It's that time of year to get outside to enjoy the plentiful Autumn offerings. It's also that time of year to get ready to get scared with Halloween. The best way to get into the mood for October 31st is by visiting a haunted house, and there are multiple locations for haunted houses in Grand Rapids.
Thanks to GRNow.com for the perfect Halloween Guide to West Michigan. Below you'll find information on all the Haunted Houses in Grand Rapids. For additional activities like corn mazes, cider mills and pumpkin patches, be sure to check out http://www.grnow.com/halloween/
The Haunt - One of West Michigan's best-known haunted attractions celebrates its 10th year with five terrifying attractions: The Haunt, The Dark Maze, Claustrophobia, Clown Asylum 3-D and The 2010 Haunt Dancers. Indoors, shiver and scream through 25,000 sq. ft. of professionally designed rooms, hallways and corridors that contain dozens of creepy, lurking characters. Outside, The Dark Maze adds 15,000 more sq. ft. of horror. Opens October 1. Tickets are $14 for The Haunt or $20 with The Dark Maze; Speedpasses are available.
Nights of Fear - The haunted house returns to the corner of Plainfield Ave & 4 Mile Rd for a second year, this time with three all-new attractions for 2010. Blood Manor is a nasty labyrinth of twisting corridors and hidden passages, while hideous and inhuman bodily alterations have turned an abandoned factory into Rusty's Nightmare. Enter Blackout and enter an ancient society's realm of pure darkness. Just because you can't the inhabitants doesn't mean they can't see you! NOF opens October 1 and tickets to all three attractions are $15.
Forest of Fear - Opening October 1, the Kentwood Jaycees' outdoor haunt near Patterson and 84th St SE in Caledonia also celebrates its tenth year in 2010. Walk through five chilling acres of woods and swamps inhabited by ghosts, ghouls and other terrifying creatures. All tickets for adults and children are available at the anniversary rate of $10.
Festival of Fear - Billed as 'Michigan's Largest Outdoor Haunted Spectacular', the new attraction at the old Sparta Rodeo Grounds (13 Mile & Alpine NW) has two haunted forests, a haunted village and the Haunt Fest. Thrill-seekers can journey through the Zombie Trails and Screaming Woods while kids and the fainter-of-heart a hay maze, a pumpkin patch, zip line rides, and a children's fun area. Opens Friday, October 1. Ticket prices start at $13.50.
Witch's Walk - Walk this haunted corn maze near 6 Mile Rd & Fruit Ridge NW, if you dare! The backstory: when clearing a field to plant corn, a farmer came across an old cemetery and accidentally disturbed some unmarked graves. Since then, strange sounds have been coming from the field and former graveyard. The Witch's Walk is a half mile of twists and turns over this disturbed burial ground. Ticket prices are $10 for evenings, $5 during the day.
Witches of New Salem - Enter the Witch's Woods in Dorr (south of Grand Rapids) for two Halloween attractions. Grab a flashlight and navigate the twists turns of the corn maze, while avoiding the gruesome Corn Stalkers. Visitors can also explore the houses and shops of the turn-of-the-century town of New Salem, which has been taken over by evil witches looking for their next victims. Admission is $13 for each haunt or $20 for both. Opens October 1.
Moonlight Manor Haunt - The Halloween Yard Haunt in Walker is one of the area's best kept secrets featuring a self-guided tour through twists, turns and the haunted sanitarium. Admission is $3; open October 30 and 31 from dusk until 10 p.m.
Carlson's Crypt Haunted Trail - Located in Belding (about 20 miles from downtown Grand Rapids), Carlson's Crypt offers both a haunted trail and The Night Maze on Friday and Saturday nights in October. Cost is $13 for the trail, $6 for the corn maze or $15 for both. A daytime corn maze is open on Saturdays and Sundays.
The Haunted Barn - The haunted attraction in Greenville features a scary scale that as it gets darker, the barn becomes more scary. It's kid-friendly until dusk. Admission is $8 per person; open Fridays and Saturdays in October.