If you want a good scare this Halloween, you have lots of choices: movies, haunted houses, costume parties and contests and a bed and breakfast that will give you nightmares. Here are a few local selections:
HauntedHouse.com, which describes itself as the world’s first Halloween website (a fairly dubious claim, to be sure), lists several scary houses in the Twin Cities area. One of these Dead View Cemetery in Cottage Grove promises to that their cemetery and other scenes are very “dark and horrifying and will leave you running in terror.”
The Dungeons of Darkness and Doom Haunted House promises to be as scary as it sounds. It is produced every year by Evilhill Productions with students from the Main Street School of Performing Arts. This haunted house is mostly unique because it is a theatrical production with an origin story, says David Barnhill, the Director of Evilhill Productions. The seventeen-roomed house is haunted by the spirits of the children of the Evilhill family, tortured and mistreated by their parents, who were only experimenting with their children to isolate the “root of all evil.” Even though they are dead, Barnhill says, the children are in a race to win their parents’ affection and to maintain immortality.
And as is the norm every year several horror films will premiere during the Halloween season. Of particular interest this year is Paranomal Activity, which Rolling Stone calls, “a potent frightfest that will fry your nerves and creep you out.”
If you are interested in several hours of adrenaline rush, then you are in luck. Thayer’s Historic Bed and Breakfast in Annandale will offer you a whole night of spooky events. You can even sign up for a ghost hunting class. However, the most appealing treat at Thayer’s this October would be solving, with other guests, several murder mysteries in the “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb,” set in a very dark haunted bed and breakfast.
First Avenue in downtown Minneapolis promises a different kind of thrill: the opportunity to have the best Halloween costume and win $1000.
For families and children, and for those faint of heart, Como Zoo offers ZooBoo, an annual tradition with five nights of fun. Guests follow a boooo-tiful trick-or-treat path, stopping at special themed stations, while over 200 costumed characters entertain and interact with all the little ghosts and goblins along the way. Children can also safely trick-or-treat as the zoo has treat stations, pumpkin bowling, and craft activities.
Tell us, tell our readers what’s your favorite Halloween spot? What movies are you watching this Halloween? What about your old time favorites? And if you are hosting a Halloween public party go ahead and plug it into the Daily Planet’s free community calendar