Seven sinister haunted attractions
With the air turning crisp and the leaves becoming crunchy, it's the season for many fall traditions, including paying good money to get the crap scared out of you.
Metro Detroit is full of Halloween attractions, from wholesome hayrides to zombie paintball warfare. Here are a few choice haunts for grown-up thrill seekers that are more scary than merry:
Azra Chamber of Horrors Haunted House: This new attraction is a multi-level maze packed with animated props and a crew of 50 actors with a walk-through experience that takes about 20 minutes. Located at Escape Room Zone, owners stocked up on scream-inducing props from an annual haunted attraction expo in St. Louis. 7 p.m. select nights, through Nov. 2. (opens at 9 p.m. on Halloween). $20-$40. 31410 John R, Madison Heights. (734) 718-0088 or azrahaunt.com.
Erebus Haunted Attraction in Pontiac: Easily one of the most popular haunted houses in the region, four-story Erebus is so terrifying that it has emergency exits throughout for those who can't take the thrills and need to bail. Also, pregnant women are not allowed. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Fri.-Sat. and 6-11 p.m. Sun. (through Nov. 3). $19-$28. 18 S. Perry, Pontiac. (248) 332-7884 or hauntedpontiac.com.
Haunted Farm of Terror: The farm has been overrun by the undead and is looking for brave sharpshooters to hop on the convoy and take aim at "live" zombies. The farm also has a horror house and haunted hayride. If running from monsters makes you hungry, stop in for cider mill food at the Road Kill Cafe. 6:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun. and Oct. 25-30. $17-$25, $13-$15 for kids. 28405 26 Mile, Lenox Township. (586) 203-7222 or hauntedfarmofterror.com.
Scarefest Scream Park: This combo of attractions includes a hayride, castle, forest and a maze, plus nightly bonfires, DJs, games, food and a bar. Check out the Hayride of Doom, a guided one-mile trail that is littered with gross ghouls. Earlier this year, they also offered "Survive the Night," interactive haunted camping, which will return in 2019. 7 p.m. Fri.-Sun. and Oct. 26-28. Kids hayride 1-4 p.m. Sunday. $15 per attraction, $10 extra for speedpass, $45 all inclusive, $65 VIP for unlimited attractions and no lines. 34111 28 Mile, Lenox Township. (586) 749-6666 or scarefestscreampark.com.
Haunted Blake's: Known for its growing hard cider empire, this Michigan farm ramps up the Halloween fun each fall. A zombie paintball safari takes brave guests of all ages on a hayride through an undead-infested area on a wagon equipped with paintball guns loaded with 75 shots (more can be purchased). Blake's also has a spooky 3-D maze, three-story haunted barn that is self-guided and a haunted hayride. 7 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and 6:30 p.m. Sun. $19.95 and up. 71485 North Ave., Armada. (586) 784-9710 or blakefarms.com/haunted-attractions.
Hush Haunted Attraction: This suburban attraction is revamped with 75 percent new scares, thrills and adrenaline-inducing surprises. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sun., Oct. 25-28, Oct. 30-31 and Nov. 2-3. $18-$30. 34043 Ford, Westland. (734) 502-6026 or hushhauntedattractions.com.
Wiard's -- Night Terrors: Recently named one of the 31 best haunted attractions in the country by Haunted Attraction Association, this orchard-wide facility has scares and ghouls at every turn. Look for alien clowns, free scareyoke, live-action paintball and a haunted asylum, barn and hayride. Wiard's has been scaring since 1984, and isn't recommended for people younger than 10, although they will be admitted with an adult. 7:15 p.m. Fri.-Sun., Oct. 26-28 and Oct. 31. $18-$43.99. 5565 Merritt, Ypsilanti. (734) 390-9212 or hauntedhousemichigan.com.