BLAKE'S HAUNTED BIG APPLE
71485 North Avenue, Armada, MI 48005
(586) 784-9710 or www.hauntedblakes.com
ZIOPTIS SEZ 2019 - BIGGER, BADDER...ALL HAIL THE MIGHTY APPLE
This is among the biggest facilities you’ll find in the Michigan haunt scene!
Yes, it’s an apple orchard primarily with an amazing food store to boot...
But it’s also a 4 part haunt that’s been packing in the crowds for many moons.
Be sure to bring your camera, as there’s fabulous photo opps to pose with giant props of various kinds.
Their trademark hayride is hands down the most popular of all the attractions here for good reason.
The wagon has seating on both sides facing out, with footrests for comfort. (Tip: to see some high intensity gags near the end best, sit on the left side of the cart as viewing from the rear.)
Half way through the hayride the cart stops briefly, and friendly witches storm the cart with cider and donuts for everyone. YUM! This clever ploy practically forces you to buy more to take home and to friends.
We didn’t have time for the HAUNTED BARN this visit, but has impressed us in past years.
The amenities here are several cuts above most haunts, including a dedicated bathroom building with clean stalls the gals especially will appreciate!
The main building also contains their amazing food store, including of course fresh cider and even fresher donuts to die for. Try dipping them in a jar of APPLE BUTTER. WOWSER.
SLAUGHTERED AT SUNDOWN
71800 Romeo Plank Road, Armada
(586) 752-7669 or www.slaughteredatsundown.net
ZIOPTIS SEZ 2019 - LONGTIME HAUNT CONTINUES PROUD HERITAGE
5781 West Grand River, Fowlerville, MI 48836
(517) 223-9140 or www.slaughterhouseadventure.com
ZIOPTIS SEZ 2019 - COMEDY & MAGIC BLEND TO CREATE FABULOUS HAUNT
GRAND RAPIDS (area)
1256 28th Street SW, Wyoming, MI 49509
(855) 428-6864 or www.the-haunt.com
ZIOPTIS SEZ 2019 - ROCKET SHIP PRECISION BLASTS OFF IN MEGA HAUNT
This is the haunt that other haunts have been telling us we MUST SEE since last season, when new management came on board.
It rained horribly the night we went. But even a torrential downpour couldn’t keep us away, or over a thousand other anxious haunters.
They have covered waiting, but only for 500. Masses stood outdoors as it rained cats and dogs for hours!
Indoors this is a small city of sorts, with streets and signs for the crew. The level of sophistication is mind boggling! Special thanks to DS for the behind-the-scenes look at the operation after we went through the haunt.
GROSSE POINTE FARMS
HAUNTED GARAGE PRODUCTIONS
19520 Mack Avenue, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236
(313) 407-7979 or www.HauntedGarageProductions.org
ZIOPTIS SEZ 2019 - FAMILY FRIENDLY HAUNT WITH AMAZING DIVERSITY
This haunt has quickly become a MUST SEE haunt for us, after our first time here last year.
There’s so much to see and experience, your head will spin!
Mostly outdoors but with various structures and buildings too.
They run the gamut from aliens in outer space to ghastly earthly creatures of every size and shape you can imagine...and many more you can’t!
Animatronics rule here, but there’s lots of live actors too to round things out.
One thing drove us crazy here...every so often the alluring aroma of fresh donuts being made wafted through the air. They make you wait until the very end to get them, and the delayed gratification makes them all the more amazing a reward to leave you satisfied with a happy tummy as well as a KILLER HAUNT EXPERIENCE!
13245 Dixie Highway, Holly Michigan 48442
(248) 894-6558 or www.RottenManor.com
ZIOPTIS SEZ 2019 - PREMIERE DETROIT MEGA HAUNT RAISES THE BAR BIG TIME
We barely recognized ROTTEN MANOR since our last visit in 2017!
So much has been added to what was already a bona fide Mega Haunt, it’s mind boggling.
This is a double attraction haunt with the indoors walk through ROTTEN MANOR which we did first, then the ROTTEN ASYLUM / FOREST.
Actors can make or break ANY haunt, regardless of how many amazing props and special effects they have...
Right from the get-go, the actors were absolutely fabulous!
The MANOR ticket taker Patricia Jake (common name Joe Leonard) has silly tricks up her sleeve, and the first room greeter is remarkable. He delivers a strange rhyming story as premise for the haunt. He is SO good he could be a SAG/AFTRA VO dude! haha
An amazing array of rooms and wacky passageways await, including some amazing metallic “tunnels” you won’t believe! No other haunt has this to our knowledge.
Decor runs the gamut from ultra modern to exquisite antique, with old school thrown in like with zig-zag blackout tight passageways and rooms you can’t find your way out of.
Several themes emerge, with sound / music to accentuate them. We really liked a piano piece that builds in intensity, and later a throbbing heartbeat when you can’t find your way out.
Primo sound effects / music perfectly accentuate the scenes with complete isolation between each room.
Some of our favorites were the SWAMI GIRL, the HOWDY DOODY ROOM, and the WICKED SCHOOLTEACHER whose forehead has fallen victim to ruthless students.
This haunt also features a SUPER SQUISHY ROOM the likes of which we’ve never seen! A room is full of giant foam rubber cubes, making for some really tricky footing, and then the next room is jam packed with inflatable body balls! (Note: there is a bypass for this physically demanding section which we did not take.)
After the MANOR we did the ASYLUM / FOREST.
It’s basically a forest walk, but various structures await too.
GERMAN FAIRY TALE COMES ALIVE IN FOREST!
The Brothers Grimm would be proud.
The ROTTEN ASYLUM / FOREST has a new GINGERBREAD HOUSE that is to die for...literally, if the wackos inside it have their way.
We felt like HANSEL & GRETEL, walking up the pathway of giant lollipops leading to the GINGERBREAD HOUSE. Inside is a special meat smoker the occupants are eager to fire up, just for you! Will they turn you into TURKEY JERKY or PRIME FILET? You don’t get to choose, your fate lies in the hands of the deranged weirdoes here.
One of several new features this year is the EXTREME 3D VORTEX, which takes the classic Black Hole effect to a new dimension with an optical illusion we’ve never seen before with this gag.
The EXTREME 3D VORTEX is a stand-alone structure with a super modern design. Rock music sets the mood, but the visuals steal the show
Even the amenities have been revamped, as with the gourmet food truck offering tasty Latin Street Food with plenty of healthy choices. One of our faves was the side dish of smoked squash & corn. Yum!
We predict that ROTTEN MANOR could easily become the new PREMIER DETROIT MEGA HAUNT. If you haven’t been here, you’re missing out!
HAUNTED FUNERAL HOME
3880 Inkster Road, Inkster, MI 48141
(734) 922-5542 or www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001614513583
ZIOPTIS SEZ 2019 - OLD SCHOOL HAUNT IS BIG ON BASICS
1318 Wildwood Avenue, Jackson, MI 49202
(517) 936-5834 or www.jxunderworld.com
ZIOPTIS SEZ 2019 - MAJOR MEGAHAUNT HITS A DECADE OF SERVICE
This is a massive building and just the sight of this, especially the first time, can be overwhelming / intimating.
A series of outdoor speakers and strobes that sync to the spooky sounds sets the mood the moment you arrive...
Once you get inside, the artwork is the first thing you’ll be impressed with on your way upstairs to the entrance. A Freddie Krueger poster is followed by a hallway with GIANT CLOWN MURALS to die for!
Then there’s a cool custom made photo op after the stairs on your way to the entrance. Be sure to bring a camera or phone with a camera!
This is a 2 part haunt - the main walk through and a 3D journey. The 3D part is newest, created by the owner / operator’s son. It is fabulous!
2019 is their 10th year, and we haven’t missed even one year!
This was the first haunt we went to this season, but we’re hoping for a return visit. They have some major new gags this year, but unfortunately they were not yet in place for our visit.
HAUNTED FARM OF TERROR
28405 26 Mile Road, Lenox Township, MI
(586) 203-7222 or www.HauntedFarmOfTerror.com
ZIOPTIS SEZ 2019 - PREMIERE FARM HAUNT UPS ITS’ GAME INSIDE AND OUT
This haunt has been a long time favorite of ours, featuring a DYNAMITE walk through haunt and AN AMAZING HAYRIDE you’ll never forget!
SCAREFEST SCREAM PARK
61288 Gratiot at 28 Mile Road, Lenox Township, MI
(586) 749-6666 or www.ScarefestScreamPark.com
ZIOPTIS SEZ 2019 - COME SPEND THE NIGHT, IF YOU DARE
This haunt offers something nobody else does in Michigan to our knowledge.
It’s a HAUNTED CAMP OUT, and takes place in September before the main haunt season starts.
You bring your own tent, and literally camp out in the woods overnight! All the attractions are in full swing too
4760 Churchill Road, Leslie, MI 49251
(517) 878-3030 or www.AwakenHaunt.com
ZIOPTIS SEZ 2019 -
AZRA CHAMBER OF HORRORS HAUNTED HOUSE
31401 John R, Madison Heights, MI 48071
(734) 718-0088 or www.AzraHaunt.com
ZIOPTIS SEZ 2019 - BIGGER, BADDER, BETTER!