Come October, frightening, creative Halloween haunted houses open in the Minneapolis, St. Paul area. Many of these are for adults only (they're that scary), but some are fine for children with adult supervision. These events include zombie paintball, scary hayrides, terror mazes, and more.
Address8554 Co Rd 47, St Cloud, MN 56301-9776, USA
Sauk Rapids is an hour northwest of Minneapolis, but it's worth the trek to visit Molitor's Haunted Acres. This sprawling, remote farm has zombie paintball and a haunted hayride through the woods, where ghouls, ghosts, killers, and madmen creep in the shadows. Molitor's Haunted Acres, billed as "Central Minnesota's Scariest Plot of Land," is open on weekends and select other nights, from the end of September through Halloween. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
AddressBuck Hill, Burnsville, MN 55306, USA
Before the snow starts falling, ski hill Buck Hill converts into a large scare zone with four haunted houses. Frightmares is open select dates in October. Watch the ski hill's events page for details.
One of the area's largest and scariest: Scream Town has the Twin Cities largest haunted corn maze, a haunted forest, as well as three haunted houses. The eight main attractions include the Zombie Apocalypse, Crop Spawn, Santa’s Slay, Oak Blood Forest, Ludicrous Labyrinth, and Circus Asylum. Scream Town, geared for those 10 and over, is open weekends and select dates from starting the end of September.
At the ValleyFair amusement park, you'll find a combination of thrill rides and haunted houses for twice the screaming! The entrance price seems expensive but you get access to all the thrill rides as well as haunted houses, a pumpkin festival, survival mazes, and scare zones. With more than 75 rides and monsters prowling the park, there is something to for everyone over 13 years of age. ValleyScare is open select Friday and Saturday nights from mid-September through the weekend just before Halloween.
During the day, the little ones can visit with Peanuts characters in Halloween garb and dance with their friends during the Great Pumpkin Fest. There's a corn maze, costume parade, and a pirate party.
Trail of Terror is created by the same producers who designed the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, so you can be assured of good costumes. This is another large event, with a huge corn maze, haunted houses, wicked woods walks, scary rides, and other attractions and events like their own zombie pub crawl. Trail of Terror is open select Fridays through Sundays from early October through the end of the month.
After the sun sets, visitors can be scared witless in the huge 3D house of horror and on a mile-long hayride of terror. There's also a corn maze and scary movies as well as live music. They offer a "light scare" option for children. After all that scariness, you may be hungry so they have food to purchase and a beer tent. Haunting Experience has been operating for more than 30 years and is open select dates from late September through early November.
The Ramsey County Sheriff's Department opened Fright Farm in 1996 and has continued to run the scary event ever since. It is held in a century-old barn in Maplewood, and all proceeds go to Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Fright Farm is open Friday and Saturdays beginning early October through October 31 with a low-scare matinee offered one Sunday afternoon during the event.
Hamel Lions Haunted Acres: Corcoran
Address7205 MN-101, Osseo, MN 55311, USA
The Hamel Lions Haunted Acres is a fundraising event established in 1997. It has raised around $12,000 a year and 2,300 pounds of food for Interfaith Outreach thanks to the help of the Corcoran Lions and the Corcoran Jaycees. This haunted house is located 30 minutes northwest of Minneapolis.