Archive 39

FEBRUARY 16, 2020 SUNDAY 4 AM - HEART FULL OF SOUL

Wow! The VALENTINE EVENT at HUSH HAUNTED ATTRACTION was a giant success.

1,400 happy haunters packed it out on Friday night, and Saturday looked on track to at least equal Friday’s crowd.

The actors were all totally on point, and the new dining room is fabulous! It’s like stepping into an elegant mansion from many moons ago.

It looks and feels totally authentic because it is authentic! HUSH made a smart choice in buying props from REAL MANSIONS up for sale.

We took some excellent photos, including the new dining room to be posted soon on the HUSH Facebook page and also on our Pro Flickr account.

Our apologies to the WYANDOTTE JAYCEE’S BLOODLUST for missing them.

FEBRUARY 15, 2020 SATURDAY 4 PM - AVOID FUTURE REGRET & DISAPPOINTMENT!

Tomorrow it will be too late.

If you don’t get off ‘yer butt and go haunting tonight, you will put yourself in the clear and present danger of wondering “What if?” and “What did I miss out on?”

But Zioptis, it’s cold and nasty out there! I don’t know...

Forget that. Your car is warm, and the HAUNTS ARE HOT & SIZZLING WITH WILD ACTION!

It’s the EXHILARATING FEELING OF DANGER & ADVENTURE, but without the risks they usually come with. That’s the MAGIC OF HAUNTING, don’t miss out...be there or be square!

FEBRUARY 15, 2020 SATURDAY 2 PM - TRIFECTA OF TERROR

There are THREE HAUNTS OPEN TONIGHT!

HUSH in WESTLAND presents a ONE-OF-A-KIND VALENTINE EVENT with 3 VALENTINE HAUNTS! You’ve GOT TO see the trailer for this: www.valentinehauntdetroit.com

FACTORY OF THE DEAD in SAGINAW has CHAPTER IV: REIGN IN BLOOD VALENTINE MASSACRE, and it looks like A SURE WINNER! www.factoryofthedead.com

And finally, THE WYANDOTTE JAYCEE’S PURGATORY HAUNTED HOUSE presents BLOODLUST. www.facebook.com/events/1232680000413737/

FEBRUARY 14, 2020 FRIDAY VALENTINE’S DAY 10 PM - BLOODLUST LIVE!

Whoopsie, we failed to list yet another SPECIAL VALENTINE’S WEEKEND HAUNT EVENT presented by a group largely responsible for the origin of the haunted house genre itself!

That would of course be THE JAYCEE’S, and the Wyandotte Chapter’s PURGATORY HAUNTED HOUSE proudly presents BLOODLUST on Feb. 14 & 15.

Click here for details and discount tix: www.facebook.com/events/1232680000413737/

We apologize for the late listing, shame on us! A thousand lashes with a wet noodle. It doesn’t hurt, but it’s awfully annoying.

FEBRUARY 14, 2020 FRIDAY VALENTINE’S DAY 7 PM - THE IMPOSSIBLE CHOICE

After much analysis and soul searching, we’ve come to a final decision about THE HAUNT OF THE YEAR AWARD.

There are 3 HAUNTS that, in our opinion, were obvious standout candidates for this award: HUSH, ROTTEN MANOR, and THE HAUNT.

ANY one of these haunts could be HAUNT OF THE YEAR, and the other two would not complain. We know all three haunt operators quite well, and know for a fact they have mutual respect and admiration for the others.

Of course, every haunt thinks they have the best haunt. And that’s as it should be - you can’t put on a world class haunt without believing you can!

That said, if we were to give any of these HAUNT OF THE YEAR AWARD we’d be essentially saying the others fell short of the award-winning haunt’s performance.

But that simply is not true. Each haunt accomplished exactly what they intended to in spades. Every haunt has its’ own mission, and all three of these nailed the coffin shut!

It’s like what if we asked, “Which is better, Golden Delicious or Northern Spy apples?”

So the decision was made that all 3 haunts receive the ZIOPTIS 2019 PRIME CHOICE HAUNT EXPERIENCE AWARD!

One more point of interest about these 3 haunts: ALL of them were assisted by the same premiere haunt industry designer / advisor. Her initials are DS, but we affectionately refer to her as the SCREAM QUEEN.

SCREAM QUEEN was the creator of the famed HOUSE OF NIGHTMARES in WARREN, and later THE REALM OF DARKNESS in PONTIAC. Both haunts reached legendary status, especially the REALM which had lots of GENUINE spooky stuff happen there. (see various city of Pontiac archived reviews)

This was verified by multiple paranormal investigators and even a prominent pastor of the rock & roll mega church METRO CITY CHURCH. They recorded a sermon there when video cameras caught paranormal action that caused major goose bumps! (see review in Reviews 2015_C)

FEBRUARY 14, 2020 FRIDAY VALENTINE’S DAY 1:30 AM - READ THE TRANSCRIPT!

Join us as we jump into THE WAYBACK MACHINE, and revisit a VALENTINE’S CLASSIC, “FIN-TIN’S PANCAKE PRINCESS.”

This previously released unabridged, fully unredacted document now appears at the top of the page in News.  ***WARNING!!***DO NOT READ, PERMANENT PSYCHOLOGICAL DAMAGE MAY OCCUR - WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE!

FEBRUARY 14, 2020 FRIDAY 12:45 AM - HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

Now we have FIVE HAUNTS WITH 3 AWARDS, with HAUNTED FARM OF TERROR and ROTTEN MANOR joining the list. Fabulous!

Also we have multiple haunts with 2 AWARDS EACH including JACKSON’S UNDERWORLD, SHAWHAVEN FARMS in MASON, THE SCREAM MACHINE, and NIGHT TERRORS AT WIARD’S. Wow! Not too shabby... ;) haha

FEBRUARY 13, 2020 THURSDAY 3 PM - AND THE WINNERS ARE...

At last, the first of the awards have now been announced! (click on Awards)

So far, AZRA, HAUNTED GARAGE PRODUCTIONS, and SCAREFEST SCREAM PARK are leading the pack with a WHOPPING THREE AWARDS EACH!

Additional details to be filled in later, and still a MAJOR decision to make regarding the HAUNT OF THE YEAR AWARD.

More coming tonight, stand by...

Coincidentally, for the last two years we went to AZRA and HAUNTED GARAGE on the same night. Travel time between Madison Heights and Grosse Pointe Farms is minimal, about 15 minutes.

AZRA and HAUNTED GARAGE are as different as night and day, yet both are truly world class presentations!

FEBRUARY 13, 2020 THURSDAY 2 PM - GETTING CLOSER TO TERROR WITHOUT GETTING LOST

It’s only 1 DAY AWAY FROM HAUNTING this weekend!

TWO PRIMO HAUNTS are open both Valentine’s Day Feb. 14th & Saturday Feb.15th in SAGINAW & WESTLAND. (see details below)

So like, Saginaw and Westland are about 100 miles away from each other...98.6 to be exact if what Mister Google says is right...travel time of 1 hour and 31 minutes...

How far would you travel to go to a killer haunt?

Or how about making it A SURPRISE JOURNEY for your sweetie?

One of my best SURPRISE JOURNEYS ever was a trip to a private tour of AMERICAN MUSEUM OF MAGIC in MARSHALL and then TURKEYVILLE for the dinner mystery theatre. Unforgettable.

So here’s your chance to create an unforgettable VALENTINE’S DAY SURPRISE EXPERIENCE! For the ultimate effect, use a blindfold so they have no idea where you’re going. You might want to prepare a small hand-written sign to show any concerned fellow drivers. Something like, “VALENTINE’S PRANK IN PROGRESS - GOING TO HAUNTED HOUSE!”

Just stick SAGINAW or WESTLAND in your GPS, and I’ll bet you find it’s not too far to pull this off and be the Valentine Bandit to their heart!  ;)

FEBRUARY 12, 2020 WEDNESDAY 10 PM - ULTIMATE DATE FRIGHT NIGHT

Here’s another FABULOUS HAUNT OPEN for Valentine’s Day weekend, Feb. 14 & 15.

It’s CHAPTER IV: VALENTINE MASSACRE at FACTORY OF THE DEAD in SAGINAW, and it looks like A SURE WINNER! www.factoryofthedead.com

We went to this haunt in 2019 and they blew us away! (see full review in Reviews 2019_B) It’s part of the SCARE SAGINAW TRIANGLE OF FEAR, and includes the legendary crew from the former BRIDGEPORT HAUNTED ELEMENTARY.

In other words, these guys really know what they’re doing...they put on an impressive slick show last October and then had a highly successful FRIDAY THE 13th off-season event too.

And one last thing about FACTORY OF THE DEAD...they have benches to sit on in the queue line area. That’s rare, but we also saw benches at THE HAUNT in GRAND RAPIDS.

FEBRUARY 11, 2020 TUESDAY 10 PM - BLOODY AWESOME ROMANTIC DATE

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, which begs the question of how do you  give your sweetie AN EXPERIENCE LIKE NO OTHER for the biggest day of romance on the calendar?

That’s simple. You just go to the MOST AMAZING HAUNT IN DETROIT!

Huh? Like don’t you have to wait until October for haunted houses?

Nope.

Okay, and it’s not actually in Detroit...but only a couple minutes away in Westland.

HUSH HAUNTED ATTRACTION is open for Valentine’s Day weekend! (Feb. 14 & 15)

HUSH IS HOLLYWOOD SLICK & DETROIT RAW!

You’ve GOT TO see the trailer for this: www.valentinehauntdetroit.com

This promises to be a ONE-OF-A-KIND VALENTINE EVENT with 3 VALENTINE HAUNTS.

If you’ve never been to HUSH do yourself a giant favor and do whatever it takes to get there.

Or even if you have, you should go this weekend...they’ve been busting their buns to create lots of new magic to unleash on the passionate and adventurous fun seekers out there!

Stand by for the awards...

JANUARY 9, 2020 THURSDAY 11 PM - DECISIONS, DECISIONS...

We’re still deliberating the Awards, thank you for your patience!

DECEMBER 31, 2019 TUESDAY 11 AM - NEW THIS YEAR

A new AWARD CATEGORY is being added: BEST JAW DROPPING GAG -

Who will it be for? It’s a no-brainer to us, stand by...

DECEMBER 30, 2019 MONDAY 2 PM - NO RUSH TO JUDGEMENT

In past years, we’ve announced the ZIOPTIS HAUNT AWARDS on the last day of the year which is tomorrow.

However, we’re running late this time and may have to delay until the New Year comes.

There’s just so many factors to consider, and we take seriously who gets what awards.

Stand by my little monkeys...

DECEMBER 30, 2019 MONDAY 1 PM - NEW PHOTOS JUST RELEASED

Now posted: pictures from HUSH HAUNTED ATTRACTION in WESTLAND - www.flickr.com/photos/45316911@N03/

DECEMBER 25, 2019 WEDNESDAY 1 PM - MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

Here’s hoping that SANTA CLODS still fits down your chimney, and that he doesn’t burn his buns in your fireplace!

And please remember to leave lots of tasty treats for him to enjoy. We suggest smoked salmon, chocolate chop cookies, and vanilla flavored almond milk.

DECEMBER 18, 2019 WEDNESDAY 4 PM - THE BIG TWO OH!

How long would you say a haunt has to be around until it’s considered to be an industry leader?

AZRA CHAMBER OF HORRORS in MADISON HEIGHTS is only in it’s 2nd year, but is making a very big splash! They’re young and highly motivated...many industry leaders are like that.

Or what about...

HUSH HAUNT in WESTLAND who stormed onto the scene in 2013, and took a giant step forward in 2019 to MEGA HAUNT status with their move from Ford Road to Cherry Hill in Westland...so that’s 7 years and running...

What about if a haunt makes it to TWENTY YEARS?

Well, next year that’s exactly what they’ll be celebrating at BESTMAZE in MASON! Hmmm...they must be doing something right...we went in 2019 and loved it! It’s a dual attraction haunt, with industry leading self-draining trails in the maze and their TRAIL OF TERRORS.

DECEMBER 16, 2019 MONDAY 2 PM - TIMELESS FUN

Last weekend was a GIANT SUCCESS, as AWAKEN, EXIT 13, FACTORY OF THE DEAD, and ROTTEN MANOR opened their doors to celebrate FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH as only world class haunted attractions can!

We don’t have the exact figures, but are confident attendance was in the thousands.

And it’s not over yet, as FACTORY OF THE DEAD in SAGINAW will be open next weekend too - Friday & Saturday Dec. 20 & 21. www.factoryofthedead.com

DECEMBER 14, 2019 SATURDAY 9 AM - THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD

We went to ROTTEN MANOR in HOLLY last night and it was packed to the gills! That alone was awesome eye candy for us but it gets better...

We lucked out, and the couple next to us in line had never been to any haunt before! They’re locals, living about 2 minutes away who wanted to see what all the hoopla is about.

So we went through with them, and got to see first hand what happens when neophytes experience a WORLD CLASS HAUNT like ROTTEN MANOR. It was fabulous!

As usual, the entire show was spot on but with lots of CHRISTMAS THEME characters and story lines added. Kudos to WF and crew!

We got some excellent pictures with a DSLR too, stand by...

DECEMBER 13, 2019 FRIDAY 2 PM - HOLIDAY NIGHTMARE COMES TO LIFE

A BLOODY CHRISTMAS at ROTTEN MANOR in HOLLY has attracted TV COVERAGE: www.nbc25news.com/news/local/a-bloody-christmas-is-a-holiday-nightmare-come-to-life

DECEMBER 12, 2019 THURSDAY 2 PM - KRAMPUS GOES KRAZY!

We just talked to the operator of ROTTEN MANOR, and we can’t wait to go to A BLOODY CHRISTMAS!

Lots of big fun with special goodies you didn’t see during the haunt season will be in action. Last weekend was a big success for them, with many attending for the first time.

A giant heated tent will keep the queue line warm, and more than one SANTA will make appearances. Everyone knows that SANTA CLAUS has helpers, but the likes of these helpers will NOT be found at your local mall!

Heaters are in place inside the MANOR so there’s no excuse not to go on account of the weather, which is actually looking better than today anyway.

In addition to THE MANOR, the midway will also be operating. One of our favorites there is the EXTREME 3D VORTEX, which takes the classic BlackHole effect to a new dimension with an optical illusion we’ve never seen before with this gag. www.rottenmanor.com

DECEMBER 12, 2019 THURSDAY 3 AM - CAMP CRYSTAL LAKE ACCEPTING NEW CAMPERS THIS WEEKEND

Tomorrow is FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH, and JASON IS BACK!

FOUR AWESOME HAUNTS will be open for FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH weekend.

AWAKEN in LESLIE presents the cleverly named Jingle HELLS - YULE DIE! www.awakenhaunt.com

And ROTTEN MANOR in HOLLY will again open the doors to their own special breed of HAUNTED MADNESS & MAYHEM in A BLOODY CHRISTMAS. They promise to show “what happens when you end up on SANTA’S NAUGHTY LIST!” www.rottenmanor.com

EXIT 13 in MOUNT MORRIS is known for being a highly physical haunt, and here’s your chance to experience it without waiting until next October! www.facebook.com/pg/Exit13HauntedHouse/events/

Finally, FACTORY OF THE DEAD in SAGINAW will be open with their EVIL CHRISTMAS. From their website: This chilling event brings to life the story of a Christmas demon, known as Krampus, that helps Santa deal with anyone that is naughty. Visitors who loved getting spooked during Halloween can get scared all over again for this holiday season. The new attraction will also swap out Santa for photos with Krampus.” www.factoryofthedead.com

The weather is looking good too, as the forecast is significantly warmer Friday & Saturday with a high of about 43.

More pics of ROTTEN MANOR and also of HUSH coming...

DECEMBER 5, 2019 THURSDAY 3 PM - IT’S HALLOWEEN AGAIN!

Well, sort of...because ROTTEN MANOR in HOLLY is open with A BLOODY CHRISTMAS this weekend! It runs December 6 & 7 and also next weekend December 13 & 14. www.rottenmanor.com

Don’t let the cold weather keep you away, as they have a heated waiting area.

Also this coming weekend is the 37th Annual CHRISTMAS IN IDA, a massive 3 DAY OUTDOORS FESTIVAL that’s the biggest event of the year there. www.christmasinida.com

There’s 2 free country music concerts on Saturday starting at 4 PM, fireworks at 6:30 PM and then an amazing parade that runs about 2 hours.

HOLIDAY HOUNDS ON PARADE is part of the parade silliness, with CANINES DECKED OUT IN HOLIDAY GARB by their shameless owners!

There’s more doggie fun on Friday too, with the POOCHES IN LIGHTS PARADE at 6:30 PM.

Also, on Saturday you can take a HELICOPTER RIDE or CARRIAGE RIDE.

There’s plenty of food trucks, but you can also get great chow on the cheap in the library building just to the right of the concert area.

NOVEMBER 30, 2019 SATURDAY 2 PM - GROWING UP IN A HURRY

Imagine for a moment that you have some friends with a child who is 4 foot tall.

A year goes by until you see them again, and now the child is 24 feet tall!

Well, that’s sort of what happened to HUSH HAUNTED ATTRACTION for the 2019 season.

And they’re still not done, with an incredible 40,000 square feet to work with. We can’t wait to see what they do, and for their MARDI GRAS STYLE PARTY coming up as they turn the interior of their brand new building into BOURBON STREET.

Coming soon: info on AN EVIL CHRISTMAS you won’t want to miss and much more!

NOVEMBER 28, 2019 THURSDAY 11:11 AM - HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!

TOM TURKEY SEZ: “Pardon me! Be thankful, and enjoy a delicious fish dinner today. Thank you. Very Much.”

NOVEMBER 24, 2019 SUNDAY 8:30 PM - Now posted! More pics of the amazing ROTTEN MANOR in HOLLY - www.flickr.com/photos/45316911@N03/

NOVEMBER 24, 2019 SUNDAY 8 PM - ”THANKSGIVING OF HORROR”

THE SIMPSONS episode playing right now on FOX TV has halloween and sci-fi twists . IT’S ULTRA WACKY!

NOVEMBER 17, 2019 SUNDAY 10 PM - AND IT ALL STARTED IN WESTLAND

No, not HUSH.

We’re talking about a ranch style house in Westland from long ago, a replica of which now stands in downtown Detroit.

Huh?

PALM SPRINGS COMES TO DETROIT IN MIXED MEDIA MASHUP DELUXE

It’s a trip through a psychedelic carnival of the mind called ROBOLIGHTS, and they just moved from PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA to DETROIT for 2019! www.desertsun.com/story/news/2019/03/08/robolights-2019-will-be-held-in-detroit-not-palm-springs/3107700002/

And here’s an article from the FREEP: www.freep.com/story/entertainment/arts/2019/10/25/detroit-robolights-mocad-lights-kenny-irwin-jr/4082738002/

This sounds way cool! We’re going soon...

NOVEMBER 15, 2019 FRIDAY 10 PM - THE 2019 HAUNT OF THE YEAR

If you had to pick just one haunt to be HAUNT OF THE YEAR, which would it be?

“That’s a no-brainer” many would say, “it’s the one where Little Johnny pooped his pants” or “Suzy Q peed on the clown” or “Freddie fainted when the tree came to life and attacked,” etc.

Is it even possible to say Haunt A is better than Haunt B?

These questions, and many more are swirling in our brains!

Be sure to check back at the end of the year...

Coming next: It’s PART HAUNTED HOUSE / PART CHRISTMAS DISPLAY and it’s right in Detroit!

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