Friday Night Frights

The 2012 haunt season will commence in earnest this Friday, haunt fiends! Our first stop will bring us to Erwin Orchards in South Lyon approximately one hour from my apartment. The main attraction at Erwin’s is the Barn of Horrors, an attraction that Zioptis has raved about over the years. What can I say? I’m a sucker for barn haunts. I’ve actually wanted to hit Erwin Orchards for a couple of years now, so I’m excited that a visit has finally materialized. Erwin’s also features a haunted maze called Corn Stalkers — tickets are $14 for the Barn of Horrors and $10 for the Corn Stalkers Maze, a combo ticket is available for $22. There’s also a $2 off combo ticket coupon available in the Haunt Guide.

Our next destination, and what I feel will be the crown jewel of the night, lies 40 minutes northwest down I-96 in Fowlerville where “Michigan’s Best Trifecta of Terror” awaits haunters. Grand River Corn Maze is celebrating 10 years of haunting this fall with Slaughter House, Haunted Maze, and Blood Bath and Beyond Hayride! I first became interested in this location when my brother mentioned that he had driven by it while training for a new job back in the spring (the haunt fates have strange ways do they not?). I have read overwhelmingly positive reviews about Slaughter House in particular and am eager to experience it for myself. Each attraction is appropriately priced at $13 but a combo ticket will net haunters all three for $30. Guests also have the option of purchasing tickets for any two attractions at a $3 discount — bringing the total to $23 for two of your choice.

If time is on our side we’ll depart Fowlerville and make the short ten minute jaunt to Webberville where we’ll visit the little known A Nightmare on Elm Road. I’ve made an effort to seek out off-the-beaten-path haunts this year and I’m hoping this one can deliver some intimate, old school scares. Admission is a mere $10 — The Sequel, a second attraction at the same location, can be had for an additional $5.

Happy Haunting!

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