Best Halloween Haunted Houses, Events, and Attractions in the Rochester, MN Area
Are you ready for some spooky Halloween thrills and chills, Southeast Minnesota? Or maybe you prefer the not-so-scary Halloween fun. Either way, there's something for everyone from terrifying haunted houses to kid-friendly corn mazes and pumpkin parties on the 2019 guide for Halloween haunted houses, events, and attractions in and around Rochester, MN
Rochester Horror: Fright at the Farm & Hemp Maze
With over 10,000 square feet of indoor haunts and spooky outdoor paths, Fright at the Farm claims to be the most horrifying haunted attraction in Southern Minnesota. New attractions this year include the haunted cannabis maze, canna-bus, the barn of nightmares, the garden of evil tikis, GMO the clown's funhouse, and alley of the dead. There is also a Hemp Maze, pumpkin patch and pumpkin sling target shooting.
Dates: October 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 & November 1, 2 (Blackout Fridays -- no lights in the mazes, you only have an LED candle to light your way)
Times: 7 pm to 11 PM
Price: $15 at the door or $13 at Willow's Keep Farm & Halloween Express,
Hemp Maze: $6, Pumpkin target shooting: $5 for 8 slings)
Location: Willow's Keep Farm: 47385 US-52 Blvd, Zumbrota, MN 55992
Haunted Olde Pine Theater
You never know what will happen when the stage lights go out at the Haunted Olde Pine Theater
Monster Bash Haunted House
This year's theme for the Monster Bash Haunted house is "Night Terrors." It's been Voted top overall attraction and is described as "the best haunted house south of the Twin Cities." The haunt is built and manned entirely by local volunteer students, families and community members and is a 501(c)3 Charity with proceeds going to support the arts in rural Minnesota for the past 8 years.
Dates: October 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, 31
Time: 7 pm to 10 pm
Price: $10, under 5 years free (they do have a less scary haunt option available)
Location: 150 1st St. NW Harmony, MN
Nightmare on First Street: Field of Screams & Haunted Barn
According to the Nightmare on First website, this year's theme is Haunted Holidays, which means you may run into "rabid groundhogs, blood-dripping hearts, evil leprechauns, vicious man-eating rabbits, zombie Uncle Sam, witchy pilgrims, Santa’s ghost, and so much more!" This year the haunt will be raising funds for Good Earth Village, a non-profit leadership center, summer camp, and retreat facility near Spring Valley, MN.
Dates: October 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 31, and November 1.
Time: 7 pm to 10 pm
Price: $8 minimum donation per person requested
Location: 609 First Street, Fountain, MN (Follow first street until you hit the dead end)
Northern Frights - Land of 10,000 Screams
Just south of Mankato at the Blue Earth County Fairgrounds in Garden City, Northern Frights is Southern Minnesota's largest haunted attraction with Zombie Paintball and six haunts -- Legends, Bloody Backwoods, Gauntlet, Killer Clowns 3D, Phobias, and Terror Tunnel.
Dates: October 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 25, 26, and November 1, 2.
Time: 7 pm to 10 pm
Price: Unlimited Wristbands include all 6 haunts GA-$22, Fast Pass-$32
Zombie Paintball-$5 per 50 rounds. WIN TICKETS HERE!
Location: 340 Fairgrounds St., Garden City, MN
Haunted Rochester Trolley Tours
Climb aboard the "Trolley of Doom" and take a ride to the most haunted places in Rochester. This 3-hour tour, complete with your very own Ghost Host, gives you the opportunity to explore some of the darker sides of Rochester, including the haunted Kahler Grand Hotel & The Haunted Elevator, Pill Hill haunted houses and other possessed houses in the city.
Dates: October 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, and November 1, 2, 8, 9
Time: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Price: $33 (advanced reservations required)
Location: Departs from City-County Government Center parking lot - 151 4th Street SE, Rochester, MN
Spooky Flashlight Cemetery Tour
Bring your own flashlight for a nighttime guided tour of Zumbro Hill Cemetery in Preston, MN.
Rochester Zombie Pub Crawl
The 2019 Zombie Pub Crawl in Rochester includes 12 bars and restaurants and is kid-friendly at select locations until 5 pm. There will be prizes awarded for best dressed, scariest and goriest zombies at each bar. Transportation to each location is provided by the Cocktail Express party bus and is $5.
Date: October 19
Time: 1 PM until bar close
Price: $5 for a seat on zombie party bus (call 507-601-7220 to reserve your spot)
Register: Rochester Zombie Crawl event page
Tweite's Family Farm Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch
This is the final fall season for the attractions at Tweite's Family Farm. After 31 years of fall family fun, it's time to retire. You won't want to miss the 12-acre Impossible Candy Corn Maze that is designed to be fun and challenging. There will be 9 checkpoints set up throughout the maze - can you find them all? Tweite's Family Farm also has a pumpkin patch, fun park, mini-golf, and a food court available.
Dates: The corn maze and fun park are open October 12, 13, 17,18, 19, 20
Food court closed Oct 17th and 18th
Times: 10 am to 5:30 pm (last admission to corn maze is 4:30 pm)
Price: Corn Maze - $8 | Fun Park - $10 | Combo Pack - $16 | VIP Pass - $23 (do it all today, come back and do it all again another day)
Location: 1821 Frontier Road SW Byron, MN
Oxbow Park & Zollman Zoo's Boo at the Zoo & Pumpkin Party
Oxbow Park & Zollman Zoo have put together a great Halloween event this year called Boo at the Zoo & Pumpkin party. There will be trick-or-treating, Halloween coloring stations, a fall-themed photo opp, and a pumpkin party with the zoo animals at 1pm (watch as the Naturalists give the zoo animals pumpkins to munch on). The River Valley Ghostbusters will also be there with their Ghostbusters car and interactive gear collecting K-cup coffee donations for the Ronald McDonald House.
Date: October 26
Time: 10 am to 4 pm (animal pumpkin party starts at 1 pm and the River Valley Ghostbusters will be there from Noon to 4 pm)
Location: 5731 County Rd 105 NW, Byron, MN
Goats and Goblins Halloween Party
The Red Barn Learning Farm is celebrating the last day of the 2019 season with the 4th annual Goats and Goblins Halloween party for visitors and animals. There will be free treats for the kiddos, and free treats for the kids to feed the animals.
Creatures of the Night at Quarry Hill Nature Center
This not-so-scary Halloween event gives you the opportunity to meet the nocturnal animals of Quarry Hill Nature Center on a guided hike of the woods and cave. Throughout the night, you will encounter costumed characters featuring a skunk, raccoon, owl, and bat each with a tale to tell about their nightlife. Refreshments will be provided after the hike. Appropriate for ages 4+. Not stroller or dog-friendly. Pre-registration required.
Pumpkinland with Corn and Staw Bail Mazes
Sekapp Orchard's will have their pumpkin patch, corn maze, straw bail maze, and numerous other attractions set up for all ages to enjoy.
Farmer John's Pumpkin Patch
At Farmer John's Pumpkin Patch you can pick your own pumpkins and raspberries, explore the silo slide and silo bounce house, see the witch and ghosts, and shop in the barn.
Trick-Or-Treating Trolley Tour
Rochester Trolley & Tour company is offering a trick-or-treating trolley tour to three fun locations in Rochester -- ABC Toy Zone, Quarry Hill Nature Center, and Sekapps Orchard. Every child gets a free treat or prize at each stop and time to explore. Come dressed in costume with your own trick-or-treat bag and be ready to have some fun!
Date: October 26
Time: 10 am to Noon
Price: $12 per seat - Advanced reservations required.
Location: Trolley boards at the large main Silver Lake playground parking lot off 7th St. NW.
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