Scare tactics

By Andrea Raby

Haunted Houses & Corn Mazes

Sundance Haunted Hayride. Oct. 5-27, 7-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. $12/person or $40 for a family of four. 9250 Nixon Road, Grand Ledge. (517) 627-5500.
Bestmaze Corn Maze. Mayan corn maze, laser tag, zombie shoot, Trail of Terror. Through Oct. 28. Maze: Fridays-Sundays. Trail of Terror: Fridays-Saturdays after dark, tickets sell until 10:30 p.m. $7-$10, or $15 for both. 3803 Noble Road, Webberville. (517) 521-2378.
The Bone Yard. Freak show, Deadwood Forest and Scarecrow Hollow. Through Oct. 27. 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. $20. 5010 Green Road, Stockbridge. (517) 937-4606.
Shawhaven Haunted Farms. Wagons of Fear, Dead Maze, Samara’s Boarding House, Corn Maze and the Last Ride. Through Oct. 27. 7- 11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. $10 each haunted event or $20 for all three. $5 corn maze and Last Ride. Group rates available. 1826 Rolfe Road, Mason. (517) 676-1649.
Terror on 27. Insanity haunted house, Entanglement haunted path and Animosity maze. $7-$20. Oct. 5-28. 7:30 p.m. to midnight Fridays-Saturdays, 7:30-10 p.m. Sundays. 8691 S. Bagley Road, Ashley. (989) 838-2562.
Jackson’s Underworld. 30,000 sq. ft. haunted house. $20. Through Oct. 31. 7-11 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays & Sundays, 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Fridays-Saturdays. 1318 Wildwood Avenue, Jackson. (517) 936-5834.
McCurdy’s Revenge Haunted Houses. Abandoned campground and haunted house. $9 each, $14 for both. Oct. 12-31. 7-11:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. McCurdy Park, Emma Drive, Corunna. (517) 625-7207.
Haunted Cider Mill. Cider mill, corn maze, hayride, and haunted house for kids. $2-$11. Group rates available. Through Oct. 31. 1-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. 4648 Otto Road, Charlotte. (517) 543-1019.
Slaughterhouse Adventure & Grand River Corn Maze. Haunted hayride, haunted cornfield, 26-acre maze, and family fun barn. $6-$30. Cash only. Group rates available. Through Oct. 28. 7-11:15 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. 5781 Grand River Avenue, Fowlerville. (517) 223-9140.
The Terrorfied Forest and Manor. 30-acre abandoned woods and the Hillcrest Sanitarium. Not recommended for 12 and under. $9-$25. Group rates available. Through Oct. 31. 8 p.m. to midnight Fridays-Saturdays. 145 Swarthout Road, Pinckney. (734) 878-0018.

Hayrides, Pumpkin Patches & Family Fun

Uncle John’s Cider Mill.
Inflatable corral, corn maze, pumpkin patch, wagon rides and more. Hours vary. Use $1 tokens for each activity. 8614 North US 127, St. John’s. (989) 224-3686.
Country Corn Maze. $6-$9. Open until Nov. 4. 6-10 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays; 1-10 p.m. Saturdays; 1-8 p.m. Sundays. 450 N. Vernon Road, Corunna. (989) 743-6899.
Andy T’s Pumpkin Festival. Hayride, face painter, food, games and more. Oct. 4-7. 3131 South US 27, St. Johns. (989) 224-7674.
Pregitzer Farm. Fresh produce and fall activities, including a pumpkin patch, straw crawl, hayrides, petting farm, and corn maze. Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Mondays-Sundays. 6870 Territorial Road, Munith. (517) 769-2768.
Peacock Road Tree Farm. Pig races, wagon rides, a pumpkin patch and mazes. $10. Through Oct. 31. 10 a.m. to dark Saturdays; 12 p.m. to dark Sundays; 3 p.m. to dark Mondays-Fridays. 11854 Peacock Road, Laingsburg. (517) 651-9193.
Fall at the Farm. Hayrides, pumpkin patch, games, a petting zoo and more at Northfork Outback. $8-$13. Saturday, Oct. 13, 1-5 p.m. Morrice Road, Webberville. (517) 881-9142.

Halloween Events

7th Annual Old Town Oktoberfest. Live polka music, dancing and German-style food and beer. $20 or $15 pre-ordered. Oct. 4-5. 6-11 p.m. Friday, 2-11 p.m. Saturday. On Turner Street and Grand River Avenue, Lansing. (517) 485-4283.
14th Annual Pumpkin Trot 5k and 10k. At Andy T’s Farms. Register online or at the race. Races for kids available. $22 for adults, $15 for 18 and under. Oct. 7. 1:30 p.m. 3131 South US 27, St. Johns. (989) 224-7674.
The 30th Annual Color Cruise and Island Festival. At Island Park. Demonstrations of old time activities, food, live entertainment and more. Oct. 12-14. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Island Avenue, Lansing. (517) 627-5170.
39th Annual Fenner Apple Butter Festival. At Fenner Nature Center. Crafts, games and cooking authentic apple butter. Oct. 13-14. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 2020 E. Mount Hope Ave., Lansing. (517) 483-4224.
Lighted Pumpkin Trick-or-Treat Trail. Call ahead for reservations. $1 suggested donation. Oct. 16. 6-8 p.m. Sharp Park, Delta Charter Township. (517) 323-8555.
Boo at the Zoo. Crafts, a straw maze, live animal presentations, the Boo Tunnel and trick-or-treating at Potter Park Zoo.. Oct. 20-21 and 27-28. noon-4 p.m. 1301 S. Pennsylvania Avenue, Lansing. (517) 483-4222.
The Great Pumpkin Walk. Kids can trick-or-treat at more than 50 downtown merchants in East Lansing. Thursday, Oct. 25. 5-7 p.m. FREE (517) 319-6877.
Safe Halloween. Trick-or-treating hosted by the MSU Greek Communities. Thursday, Oct. 25. 5:30-7:30 p.m. M.A.C. Avenue between Burcham and Elizabeth Streets, East Lansing. FREE (248) 709-0309.
Monster Mash Halloween Dance. At the Lexington Lansing Hotel. Call to register. $5. Oct. 25. 7-9 p.m. 925 S. Creyts Road, Lansing. (517) 323-8555.
Haunted Hikes. A hike through Fenner Nature Center focused on Halloween creatures. Oct. 26-27. 6-8 p.m. 2020 E. Mount Hope Avenue, Lansing. (517) 483-4224.
Meridian Celebrates Halloween. Activities at Harris Nature Center and open houses at the police and fire stations. Visit their website under “special events” for hours, locations and activities. FREE. Oct. 27.
Headless Horseman 5k/10k. Costumed run/walk. $25, includes a T-shirt. Oct. 27. 7:30 p.m. At Clinton and State Streets in Downtown Howell.
Dead Dash 5k. Obstacle zombie race at the Slaughterhouse Adventure and Grand River Corn Maze. Oct. 27. More info at
Trick-or-Treat to Williamston Businesses. Trick-or-treating, Boy Scout Haunted House, Boo at the Pool and more. FREE. Oct. 27. 1-3 p.m. 100 E. Grand River Avenue, Williamston. (517) 655-1549.
Trick-or-Treat on the Square. Trick-or-treating, fire dancers, face painting and more. FREE. Oct. 29. 5-7 p.m. 401 S. Washington Sq., Lansing.

Dash and dine

Diana Carpenter and her husband run Peacock Road Tree Farm in Laingsburg for nearly 30 years, hosting a variety of activities — children’s games that date back to the turn of the last century, stories in a cabin with a character named “Pioneer Jim” and full-throttle barnyard animal competitions.
“We have pig and turkey races at our course, called Pork Chop Downs,” Carpenter said. “And we involve the kids in the races by letting them open the gates or run with the pigs.”
Peacock Road also has over 50 animals, including reindeer and alpacas. There’s also food available, like pulled pork that’s smoked on the farm — sorry kids, one of the pigs has to come in last.

Mayan Challenge

Cornfields across the state suffered from the worst drought in 50 years, but curiously, Bestmaze Corn Maze in Williamston enjoyed a surprisingly fertile summer. Could it have anything to do with the giant Mayan corn god that was carved into the action? Owner Mark Benjamin isn’t saying, but he will say that the Mayan god — that would be Hun Hun Ahpu — was incorporated to commemorate the 2012 completion of the Mayan calendar and purported end of the world.
Benjamin and 40 other people have been working since last October on both the maze and the Trail of Terror, which features a surprise that was named “prop of the year” at the National Haunters Convention — and will be featured in an episode of the Travel Channel reality show “Making Monsters.”