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Haunted Web — So, Halloween mania has officially begun — the season of witches, pumpkins and that nasty-ass candy corn has become the second-most-commercialized holidays, right after Baby Jesus and that fat guy in the red suit.

Looking to make the most out of your Halloween experiences this month? Log on to haunteddetroit.com for a comprehensive rundown of all things Halloween in the Motor City area. The site has listings of haunted houses, cider mills and apple orchards, broken down by county. There's a brief description following each listing, but no real criticism of the attractions' scare factor.

However, over at hauntedhouses.us/Michigan, users can rate and rank various local spook joints. The site also has a forum with discussion groups devoted to professional haunted attraction operators (the nitty-gritty business side of buckets o' blood) and "haunted actors."

Not satisfied with dudes in rubber masks, and on the search for the real deal? Web sites like ghostplace.com and halloweenghoststories.com have a collection of "real" ghost stories and allegedly haunted buildings and locations. In Detroit, the Fort Shelby Hotel, the Leland Hotel, the Masonic Temple and the Whitney all earn mentions (along with descriptions of each location's resident ghosts).

Know of an interesting, educational or bizarre Web site you’d like to see featured here? Send it to backslash@metrotimes.com.

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