Note: Some of the Theatre Bizarre remains are on private property, and you must gain permission to enter.
Before the Halloween masquerade Theatre Bizarre was held at the Masonic Temple, more than 2,000 people converged on a swath of vacant lots, contiguous alleys and the backyards of houses just south of the Michigan State Fairgrounds in Detroit for the annual “underground” bash.
That was until the city shut down the 11-year-old event for alleged ordinance violations in October 2010.
Many of the Theatre Bizarre’s carnival-like remains are still on the blighted block. It’s a creepily fitting setting since the masquerade was a replica of an abandoned amusement park.
The Theatre Bizarre is scheduled for Oct. 16 and 17 this year.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.