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Halloween attraction opens despite awaiting approval


Flushing, Mich. (WNEM) – A long-awaited Halloween attraction had its grand opening in Genesee County on Friday despite not having final approval from the local planning commission.

Flushing Township Supervisor Frederick Thorsby previously told TV5 that the scope of Michigan’s Haunted Musical has changed in Flushing Township and the Planning Commission needs to review and approve an updated site plan.

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Thoresby noted that approval could happen during a special Planning Commission meeting on Thursday, September 22, but that meeting was later rescheduled for Monday, September 26.

Nevertheless, owner Alberto DiMatteo went ahead with today’s grand opening.

Dimatteo describes the Halloween attraction as “non-stop nostalgia” for people of all ages.

“We have a family-friendly hayride where we have tour guides in character,” DiMatteo said. “They’ll take our guests through the woods in three spooky musical sets where our cast is going to perform a three-minute musical number each, and it’s about a 35-minute ride.”

Guests can expect to encounter several creatures as they travel through the forest, such as witches, a magical troll, and an evil doctor.

The spooky musical runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Halloween.

“No blood, no gore, no jump scares no profanity. We are definitely a family friendly attraction,” said Dimatteo.

You can buy tickets to Haunted Michigan musicals here.