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Posted on Sat, Sep 29, 2012 : 6:59 a.m.

Vote for the best 'haunted house' in the Ann Arbor area

By Bob Needham

The nominees are in, so now it's time to vote: What's the best haunted house in the greater Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti area?

In case you missed the initial announcement, this voting is one step in a project to name the best "haunted house" in Michigan. (And by "haunted house" we mean any scary, Halloween-themed attraction open to the general public.)

We're doing this in conjunction with MLive, our statewide partner website. Once we have the top choices from various areas, as chosen in our polls and from other recommendations, Michigan entertainment reporter John "Gonzo" Gonzalez will visit all the finalists and ultimately name a winner, just in time for Halloween.

Here's Gonzo's take on what we're seeking: "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, thanks for the suggestions of what to include in our local poll. Note: We're listing local favorite Brandywine Cemetery here; it's only open Oct. 30-31, so the timing might not work for the statewide judging, but I didn't want to shut it out of the voting (and we'll plan to do a story on it regardless). So here are your choices:

Bob Needham is director of entertainment content for Reach him at or 734-623-2541, and follow him on Twitter @bobneedham.



Sun, Sep 30, 2012 : 11:31 p.m.

First choice would be the new City Hall. It's a hulking beast that scares passing children. Second choice would be 512 Packard.


Sun, Sep 30, 2012 : 4:46 p.m.

Can we move this off the front page now? I think Wiards and the others have called all their friends to vote in this popularity contest by now.


Sun, Sep 30, 2012 : 4:18 a.m., how about letting readers tell their real stories of hauntings. I for one live in a haunted house and would love to hear stories from others around this area.

Bob Needham

Mon, Oct 1, 2012 : 1:48 p.m.

Great idea, thanks! I'll pursue this.

Ron Granger

Wed, Sep 26, 2012 : 8:10 p.m.

I resent all of you who made a city hall joke before I could.


Thu, Sep 27, 2012 : 1:29 a.m.

O boo hoo. You can do that next year.


Wed, Sep 26, 2012 : 2:52 p.m.

Sadly, the one that beats them all has shut down permanently after 18 amazing years... that would be The Haunting (Adrian, MI). The folks who ran that operation were experts at this sort of thing. It was a class act all around and will be sorely missed.


Wed, Sep 26, 2012 : 2:03 p.m.

How about Ann Arbor city council chambers? It scare the --- out of me!


Wed, Sep 26, 2012 : 1:44 p.m.

I'd put a vote in for city hall as the scariest building, considering what goes on inside. Then again, it would also be a good candidate for best representation of a Funny Farm.