Halloween is on a Friday this year and many local area haunts are taking advantage of that by remaining open on Saturday, November 1st as well.
Recently I visited two area haunts that will be open Saturday: Wiard’s Night Terrors in Ypsilanti and Slaughterhouse Adventure in Fowlerville. Both provide a big bang for your buck and immerse you in the unique world of each haunt.
Wiard’s Night Terrors
Celebrating its thirtieth year, Wiard’s Night Terrors is known as Michigan’s Premier Haunted Thrill Park. Located on the grounds of Wiard’s Cider Mill and Apple Orchard, it is one of the area’s largest haunts featuring six attractions as well as karaoke, a bonfire and during the day kid friendly orchard activities.
Back when the haunt first began in 1985, it featured a haunted barn and the attraction remains today as The Ultimate Haunted Barn. Visitors are immediately met by Curtis when they step into the haunt. Curtis lives in the barn and does a great job of creating the creepy atmosphere right off the bat. The barn is easily the most realistic of the haunts and it’s winding rooms and creepy animatronics allow for a great experience, Visitors exit into the country store and bakery, which features any and everything you can think of.
The Asylum has long been the haunt’s premiere attaction due its creepy theming and the fact that it is very difficult to make your way through the haunt due to its maze-like turns and the fact that you are hit with scares at every corner. At times it almost feels claustrophobic and constantly leaves people running for the exit. Built on the idea of a classic haunted house it is a good-old fashioned haunt filled with actors and props. Keep an eye out towards the end of the haunt when strobes, smoke and mirrors will have you running in circles!
Those scared of clowns will want to stay away from the Alien Caged Clowns house. Although short in length, it is not short on scares as the clowns besiege upon you through a haze of smoke everywhere.
The Mined Shaft is less of a haunt and more of a obstacle course as you make your way through the passages of the “mine” but the theming has really improved over the years. This one is very loud and very interactive.
Recently, HauntWorld.com named Wiard’s Hayride of the Lost one of the top 13 hayrides in the country. Seeing as how the last time I had been to Wiard’s the hayride was the one letdown, I was eager to check it out. Although it is still not that scary, the hayride production has definitely taken a step up. The full old town that is created is one of the better scenes I’ve seen on a hayride but they could use some of the same enthusiasm from the actors that is seen in the other haunts.
New this year at Wiard’s is Splattertown, a haunted paintball experience. Sadly the experience is lacking in entertainment value as there are very few zombies and they walk right up to you so there isn’t much of a competition at all and shooters seem to fly through their allotted number of bullets pretty quickly.
Slaughterhouse Adventure & Grand River Corn Maze
In its 12th season of terror, Slaughterhouse Adventure utilizes over 50 acres of land as they lead visitors through three terrifying attractions. Attendees can ride their Blood, Bath and Beyond Haunted Hayride through the woods, take a trip through the corn in their haunted maze and visit the Slaughterhouse haunted house. The haunt’s large space and the fact that they employ over 80 actors to terrorize guests creates the perfect haunted atmosphere and brings to life the haunt’s story created by playwright Ken Evans. Although a bit of a trip for those in the Metro Detroit area, it is well worth it for the unique spin that the haunt puts on each of its attractions.
The Blood, Bath and Beyond Hayride is a decent length and really does a good job of setting up the atmosphere of getting lost in the woods and rolling through one terrifying scene after another. Filled with humor, the hayride is a nice way to start out the evening and the fire bursts throughout the ride give riders a chance to warm up a bit. Also a nice touch having a number of things fall down towards the riders creating some nice jump moments.
The Slaughterhouse haunted house immerses guests in its theming as each room has its own scene and scary actor, leaving you with the feeling that you are part of one massive play happening around you. Among the scenes is a Bad Santa who takes the adult humor to a new level and magic plays a large role throughout as well. There is plenty to see as you move through the 18.000 square foot barn.
The star attraction of Slaughterhouse Adventure is the corn maze, which is easily the best one I have ever been in. The theme this year is Cornzilla, a humorous take on Godzilla. Basically the idea is that innocent people are being killed and you are trying to get out alive. The 26-acre maze is filled with terrifying moments and is extremely interactive as guests are pushed and pulled throughout by the actors and are often knocked off their path by the monsters. Without giving anything away, there is a fantastic moment in the middle of the maze where guests are led into a cage before taking part in a truly terrifying experience that is uniquely Slaughterhouse’s own creation. There is also a 26-acre, haunt-free maze for the kids.