The Haunt recently upped its already formidable game -- it’s long been a favorite among haunted-house aficionados. The Haunt’s five attractions now take place over 50,000 square feet, with 144 rooms, nearly 100 actors, and 62 animatronics. Visit the dubious Manikin Factory and its creepy population of beasts out back, or venture into the demented life of Tinkles, whether through his childhood home, the sanitarium where he was held, or his family’s circus.
Cost: $25, or $40 for a fast pass (if you order online)
1860 Martin, Bay City
There are plenty of haunted houses for you to go to, but what about haunted ships? The Edson Incident is staged aboard the decommissioned USS Edson, a real-life Vietnam-era Navy Destroyer. As such, the Edson offers five different levels of fear, all based on the idea of a terrifyingly misguided military experiment. The attraction promises a final fight between good and evil, although the punny tagline (“we’ll scare the ship out of you”) might just be the scariest part of the whole thing.
The Edson -- again, a very real Naval vessel commissioned in 1958 -- fired more five-inch shells than any other destroyer of her era, garnering the nickname "Gray Ghost of the Vietnamese Coast." After the Edson’s decommission in 1988, the ship entered its second life in museums, finally landing at the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum in 2013. The Edson Incident, in addition to scaring “the ship” out of you, also supports the museum and is manned by volunteers.
Cost: $15, or $25 for a fast pass
If you’ve ever dreamed about fleeing a cannibalistic murderer, Bates Saw Mill of Torture can make that nightmare a reality for you. The 20,000-square-foot attraction treats captives -- er, guests -- to 30 different scenes centering on an evil, woods-dwelling flesh eater. Your evening of despair starts with a long, dark walk through a wooded maze, where the attraction’s many dark and twisted souls jump out at the unwary. Once you pass the maze, the action continues in some of the scariest trailer homes imaginable.
Cost: $14 for the haunted sawmill, $10 for JP'S Axe House, $20 for both attractions