What to do for Halloween in Twin Cities?

What to do for Halloween in Twin Cities

Hey, if you have the guts to face real terror-inducing Halloween attractions in Twin Cities, here are my top 6 picks.

This is a Halloween scare fest – Not for the faint of heart.

You have been warned!


1. Trail of Terror

3525 145th Street West, Shakopee, MN 55379, 952 – 445 – 7361

Trail of Terror is said to be the largest Halloween affair in the Midwest with both scare free and, as advertised, spine chilling attractions, Zombie Paintball, Running Dead & Phantom’s Feast. Try your hand at escaping from HARMONY Department of Corrections, and enjoy your freedom in Howling Pines with not so serene walk. After all the running like a fugitive, get some rest by staying a night at Hotel 666 & have a chat with a few of its permanent guests. And, if your scary Halloween appetite is still not satisfied, then try something from Chuckles Pizzeria or BonE Appetit!

Filled up good? Alright, put your mind to test in Escape Room, if you are still up for it that is, no pressure. Go for Hogtied Pub Crawl for a couple of chilled beers.

For those of who don’t want to be scared as hell, Trail of Terror also has scare free attractions such as –

  • Knockerball
  • Meet The Dire Wolves!
  • Giant Twister
  • Hookah Lounge
  • Mechanical Bull Rides
  • Club Scream
  • Terror Tavern
  • Dead Man’s Gulp
  • Screw Loose Cabooze
  • Throne of Swords
  • Karaoke

To know what you are getting into see website Trail of Terror.


2. The Dead End Hayride

28186 Kettle River Blvd, Wyoming, MN 55092, 651 – 462 – 4848

If you think that this is going to be just another hayride then you are so mistaken. Don’t want the scary stuffs? Get off while you’ve the chance. What you will experience at the The Dead End Hayride is a great Halloween scare. It’s a perfect ride through spooky and creepy woods. Don’t be scared of the patients in Sunny Vale Asylum, the poor souls are just trying to get their freedom and a little lively company. Be a good sport and spare a few minutes of your time for them too, will you?

No? Ok then, but how about getting out of here, through the haunted field Site 66. You do want to get out right?

For details visit The Dead End Hayride.


3. Halloween Haunt at Valley Scare

1 Valleyfair Drive, Shakopee, MN 55379, 952 – 445 – 7600

Think you can pick just one?!


  • Hellside Farm
  • Human(e) Habitat
  • London Terror
  • Mangler Asylum
  • Cleaver’s Bloodshed
  • The Chateau
  • Zombie High


  • Abnormal Alley
  • Blood Creek Cemetery
  • Carnevil: Ringmaster’s Revenge
  • Dinoslaughte
  • Trails End


  • Corkscrew
  • Enterprise
  • High Roller
  • Looping Starship
  • Mad Mouse
  • Power Tower
  • Renegade
  • Ripcord
  • Scrambler
  • Steel Venon
  • Tilter
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Wild Thing
  • Xtreme Swing


  • Dark Divas
  • Hacks Live
  • The Fourth Ring


  • Blood Suckers Brew Bar
  • Great Pumpkin Fest (daytime)
  • Skeleton Key

For tickets, date & time, check out their website.


4. The Haunting Experience

10900 E. Pt Douglas Rd. Cottage Grove, MN 55016, 651 – 459 – 3001

A 20 minute drive from the Twin Cities will take you to the longest running Halloween attraction in Minnesota that is HWY 61 Haunting Experience. You will find it in between Cottage Grove and Hastings on the northbound side of Highway 61. You know, it’s so believably scary that you would definitely think that it’s from outside this world. It has been around for more than two decades!

You got to go home either completely scared or frightened, with just a fun little detour of this place. So, wondering what are your choices? Well, here awaits your nightmares –

  • The Manor House
  • Tinkles Playland
  • The Hayride
  • Low Scare “Lights On” Experience
  • Zywiec’s Corn Maze
  • Big Zombie Hunter Paintball

For detail on the Halloween scare, go to their website.


5. 2015 Haunted Basement

The Soap Factory, 514 Second St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414,

Looking for a terrifying Halloween scare? Well, come down to The Soap Factory’s 13,000 square feet Haunted Basement!

The experience may feel horrible, grotesque and even terrifying most of the times. But, what can you expect from a production team with more than 75 artists, directors & performers who come together to give you the Halloween horror of the scariest nature.

2015 Haunted Basement will be The Soap Factory’s 9th installment for the horror. This is restricted area only meant for 18+, and you have to sign a waiver form before entering the basement. This year you will also have to endure a disturbing maze built in Gallery 1 of the Factory’s 1st floor, where you will have  to wait before they let you into the basement.

You will be sent in 2 – 4 people at a time and there is no set time limit. Dare to go solo in the Haunted Basement? Then, go for Blind Invocation.

And or when you cannot handle the situation and it’s too much for you, just say “Uncle” to end the torturous experience. But, if you can handle it, you will definitely have stories to brag about.

By the way, the smells/stench that you’ll have to suck it in is custom made by Art and Olfaction Award nominated St. Croix Sensory.

What you ask for is what you get – the unimaginable horror and an epic scare, delivered to you, courtesy of Haunted Basement.

For more info on the Soap Factory’s Haunted Basement, tickets, rules and FAQs see here.


6. Nightmare Hallow Scream Park

15201 Zurich St., Columbus, MN 55025, 651- 462 – 7279

Running for your life? OR Screaming for the band or the DJ?

Whatever you’ve got, it’s awesome. Want to know what being terrified means? Well, hop on Minnesota’s Scariest Hayride. Nightmare Hallow Scream Park has been dishing out fun; I mean spine tingling Halloween scare for 20+ years now. Test your metal by trying to last at least 15 – 20 minutes without screaming. So, what’s it going to be? Terror Trail, Double Sided Haunted House with – The Dark Crypt & Clown Alley, or is it the Twin Cities Zombie Hunt to have a blast!


Ready for your scariest nightmares to come alive?