Thursday, October 4, 2012

Go To Hell...Michigan

Hell Country Store and Spirits, by David Ball. [The copyright holder of this file (photo), David Ball, allows anyone to use it for any purpose, provided that the copyright holder is properly attributed.]
The slogan for the town is "Go To Hell Michigan."  I'm not joking, but everyone in this town is.  Hell is not far from Ann Arbor, and it's name has encouraged the people there to make fun of themselves.  Hell celebrates Halloween 363 days a year, which is why I'm mentioning it now.  Halloween is on the way, and Hell is one of those towns that everyone should visit, particularly at this time of year.

Here's some of the unique things that you can find in Hell.  Hell in a Handbasket, Hell's Kitchen, and Screams Ice Cream are three of the unique places that you can shop, eat, and visit in Hell.  Hell residents call their town the Hysterical Town.  This is the place you want to go if you don't want to do much of a serious nature for the weekend.  In Hell, you can join the Hearse Club, which is called Just Hearsin' Around.  They have a rally and parade every year in September.  For me that's a can't miss.
But there are any number of things that you can do in Hell.  They have a road race every year for runners who come from all over the country called The Run Through Hell.  Most people come just to get the T-shirt that says "I Ran Through Hell."
  Here it is.  It's the tiniest wedding chapel you'll ever see, and it's here so that you too can be married in Hell.  They aren't joking, you can check out Hell's Facebook page and see pictures from the weddings of the comedicially inclined folks who have done this for real.
  You just never know what you're going to see.

Even the fire department has a sense of humor in Hell.
And that's not all.  I highly recommend coming for Hell Fest with coffins, hearses, and people in costume running around everywhere.  It is the best time of year to come to Hell, but if that's not enough for you, then become the mayor.
Mayor for a day is a fund raising program that this comedic town has been doing for a while now.  For $100 you can run the place for a day.  It comes with all the perks of being a leader, including getting awakened at 5 a.m. to start your busy day as mayor of Hell.
There are so many ways to enjoy you time in Hell.  At Halloween of course, visit the area's haunted houses and haunted forests where you go on haunted hayrides.  It's all part of the town that just can't understand why anyone wouldn't want to go to Hell.

So come to Hell and have some cake, get married, or run the town for the day.  You won't find a town that's more fun anywhere.  And, if you can't find it, they'll be happy to show you the way.


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