With Autumn comes the spooky season, and what better way to celebrate than by experiencing some of the finest Haunted Attractions West Michigan has to offer? Curated by West Michigan Tourist Association, here are some of our top picks for this spooktacular month.
South West Michigan Spooks
Travel down to Southwest Michigan and visit Coldwater Country’s Rotary Park for a ghostly good time at the Haunted Forest. Visitors can venture through the forest for a spook-tacular time from 5 pm to 9 pm on both Friday and Saturday, October 15-16. The earlier session, from 5-7:30 pm, will be less scary (geared toward the younger crowd), and the later session will be the true Haunted Forest. It’s perfect for the family, or even just for a gaggle of friends wanting to get a kick out of this bone-chilling time of year.
Featured in sweet Saugatuck is one of the most haunted attractions in the state. The Felt Mansion was built in 1928 by Dorr Felt, a self-made millionaire. Dorr’s wife, Agnes, died in the house just six weeks after moving into the home, followed by her husband a year and a half later. Throughout the years, unexplained happenings have been reported, including the presence of shadowy figures and doors that open and close themselves. On Friday-Sunday, October 19-31, the Felt Estate will be offering Hauntings & History Nights that include self-guided Candlelight Tours, which provide explorers access to the mansion, carriage house, and grounds during the dark of night. For thrill-seekers looking for a more daring experience, the Felt Mansion is offering exclusive overnight stays throughout October. Rent the estate for a group of up to 12 people and stay overnight within the mansion. Don’t forget to bring along an EMF detector and infrared thermometer to conduct your own paranormal investigation among the spirits that roam the estate.
Journey over to Journeyman Distillery in Three Oaks on Friday, October 29th for a Halloween Dance Party! Get your groove on as they turn their outdoor space into a spooktacular playland, with glow in the dark ‘Putting on Welter’s Folly’ and even a costume contest! There will be blazing firepits and their famous Silo Bar will be open to quench your thirst while partaking in festivities. In addition to the Silo Bar being available, the Still Room Bar will also be available along with extra seating. It’s the perfect place to get jiggy with the ghosts!
If you’re craving a Halloween festival, treat yourself by visiting Marshall to view all the spooky skeletons lining the streets. They creep around at every corner, so make sure to take a selfie with your favorite skeleton to prove you have guts. It’s an exciting skeleton-hunt, and definitely worth a trip for a treat!
Also featured in Marshall is Cornwell’s Turkeyville, with a kid-friendly Haunted Adventure that takes place every weekend in October. You and the kiddos can ride the spooky train or even venture into the haunted barn. Not only are there creepy attractions, but you can also find homemade fall favorites, such as homemade donuts, cider, and even a pumpkin patch for all your pumpkin carving needs!
A fan-favorite that’s returning to Marshall is also the Girls’ Night Out – a zombie invasion that starts at 5 pm on October 14. This themed event will offer snacks, sips, and sales just in time for Halloween. Don’t miss this bone-chilling night!
There’s an urban legend in Calhoun County’s Battle Creek, about a haunted statue that cries tears. “Crying Mary” can be found at Oak Hill Cemetery. The statue is stylized after Greek mythology, commissioned by the Decker family. While the statue does look sad, we can’t guarantee you’ll see any tears. However, while at the cemetery, you can also check out the final resting places for the Kellogg brothers, C.W. Post, Sojourner Truth, Junior Walker, Ellen White, and more. When the leaves turn gold, it’s an even more scenic and historical route to take a stroll through. Find out more about this urban legend, and about the legends who lie there!
Join Ox-Bow School of Arts & Artist’s Residency in Saugatuck for a weekend of the weird when OX-BOW GOES TO HELL this Halloween! Those damned artists at the end of the road are at it again, and this year they’re opening up the fiery pits and welcoming all souls to get lost in wonder amongst the freaky sights and bizarre frights that the artists at Ox-Bow have to offer on October 29 through October 3. In addition to the beloved Spooky Trail, returning patrons and the uninitiated alike can expect new attractions to pique their interest. And if that’s not enough to slake your desires, come wiggle your bones at the Graveyard Rave after the hauntings on Saturday, October 30th. If this all sounds too sinful for the whole family, don’t worry! Bring your little ones to trick-or-treat with us at our family-friendly matinee haunt on Halloween day when Ox-Bow Goes to Heck! There will be plenty of tricks…we mean treats! There will be plenty of treats!
Really eager to jump out of your skin this Halloween? Psycho Ward Haunted House in Kalamazoo features multiple haunts, such as Psycho Ward, Nightmares, House of Clowns, and Zombie Revenge. Ranked in the top ten Halloween Attractions in Michigan, this haunted house has a reputation for scaring people so bad that it’s fun! Bring your friends for support, or venture in alone to face the horrors Psycho Ward has to offer.
But that’s not the only haunted attraction Kalamazoo offers! Opening on October 1 is Kalamazoo’s Nightmare Realm, a new immersive haunted attraction. The leaves are changing, the weather is becoming crispier, and this haunted place’s portal is opening! Snag tickets for only $20, or invest in becoming a VIP for $40. With great reviews, this is a definite spot to get your kicks out of this season.
But if you’re eager to learn the supernatural history of Kalamazoo, then look no further! The Haunted History Tours return on October 23rd and the 30th, and is a walking tour where the guides explain the history of the paranormal of designated locations. Even better, the authors of Paranormal Michigan will be leading the tour, passing on their paranormal knowledge onto you! This tour begins and ends at Bronson Park, but make sure to check out the plethora of other events while you’re in town!
If you’re searching for a historical tour that features some Halloween themes, look no further than Kalamazoo’s ‘Ghosts of Kalamazoo Tour!’ It hopes to provide history with a tricky twist — delivering the weird, the haunted, and the historic stories making up this city. There are three unique tours, and tickets are only $9 a night, allowing a 45 – 60 minute time slot for the walking tour around Kalamazoo. The best part? All proceeds go to Kalamazoo Jaycees, an organization that helps build active community leaders. This experience really is a treat!
Explore the more frightful side of magic history at the American Museum of Magic in Marshall! Join them for a tour by candlelight of their historic building and listen to true stories of deadly stage accidents, magicians buried alive, and the history of seances. Some of the stories behind their artifacts may haunt you! All guests ages 13 and up are welcome. Reservations are required, so be sure to purchase your tickets early!
Central West Michigan Scares
In the heart of West Michigan, Holland has two main cemeteries; Pilgrim Home Cemetery and Graafschap Cemetery. Both are resting places for those who have passed on from our current life, but who knows? Maybe their spirits linger! If you’d like an answer to your questions surrounding Holland’s otherworldly forces, the Holland Museum is hosting their annual ‘Slightly Spooky Cemetery Tours’ for only $5.00 per person and with a limit of 20 people. These tours are held at 4 pm on both Thursday and Friday, October 28 and 29. But if you miss one of those times, then they also have a tour at 2 pm on October 30th. Kick this Halloween off with some goosebumps! Pre-register today at the Holland Museum’s website
Led by experts who know the history of Muskegon’s allegedly haunted downtown, the Landmarks, Legends and Lore Downtown Walking Tour is happening in Muskegon via the Lakeshore Museum Center on October 7 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Costing only $15 per person, this walking tour features lore, legends, scandals, and spooky stories of the supposedly supernatural sites of this town. It’s a great way to get some fitness in, and to jump in fright!
Also hosted by the Lakeshore Museum Center and taking place in Muskegon is the Obituary Tour. On October 29 and 30, immerse yourself in the practices and traditions of death and dying in the Victorian Era on this candlelit tour through two Queen Ann-style mansions. Travel back in time to explore the deaths, funerals, and autopsies that occurred in both houses at the Hackley and Hume Historic Site!
On the nights of October 29 and 30, find your way out of the Lakeshore Museum Center– when it comes alive with ghosts and ghouls of the past and present. Test your luck as you navigate your way out of a maze of misfortune as the museum springs to life with your worst nightmares. What a frightening feat! Click through to find out more about this spooky event.
On Saturday, October 16th, don your favorite costume and join the Tri-Cities Historical Museum in Grand Haven. Experience the museum’s creepy collection of exhibit decorations, make crafts, enjoy indoor trick or treating, and even more. A new addition to this year’s event is the ‘Mini Museum’ which features ghastly and creepy artificats from the museum’s collection. It’s another year of Haunted Halloween, and did we mention it’s free? Bring the whole family to Tri-Cities Historical Museum on October 16th!
With two different routes to choose from, Camp Sauble in Ludington is hosting their 3rd annual Haunted Prison Night on October 16, October 23, October 29, and October 30. It’s a thrilling spooky attraction perfect for Halloween, and sells food and beverages. Tickets are only $10 per person, so make sure to snag them up before the ghouls get them! Interest piqued? Find out more here.
North West Michigan Haunts
If you’re in the U.P., Marquette county has a long and rich history dating to the mid-1800s, and as one of the oldest and most well-known destinations in the Upper Peninsula, Marquette is also home to some of Michigan’s most famous supernatural histories as well.
First things first, make sure to swing by The Lilac Room at Landmark Inn, one of the most distinguished hotels in downtown Marquette. Cloaked in the corner of the sixth floor lies the Lilac Room, a room with the fascinating story of the ghastly Lilac Lady. Next, visit the staple of Marquette’s charming lakeshore coastline. The Marquette Harbor Lighthouse dates back to the 1960s and offers sweeping, breathtaking views of Lake Superior with a supernatural twist. Finally, rest your weary head at Thunder Bay Inn. Or, are you even able to? There are lingering rumors that there are spirits roaming the inn’s halls, moving objects and chairs in the middle of the night. Itching to know more? Peruse through the Marquette website to explore these stories, and where you can investigate its origins.
If you’re cruising through Northwest Michigan, make sure to make a pit stop in Traverse City to visit Jacob’s Farm. With 40 acres of land, Jacob’s Farm celebrates this eerie season with a 10-acre life-sized corn maze! Get lost in all the twists and turns with your whole family, and even calm yourself down afterward with some at their full bar and kitchen. What a harrowing experience!
Every fall, a growing interest in the paranormal means that people around Michigan (and beyond) begin talking about the state’s many spirited sites…most notably, it’s historic lighthouses. Of the more than 125 lighthouses in the state, 30 or so are also rumored to be haunted…and 13 of those are included in the pages of the best-selling book “Michigan’s Haunted Lighthouses” by Dianna Stampfler. During the month of October, Dianna will be giving several public presentations full of tidbits, images, and lore across the state of Michigan. A full list of Dianna’s events can be found on the Promote Michigan website.