Sunday, December 16, 2018
     OK so for the last few weeks it hasn't seemed much like summer with all the rain and gray skies but hey that should keep you in the Halloween spirit right? Of course before you know it it will be warm (hot) and sunny and time to start working on all those projects for your display for Halloween this year. What? the weather has dulled your creativity and you've lost your motivation? Well here is some tips to get those creative juices flowing so you can start cranking out those projects. 
 
     Take a trip to cemetery, if you didn't make it to the May meeting at Oak Hill cemetery visit one in your area, the older the better. Take lots of pictures of interesting grave markers and crypts. Make sure to get shots of markers that are stained by years passing by they really help in learning to details your own tombstones. Take note of inscriptions and designs to add to your new designs. Ok the trip to the cemetery was a good start but your really want to get your creep on in a major way so now what?  Road trip!  Ok so you were planning on a trip to Cedar Point anyway before you go members can give a shout out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (MadDawg) and asked to get hooked up with some of those sweet discount coupons for Ghostly Manor right next to the Point and get some first class scares before the fall rush. Yes your hearing this right our own doctor of haunt discounts has secured us some really pre-season scares good all summer long while the coupons last (members only).
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      The cobwebs are clearing from your mind (or settling in as the case may be) and your vision for your haunt this fall is starting to take shape but you could use a little more input. Well we got you covered at the June 18th meeting with a lights on tour of Deadland haunted house. After being dark for 2010 because of a lost lease the owners of Deadland fell into some good luck when Howie (slober) of Deadly Intentions was unable to run his haunted house due to health problems (Howie we are wishing you the best buddy!) and sold it to the owners of Deadland. So now with there first year in the Detroit area the MCHC get's a special preview on the progress of Deadland crew. This is a win-win for both the club and Deadland as members will get to see what goes into setting up a pro haunted attraction and the Deadland will be able to get valuable input from the members to help them fine tune there show. 

Most people think of Memorial Day as the unofficial start of summer, with barbeques, bike riding, graduation parties, or trips to the beach on the docket for the next few months. However, as haunters, Memorial Day also means that our favorite holiday is that much closer. Now you may think that there may not be that many haunt or horror-related things to do during the summer. However, if you look hard enough, there are actually quite a few fun haunted attractions and events to partake in before autumn arrives.

For example, on select Saturday nights during the summer and fall, historic Fort Wayne hosts haunt tours at the fort where visitors can explore several buildings on the campus while searching for paranormal activity. Tour tickets are $42 and are set to take place on June 25th, July 16th, and August 20th, in addition to select dates in September and October. For more information, visit http://www.hauntedfortwaynedetroit.com.

For those planning a trip up north this summer, there are a couple fun things to do in the Mackinaw area. First, in Mackinaw City, there is a haunted attraction called Mackinaw Manor. Located in the Mackinaw Crossings shopping center, Mackinaw Manor features a 3D walk-through attraction and the 'buried alive' coffin ride.  In keeping with the 'family-friendly' theme of the area, the 3D haunt keeps the scare factor low, but the air-brush detailing is excellent.  And it's only $6, so it's definitely worth a look if you're ever in the area.   Their website is www.mackinawmanor.com.

An attraction of a different sort, found on Mackinaw Island, is the Haunts of Mackinaw haunted history tour.  This is a 90-minute group tour where a tour guide leads the group to different buildings on the island and explains each of the haunted events that were reported at each historical location.  Since many of the island’s structures have a long history, there are many stories that are told, including the last known murder on the island in 1960 (still unsolved!).  This tour is very informative and fun, and only $15/person.  However, since these tours begin at 9pm, they're really only available for those staying the night on the island, since the last ferry to the mainland usually leaves around that time.  For more information, visit www.hauntsofmackinaw.com .

Also on Mackinaw Island, celebrating their 37th season, is the Mackinaw Island Haunted Theater. This haunted attraction, found on the main strip of the island, is inside an old movie theater originally built in 1885. It’s a family-friendly haunt, so not exactly very scary, but it has some very cool displays, and is also only $6/person, and is open every day from May 1st through October 31st. For details visit www.mackinacislandhauntedtheatre.com.  

Of course, there are plenty of haunt and horror-related conventions taking place this summer. In addition to the Great Lakes FrightFest and the Midwest Haunters Convention (occurring once again on the same weekend, unfortunately), there are some cool horror movie conventions occurring this summer within driving distance. First, Creepy Classics is hosting its Monster Bash the weekend of June 24 through 26th at the Days Inn Conference Center in Butler, Pennsylvania. Their website is www.creepyclassics.com . Then in July, the Famous Monsters Magazine is holding its annual Famous Monsters of Filmland horror convention July 9th-11th in Indianapolis. Their website is www.famousmonstersoffilmland.com . Finally, the big horror convention this summer is Flashback Weekend 2011, taking place in Chicago August 12-14th. A ton of horror movie guests have been confirmed for this show, including Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger from Nightmare on Elm Street), Sid Haig from House of 1000 Corpses, Doug Bradley (Pinhead from Hellraiser), and many more. For more information, check them out on the web at www.flashbackweekend.com.

Finally, for more ideas on haunted events and things to do this summer, you can visit www.spookytalk.com, which features a 30-minute weekly radio talk show featuring interviews of local folks that have had spooky or paranormal experiences. And of course, keep tabs on the club website for upcoming club events and tours. In addition to the Pontiac Cemetery tour on May 21st, we will be touring an area haunted house, The Deadland, on Saturday June 18th. Hope to see you all there!

So are you feeling it now? Want to share your ideas with others? Log onto the club website and post on the forum or use the email chat list. Have a mini workshop at your house and invite other members help out and participate. Check out your favorite websites for ideas. Above all summer doesn't have to be sun, sand and surf it can also be a great time to get your creep on!

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