Halloween in Jackson means lots of tricks and treats. We love to be scared at Halloween, and there are plenty of haunted houses conveniently located in the mid-mitten area. Although I admit I’m a scaredy cat, I have made it to a few haunted houses in the area. For those looking for more not-so-scary family friendly Halloween events, we have those too! Visit our website for some family-friendly ideas. On the haunted side, here is what you can expect at the local Jackson haunted houses:
Jackson’s Underworld Extreme Haunted House is a professionally built attraction in the old Shaw Furniture building across from Jackson’s World Famous Parlour. Rated as one of the largest and scariest haunted houses, it is 3 stories and over 45,000 square feet and almost a mile long. Jackson’s Underworld won Click on Detroit Best Haunted House 2014.
I got a behind the scenes tour just before they opened Jackson’s Underworld. Even in the light of day the animatronic creatures waiting to be set alive gave me quite a fright. Waiting in line, guests can be caught in the grip of a giant hand for a perfect photo op before entering the abyss, providing photographic evidence should you not return. The crew from Distortions Unlimited from the Travel Channel show Making Monsters is also
on hand in animatronic miniature form. On the way out we noticed the wall of left behind flip flops and shoes. People were literally scared out of their shoes at this haunt. Their ads also suggests bringing an extra pair of underpants, just in case.
My friend Kelly Sharrer is my local haunted house expert and connoisseur and this is what she had to say about Jackson’s Underworld:
“The new props in this haunt are amazing, and truly scary. It also helps that this haunted house is located in a building that has been around since the 1900’s. It gives you the chills from the moment you get into line and will have you constantly looking over your shoulder. If you’re looking for a scare, this is the place to come! Awesome props, original rooms, good actors, and a cool building make this Haunted House the place to go for a good scare that is not for the faint of heart.”
The Corpse Barn Shock Haunt has evolved from a front porch trick or treating spot to a gritty, high energy, sensory shock haunt with an emphasis on “human” interaction for all ages. The haunt has grown through many mutations since its inception in 1996 and has found a permanent home in the Jackson/Napoleon area.
The Corpse Barn Shock Haunt was the haunted house I chose to visit last year. Although my head may have been buried in the back of the person in front of me, I do remember a few horrifying haunts and creepy feelings. The interactive indoor waiting area featured a few scary actors building the anticipation of what was to come. What was to come was over 70 live scares lurking throughout the 2nd largest barn in all of Jackson County. Their scare artists admit they can adjust their performance at the sound of a scream to custom fit the experience of any age, or in my case wuss level.
Again I asked my friend Kelly Sharrer to describe her experience and here’s what she had to say:
“Really imaginative scenes and effects, convincing actors and lots of attention to detail… genuinely not for the faint-hearted! The Corpse Barn offers an interactive indoor waiting room while you prepare yourself for what comes next. I never knew what was going to be around the next corner. I definitely recommend the Corpse Barn whether you are a Haunted House newbie or veteran.”
Just over the county line in Jonesville, Darksyde is one of the largest haunted attractions in the tri-state area, with over 70,000 square feet of terror. Voted the number one haunted attraction in Michigan in both 2012 and 2013, DarkSyde will give you the most scares for your dollar at every turn. The attraction features three haunted houses, 1 hayride, 1 outdoor maze, and Zombie Paintball for a total of 6 events all at one location.
Darksyde Acres includes Hollywood-style effects from award-winning BodyBag Entertainment. From The Rusthole black maze to The Catacombs filled with zombies to The Dark Abyss haunted pirate ship, even the most unscareable should bring an extra pair of pants. For those too scared to enter; Darksyde provides more family friendly attractions. The Labyrinth Outdoor Maze, Hayride at Darksyde, and Darksyde Canivale allows the whole family to get involved. Be sure to check out the Zombie Paintball Massacre when you visit for a little Zombie shooting, fun for the whole family as well.