From dinosaurs to demons and zombies, humans have conjured nightmares from plenty of terrifying monsters across the centuries. Within the four-story Erebus—the haunted house that doubles as mad scientist Dr. J Colbert's deadly time machine—all those frightening sights lurk beneath one roof. Setting "a high bar for Halloween entertainment," raves The Huffington Post, the former Guinness record holder for largest walk-through haunted attraction now encompasses a trail more than half a mile long.
The house's ghoulish inhabitants don't keep to themselves—mutant gorillas grab legs, corpses fly from caskets, and creatures infest a muddy swamp that visitors must trudge through. For Erebus' highpoint of horror, more than 10,000 objects cover unlucky guests who step inside the aptly named Buried Alive room. As The Macomb Daily reports, the house's 48 "time slice" cameras simultaneously snap 180-degree pictures of patrons' terrified reactions, as well as creepy clowns photobombing from every angle.
Commandeering components of Hampton Golf Club for its sinister spookery, Dementia at Hampton lures brave souls into temptation with theatrical and interactive scares swamped in horror legends of lore. Visitors are thrust into an asylum and warned that inmates are on the loose. Sifting through smoky corridors, they encounter blade-wielding welders, spy blood-riddled axes, and dodge chainsaw-carrying clowns. Though the haunted house is more frightening than visiting the in-laws or filing one’s taxes with a blowtorch, it is recommended for ages 13 and older, allowing pre-teens and high-schoolers to seek refuge from mid-October ennui. The golf course’s prime location in a highly residential area of town near the Hampton Village Center Shopping Center offers an accessible, commercial area where late-night runs for proton packs may be satiated.
Flight 101 has been leading aspiring pilots into the skies for more than four decades. Students begin their avian education seated in a Cessna or Diamond Star aircraft, where they learn liftoff and landing procedures from FAA--certified instructors. All training sessions are held one on one and allow students to feed a fleeting itch for flight or work toward a private pilot license's 40 hours of flight time. Flight 101 operates out of a towered airport—enhancing radio communications and ground operations—and keeps an FAA examiner onsite to ensure clouds don’t form themselves into four-letter words.
Layering freshly sliced rib eye on signature italian bread, Ziggy’s Cheesesteaks crafts a menu of gourmet cheesesteak sandwiches as authentic as the ones born and raised in South Philly. Classic cheesesteaks, blanketed in your choice of cheese and served with or without grilled onions, pair perfectly with a side of whiz fries, a marriage of scholarly spuds and the eponymous creamy canned cheese ($2.49). Ziggy’s regional varieties take thrill-seeking taste buds on a gastronomic getaway with the Brooklyn, topped with pizza sauce and provolone, or the Jersey, stuffed with cheese and french fries. Herbivores and poultrivores can partake in a grilled-veggie hoagie or chicken cheesesteak. All of the eatery's made-to-order sandwiches come in 8-inch ($6.49) and 12-inch ($8.49) varieties for easily transportable meals. You get a variety of food groups in every bite without annoying utensil requirements, prep work, or cleanup.
The Sterling Heights Chamber of Commerce & Industry pairs with nine area restaurants in an effort to silence growling bellies during the Spring Grub Crawl. Nibble on platters of specialty cuisine or tipple drinks from cash bars at eateries including Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant, Longhorn Steakhouse, Cheeseburger in Paradise, and Wildwood Friendly Tavern. Crawlers can travel at their own pace, and a complimentary shuttle is available to pick up passengers every 20–30 minutes and heads to their next location or national park of choice.
The instructors at A&R Aviation showcase the open skies above Oakland Troy Airport as students enjoy casual discovery flights or train to earn a pilot’s license. During instructional flights, instructors place pupils in front of the steering column of a pair of Cessna aircraft—models 150 and 172. The flying machines are kept up to date by an FAA-certified maintenance professional, allowing the student to focus on real world training scenarios without fearing real world technical difficulties, like when nacho cheese is accidentally spilled all over the cockpit.
When A&R's pilots aren't teaching others how to fly, they can be found ferrying people through the skies on sightseeing expeditions. On romantic flights, which showcase the dazzling views of the Detroit skyline at night, couples sip sparkling cider and nibble on chocolates among a sea of rose petals.