Witches, zombies, werewolves or vampires, there is no question about it – people love being scared out of their wits during the month of October. The countdown to Halloween has begun, and Macomb County has no shortage of things to shock and thrill your senses.
Make Macomb Your Home has created a complete guide to help you have your spookiest Halloween ever! From haunted houses and hayrides to zombie runs and trick-or-treating, Macomb County has something that will frighten you this Halloween season.
Zombies are invading Warren on Sunday, Oct. 23! Get scared and get fit at the Zombie 5K Run & Walk Relay for Life at the Warren City Center. Register online for $25 or on the day of the event for $30. After your run, visit the Warren Famers Market – the last of the season.
Head to the Village of Romeo for Terror on Tillson Street! This street is famous for their elaborate Halloween decorations during the month of October. A dedicated group of homeowners come together each year to put together a spooktacular display like none you have ever seen! This year’s installations include a yard full of corpse brides and a fully equipped zombie hockey match – just to name a few! On Halloween, bring the kids for the spookiest trick-or-treating experience of their lives!
If neither of those events are creepy enough for you, Macomb County has a wide range of haunted houses that are sure to scare even the bravest of souls.
The Fear Factory is considered by many to be one of the best haunted houses in southeast Michigan. Their scary haunted factory consists of 25,000 square feet of pure madness and 30 minutes of throat-ripping terror. The Fear Factory includes a haunted maze and Michigan’s largest vortex tunnel where you’ll encounter the sensation of falling through a black hole. Find the secret door out and the Fear Factory promises a grand prize of three times your money back! Patrons can stay out of any inclement weather under their covered canopy and enjoy their food and beverage stand. The Fear Factory is located at 237 N. River Road, Mount Clemens.
This terrifying haunted house is not for the faint of heart – it even comes with several health warnings, just in case. The house is home to blood-splattered walls and blood-soaked characters, making Deadland ideal for fans of horror and gore. If you’re looking for a real scare, then this is the place for you! The Deadland is located at 20900 Dequindre Road, Warren.
Blake Farms in Armada offers a variety of fun fall activities including pick-your-own orchards, a cider mill and a hard cider bar and restaurant. But it also has some of the most impressive Halloween entertainment in the area. Activities include a zombie paintball safari, where players ride around on a custom hayride equipped with paintball guns; a three-dimensional Spooky Land maze explored via 3D glasses; a massive three-story haunted barn; and a 20-scene haunted hayride that makes a pit stop at the Witches Cauldron, where tasty donuts and cider is served. And if you’re brave enough to tackle the entire thing at once, there’s a special VIP combo deal for $49.95. Blake’s is located at 71485 North Ave., Armada.
The Haunted Farm of Terror brings your worst nightmares to life on the eerie 20-acre land of the dead. Say your prayers as you prepare to face your fears – the haunted hayride is to die for, voted No. 1 most intense in Michigan! This year their haunted house and corn maze is bigger than ever. New haunted attractions within the house include all new scenes, characters and effects. The zombies do not wear masks, you will be witnessing some of the best haunt makeup, prosthetics and acting in the country!
Watch horror movies on either of the 30-foot big screens around multiple bonfires or seek shelter from the zombies in the Road Kill Cafe, where you may enjoy the world famous taco in a bag, pizza, hotdogs, nachos, hot and cold apple cider, doughnuts, candy apples and all of your favorite Halloween treats. Take a shot at the living dead at the live zombie shoot! The zombie shoot is a 60-yard, four-mounted gun range separate from the haunted house or hayride. The Haunted Farm of Terror is located at 28405 26 Mile, Lenox Township.
The Scarefest Scream Park in Lenox Township offers a variety of frightening activities for those brave enough to visit. The Hayride of Doom includes over one-mile of nail biting terror, 11 distinct areas, each as grotesque as the next and 30 minutes of zombies and infected souls. The Castle of the Dead lets visitors experience nearly two dozen unique rooms, sharp corners and the terror of footsteps behind you throughout your entire journey. The Carnival of the Dead is a haunted forest walk full of creepy carnies and deranged circus freaks. If all this was not enough, there is also a Terror Zone Haunted Maze, Zombie Paintball, a beer tent, live music and more. Scarefest Scream Park is located at 34111 28 Mile, Lenox Township.
Dare to enter the haunted house – a dark, winding illusion full of decaying zombies, evil
carnage, a spine-chilling cemetery full of agony and torture, dark passageways and intense mayhem! Every corner you turn you find yourself in complete darkness. You reach for the safety of your friends, yet no one is there. On their haunted hayride, travel through the countryside, around twists and turns, on what some consider to be the most frightening trip of their lives. The sounds and smells are so disturbing you can literally feel something breathing on the back of your neck. Nothing will prepare you for the ride you are about to take. The last two Saturdays in October feature live a DJ and broadcasts from 89X. Slaughtered at Sundown is located at 71800 Romeo Plank, Armada.
Amanda Minaudo is a senior planner in the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development. She often contributes to the Make Macomb Your Home Blog, writing about the many fun and exciting things to see and do around Macomb County.