When there's a chill in the air and pumpkins on the doorstep, it's time to look around for Halloween events to get you in a festive mood. In St. Clair Shores, Michigan, and the surrounding communities, you'll be able to find what you're looking for, whether it's a safe and less than terrorizing event for your children, an adrenaline-boosting haunted attraction or a place to have slightly creepy fun with your grown-up friends.
Halloween in the Park
In 2010, the St. Clair Parks and Recreation department changed the tone of its annual Halloween celebration, removing the scares and focusing on giving kids festive fun without any trauma. Instead of monsters and goblins, smiling vendors with candy greet the little ones, and there are hayrides, face painting and music, too. Free cider and donuts make the event worthwhile for parents. Held in Veterans Memorial Park, the celebration charges a modest admission fee to offset costs.
Stage Fright Halloween Party
The Stage Fright Halloween Party isn't very scary, but it's definitely aimed at adults. Hosted by Stage 3 Films just 15 minutes from St. Claire Shores in Warren, the party is the perfect place to try out your sexy new costume and make new friends. It's a fashionably spooky event featuring deejays, dancers, a costume contest, professional makeup and lighting. In 2010, the admission charge for the party was $20 and included hors d'oeuvres.
Urban Legends Haunted Attraction
In the Bel Air Centre on 8 Mile Road less than 20 minutes from St. Claire Shores, you'll find Urban Legends, a collection of six haunted houses that bills itself as Michigan's largest haunted attraction. The scares include the reliable nightmare ingredients, zombies and clowns, as well as an attraction stocked with your favorite movie monsters. Throw in a haunted maze, a butcher shop run by Bloody Mary and the popular Dr. Phobia's Haunted House and you've got the makings of an exhausting night of terror.
The Deadland Haunted House
Twenty minutes from St. Claire Shores, just north of 8 Mile Road on Dequindre Road, is a place called The Deadland. Outside the month of October, the place is more commonly known as the Countyline Antique Market, but in 2011 this haunted attraction takes over where the defunct Deadly Intentions haunted house left off. As of the summer of 2011, the attraction was still under construction, but the owners promise plenty of frights by the time Halloween rolls around. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children.
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