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Halloween 2012: Haunted Houses, Mazes Near Apple Valley, Rosemount

Looking for a scary experience this Halloween? Some of these attractions are within driving distance of Apple Valley and Rosemount, but could be worth the scare factor.

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For some people, celebrating Halloween includes visiting a haunted house or going on a haunted hayride. Halloween is just around the corner and to get you prepared for the spooky holiday, Patch has prepared a list of some haunted attractions you can visit—if you dare.

30th Annual Rosemount Haunted Woods Trail
This year's Halloween celebration will prove to be a fun-filled evening for preschool through middle-school aged youths. The trail will begin at the park-and-ride lot on Highway 3 (South Robert Trail), wind its way through Central Park and exit onto 145th Street West.

Area volunteers will pass out candy; donations will be accepted at the trail entrance. Be sure to wear a Halloween costume and dress appropriately for the weather conditions.

Open Date: Oct. 27
Hours: 6 to 8 p.m.
Address: 2893 145th St. W., Rosemount
Website: www.rosemountevents.com/HauntedWoodsTrail.html

HallZooWeen at the Minnesota Zoo
Bring your little goblins and ghouls to the Zoo for some Halloween fun. Dress up as your favorite Zoo animal or other creature of choice and get ready for a fun day of crafts, critters, and treats! Even the animals will enjoy some pumpkin action. Be sure to check out the Scarecrow Alley display at the Wells Fargo Family Farm.

Open Dates: Oct. 27 and Oct. 28
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Address: 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley
Website: www.mnzoo.org/events/Events_HallZooween.asp

Frightmares at Buck Hill, Burnsville
Live music and several attractions, including “The Inferno,” “Fright Factory” and “The Bellharm Lovejoy Asylum.” Price is $18 on Sundays and $20 on Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Open Dates: Oct. 12-13, 17-21, 25-28
Hours: 7 p.m.
Address: 15400 Buck Hill Road, Burnsville, MN
Website: www.frightmares.com

Nightmare Hollow Scream Park
Claims to be the scariest haunted house near Minneapolis and St. Paul. In addition to the haunted house, they also have horror hayrides and a Klown Karnival.

Open Dates: Oct. 5 through Oct. 31, 2012
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 7-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 7-11 p.m.
Address: 15201 Zurich St. NE, Columbus, MN 55025
Phone: 651-462-7279
Website: www.nightmarehalloween.com

Ramsey County Sheriff’s Fright Farm Haunted House
This haunted house is located on the Ramsey County Fairgrounds where the Poor Farm operated from 1885 to the 1940s. Citizens who couldn’t care for themselves were sent to live at the Poor Farm. They worked in exchange for free room and board. Many employees of the Haunted House have claimed to see a dark shadowy figure that they’ve affectionately named “The Cowboy.”

Open Dates: Oct. 5 through Oct. 31, 2012
Hours vary, check website for dates and times
Address: 2020 White Bear Avenue N, Maplewood 55109
Website: www.frightfarm.org

Valleyscare Halloween Haunt
You must be over the age of 13 to go to the Valleyscare Hallowen Haunt. Located at Valleyfair, the park has been taken over by monsters, zombies and scary clowns.

Open Dates: Sept. 22 through Oct. 28, 2012.
Hours vary, check website for dates and times
Address: One Valleyfair Drive, Shakopee, MN 55379
Website: www.valleyfair.com

Scream Town
Boasts the largest haunted corn maze in Minnesota. With five attractions spread out over 400,000 square feet in Chaska, you’re sure to experience fright at its finest. Visit Oak Blood Forest, Terror in the Corn, Rabid Alley, The Red Neck Resort, and Circus Asylum. Scream Town also features over 100 actors.

Open Dates: Sept. 28 through Oct. 28, 2012
Hours vary, check website for dates and times
Address: One Valleyfair Drive, Shakopee, MN 55379
Website: www.screamtown.com

MAZES

Harvest Corn Maze
The Otsego based corn maze is located at 101 Market and opens for the 2012 season Sept. 15 through Oct. 31. In addition to the corn maze, activities include animal train rides, bouncing pony, corn cannon, corn pit and more.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
Address: 8980 Quantrelle Ave. NE, Otsego, MN 55330
Contact: 763-441-4487
Cost: $6-$15 (admission price depends number of activities, check website for details).

Apple Jack Orchard
This family owned orchard, which opened in 1983, includes a corn maze, wagon rides, corn maze, petting zoo and more. This year’s theme is tractors. The maze opened for the 2012 season Sept. 1 and goes through October.

Hours: Call for specific hours
Address: 4875 37th Street SE, Delano.
Directions: Take Highway 55 west through Rockford, turn left on Wright County Road. (Signs are posted along the way)
Contact: 763-972-6673

Sever’s Corn Maze
Sever's Corn Maze and Fall Festival started up for the 2012 season for Sept. 14 and goes through Oct. 28. This year’s maze theme is “Harvesting Memories.” Patrons cannot only check out the maze, but a variety of activities Tire Mountain, Pumpkin Blasters and Goat World. Check out Sever’s website for what is included in the admission price and activities with an additional cost.

Hours:  1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays
Address: 1100 Canterbury Road, Shakopee, MN 55379
Contact:  952-239-8501
Cost: $13 per person four-years-old and up, children under three free.

Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze
The Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze opens in nearby Brooklyn Park Sept. 22 for the 2012 season until Oct. 28. Located on 19.5-acres of land, this year’s maze honors Minnesota military families - with a portion of every ticket sold to the Minnesota Military Family Foundation. Ticket price includes the maze, petting zoo, corn pit and more. Additional activities available for an extra cost.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (beginning Sept. 22)
Address: 8001 109th Ave. N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
Contact: 952-992-9326
Cost: $9 per person

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