Americans who wanted to scare themselves in the 1920s usually stood in front of the mirror, repeated “Grover Cleveland” three times, and screamed at the knife-wielding mustache that appeared shortly. Enjoy the large-scale advancements of self-induced terror with today’s Groupon: for $5, you get one ticket to Detroit Urban Legends Haunted House (up to a $10 value), located on Cass Avenue in Midtown. The house will be open for doomed souls on the following dates: October 15–17, October 22–24, and October 29–31. Hours are 7 p.m.–11 p.m., except for October 17 and October 24, when the in-house talent will distribute professional terror from 7 p.m.–10 p.m.
Emanating from the fearless minds of Cass Community Social Services, Detroit Urban Legends Haunted House elicits the yearly jumps, squeals, shrieks, and gasps demanded by Americans tired of only having the reverse extinction of dinosaurs to fear. In a deft blending of two U.S. traditions, Urban Legends combines over-the-top thrills with distinctly unfrightening charity, as ticket sales go to help raise money for programs that provide relief and support for homeless mothers and children. Urban Legends is set inside the sprawling, 2,500-square-foot Cass Community United Methodist Church. Expect all manner of ghoul, ghost, hovering severed limb, and battery-less ringing cell phone upon entering the vast macabre underworld.
Urban Legends was recently noted in the Metro Times and Metromix for its unique commitment to social justice and socially acceptable terror. The experience is not recommended for children under 5 or for undead visitors who insist on pointing out the limitations of artifice, but everyone else in metro Detroit is encouraged to get their Halloween-shaped shot of blood-pumping adrenaline.
- the haunted house, in my opinion, was top-notch. By the time they let us into the executioner chamber I was in full-blown panic-attack mode, which I think by haunted house measures means success. – Laura Witkowski, Metro Times
3901 Cass Ave.
Detroit, Michigan 48201Get Directions