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Weird October

Posted in Preludes and Nocturnes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 3, 2016 by bluefall8

It’s been several years since I visited so few haunted attractions during the month of October. The season started normal enough on Saturday, October 1 with a trio of stops at Shawhaven Haunted Farm, Awaken and Jackson’s Underworld. A pair of weeknight outings organized by the Michigan Haunters Association then brought me to Rotten Manor on Tuesday, October 11 and then Clio Manor and Exit 13 the following night.

Due to my budding love affair with SIN, an already streamlined haunt schedule was blown to bits by the second week of October. A return to the beloved Bloodview was dashed along with would-be maiden voyages to Haunted Elementary and Bates Haunted Saw Mill. Psycho Path was shutdown by the City of Flat Rock over safety concerns and was relegated to hosting a hayride — that put a serious damper on a night that included other nearby haunts, Woods of Darkness and Hush.

But perhaps it was all written in the stars, 2016 was a season of change. I found a second family at SIN and while I’m disappointed I didn’t get to visit a bunch of new and exciting places this fall, I don’t regret my decision to commit to SIN. It was a blast and I’ll cherish the memories.

The lack of trips did leave me hankering for some post Halloween fun and lo and behold an opportunity presented itself. Tomorrow night we’ll drive to Cincinnati for an overnight trip headlined by The Dent Schoolhouse where a most intriguing and timely event is set to take place — Lights Out: Clown Edition. If time permits we’ll then make a break for Middletown, home to Nightmare Manor and Land of Illusion Haunted Scream Park.

Turn the Page, It’s October!

Posted in Preludes and Nocturnes with tags , , , , , , , on October 1, 2016 by bluefall8

The open road beckons as we commence the 2016 haunt season. If all goes according to plan and the weather is cooperative, we’ll visit three of Michigan’s scariest places for a total of six attractions.

First, we burn rubber to Mason, Michigan which is home to Shawhaven Haunted Farm. A trip here has eluded us in seasons past and I’m pleased to finally have it penciled in with priority. Shawhaven offers three haunted attractions — Dead Maze, Wagons of Fear and the headliner, Samara’s Boarding House. If time does us any favors we might just check out one of the Escape Rooms too!

Once finished there, we make the short drive to Leslie, Michigan where we will experience a tantalizing new haunted house called, Awaken. The website for Awaken is full of content and I appreciate the effort that has been made on social media to promote the attraction. The theme has remained something of a mystery to me — disparate photos on Facebook have revealed a funeral service, barbershop and the possible presence of a circus. Yeah, I’m sold. I can’t wait to see how it all blends together.

Our last stop of the night will bring us back to Jackson’s Underworld which we have visited twice previously, first in 2009 and again in 2013, each trip yielded very different results. I’ve heard nothing but great reviews since our last stop three years ago and now there’s also a second attraction entitled, Psycho Vision 3D!

I fully anticipate a highly satisfying night of haunting!

JACKSON’S UNDERWORLD: A RETROSPECTIVE

Disappointment Ravages Opening Night (2009)

Jackson’s Underworld Rising? (2013)

The Best Night of the Year

Posted in Preludes and Nocturnes with tags , , , , , on October 31, 2015 by bluefall8

The best rite of passage of childhood is set to commence all across the nation; all manner of freaks, creeps, ghouls and monsters will soon flood neighborhoods in search of treasured treats. My son and I will join my sister, nephew and the Disco Devil for trick r’ treating and once the kids have had their fill we’ll turn our gaze to haunted houses!

We seem set to tour Abandon in Melvindale and Rotten Manor in Holly — a pair of new haunts on All Hallow’s Eve shall fit the bill well!

Happy Halloween!

The Freaks are Due on Devil’s Night

Posted in Preludes and Nocturnes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2015 by bluefall8

Haunting on Devil’s Night is something of a tradition here at Horrorlust; regular readers of the blog know this to be true. It may not be the magical night itself when the veil between worlds is thinnest but Devil’s Night has a special aura all its own.

The much ballyhooed Devil’s Night 2009 is the stuff of Horrorlust legend and was just this week enshrined as one of the five greatest nights in our haunted history. On that date we famously survived Hellblock 13 by the Wyandotte Jaycees, The Realm of Darkness (the final year of it’s original location) and finished the night with a maiden voyage to Haunted Farm of Terror!

In 2013 the Wyandotte Jaycees helped us kick off another memorable Devil’s Night with Bloodbath on Biddle which would go on to win the Horrorlust Dark Horse Award that season. That evening would also mark our first exposure to a rookie by the name of Hush which absolutely wowed us and subsequently claimed the Horrorlust Haunt of the Year Award. The night did end with a historic dud in what would become known as the death knell for the Scream Machine, that shocking turn-of-events earned Scream Machine the Horrorlust Rotten Pumpkin Award and in the process made Devil’s Night 2013 all the more memorable.

Last year we ventured first to Dark Legacy and were impressed with the scale and scope of the new attraction — it garnered the Horrorlust Killer Automatons Award. We then returned to Hush where we were once again blown away by a sterling performance that earned the then sophomore haunt the Horrorlust Monster Award.

So yeah, Devil’s Night is serious business around these parts and it is with great excitement that we anticipate another evening on the road as mayhem and mischief rule the night! If all goes as planned we will visit four separate haunted houses beginning with Terror on the Boulevard, a home haunt located in Lincoln Park. I actually attempted to visit this haunt on Devil’s Night 2012 but the so-called Frankenstorm that was all the rage at the time thwarted my efforts.

Next, we’ll burn rubber to Westland and tour Hush for a third consecutive year on Devil’s Night — this combination has yielded nothing but magic thus far so we saw no reason to make a change. Furthermore this will be the endgame for the original location as big plans are on the horizon — is this the year that Dr. Phun and the bunch render us a permanent fixture of the haunt?! If we manage to escape it’ll be off to Wixom for the revamped Dark Legacy and then a flight to the finish at the brand new Rotten Manor in Holly.

Methinks this shall be another Devil’s Night to remember for years to come.

Happy Haunting!

Fresh Blood, Current King Forge Nasty Trident

Posted in Preludes and Nocturnes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2015 by bluefall8

Saturdays in late October are always big nights for haunting and that is certainly true of this Saturday. Tonight, we hit the familiar pavement of northbound I-75 en route first to Clio Manor then to Exit 13 and finally Dreadlands Haunt of Davison. This will mark our first visit to both Clio Manor and Dreadlands Haunt of Davison and any time we inject that much new blood into our veins it gets our hearts pumping!

Clio Manor is a two-story haunted house that also boasts Zombie Paint Shoot while Dreadlands Haunt of Davison offers three attractions — Research Labs, Proving Grounds Trail and Zombie Sniper Arena, the latter sounds far more interactive and exciting than your standard paintball fare.

This will be the fourth consecutive season that we have toured Exit 13 which won top honors last year when it claimed the 2014 Horrorlust Haunt of the Year Award. No haunt has ever claimed that award twice much less in back-to-back years. Will the Exit 13 whack pack make history and in the process mint a new standard bearer?!

PAST REVIEWS OF EXIT 13

2012: Old School Romp at Exit 13

2013: Screwball Cast Ignites Exit 13

2014: Exit 13 Burns Hot during Frostbitten Finale

State of Delirium

Posted in Preludes and Nocturnes with tags , , , on October 23, 2015 by bluefall8

First work, then play. A trip through Delirium, the latest incarnation from the Wyandotte Jaycees, will mark the ninth consecutive year that I’ve toured the annual haunted attraction. The group is well-documented here on Horrorlust for a history of hit and miss productions. Most memorable over that course of time was Hell’s Hospital (2007), Hellblock 13 (2009) and Bloodbath on Biddle (2013) which won the Horrorlust Dark Horse Award.

It would seem that DreamCorp, a shadowy pharmaceutical company has conducted bizarre research in the old city hall building on Biddle. The group developed a pill called AWMP that the company heralded as a cure-all miracle drug. Has DreamCorp found the tonic to thwart the inconsistency that has plagued the Jaycees or is AWMP little more than a placebo?

PAST REVIEWS FOR WYANDOTTE JAYCEES HAUNTED HOUSE

2007: Downriver Haunt Review

2008: Templin’s Night Terror & Nautical Nightmare’s Vanishing Act

2009: Season Concludes with Devil’s Night Frenzy

2010: Jaycees Underwhelm, A Star is Born in Detroit (N/A)

2011: Thursday Outing Leaves Something to be Desired

2012: Nightmare Sanctum another Mixed Bag from Wyandotte Jaycees

2013: A Bloodbath on Devil’s Night

2014: Fō-bē-ə Fractured Friday

The Magic of Fatherhood

Posted in Preludes and Nocturnes with tags , , , on October 22, 2015 by bluefall8

I became a father last winter when my son, Lincoln, was born. It was a proud and surreal experience. I take a lot of joy in being a dad and I know that in years to come he and I will carve pumpkins, plot scares and construct wicked costumes. Tonight, Lincoln will get his first taste of fall traditions when his mom and I accompany him to Hallowe’en Nights in Greenfield Village.

I worked at The Henry Ford Museum in various capacities for a year so it will be nice to revisit some old stomping grounds and see a few old friends. Greenfield Village does possess an authentic charm and is an ideal place to stage a Halloween experience of old. I believe it will be a memorable experience and a fun way to introduce my curious, bright-eyed boy to the magical holiday that is Halloween.

He and I will share many spooky adventures together as he grows up but this will always be the first. It does my heart good to share this passion and tradition with him. Here’s to family, here’s to fatherhood.