The land of 10,000 lakes manages to host visitors at a good number of haunted houses in Minnesota before the state goes into hibernation for the winter. Minnesota has more zombies, devils, demons, witches, and vampires than lakes. America’s Best Top 100 Haunted Houses in 2013 (with videos). Find lots of fun at haunted houses this Halloween. It is the gopher state, after all, but these Minnesota haunted houses are all above ground, to the best of our knowledge.
Minneapolis Haunted Houses
It should come as no surprise that the ghosts in the Twin Cities are usually a bit whiter than ghosts in other parts of town. They’ve been covered in flour from the old Minneapolis mills over the years.
Scream Town, 7410 Highway 212, Chaska, MN
Scream Town is an amazing haunted attraction. Tickets are $25. Gates open at 6:30 pm. Parking is free. The attraction is open Friday and Saturday nights from October 4th through November 2nd plus the nights of the 17th, 20th, and 27th. Check their website for discounts on some nights. The attractions are Terror in the Corn, Redneck Resort, Circus Asylum, Oak Blood Forest, Funeral Home Visitation, Rabid Alley, and Sasquatch Investigation. Take your time and enjoy each of these attractions. There are 4 all new attractions for 2013. Scream Town is a bit unusual in that guests may re-enter any of the attractions multiple times on the same ticket. Also most haunted houses allow visitors in line to go through the haunts even after the normal closing time. Not at Scream Town. They close each night at 11 pm sharp.
Frightmares at Buck Hill, 15400 Buck Hill Road, Burnsville, MN 55306
Frightmares has a restaurant, full bar, live bands, and hall of magic entertainment. It is open 10 night on October 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27. Doors open at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 on Friday and Saturday nights and $18 on Sundays. The haunt attractions are The Inferno about tortured souls and their pain while at the Lovejoy Asylum. Orchard Manor Dead and Breakfast had vampires who battled stake and mallet exterminators. Fright Factory has bio-chemical accidents. Haunted Hollow was an area where lots of people where buried but who are not resting peacefully. The Bellharm Lovejoy Asylum still houses spirits in October.
Nightmare Hallow Scream Park - 15201 Zurich Street NE, Columbus, MN 55025
Nightmare Hallow has 3 haunt attractions. It has operated for 22 years of fear. The scream park is open every Friday and Saturday nights October 4-5, 11-12, 16-20, 23-31, and November 1-2. The attractions are Haunted Hayride, Haunted House, cage maze, and Zombie Hunt. Tickets are $18 on Friday and Saturday or $15 on Sunday and Thursday nights.
Dead End Haunted hayride, 28186 Kettle River Blvd., Wyoming, MN 55092
There are three haunted attractions at Dead End Haunted Hayride for the low ticket price of $16 on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday. The price is $19 on Friday and Saturday. The haunt is open 7 pm – 11 pm on Friday and Saturday nights from September 27th until November 2nd. The attractions are open from 7 pm – 9 pm on October 13, 16, 17, 20, 23, 24, 27, 30, and 31. The haunt attractions are Sunnyvale Asylum which used to house the freaks and outcasts. Dead End Hayride, Departed Oaks Haunted Trail, and Site 66 Haunted Cornfield has lots of chainsaws and mazes.
Fright Farm Haunted House, Maplewood MN
This location was the former poor farm for indigent and elderly people. Lots of ghosts roam the area. Fright Farm Haunted House operates a Halloween Horror Show in October for a $10 ticket price. The dates are Friday and Saturday from October 4th through the 26th plus the 30th and 31st. It is open 7 pm until 11 pm.
Molitor’s Haunted Acres - 425 35th Street NE, Sauk Rapids, MN 56379
Molitor has been operating for over 14 years. It opens September 28th. It runs October 4-5, 11-13, 16-20, 24-27, and Halloween night. The attractions are Wagons of Doom Hayride and 5 other walk-through attractions: The Old Storm Sewer, The Mineshaft, Trail of Blood, Funhouse Maze, and Quarry Asylum. After going through the attractions spend some time at the bonfire pit and concession stands.
Deadview Cemetery - 8839 96th Street South, Cottage Grove, MN 55016.
Tickets are $7. Attraction is open Friday and Saturday nights on October 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26. Also open on October 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st and November 1st. Doors open from 7 pm until 11 pm on Friday and Saturday nights or 10 pm other nights.
Haunted Hallways - 2220 3rd. Avenue SE, Rochester, MN.
Crawl the Halls to support Rochester schools. Attraction is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday October 24th, 25th, and 26th. Door are open 6 pm until 9 pm on Thursday, or 11 pm on Friday and Saturday. Ticket donations are $7.
The Butcher Shop House of Gore - 1444 E. Reaney Ave., St. Paul, MN 55106.
Attraction is open October 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-31 plus November 1-2. Doors are open from 5 pm until 11 pm. Tickets are $5.
Nightmare Grove - 9042 Upper 81 Street South, Cottage Grove, MN
Haunting Experience On Highway 61, 10900 E. Point Douglas Rd., Cottage Grove, MN 55016
Another full entertainment with movies, bonfires, live entertainment, a Ghoul Grill restaurant, beer tent, and Club Scream dancing. The Haunting Experience on Highway 61 has two haunted attractions. Schummo’s Clown House and The Hayride. Doors open at dark and close at 11 pm on Friday and Saturday or at 10 pm on all other nights. Tickets are $17. It runs from Friday and Saturday from September 27th through November 2nd plus the 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th, and 31st. This area was first settled nearly two hundred years ago by people who ran into a very rough winter and resorted to cannibalism. There are lots of scary tales about that winter. As an attraction, the working farm hosts a daily separate corn maze which runs from 11 am to 6 pm.
Trail of Terror, 3525 145th Street West, Shakopee, MN 55379
Trail of Terror is a full night entertainment experience. Basic tickets are $19.95 which covers basic haunted houses plus the midway which has food, beverages, and souvenirs. You can join the Zombie Pub Crawl for an additional $20. Psychic Readings are $10 and Carnival Rides are $2. The Trail of Terror includes Howling Pines Woods Walk which covers a one mile walk through terror. Hotel 66 is a haunted corn maze. Grubbs Pest Control has all the spiders, snakes, flies, and roaches you ever want to see. Finally roam through Crystal Caverns, Chuckles Pizzeria, and Harmony’s Department of Corrections. The attractions are open October 11-13, 17-20, and 24-27.
Soap Factory Haunted Basement - 514 Second Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Soap Factory runs art exhibits and theater events. During October they convert the basement into a haunted attraction with the remarkable assistance of local artists. Soap Factory is open nightly from October 3rd through November 3rd.
Shafer Haunted Corn Maze - 16800 Quinlan Lane, Shafer, MN 55074
A corn maze attraction starts on the farm September 1, 2013. The haunted Stalker’s Corn Maze runs on Friday and Saturday October 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26. Tickets are $12. The attraction runs from dark to 10 pm.
Haunted Shack - 2590 Guss Road, Duluth, MN 55810
Haunted Shack has been open for more than 20 years. Tickets are $12. Doors open at 7 pm for the hayride and 7:30 for the shack. Visit these nights on October 18-19, 24-26, and 30-31.
Farmington Frightnight - 4008 220th Street, Farmington, MN 55024
Frightnight is sponsored by the Support Our Troops Organization. It is free to all but $5 donations to the charity are encouraged. The attraction is open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday on October 3rd, 4th, and 5th. Doors are open 6 pm until 10 pm. Attraction is held at the 4-H Building at the Dakota County Fairgrounds.
Rochester Haunted Houses
We have Rochester and one of its residents, Dr. William W. Mayo, to thank for creation of the Mayo Clinic. But, unfortunately, even great doctors can’t save everybody. And there’s a few ghosts wandering around Rochester in 2013 as a result.
Fright Farm Rochester Horror – 1195 West Circle Drive SW, Rochester, MN 55902
Tickets are $12 to Fright Farm, southern Minnesota’s most horrifying haunted attraction. Doors open at 7 pm. Enjoy every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night from October 10th through October November 2nd plus the 30th. The scary entertainment includes riding the hearse, the Haunted Bus, the maze of terror, the Underground Clown Town, the Butcher Shop, and the Spiders Den. Enter if you date at your own risk.
Duluth Haunted Houses
The ghosts of Northern Minnesota have been protecting The Untold Delights of Duluth for years. Against encroachment by railroads, tourists, and weak minded residents. So you had best beware at these haunted houses. The ghosts are ready to scare you good.
Haunted Ship Zombie Outbreak – 350 Harbor Drive, Duluth, Minnesota
There are paranormal sights and investigations aboard the William A. Irvin ship. During October 2013 ship becomes a haunted house full of zombies. Tickets are $10. The haunt is open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday from October 3rd through the 31st plus additional dates of October 16, 29, and 30. The hours are 6:30 pm to 10 pm.
More Haunted Attractions
Don’t drive hours to a haunted house when there’s one right across the Minnesota border in another state. After you have considered the Minnesota haunted houses, consider whether one of these might be close to you as well.
Find other fun things to do in Minnesota in October:
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