In Metro Detroit, everywhere you look there are signs, billboards and advertisements for haunted houses, hay rides, corn mazes and the like. It’s hard to know which places are family friendly and which may be too scary for younger children. After many disappointments and a few great times, I have found my top 3 spooky places that I must visit every Halloween season to get my scare on!
5565 Merritt Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Not recommended for ages 10 and under.
Cost: Wiard’s is pricey. Since there are 6 scary events to go through, your best buy is to purchase a full pass which is $29.99. If you only want to go through one of the scary buildings, you can purchase a single pass of $15.00. So, if you are taking a family to Wiard’s for the night, it’s going to cost you.
Open: 7-11:30pm on Friday’s and Saturdays in October
7-11:00pm on Sunday’s
Halloween Eve and Halloween Night
Wiard’s is hands-down my family’s favorite place to go for scary fun during the month of October. Located in Ypsilanti, MI (between Detroit & Ann Arbor), Wiard’s is easy to find (there is a ton of signage along the way) and SO much spooky fun.
There is more to Wiard’s than just being scared and entering the spooky buildings. A favorite is “Scareyoke” Live Music on stage for all to participate in. This is a favorite of the kids and the crowd gets a kick out of watching Dads try to emulate Michael Jackson’s infamous “Thriller” video.
There is also a Bakery where homemade cider, donuts and caramel apples can be purchased.
The Spooky fun begins in one of these 6 Haunted and Scary events:
Labyrinth Haunted Maze
Alien Caged Clowns
According to Wiard’s website, the grounds on which this Haunted Park stands are truly haunted.
Ford Road Miniature Haunted Golf
29060 Ford Road
Garden City, MI 48135
Cost: $4.00 per person
Open: Thursday & Friday – 7pm -11pm
Saturday & Sunday – 12pm – 11pm
Every year, Ford Road Miniature Golf transforms their mini golf course into a haunted golf course. This course has something scary at each hole and has a few monsters walking around to scare you, as you play. Ford Road Miniature Haunted Golf is family friendly. Simply ask the monsters to stay away from your little ones and they will.
Lighted pumpkins and spooky displays are set up throughout the course. Start off at the 1st hole with an evil, lighted mouse chasing your ball. Move on to the 2nd hole to a display of the mad chainsaw man with all his victims’ body parts hanging on display. Throughout the course you will come across: scary clowns, mad scientists, a bat cave, mummies and even Freddy Krueger.
There are tables and chairs to sit at near the entrance for those who are too scared to finish their game and can wait for their party to finish.
This is a great and cheap event for family’s to enjoy in this area.
Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village
20900 Oakwood Blvd
Dearborn, MI 48124
Cost: $15.00 Adult
Children 2 and under are free
Parking: $5.00 per vehicle
Open: October 8-10, 15-17, 22-24th
6:30-9pm Friday & Saturday
Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village is a family friendly event that takes place every year at The Henry Ford. What’s really neat about Greenfield Village Hallowe’en is that the walkways and paths are all lighted by hand carved Jack o lanterns (you may want to bring a flashlight) to help guide you through the old time village. As you walk along the lighted paths, you will pass scary, magical and spooky characters.
There are stations for the little ones to stop and trick or treat from, if they dare. You are truly transformed back to Hallowe’ens of the past. You are encouraged to wear your favorite Halloween costumes but of course, regular attire is fine, as well.
There are vendor spots where food and spirits can be purchased as well as souvenirs.
If you live in or are planning to visit the Metro Detroit area this October/Halloween season, these are three Halloween spots that you must add to your list. With so many haunted houses, paths and corn mazes around, you don’t want to waste your time bouncing from place to place. Wiard’s, Ford Road Miniature Golf and Hallowe’en Weekends in Greenfield Village is fun for all ages in the Metro Detroit area.