Updated September 13, 2012The Metro-Detroit area embraces the Halloween season. In fact, Detroit is arguably the haunted-house capital of the United States. We've got haunted attractions, lots of 'em, in all shapes and sizes and levels of fright. Depending on where you are located and how scared you want to get, you'll find haunted houses in Metro Detroit and Southeast Michigan in 2012 that are full of horror.
Note: The 2012 Detroit Michigan Haunted Houses and Attractions listed below are for teenagers or adults ready to face terror like they've never known. For a family with younger kids, check out the Metro Detroit Halloween Family Attractions list.
City of Detroit and Wayne County
- Detroit: Detroit's Urban Legends
In the past, Cass Community Social Services has hosted two floors of terror, and the proceeds have gone to help homeless women. Note: As of this writing, the website for the attraction has not been updated for 2012.
- Detroit: The Haunted Tours at Historic Fort Wayne (AKA "Detroit Ghosts")
The 1840s fort has provided a haunted home to lantern walking tours and all-night ghost hunts over the past few years. Unfortunately, Terri King, the attraction's owner and operator, moved out of the state. In 2009, the Historic Fort Wayne Coalition and Metro Paranormal Investigations continued the tradition with the help of the City of Detroit Recreation Department. Guests on The Haunted Tours of Historic Fort Wayne can learn the fort's paranormal history through a guided walking tour and then walk the grounds in hunt of their own paranormal experience on selected Saturday nights from April through November 3rd. Note: Tickets sell out fast.
- New Boston: Barn of Blood, Apple Charlie’s
In years past, the Barn of Blood at Apple Charlie’s used to run every weekend in October. Note: While the cider mill is still operating, the haunted attractions are no longer mentioned on the website (at least as of this writing).
- Armada: Blakes Nighttime Spooky Hayrides & Three-Level Haunted Barn
- Armada: Slaughtered at Sundown
- Lenox Township: Haunted Farm of Terror
- Lenox: Scarefest Scream Park
- Mt. Clemens: The Fear Factory at Gibraltar Trade Center
- Romeo: Haunted Hayride at Miller's Big Red Greenhouses and Cider Mill
- Roseville: Motor City Massacre
- Farmington: The Haunted Winery, Inc.
- Ferndale: Hazelhurst Manor
- Holly: Holly Shop of Horror
- Leonard: Amazing Corn Maze
- Pontiac: Erebus
- Pontiac: The Realm of Darkness
- Rochester: Dementia at Hampton
- South Lyon: Barn of Horrors
- Genesee County / Grand Blanc Township: Saint Lucifer's Haunted Asylum at Playland Park
In addition to the Haunted Asylum, there is a second attraction called 13 Feet Under. The attraction is open weekends from September 21st through November 3rd, as well on Thursday nights in October. It is also open on October 30th and 31st. Each attraction is $15 ($20 VIP). There is also a combo ticket that, depending on the day of the week, runs $25 to $27.
- Genesee County / Mt. Morris: Exit 13 Haunted House
The attraction traditionally runs on weekends through Halloween. Note: As of this writing, the website has not been updated for 2012.
- Hillsdale County / Jonesville: DarkSyde Acres
In addition to The Dark Abyss (a haunted, land-locked pirate ship), DarkSyde has six other haunted attractions, including the Rusthole (a black-out maze), Catacombs (zombie filled), Labyrinth (outdoor maze), Death Race 2012 (off-road casket race course), Hayride (family friendly), and Zombie Massacre (a paintball challenge).
DarkSyde is open weekends from September 22nd through October 27th, as well as October 30th and 31st. Individual and combo tickets are available and range in price from $7 to $30.
The attraction boasts of its Hollywood-type special effects, covers 38 acres and has over 70,000 square feet of interior space. The plan is for DarkSyde to eventually have 14 attractions.
- Livingston County / Pinckney: Terrorfied Forest & Manor
The haunted happenings on 30 acres in Pinckney take place on the site of the former Michigan State Sanitarium. The attraction includes a scary, 40-minute walk through the woods ($18), as well as the Terrorfied Manor ($9). A combo ticket costs $25 for both attractions. The attractions run on weekends from September 21st through October 28th, as well as October 30th and 31st.
- Washtenaw County / Ypsilanti: Night Terrors, Wiard's Orchards
Night Terrors has six attractions, including the Ultimate Haunted Barn, the Asylum, The Labyrinth, Alien Caged Clowns, The Mined Shaft, and Hayride of the Lost (w/free cider and donuts). The attraction covers 89 acres. It is open on weekends starting on September 29th through October 28th, as well as October 30th and 31st. Admission starts at $17 for one attraction and $35 for a six-attraction package.