It’s time for all things ghouls and goblins as haunted houses are up and running in Flint & Genesee. Two of the biggest and most popular this year are Saint Lucifer’s Haunted Asylum and Exit 13 Haunted House.
Rated Flint’s top haunted house, St. Lucifer’s for the mentally insane was boarded up and left for dead in 1974. Be one of the bravest to enter and discover the meaning of fear as the brutal past of the abused patients come alive, including many that have disappeared into the 5 miles of underground tunnels. Saint Lucifer’s Haunted Asylum and 13 Feet Under”is located at Playland Fun Center, 5290 S. Dort Highway, Grand Blanc. Learn more here.
At Exit 13 Haunted House in Mt. Morris, get up-close and personal with some of the scariest Halloween creatures, featuring live actors and state of the art effects with vampires, werewolves, clowns, monsters, the pig man, chainsaw man and more. Exit 13 Haunted House is located at 6069 N. Saginaw Street, Mt. Morris, (1/4 mile south off of I-475). Learn more here.
Information and dates are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.
September 22 – 28: Corn Maze and Weekend Fall Fun at Spicer Orchards, 10411 Clyde Road, Fenton * (810) 632-7692 * spicerorchards.com
- (Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m./Corn Maze open until 6 p.m.) Enjoy fall festivities daily featuring hayrides, fruit picking, a cider making process, a large farm play area, pony and train rides, large inflatables, donut production, a bee keeping display and more. On weekends, enjoy additional fall fun with activities for all ages. Also, take on the challenge at Spicer’s Corn Maze!
September 25 – 28: Country Corn Maze, 450 N. Vernon Road, Corunna * (989) 743-6899 * cornmazefun.net
- (Open Thursday & Friday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Spend a day at the farm while working your way through four professionally designed corn mazes including a maze for kids. Also, enjoy a corn cannon, pumpkin patch and apple cider and donuts.
September 26 & 27: “Saint Lucifer’s Haunted Asylum and 13 Feet Under” at Playland Fun Center, 5290 S. Dort Highway, Grand Blanc * (810) 695-8200 * playlandfuncenter.com
- (Box Office opens 8 p.m.) Rated Flint’s top haunted house, St. Lucifer’s, for the mentally insane, was boarded up and left for dead in 1974. Be one of the bravest to enter and discover the meaning of fear as the brutal past of the abused patients come alive, including many that have disappeared into the 5 miles of underground tunnels.
September 26 – 28: “Pumpkin Fantasyland Tours” at Montrose Orchards, 12473 Seymour Road, Montrose * (810) 639-6971 * montroseorchards.com
- (Open Friday 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Take an enchanted 200 acre hayride on an old-fashioned wagon while enjoying many unique displays of your favorite childhood characters. Stop at the Pumpkin Patch and find that perfect Halloween pumpkin. After the tour, stop by the campfire for some hot dogs, s’mores, apple cider and freshly made donuts.
September 26 – 28: “Exit 13” Haunted House in Mt. Morris, 6069 N. Saginaw Street, Mt. Morris (1/4 mile south off of I-475) * (810) 858-9768 * exit13hauntedhouse.com
- (Open at 7 p.m.) Get up-close and personal with some of the scariest Halloween creatures featuring live actors and state of the art effects with vampires, werewolves, clowns, monsters, the pig man, chainsaw man and more.
September 27: “Fall Harvest Festival” at Applewood, 1400 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 233-3835 * ruthmottfoundation.org
- (Festival runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Enjoy a fun-filled family day exploring the grounds at Applewood, all decked out for fall with activities and exhibits around every corner. Take part in a Scavenger Hunt, and learn about Applewood history, search out live farm animals, taste yummy seasonal treats and listen to live music all day. Golf cart shuttles available for those with mobility challenges. Light and healthy local refreshments will also be provided. This is a free event but, please consider bringing a food or personal care item to be donated to a local shelter.
Looking for something delicious this weekend? Let us help: Beef and Barley in Flint Township.
The former Ruggero’s Restaurant has been renovated into a sleek and modern American bistro. With exquisite finishes and food to die for, this Genesee County gem is perfect for date night or special occasions.
Beef and Barley is a full-service restaurant with a banquet facility, offering a full bar with 16 taps of craft beer (mostly Michigan brewed). It prides itself on scratch menu made with the freshest ingredients.
Check out the beef – and, of course, the barley — at 2055 S. Linden Road, Flint Township.
See a menu and learn more here.
More color than your happy levels can handle? Well, sign us up! That’s the vow from organizers of the Color Vibe 5K, which will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at E.A. Cummings Center, 6130 E. Mt. Morris Rd., Mt. Morris.
Walk. Run. Just do it … in color! Color Vibe is a color blast 5K that is all about having fun and getting covered from top to toe with splashes of color pandemonium. All color is 100% safe, edible, biodegradable and beautiful. It is D&C approved and non-toxic.
You’ll get color blasted with blue, yellow, pink, purple and green as you run (or walk) through the Color Vibe zones — and you’ll feel like you’re floating in a cloud of double rainbow happiness while you’re doing it, the website says.
Are you ready? Register here. And good luck!
Like vintage automobiles? This is the car show for you. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Flint Cultural Center, enjoy the annual Golden Memories Car Show — a very special event exclusively for original or authentically restored vehicles produced in 1963 or earlier.
All authentic and original automobiles 1964 and prior are welcomed. The free event will serve as a special send-off for Golden Memories founder and Chair Bob Sovis.
This will be a relaxing day with friends and fellow car enthusiasts who love well-preserved and restored automobiles.
Want to know more? Click here.
They don’t wear capes. They’re in homes, at work, in the community — maybe right beside you. They’re heroes, and a two-day workshop in Flint looks to teach you how to be one, too.
The second-annual Hero Round Table on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 19-20, hopes to bring nearly 1,000 people to Flint from around the world and teach them to be heroes. The Round Table is the world’s largest conference dedicated to cultivating heroism.
This year’s participants will hear from experts on whistle blowing, psychology, education and personal development to give attendees practical know-how in creating heroism in their own communities. The expected turnout of 1,000 nearly triples last year’s inaugural crowd of more than 300. The conference will be held at The Whiting in Flint.
“To have this now world-known conference dedicated to teaching people to be heroes come to our city is not only exciting, but a wonderful opportunity for people throughout Flint & Genesee,” said Cheryl DeFrain, Director, Flint & Genesee Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We have the chance to showcase our area and assets during this two-day conference, but also our residents and business people can attend Round Table and empower themselves to create change in our community.”
There’s still time to register! Click here.
Learn more about the two-day conference in this MLive article.
Photo: MLive.com/Jake May
Want to meet a world champ? Here’s your chance. You’re invited to a community-wide celebration for Flint’s Anthony Dirrell, the new super middleweight boxing champion of the world.
The Flint Journal/MLive will host a gathering in Dirrell’s honor from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at its office, 540 S. Saginaw St., in Flint. Fans can get autographs and take pictures with the champion for free.
Along the way on his quest to become world champion, Dirrell beat cancer, won a rematch after his first world title shot resulted in a draw, survived a motorcycle crash, welcomed his first child into the world and was mistakenly arrested on suspicion of robbing a Flint bank when police pulled over the wrong person.
Learn more about Dirrell’s incredible journey and Wednesday’s celebration in this MLive article.