Detroiters see spooky stuff every day, so it's no surprise that Halloween is one of our favorite holidays -- this is the city someone wants to turn into a zombie amusement park, after all.
But the holiday has a darker association in the city, after outbursts of arson and crime on Halloween Eve, known as Devil's Night, reached a peak in the '90s. Since then, the city has relied on community support to keep neighborhoods safe on the renamed Angels' Night. Volunteers will be out patrolling the two nights prior, and kids won't be -- they have a curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
(Still, we couldn't help laughing a little at the city's call for volunteers for what we can only imagine is a spookily geometric "Angles'" Night.)
Halloween falls in the middle of the week, so many venues are throwing parties the weekend before. But don't plan to stay home Wednesday night, or you'll miss Hallowicked, a celebration from the Insane Clown Posse, the Detroit masters of horrorcore. We're betting a band that got thrown out of Royal Oak will throw an unforgettable Halloween party.
And while you may have missed Theatre Bizarre, there's still an overwhelming number of things to do, whether you're looking for a wholesome celebration for the kids or something a little more devilish.
Below, see our recommendations for some of the best spooky events in and around Detroit. Be forewarned, many strongly encourage costumes. But we've got you covered, whether you're looking for something punny, for a group, vintage, topical, political, homemade or just plain easy.
Hallowe'en In Greenfield Village
Enjoy a little time travel with your holiday at <a href="http://www.thehenryford.org/events/halloweenEvent.aspx">Greenfield Village's turn-of-the-century Halloween</a>. Friday, October 26 to Sunday, 28 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn <em>Flickr photo <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/h-k-d/7038317767/in/set-72157629528085147/">by h.koppdelaney</a>.</em>
Dogs want to <a href="http://www.facebook.com/events/336399623123082/">celebrate Halloween</a>, too -- games, prizes, treats! Sunday, October 28, 1 to 4 p.m. Canine to Five, 3443 Cass Avenue, Detroit <em>Photo <a href="http://petsadviser.com">by Pets Adviser</a>.</em>
Haute To Death
Haute to Death always throws an exceptional dance party, but Saturday's event, their five-year anniversary, promises <a href="http://www.facebook.com/events/366475116766020/"> decadence and hedonism.</a> Costumes encouraged. Saturday, October 27, 10 p.m. Temple Bar, 2906 Cass Avenue, Detroit <em>Flickr photo <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/nespirit/4533433258/">by 826 PARANORMAL</a>.</em>
ICP Hallowicked Concert And Afterparty
Where to begin? Detroit horrorcore band Insane Clown Posse's, er, interesting look already lends itself to Halloween. Then, they have an annual Hallowicked show on Halloween, originally scheduled this year for the Royal Oak Music Theatre. But, to add some last-minute not-very-spooky drama, the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20121018/ENT04/121018053/Insane-Clown-Posse-Royal-Oak-Music-Theatre-concert-Fillmore-Detroit-juggalos?odyssey=nav%7Chead">venue cancelled the event</a> at the urging of Royal Oak police, according to the Detroit Free Press, citing problems between ICP's fans (juggalos) and police at other events. First juggalos get <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/26/insane-clown-posse-sues-fbi_n_1917685.html">classified as a gang by the FBI</a>, now their shows are shut down before they start? Fortunately, the Fillmore <a href="http://thefillmoredetroit.com/event/08004952B2F1512D">saved the day</a>, and the Detroit venue will honor the original tickets. Horrorcore enthusiasts can also <a href="http://www.majesticdetroit.com/majestic-upcoming-events/icp-hallowicked-after-party-moved-to-majestic-theatre.html">attend the afterparty at nearby Majestic Theatre</a>. Wednesday, October 31, 7 p.m. The Fillmore, 2115 Woodward Avenue, Detroit After party at 10 p.m. The Majestic, 4140 Woodward Avenue, Detroit
A gorilla eats a pumpkin at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Mich., Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011. Animals are also the stars of Zoo Boo, a <a href="http://www.detroitzoo.org/events/zoo-boo">weekend evening event for families</a>, with a haunted reptile house, trick or treat trail, zombies and more. Friday, October 26 to Sunday, October 28, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday also has 5 and 5:30 p.m. time slots. Detroit Zoo, 8450 West 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
"Evil Dead" The Musical
Horror cult classic "Evil Dead" gets a <a href="http://www.olympiaentertainment.com/default.asp?olympia=46&objId=591">new life as a musical</a> -- expect gore and hilarity. Thursday, October 25 to Saturday, October 27, 8 p.m. City Theatre, 2301 Woodward Avenue, Detroit
Halloween Party At Clark Park
<a href="http://www.facebook.com/events/478050975549530/">Bring the costumed kids</a> to Clark Park Community Center for candy and refreshments. Wednesday, October 31, 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. 1130 Clark Street, Detroit <em>Flickr photo <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/uriel1998/4106014275/">by Uriel 1998</a>. </em>
If you need a scary movie fix, Dearborn's <a href="http://www.forddrivein.com/">Ford Drive In</a> has the new releases, and the <a href="https://tickets.landmarktheatres.com/Ticketing.aspx?ShowDate=10/26/2012&TheatreID=232">Main Art theater</a> in Royal Oak has showings of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27.
Art, music, aerial, costumed fun, local sushi and a couple days late -- <a href="http://www.facebook.com/events/318989824875503/">Untitled Spectacle</a> at North End Studios sounds like a Detroit halloween party. Friday, November 2, 8 p.m. North End Studios, 5101 Loraine Street, Detroit <em>Flickr photo <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/micahb37/2990160175/">by micahb37</a>.</em>
<a href="http://www.facebook.com/events/430974660303516/">Zombietronix</a>: DJs, dancing, record release party for Tunde Olaniran's single "Brown Boy." Never, ever stop dancing. Saturday, October 27, 8 p.m. 4210 Trumbull, Detroit <em>Flickr photo <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamesrdoe/6282892279/">by jamesrdoe</a>.</em>
Hellbent III At Russel Industrial Center
Russell Industrial Center, home to artists' studios and galleries, is <a href="http://www.facebook.com/events/269187663202588/">transformed for Hellbent III</a> with music and a zombie carnival. With a musical guest with a name like DJ Pleasure Kitten, how can you go wrong? Saturday, October 27, 8 p.m. 1600 Clay St., Detroit
Detroit has a history of arson and crime on Devil's Night, the eve of Halloween, and has since instated the valuable <a href="http://www.detroitmi.gov/Departments/NightAngels/tabid/131/Default.aspx">Angels' Night</a> (which includes a youth curfew the two nights prior to Halloween) to keep neighborhoods safe. The importance of the event, however, won't stop us from noticing that the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/events/210064275793805/">Facebook event</a> seems to accidentally cater to the geometry fans in the city with its title, "Angles" Night. To volunteer, call the Angels’ Night Volunteer Hotline at 313-224-3450 or <a href="http://www.detroitmi.gov/Departments/NightAngels/tabid/131/Default.aspx">see the City website</a>.
Detroit's Urban Legends Haunted House
Cass Community Social Services' <a href="http://www.facebook.com/DetroitUrbanLegends">haunted house</a> at a Detroit church will run for its seventh year. TIcket sales go towards programs for homeless mothers and children. Spooky + awesome. Friday, October 26 through Sunday, October 28; Tuesday, October 30 and Wednesday, October 31. Sunday 7 to 10 p.m., all other nights 7 to 11 p.m. Cass United Methodist Church, 3901 Cass, Detroit
Terrorfied Manor And Haunted Forest
For a little adventure out of Detroit, we have it on good authority that the folks in Pinckney really have "terrorfied" down to a science. More dangerous than the confined space of a haunted house, the self-guided tour <a href="http://www.terrorfied.com/index.html">through the 30-acre forest</a> leaves plenty of time for fright. Thursday, October 25 to Sunday, October 28; Tuesday, October 30 and Wednesday, October 31 145 Swarthout Road, Pinckney <em>Flickr photo <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/st3f4n/378331615/in/photostream/">by Stéfan</a>. </em>
Haunted Detroit Tours
This is a <a href="http://haunteddetroittours.com/">ghost tour</a> that starts behind a magic shop, led by paranormal enthusiasts. What are you possibly waiting for? October nights Wunderground Magic Shop, 16 South Main Street, Clawson <em>Flickr photo <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/nespirit/4532805421/">by 826 PARANORMAL</a>.</em>
Wolfman Band At Painted Lady
Wolfman Band and other acts -- who take Halloween very, very seriously -- <a href="http://motorcityblog.blogspot.com/2012/10/halloween-night-painted-lady-hamtramck.html">play on the holiday night</a> at the Painted Lady. To whit: costumes are mandatory. Wednesday, October 31, 10 p.m. 2930 Jacob Street, Hamtramck <em>Flickr photo <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/brykmantra/58251170/sizes/o/">by brykmantra</a></em>.
If you want an old-fashioned scaring, Erebus is supposed to be one of the scariest haunted houses in the area and worth the trip to Pontiac for Detroiters. Check out The Huffington Post <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/23/erebus-haunted-attraction-pontiac-michigan_n_2003360.html">interview with its creator</a> for more. Wednesday, October 24 to Saturday, November 3. 18 South Perry Street, Pontiac
Devil's Night At Nancy Whiskey
Get fired up at a <a href="http://www.facebook.com/events/483251291696879/">Devil's Night set of haunty bands</a> Blacker Magick, Wiccans and Endless Nameless at Nancy Whiskey. Tuesday, October 30, 10 p.m. 2644 Harrison, Detroit <em>Flickr photo <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/crystalfaye/4026890690/in/photostream/">by Crystal "Still Learning" Agozzino</a>.</em>
Haunted In The House
The swanky <a href="http://www.hauntedinthehouse.com/">Haunted in the House costume ball</a> is a fundraiser for the Detroit Opera House. Definitely the upscale pick. Friday, October 26, 8 p.m. Detroit Opera House,1526 Broadway, Detroit
Photo by Pets Adviser.
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