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A Halloween Visit to Hell, Michigan - 2004-10-29


During Halloween this year, almost a million people will visit a small town in Livingston County, Michigan called Hell. It is only 45 miles from Detroit, the center of automobile industry in the U.S.

How did an American town with a population of only 160 ‘souls’ come by this distinctive name? The town’s founding fathers tried to come up with a name and couldn’t agree on one. One of them exclaimed in frustration that “I don’t care if they call it Hell”. And the name sticks until today.

Hell also offers a Halloween flavor that no other place can compete with. Scream Ice Cream from Hell is very popular with visitors who can also browse around the shop and pick out their favorite Halloween masks and decorations. They even serve their ice cream out of an 1860 metal coffin from Transylvania, the East European region known for it’s Vampire legends!

But there are less scary activities as well, such as cross-country races in costume, bus tours, and the perennial favorite of all tourists, shopping. This ‘Pumpkin Baby’ is having a great time! Check out the Michigan Travel Site and Hell, Michigan official web site on the right to learn more about ‘scary but fun’ fall activities in America’s heartland.

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