From Family Fun to Extreme Terror – Halloween Events in Pure Michigan

Halloween is finally here. Whether you are looking for more family-friendly events or houses of horror that test even the bravest souls, there is plenty of Halloween fun happening around Michigan. Here are some of the events taking place around Michigan today that are sure to get you into the spirit of the season.


Halloween Spook Train
Spook TrainTake a ride on this spooktacular two-mile train ride. This Michigan Halloween happening is great fun for the entire family with 20 minutes of pure thrills and chills as you ride over bridges, trestles and even a 100-foot tunnel. Plus, there will be plenty of scares and laughs from the live spooks who are dying to entertain you.

Halloween Ghosts & Goodies
Your favorite spooky friends await you at Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad throughout the month of October. Blinking pumpkin lights will lead you to 20 delicious candy stops around the village in addition to tasty cider and donuts for everyone. You’ll love the enchanted forest, magic show in the Horton-Colwell Opera House and the straw maze. Top off your trick-or-treat tour with a ride through the autumn country side on the famous Huckleberry Ghost Train Express.

Hell-O-Hollows Weekends
It is Halloween in Hell 365 days a year! To celebrate, bring your family and friends to enjoy delicious Hershey’s Ice Cream. Try the Grave Digger Sundae and get a Death Certificate. Droppings from the Coffin Bar will make you scream for ice cream. Free kiddies’ cones if you are in costume!


Skeletons Alive in Northville
Looking for a spooky downtown experience? Downtown Northville has been transformed with 100 life-size skeletons. The annual outdoor public display of boney friends takes place each October and features skeletons decked out in an array of costumes.

Terror on Tillson
Year after year, visitors flock to a small neighborhood in Romeo to experience Terror on Tillson, one of Michigan’s largest neighborhood funded Halloween attractions! The quaint street transforms from a street lined with majestic maple trees and historic homes, dating back to the late 1800’s, into a haunted habitat. Go check out all of the decorations and trick-or-treat to your heart’s content!


The Terrorfied Forest & Manor
The Terrorfied Forest is a 30 acre attraction that takes you deep into darkness. Step into your nightmares and see what is lurking in the woods. Navigate your way through heart pounding fright as creatures of the night come out to play. The 40 plus minute walk of over 1 mile of terror is sure to leave the hair on the back of your neck standing the entire time. Beware, your screams will only draw the monsters to feed on you faster.

Erebus Haunted Attraction
Erebus, the four-story Haunted House located in Pontiac, was entered into the Guinness World Records as the World’s Largest Walk-through Haunted Attraction from Aug. 2005 – Sept. 2009. Victims go through four stories of terrifying paths with fearsome ghouls, ghosts and monsters at every turn.

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Get Lost in this Pure Michigan Corn Maze

Best maze

It’s the perfect time of year to get lost in a Michigan corn maze! Guest blogger, Mark Benjamin of Bestmaze Corn Maze in Williamston, MI reveals some of the maze’s best kept secrets and what visitors can expect from this year’s Pure Michigan-themed paths.

The Bestmaze Corn Maze has a Pure Michigan theme for 2013.  Visitors can walk the Mackinac Bridge, and the coastlines of both peninsulas before exiting the maze guided appropriately by a Great Lakes lighthouse.  While in the maze they can also explore the canoe camp and the Tulip Festival’s windmill & tulip scene.  People need not fear exploring the confusing trails and getting lost forever; as there are manned lookout towers that can assist lost walkers who need help.  A quick hand signal from a tower gets them through a tough area; but soon they are in another subsection lost again.  There are signed optional exits about every 15 minutes as well.  The maze is designed to be one with superior maze flow that is very challenging for hard core mazers, but at the same time the optional exits and optional help from above is perfect for small children.  Did you miss the Labor Day Bridge Walk…well you can walk the bridge here until Oct. 27th.

First time visitors are usually shocked at how well manicured the trails are and how dry they are even after a heavy rain. The owners of the maze hand rake and slightly dome all 3 miles of trails each year, as well as install underground drainage tiles so the experience is a pleasant one.  And that is how Bestmaze got it’s name.  Customers said, “change the name from the original Maze-n-Market to Best Maze.”  After hearing that several times, the owners took the advice and word spread.   The wooden billboard along I-96 near exit 122 has become an icon over the 13 years now.  This year with the Mackinac Bridge & Pure Michigan theme, many visitors are heading out for the first time.

Laser Though the maze is the star attraction, it is just one of several things to do.  There is a special laser tag arena cut into part of the corn field.  There is an inflatable obstacle course and an inflatable jousting contest on which to challenge your friends.  There is also a Vault Laser Challenge, which is a criss crossing laser beam timed obstacle. You may have seen laser beams guarding a bank vault in the movies…now try it yourself.  Oh, by the way, your friends are monitoring you on the outside tv screen as you navigate it! For excitement and a great maze, make one of your fall traditions a visit to Bestmaze. Of course, Bestmaze has cider & donuts as well!  Did we mention fudge?  You can’t do the Mackinac Bridge Walk without fudge!  Even the trolls “under the bridge” know that.

What is the best kept secret of Bestmaze?  They have a separate haunted area that features the best props the haunted house industry has to offer!  The Trail of Terror is a 1/3 mile long outdoor haunted trail through the rustling corn.  It is a full blown sensory overload filled with a vortex tunnel, special effects, animatronics, actors, sound and even the smells of a rain forest or cotton candy at appropriate scenes.  They cooperate with other great haunts in Michigan like Realm of Darkness in Pontiac and Jackson Underworld so they can trade props every year so they never produce the same show two years in a row!

Michigan has its yearly season changes, and nestled in between summer beach time, Mackinaw Island visits and winter snow is fall – the magical time where leaves turn color and you can laugh at yourself as you find your way through Bestmaze or scream yourself hoarse on the Trail of Terror…And one last chance for fudge before the snow flies.

Bestmaze operates Fri. 6-10, Sat 1-10  & Sun 1-9.  Maze tickets are $8, $7 each for 4-15 people and group rates are available.  The haunted trail is $15.  Maze & Trail Combo is $20.  Call (517) 521-2378 for more information.

To learn more about Michigan corn mazes and other fall activities, visit

Mark Benjamin is a 6th generation farmer in Williamston, Michigan.  He is the maze designer and operator of Bestmaze.

Have you found your way through the Bestmaze corn maze? Let us know how you did! 

Pure Michigan October 2013 Events Roundup

The fall season will be in full swing as October arrives in Pure Michigan. With crisp fall air and spectacular changing colors, October is a perfect time to take advantage of the beautiful scenery and explore some of the exciting events happening around the state. From Halloween fun to harvest festivals, there is plenty to do and see! 

Below is a roundup of a few of the many events taking place in Pure Michigan throughout October. For a complete listing of events, visit

Week of September 30 

Fall Flavor Weekends
September 28 – October 6, 2013, Dearborn
Greenfield Village kicks things into high cooking gear during Fall Flavor Weekends. Get the full flavor during daily cooking demonstrations at the village farmhouses, family homes and plantation. Celebrate the glories of American food with us, and savor the aroma of soups simmering, beer brewing, peas stewing and chicken frying. Be sure to stop in our Village Store for FREE tastings of our Greenfield Village specialty foods. Fall Flavor Weekends are free to members and free with Greenfield Village admission. For more information, visit the website.

Rockford Harvest Festival
September 28 – October 6, 2013, Rockford
A two-weekend event featuring fun, food and entertainment, including hay rides, scarecrow building, tractor parade, costume contest, petting zoo and more. For more information, call (616) 866-2000.

Nascar Driving Experience
October 4 – October 5, 2013, Brooklyn (Michigan International Speedway)
While enjoying your next trip to the “Irish Hills” of Michigan, fulfill your dreams of being a stock car driver with Richard Petty Driving Experience at Michigan International Speedway. Experience the fastest form of white-knuckle entertainment in Detroit by getting behind the wheel of a 600HP NASCAR race car at speeds of up to 160 MPH. Select the Ride-Along Experience or a Rookie Experience. The Ride-Along will let you experience real life racing thrills by riding shotgun in a 2-seat NASCAR race car driven by one of our professional instructors for a 3-lap qualifying run at speeds up to 160mph! Rookie Experience is for those who want the experience of driving a race car. Your hands are on the wheel, your foot is on the gas, and you’re in the driver’s seat for eight laps over one session around the track in a 600 horsepower NASCAR race car. Rate for Ride-Along is $109, Rookie Experience is $499. Reservations are not required for Ride-Alongs. Rookie Experience requires reservations. Want to know more about this event, visit the website link.

Midwest Space Fest
October 5, 2013, Traverse City
Explore your outer space in Traverse City, Michigan, at a two-day festival offering a fresh perspective of the Universe through engaging space and astronomy presentations, hands-on learning opportunities and inspiring exhibits. For more information, call (231) 714-4925 or visit the website.

Great Lakes Regional Chili Cook-off
October 6, 2013, Plymouth
18th Annual Great Lakes Regional Chili Cook-off will be held in Kellogg Park in downtown Plymouth, Michigan (S Main Street & W Ann Arbor Trail), on Sunday, October 6, 2013, along with a motorcycle show, live bands, kids activities, food and vendor booths. For more information, call (734) 776-9669 or visit the website.


Week of October 7 

Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival
October 10 – October 13, 2013, Alpena
Tour 11 lighthouses a whole new way. Zoom overhead in a helicopter or glide over waves for a sailor’s sight. Back on land climb many of the lighthouses, enjoy live entertainment and lighthouse exhibits, and nautical vendors round out the weekend. For more information, call (586) 566-1603 or visit the website.

Flint Film Festival
October 11 – October 12, 2013, Flint
Join the Flint Film Festival Committee as they celebrate and honor independent filmmakers, writers, actors and technicians during the 10th annual Flint Film Festival. Discover a unique and varied spectrum of films – long, short, fiction, documentary and animation – and filmmakers from around the world. Get the opportunity to meet some of these filmmakers and learn all about the experience of film making. Films run Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. The Flint Film Festival is being presented at the Riverfront Banquet Center; 1 Riverfront Ctr W.; Flint, Michigan 48502. For more information, call (810) 600-1454 or visit the website.

Charlevoix Apple Festival
October 11 – October 13, 2013, Charlevoix
Experience the magic of autumn in Northern Michigan at the 35th Annual Apple Festival & Craft Show. This three day event is held yearly to honor local orchards and growers who, in the spirit of the season, line Bridge Street to bring the fall harvest to you. The festival’s focal point is the apple, proven to be the most popular fruit in North America. Local organizations will warm you up with hot food items such as chili, hot dogs, kielbasa, and pasties! Activities include a holiday art & craft show with 125 exhibitor booths, face painting, pony rides, a petting zoo, and pumpkin carving contest. So, bundle up and bring the family to our fall harvest bonanza! For more information on this event, click on the website link or call (231) 547-2101.

Ludington Oktoberfest
October 12, 2013, Downtown Ludington
Downtown Ludington and Bell’s Brewery of Kalamazoo, presenting sponsor, present the Oktoberfest Music & Craft Beer Festival scheduled for Saturday, October 12, 2013, in Downtown Ludington. The event will feature Ludington’s first annual MITTCRIT Bike Race, BBQ Cook Off and Chili Walk. The event will kickoff with the MITTCRIT criterium bike race, followed by a Chili walk at participating locations and BBQ Cook Off lot throughout the day. The day then cultivates with a craft beer and entertainment tent on Loomis Street with Bells Brewery products, Oktoberfest style fair, and an incredible music line up. Further event details, can be found at the website link. 

Mackinac Island Music Festival
October 12 – October 19, 2013, Mackinac Island
Local and national touring musicians join forces for a weekend of musical genres including folk, country, rock, blues and jazz. In it’s ninth year, the music festival’s theme, The Heart of a Woman, celebrates some of the best female musicians. For more information, visit the website.


Week of October 14 

Masters Walleye Circuit World Walleye Championship
October 17 – 19, 2013, Escanaba
World Walleye Championship on the beautiful Bays de Noc, considered the walleye capitol of the world! For more information, call (906) 789 7862.

Fall into the Arts
October 18, 2013, Battle Creek
For one evening, local artists display their art pieces throughout Downtown Battle Creek. From painters to sculptures, to musicians and more, the evening is full of art and entertainment! Art pieces are available for sale and a sampling of food and beverages are available from location to location. For more information, call (269) 968-1622 or visit the website.

Haunted Hayrides
October 18 – 19, 2013, Suttons Bay
October 18 & 19 and 25 & 26. Miles of wooded trails, old barns and a bonfire area make the farm in Suttons Bay a perfect venue for haunted hayrides. Participants board a wagon that takes them into the dark woods and old orchards on the farm. The trail rides are approximately 10-15 minutes long and are $10 per person. Due to the subject matter of the scenes and the surprises lurking in the woods the rides are recommended for those 12 years and older as well as individuals who appreciates a good scream. Rides begin (7pm) and end (9:30pm) at the Hearth & Vine Café where ghostly refreshments, warm cider and wine will be served. For more information, call (231) 944-1251 or visit the website.

Blues & Brews Festival
October 19, 2013, Adrian
Quickly becoming one of southeast Michigan’s premiere fall festivals, the Blues & Brews Festival is back with a full line up of great live music and award-winning craft beers. True to its name, the Blues & Brews Festival combines two Michigan legends – rhythm and blues music and hand-crafted beer – into one unforgettable event. The second Annual Blues & Brews Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 19, 2013, at The Pavilion, 115 Toledo Street, in beautiful downtown Adrian, Michigan. Doors open at 3pm, with live musical entertainment running, continuously. Come enjoy the festival and make it a weekend of fun! 3-9pm. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door. For more information, call (517) 260-0934 or visit the website.

October 19, 2013, Holland
There’s a reason GrooveWalk is known as the coolest night in town! Just purchase a wristband in advance for $15 or at the door for $20 to experience the greatest night of live music Downtown Holland has ever seen on Saturday, October 19 from 9pm – 1am! Your wristband gets you into all 12 venues to see 12 different bands performing live! Take a “groove walk” or ride the GrooveXpress bus…with on board entertainment. Visit the website link for a list of participating venues.


Week of October 21 

Frankfort Film Festival 2013
October 24 – 27, 2013, Frankfort
The fifth annual Frankfort Film Festival, slated for October 24-27, 2013, will feature the “best of show” titles from worldwide film festivals. For more information on this event, call us at (231) 352-7561 or visit the website link. 

Food, Wine & All that Jazz
October 25, 2013, Grand Rapids
Soothing sounds of brassy jazz music fills the Public Museum while guests sip from 300 wine and beer selections and nibble on gourmet food samples. Admission Fee. Must be at least 21. For more information, visit the website.

Mackinac Island Halloween Weekend
October 25– 26, 2013, Mackinac Island
The whole island gets into spooky spirit with downtown trick-or-treating, slashed prices in all downtown shops, the Haunts of Mackinac Tour and nighttime Halloween pub parties with live music. For more information, please visit the website or call (800) 454-5227.

Trick-or-Trail Fun Run/Walk
October 26, 2013, Kalamazoo
Lace up your sneakers, put on your costume and hit the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail for a morning of Halloween fun! We’ll kick things off with a 5K Fun Run/Walk, followed by a 1-mile, family-friendly, trick-or-treating run/walk, providing amusement for the whole family! Free parking is available at Markin Glen County Park. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call (269) 373-5071 visit the website.

Southwest Michigan Train Show & Sale
October 27, 2013, Kalamazoo
Presented by the Kalamazoo Model Railroad Historical Society, the largest train show in southwest Michigan. Adult admission is $6, children 10 & under are free when accompanied by an adult. Hours: 10am-3pm in Main Expo. For more information, visit the website.


Week of October 28 & Ongoing Halloween Events

Dracula – Ballet Performance
October 31 – November 2, 2013, Grand Rapids
Dracula returns just in time for Halloween with updated scenery, projections, and a re-orchestrated score! A tale of hypnotic power, boundless love, and mesmerizing horror accompanied by dramatic lights, ghoulish props, and haunting projections – this Halloween ballet promises to entertain and impress. Treat yourself on Halloween and spend the night with Grand Rapids Ballet at Peter Martin Wege Theatre, October 25-27 & October 31-November 2, 2013. For more information, visit the website.

Amazing Acres Corn Maze
September 14 – October 31, 2013, Edwardsburg
If you’re looking for fun, family entertainment in Cass County, Michigan, make plans to visit the Amazing Acres Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch this Fall! The farm is over 90 acres and is packed with events for every member of the family, young or old. Explore the 14 acre corn maze with over 3.5 miles of paths. Keep a watchful eye for the 12 hidden check points. The Maze is available both day and night. In addition to the corn maze itself, there are many other fun activities for the entire family at Amazing Acres that includes hayrides with horse-drawn and tractor-pulled, pumpkin patch, child-sized haybale maze, thousands of pumpkins and holiday decorations, a goat walk and farms animals. Picnic area, snacks and refreshment stand, campfires available by reservation, face painting, hay jump, two straw mazes and two corn boxes. Located at 18430 US 12 East; Edwardsburg, MI 49112. Open Tuesday thru Friday 4pm to 9pm and Saturday & Sunday noon to 9pm. For more information, click the website link or call (574) 370-3403.

Niles Haunted House
September 13 – November 2, 2013, Niles
The Niles Haunted House Scream Park has 44 acres of multiple haunted attractions, hayrides, games and concessions. It’s guaranteed to scare the YELL out of you. Visit the web site for dates, times, coupon, and admission prices. Niles Haunted House Scream Park is located at 855 Mayflower Road; Niles, MI 49120. Phone for details at (269) 687-FEAR or visit the website. 

Corn Maze at BestMaze
September 13 – October 27, 2013, Williamston
The Corn Maze at BestMaze is great fun for the entire family on weekends from September 13th to October 27. Nineteen acre Corn Maze hours are Fri. 6-10pm; Saturdays 1-10pm, and Sundays 1-9pm. Tickets $8. The BestMaze Corn Maze is located at 3803 Noble Rd; Williamston, Michigan 48895.

The Bone Yard Scream Park
September 21 – November 2, 2013, Stockbridge
Extreme haunted house, haunted woods, haunted corn maze, and haunted hayride. This attraction takes over an hour to enjoy and have the fear put into you. This is an indoor and outdoor event, please dress accordingly. Scream Park located at 5010 Green Road; Stockbridge, Michigan 49285, just west of Hell. Friday and Saturday, open at 8pm. For more information, visit the website.

Tee Lake Halloween
September 27 – November 2, 2013, Lewiston
Northern Michigan Haunted House & Halloween Attraction, Tee Lake Halloween, offers three unique treats for Halloween fans & families. First, the Drive-Thru Haunt is a FREE, family friendly, self-guided tour through haunted displays. Tune your car radio to our spooky station to hear creepy music. No monsters will jump out at you. Nightly September 27 – November 2, dusk – 10pm. Admission is free. Second, Terror at Tee Lake is a terrifying walk-through haunted house open October 19, 25, 26, and November 1 from 7-10pm, with an admission of $5. Third, stay over in a haunted cabin – The Witch’s Cottage or Igor’s Hideaway. For more information, visit the website.

These are just a few of the many events happening next month in Pure Michigan. Please visit for a complete listing.