Seven Top TC Halloween-Themed Events

In the Twin Cities, Halloween season means haunted houses, hayrides, and things that go moo in the night.

Seven TC Halloween-Themed Events
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Trail of Terror
• Featuring five “Halls of Terror,” Trail of Terror has added a few new attractions this year, including a Zombie Pub Crawl, Torture Chamber of Darkness, and the Howling Pines Woods Walk. Afterward, grab a drink and face everyone’s biggest fear: karaoke! Oct. 13–28. 3525 W. 145th St., Shakopee, 952-445-7361, trailofterrorfest.com

Scream Town
• By far the most elaborate and theatrical Halloween tradition in town, Scream Town does a great job of creating a spooky narrative for its various scenes—Redneck Resort, Sasquatch Investigation, Funeral Visitation, Circus Asylum, Rabid Alley, Terror in the Corn, Oak Blood Forest—and hires actors that play their parts with frightening gusto. Sept. 28–Oct. 28. 7410 Hwy. 212, Chaska, 612-562-6409, screamtown.com

Nightmare Hallow Scream Park
• A haunted house, haunted hayrides, and a live zombie band are the main attractions. A Halloween light show will entertain the kids, while there’s beer and cocktails for adults. Oct. 17–31. Running Aces Harness Park, 15201 NE Zurick St., Columbus, 651-462-7279, nightmarehalloween.com

Nickelodeon Universe’s Blackout
• During Halloween season, Mall of America’s Nickelodeon Universe turns off its lights, breaks out the black lights and fog machines, and continues entertaining kids of all ages. Besides the rides, there are plenty of activities, including a station that lets you airbrush yourself with a glow-in-the-dark tattoo. Oct. 19–27. Mall of America, 952-883-8800, nickelodeonuniverse.com

The Soap Factory Haunted Basement
• In its sixth year, The Soap Factory’s Haunted Basement is created by performance artists, so for many it’s their worst fear come to life. But it’s also the hippest, funniest fright experience around. Oct. 5–31. 514 SE 2nd St., Mpls., 612-623-9176, soapfactory.org

Frightmares at Buck Hill
• More than 100 ghouls, goblins, and vampires guide you through several fright-filled attractions, including Orchard Manor Dead and Breakfast, The Bellharm-Lovejoy Asylum, The Fright Factory, and the Haunted Hollow. Oct. 5–31. 15400 Buck Hill Rd., Burnsville, 952-435-7174, frightmares.com

• Valleyfair adds to its usual thrills with nine “scare zones” and several live shows. Planet Spooky is for the kiddies, and it’s billed as “fun scary,” not “scary scary.” Sept. 22–Oct. 28. 1 Valleyfair Dr., Shakopee, 952-445-6500, valleyfair.com