BURTON - (FLINT area)
G-4247 South Dort Highway, Burton, MI 48529
(810) 742-2260 or www.TheCryptHauntedHouse.com
ZIOPTIS SEZ 2015 - FIRST CLASS PERFORMANCE & FABULOUS SOUND THROUGHOUT
The spooky ambience starts the moment you park, thanks to excellent outdoor speakers positioned throughout the property.
Once inside, THE CRYPT takes you on a wild journey thru a wide variety of settings with a crazy cast of characters of all shapes, sizes, and demeanors.
A cleverly placed walkway connects two seperate buildings, extending the experience and making full usage of what's available on the property. SMART SET-UP.
You experience the full range of emotions and sensations which they scramble every which way you can imagine. HIGHLY SKILLED HAUNTING!
31505 Grand River Avenue, Farmington, MI 48336
(248) 477-8833 or www.HauntedJunction.com
ZIOPTIS SEZ 2015 - THE BIGGEST STAR OF ALL
Many haunts have a special actor with a trademark persona that's unmistakable, but you won't believe who this haunt got for the job - it's the devil himself!
But at first he seems to be just a large model figurine with electric red glowing eyes. GREAT STUFF.
The soundtrack for the first part of the haunt is a mix of recorded large industrial machine sounds and live actors banging things and vocalizing. It somehow reminded us of the movie "The Time Machine" when they go underground with the humanoids called Morlocks.
But things get silly too! We really liked the squeaky-toy wielding clown who pops up all over, thanks to strobe lights and well rehearsed placement cues.
After you see the words "WE ALL FLOAT" the whole room seems to be spinning with color gobo patterns before they totally change gears and take you by surprise with TWO Polka Dot rooms. GOTCHA!
EYE CANDY A GO-GO & ITS POLAR OPPOSITE
The visuals here get better and better! We loved the infinity wall of skulls, a unique 3 headed purple LED strobe light, and our hands-down favorite is the AWESOME COSMIC STAR ROOM with its very special other worldly inhabitant!
Later, the atmosphere and feel of the haunt turn on a dime as you descend a long staircase and enter the under belly of this long abandoned winery. It looks old. It feels old. It smells old. It IS old!
This haunt also happens to be the subject of much interest by LOCAL BIRD WATCHERS OF ALL PEOPLE! The historic building this haunt is in also has a de-commissioned smokestack, and a rare migrating bird called the Chimney Swift uses this smokestack as a bird motel during its long trip to Peru!
When this was discovered, they set up webcams and you can see the results here: www.swiftsanctuary.org
23984 Gibralter Road, Flat Rock, MI 48134
(734) 782-0563 or www.facebook.com/The-Psycho-Path-424251947622278/
ZIOPTIS SEZ 2015 - TWISTED FAIRY TALES IN YOUR FACE
The show is completely new again, and most every fairy tale character you can name is in this haunt!
After a short hayride, you're dropped off in the forest where your hostess asks the group to start naming fairy tale characters. SNOW WHITE and CINDERELLA were the first we came up with, and the hostess assured us they were both waiting for us inside.
MIXED UP FANTASY LAND
But there's something wrong, as CINDERELLA, SNOW WHITE and all the others seem to have forgotten their manners.
Once again, the show is all new this year. But one of the coolest things from last year is proudly displayed at the entrance to the ticket area.
It's an AWESOME STEAMPUNK OUTFIT the carnival barker dude wore last year featuring a shiny mechanical arm.
This is a highly successful volunteer haunt that operates only a few days each season. The 2015 dates are - October 16th ,17th, 23rd, 24th, and the 30th.
CLIO MANOR HAUNTED HOUSE
4403 Clio Road, Flint, MI 48504
(810) 620-5167 or www.ScareClio.com
ZIOPTIS SEZ 2015 - DYNAMIC YOUNG HAUNT WITH NEW SHOW
It's only their second year, but they've already upped the ante and still make much of their own equipment and props!
This is located inside a massive paintball facility, with lots of room for future expansion in ways most haunts can only dream of.
Also, the paintball section has been used for serious sharpshooter practice as well as fun games year round!
AT CLIO MANOR BIG FUN = A BIG FUTURE
SLAUGHTER HOUSE - BLOOD BATH & BEYOND HAYRIDE & JURRASIC HAUNTED MAZE
5781 West Grand River, Fowlerville, MI 48836
(517) 223-9140 or www.slaughterhouseadventure.com
ZIOPTIS SEZ 2015 - MASTERS OF ILLUSION & WICKED SILLINESS!
The main walk thru haunt in the big barn is a very well-rehearsed presentation. The story lines follow specific setups perfectly, with lots of wicked humor and awesome illusions to illustrate all kinds of points.
After a BLACK HOLE BLASTOFF, you take an elevator down a mine shaft in record time and find yourself witness to ghastly experiments and strange punishments that defy the laws of physics and reality as you previously knew it.
A VERY RUDE AWAKENING
In SLAUGHTERHOUSE, stuff that can't happen ... does.
Stuff that shouldn't be ... is. But it's right there staring you in the face, and seeing is believing, right?
Wrong....DEAD WRONG...like the girl who wakes up while being slid into an incinerator.... flash flash ... W H O A N E L L I E !
How do they get away with this stuff? Ah....it's magic, that's what she is...
Another of our favorites is a guillotine routine with a twist and a half.
After the chopped head lands in a basket, the magician carries the basket to the other side of the room and places the head atop a unique throne- chair.
But the head pops to life, and shows to be a REAL human head that quickly starts sassy back-talking you specifically! After all, wouldn't YOU be upset if someone just cut your head off?!
We also loved the goth girl, conducting hideous experiments on her hapless victim on the operating table in a room full of vintage analog electronic equipment. There's lots of special buttons, magic dials, and meters to read.BIG TIME AUTHENTICITY!
Have you ever run across someone who's being such a jackass you can't wait to make them disappear like a turd being flushed down the toilet?
SLAUGHTERHOUSE knows just how you feel, but then turns the tables on decency and justice and DRIVES IT HOME BIG TIME with a custom in-house engineered setup that waits in the BAD SANTA ROOM...my God, he's DRUNK...what's up with THAT? Shouldn't he be punished?
WHAT HAPPENS TO REALLLLLY BAD SANTA'S? Not at all what you'd expect, as injustice wins over logic every time here. FABULOUS OVER-THE-TOP GAG!
There's lots more fabulous illusions mixed with crazy stories to accent the visuals, but it's best discovered on your own!
SHAKE, RATTLE & ROLL
JURASSIC HAUNTED MAZE has only a few "which way to go" choices and the focus is more on some major gags that wait along the path.
The most dramatic starts with a special caged room you're directed to enter. The door closes, and the WHOLE ROOM STARTS TO SHIMMY, SHAKE AND RISE HIGHER AND HIGHER...WOW!!!
It rises about 5 or 6 feet, but it seems much higher in the heat-of-the-moment! ** This is made possible by a commercial Sky Tracker unit which is usually used for apartment construction. As such, it routinely safely lifts loads to about 30 feet! Can you imagine if they took this room THIRTY FEET HIGH IN A FLASH??? **
The end of JURASSIC HAUNTED MAZE brings you ino a small structure that's a throwback to circus side shows, with great kitschy artwork and posters. NICE TOUCH!
HAUNTED FOREST OF BAVARIA
1375 Weiss Street, Frankenmuth, MI 48734
(248) 429-7177 or www.frankenmuthtrees.com/boo/
ZIOPTIS SEZ 2015 - HIGH FLYERS & BOTTOM DWELLERS
What an amazing place this is!
The haunted forest walk is a recent add-on to the popular Adventure Park of Frankenmuth which features ZIP LINE RIDES GALORE in a giant conglomeration of aerial platforms and walkways.
Strolling on the path from the ticket building to the park, you see what first appears to be a giant building behind some trees with an outline of clear white lights.
But close up, you see it's a giant network of catwalks and platforms from which zip-liners launch themselves on HIGH FLYING ADVENTURES!
White rope lights are draped in various ways everywhere, giving an artistic solution to the basic need of lights to safely fly through the air with the greatest of ease...
The haunt was originally intended to help build interest in the zip-line operation.
But now, in its second year, the haunted trail is beginning to take on its own identity in this tourism-based city best known for having those incredibly tasty chicken dinners and for it being Christmas 365 days per year!
Two paths can be chosen - SCARY or NON-SCARY so of course we went for SCARY!
Good monster interaction, cool makeup and well designed decor throughout.
During our visit the upper area here was abuzz with zip liners zooming up high in the air.
GREAT FUN NOW WITH A SPOOKY EDGE~!
SAINT LUCIFER'S HAUNTED ASYLUM
5290 South Dort Highway, Grand Blanc, MI 48507 (at Playland)
(810) 695-8200 or www.MichiganHauntedHouse.com
ZIOPTIS SEZ 2015 - NEW LAYOUT BUT STILL INSANE!
It's a new show, but some things remain constant like the wild craziness that runs rampant in this "WORKING HOSPITAL"!
RISK OF PERMANENT PSYCHOLOGICAL DAMAGE AFTER ONLY ONE VISIT
The only problem is that everybody we saw who willingly entered this "hospital" ended up screaming bloody murder and running for their life out the exit!
I wouldn't risk it if I were you - better stay away from this whacked out home of seriously disturbed doctors.
ST. LUCIFER'S - THE DELICIOUSLY DANGEROUS MEDICAL FACILITY FROM BEYOND
13 FEET UNDER
5290 South Dort Highway, Grand Blanc, MI 48507
ZIOPTIS SEZ 2015 - MILITARY MADNESS IN YOUR FACE
Outside, it was a dance party with GODSMACK jammin' the PA...but once inside be ready to be treated like you're in Army Boot Camp.
Your Commanding Officer barks rules and warnings that only hint at what's to come...and more than often when you least expect it.
This haunt is literally only spitting distance from ST. LUCIFER'S, but rocks it in a totally different way with tricky pathways and discipline that gets way out of hand real fast!
AN EXCELLENT COMPANION HAUNT SETUP THAT'S WIN-WIN!