If your ultimate Halloween experience includes purposefully inducing bone-chilling fear and imprinting gruesome images into your mind, then consider this the list for you. Minnesotans can come up with some seriously disturbing haunted house scenarios and there are plenty to pick from all over our great state. However, these five top the list as some of the freakiest. Prepare to be scared.
Dead End Hayride
28186 Kettle River Blvd.
Wyoming, MN 55092
Experience the horror of the Dead End Hayride as you journey through the dark and spooky Pinehaven Farm. You’ll be dropped off at Sunny Vale Asylum where demented patients crowd and touch you as you move through the creepy institution. If you make it out alive, you’ll be directed toward the Site 66 cornfield. Here, you’ll be scared to death in the chainsaw maze. Ticket prices, which include all three of these frightening attractions, start at $14 online but vary depending on the day you visit, if you pay online or at the door, if you are with a group or if you want to utilize the ‘fast pass’ option.
2020 White Bear Ave. N.
Maplewood, MN 55109
The Ramsey County Sheriffs put on one spectacularly scary haunted attraction. For nearly two decades, these local sheriffs have been spooking Minnesotans with real adult actors who take their frightening performances very seriously. For only $10, make your way through the eerie barn at Poor Farm, the Witches’ Woods, the Burial Cave and Potter’s Field. Fright Farm is not recommended for children, however there is a low-scare matinee available on Sunday, October 26.
Soap Factory’s Haunted Basement
514 Second St. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Now running for eight years, the Soap Factory puts together an all-new thrill with 2014’s theme “Unhinged.” During this horrifying tour, guests are required to wear a plastic mask provided by the Soap Factory through the many eerie rooms filled with disturbing sights and sounds. What makes the Soap Factory different is the odd demands and freaky situations the actors get participants to partake in. Make sure to dress in comfortable clothes and tennis shoes through this twisted attraction and prepare to check your purse at the door.
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Nightmare Hallow Scream Park
15201 Zurich St. N.E.
Forest Lake, MN 55025
If you dare, head to the Nightmare Hallow Scream Park which consists of a haunted house, hayride and a zombie paintball hunt. This bone-chilling park has been freaking out visitors for 23 years now. Nightmare Hallow is conveniently open some weeknights in October which makes it easier to avoid the crowds. It is also open during the traditional Friday and Saturday nights now through November 1.
Rochester Horror: Fright At The Farm
1195 W. Circle Drive S.W.
Rochester, MN 55902
This walk-through tour features over 30 actors who will make your skin crawl and hair stand on end. Prepare to be led through a ghostly cemetery and see what spooks are lurking in the shadows of the old farm house. You’ll cross paths with a butcher who is gladly looking for more fresh meat to prepare and a bus full of unnerving clowns. This bone-chilling attraction is held at the History Center of Olmstead County and proceeds benefit the center, as well as Brighter Tomorrows.
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Cortney Mohnk is a freelance writer covering all things Minnesota. She is also a public relations and event planning professional. Her most important job is mother to her young daughter, who is her partner-in-crime when checking out the family entertainment scene in the Twin Cities. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.