Michigan fall basically boils down to three main components: Sweater weather, pumpkin-spiced everything and willingly having the bejesus scared out of you. And if you require some assistance with that third thing, you have arrived at the right place.
Some of Michigan’s best and longest-running haunted houses are opening back up for the fall season. Check out this list of 15 of the scariest haunted attractions in the state. Happy haunting!
Southeast Michigan haunted houses
Azra Chamber of Horrors (Madison Heights)
National haunted house review outlets like HauntWorld and The Scare Factor have heaped praise onto Azra since the immersive, multi-chamber production first opened five years ago. The latter even ranked Azra as one of the top 20 haunted houses in the entire country.
A DJ and live entertainment prelude the horror as you wait in line under a heated and covered area.
Complete with a fictitious backstory about a broken-down bus and a chemical-infested lake crawling with zombies, the Deranged Haunt leaves no stone unturned in providing the most terrifying experience possible.
If you are brave enough to depart the district and travel through the forest, the only haven is the “General Store,” located nearly a mile down the path.
Cost: $22-$40. Add-ons and group tickets available.
Can you and your friends endure over a half-mile indoor walk through one of the world’s largest haunted attractions?
This four-story tower of terror earned USA Today’s Readers’ Choice for best haunted attraction in the entire country in 2019. Erebus dazzles with its elaborate costumes, cast of characters and top-notch special effects.
Another nationally-acclaimed destination – shouted out by NBC and Business Insider, among others – Hush Haunted Attraction is broken down into three separate attractions: “The Hush Falls Hotel,” the “Louisiana Catacombs” swampland and finally, the “Rosecliff Hall” haunted mansion.
Along the way there are three secret bars where adults can compose themselves with a stiff drink. A mini-game experience is also available.
Venture down the ”Hellevator” and into the downriver Scream Machine asylum, where the fiendish Dr. Strach will take you on a psychotic journey through the darkest recesses of your mind. Try not to double over in fear at the sight of the actors, realistic set designs and mini escape room add-ons.
It is high time that haunted house aficionados from other regions of Michigan learn what Grand Rapids residents have known for 20 years: The Haunt is no joke.
Each of the Haunt’s five bone-chilling stories provide a different experience, all of which should leave you gasping for air: “Forsaken,” “Aberration,” “Aftermath,” “Tinkles Torment,” and “the Frenzy Circus.”
This rural Michigan staple of 15 years petrifies Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois residents with its five themed and extreme haunted houses.
Darksyde Acres is one of the largest haunts in the tri-state area. Its enthusiastic actors and handmade sets cater to all ages and fear tolerances of all levels. Do your best to escape Michigan’s largest chainsaw maze.
If you have been to Niles in the past, you will not have the same experience if you go again this year – Niles rebuilds all seven of its attractions each year to provide you with completely new and unique shows, one of which is its “Dark Terror-tory Haunted Hayride.” Hop aboard a tractor-drawn wagon and ride through a mile-long trail filled with more than 40 sets that will take you on a journey through the legend of “King’s County.”
Cost: Price for individual attractions range from $16-$22. Combination packages start at $31.
Wall-to-wall terror awaits you at this Flint-area haunted house that has been spooking eastern Michiganders for 10 years. Exit 13 is chockful of intense features and extreme imagery to test the limits of your courage and resolve.
This uniquely immersive haunted attraction in Holly includes the Manor and the “Rotten Asylum/Forest.” If you survive, it will take you at least 35 to 40 minutes to do so.
Test your limits on the “Rotten Hayride,” which takes you on a chilling ride through the haunted woods of Rotten Manor, which also boasts a midway full of carnival-themed games and family-friendly activities.
No attraction on this list is quite like the Edson Incident.
Taking place aboard the decommissioned USS Edson – a Vietnam-era Navy Destroyer – the Edson Incident is a nightmarish journey built around the concept of a fictional military experiment gone horribly wrong.
Twist and turn through five hellish decks of the Edson as each turn and stairway uncovers a new nightmare.
More than 100 fictitious construction workers mysteriously perished during road work many years ago, and every October they wander back to the site – much to your dismay.
Do what you can to prepare for Terror on 27’s three haunts – “Insanity,” “Entanglement,” and “Animosity,” where you’ll stagger through the tunnel of delusion, mine shafts and an improbably challenging maze.
Factory of the Dead offers more than just one of the most hellish haunted houses in mid-Michigan – it is a facility with fully-immersive escape room games, the first UV-3D GellyBall arena in the country and axe throwing.
Cost: Haunted House tickets start at $20. Customizable combo packages are available.
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