Looking to give yourself a good scare? Northwest Michigan is home to some of the best haunted attractions in the state. Whether you are looking for a family-friendly event or a place that will scare the pants off you, there is something for everyone at these local haunted attractions.
Screams in the Dark in Traverse City is one of the most highly-rated haunted attractions in the state, including being voted the “#1 Haunted Attraction in Michigan” by TheScareFactor.com. This attraction is also one of the largest in northern Michigan as it uses every inch of the Northwestern Michigan Fairgrounds. If you are looking for a good scare, visit its four frightening haunts: The Haunted Hayride & Haunted Trail, Swamp of Suffering, Grimfell Asylum, and Pandemonium.
Recommended ages: The Hayride & Haunted Trail are recommended for guests 10 years and older. Swamp of Suffering, Grimfell Asylum, and Pandemonium are recommended for guests 14 years and older.
Now in its eighth year, the Ghost Farm of Kingsley invites you to walk through their three haunted attractions: The Darkness Falls Haunted Trail, D.E.D. Pierce Manor, and Hysteria House. Prior to the haunted walk, you and your family and friends can cozy up to a fire, enjoy some fall treats, and listen to local ghost stories. Proceeds from the Ghost Farm go to local charities and youth organizations, including the local 4-H club.
Recommended Ages: While no formal age recommendation is given, the Ghost Farm offers “Dusk Walks” for families with young children during which the actors do not scare the guests.
Throughout the year, the S.S. City of Milwaukee in Manistee rests as a National Historic Landmark museum, offering guided tours, museum exhibits, and facility rentals. In the fall, however, this 1930s steamship transforms into the acclaimed Ghost Ship. Guests can explore the ship’s five decks, narrow halls, and steep stairways and encounter all sorts of thrills and scares.
Recommended ages: The Ghost Ship is recommended for adults and teens. They do not suggest children under 7 years old attend.
Enjoy a wide range of fall activities the whole family can enjoy at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville during their Spooktacular Saturdays. The resort offers wagon rides, caramel apples, petting zoo, pumpkin carving, races, contests, and more. If you are looking for something a little scarier, families can ride the Loki lift and choose between two trails: the family-friendly Spooky Walk or the terrifying Haunted Trail.
Recommended ages: The event is considered family-friendly.