Michigan’s Spooktacular Halloween Haunts

LANSING – Visit a ghost town or take a trip to Hell, Michigan for screaming good fun this Halloween season. Michigan communities get very creative when it comes to ghouls, goblins, ghosts and scary but merry events. Ride a ghost train, walk a haunted trail, get lost in a maze or cave, or visit one of five Zoo Boo’s that offer lots of treats for small goblins. You’ll find plenty of fall fun at michigan.org .

Ghost towns are plentiful in Michigan. The Bay County Historical Museum offers a guided tour, “Ghosts, Legends and Other Bay City Lore”, through some of Bay City’s most historic neighborhoods. The Keweenaw Peninsula, once home to the thriving copper industry, has several ghost mining towns that make for a fun vacation attraction. Visit the towns of Delaware, Mandan, Gay, Phoenix and Old Victoria located near Rockland. The Old Victoria mine site offers tours during the fall color season.

The great Harry Houdini died on October 31 at the former Grace Hospital in Detroit. Houdini, a world famous magician, was known for his amazing escapes, including the one that brought on his death from the chilling October waters of the Detroit River. Colon is considered the Magic Capital of the World, and home to the gravesites of three generations of Blackstone family magicians. For a chilling Halloween weekend, a visit to Colon is perfect to pick up a few tricks to mystify friends.

Fright at the Fairgrounds in Adrian was rated #1 in Michigan for thrills and rated in the top 10 haunted sites in the USA by HauntedHouses.com. The Fright event is 20,000 square feet all under one roof with three haunts, an outdoor monster maze and more at the Lenawee County Fairgrounds in October. Plan a trip to Dowagiac to venture through 6,000 feet of pathways, cut through 100,000 living cornstalks in a life-size maze. Now through the end of October Hell invites visitors for Hell-O-Hollow Weekends and to taste the famous Screams Ice Cream. Or spend seven minutes in the Panic Room for a spine-tingling experience the last weekend of October at the Halloween Scream event at Double JJ Ranch and Resort in Rothbury. The ranch offers up plenty of fun, but some not recommended for kids under 12. Haunted woods, a house and a maze await visitors at Mystery Hills in Irish Hills every weekend in October — not recommended for young children. Now, that’s scary.

Less scary and a lot of fun is to be had in Corunna for McCurdy’s Revenge. Three haunted houses including Captain’s Swanson Cave of Darkness are sure to thrill all ages. Visit all October weekends. Head to Howell for the Legend of Sleepy Howell on the evening of October 28. Bring your carved pumpkin to add to the more than 250 carved and lighted gourds that line the courthouse walkway. Enjoy a movie, entertainment and a costume parade.

Climb aboard the 23rd annual Spooktacular Halloween Train in Bridgeport when the Junction Valley Railroad steams its way with 250 pumpkins lighting the rail path. Be on the lookout for plenty of surprises along the tracks. Call ahead for the evening train schedules in October. Another Halloween train event is planned at Crossroad Village and Huckleberry Railroad in Flint. The Ghost and Goodies train ride follows a trick or treat event and visit to a haunted village.

Take a walk in the Haunted Forest at Mission Creek Woodland Park in Mount Pleasant October 25-27. Volunteer ghosts and goblins will be on hand for a few thrills and chills. Nearby, visitors can take a moonlight tour of the Michigan Maze at Papa’s Pumpkin Patch and Country Market followed by hay rides and a marshmallow bonfire on October 31.

Some of your favorite costumes from America’s Thanksgiving Parade are available for rent from now until Halloween through The Parade Company. Hundreds of adult-sized costumes are available for rent during the month of October and include a creative line-up of everything from pirates to toy soldiers to princesses.

Zoo Boo’s

Five Michigan zoo’s offer a great way to enjoy the Halloween holiday with entertainment, rides, crafts, prizes and trick or treat paths: the Detroit Zoo offers up a haunted reptile house the evenings of October 19-22 and 26-31. Visit the Children’s Activity Tent featuring Halloween crafts, and prizes along with showings of the live mini-musical “Zoo Boo Revue”; The Kalamazoo Air Zoo gets spooky October 27-31 with a haunted “hangar” party and other activities for kids; Binder Park Zoo, Battle Creek, offers a Merry-Not-Scary event October 13-30; Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square in Saginaw will host Halloween Harvest Zoo Boo where the entry price includes special entertainment, train and carousel rides as well as numerous booths to visit to treat bags. October 27-29; Boo at the Zoo is a fun and special time at Lansing’s Potter Park Zoo. October 28-29, kids of all ages are invited to dress up and join in the festivities, including the Spooky Boo tunnel hay rides, costumed characters and more ghostly fun; and

Post-Halloween Fun
The Upper Peninsula’s Lake Superior shore will be the setting for haunted highjinks during “A Weekend of High Sprits and the Honored Dead in Marquette Country,” Friday-Saturday, November 10-11. The first-time event includes narrated ghost walks, haunted hayrides through downtown Marquette, a TV-style “Crossing Over” session and a Bizarre Bazaar of tarot card and palm readers, and other ghostly events.

For more haunting events, suggested fall color driving tours, information on Michigan fall color conditions, fall getaway packages and events, visit michigan.org or call 888-78-GREAT (784-7328).

Travel Michigan, a division of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, is the State of Michigan’s official agency for the promotion of tourism. Travel Michigan markets the state’s tourism industry and provides valuable visitor information services.

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