While Team Lindahl certainly wouldn’t be opposed to selling a haunted house, we think that, at least at this time of year, it’s more fun to visit them. But our haunted attractions aren’t just houses, but cornfields, basements and more.
We can’t list all of them here, but we’ve chosen some of our favorites to share with you this Halloween.
Blaine has its very own haunted maze, Terrorfest, now in its eighth year and it opens this year on October 9 at 7 p.m. Hours will be Fridays from 8 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. Sunday, the 18th and again on November 1 they’ll hold kids hour from 5 to 7 p.m. Find Terrorfest at 793 Oak Ridge Pt. NE in Blaine. There’s a map on the website.
Hallow-Scream Park, Columbus
Is this one worth the 20 to 25-minute drive to Columbus? We can’t make any promises, but we think Hallow-Scream Park has enough attractions that there’s bound to be one that will scare the living daylights out of you.
The double-themed haunted house is one of those dark-carnival-clowns-popping-out-from-behind-corners terrors. Then there’s the Terror Trail, a spooky hayride that includes animated props that come to life. The Zombie Hunt offers you a choice: survive or become dinner for the walking dead.
Hallow-Scream Park opens October 2 and runs through the November 1 at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack at 15201 Zurich St. in Columbus. Weekdays the box office closes at 9 p.m. and on weekends it closes at 11 p.m. Learn more online.
The Haunted Basement, Minneapolis
Back for its eighth year, the Soap Factory’s Haunted Basement presents Unhinged, which some say is the scariest haunted event in the Twin Cities. To give you an idea of the frights that await you, the attraction is for adults only, you’re given a “safe” word to scream if you get freaked out, you have to sign a waiver and they suggest you check coats and handbags. Listening to the rules is a little like watching your surgeon set out his implements as you slowly drift off to sleep.
Oh, did we mention the masks? Patrons don masks before venturing forth into the unknown. Once inside your only solace may be that safe word you’re given at the outset. Utter it and you’ll be escorted to safety.
Don’t feel bad if you chicken out, though. After all, you can wait for the rest of your group with a cocktail in the Exile Lounge.
Unhinged is open Wednesdays through Sundays through November 2. Tickets sell out quickly so buy yours a.s.a.p. The Soap Factory is located at 514 Second St. SE in Minneapolis. Check them out on the web at soapfactory.org and click on the “Haunted Basement” button on the left.
The Great Pumpkin Giveaway in Blaine
Ok, so it’s not a haunted attraction but we’d be remiss if we didn’t remind you to grab your free pumpkin (while supplies last) at the Kris Lindahl Team’s 2015 Annual Great Pumpkin Giveaway, coming up later this month – on October 25. Last year we saw more than 3,000 in attendance and this year we’re expect an even bigger crowd.
Minnesota Wild’s Nordy will be there for photos with and hugs for the kids and you can win Minnesota Wild memorabilia.
The pumpkin giveaway is loads of fun for the kids and the Tim Mahoney’s music will keep Mom and Dad rockin’ during the event. Come hungry because we’ll have five food trucks from which to quench your appetite.
Head to Lakeside Commons Park in Blaine on October 25 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
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