THE HAUNTED HALLOW
13215 Augusta Drive (M-96)
Augusta, MI 49012
(269) 580-1290 or www.TheHauntedHallow.com
Lenawee County Fairgrounds (517) 264-1941 www.myhaunting.com
CLOSED 2012 - 2014, owner moved to North Carolina with a lucrative TV deal. Stuart MacDonald RETURNED to Adrian in 2017 for a 2 day magic show we wish we could have gone to!
Stuart MacDonald was featured on the popular “Fool Us” TV show w/ Penn & Teller, and he DID FOOL THEM!
2018: See multiple references to this haunt in the Archives as well as in “Closed - Haunts Gone But Not Forgotten”
ZIOPTIS 1999, 2000 and 2001 rating 5 STARS!!!
2001: There's a first time for everything, and OH, WHAT A FIRST THIS IS! For the first time in the history of the Zioptis Haunted House Hotline we have a 5 STAR THREE-PEAT!!!
Incredible 3-D display by top designer Stu Smith. If you don't see the magic show waiting in line stick around after you get out until you do - a guaranteed "WOW!" We especially loved the floating demented doll that suddenly becomes human!
The Haunting's magician Stuart has been chosen to perform in the 100th year celebration of the Society of American Magicians in New York City. Only 25 magicians have been chosen to be part of this historic event. Stuart OPENED THE SHOW with his sleight of hand routine that got him in the Hall of Fame of Magic!
ZIOPTIS 2002 rating 4 ż stars
2002: ANOTHER FANTASTIC SHOW FROM ONE OF THE LEADERS! Totally different themes this time - your first challenge is to discover which mannequin is real, then you are thrust into a WILD 3-D EXPERIENCE by famed 3-D designer Stu Smith.
A brilliant cross between sci-fi and classic psychedelia! Local drama students "KICK IT UP A NOTCH" in the acting department - they've always been way above average! Completely different magic show while you wait in line this time featuring a victim from the audience, and we liked the helicopter crash.
Good monster interaction and placement - good surprise factor. Unless we see something else amazing soon, this house will win our OVERALL BEST EYE CANDY VALUE AWARD FOR 2002!
ZIOPTIS 2003 rating 5 STARS!
2003: Never one to rest on their laurels, this haunt has re-invented itself again! This year's theme is "Freaks" and recaptures the wild edge we experienced in 2001 with their "Vampire City," but missed in 2002 with "Slaussen's Mannequin Factory."
Lots of quirky high intensity action from local drama students who have always "kicked it up a notch" in the acting department. Excellent illusions, dark passageways, monster surprises, sound and lighting. The 3-D displays by Stu Smith are all new, and even more extensive than before!
Also all new is the magic show presented in the waiting area. We really liked the "new" magicians' persona and the wild fluorescent painted background.
A HIGH CLASS PRESENTATION FROM START TO END BY ONE OF THE LEADERS OF THE INDUSTRY!
ZIOPTIS 2004 rating 5 STARS
ZIOPTIS 2005 rating 5 STARS
2005: A NEW THEME FROM A LEADER OF THE INDUSTRY! Not one to rest on its' laurels, this haunt has completely reinvented itself again. The new theme is "Attack of the Zombies" and it is WAY COOL! You'll go to the mall, but shopping is the last thing on the minds of the Zombies you'll encounter!
Local college drama students provide the perfect natural resource for this attraction that has long been one of our favorites! And it sure helps when the haunt operator is a master magician too!
WORTH THE DRIVE! (a little over an hour from Metro Airport)
BOO HOO! THE HAUNTING IS CLOSED. Owner moved, and is now doing TV production / on-air appearances.
FRENZY HAUNTED HOUSE
115 Mill District Road, Allegan, MI 49010
(269) 355-1395 or www.frenzyhauntedhouse.com
NEW IN 2009, LOOKS LIKE A WINNER.
We just talked to this haunt, and they're ready to rock! They promise LOTS of actors AND the time needed to absorb them all.
CLOSED...WAS OPEN ONLY ONE YEAR
3340 Dumont Road, Allegan, MI 49010
2005 WAS THEIR 20th YEAR!
CLOSED IN 2006 FOR GOOD, THEY'RE MOVING.
Alpena Armory, 1st Street & Water Street, Alpena, MI
(989) 766-3007 or www.darkminds.biz
THIS ONE LOOKS COOL, WE HOPE TO CHECK IT OUT.
From their 2011 promo:
Dark Minds Haunted Attractions offers one of the world's longest haunted house walkthroughs! Celebrating our 8th annual haunt!
What if we told you those noises you hear in the night, the nightmares you had when you were a child, were real!
Once every year... What you thought were just nightmares come to life?
Open 2 days only in late October. FREE!
This looks like an excellent effort featuring lots of original sculptures, great website too!
TERROR ON 27
Intersection of US127 & M57
(989) 875-3271 or www.terroron27.com
From their 2009 promo:
Mid-Michigan's scariest haunt. In our 6th year now operating 2 on-site attractions. "Insanity," our premier haunted house is the most insane haunted house that you'll ever step foot into. Our second attraction, "Entanglement" engulfs the darkness of your soul with the loss of sight and the fear of not finding your way out!
2014 - This excellent has become a yearly tradition for us!
FEAR THE FARM ZOMBIE HUNT
20309 Capital Avenue NE, Battle Creek, MI 49017
In Pennfield Twp. across from Pennfield Police & Fire Dept.
700 North Madison, Bay City, MI 48708
(989) 893-0343 or www.hauntedmasonictemple.com
From their 2009 promo:
The Haunted Temple features a guided tour conducted by members of B.O.G.U.S., a (fictitious) scientific team investigating reports of paranormal activity in the Historic District, visitors will encounter a haunting of a whimsical yet creepy nature-through a multi-level building populated by turn-of-the-century and vintage ghosts and ghouls.
RED BARN OF TERROR
1055 South Pine Road, Bay City, MI
(989) 277-3812 or http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&f riendid=422289399
BOUGHAN'S HAUNTED HAYRIDE OF FRIGHT
15851 Martinsville Road, Belleville, MI 48111
(734) 325-6533 or www.HauntedHayrideBelleville.com
WICKED HILLS SCREAM PARK
1160 North Beyer Road. Birch Run, MI
THE DARK HOUSE HAUNTED MANSION
5977 Van Dyke, Brown City, MI 48416
FOREST OF FEARS - KENTWOOD JAYCEES
8758 Patterson Avenue, Caledonia, MI 49316
(616) 634-8012 or www.forestoffear.com.
2012 is their 12th Anniversary!
Additional # for 2012: (616) 803-9750
GARAGE OF TERROR
17005 Oakley Road, Chesaning, MI 48616
(989) 392-6256 or www.theron1970-123,weebly.com/
This haunt starts in a old 2 story haunted garage & ends outside after a long winding trail with many different scenes.
Inside the heated Commercial Building of McCurdy Park downtown (517) 625- 7207 or www.mccurdysrevenge.com
From their 2009 promo: "McCurdyville State University would like to invite you as a potential student to tour our campus in beautiful downtown Corunna. It is the perfect time to come back to school, our faculty is waiting to make you part of our family. Come get the hands-on experience that will change your life."
Hmmm...sounds innocent enough. But have you SEEN their "faculty"? They're highly questionable at best. So what's the worst? You don't want to know.
They promise a "hands-on experience that will change your life. We quite agree. You will become an EVEN HAPPIER HAUNTER after you see what these rascals have up their sleeves! THEY NEVER LET US DOWN. (See previous years reviews & "Other MICH")
NOT OPEN IN 2014
CELL BLOCK 13
At Sharky's Bar / Tropical Falls Adventure Golf
G-4312 South Dort Highway, Burton, MI 48529
ZIOPTIS 2005 rating 3 3/4 STARS
NOT IN THE 2005 FEAR FINDER
This is a brand new haunt from CELLAR DOOR PRODUCTIONS, most often known for concert production in the Detroit area.
NOW TEAMED UP WITH ST. LUCIFER'S IN 2009.
FOREST OF FEAR
8758 Patterson Avenue, Caledonia, MI 49316
(616) 281-4305 or www.forestoffear.com
CASCO (WEST OF PORT HURON)
FEAR FARM & CORN FUN CORN MAZE
9391 Lindsay, Casco (586) 365-9401 or www.cornfun.com
38 ACRE FARM including a Haunted Corn Field, 3-D Haunt, Haunted Forest Walk,┬ 2 corn mazes on 13 acres, petting zoo, bonfire and more!
WITCHES OF NEW SALEM
4516 24th Street, Dorr, MI
(616) 681-2342 or www.WitchesOfNewSalem.com
Features a Haunted Woods, Haunted Corn Maze AND NEW FOR 2014: ZOMBIE ATTACK! on their ZOMBIE KILLING WAGON.
CRANE ORCHARDS 11 ACRE HAUNTED CORN MAZE / HAY RIDES
6054 124th Avenue, Fennville, MI 49408 (269) 561-8651
On Saginaw just south of I-475 (take exit 13!) (810) 787-0976 or www.exitthirteen.net
ZIOPTIS 2004 rating 4 STARS
A BRAND NEW HAUNT that starts off with a DOUBLE BLACK HOLE and then takes off big time from there! Good monster interaction and acting - good sound effects and clever gags - we really liked a certain head that popped out of the wall...you'll know which one when you see it! IF THIS IS WHAT THEY DID ON THEIR FIRST TIME OUT, WE CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT THEY DO NEXT YEAR!
ZIOPTIS 2005 rating 4 1/4 STARS
IT'S ONLY THEIR 2nd YEAR, AND WE REALLY LIKE WHAT WE'VE SEEN! A BIG FUTURE FOR THIS ONE.
SLAUGHTER HOUSE & HAUNTED CORN MAZE
5510 Grand River Avenue between Fowlerville & Howell (exit 133 off I-96)
(517) 223-9148 or www.slaughterhouseonline.com
ZIOPTIS 2002 rating 4 1/4 STARS
2002: This is a young project - they decided to go public 3 years ago, and it was our first time here but certainly NOT our last!
Excellent illusions and interaction. We especially liked the bodiless guy who greets you at the start and the magically transforming creatures.
Outdoor corn maze with chain saw dudes and bonfire at the end. Barn set up for kids to play in. We are always trying to find new efforts not in the Fear Finder -
THIS ONE IS A WINNER!
NOT IN THE FEAR FINDER in 2003 BUT IS IN 2004
ZIOPTIS 2003 rating 4 1/2 STARS
2003: Another strong effort from a relative newcomer - they went public 4 years ago.
Excellent illusions and witty lines from actors written by a pair of comedians. Kids can play in the barn too - BIG FUN AT THIS ONE!
ZIOPTIS 2004 rating 4 3/4 STARS
2004: FANTASTIC ILLUSIONS set this haunt apart from many others! Not much music, but excellent monster interaction and clever lines from the actors.
When magicians get involved in haunts the results are almost always great, and this one is no exception! We won't describe the illusions here - it would diminish their impact, but TRUST US, IT'S WAY COOL!
Also has a haunted corn maze that we didn't go thru. And the barn is open to hang out in after doing the haunt, hay stacked high, perfect for mingling. It was just about full during our visit!
THIS PLACE WAS JAMMIN' WITH HUNDREDS OF HAPPY HAUNTERS - WE CAN SEE WHY!!
ZIOPTIS 2005 rating 5 STARS
2005: SUPERIOR ILLUSIONS AND WITTY LINES FROM THE ACTORS set this haunt apart. This haunt moved 1/4 mile west of its' former location across the street. It now features a much bigger barn with a giant slide exit. The barn is at least 100 years old with hand hewn beams (cut with an axe, not a saw) providing great ambience.
A bonfire keeps haunters warm and safe - for the time being! The "Slaughter House" haunt appears to be in the same structures as before - they moved the whole thing down the road.
Interesting uses of water and an awesome scene with a Sheriff (who TOTALLY NAILED his part!) administering an ultimate punishment to the former FEMA director Mike Brown in a way superior to what we've seen at any other haunt!
Also, we really liked the girl with the strange accent, the highly realistic reenactment of a famous scene from a horror movie I'm sure you've seen and a daring prisoner escape THAT WILL KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF! The buildings' exit goes to a bridge leading you to a corn stalk path with some strange surprises and a BLACK HOLE at the end.
There is a separate Haunted Corn Maze (20 - 30 minutes to go thru) that we had to skip in order to make it to Mt. Frighten before they closed.
The people putting this on have no idea what most other haunts are like! They are so busy with farm business and running the haunt, they have no time to go anywhere! And THAT seems to be a big factor towards this HIGHLY ORIGINAL CONCEPT that we HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!
2005 LOCATION IS 1/4 WEST OF PREVIOUS LOCATION ON OTHER SIDE OF THE STREET.
MURDER CASTLE at MUSKEGON COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS
6621 Heights Ravenna Road, Fruitport, MI
SAINT LUCIFER'S ASYLUM FOR THE MENTALLY INSANE┬ at Playland, 1/2 mile north off exit 109 from I-75.
ZIOPTIS 2004 rating 4 1/2 STARS
2004: This haunt has COMPLETELY reinvented itself since "The Executioner's Castle" that we loved by them before! It still has superb actors, and LOTS of really cool new gags. We really liked the vixen nurse girl at the beginning who tells a "shocking" story before you are thrust into sensory overload and then sensory deprivation!
And what's the deal with the constantly ringing telephone you can't answer? Or the girl who's ready to electrocute you? She's got the cables ready - just step up and it's ZAP ZONE for you! And you better not get lost in the Dolly Room as I did!
High intensity monster taunts, compressed air blasts, squishy floors, SHAKING floors, good blind passageways, cool lighting effects, great actor interaction - WHAT ELSE DO YOU WANT FROM A HAUNT? THESE GUYS HAVE IT ALL!
ZIOPTIS 2005 rating 5 STARS
HAUNTED TRAIL PROJECT
At Loch Lomond Golf Course, 5267 South Dort Highway
ZIOPTIS 2005 rating 4 1/4 STARS
Contains an AMAZING TREE CARVING on your right during the walk. Also features a unique tribute to Beavis & Butthead. EXCELLENT FOREST WALK!
HAUNTFEST┬ (in Rochester for 2003)
At Bugsy's Bar & Grill Plaza, 6340 North Genesee Road, Grand Blanc
Last night for 2002 was Sunday October 27th.
ZIOPTIS 2002 rating 4 3/4 STARS
2002: A new site for this show - was at DTE Energy Music Theater last year. Different setup this year, mostly indoors with various interactive sports games, wacky stuff like the VELCRO WALL.
AWESOME PRESENTATION FROM START TO FINISH! We especially liked the large gargoyle to the left of the entrance spewing fog from his mouth. 1st room immediately disorients you with strobe and fog while monsters surround you.
Great foliage decor, monster scares / interaction. Cool spooky electronic music, strong compressed air blasts, excellent makeup. And we STILL LOVE the THOR-DUDE who follows you, then suddenly is in your way instead!
LOTS of highly effective automated pop-out displays. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
THIS TRAVELING ROAD SHOW NOT IN TOWN 2004 or 2005.
GRAND BLANC TOWNSHIP
EXECUTIONER'S CASTLE & THE CIRCUS OF FEAR
Playland Entertainment Center take I-75 north to exit 109 Dort Highway (exit only goes north) Go north 2.5 miles, Playland on left. From US23 North take Hill Road exit, go east 3 miles, turn left on Dort Highway, go 1/2 mile and Playland is on left. (810) 695-8200 group info (810) 695-2412
ZIOPTIS 2002 combined rating 4 STARS
This was our first time here, but certainly not our last! 2 separate but affiliated attractions on different sides of the Playland building. THE CIRCUS OF FEAR is the more recent addition to the site. You REALLY SHOULD go for the combo ticket to see both.
We went thru THE CIRCUS OF FEAR first which begins with a mystic lady telling a strange tale. We especially liked the 3 "marionette" girls who finally break free - great makeup! Good spooky music, krazy klowns stalking from ground and above! Highly effective silhouette horror scene - actors on other side of white screen with strobe lighting.
THE EXECUTIONER'S CASTLE had an excellent Dracula dude who greets you before entering. Blind passageways AND LOTS OF INTERESTING STUFF TO SEE! Don't rush thru, take time to savor the intricacies here!
THE FLINT JOURNAL recently trashed this house, but their "reviewers" were amateurs. NOT ONLY IS THIS A WORTHY ATTRACTION, THE OPERATOR IS REALLY COOL TOO!
Some locals asked him if he would mind if they put up a competing house / hayride RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET from his attraction. Not only did he say it was fine, he ACTUALLY HELPED THEM with preparations! Now THAT'S the kind of comradery we LOVE to see in the industry!!
THE HAUNTED HALL
US 31 & Taylor, Grand Haven, MI
(616) 842-5902 or www.hauntedhall.com
WE TRIED TO GO HERE IN 2004, BUT GOT DELAYED IN KALAMAZOO. WE HOPE TO GO IN 2005!
JUST SPOKE TO THEM IN 2006, HOPING TO GO!
Unknown status 2009
NIGHTS OF FEAR
Northtown Shopping Center
3518 Plainfield Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
(616) 447- 8447 or www.nightsoffear.com
New show in 2009, article in Grand Rapids Press.
WITCHES WALK HAUNTED CORN MAZE
5096 Fruitridge Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544-9789
(616) 784-8301 or www.witcheswalk.com
WALKER, (Grand Rapids area)
2070 Waldorf NW, Walker, MI 49544 (new address for 2008)
(616) 222-5000 or (616) 785-9818 or www.the-haunt.com
1 mile south of I-96 at exit 28 Walker Avenue
ZIOPTIS 2004 rating 5 STARS
ZIOPTIS 2003 rating 4 1/2 STARS
ZIOPTIS 2002 rating 5 STARS
2002: Several Detroit area haunt operators told us this is the coolest haunt in Michigan, and I must say we agree! The entrance facade is an EXACT REPLICA of a real haunted house in Grand Rapids that scared the show producer and his friends when they were kids.
This is in a large warehouse; lots of chamo-netting gives a rustic feel. 3 large mausoleums in the indoor waiting area suddenly open up and 3 groups of dancers perform a clever dance routine with instrumental music. Tons of awesome gags and illusions and the biggest 3-D display by Stu Smith we've ever seen! 2001 was their first year and over 30,700 attended!! We can't wait to see what they do in 2003!
2003: This haunt was unfairly hindered this year from delivering the show we KNOW they are capable of, not from the actors or performances, but from the limited space available to them.
Half of the building was being prepped for a Christmas show. The grandiose giant feel is gone, and it seemed like things were being rushed. But still they managed to pull off some really clever, wild stuff that is the essence of what haunt fans crave.
We plan to go again in 2004 and have confidence they will blow us away!
2004: Mausoleums are back, and no Christmas show preparations to contend with this time, thank goodness! Massive amounts of great visuals and wacked out actors and crazy scenarios to WOW you!
Also has a photo opportunity before the exit so you can PROVE to your friends you're brave enough to hang with ghouls.
(See full reviews in various years of "Reviews."
HAUNTED MILL OF GREENVILLE
623 N Lafayette┬ NOT IN THE FEAR FINDER, NO RATING AVAILABLE. This is their 11th anniversary, so they must be doing something right! Featuring FRANKENSTEIN LIVE this year. (written in 2002)
NOT OPEN IN 2003 OR 2004 - A MAJOR FIRE DESTROYED THIS! IT'S OFFICIAL IN 2005 - THIS IS A GONER.
LADD'S EVIL ACRES
3481 West Bacon Road, Hillsdale, MI 49242
(517) 439-4223 or www.LaddsEvilAcres.com
2014 UPDATE: Sadly, Adam Ladd has passed away while working on his haunt May 30, 2014.
A ONE NIGHT ONLY Memorial Benefit will be Friday, September 19, 2014
The crews of LADD'S EVIL ACRES, CORPSE BARN, THE BONEYARD, and DARKSYDE ACRES will all come together and give Adam "ONE LAST RIDE" in an amazing haunted event NOT to be missed!
HAUNTED OPERA HOUSE OF HOWELL
123 West Grand River, downtown Howell
Take I-96 to exit 137, go north 1 mile
(517) 540-0065 or www.hauntedoperahouse.com
ZIOPTIS 2004 rating 3 STARS
2004: Perhaps the spookiest thing about this haunt is the very fact that the building still exists at all! As they pointed out, most old opera halls like this have burned down or have been demolished by now.
Also, since the public hasn't seen an opera here for a very long time and the site is a prime piece of Grand River, it's surprising that it's not a trendy condo or something like that by now!
This is their 2nd┬ year here, we missed it last year. There are 2 parts to this haunt: downstairs and upstairs. Downstairs is where you'll walk thru, upstairs is where the stage is and chairs are set up to watch some unusual movies.
The downstairs part is rather short, and has lots of in-your-face screaming (PLEASE give them some other lines besides "GET OUT OF HERE!") and kids banging things against the walls. HIGH INTENSITY LEVEL AND EAR PIERCING VOLUME!
Then we went upstairs to a totally different atmosphere with multiple movies being shown. On the stage was a large movie screen showing "Decaysia," a very strange black & white movie. It's old World War footage that is so old it has decayed beyond the point of recognition.
You can tell something is moving, but there's no way to discern what it might be! Other movies were projected from the balcony (closed to the public) as well as various special effects projectors to enhance the atmosphere. We liked the zombie girl wandering around - she suddenly turned towards me to "strangle" me - more than once! And what's the deal with the 2 headed calf taxidermy?
The current staircase going upstairs will be removed and a new one going to Grand River will be put in next year. IF YOU GO HERE CHECK OUT BOTH LEVELS OF THE BUILDING!
CLOSED IN 2006.
HAUNTED BARN & MAZE
622 North Van Dyke, Imlay City, MI 48444
(810) 533-2591 or www.hauntedbarnic.com
THIS SOUNDS LIKE A HIGH-INTENSITY HAUNT.
NEW LOCATION FOR 2010 with a new show.
2010 is their 16th year - NOT A FLASH IN THE PAN
THE THEATRE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD PART 10 at
124 Mechanic, Jackson, MI
(517) 783-0811 option #2 or (517) 783-0962 $8 / $5
In 2002 they called this "THE HAUNTED THEATRE OF JACKSON"
NOT IN THE FEAR FINDER, NO RATING AVAILABLE
NO MENTION OF HAUNT IN 2006, BUT THEY HAVE MONSTER MOVIES.