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.
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.
Hot air balloons float into the air from Balloon Quest's idyllic launch location, taking guests on a bird's-eye tour of a stunning natural expanse studded with hills and lakes. Experienced pilots guide the rainbow-colored orbs on languorous tours, sweeping balloons' teardrop-shaped shadows over hills, dales, and the on-site mini-golf course. After their aerial tour, visitors can linger at Balloon Quest for a picnic on the grounds or a thought-provoking discussion of their top 10 favorite gravity-defying experiences. While flights are made year-round, Balloon Quest has very specific weather guidelines for flying, and rescheduling may be common.
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.
Hosted by Paragon Entertainment, the House of Demons dance party unleashes sultry demons, vixens, and zombies on a multilevel club as Channel 955’s DJ David B and fellow DJs from iHeartRadio spin beats until 2 a.m. Along with the dance-floor sessions, sideshow-style entertainment tingles spines as dancers perform devilish routines and demons emerge from crypts to show off the Gangnam Style moves they’ve finally perfected in the afterlife.
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.