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Get in the Fall Halloween Spirit with These 12 Fun Activities


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Photo by Daryl Laudahl

*This article was updated on October 22, 2015

With Halloween just around the corner, Minnesotans big and small are planning their costumes, buying candy, and going in search of a little spooky fun. If you’re in need of a scare this Halloween season, check out what the Twin Cities has to offer for some frightful fun!

The Butcher Shop House of Gore Haunted House

144 E Reaney Ave., St. Paul, MN 55106
Daily now through October 31 | 5 – 11 p.m.; 5 p.m.-midnight on October 31

Thrill-seekers might try this gore-filled haunted house with live monsters, ghosts, and other terrifying illusions. Although there is no age restriction, children must be accompanied by an adult and should use discretion – all those who enter may be ‘attacked.’

Fright Farm

2020 White Bear Ave N, Maplewood, MN 55109
Fridays & Saturdays during October | 7 – 11 p.m.

Ramsey County Sheriff’s Fright Farm Haunted House is located right in the heart of the Twin Cities in a century-old barn.

Trail of Terror

3525 145th St. W., Shakopee, MN 55379
Friday-Sunday, now through October 31 | 7 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Friday & Saturdays and 7 – 11 p.m. Sundays

The largest Halloween event in the Midwest, Trail of Terror has spine-chilling attractions like a haunted house and frightening forest walk as well as some scare-free events for those who spook easily.

Halloween Haunt at ValleyScare 

One Valleyfair Drive, Shakopee, MN 55379
Fridays & Saturdays during October | 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Valleyfair as upped the ante with indoor & outdoor mazes, scare zones, and plenty of spooky live shows in addition to their rides and attractions. But during the day, kids can come for some not-so-spooky Halloween fun!

Scream Town

7410 Highway 212, Chaska, MN 55318
Weekends now through November 1 | 7 – 11 p.m.

One of the largest, scariest events in the Twin Cities, Scream Town boasts three haunted houses, a haunted maze, and a haunted forest.

ZooBoo at Como Zoo

1225 Estabrook Dr., Saint Paul, MN 55103
October 24-25 | 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

ZooBoo is a non-scary, family-friendly Halloween event that offers safe trick-or-treating, a few animal visitors, live entertainment, and craft projects.

The Haunted Basement at The Soap Factory

514 Second St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Now – November 1 | 6 – 11 p.m.

In it’s ninth year, The Soap Factory’s Haunted Basement features artist-designed horrors for those 18 years or older. If you can’t muster up the courage, there are a select number of ‘Fraidy Cat tours of the Haunted Basement – with the lights on!

Room Escape Adventures

Big Thrill Factory, 17585 Highway 7, Minnetonka, MN 55345
Wednesday – Sundays | Four show times per day

You and 11 others have one hour to escape the room with a hungry zombie chained to the wall. Every five minutes a buzzer sounds & the chain is released another foot from the wall. Teams need to work together to solve riddles to find their way out.

Severs Corn Maze
Photo courtesy of Sever's Corn Maze

Sever’s Corn Maze & Fall Festival

1100 Canterbury Rd, Shakopee, MN 55379
Now – November 1 | Fridays 1 – 8 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., & Sundays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

If you are looking for fall fun without the frights, head to Sever's Corn Maze. The Midwest’s original corn maze is back for another year of fall fun. This year, the maze is train themed and the maze challenge has you looking for ‘Conductor Sever’ throughout. Families welcomed.

Nightmare on Hennepin Street Halloween Pub Crawl

Hennepin Street
October 31 | 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Pull out your Halloween costumes and hit the streets of Minneapolis for the hottest Halloween party. Admission to the event includes drink vouchers and there will be drink specials and costume contests at various venues along Hennepin.

Haunting Experience on 61

10900 E. Pt. Douglas Rd., Cottage Grove, MN 55016
Thursdays-Saturdays now through October 31

After dark visitors can check out the huge 3D house of horror, the mile-long hayride of terror, a corn maze, and scary movies galore.

Hamel Lions Haunted Acres

7205 County Road 101, Corcoran, MN 55311
Fridays and Saturday until October 31 | 7 – 10 p.m.

Test your bravery in the Haunted Acres, but be warned, children under 12 need adult supervision. It’s also a fundraising event—food donations are accepted.

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