Just how frightened do you want to get between now and the end of October? If you live in or near Minneapolis, you can find an attraction that will provide you with a few goose bumps, or you can pull out all of the stops and go to one that will get you downright terrified! Halloween in Minneapolis is definitely “spooktacular” business.
Let’s start with the top-of-the-scary-meter Halloween attractions:
1) Trail of Terror, near Shakopee, Minnesota
There are over 13 attractions. You can creep down five horrific hallways (3D Circus, Vampire Chamber, Phobia Frights, The Butcher House and Mindbender), and bring your most horrible fears & phobias to life with over 900 scares, props & optical illusions.
As to the Trail of Terror, in more than 25 nummifying rooms, your spine will tingle at the sights and spooky sounds of the Trail of Terror. Choose the path that will lead you through the Twin Cities’ largest heated indoor maze. You can also enjoy a 5-course meal in the Phantom’s Feast.
2) Haunting Experience in 3D, Cottage Grove, Minnesota
The haunting begins in their 3D haunted house (3D glasses provided) with lots of eye popping ghouls. The large haunted mansion includes over 20 rooms of bloody mayhem leading out to the hayride which is over a mile long, winding through wooded trails and corn fields.
3) ValleySCARE Haunt, located at Valley Fair near Shakopee, Minnesota
Haunted mazes include The Mangler Asylum and CarnEvil. The park will also feature Blood Creek Cemetery, a haunted zone. Shows include The Boogie Monsters and the Madness and Mayhem Show. For younger kids, the park will offer Pumpkin Hollow with a trick-or-treat trail and other scare-free activities.
(To get details from the ValleySCARE website, you may have to scroll down on the page to get to the links at the bottom of the page).
4) Frightmares at Buck Hill, located just minutes South of Minneapolis and St. Paul
There are four terrifying attractions: The Orchard Manor Dead and Breakfast, the Fright Factory, the Bellharm-Lovejoy Asylum, and Haunted Hollow.
There are many other attractions with varying levels of spookiness. Here are links to 13 (lucky you!):
1) The Dungeons of Darkness and Doom, Hopkins, Minnesota. Evilhill’s attraction is a very intense theatrical haunted house. Parental discretion is advised. Some themes may be frightening to younger children.
2) Terror Fest in Blaine, Minnesota. They make sure to adjust the scare level to who is going through the maze, so it is very child friendly.
3) Scream Town (Terror in the Corn), near Chaska, Minnesota. This is an enormous 15 minute maze with hidden twists and turns, daring choices, and body numbing buildings to walk through such as the farmer’s house with hidden deadly spirits, butcher shack with dismembered pig parts, and toxic barn with animals that didn’t make it, or did they.
4) Victorian Ghost Stories at the James J. Hill House in St. Paul, Minnesota. Costumed actors present dramatic readings of 19th-century ghost stories in the dimly light parlor of the James J. Hill House. The one-hour program includes works by Edgar Allan Poe, Edith Wharton and the Brothers Grimm, as well as lesser-known authors of the period, plus some “true” ghost stories. This program is not recommended for children under age 8. Reservations are recommended for this popular annual event.
5) Shadows and Spirits of the State Capitol, St. Paul, Minnesota. As tour groups move through the shadowy and eerily lit rotunda, hallways and chambers, they will meet historical “spirits” including a night watchman, Civil War veteran, a woman suffragist, a dome foreman and an artist who decorated the Supreme Court chamber, who tell stories of the Capitol’s early history. Tours are 60 minutes and leave every half hour.
6) The Minneapolis Horror, Tales from the Night Shift, Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Visit the Washburn A Mill at night as costumed actors dramatize the dangers of working the night shift and the many horrific disasters that have befallen the mill over the years.
7) Halloween Extravaganza, Dodge Nature Center, West St. Paul and Mendota Heights, Minnesota. Family-centered event.
8) All Hallow’s Eve (October 30th) and Old-Time Halloween (October 31st), Gibbs Museum, St. Paul, Minnesota. Family-centered events.
9) Fort Snelling After Dark, St. Paul, Minnesota. Explore the shadowy side of the fort during special after-hours access. Participate in a court martial to help decide a soldier’s fate and tour the grounds at dusk.
10) Pumpkin Palooza Weekend & Ar-BOO-retum. Minnesota Landscape Arboretum near Chanhassen, Minnesota. Don’t miss the “Spooktacular” concert by Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra (2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, MacMillan Auditorium, Oswald Visitor Center). During the Ar-BOO-retum celebration on Sunday, anyone arriving in costume will be admitted free.
11) Ghost Trolley, Minnesota Streetcar Museum, Excelsior (Minnesota) streetcar line. Fun and not too scary!
12) Howl-O-Ween Party, Wildlife Science Center, Forest Lake, Minnesota. Trick-or-treat among owls, wolves and bears while you learn about some of nature’s most misunderstood creatures.
13) HallZOOween, Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley, Minnesota. Bring your little goblins and ghouls to the Zoo for some Halloween fun. Dress up as your favorite Zoo animal or other creature of choice and get ready for a day of music, crafts, and treats!
There you have it. Four really scary places and thirteen more of varying degrees of fright. Minneapolis is the “spooktacular” place to be in October, so plan to visit and bring a friend so that you have someone to hold your hand!