Halloween is a night for fright, but what if you spend every day of the year convinced your home is haunted? The Twin Cities Paranormal Society gets dozens of requests to investigate so-called “haunted houses.”
Halloween is on Thursday, and while many of us are stocking up on candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters, a woman in Fargo is planning to hand out a controversial letter.
If you’re looking to get your guts turned inside out with fear leading up to Halloween, there are a few options around town you can take advantage of. (Also, if you’d rather stay home and get scared, I have a few suggestions for films to rent both old and new.)
A Fargo, N.D. woman is at the center of controversy after vowing to hand not Halloween candy but instead letters to children she deems “overweight,” warning them about their health.
Anoka is known as the Halloween Capitol of the World, but when one local business thought spirits were visiting from the “other side,” they called in Twin Cities Paranormal Investigators. The group took a look at what their research revealed at Party Papers, a former chocolate shop and auto showroom.
This time of year, we are subject to all sorts of scary stuff. Some people love having the daylights scared out of them while others avoid it all costs. Hannah Borreson is one of those that could do without.
Halloween isn’t the only big holiday occurring this week. Right on its heels is Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, a popular Hispanic celebration that honors loved ones who are no longer with us. Unlike a somber funeral, Dia de los Muertos tends to focus more on the joy of remembering loved ones and celebrating the lives they lived. Brightly colored skeletons and skulls, lots of food, and often music all play a part in the festivities, which also involve altars set up to honor the departed.
6.9 Billion dollars is spent on Halloween….Dave Lee takes a peak at the popular costumes.
This year, many of the kids who ring your doorbell will be asking if you have any non-perishable foods that you’d like to donate to a food shelf. It’s a community service effort that comes directly out of We Day Minnesota.
The city of Anoka lived up to its billing as the “Halloween Capital of the World” on Saturday. The Grand Day Parade began at 1 p.m. in downtown Anoka, with over 150 floats and dozens of marching bands. Organizers estimate that they get up to 40,000 people to turn out every year. The event, which began in 1920, is the largest and longest-running parade in Minnesota.
Ryan Ridgley makes no secret of his love of Halloween. “I’d say this year the favorite is the guillotine,” Ridgley said. In his Richfield yard, the scary and supernatural come to life. His layout is planned months in advance, and he makes most of the eerie items by hand. His Halloween perfection takes time and money. “I can’t say the exact amount because my girlfriend will get upset,” he said. “There was a comma in it a long time ago.” But for Ridgley, the bigger the display, the bigger the turnout. And the bigger turnouts provide more opportunity to help others.
There’s a haunted house under construction in St. Paul that’s expecting about 600 to 800 trick-or-treaters. The beautiful house on Summit Avenue — located near the St. Paul Cathedral — is also a home for men recovering from addiction.
The weekend before Halloween is a popular one for parties, but the Department of Public Safety is warning motorists that police won’t put up with any tricks. DPS says authorities statewide are cracking down on impaired drivers this weekend. Officials are urging partygoers to plan a sober ride before donning their costumes.
It’s just one week away from Halloween, so to get into the spirit of the season, WCCO viewers helped Matt Brickman find Minnesota’s Best Haunted Attraction. And fright fans didn’t disappoint as The Dead End Hayride in Wyoming, Minn. came out on top.