Whether you're visiting the Twin Cities during the Halloween season or just looking for a bit of a fright on your trip, there are a number of ghost tours in Minneapolis and St. Paul, many of which operate year-round.
Depending on what you're looking for—from informational and gruesome guided tours to exploring spooky places on your own—you can experience the supernatural on your trip to these neighboring Minnesota cities.
Wander through the haunted Wabasha Street Caves or take part in a 10-person gangster tour of the Federal Courthouse where criminals were brutally punished for their crimes in the 1920s, no matter what you decide on, you're in for a scare.
Wabasha Street Caves
The Wabasha Street Caves in St. Paul are reputed to be haunted, and you can visit the caves on tours held several times every week. Wabasha Street Caves also runs coach tours of spooky and haunted Twin Cities sights all year round and add extra tours in October for Halloween.
Depending on which day you visit the caves, you can select either a two-hour "historic cave tour" or one-hour "lost souls tour," and during the Halloween and holiday seasons, the "Ghosts & Graves Tour" and the "Winter Lights Tour" are also offered.
Real Haunted Tours of the Mounds Theater
The Mounds Theater in St. Paul was originally built in 1922 as a silent movie and live entertainment theater but was closed in 1967 and used as a warehouse until 2001.
This aged theater in St. Paul has reported many ghost sightings and paranormal events throughout its history. The guided ghost tours are offered weekends throughout the year, last one hour, and allow guests to explore the darkened theater in hopes of spotting one for themselves. The theater also hosts movie screenings and live performances and adds a three-hour ghost tour every weekend in October.
Real Ghost Tours of Minneapolis
Real Ghost Tours are based in the St. Anthony Main neighborhood, one of the oldest parts of Minneapolis. This walking tour equips guests with EMF meters to detect fluctuations in electromagnetic fields, supposedly evidence of ghosts.
The tours are 90 minutes and visit several inside and outside locations which are reputed to be haunted. Even if you are skeptical of the ghosts, the history of the city that goes along with the ghost stories is interesting just by itself.
Minnesota State Capitol: Shadows and Spirits of the State Capitol
Every October, the lights in the Minnesota State Capitol building are dimmed and tour guides lead guests to meet shadowy spirits of characters who once worked in the building.
The dimmed lighting is meant to reflect how the Capitol would have looked when it was originally constructed in the early 1900s, and visitors will encounter characters like a Civil War veteran, a woman suffragist, and a night watchman.
Landmark Center Gangster Tours
If you have a group of 10 or more, you can arrange a gangster tour with the Landmark Center that guides visitors through the history of gangsters that dominated the area in St. Paul in the 1930s.
The Landmark Center at the time was the Federal Courthouse, and tour guides will share some true and gruesome stories of crime and punishment that happened inside those walls.
Recommended for ages 12 and over, these tours will introduce guests to people like "Ma" Barker, John Dillinger, Alvin "Creepy" Karpis, and Evelyn Frechette as they explore Courtroom 317, where many of them were tried, and the Detention Room, where many of them were held during the era.