Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Scream Park?
It is 44 acres of fun. In addition to our traditional Niles Haunted House that will scare the yell out of you, we have expanded our attractions again this year. We have the Niles Haunted House, Krampus: A Christmas Curse, Cabin 13, the Field of Screams, the Dark Terror-tory Haunted Hayride: Night Terrors, Zendor Presents: Murphy's Law, and a midway with several attractions such as the Fry Freddy Basketball Toss, the Blade, Spooky Splatt Paintball Shooting Gallery and the (you gotta see it to believe it) X-Terminator.
Where are you located?
The Niles Scream Park is at 855 Mayflower Road, Niles, Michigan, just east of U.S. 31 Exit #5 (the Niles-Buchanan exit). Be sure to check the map for directions.
When are you open?
Please see our dates and hours page for full details. Please note that the hayride and the Field of Screams open when it is dark since they are outside attractions. Sometimes this is later than the official opening time for the Park.
Can I get something to eat?
Yes. We have several different food vendors and a dry place to sit, talk, watch the activities and eat.
Who benefits from this project?
The attraction is staffed by volunteers from more than 65 area non-profit groups. The groups receive a donation based on the number of hours they provide.
Why are you making me take my lighter (..knife, ...lighter, ..etc.) back to the car?
We use metal detectors at our entrance. For obvious reasons, we do not want weapons of any kind on the premises (that includes off-duty police officers). Too many jerks like to use their lighters in dark places, so they are banned too. Over the years, we have built quite a stock pile of things that people lost in the house. We will not be responsible for expensive electrical equipment and we do not want to shut down operations to look for them when you drop them out of your pocket. Therefore, leave all cameras, knives, guns, lighters, alcohol, chemicals and profanity in your cars. Thanks.
Is it scary?
In a word, YES! This attraction is geared to scare high school through young-adult age kids. If we can scare Notre Dame football players, we can scare you.
Is it worth driving from Kalamazoo, Chicago or Indy?
We think so. That's why we have so many fun things happening. If you do everything, it should take a couple of hours - a Frightful Nightful!
Is it gory?
No, we do not feel the need to splatter everything with blood and guts. We have other ways to get your adrenalin flowing.
Is it appropriate for young children?
This is where parental guidance is required. Although we do have many small children go through the Haunted House and are delighted, we cannot recommend it. If your child is afraid of the dark, then definitely not. The hayride and the midway attractions are not recommended for children under the age of 6.
I went through five times last year and never found the sewer rats (or the volcano ... or the jack-in-the-box ... or the elevator...). How did I miss it?
There are a couple of reasons for this. First, we have multiple routes through our house. There are more than 100 possible paths to take (although it is possible to see everything in just seven trips). Second, many people are looking for something they saw or heard about in a previous year. Almost all of the displays and routes change every year.
Why won't you let me into an attraction because of my shoes?
It is very important that you have proper footwear to go through our attractions to keep you safe! No open toe shoes (including sandals and flip flops) are permitted in the Field of Screams. High heels or narrow stilletos are not recommended in any of the attractions. Please wear appropriate shoes that you can walk in all night over uneven ground, decking, slat bridges, etc.
I'm afraid of the dark and I am claustrophobic.
The Niles Scream Park is not the place for you — unless you want to test the limits of your adrenal gland. The Dark Terror-tory Haunted Hayride may be just right for you.
I started to hyperventilate and didn't make it all the way through. Do I get my money back?
Let me get this straight. 1) You paid us money to scare you. 2) You got scared. 3) You got more scared. 4) You got so scared that we had to remove you via our hidden doors and secret passages. I think you owe US money.
Do you accept credit cards?
Yes, we accept VISA and MasterCard. There is a $1.00 service fee on each transaction that involves a credit card because the posted prices are for cash payment.
Are you open if it rains or snows?
Yes because the only thing that will shut us down is a tornado or another catastrophic event. The midway and all attraction paths are carpeted so if it rains, it still will be easy to get around. If it is raining really hard, the Hayride and/or Field of Screams may be closed, but your ticket will be honored on another evening that we are open this season.
Are the actors allowed to touch you?
Not in most of the Park. There is one new attraction in 2017 where actors touching you is part of the show. You will sign a wavier before you enter the attraction so it will be very clear that in this attraction only, the actors will touch you. In no other place in the Park are actors allowed to come in contact with the visitors. Likewise, visitors are not to make contact with actors for any reason.
Are there strobe lights?
Yes. All attractions at the Scream Park have strobe lights. Consequently, it is not recommended for anyone with epilepsy, seizure disorders, or those having a tendency to be dizzy or to experience fainting spells.
We also do not recommend it for those who have heart conditions, pregnant woman or any other physical condition that could be affected by a strobe light or being scared.
Is it dark?
Yes. Some areas will be pitch black.
Is there any reason I should not come to the Scream Park?
Unfortunately not everyone can enjoy the Scream Park. If you are pregnant, have a heart condition, have epilepsy, are prone to fainting, have asthma or other breathing problems, the Scream Park is probably not the place for you. If you have any questions about whether you can participate in the attractions because of a health issues, we recommend you consult your doctor.
I'm in a wheelchair--is there anything for me at the Scream Park?
The Scream Park is accessible to anyone in a wheelchair. All outdoor areas are carpeted so getting around is relatively easy. All attractions are wheelchair accessible and we will have a volunter guide to help you through.
If you have trouble walking, walk with a cane or have knee/hip/ankle issues, please be aware that there are areas where the ground is uneven, the floors move and passages are very narrow. It may be difficult for you to navigate these ares. For your safety, the use of crutches is not allowed in any of the attractions. We will accommodate you in a wheelchair.
Do you have security?
Can I be thrown out of the attractions for any reason?
Yes. Any disorderly conduct will not be tolerated and immediate ejection will result. No refunds will be given.
Can we take photos?
No. No cameras, cell phone cameras, or video equipment are allowed while touring the attractions. However, we will offer to take your group's picture when you enter the Park which will be available free online. We also have a Photo Booth where souvenir pictures can be purchased.
If I can't take my camera into the Park, can I take my cell phone?
Cell phones are permitted. You can use them on the midway. They must be turned off while touring the attractions. If you use your phone while in any attraction (for calls, pictures or anything else), you will be escorted out of the Park and your money will not be refunded.
Do you offer group rates?
We are happy to accommodate groups at the Park and have lots of room on the midway and bus parking. If you have a group of 20 or more paying together, ask the cashier for $1 off any combination ticket or $0.50 off individual attraction tickets. If you have a larger group (30 to 50 or more), please call the office at 269-445-9184 to make arrangements ahead of your visit. We appreciate it if you give us at least a week's notice for large groups.
I have a question that was not answered in this list of FAQs. Who do I contact?
You can send a message to the office via our contact page or you can call the office during normal business hours (Monday-Friday / 9am-5pm) at 269-445-9184. The office is not open weekends.