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Boyne Mountain serves up a scary good time on Halloween weekend

Witches, bats and ghosts won’t be the only ones flying through the air this Halloween. Boyne Mountain is turning its Zipline Adventure into a haunted happening on Halloween weekend.

On Oct. 29 and Oct. 30, the resort’s 10-line zipline will transform into the Zip of Terror, a thrilling and spooky after-dark phenomenon atop Boyne Mountain.

Decked out in zipline gear, those who dare will be sent zipping through the woods by staff members dressed as zombies, goblins and other creepy characters. They’ll reach speeds of up to 25 mph and drop more than 50 stories.

If that’s not scary enough, walking from line to line adds another layer of terror with only the light of the moon and glow sticks to guide the brave at heart as screams, groans and growls echo through the night.

Riders must weigh 60-275 pounds and be a minimum of three feet tall. Cost is $45 per person, or $40 per person for parties of five or more. Nightly hotel lodging starts at $79.

Reservations are suggested for the 6, 7:30, 9 and 10:15 p.m. departures and can be made by calling Boyne at (231) 549-6006.

For the younger set, Boyne Mountain also offers its annual Halloween Hoopla event at Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark. Activities include Halloween arts and crafts, a great pumpkin race, spooky story time, haunted hallway, hayrides, bonfire with s’mores, witch’s brew and snacks, and trick or treating.

Packages start at $125 per night and include lodging for a family of four, unlimited waterpark access, arcade tokens and Halloween Hoopla activities.

For lodging reservations and information, call (800)-GO-BOYNE (462-6963) or check www.Boyne.com.

Susan R. Pollack
Globetrotting journalist and former Detroit News staff writer Susan R. Pollack has covered travel since 1985, visiting scores of countries on five continents, 48 states, six Canadian provinces and hundreds of cities, islands and outposts along the way. From Alaska, the Galapagos and New Zealand to South Africa, Thailand and Wales, she has suffered the occasional lost luggage, jetlag and Montezuma’s revenge but still delights in sharing travel adventures with readers. In addition to The Detroit News, her award-winning stories and photos have appeared in major newspapers including the Dallas News, Toronto Star, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Chicago Sun Times; and magazines including Delta Sky, Midwest Living, Long Weekends, Experience Michigan, Jetsetter, Home & Away, Hour Detroit, Prevue Meetings and Group Tour. She has contributed to several books including "Rand McNally 2008 Ultimate NASCAR Road Trip Guide," and is the copy editor for secondchancetravels.com. She also has written for websites including gardendestinations.com and travelingmom.com.