Here’s a list of area haunted houses, hayrides and more to pick from, depending on how scared you want to get.
For families who don’t want the little ones to be terrified, the Flint Area Convention & Visitors Bureau lists Crossroads Village and the Huckleberry Railroad. It's a “Ghosts and Goodies” Halloween event with trick-or-treating, a Huckleberry Ghost Train Express ride and fun for all ages. Crossroads Village is open weekdays from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m. Visit http://www.geneseecountyparks.org/crossroadsvillage.htm to learn more.
Pure Michigan also lists a family-friendly adventure at Brighton Recreation Area Riding Stables in Howell, through Oct. 28. It begins with a hayride leading into a dark haunted forest trail. Participants then walk carefully through the spooky forest, trying to get back to the safety of the hay wagon. It’s listed as appropriate for kids of all ages, and there will be s’mores over a campfire when participants return. The event will be Fridays and Saturdays in October, 7:30-10:30 p.m. The cost is $12 per person, and more information is available by calling (810) 534-5063.
OaklandCountyMoms.com also has a list of haunted houses children can enjoy. One is The House of Horrors on Oct. 24-25, and 31, from 7-11 p.m. It will be at the 4H Activity Center on Andersonville Road, just south of downtown Davisburg. The cost is $10, with proceeds going to the Davisburg Rotary Club to help the less fortunate. Details: (248) 240-0527.
And don’t forget The Holly Shop of Horror's Haunted Barn, open Oct. 24-25 (7 p.m.-midnight), Oct. 26 (3-6 p.m.), and Oct. 31 (7 p.m.-midnight), at Old Holly Farm, 13409 N. Holly Road, in Holly. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children. Details: (248) 369-8620.
Now, for Halloween lovers who’d like more of a scare, there is St. Lucifer's Haunted Asylum at Playland Park, 5290 S. Dort Hwy., Grand Blanc. According to the Flint Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, the attraction will be open Oct. 23-26 and 29 through Nov. 1, starting at 7 p.m. The cost is $13 for general admission or $16 VIP. (More information)
Slaughterhouse Adventure & Grand River Corn Maze in Fowlerville is recommended for visitors over the age of 12, because of its "intense and realistic nature." In fact, guests are asked to “prepare for the blood bath and beyond,” its Livingston County Convention & Visitors Bureau listing says. The site is open on weekends this month. (More information)
Thirteenth Realm is next to All Star Sports Bar at Southmoor Golf Course, 4312 S. Dort Hwy, Burton, between Bristol and Maple roads, The Flint Convention & Visitors Bureau says. It will be open Oct. 23-26 and Oct. 30-31 and Nov. 1, 7 p.m., and the cost is $13. (More information)
The Haunted Trail Project, will open at dusk on Oct. 23-26 and Oct. 29-31, at Loch Lomond Golf Course, 5267 S. Dort Hwy in Grand Blanc, between Saginaw and Maple. The $12 admission fee includes a hayride. For more information, call (810) 695-0820 or (810) 742-1434.
There’s also The Crypt Haunted House on Oct. 24-Nov. 1, from 7 p.m.-midnight, at 4247 S. Dort Hwy., in Burton. The cost is $13 ($10 on Sunday nights). Details: (810) 742-2260.
Last, but certainly not least on our list, is The Haunted Forest, open Oct. 24-25, 30-Nov. 1, from dusk until close. It’s off Center Road, just north of Bristol Road, Burton (next to Genesys PHO, the Flint Convention & Visitors Bureau says. Admission is $10 and all proceeds benefit Post 4 "handicapable" scouts. (More information)