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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.

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The Psycho Path Headlines Downriver Haunt Stomp

Posted in Preludes and Nocturnes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 16, 2015 by bluefall8

It’s a nice night to stay close to home and hit some haunts in the Downriver area. It wasn’t so long ago that nearly a dozen haunted attractions populated the region but recent years have witnessed the demise of The Lab in Grosse Ile, Leo’s House of Horrors in Riverview and Scream Machine and Extreme Scream in Taylor. Still, a healthy number remain and we’re set to tour at least two, possibly three local attractions tonight.

First, we’ll travel The Psycho Path in Flat Rock where the Mad Hatter has unbound a storybook and is primed to thrill guests with a one-of-a-kind fairy tale horror show. In 2014, The Psycho Path presented the Gosch Brothers Circus of Horrors and it became the sleeper hit of the season. I was pleasantly surprised by the costuming, make-up and level of theatrics — I have high hopes for the twisted fairy tale theme.

2014 Review of The Psycho Path

Psycho Path Sleeper Cell

Once we’ve finished there we’ll decide what to tour next; in the mix is Delirium by the Wyandotte Jaycees, Woods of Darkness in South Rockwood and Realm of Haunted Minds located at the Huron Turkey Farm in Romulus, an old favorite.

Happy Haunting!

Crisp Air, Fresh Haunts

Posted in Preludes and Nocturnes with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2015 by bluefall8

It will be a night of first time visits for us tonight and I don’t think there’s anything more exciting during the month of October than the chance to tour never-before-seen haunted attractions.

First, we’ll check in with the Rochester Jaycees at the Tunnel of Terror! The Tunnel of Terror is a so-called trailer or modular haunt and quite frankly I have a bit of a thing for trailer haunts. The trailer haunt and other scrappy volunteer efforts formed the very foundation that the haunted house industry was built on, so any time I discover one I relish the opportunity to pass through its halls. There simply aren’t that many trailer haunts left in this area; I believe the last time I paid one a visit was four years ago.

We plan to cap the night off at Past Tense After Dark in Lapeer which boasts three attractions — Hayride of Despair, Cornmaze of Fear and The House of Horrors. Past Tense After Dark is one of a handful of attractions that I’ve yearned to visit for a couple of years now and I’m happy to finally see a trip manifest.

Originally, I had hoped we could also visit Scott’s Haunted Corn Maze, Hayride and Rooms of Terror but given the number of attractions between it and Past Tense After Dark, I think we’d be cutting it a bit too close. It’s a shame as we will pass Oxford on our way to and from Lapeer but such is the life of a haunter.

Omens & Amulets

Posted in Preludes and Nocturnes with tags , , , , , , , , on October 3, 2015 by bluefall8

Hurricane Joaquin is dumping buckets on much of the eastern seaboard and here in Michigan a smattering of rain has fallen throughout the day and the forecast indicates that patches of rainfall are likely to continue across the region for much of the night, but this is what divides the weak from the stout of heart.

The game plan has us back on the road to Pinckney where a mysterious object has been found in the woods — The Dark Box. This attraction jumped off the pages of the Fear Finder three weeks ago with a stripped-down presentation and ominous warnings. The following is directly from the website of The Dark Box:

The dark box will be the SCARIEST haunted attraction you will ever attend. This is a real in your face haunt. You will be touched. You will be trapped. You will see what’s in the box?? Ask yourself do I have what it takes to make it through the box??”

I want to know what is in this box. Furthermore, just what is the exact nature of this box? Scariest haunted attraction ever? That is a bold statement and it is one that I intend to put to the test tonight.

The second half of our haunted journey will bring us to nearby Stockbridge where The Boneyard has a quartet of dark attractions — The Freak’s Show, Route 666 Haunted Hayride, Deadwood Forest Haunted Woods and Scarecrow Hollow Corn Maze. We last visited The Boneyard four years ago and absolutely loved the headline feature, Tent of Terror. What horrors will the demented souls who reside at The Boneyard unleash on this night?

2011 Review for The Boneyard

Thrills & Chills Dominate Hilda’s, Feargrounds and The Boneyard!

Call of the Witch

Posted in Preludes and Nocturnes with tags , , , on September 26, 2015 by bluefall8

The schedule shifts and slides, ebbs and flows but so it goes in the month of September. I did have a pleasant conversation with the head witch out at Krazy Hilda’s and it would seem that the old girl is craving some souls for the keeping. We had memorable visits to Krazy Hilda’s in 2011 and 2012 when the witch had set up shop in Saline and Chelsea respectively. This time around Krazy Hilda and her minions of the night have taken up in Ypsilanti and I have no doubt the gang will leave us spellbound once more.

Past Reviews on Krazy Hilda’s

Thrills & Chills Dominate Hilda’s, Feargrounds and The Boneyard! (2011)

Krazy Hilda’s Unleashes Spooks on Campgrounds (2012)

Only one question remains — what other attraction shall we hit tonight? The field has been narrowed to just two — either the brand new, two-story Abandon in Melvindale or Terrorfied Forest and Manor in Pinckney. Both are tantalizing in their own right but the edge may go to Terrorfied Forest and Manor because earlier today I learned that the Manor has been themed as a funhouse — Bubbles’ Funhouse to be precise! It would seem that Bubbles was long ago abandoned by his traveling carnival and I just can’t see how I can pass that up!

Past Review on Terrorfied Forest and Manor

Mixed Results at Terrorfied Forest and Manor

Pins & Needles

Posted in Preludes and Nocturnes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 19, 2015 by bluefall8

I’m putting the finishing touches on plans for the night, we’ll either be heading west to tour The Boneyard and Jackson’s Underworld or shooting north in hopes of visiting The Deadland, Fear Factory and Haunted Farm of Terror.

Our one and only trip to The Boneyard in Stockbridge came during the 2011 season which proved to be an enjoyable night. Twice we’ve toured Jackson’s Underworld, we were disappointed with what we experienced in 2009 but then noted a considerable improvement during our most recent visit in 2013.

We’ve also toured The Deadland just once and that too was during the 2011 season. Despite the fact that it has been in operation for twenty years, this would mark our first journey to The Fear Factory in Mt. Clemens. And of course, how could I forget our excellent Devil’s Night adventure at Haunted Farm of Terror from 2009?

The decision will be made very soon and the open road will be ours. In the mean time, I encourage curious readers to experience all of the journeys mentioned above through the magic of Horrorlust reviews. Use the drop-down window on the right hand side of the screen to search by haunted house or year.

Haunt Bonanza to Bury 2014 Season

Posted in Preludes and Nocturnes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 1, 2014 by bluefall8

In the annals of our haunted history there are good nights and there are bad nights and then there are those nights that live on in legend — instantly enshrined as a classic; memories etched in time. As the clock winds down on the 2014 haunt season perhaps the haunt fates will smile upon our audacious plan and in the process create Horrorlust history.

Tonight, we shall attempt a feat that has alluded us for many moons; a task made near impossible by sheer odds and practicality. I believe in the magic of the season and at this time of year when the veil between worlds is at its thinnest the impossible has a way of being manifest. Tonight there is a keyhole, a harmonic convergence of time and space and if we can navigate our path with precision we can accomplish a feat for the ages and experience a night never to be forgot.

4 locations, 7 haunts.

The night will begin at Exit 13 in Mt. Morris where we have twice witnessed stellar shows fueled by an unpredictable horde of loud n’ proud hellions. In 2012 and 2013 Exit 13 was an honorable mention for the Horrorlust Samhain Award and in 2013 was also an honorable mention for the Horrorlust Monster Award. Is this the night Exit 13 emerges from the shadows and claims a crown of its own? And what kind of an impact will the new attraction Total Blackout make?

On Halloween 2011 we enjoyed an electric night of haunting at St. Lucifer’s, 13 Feet Under and The Crypt — in addition to Exit 13 we’ll pay a return visit to each of these as well. The duo served as an honorable mention that year for the Horrorlust Samhain Award. St. Lucifer’s was packed with unique characters and grizzly scenes while 13 Feet Under wove a tale of terror through the ruined, zombie-infested cityscape. The Crypt presented us with an unsettling claustrophobic, ambiance in what seemed a cross between Hoarders and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. What goodies will each of these locations have in store for us tonight?!

Then the flight to the finish will truly be on as we coast down southbound I-75 in pursuit of history and blaze a trail to The Realm of Darkness in Pontiac. We’ve had many enjoyable trips through the vaunted Realm of Darkness and it would seem that a sinister infusion has restored the wizard’s dominion to its former glory. The Realm of Darkness has collected several awards over the years including the 2007 Horrorlust Haunt of the Year Award and the 2010 Horrorlust Monster Award.

And the intrigue doesn’t end with a record shattering night of haunted houses; there is still the matter of the 2014 Haunt of the Year. We have witnessed some worthy contenders thus far this Halloween season but the door is certainly open for a late season contender to secure the top prize.

Happy Haunting.