Creepy clowns, bloodied ghosts, and decaying zombies lurk behind every twist and turn at the Slaughtered at Sundown haunted house. Voted the best haunted attraction of 2011 by WDIV readers, the house's pitch-black passageways wind through a chilling cemetery, simulated scenes of violence, and plenty of loud noises and pop-up scares.
If they happen to survive the darkness, intrepid guests can brave a trip through the terrifying countryside on the Slaughtered Town hayride, where they'll encounter horrifying figures such as a headless horseman who seeks revenge against those who always beat him at Marco Polo. Those lucky enough to emerge from both attractions unscathed can calm down and enjoy their own snacks and beverages at Slaughtered at Sundown's bonfire area.
• For $20, you get two seats in section LTC10, RTC10, RT10, LT10, or RT11 (a $26.50 value before fees, or up to a $39.95 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees). • For $25, you get two seats in section LTC8, RTC8, LT8, or RT8 (a $36.50 value before fees, or up to a $50.20 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees).
After a briefing and ammo check in the armory, players storm the field to fight through the fog, black lights, and pylons of the laser-tag arena during 20-minute sessions. The arcade gathers 140 different games under the same roof, ranging from basketball and big bass to skee-ball and a claw machine that dispenses love. Games dispense tickets that can be redeemed for prizes, including stuffed TV characters and games.
The buttery smell of freshly popped corn, the waves of excited whispers, and the dimming of the lights blend into a sensory symphony of anticipation before each film at Lakeshore Cinemas. Then the darkness settles and the screen lights up in silver, bathing awestruck audiences in the 2-D and 3-D sights of first-run blockbusters whose actors have just been taken out of their packaging. Yet despite its lengthy roster of recently released flicks, Lakeshore still embraces old favourites. Occasionally the screens pay homage to the history of film by showing classics. The theatre also steps up its celebratory power for birthday bashes that dish up pizza in a party room or entice gamers with Xbox game play on an auditorium’s massive screen.
A stress-shedding family-friendly sport for splatter soldiers of all types and stripes, paintball grants its combatants the perfect backdrop for one-on-one duels or group-oriented maneuvers. Spread out your tickets over six solo sessions, or round up five friends, coworkers, or NBA starters for a fast-paced adrenaline-fueled jaunt across a unique outdoor terrain dotted with challenging obstacles and hiding spots. Each trek arms guests with a battle mask and goggles, semiautomatic paintball marker, hopper and tanker, and orientation that lays out the rules, safety precautions, and the symbolism behind to Jackson Pollack’s early work. Reservations are always recommended and are required for groups of 10 or more.
As an honorably discharged veteran and retired federal law-enforcement officer who's taught law enforcement and military personnel for more than 25 years, Raymond L. Tyler knows the value of proper weapons and self-defense training firsthand. He draws upon his experiences while leading training sessions, which incorporate real-life scenarios that require tactical maneuvering and positioning. Though his resumé might intimidate novice gunslingers, the NRA-certified instructor practices a patient, nonthreatening teaching style that helps students of all skill levels during private or semiprivate lessons. Raymond ingrains the same tactical instincts into his taser-training sessions and sells a slew of tasers including C2 and X26C alongside holsters and other accessories to prepared pupils.
A nonprofit organization, Midwest Freefall Sport Parachute Club aims to instill a love for skydiving in each person who steps into its 17-place Jet-Prop Cessna Grand Caravan, which elevates jumpers to more than 13,000 feet above the southeast Michigan countryside. Tandem jumps allow thrill-seekers to harvest cotton candy from clouds as seasoned instructors take care of dive essentials, including parachute deployment. For those who want to learn more, seven levels of free-fall training transform novices into experienced jumpers who can take solo dives. Before their second jump, skydivers become members of Midwest's club, which hosts social gatherings that debate the merits of traveling down stairs by parachute. Midwest Freefall Sport Parachute Club embraces the standards and procedures established by the United States Parachute Association to help ensure safety during all of its dives.