The Fear Factory | "The fear only stops when your heart does," reads the tagline on the Fear Factory's website, and while that would sound like empty rhetoric coming from any other haunted house, the video on their website suggests otherwise. As a five-star rated haunted house — er, factory — with an added incentive (you get 3x your money back if you find the secret door) and Michigan's largest vortex tunnel, it's sure to make you wet your pants. Don't quote us on that, though.
Saturday, Oct. 25 – Saturday, Nov. 2. Doors open at 7 p.m.; 237 North River Rd., Mt. Clemens; 586-216-2291; thefearfactory.com; tickets are $18.
The Deadland Haunted House | Haunted houses can get boring sometimes. Who wouldn't get bored with the same old thing over and over again? Deadland understands; that's why they're back with an all-new show for 2014. Prepare to scream and cry.
Saturday, Oct. 25 – Saturday, Nov. 2. Doors open at 7 p.m.; 20900 Dequindre Rd., Warren; 248 990-5424; thedeadland.com; $15 for adults, $10 for children 48" and under, $18 for 18+ nights.
Scarefest Scream Park | It's not a theme park; it's a scream park, with more attractions than you could shake a (haunted) stick at, including a forest walk, a maze, and a hayride of doom.
Saturday, Oct. 25 – Sunday, Nov. 1. Doors open at 6 p.m.; 34111 28 Mile Road, Lenox Township; 586-749-6666; scarefestscreampark.com; $15 for single attractions, $45 for all attractions, $65 for VIP.
EREBUS | Chances are that you've already heard of Erebus, the four-story haunted house that once held a Guinness World Record for longest walk-through haunted attraction, so this shouldn't be anything new; four stories, with each floor scarier than the last. VIP skips the line, gets a free shirt and refreshments. Tried, true, and not to mention, terrifying
Saturday, Oct. 25 – Saturday, Nov. 2. Doors open at 6 p.m., close at 1 p.m.; 18 South Perry St., Pontiac; 248-332-7884; hauntedpontiac.com; tickets range from $23 to $28 for general admission, from $18 to $24 for groups of 15 or more, $45 for VIP.
Dark Legacy Haunted Attractions | Do you remember that one kid in the neighborhood who somehow knew all of the scary conspiracy theories and took the opportunity to spread them to anyone within earshot? Well, if haunted houses were people, Dark Legacy would definitely be that kid. With a concept based on the Michigan government's infamous history, Dark Legacy is proving that even though it's the new kid in town (it just opened this year), it knows the wittiest way to scare the wits out of Michiganders.
Saturday, Oct. 25 – Sunday, Nov. 2. Doors open at 7 p.m.; 2133 North Wixom Rd., Wixom; michigansbesthaunt.com; tickets are $25.
Zoo Boo @ The Detroit Zoo | Who can forget about the best part of Halloween: trick-or-treating! The Detroit Zoo hasn't, and they've got you covered. Zoo Boo, the zoo's "annual merry-not-scary Zoo Boo celebration," promises fun for the whole family. Featuring a half-mile trick-or-treat trail through the park and an assortment of games, it's good, clean family fun. Well, at least as clean as a zoo could possibly be.
Saturday, October 25. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays, and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays; 8450 W.10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak; 248-398-0900; detroitzoo.org; $8 per person, ages 2 and up.
The Pumpkin Factory of Belleville, Michigan | If there's anyone that understands classic horror cheesiness, it's the Pumpkin Factory of Belleville, Michigan. Just look at their description: "You may brave the bumpy country road to chow down on some donuts, cider, and many other nummins' at their country store - and you will most certainly enjoy choosing your own Halloween pumpkin - BUT! Will you dare encounter the HORRORS that await you at The PUMPKIN FACTORY?" See? Classic.
Saturday Oct. 25 – October 31. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays; 48651 Harris Rd. Belleville; 734- 461-1835; thepumpkinfactory.org; $10 per attraction.
Boughan's Haunted Hayride of Fright | The only thing scarier than Children of the Corn is shucking corn, and luckily, you won't have to do any of that at Boughan's Haunted Hayride of Fright. You will, however, be enjoying a haunted hayride though pumpkin patches. If you have allergies, be afraid. Be very afraid.
Saturday, Oct. 25 – Sunday, Nov. 2. Opens at 7 p.m.; 15851 Martinsville Rd, Belleville; 734-325-6533; hauntedhayridebelleville.com; $12.50 for adults, $6.00 for kids 4-12, kids under 4 are free.
Hallowe'en in Greenfield Village | Sometimes kids don't take too kindly to scary things, and that's why we suggest Hallowe'en in Greenfield Village. It's a mile-long stroll along a jack-o-lantern lit path, where you'll meet classic costumed characters like the Headless Horseman. There'll be live music and, of course, snacks. Bring the whole family!
Saturday, Oct. 25. 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 6:30-8 p.m. on Sundays; 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-982-6001;henryford.org; $12.75 for members, and $15 for non-members, children under 2 are free.
Wiard's Orchard Night Terrors | Who says haunted houses have to be one-dimensional? Wiard's Orchard understands the right combination of horror and fun, hence their six-attraction-in-one location. With live music, an asylum, bakery, mineshaft, hayride, and, last but not least, paintball (all haunted events, mind you), Night Terrors has all the makings of a horrific time (in a good way).
Friday, Oct. 25 – Saturday Nov. 1. Doors open at 7:15 p.m., close at 11:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 10:30 p.m. on Sundays; 5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti; 734-390-9212; hauntedhousemichigan.com; on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays the tickets are $18 for single events, $42 for the six attraction package, and $50 for the VIP package; on Sundays, the tickets are $17 for single events, $30 for the six attraction package, and $40 for the VIP package.