10 Halloween Hotspots in the Twin Cities!
by Bradley Loiederman

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Ghosts, gore, ghouls, and grooving the night away: all of these are signs that Halloween is near! Halloween is one of the most fun holidays we get to celebrate in a given year, not only being full of spooks and scares but also one of the biggest nights out of the year. So whether you’re a horror fiend that’s looking for the big thrills, a costume club kid getting eager to hit the dance floor, or a family looking for fun and a little fright, check out this list of 10 things to do for Halloween in the metro!

1. Haunted Union Halloween

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If you’re looking for a haunted night out this Halloween time that’ll give you the spooks without making you broke, look no further than Haunted Union! This year, we are coming together with Rev and Union to bring you a three-level party of haunts and jams, throwing so much local talent your way that you’re not gonna know what to do with yourself. And unlike many other Halloween club nights, this three-level club experience is only $10! So come join us at Haunted Union on Halloween, and let’s show Hennepin Avenue what kind of terror we can bring on October 29th!

2. The Haunted Basement at The Soap Factory

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For the 10th year in a row, artists and volunteers have gathered together at The Soap Factory in St Anthony Main to bring the most deranged, frightening, and intense haunt that Minnesota has ever seen! This year, their focus has shifted to more real-life horrors, with actors creating disturbing real-life encounters for attendees. And the best part: the actors are allowed to touch you, put you in places, put things on you, etc., creating a full-sensory experience! So if you’re looking for a creative thrill, make sure to check out The Haunted Basement and the paranormal art exhibit at The Soap Factory!

3. 50th and France Pumpkin Fest

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On October 22nd, 50th and France will welcome another year of its Pumpkin Fest! This family-friendly festival includes activities such as trick-or-treating at local businesses, pumpkin carving, face painting, a costume contest and parade, a bouncy house, and a photo booth. The festival starts at 10am and goes until 1pm on the 22nd, and the street will be closed, allowing safe fun for all! If you’d like more info on the Pumpkin Fest, check out their website.

4. Twin Cities Horror Festival

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If you’re a fan of gruesome, torturous, and downright petrifying horror films, this is the festival for you! From October 27th to November 6th, filmmakers and horror buffs will be gathering at The Southern Theater on the West Bank to binge watch some of the most creative and disturbing horror films that independent films have to offer. This year features 18 films with plots ranging from paranormal science to revenge stories to a horrify presidential candidate. If you’d like more info on each of the films or are looking for tickets, check out their website here!

5. Candlelight Ghost Tours of 300 Clifton Mansion

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Have you ever wanted to get a tour of a real haunted mansion? Well now’s your chance at the 300 Clifton Mansion! Every Wednesday in October, the owners of the mansion at 300 Clifton Avenue in Minneapolis are putting on a frightening ghost tour, filled with darkness, history, and real-life ghosts. You’ll get to experience the main mansion, servants’ quarters, and basement while looking out for multiple different spirits, such as family’s chambermaid. Tours are on Wednesdays in October at 8pm, and you can find tickets on their website.

6. Valley Scare

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If you’re a serious thrill seeker looking to get a jump in more ways that just a haunt, make sure to check out Valley Scare this season! This year, Valley Scare features a variety of activities and experiences that’ll give you goosebumps, such as mazes, rides, haunted houses and attractions, and even a DJ! Their haunted attractions cover a wide variety of fears, from zombies to clowns to mutants and more. And after you get all the frights out of you, make sure to end the night of thrill with a ride on Wild Thing! For more information on attractions and tickets for this Minnesota tradition, check out their website.

7. Anoka Halloween Parade

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Anoka is celebrating its 96th year of being the Halloween capitol of the world on October 29th with its Spooktacular Carnival and Grand Day Parade! Happening in downtown Anoka, the day will start at 10am with the Spooktacular Carnival held at the Anoka Armory. There will be food, carnival games, and rides; the carnival is also trading free game tickets for food shelf item donations, so make sure to bring some canned or dry food. After the carnival, the Grand Day Parade will kick off on Main Street at 1pm, welcoming multiple floats and a flyover spectacle. Being the Halloween capitol of the world, Anoka is hosting multiple other Halloween-inspired events throughout the month, including a jack-o-lantern parade and haunted houses! Check out their website for more information on all of Anoka’s Halloween events.

8. Scream Town

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Voted as one of the top ten haunted attractions in Minnesota, Scream Town is back again for another year of terror. Head out to Chaska, and you’ll find eight horrifying houses that include both indoor and outdoor panic. These alarming sights include clowns, aliens, demons, abandonment, and much else! And if you’re looking for something even more heart-pounding, check out their lights out event on 10/30: no lights, large spacing between guests, and only one glowstick to give you vision. Need tickets or more info on the attractions? Look at Scream Town’s website here.

9. Wabasha Street Caves Ghost Tours

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The Wabasha Street Caves are probably most known for being used by bootleggers in the 1920s to store liquor and as hideouts, but during October, the tour group shows you a darker, spookier side to the caves. Throughout October up until Halloween, the Wabasha Street Caves provide a Ghosts and Graves tour and a Ghosts, Caves, and Graves tour. The Ghosts and Graves tour takes you on a ride around Saint Paul, learning about murders and ghost sightings and bringing you to some of the most haunted graveyards in Minnesota. And the Ghosts, Caves, and Graves tour also adds on the option to dive deep into the caves and take a ghost hunt for yourself! While these tours are limited, they are still available and are a great way to get some real-life hauntings into your Halloween this year. For more information on pricing and times of these tours, check out their calendar of events.

10. Monster Dash

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On October 29th, make sure to come out to Saint Paul and do the dash, the Monster Dash! Yes, the Monster Dash is coming to the cities for another year of costume-filled 5k, 10 mile, and half marathon races. Starting in downtown Saint Paul in the morning of the 29th, thousands of racers will be running all around Saint Paul in their most extravagant Halloween costumes to promote Team Ortho, a non-profit organization missioned to promote active living in fun, creative ways. Registration is still open and includes a Monster Dash jacket. For more information on registration or participating as a spectator, check out Monster Dash’s website.