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Minnesota Haunted Houses have grown over the years to feature some really amazing haunted houses some of which have been featured on Travel Channel. Several years ago when we visited haunted houses in the Minneapolis, Minnesota the haunted houses in Minnesota seemed to be around every corner especially in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area haunted houses are very popular form of entertainment and more haunted houses in Minnesota can be found at Hauntworld.com. On Hauntworld.com you will find every type of haunted houses in Minnesota from a haunted hayride, haunted house, Halloween Attractions, ghost tours, to paranormal ghost hunting. Read all about the best and scariest haunted houses in the state of Minnesota here at Hauntworld.com. Minnesota has some of the biggest haunted houses in cities like Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, Richester, St. Cloud, Theif River Falls, Minnesota.
When looking for a scary or the best haunted house in Minnesota look no further than the area of Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, Rochester, St. Cloud, Hastings, Minnesota because this is an absolute hotbed for haunted houses which would also include the Theirf River Falls area. Minnesota has more haunted houses than almost any other state in America, and not only do they have several haunts but they have some of the best found anywhere. Minnesota has many cities with great haunted houses especially Minnesota area which has more of the top rated haunts than any other city in America.
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Real Haunts of Minnesota
The First Avenue Club
The First Avenue Club is a Minneapolis landmark and one of the city’s most popular dance clubs. First built in 1937, the building was originally a Grey Hound Bus Depot that offered weary travelers a modern travel center that offered public telephones, showers, and air conditioning. Today, the First Avenue Club is a Minneapolis hotspot that where patrons can enjoy dancing, drinks, and concerts from up-and-coming bands.
However, the club is also known as one of the most haunted places in Minnesota. Given the vast number of people who have claimed to see apparitions and paranormal activity, it’s hard to dismiss the reports. Allegedly, a young woman hung herself in one of the stalls in the women’s restroom and she now haunts the club, appearing as entity with long blonde hair wearing a green jacket. Several patrons and staff members have claimed to see the ghost, including one female club-goer who claimed the ghostly entity appeared to her in the bathroom, where she showed the patron how she hung herself in the fifth stall of the bathroom. Other reports include equipment from the stage being mysteriously thrown around and the D.J.s hearing strange, unexplainable sounds coming from their headsets. People have also reported seeing dancing apparitions with no legs on the dance floor.
Loon Lake Cemetery
Located just south of Lakefield, Minnesota, Loon Lake Cemetery is an abandoned, remote graveyard that hasn’t seen a burial since 1926. Legend has it ever since, the cemetery has been haunted by a handful of ghosts, including three accused witches who were buried there during the mid-1800s. The cemetery is so secluded and dilapidated, there is no longer a road that leads to it and those who visit (typically ghost hunters and thrill-seekers) must traverse rather treacherous ground that’s swampy and overgrown with thick vegetation. Many of the headstones have inexplicably vanished – there were once 67 but now only 18 remain, only adding to the mystery of the Loon Lake Cemetery.
The Last Turn Saloon
During the 19th century, two Native Americans were dragged by a group of angry townspeople to the center of downtown Brainerd, Minnesota. Accused of raping and killing a young white girl, both were hung in front of a popular bar known as the Last Turn Saloon. A few years later, a local townsman confessed to the heinous deed. To this day, the tavern still stands and late at night, people have reported hearing the faint sounds of Indian cries and the beating of drums apparently originating from the bar.
Jeremy Hastings had dreams of creating his own haunted house on the family farm ever since he was old enough to go trick-or-treating. Now, he and his team of young entrepreneurs have turned that vision into one of the best haunts in Minnesota – The Dead End Hayride.
The Dead End Hayride is located at Pinehaven Farm, which has been in the Hasting’s family since 1950. It sits about 35 minutes north of Minneapolis and St. Paul (the Twin Cities) in Wyoming, Minnesota, where every fall it becomes a popular pumpkin patch and harvest festival. While the 150 acre farm is best known for its pumpkin patches, petting zoo, and family activities, what sets it apart from other area farms are the unique animatronics incorporated throughout like the talking scarecrows, moving characters in the outhouses, a pumpkin eating dragon, and a pumpkin cannon... all of which were thought up and built by Jeremy himself. Sue Hastings, Jeremy’s mother, commented that she recognized an uncanny ability to “tinker” in her second of five children, and added that he was only 15 years old when he built Minnesota’s first pumpkin cannon. She also begrudgingly admitted that he’s still the only one that can fix and operate the pumpkin-eating dragon to this day. Jeremy’s role in fabricating elaborate props and effects for the farm helped set the platform for him to achieve his dream of eventually building a unique and innovative haunted house experience for his haunt guests.
When he was just 20, he read about a haunted attraction held on a family farm in North Carolina. He was struck by the similarities he saw with own family’s farm, and after a few conversations with the event’s owners, Jeremy headed south to experience it personally. He soon found himself at Kersey Valley SpookyWoods in High Point, NC, where thanks to the owners, Tony and Donna Wohlgemuth, he was able to learn the basics of operating a haunted attraction. Feeling inspired and motivated, Hastings returned to Minnesota armed with a passion and the beginnings of a plan for his own haunt.
His first task was to recruit a few like-minded individuals to take part in his haunted entrepreneurial dreams, and surprisingly, this did not prove to be very difficult. A few good friends, all in their teens or early 20s at the time, showed immediate interest in the project, and soon they began their first project – a haunted cornfield. After spending a long, hot summer weeding an entire cornfield by hand, constructing realistic shacks out of sheet metal, and inventing horrifying props out of pretty much anything they could find, the young haunters were exhausted yet determined. They found themselves a gaggle of teenage misfits at the local highschool to be actors, and in October 2009, the Site 66 Haunted Cornfield was ready for its first victims.
After the cornfield gained instant popularity, Jeremy knew it was time to take it the next level, and in 2010 the Dead End Hayride was born. As the haunt grew, the responsibilities of running a business became too much for Jeremy to manage alone. Longtime friends Brent Faymoville and Eva Kloos, who had been with Jeremy from the very beginning, took on the roles of General Manger and Operations Manager, and before long Bjorn Carlson had joined the team to play the part of Art Director. Together, these four hard working individuals make up the Dead End Hayride’s management team. They all worked full time jobs during the day, leaving just the night and weekend hours to plan, construct, and perfect the haunt. As they began to pour themselves into the huge task of building an entire attraction from the ground up, more and more people began to gain interest in this haunting opportunity. The Dead End crew quickly increased from four to an entire lineup of haunters including make-up artists, graphic designers, tractor drivers, actors, a building and tech crew, and more. Aside from being in love with the business of making people scream, all members of The Dead End crew also share something else in common…youth. The entire management team and most of the staff are in their 20’s.
Although the business of making people scream proved to be no small task, the energy, enthusiasm, and determination of the individuals on board keep them focused and motivated. Hastings and his partners are big believers that much of the Dead End Hayride’s success is due to having a haunt team that is passionate about putting on an incredible show. Today, the Dead End crew continues to work hard every year to create not only the most horrifying haunted house experience with ultimate haunt scares around every corner, but they provide multiple haunted house attractions at one location with unique scares for every haunt enthusiast:
The Dead End Hayride
As the sun sets on Pinehaven Farm every Halloween season, the pleasant and bustling family friendly atmosphere of the fall harvest festival quickly disappear with the sun, leaving in its place a quiet and unsettling stillness. The hayride is the first step in the nightmare. Large tractors pull hayracks full of fresh meat through 40 acres of dark forest. Although these woods are vast, it is nowhere near empty. The winding trail is filled with original animations, bumps in the night, and surprises around every corner. The realistic monsters are top notch in both effects and scream-talent. This first attraction really sets the scene for the horrors that lie ahead.
Departed Oaks Haunted Trail featuring The SunnyVale Asylum
Standing in the courtyard of the SunnyVale Asylum, it becomes easy to forget where you are; instead of on a family farm in the Midwest, you find yourself in front of a realistic abandoned insane asylum that appears to have been built hundreds of years ago. In reality though, the Dead End crew built the building from ground up a just few summers back. Yet there’s a distinct sense it has been rotting there for hundreds of years. This is due to both the talent of Bjorn, the art director, and to the impressive scavenging that the crew did to locate authentic pieces to adorn the attraction. Many of the props throughout the asylum were actually used inside a real institution, from old wooden wheelchairs to large metal cribs with cages on them. Even the immense iron gate guarding the entrance is a real prop that adds haunting detail. In fact, each small detail adds up to an intensely horrifying effect inside this amazing haunted house attraction.
Site 66 Haunted Cornfield
Site 66, the original haunted cornfield, has seen many changes since its creation in 2009. It is home to one of the most loved and hated parts of the attraction… the chainsaw maze. This haunted maze is the very last part of the Dead End experience, and to say the show ends with a bang would be an understatement. Facing a nearly impenetrable labyrinth-like maze, guests experience the deafening sound of real chainsaws wielded by a hoard of relentlessly brutal men. Guests have one last chance to make it out alive. That is, until they come back for more, which they always do.
Now preparing for their fifth season of the Dead End Hayride, Jeremy and his crew continue to add on and improve their haunts each year, and they have no plans of slowing down. In a market where the “scare” business doesn’t even show up on the map, Hastings and his crew have defied the odds and built, from the ground up, a first-class haunted attraction... Not bad for a bunch of 20-somethings.
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