10/13/2011 03:07 pm ET Updated Dec 04, 2011

Halloween In Detroit: A MapQuest Guide

From zombie parades and costume contests to haunted houses and hayrides (to haunted anything!), the Halloween season casts its spell and awakens our inner ghouls and goblins. As part of FrightQuest -- a MapQuest series on spooky destinations and activities -- here are three options to celebrate Halloween in Detroit that are sure to be a scream.
— Shellie Braeuner

Detroit Institute Of Arts Museum Mystery Tour

Families that desire to explore the art of Halloween can visit the Detroit Institute of Arts. Classical art combines with lights, props and fog to create a creepy (though family-friendly) atmosphere for the Museum Mystery Tour. Families follow the directions on a special map that takes them from piece to piece throughout the museum. Everyone is encouraged to wear costumes to become a walking work of art. After exploring the museum, they can try a drop-in art class and make drawings with a real artist. The tour is designed for children over the age of 5 and is scheduled the last weekend before Halloween.

5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202 | Get Directions


Listed in the top 13 scariest haunted houses in America by Hauntworld, Erebus delivers teen- and adult-oriented thrills and chills. This four-story haunted house was named the largest haunted house in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records. Bodies launch across the room, dinosaurs bite through the walls and ping-pong balls rain down on guests' heads in a simulated attempt to bury them alive. Erebus is designed to reach out and grab guests, so it's not an attraction for the faint of heart; the house is not appropriate for children.

18 South Perry St., Pontiac, MI 48342 | Get Directions

Hallowe'en In Greenfield Village

Greenfield Village offers visitors a chance to step back 100 years in time. Historic shops and homes surround Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park complex and Henry Ford’s original workshop in this 80-acre village. On weekends in October, the entire park becomes a turn-of-the-century party for Hallowe'en in Greenfield Village. Trick-or-treat in a country store and ride a hay wagon through the village, but look out for the headless horseman. Costumes are encouraged but not required. This is a family-friendly attraction for all ages.

20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124 | Get Directions

Hallowe'en in Greenfield Village showcases scares from past and present.

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