Join the quest for Washtenaw County's - and Michigan's - best haunted house
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And, as usual, we—I—need your help. This time in particular.
The way these projects work is we start by finding the best whatever-it-is in each of the areas around the state where MLive has a presence, to narrow down the possibilities. And we do that with a poll of our readers.
We had plenty of local choices for our past projects. But with haunted houses — and just to be clear, we mean scary Halloween attractions open to the public — I'm afraid that Washtenaw County may lack for contenders.
Of course, there's the massive Night Terrors operation at Wiard's Orchards. Obviously, I won't be surprised if that ends up being our local representative in the statewide battle.
But what other options are out there? What else can we put in our poll?
I know of a couple other possibilties — there's a haunted corn maze at Talladay Farms, near Milan. And there's the Bone Yard outside Stockbridge (I'm willing to stretch a bit beyond our county borders for this one.) Unfortunately, it looks like the Chelsea Feargrounds is taking a breather this year.
You can nominate any sort of haunted attraction. As John "Gonzo" Gonzalez, our Michigan's Best Maestro, puts it in his announcement of this effort, "We're looking at the total experience: Scare factor, set design, quality of actors, special effects, originality and how many times I run for the exit signs. We'll accept corn mazes and other attractions, too. But they have to fit the concept of a haunted house, and they have to be open to the public.”
So, where do you go to get scared? Leave a comment below, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once I get a list of contenders, we'll run a poll starting next Wednesday. Gonzo will visit all the local winners, plus other suggestions from around the state, and we'll cover those visits.
A winner — Michigan's best haunted house — will be announced Oct. 23.