Haunted Halloween Happenings

Carved Halloween pumpkin glowing in the dark.

Oakland County has been taken over by the things that go thump in the night! If you like tricks, rather than treats, then warm up your screams, and get your fill with a trip to a terrifying attraction on the 2015 Haunted Fun list. Make sure to check hours and locations for the day before you head out.

Whether you believe or not, Oakland County also has some ghostly haunts of its own. The Holly Hotel is haunted by a former owner, a young woman and even the former owner’s terrier! In Royal Oak the Baldwin Theater, also known as Stagecrafters, is believed to have a phantom that playfully pranks cast members and workers. Footsteps, cold spots, and ghostly conversations have made the hairs stand up on visitor’s necks for centuries. Find more haunted places in Michigan here.

Boy dressed as skeleton.

Interested in something a little less frightening? Check out our 2015 Oakland County Family Friendly Halloween attractions list.  Find our 2015 Cider Mill list here.

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Not-So-Haunted Family Fun

Four young friends on Halloween in costumes eating donuts hanging off strings.

The ghouls, goblins, and ghosts are coming to Oakland County, but Halloween doesn’t have to be all screams and terror. There are plenty of pumpkin patches, donuts, cider, and fun that doesn’t scare the pants off your family. Use our 2015 Family Friendly Halloween attraction guide to find just the right place. Make sure to check hours and locations for the day before you head out! Continue reading

Red October: A landscape of beauty-harboring itchy secrets

Wilder Side of Oakland County

Autumn Leaves at Independence Oaks County Park.

A leisurely drive down a rural roadway, or  a slow-paced walk in the woods, is the perfect portal to the colors of the season. Kaleidoscopes of colors are unfolding and when sunlight is just right, or leaves cascade down on to lake shore waters, the display is dazzling. As little children we learned Jack Frost was busy all night with his artist’s palate of gold, orange, and yellow hues and endless supplies of red. He would paint every tree in the landscape and be done with his work before the pumpkins were ripe. Who are we to say that this story is not true? Even if science states that the colors were there all along, masked by the green chlorophyll that quickly fades with decreased daylight as the great chill of winter slowly approaches. Continue reading

The 2015 HealthPlus Brooksie Way

Brooksie Way runners lining up for the start of the race.

The 2015 HealthPlus Michigan Brooksie Way was held this past Sunday, September 27th on the campus of Oakland University. A beautiful sunrise greeted participants as they signed in for the 8th annual half-marathon, 5K and 10K. The day’s weather could not have been more perfect with the highs in the upper 60s and overcast skies to keep the runners safe from the sun’s rays. Thanks to the beauty in Oakland County, thousands of racers experienced one of the most scenic running events in the country.

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