How Livingston County’s 4 Haunted Attractions Change Scares

The owners of Livingston County’s four haunted attractions confess that they all love to scare people.

Faces appear outside the walls at the Slaughterhouse Adventure haunted attraction in Howell Township, showing Wednesday, October 5, 2022.

They also agree that to be successful in the ghost industry, an industry worth more than a billion dollars, according to the Haunted Attractions Association, you have to keep the scares fresh and change the scares year after year.

Chris Schell is co-owner of Ghostly Grove, a nearly 1-mile haunted trail in part of the Schell Family Farm, located in Pinckney and Putnam Township.

Schell said the attraction has grown and changed each year, adding several new scenes and about a quarter-mile to the trail this year.

Things are not what they seem after dark, shown on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 in the haunted forest of Ghostly Grove in Putnam Township.

“We changed probably 50% of the way (from last year),” Schell said. “We even change it from weekend to weekend. We take people down different paths. We like to keep people on their toes.”

Livingston County’s newest haunted attraction, Slay Nights, debuted in Howell Township last year.

Local businessman and building owner Dwayne Combs said he wanted to bring a different kind of haunted attraction to the county. Slay Nights is an indoor retreat across two stories and around 10,000 square feet.

Combs said he hired professional ghost designers, who helped create this year’s theme of a haunted video store.

“This area really needed it, an indoor haven, and it’s a really fun industry to be in and bring back to the community,” he said.

Tour dimly lit rooms that look like mazes like this one shown Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022, at the Slaughterhouse Adventure haunted house in Howell Township.

Slaughterhouse Adventure and Grand River Corn Maze creator Ken Evans is celebrating his 20th ghost season near Fowlerville. The haunted attraction features a haunted house, escape rooms and corn mazes, and Evans said he hopes to offer haunted carriage rides again later this season.

“I always change rooms (in the haunted house) every year,” Evans said.

He said he likes to write original haunted scenes, like stage productions, and some of his biggest influences are Universal Studios theme park and magician Chris Angel, and people have enjoyed his version of “evil Colonel Sander.”

A voodoo priestess awaits unexpected visitors in the Terrified Forest in Putnam Township.

Terrorfied Forest co-owner Marie Butler said she changes the Pinckney Haunted Trail every year since she and her husband Byron Butler took over ownership in 2019. They added a haunted structure at the entrance in 2020, and the trail will feature more new scenes this year.

“There are a lot of people who just walk by,” for the scare, Butler said. “Then there are the die-hards who are looking for the little extras, the 10% who see the details that I do, the time I put into it, and they look for those little changes. And those people are big on word of mouth, they are the big reviewers.” “.

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Where to Find Haunted Attractions in Livingston County

The county boasts two haunted trails, a new indoor haunt that opened last year, and a longtime haunted site with multiple attractions. They all feature monsters, demons, jump scares and creepy scenes, which are not for the faint of heart.

ghostly grove

  • 10055 Dexter-Pinckney Road on the Pinckney-Putnam Township line
  • An outdoor haunted trail with actors and haunted scenes
  • The shelter will be open until October 30. It is open from 7:45 pm to midnight on October 14, 15, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30.
  • Tickets are $25 per person
  • More information is available at
Swing Girl, one of several scenes easily seen in daylight on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, will barely appear along the dark trail after sunset in Ghostly Grove Haunted Forest in Putnam Township.

Chris Schell and his wife Dea Greer Schell have been transforming their 250-acre farm and woods into an agritourism and entertainment destination since 2019.

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The Schells have added new scenes, structures, and trail lengths to the refuge each year.

“It’s super dark and thick forest,” said Chris Schell. “It’s twisty. I mean, we’ve got nice clean trails, but on the sides it’s twisty and as dark as it gets.”

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