The scariest thing about Halloween in Detroit is the prospect of having no plans at all. If you’re looking for something to do around town, whether it’s a haunted house to scare yourself stiff or a family-friendly way to celebrate the fall, we’ve gathered the best holiday events nearby. Here are our favorite ways to spend Halloween this year in Detroit.
Get freaky with Juggalos
There are few things scarier than a venue packed with Juggalos, and for Halloween fans of Insane Clown Posse turn out for the freakiest concert in town. After over 25 “successful” years, the murderous clowns rant and rage through their annual Halloween celebration, Hallowicked, at the Russell Industrial Center this year, so buy your tickets and stock up on Faygo now.
1600 Clay St, Detroit, MI 48211
Meet haunted creatures at the zoo
The Detroit Zoo’s annual Zoo Boo! event offers a lowkey, family-friendly alternative to the horrorcore bashes around the city. For the special celebration the usual animal residents are joined by stilt walkers, jugglers, aerialists and mimes. If you get a chance to stop by the zoo in the weeks leading up to the big day, you can even watch various animals tear apart pumpkins filled with tasty treats.
8450 W 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067
See Nosferatu with a live orchestra
Horror cinema peaked back in 1929 with F.W. Murnau’s retelling of the Dracula story. See the film in the hall of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, where the Andrew Alden Ensemble brings the silent classic to life in all its unsettling glory with live music. Don’t worry; it’s not all chamber music. The adapted score includes some rock and modern edge.
3711 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Get lost in a 10-acre corn maze
Maybury Farm out in Northville hosts one of the best corn mazes in the midwest each year. The massive 10-acre expanse will confuse any visitor, but if you’re looking for a slightly easier challenge, check out the 1-acre kid’s maze. The farm also hosts an epic pumpkin fest, offers tractor-drawn wagon rides, and supplies all the other fall goodies you can expect.
50165 Eight Mile Rd, Northville, MI 48167
Explore a haunted theme park
Since 2006, Scarefest Scream Park has been terrifying visitors with acres and acres of creepy attractions, haunted houses and costumed ghouls out in Lenox. The apex of Halloween haunts, though, is the Survive the Night horror experience, in which attendees camp out overnight as murderous nightmares of all kinds torture and haunt them in the dark. It’s not for the faint of heart.
34111 28 Mile Rd., Lenox Township, MI 48048