Bear With Me (While I Tell You About…) Halloween: 506
Unhinged in the Haunted Basement
Now through November 2
Soap Factory • 514 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis
Descend into the nightmarish depths of The Soap Factory’s Haunted Basement and explore the terrifying world of Unhinged. An annual tradition 8 years running, The Haunted Basement is bigger and better than ever with 2014’s Unhinged production. The creative team at The Soap Factory has outdone themselves, creating an all-new, terrifying experience for visitors. Tickets are $25-$27 per person. www.soapfactory.org for more info.
Lost Souls Tour
October and last Sunday of each month at 12:30pm
Wabasha Street Caves • 215 Wabasha St. S., St. Paul
For one hour you will hear of the different sightings in the Wabasha Street Caves. Some were by employees, some by vendors, and even some by guests of a wedding. If you have always wanted to know what goes on inside these Caves, this is your chance. Walking tour. Limited dates in October. www.wabashastreetcaves.com for more info.
Caves & Graves Tour
Weekends in October
Wabasha Street Caves • 215 Wabasha St. S., St. Paul
This 2-hour deluxe motor coach tour is designed to give you a shiver and not a heart attack. Hear stories of haunted sites, historic murders, visit a haunted Cave and learn about the history of a local St. Paul cemetery. Keep an eye on your hosts because your tour guide might be a mad nurse, a fortuneteller, or even a vampire! There is also the option to do the Ghosts & Graves Tour that does not include going in the caves. Reservations are required. www.wabashastreetcaves.com for more info.
Ramsey County Sheriff’s Fright Farm
Weekend nights through October 31 • 7-11pm
Ramsey County Fair Grounds • 2020 White Bear Ave. N., Maplewood
Do you believe in ghosts? Perhaps seeing is believing. When something touches you in the night at the Fright Farm, it could be a performer…or it could be something else. Legend says that when the indigent were sent to live out their last days at the Poor Farm, some committed suicide while others naturally perished. Either way, their spirits are here to stay. Tickets are $10.00. www.frightfarm.org for more info.
Weekend nights through November 1
Valleyfair • 1 Valleyfair Dr., Shakopee
Each weekend night through Halloween, Valleyfair morphs into a horror-filled nightmare. Not appropriate for patrons below 13 years of age, ValleyScare offers mazes with terrifying creatures around every corner and rides that’ll haunt your dreams. Not a ride person? Then check out scare zones and shows meant to make you shriek. Tickets start at $31.99. www.valleyfair.com/haunt for more info.
Weekend nights through November 1
7410 Highway 212 E, Chaska
This haunted town is set in a secluded atmosphere surrounded by a forest and cornfield. With the largest corn maze in Minnesota, there are no wagons and no tour guides: just you navigating huge haunted attractions. Tickets start at $20.00. Visit www.screamtown.com for more info.
Dreadwood Haunted Forest
Weekend nights through November 1 • 7:30-10:30pm
835 County Rd. E., Hudson, WI
“No hayrides. No escape. No mercy.” An isolated forest outside of Hudson, WI, Dreadwood is not a park surrounded by neighborhoods or filled with cabins. When night falls, the darkness is consuming. You MUST stay with your guide. There are no side-doors or escape routes — once you have entered Dreadwood, the only way out is through. Tickets are $12.00. www.dreadwoodhaunt.com for more info.
Real Haunted Tours
Weekend nights through November 1 • 5-11pm
Mounds Theatre • 1029 Hudson Rd., St. Paul
For one hour you and up to 15 other people will have two experienced paranormal investigators walk you through the theatre in near darkness. The tour includes several pauses for evidence gathering and invitations for activity, so don’t forget to bring your camera, voice recorder, or video camera and attempt to catch your own evidence! Tickets are $20.00. www.realhauntedtours.com for more info.
The Haunting Experience on Highway 61
Weekend nights through November 1 • Dusk to 11pm
10900 E Pt. Douglas Rd, Cottage Grove
Haunting awaits, but there is fun for the entire family. In addition to the three haunted events, the family can enjoy carnival games, bonfires, and a dance floor and beer tent on the weekends. For those who need a bit more adventure, take part in the Zombie Hunter Paintball Adventure at an additional cost. Attendees should note that the cost is lower this year. Tickets start at $17. www.hauntingexperience.com for more info.
Blackout at Nickelodeon Universe
Weekend nights through October 31 • 5-10pm
Nickelodeon Universe, Mall of America
Glow crazy this Blackout! Experience Nickelodeon Universe in a whole new way and get your glow on with unlit rides, black lighting, fog effects, a live DJ, costume parties, black light t-shirt making, and more! The first 1,000 ride ticket purchases made after 5 p.m. will receive a FREE treat bag. Valid on event nights only. Blackout unlimited ride wristbands are $21.99 + tax. www.mallofamerica.com for more info.
Trail of Terror
Weekend nights through November 1 • 7pm-12:30am
Fri & Sat., 7-11pm Sundays
The Trail Grounds • 3525 145th St. W., Shakopee
Offering numerous attractions, including a three-quarter mile haunted maze and a lockdown in which participants are blindfolded, bound to a table, and then exposed to smells, sounds and touch that will frighten even the most skeptic. www.trailofterrorfest.com for more info.
Nightmare Hallow Scream Park at Running Aces
October 16-19, 23-26, 29-November 2 • 7-9pm (weekdays)
or 11pm (weekends)
Running Aces Harness Park • 15201 Zurich Street NE, Columbus, MN
Celebrating 23 years of scares, Nightmare Hallow Scream Park is the original haunted house, haunted hayrides, and haunted events experience in the north suburbs. The Doom Wagon will take you through haunted trails and you’ll experience a ride that you won’t forget. Tickets start at $14. www.nightmarehallowscreampark.com for more info.
A Bite To Remember
October 17, 18 & 25 • 8:30pm
October 26 • 1pm
Nonna Rosa’s • 4168 W. Broadway Ave., Robbinsdale
Your name is on the guest list for this social event of the year. A costume party like no other, you’ll be submersed in musical madness, plots and twists to make your tummy turn. Join in for delectable food, delirious laughs, devilish fun and a chance to solve a mystery. A murder mystery you ask? Well perhaps. Of course, vampires are already dead…aren’t they? Take a seat if you dare, and experience “A Bite To Remember.” $40 per person, $35 per person for matinee. Includes four course dinner and show. Cash bar, tax, and gratuity are additional. Reservations are encouraged. 763-537-3700 or www.nonnarosaswinebar.com for reservations and more info.
Woof ‘n’ Treat Halloween Party
October 25 • 11am-2pm
The Shops at Excelsior & Grand • 3730 Grand Way, St. Louis Park
This free event is for pooches and people of all ages, and features a dog costume contest, hayrides, dog games, and fun for the whole family. www.woofntreat.com for more info.
Anoka Grand Day Halloween Parade
October 25 • 1pm
Main St., Anoka
Anoka is believed to be the first city in the United States to put on a Halloween celebration meant to divert its youngsters from partaking in more tricks than treats. This year’s theme is Retro and, although dressing up in Halloween attire is encouraged, gore and blood are not allowed. www.anokahalloween.com for more info.
Family Equality Council Family Halloween Party
October 25 • 2-5pm
Join in the fun for the annual Halloween Family Day Party, a family-friendly way to enjoy the season while connecting with old and new friends from the area! Don’t miss games, arts and crafts, and fun-filled activities for the whole family. Dress in your best costume if you want to participate in the costume contest. www.familyequality.org for location and more info.
Flip Phone: Hocus Pocus
October 30 • 9:30pm
Honey Bar • 205 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Flip Phone does Halloween. Get your costumes ready for a witchingly good time. Details were still being put together when we went to press, so search “Flip Phone: Hocus Pocus” on Facebook for updated info.
October 31-November 2
eagleBOLTbar • 515 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis
It will be a wild Halloween weekend hosted by Lucy Stoole. Friday, it’s Halloween Costume Contest at Midnight. Saturday, it’s Super Hero Underwear Costume Contest, Underwear Night, and Eagle Uniform Contest. Finish your Halloween weekend on Sunday with Showtunes Costume Contest and Beer Bust. www.eagleboltbar.com for more info.
Halloween at Lush
Lush • 990 Central Ave., NE Minneapolis
Head over to Northeast Minneapolis for their annual costume contest with prizes, and enjoy great music and videos. www.lushfoodbar.com for more info.
The Saloon’s Halloween
The Saloon • 830 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Whether Halloween is an excuse to be sexy or scary, The Saloon invites you to strut your stuff. Costume contests and lots of hot bodies. Now that’s my kind of Halloween. www.saloonmn.com for more info.
Halloween at 19 Bar
October 31 • Judging starts at 11pm
19 Bar • 19 W. 15th St., Minneapolis
Costume contest with great prizes. There’s never a cover charge, so head to the 19 Bar and show what you got. Judging starts at 11pm and winners are announced at midnight. www.19bar.itgo.com for more info.
Halloween at The Town House
Town House • 1415 University Ave. W., St. Paul
The Town House has a bevvy of things going on Halloween evening. The night starts off with Bingo from 6-9pm. After Bingo, it’s DJ Shannon Blowtorch at 9pm, performances by Xavier, Sweetpea, Damien, Vivienne, Nocturna, and emceed by Nadine Dubois. Costume contest with first place getting $200 cash and $150 gift certificate to Smitten Kitten. $6 cover charge. www.townhousebar.com for more info.
Halloween at the Gay 90’s
October 31 – November 1
Gay 90’s • 408 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
The 90’s Halloween will scare the piss out of you! Tour Feargazm, which is located in the 90’s bar entrance on 4th St. Costume contests Friday and Saturday nights at the stroke of midnight in the LaFemme Bar. www.gay90s.com for more info.
A Sober Halloween
October 31 • 8pm-12am
Twin Cities Leather & Latte • 2717 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis
Looking for a festive alternative to Halloween at the bars? Dress up in your favorite costume and head to Twin Cities Leather & Latte where they’ll be “whipping” up (sorry, I couldn’t help myself) a sober Halloween. They’ll be plenty of snacks, candy, fellowship & more. It’s all part of their “Community First” mission. www.twincitiesleather.com for more info.
Halloween Benefit for In The Heart Of The Beast
Puppet and Mask Theatre
October 31 • 9pm – 2am
Muse Event Center • 107 3rd Ave. N., Minneapolis
Muse will be transformed into a magical world of giant puppets and professional grade theatrical backdrops by the expert team from Heart of the Beast. A variety of giant puppets, up to 30 feet tall, will be artfully brought to life by legions of performers and puppeteers. Costumes for guests will be encouraged, along with the chance to dance, interact, and be photographed with the larger-than-life puppets. Full bar service will be available.
Curator’s Halloween Cocktail Tour
October 31 • 6-7pm and 7:30-8:30pm
American Swedish Institute • 2600 Park Ave., Minneapolis
Creaking doors, sudden bursts of cold air, unattended pianos spontaneously playing tunes… Is the Turnblad Mansion haunted? Curator Curt Pederson will share stories compiled by staff and visitors who have experienced run-ins with the supernatural over the years. As you explore the Turnblad Mansion at night, you will also hear ghostly evidence collected by the Twin Cities Paranormal Society during an investigation last fall. Two handcrafted Halloween cocktails will be served by FIKA on this hour-long tour. This is a 21+ tour. Costumes encouraged. Cost: $30 (includes two cocktails). Space is limited and tours will sell out quickly. Reserve your spot today by calling 612-871-4907 or visiting www.asimn.org.
October 31 • 4:30-7:30pm
Mall of America Rotunda
Calling all Ghouls and Boys! Grab your Mummies and Daddies and join us as we celebrate all that is Halloween. Come dressed in your All Hallows Eve best as you scour the Mall for sweet treats at participating retailers. After you’ve gotten your candy fix, head into Nickelodeon Universe for a one-of-a-kind experience at Blackout: Glow Crazy! Enjoy discounted ride tickets and a fang-tastic selection of free activities! www.mallofamerica.com for more info.