- What is a Scream Park?
- Where are you located?
- When are you open?
- Can I get something to eat?
- Who benefits from this project?
- Why are you making me take my lighter (..knife, …lighter, ..etc.) back to the car?
- What about marijuana?
- Is it scary?
- Is it worth driving from Kalamazoo, Chicago or Indy?
- Is it gory?
- Is it appropriate for young children?
- 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?
- How long does it take to go through the attractions?
- Why won’t you let me into an attraction because of my shoes?
- I’m afraid of the dark and I am claustrophobic. Will there be dark and tight places?
- I started to hyperventilate and didn’t make it all the way through. Do I get my money back?
- Do you accept credit cards?
- Are you open if it rains or snows?
- Are the actors allowed to touch you?
- Are there strobe lights?
- Is there any reason I should not come to the Scream Park?
- I’m in a wheelchair–is there anything for me at the Scream Park?
- Do you have security?
- Can I be thrown out of the attractions for any reason?
- Can I take photos?
- If I can’t take my camera into the Park, can I take my cell phone?
- Do you offer group rates?
- I am looking to raise funds for my group, how do I get more information?
- I have a question that was not answered in this list of FAQs. Who do I contact?
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, Nuclear Nightmare, The Gruesome Gallery, the Field of Screams, the Dark Terror-tory Haunted Hayride, Hooded, 5-minute Escape Rooms and a midway with the Spooky Splatt Paintball Shooting Gallery, food concessions and gift shops.
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, vapes (e-cigarettes), alcohol, chemicals and profanity in your cars. Thanks.
What about marijuana?
Marijuana is not allowed in the Park. Leave it in your car. We don’t care if it is legal or not. This is a family friendly environment and marijuana is not welcome. It can not be brought into the Park. No!!
Is it scary?
In a word, YES! This attraction is geared to scare high school through young adults. 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?
We do not feel the need to splatter everything with blood and guts. That being said, the attractions do have some intense scenes, but we try to get your adrenaline flowing without excessive use of gore.
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.
We do offer a “No Scare Zone” on the Midway to serve as a safe haven for anyone who needs to escape the scary. This area is free of charge and perfect for chaperones, young children and of course “scaredy cats.”
It is not permitted at any time to carry a child through any of our attractions. Inside the attractions you will experience uneven floors, complete darkness and many scares that may startle you. For these reasons it is not safe to carry a child. If your child is unable to walk on their own, they are not allowed inside the attractions. If they are too scared to continue through one of the attractions, stop an actor and ask to be escorted out of the attraction.
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.
How long does it take to go through the attractions?
In general, the Niles Haunted House takes 20-30 minutes. The shows Nuclear Nightmare and The Gruesome Gallery are about 15 minutes each. The Field of Screams can take 30-45 minutes (depending how long it takes you to figure out the mazes!) and the Hayride is about 20 minutes.
These times are for the attractions themselves and do not take into account lines or how busy the Park may be.
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 stilettos 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. Will there be dark and tight places?
Yes. Some areas will be pitch black. If dark or tight places bother you, 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?
It used to be “No.” At no point are visitors to come in contact with actors or actors allowed to come in contact with the visitors. But our Hooded attraction that opened in 2017 breaks that rule. That attraction requires you to sign a waiver and our actors will touch you.
There still is no touching in all of the other attractions – the Niles Haunted House, Nuclear Nightmare, The Gruesome Gallery, the Field of Screams and the Dark Terror-tory Haunted Hayride – and anywhere else in our Park, including the midway. If you have any concerns, please immediately contact one of our security volunteers (they’ll be wearing an orange hat).
Although actors may touch you in the Hooded attraction, it is NEVER permissible in any of our attractions for you to touch an actor. Doing so is grounds for immediate ejection from the property without a refund. If an actor is hurt, they have the right to press and file legal charges against the assailant.
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 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 standard wheelchair. All outdoor areas (except the parking lot) are carpeted so getting around is relatively easy. All of our attractions have a designated handicap route that is mostly accessible by standard wheelchair and we will have a volunteer guide to help you through. Keep in mind there are several areas where you will need to take an alternate route to accommodate your wheelchair so you may miss small portions of the show as a result. Also, the environment of a haunted house is not ideal for navigating a wheelchair. Your chair may scrape against a wall or require maneuvering to get through safely. The Scream Park is not liable for any damage to your personal wheelchair and will provide an alternate wheelchair if you are concerned your chair will be damaged. Please note that oversized and motorized wheelchairs are prohibited.
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 areas. 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 I take photos?
No. No cameras, cell phone cameras, or video equipment are allowed while touring the attractions. We have a Photo Booth where souvenir pictures can be purchased. You can take pictures with your cellphone camera in the midway, but everywhere else on the property is prohibited.
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 269-445-3871 to make arrangements ahead of your visit. We appreciate it if you give us at least a week’s notice for large groups.
I am looking to raise funds for my group, how do I get more information?
The Scream Park works with over 65 local volunteer organizations to raise funds to accomplish their financial goals. Unlike other fund-raising opportunities, we require zero startup costs and its fairly easy to get involved. Best of all, it’s a lot of fun! Whoever said volunteering can’t be fun?
Volunteering for the Park doesn’t just consist of dressing up and being an actor. While this is one aspect of the project and is the most fun, we understand that this isn’t suitable for everyone. Operating a Scream Park takes a large workforce and there are various other positions to fill. For more information, please see our Volunteer Information Packet.
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 business hours (Monday-Friday / 9am-5pm) at 269-445-3871. The office is not open weekends.