Scary movies have swept the mainstream, and while you may be safe watching from your couch with popcorn in hand, there’s always an opportunity to come face to face with a ghost, mutant, ghoul, or zombie this time of year. Not only does West Michigan have stellar haunted houses, but there are also ghost tours, haunted corn mazes, and real ghost sightings around every corner. You may not want to visit these haunted attractions alone, so bring some friends and see if you can survive.
Haunted Attractions in Southern West Michigan
The largest haunted attraction in southwest Michigan, Niles Scream Park, continues their mission to terrify everybody that enters the grounds. Visit all five of their main attractions, each of which is uniquely themed and professionally redesigned each year to scare you and your friends. Almost as popular as the Niles Haunted House is the outdoor Field of Screams attraction. It is full of mazes to disorient you and special effects that will dazzle and confuse your senses. Once they have you where they want you, the characters in the field will make sure to maximize the scare effect. Parking is free, and so is entry to the midway filled with Halloween-themed games, food concessions, and more!
The Marshall area hosts a Haunted Trail for two weekends in October. Join the fun along the River Walk south of town, but beware! Pirates have been sighted and a mutiny may be planned. Fun walks are planned for the very young, with scarier trails for the brave pirates who dare enter. These walks are on October 20th, 21st, 27th, and 28th.
A new haunted forest is coming to the Leila Arboretum in Battle Creek this month. The Terror Trail will be open every Friday and Saturday night in October, starting on October 13th, culminating in a Musical Freak Show Beer Garden event on Saturday, October 28th. The Terror Trail tours will cost $12 per person and are recommended for ages 14 and up.
Join the dead this Halloween season in South Haven at the Michigan Maritime Museum‘s Haunted Museum: FALLOUT fundraiser. Each year, the Haunted Museum is themed and has a distinct scary storyline. This year’s backstory follows the the years after WWII, as the United States Government funneled millions of dollars into Project Castle, a military research and development study of new technologies such as chemical and nuclear warfare. Top secret test sites were set up all over the United States for various experimental projects including those on human subjects. Radioactive exposure, mutations, and adverse reactions to chemical testing are only a few of the failures the US Government attempted to contain. Find your way through the museum with these mutants around every corner. The Haunted Museum is open on October 21st and 22nd from 8pm to 11pm.
Cornwell’s Turkeyville in Marshall is hosting their Haunted Adventure every weekend from October 7th to 29th. Returning for another year, the Haunted Adventure has unsuspecting visitors exploring the corn maze, going through the haunted barn, and taking a trip on the hayride or ghoulish train.
The Haunted Trails at Bundy Hill Offroad Recreation Company in Jerome is a family-friendly ride on ATVs and 4x4s. Stop by on Friday, October 6th to drive through parts of Michigan’s largest off-road park, experiencing spooky scenes and live actors along the way. Don’t have the right vehicle or too scared to ride alone? One of Bundy Hill’s skilled staff will take you through the course for only $5 per person.
For those who think that they’re brave enough, Coldwater Country is hosting two haunted attractions that may keep you up at night. The month of scares kicks off with the Historic Paranormal Penlight Tour on Saturday, October 21st. Spend the night exploring the paranormal activity of Branch County, followed by a tour starting on the south side of Oak Grove Cemetery. You can also visit the Masonic Temple, which is transformed into the Haunted Temple on October 21st, 22nd, 28th, and 29th.
Haunted Attractions in Central West Michigan
Shadowy figures, strange noises, and mysteriously shifted objects have all been witnessed at the Mitten Brewing Company in Grand Rapids. One night during the second week of operation, owner Chris Andrus was the last person to leave the Engine House, heading home at 2am after mopping the facility. He was also the first one to arrive early the next morning. As he prepared the taproom for opening, he checked the front lobby and noticed a few footprints left from the wet mop water the night before. At first, Chris thought nothing of it. But after a few minutes of going about his business, he realized no one else had been in the building between his leaving and return, and that the prints were made by bare feet. He returned to the footprints and made a perplexing discovery: they were the footprints of a child. More footprints would show up over the following years, along with shadows, silhouettes, and noises. They even started documenting everything that came up, in order to see if there were trends. Next time you’re in for a beer, ask the bartenders about the ghosts or keep an eye out for any shadowy figures lurking in the back.
The Haunt in Grand Rapids has been West Michigan’s choice for fear since 2001. Make your way through dark hallways and zombified nightmares inside the 20,000 square feet indoor facility. The Haunt is open from now until the end of October. Bring a friend. You don’t want to do this alone.
The Muskegon area has two haunted attractions for you and your friends to check out this month. On October 27th and 28th, visit Michigan’s Heritage Park in Whitehall for their Haunted Trail. This after-hours event will examine the legends, myths, and ghost stories from the 1600s through the early 1900s. Over a dozen local actors from Muskegon Civic Theatre and volunteers will be stationed at the stops along the half-mile trail creating a historic haunted atmosphere. If you’re looking for more scares, visit the Muskegon County Fairgrounds on Friday and Saturday nights in October for the Haunted Hall. Shake and cower with fright at The Foundry, The Bunker, and The Containment Zone. Enter all three haunted areas for only $15. If you want to save on admission and help the community at the same time, you can receive $1 off for every canned good you donate to Love, Inc. at the ticket office with a maximum of $3 off per ticket.
The Haunted Maze in Mecosta County is open Fridays and Saturdays from October 6th to 28th. Ghosts, ghouls, and monsters wander through the Maze, hide among the corn, and do their best to make sure you have a good time running for your life and screaming at the top of your lungs. Walking through the maze at night presents a new challenge, and when you add a little fear to the mixture, it becomes something truly terrifying.
Haunted Attractions in Northern West Michigan
Choose between the family-friendly Spooky Walk or the terrifying new Haunted Trail at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville. Ride the Loki lift to the top of the mountain and follow the lanterns down your chosen trail. These fun activities are only offered from 7pm to 9pm on October 14th, 21st, and 28th.
The haunted trail, Forest of Fear, in Grayling is all about scares and giving back to the community. They’re open every Friday and Saturday evening in October, with all the money received being donated to local non-profits.
The S.S. City of Milwaukee is hosting its Annual Ghostship Manistee every Friday and Saturday night in October from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. Climb aboard a real 1930s car ferry and walk through a unique five-deck haunted house. Do you have what it takes to survive your night on the ship?
Sault Ste. Marie’s local paranormal expert, Brad Blair, believes that the Whitefish Point Lighthouse is haunted by numerous spirits who stroll the grounds during the night. Downtown Sault Ste. Marie’s historic buildings and businesses also play host to unexplained creaks and whispers in the night. Come see for yourself what spirits lie in Sault Ste. Marie.
It may not be as scary as a ghost or ghoul, but the Hotel Frankfort’s Murder Mystery nights will get your blood pumping. Join them on either October 27th or 28th for an interactive murder mystery dinner, and see if you can solve who shot the sheriff. This elaborate evening can only solved by you, so put on your thinking cap and see if you can figure out who the murderer is.
The Mackinac State Historic Parks hosts their Fort Fright event on October 6th and 7th at Colonial Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City. Lanterns light your way through an 18th-century fort and fur trading village overrun by werewolves, witches, goblins, and ghouls. Storytellers weave spooky folktales near bonfires, and treats such as hot mulled cider, cookies, and candy can be found throughout the site. Most stops are suitable for all ages, but a haunted house and demon walk will give thrills and chills to adults and children alike.
If a ride filled with terror and surprise sounds like fun, don’t miss Marquette’s Haunted Hayride held at the Marquette County Fairgrounds from October 12th to 14th. The 40-minute tractor drawn hayride weaves through the scaregrounds in darkness with eerie encounters awaiting those brave enough to board. They even have free “scare-care” for young children who don’t want to participate. The $10 admission fee benefits local charities, and there’s a non-perishable food drive on site, allowing attendees to feel good about their fright-filled fun! Later in the month, the area also hosts the Haunted Theatre from October 26th to 28th at Northern Michigan University. Watch a cast of 60 perform scenes that will make your pulse race. The event is designed for all ages, with a child-friendly version earlier in the day and PG-13 and above later in the evening.
The shoreline community of Petoskey has a rich history dating back to Michigan’s early tourism industry. Today, it’s also home to many unsettled spirits. Chris Struble offers Haunted Petoskey walking tours which take people to many of the buildings and locations where unexplainable happenings are reported to take place. You’ll hear countless stories about sightings and interactions, along with the initial happenings that may be responsible for these paranormal activities. The tour lasts about 90 minutes and involves about two miles of walking up and down gently sloping sidewalks.
Situated in the middle of Copper Country, the AmericInn Lodge & Suites of Calumet has many ghost tales to tell. The Copper Country was once a booming copper mining area that was the destination for many immigrants from around the world. Once the copper mining slowed and then eventually stopped, people left the area to look for work elsewhere. This left at least 18 different ghost town scattered throughout the peninsula. As you travel through, you’ll see what’s left of these old towns and be sure to check out some of the local cemeteries dating all the way back to the 1840’s. During your stay, ask the staff about their ghost pictures, where you will see children appearing in the picture and some days a bank setting will have a teller and other days a customer. They have over 100 pictures of the area lining their walls and they look forward to sharing their history with you.
Haunted Attractions Near West Michigan
The Michigan City LaPorte area is hosting the Hesston Ghost Train every weekend from October 14th to October 29th. The train will take you through a haunted woods, where you may see a ghost or two.