the state and nation.  Carving the Mayan Corn God in May must have had something to do with us getting rain is worst drought in 50 years.  The local news came out last week doing a story on just that. 

Biggest surprise would probably be just how far production has advanced in recent years.  In 1984 when I graduated, a yield of 120 bushels an acre was a decent yield.  Today, 120 bushels would be a disappointment after hitting 200 bushel level the last few years. And what really surprises them is we are doing it with less chemicals and fertilizers put into the environment at the same time.  Science and technology advances in agriculture have been huge.

Q: Where can people go for more information about Bestmaze?  

A: Our website ( is the best place to go.  It has our hours, prices and more.  It also has pictures of every year’s maze.  It is really easy to get to as well since an interchange off of I-96 is just one mile away. We are an hour’s drive from Grand Rapids, Detroit, or Kalamazoo.  If you “like us” on the Bestmaze Facebook page, you will get updates during the season.

Mark Benjamin is a full time farmer along with his father, John.  They raise corn, wheat, and soybeans in Ingham County. For more on corn mazes and other fun fall attractions, visit