Monday, 17 October 2022 09:23

Halloween Haunts in West Michigan

Written by  Eric Mitts
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Abandoned Acres Farm. Abandoned Acres Farm. Courtesy Photo

With the panic of the pandemic finally fading into the past, frights, freak-outs, and other festivities have returned in full force this Halloween season. So in the spirit of facing our fears, we’ve gathered a list of just a few of our favorite and fiendishly fun haunts to experience this time of year! 

The Haunt  |  1256 28th St. SW, Wyoming  |  The-haunt.com

Dates: Sept. 23, 24, 30, Oct. 1, 7, 8, 13-16, 20-23, 26-31, Nov. 4-5 (Lights Out event)  |  General Admission: $30, VIP/Fast Pass $45

Promising a “free nightmare with every ticket,” The Haunt has terrified West Michigan for over 20 years. The most popular and well-known haunted location in our area, The Haunt has won numerous awards for its movie-quality special effects, skilled scare actors and more. This year, the price of admission gets those brave enough entrance to five scary “stories,” from the Blood Manor to the 3D Frenzy Family Circus.

New Salem Corn Maze  |  4516 24th St., Dorr  |  Newsalemcornmaze.com

Dates: Sept. 30, Oct. 1, Oct. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, Halloween Light Spooktacular Oct. 31, Daytime Corn Maze every Saturday and Sunday in October

Admission: Witches’ Woods $25 per trail, Haunted Corn Maze $25, two activities $40, three activities $55, daytime corn maze $8

Featuring two paths into the Witches’ Woods, as well as a haunted corn maze, this long-running location has countless twists and turns through over 20 shocking attractions in the woods. An outdoor experience with more family friendly activities during the day, as well as a Halloween Light Spooktacular after dark, it’s easy to fall under the witches’ spell, and lose yourself for hours of fun here.

Abandoned Acres Farm  |  7737 Fruit Ridge Ave. NW, Sparta  |  Abandonedacresfarm.com

Dates: Sept. 23-24, 30, Oct.1, 7-9, 14-16, 20-23, 27-31 (Lights Out event on Halloween Night)  |  Admission: Both attractions: $35, Fast Pass $55, The Old Eli Experience $5

Now in its fourth year, the Abandoned Acres Farm is just 10 minutes north of Grand Rapids. Last year it was voted the #1 Haunted Attraction by MichiganHauntedhouses.com, and this year they’ve added several new sets to raise the scare factor. Each corn maze here runs over a quarter mile, with the first filled with mutant pumpkins, wandering corpses, scarecrows, and more, and the second taking visitors through a 3D carnival, complete with crazed clowns and other creeps – 3D glasses included. 

Haunt Park  |  7656 Ravine Rd., Kalamazoo  |  Hauntpark.com

Dates: Every Saturday in October  |  Admission: $25 All Three Attractions

Looking for a chance to fight back against all the evil rising up on Halloween? Check out Zombie Revenge, just one of four unique attractions at this long-running location in Kalamazoo. Armed with 150 rounds of paintballs, participants have the chance to put down the dead once and for all, before daring to explore the Psycho Ward, where they’ll enter the mind of an infamous serial killer, the funeral home run by his family, or the haunted mansion that makes all who enter believe in ghosts. 

Nightmare Realm  |  30609 Red Arrow Hwy., Paw Paw  |  Nightmarerealmkalamazoo.com

Dates: Oct. 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-31, Nov. 5  |  Admission: $25, $45 VIP

Offering a fully immersive theatrical experience, “Nightmare Realm presents Retribution” takes attendees through a portal that blurs the lines between sanity and reality. A living nightmare intended to be experienced in full, tickets are dated and time-stamped, and are encouraged to be purchased online in advance, while also offering a new revamped midway that includes selfie stations, pizza, cider, donuts, hot chocolate and more. 

Haunted Acres Haunted Attraction  |  7970 W. Park Rd., Stony Lake, New Era  |  Facebook.com/Hauntedacresstonylakemi

Dates: Every Saturday in October  |  Admission: All three attraction $25

Set on over 10 acres at a real farm on Stony Lake (near the Lakeshore), the Field of Screams here sends visitors out through a haunted corn trail armed only with a flashlight, and no clue of what awaits. Also included is Vertigo, a 3D black light visual experience that uses lasers and sound to mess with the senses, and The Devil’s Playground, built on the ruins of the old barn.

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