Halloween Happenings in Michigan

by Evan Gillespie Google

From Grand Traverse Bay to metro Detroit and all the areas in between, Michigan is alive every October with spooky Halloween events and fall festivals. Every part of the state offers something to keep you busy during the season of jack-o'-lanterns and goblins. These are some of the most popular Halloween happenings in the state.

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Erebus Haunted House

This is not just a haunted attraction. Between 2005 and 2009, it was the world's largest walk-through haunted attraction. Erebus (18 S. Perry St., Pontiac, MI; 248-332-7884) is a four-story haunted house that is consistently voted one of the best in country by authorities such as HauntWorld, Haunted Attraction and Fangoria magazines. It's an ambitious attraction that throws all the usual gory goblins at visitors but offers unusual scares -- dinosaurs and dragons, for example -- too. As of 2010, admission to Erebus was $22 per person.

Niles Haunted House Scream Park

This attraction just outside of Niles in southwest Michigan (855 Mayflower Road, Niles, MI; 269-687-3327) is a full-fledged Halloween theme park, with three haunted houses, a haunted hayride, a haunted maze, frightful games, magic shows, concessions and more. Located in a dark and scary field just outside Niles, the attraction draws thousands of visitors every fall. As of 2011, ticket prices for individual attractions ranged from $3 to $11, and a combination ticket for all attractions was $27.

Zeeland Pumpkinfest

Celebrating its 28th year in 2011, the Zeeland Pumpkinfest (Zeeland Chamber of Commerce, 149 Main Place, Zeeland, MI; 616-772-2494) is a three-day event that focuses on all things autumnal. The festival includes a parade, a pumpkin bake-off, a pie-eating contest, a pumpkin-seed-spitting contest, a costume contest and more. The Great Pumpkin Chase 5K and Fun Run provides an opportunity for the athletically inclined to run off some of the pumpkin pie. The theme for the 2011 festival is "Celebrating Harvesting Goodwill."

Grand Traverse Lighthouse Ghost Tour

Way out on the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula in Leelanau State Park is the Grand Traverse Lighthouse (5500 N. Lighthouse Point Road, Northport, MI; 231-386-7195). The lighthouse has been guarding the remote spot since 1858, and, as you might expect, quite a few ghostly legends have accumulated around it over the years. On Friday and Saturday nights in October, you can take a tour of the lighthouse if you dare, and a guide will fill you in on all the haunted happenings, including the supposed appearances of a spectral former keeper. As of 2011, admission to the park was $10, and the tour cost $4 for adults and $2 for children.

About the Author

Evan Gillespie grew up working in his family's hardware and home-improvement business and is an experienced gardener. He has been writing on home, garden and design topics since 1996. His work has appeared in the South Bend Tribune, the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, Arts Everywhere magazine and many other publications.

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