It’s time to dust off the costume, stock up on candy for trick-or-treaters and get ready to have all kinds of spooky fun as Halloween is just around the corner. The holiday is on a Wednesday this year and Halloween festivities are taking place not only on Oct. 31 but also throughout the week or so before Halloween. Lovers of fun in Detroit and the surrounding area have lots of events to choose from. Here are our picks for the best corn mazes and pumpkin patches in and around Detroit and a look at all the scary fun that’ll be taking place in them.
DeBuck’s Giant Corn Maze
Daily through Oct. 31 – Fri. 3-8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m
50240 Martz Road - Belleview, MI
A longtime favorite corn maze for Detroiters, this year’s maze covers 15-acres and offers three different adventures; a “starter” maze that is less than half a mile, a 1.6 mile course offering moderate adventure, and for the real maze pros, a 3.5 mile challenge. The maze is spooky enough during the daylight but many prefer to navigate the towering corn plants after dark; those folks can bring their own flashlight or purchase one on site. “Corn cops” will be on hand to guide you out of the maze if need be.
2018 HarvestFest Detroit
Sat. Oct 27 – Noon - 4 p.m.
Dequindre Cut Greenway – Detroit, MI
A giant pumpkin patch will be the center of attention during this half-day event but there’ll be a lot more to do too. This free event will also feature hayrides, trick-or-treating, movies, inflatables, airbrush tattoos and visits from costumed super heroes and princesses. Food trucks will be on hand, and speaking of food, HarvestFest will be collecting non-perishable items like pasta, peanut butter and cereal to benefit the Gleaners charity.
Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village
Weekends of Oct. 12-14, 18-21, 25-28 – 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
20900 Oakwood Blvd. – Dearborn, MI
Oh my gosh it’s the Headless Horseman! You never know who (or what) you might run into as you stroll an eerie path lit by more than 1000 jack-o’-lanterns. A mad scientist, pirates, Hansel and Gretel and Dorothy and the Wicked Witch of “Wizard of Oz” fame will be on hand too. Adding to the fun will be live music performances, a Vaudeville sideshow and treat stations. A Hallowe’en Fairy Tale Feast is available for an additional fee.
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Spookyland 3D Maze
Weekends of Oct. 12-14, 19-21, 26-28 – Opens at 6 p.m.
Blake’s Big Apple – 61485 North Ave. – Armada, MI
This maze is a little bit different; don a pair of 3D glasses upon entry and get ready for all sorts of scary stuff to jump at you. Other fun things that await in Spookyland include a fun house and terror tunnel, additional mazes and screenings of Halloween-themed movies on a big screen TV. Other haunted attractions on the property, that require a separate admission fee, include Haunted Hayride, 3-Story Haunted Barn and Zombie Paintball Safari.
Stony Creek Orchard & Cider Mill
Open daily 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
2961 W. 32 Mile – Romeo, MI
If you prefer to keep the spookiness to a minimum then Stoney Creek Orchard & Cider Mill is the place for you. Pumpkins are available for sale daily but if you want to get out in the pumpkin patch to pick your own you’ll need to visit on a weekend (the same goes for pick-your-own apples). Fresh apple cider and homemade donuts are another good reason to visit, and if you’re visiting with a group you can book (in advance) a moonlight hayride through the orchard, with cider and donuts served around a roaring bonfire afterwards.
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