(FOX 9) – Spooky season is approaching, and Minnesota is home to plenty of haunted houses, wagon rides, and trails to get your horror fix.
Here’s a rundown of haunted offerings, as well as less spooky places for families:
Anoka’s Haunted House:
- Location: 3200, boul. St Francis. NO, Anoka
- Tickets: $12 per person
Head to the Halloween Capital of the World for this unique haunted house. The creatures in this house are local high school students raising funds for their activities. The house has existed for more than 30 years.
Duluth Haunted Ship:
- Location: 301 Harbor Drive, Duluth
- Tickets: $10 to $27 per person
The ship, the William A. Irvin, transforms into an October haunt where ghosts come to life. Starting in the engine room, you’ll travel through the ship until you find your final destination, beneath the freezing waters of Lake Superior in this maze of terror. The belly of the ship is completely black, and there may be ghouls around the next corner.
Although these lairs can be crafted, there is a history of paranormal activity aboard this ship. Three paranormal investigation groups came aboard the Irvin to check for potential activity.
The William A. Irvin, which is said to be haunted, has a haunted house in the fall. (Melissa Turtinen/FOX 9)
The haunting experience:
This haunted house has over 35 years of experience. Guests must navigate the winding hallways of this terrifying house. An abandoned hospital and the lunatics inside greet visitors this year. There is no contact during this attraction, although minimal contact may occur.
Henning’s Haunted House:
- Location: 606 2nd Street, Henning
- Tickets: $5 per person
With its low entrance fee, the Henning Haunted House is the cheapest haunt in central Minnesota. Admission fees are donated to community organizations and projects. Last year the Henning Lions Club started selling food across the street, so you can dine in and catch a show.
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Haunted Acres of Molitor:
- Location: 3571 5th Avenue NE, Sauk Rapids
- Tickets: $29 to $58 per person
This lair has added trails through their haunted woods and new house thrills for this Halloween season.
The trail is uneven so wear proper shoes. This haunt is not recommended for children under 12 years old.
Molitor’s Quarry Grill & Bar is steps down the boardwalk, where they fully celebrate haunted season. The staff organizes themed weekends throughout October, so guests are sure to find additional entertainment when they sit down to a meal.
- Location: 150 1st St. NW, Harmony
- Tickets: $13 per person
Monster Bash is a non-profit haunted house and donates the bulk of its revenue each year to support the arts in the area. They have donated over $107,000 to music, theater and arts programs over the years. Each season has a unique theme, and this year’s theme is Slim Chance.
Scream Town is considered one of the top Halloween attractions in the Twin Cities area of Minneapolis St. Paul. (Scream Town / Supplied)
This home was ranked one of the top ten haunts in the country by CNN in 2019.
This year’s attractions include:
- A psychedelic circus.
- A zombie apocalypse.
- A demonic forest.
- Alien abduction.
- A maze.
- A Christmas-themed get-together.
- A possession-themed house with VIP access only.
Scream Town also offers food including pizza, burgers, cheese curds, cookies, and more.
Haunted wagon rides and haunted trails
The Abandoned Hayride:
This wagon ride has new sets, effects, scenes and scares this year. There are three parts to this lair, starting with the cart ride. After being abandoned in the woods with only a small lantern to light the way, participants must find their way out of the creature-infested woods. Guests will then be exiled with another person. They must find their way or risk being banished forever!
There is a tactile element to this lair and the experience lasts approximately 45 minutes.
The dead end hay ride:
This hayride rides the trails, through the woods, and into barns and haunted structures along the way. The woods are infested with creatures that appear every turn. The 2022 season brings back a minimum level of interaction, including touch.
The haunting experience:
This attraction is the oldest haunted wagon ride in Minnesota. It passes through gnarled trees and deep tunnels, passing through the territory of a two-century-old monstrous family. Other hauntings on this ride include cannibalistic monsters, lunatics, creatures, and more.
There are stairs, steps, and uneven ground throughout this experience, so be sure to dress appropriately. There is no contact during this attraction, although minimal contact may occur.
Family Halloween celebrations
Halloween Valley Party:
- Location: One Valleyfair Drive, Shakopee
- Tickets: $29.99 to $34.99 per person
Valleyfair has transformed its Halloween celebration this year. Rather than offering Valleyscare, the theme park opts for a family-friendly option called Tricks and Treats. (Valleyfair / Provided)
Halloween at ValleyFair is different this year. Rather than their traditional ValleyScare, the theme park presents Tricks and Treats, a family-friendly Halloween event featuring seasonal treats, drinks, and candies.
Candy Land has two zones: Everfall and Sweet Tooth Acres. Everfall creates the perfect fall oasis with pumpkin decorations, flannel and lightly glowing candles, while Sweeth Tooth Acres recalls a childhood favorite, Candyland.
Tower country includes Ickyville and Spooky Spiers. Ickyville brings all things creepy and creepy to this Halloween festival, including worms, zombies, and bugs. Spooky Spiers is a 1920s gothic village with a silent disco and ghoulish carnival games.
Family activities will be available throughout the park, so this event will be fun for everyone.
- Location: 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley
- Tickets: $20 to $24 per person
Follow the paths of the Minnesota Zoo to see thousands of artistically carved pumpkins. This year’s walk will take you on a journey through a “Night at the Library”, showcasing the work of new artists and lots of seasonal fun.
Animal viewing is available at Discovery Bay until 8 p.m. Animal buildings close at 4 p.m.
The Minnesota Zoo in the fall hosts a Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular.