Vote now for Best of Detroit 2021

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Halloween is your last chance to tour the creepy Eloise Asylum before it gets redeveloped

Posted By on Tue, Oct 13, 2020 at 2:43 PM

click to enlarge It's not hard to see why many believe this place is probably haunted. - DETROIT PARANORMAL EXPEDITIONS
  • Detroit Paranormal Expeditions
  • It's not hard to see why many believe this place is probably haunted.

Soon, Westland's long-abandoned Eloise Asylum will be redeveloped — but before then, you have a few more weeks to tour the sprawling, spooky site.

The owners are hosting tours through the end of the month. The five-hour "paranormal investigations" are offered every Friday and Saturday, with the last one set for Halloween, Saturday, Oct. 31.



This isn't a typical "haunted house" with special effects and people in costumes. Visitors will get a guided tour, led by local paranormal investigators, through five floors of the Kay Beard Building — including a basement, rooms where lobotomies were once performed, and the maximum-security wards "where Michigan's most insane were housed," according to a press release.

"The Eloise Asylum has no power and no special effects, and is a place documented for its former atrocities and current paranormal activity," it continues. "Distressed spirits are reported to lurk, making their presence seen, felt and heard by those who dare to investigate."

Tickets are $100, plus a booking fee. More information, including a schedule and a link to buy tickets, is available here.

If ghosts aren't your thing, two-hour daytime historical tours are also available Saturdays and Sundays from noon-2 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. Tickets are $65 per person, plus a booking fee. More information is available here.

This won't be the last of Eloise Asylum, however. The developers say they plan to transform the 16-acre property into multiple developments, including a "haunted attraction," hotel, and a 1930s-themed restaurant and bar. Construction is slated to begin in 2021.

The site has a grisly history that is the stuff of urban legends. Originally built as the Wayne County Poorhouse in 1839, it grew into what was once the largest psychiatric facility in the country. You can read more about its history here.

We have a new events newsletter! Find out the best things to do in the area every Thursday in your inbox.

Tags: , , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 13, 2021

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2021 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation