We’re quickly approaching October, and it’s almost time for all things scary. With Halloween comes horror flicks, haunted houses/hayrides, apple orchards, and costume parties. Out of that list, it’s hard to choose which is my most favorite weekend hobby during the autumn season, so instead, I’ll give you a taste of each category.

1. Horror Flicks

If you’re looking for classic horror films, there are a few you absolutely have to check out.

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Nosferatu (1922);  Directed by F.W. Murnau

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Frankenstein (1931); Directed by James Whale; Starring Boris Karloff

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Night of the Living Dead (1968); Directed by George A. Romero

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Evil Dead (1981); Directed by Sam Raimi

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Pet Sematary (1989); Directed by Mary Lambert

Here are some recent horror flicks you can rent now or check out in theatres soon.

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The Last Exorcism (2010); Directed by Daniel Stamm

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Devil (2010); Directed by Erick Dowdle

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The Dead (2010); Directed by Howard and Jonathan Ford

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Paranormal Activity 2 (2010); Directed by Tod Williams

2. Haunted Houses/Hayrides

Here are a few of the best haunted houses/hayrides I’ve been to and want to go to this year.

Haunted Detroit Tours

Tour of historical sites and gives you ghost-hunting gear like infra-red thermometers and EMF detectors. $35 per person.


Urban Legends: 666 Haunted House

9810 E 8 Mile Rd., Detroit, MI 48205

Haunted House now in 3D

$25 per person


Cass Community Detroit Urban Legends

3901 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48201

Two floors of terror

$10 for adults, $8 for children

*This one is awesome because funds are raised by Cass Community Social Services and used to help homeless women and children.


3. Apple Orchards/Cider Mills

I make it a point to go to a few different apple orchards every year for fresh fruit, cider, and donuts. If you’re looking for a variety of orchards to visit this year, here’s a few I’ve visited.

Blake’s Apple Orchard

17985 Armada Center Road, Armada, MI 48005

U-Pick Apples, raspberries, pumpkins and sweet corn are in season.

Barnyard Funland open for kids daily from 10am-6pm

Cider mill with cider, donuts, fruit, and other foods


Miller’s Big Red Greenhouses & Cider Mill

4900 32 Mile Rd., Washington, MI 48095

U-Pick Apples, raspberries and pumpkins

Petting Farm

Ice cream parlor


Westview Orchards and Cider Mill

65075 Van Dyke, Romeo, MI 48095

U-Pick Apples and pumpkins

Farm Market



4. Halloween Parties

What’s more fun than dressing up and partying with your friends? Every year, costume parties are held all over Detroit. Here is a short list of some I wouldn’t mind dropping in on.

Atwater Block Brewery Halloween Party

237 Joseph Campau St., Detroit, MI

Saturday, October 30, 2010


Detroit Fanfare Zombie Walk

600 Town Center Drive, Detroit, MI

Saturday, October 30, 2010


All Ages

Dress like a zombie!

Stage Fright at Stage 3

27500 Donald Ct., Warren, MI

Friday, October 29, 2010


A costume party to celebrate Michigan’s film industry in one of our largest film studios.

Baker’s Keyboard Lounge Halloween Party

20510 Livernois Ave., Detroit, MI


Detroit Fanfare Comic Con

Hyatt Regency Dearborn

600 Town Drive, Detroit, MI


$10 adults, $5 kids

And there we have it. The best Halloween activities to enjoy in and around Detroit. Hope to see you there!