You'll find the signs of Halloween throughout Detroit, Michigan, with haunted houses, parties, ghost tours, neighborhood decorations, and spooky legends in nearly all sections of the metropolitan area. The city and surrounding area is especially well-known for the elaborate haunted houses, but many activities around the Metro Detroit area are appropriate for younger travelers, too.
In 2020, many Detroit haunted houses and Halloween attractions have put into place new guidelines, including tickets with timed reservations and mandatory use of face masks. Others aren't opening at all. Be sure to confirm with individual locations before finalizing your plans.
Survive a Night in a Haunted House
The Detroit area is heralded by many as the "Haunted House Capital" of the nation and the region certainly knows how to show folks a spooky time. With thousands of visitors to each attraction annually, you can't go wrong with one of these great haunted houses.
- Erebus: Located in Pontiac, Michigan, about a 30-minute drive from Detroit, this four-story haunted house has been in operation since the year 2000, with national recognition as one of the top destinations in the state for the Halloween season. Erebus runs from the end of September until November 7, 2020.
- Hush Haunted Attraction: This Westland, Michigan, haunted house approximately 30 minutes by car from Detroit has been called one of the country's best haunted attractions. Hush provides a unique experience in a 40,000 square foot building with three haunted houses from the first weekend in October until November 13, 2020, which just happens to be Friday the 13th.
- Exit 13: Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from September 18 to October 31, 2020, head to this Mt. Morris, Michigan, terrifying attraction. Exit 13 is about a 75-minute drive from Detroit and changes each year to add more thrills and has been voted the "Best Haunted Attraction" in Genesee County.
Get Scared at a Haunted Attraction
The Detroit region isn't only known for its plethora of haunted houses; there are also plenty of spooky farms, event spaces, and abandoned buildings in and around the city that are transformed for Halloween.
- Terrorfied Forest: This mile-long walk through a forest in Pinckney, Michigan, about an hour's drive from Detroit, turns into a place of nightmares for the Halloween season. It's open every Thursday to Sunday from September 25 until November 1, 2020.
- Scarefest Scream Park: If you drive about 45 minutes from Detroit to Lenox Township, Michigan, you'll find this attraction which has everything from a mildly frightening and family-friendly hayride to an absolutely hair-raising "Castle of the Dead" haunted house. The popular Survive the Night haunted camping option, which is usually a favorite for thrill-seekers, is canceled in 2020 but returns in 2021. The other attractions are open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of October 2020.
Watch Some Scary Entertainment
If you're not a fan of interactive horror, you may want to get your Halloween thrills from a scary musical, play, show, or movie instead. Detroit is full of fantastic concert venues, theaters, and event spaces where you can see a holiday-themed production or film this October.
- Theatre Bizarre: Known as "The Greatest Masquerade on Earth," this interactive theatrical performance at Detroit’s Masonic Temple features several weekend performances in October for those 21 and above. Wearing a costume is always encouraged and even mandatory on certain nights. Theatre Bizarre is not opening in 2020 but returns in October 2021.
- BFT's Halloween Heavy Metal Horror Show: See Halloween the band in this head-thrashing show on October 31, 2020, at The Token Lounge in Westland. You'll also see performances from current and former members of other heavy metal bands including Syrant, Abandon, A.S.S., Wreking Crue, and The Zoo.
The nation knows it as a night of arson and mayhem, but locals have more innocent memories of Devil's Night in Detroit. Outside of the arson that played out among the many abandoned buildings in downtown Detroit starting in the 1980s, the night was traditionally filled with pranks and mischief.
Although taking a trip to the Detroit Historical Museum may not seem like the best way to get your holiday thrills, you can learn about this interesting night of the past at an exhibit in the Allesee Gallery of Culture. To round out your museum trip with more Halloween fun, visit for a special event on October 30, 2020, when the group Detroit Paranormal Expeditions will be presenting about haunted locations all around Detroit.
See the Best Decorated Houses
By the time October rolls around, the Detroit area is already covered in Halloween decorations, especially in certain neighborhoods that are popular for trick-or-treating. Orange and black lights, air-filled goblins, and hanging ghosts adorn many houses during this time of year.
Several neighborhoods take part in spooky makeovers, including "Terror on Tillson Street" in the village of Romeo, Michigan, a nearly 45-minute drive from Detroit. About 25 homeowners between South Main Street and 32 Mile Road decorate the entire community in festive props. The public can tour the area for free, and families may choose to trick-or-treat there the evening of Halloween. Some of the more interactive displays won't be put up in 2020, but there should still be plenty to see for a worthwhile trip. Decorations are put up throughout October, but all of the final touches are completed for the week leading up to Halloween.
Uncover Detroit's Urban Legends
Detroit has some legendary spooky figures, as well as many other paranormal figures that may not be as well-known. Some people living in the city are interested in all things otherworldly and mythical and have provided ample ways for tourists to experience the unknown in Detroit.
From mediums who can communicate directly with the spirits and apparitions to investigators tracking down the latest ghost sightings, you can uncover a lot of secrets of the city on your trip to Detroit. Check out Metro Paranormal Investigations, which was established in 2006 as a not-for-profit organization that offers investigative services and hosts educational events throughout the year.
Take a Haunted Ghost Tour
Detroit has historic buildings, cemeteries, and spooky legends aplenty, but only a couple of enterprising individuals and organizations have made a tour out of them. Haunted happenings can be explored through various walking tours around the city.
While many of these tours are canceled in 2020, Detroit History Tours offers special expeditions that you can download on your smartphone and enjoy without having to crowd in a tour group. The Ghosts of the Factory tour leads guests through an old Ford automobile plant, sharing paranormal stories about the factory's eerie history. Sign up for the tour on Halloween night in 2020 for a special edition where you can explore the museum after hours for an even more intimate and chilling experience.
Get Costumed at a Halloween Store
In addition to the traditional costume stores scattered around the Metro Detroit area, the sometimes seasonal Halloween stores are fun stops. Several Halloween chains sell decorations, frights, and costumes from September through early November each year.
Take the Kids on a Haunted Camping Trip
When it comes to getting the most out of your October vacation to Detroit, you might want to spend a night camping and enjoying the autumn weather before the cold winter sets in. These Halloween-themed overnight trips are more geared toward family fun than scaring the guests.
- Haunted Hollows Camping Events: This annual series of events takes place at the Groveland Oaks County Park in Holly, Michigan, an approximately 50-minute drive from Detroit. The fun includes camping, trick-or-treating, face painting, hayrides, pumpkin painting, monster puppet crafting, and dancing to a DJ's tunes. In 2020, the Haunted Hollows camping event is canceled.
- Boo Bash Camping Events: At Addison Oaks County Park in Leonard, Michigan, also about 50 minutes from Detroit, this series of events will be a hit with the kids. Complete with a haunted house, an all-ages costume contest, campground trick-or-treating and campsite decorating, Halloween face painting, inflatables, family games, costumed DJ dance, and more. In 2020, the Boo Bash camping event is canceled.
Crawl With Zombies
You can embark on a full-on zombie stampede a few weeks before Halloween at the annual Wyandotte Zombie Pub Crawl, just a 25-minute drive from Detroit. This fundraising event also supports a good cause, as proceeds will help to provide free mammograms to uninsured women of the Downriver area. In 2020, the Wyandotte Zombie Pub Crawl is canceled.
Buckle up for a Haunted Hayride
If you're a thrill-seeker who is too terrified to move through a haunted house or corn maze, you can still experience all the surprises and frights of a number of haunted attractions in Detroit from a somewhat comfortable bale of hay. These hayrides provide all of the kicks, but you won't have to motivate yourself to peek around that next dreadful corner.
- Blake’s Big Apple Haunted Hayrides: About 50 minutes by car from Detroit in Armada, Michigan, you'll find Blake's Big Apple, which transforms into a "Spookland" on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights from September 19 to October 31, 2020. You'll encounter more than 20 frightening scenes including loud sounds and chainsaws. Don't forget to stop for cider and donuts at the "Witches Cauldron."
- Slaughtered at Sundown Haunted Hayride: Also in Armada, from late September to late October on Fridays, Saturdays, and some Sundays, you can either embark on a ghastly hayride or travel through a completely dark haunted house—both of which are said to be equally scary. Slaughtered at Sundown is not open for the 2020 Halloween season.