(10/16/12) - There's plenty to be frightened about - and a little to laugh about - inside St. Lucifer's Haunted Asylum on Dort Highway. The Travel Channel recently named it the best haunted house in Michigan.
"It's a big reward for all the hard work and dedication our actors have had," said Kris Werner, Saint Lucifer's owner.
In fact, the Travel Channel even ranked it as the twentieth best in the nation. Ever since, business has been booming.
"We get people from all around. Toronto, Ft Wayne Indiana, Maryland, Traverse City," Werner said.
If you have the guts to make it through the entrance way, you're looking at 4,000 square feet of chaos, not to mention 25 minutes of spine tingling terror with a little humor mixed in along the way.
As for why the honor was bestowed upon his haunt, Kris Werner, or Dr. Chaos as he prefers, isn't sure if it's because his place is the most frightening or the funniest.
"It's probably a combination of both. We try to provide a lot of laughs along with the scares," he said.
But Dr. Chaos warns - his house isn't for everyone.
"Most haunted houses tend to be spacious with the scares spaced out. We're kind of compact. Our scares are coming at you and you're getting bombarded," he said.
This is St. Lucifer's fifteenth anniversary, and over the years, Dr. Chaos says he's mastered the art of the scare.
"There's a little bit of a science to it. It's how much work we put into it," he said. "We're already working on next year's haunt. My staff behind the scenes and the actors are top notch. They work at it 13 months out of the year."
Saint Lucifer's is open Thursday through Sunday. It sits right next to Playland on Dort Highway.
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