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Fall is a beautiful time of year that we get to enjoy in Minnesota. It brings nice cool air to relieve us of the humid summer, but it’s also the last glimpse of sun and beauty before winter sets in. Many people enjoy spending a nice Sunday at the apple orchard or corn maze, while others like to take full advantage of the spooks and haunted hayrides Halloween brings.

While the leaves change and the nights are cool, here are some scary attractions you and your friends can check out, if scaring’s your thing of course. Keep in mind, these are definitely adult-level scary, so leave the little ones at home, and face your fears at these Halloween haunts !

Orange pumpkins in the fall; haunted hayrides

6 Scariest Haunted Hayrides In Minnesota

The abandoned hayride .

The abandoned hayride in Chaska, MN is one of the newest haunted attractions Minnesota has to offer. It includes 4 different stages for a completely immersive experience. You will begin with a haunted hayride, which will drop you off at the start of a maze. Then you, and one other person will be exiled and left to find your way out, only to enter a delirious, confusing final attraction that is sure to leave you terrified. This experience is unlike any other, and best suited for those looking for the ultimate thrill.

The Abandoned Hayride

7525 Highway 212 E

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Chaska, MN 55318

The Haunting Experience on Highway 61

For 33 years, Highway 61 in Cottage Grove has spent every Halloween season scaring people with their haunted hayride, and multiple haunted houses. They also offer a “low scare” experience during the day on weekends, for a discounted rate, and for the whole family. They even have a lights on, no jumps, tour of their haunted houses for the older kids. With the oldest haunted hayride in Minnesota, they know what they’re doing!

Located on Highway 61 at

10900 E. Pt. Douglas Rd.

Cottage Grove, MN 55016

Molitor’s Haunted Acres

Another Halloween tradition located deep in the woods is especially spooky at night, and Molitor’s makes sure of it. With ghouls, ghosts, and other horrifying sights, you’re sure to be scared out of your wits after a hayride, and haunted house to top it all off. For decades Molitor’s have been putting on a scary attraction that can’t be missed.

3571 5th Ave NE,

Sauk Rapids, MN 56379

Dead End Hayride

One of the most popular Halloween attractions in Minnesota is the Dead End Hayride. They feature a haunted hayride, a haunted house, and a haunted corn maze. When you finish all the other Halloween attractions and have had your fill of scares, they now have Dead End Patio. New in 2019 is a cash-only bar for 21+ guests to enjoy a drink before or after the attractions.

28186 Kettle River Blvd N

Wyoming, MN 55092

Voted one of the top 8 Haunted Attractions in the country this year, Scream Town is the place to be. They have 9 different scary haunts to walk through, plus a giant corn maze and on their last weekend after Halloween will be doing a special lights-out weekend. Just you, a glow stick, and a signed waiver. Sounds spooky!

7410 US-212

Chaska, MN 55318

Trail of Terror

Trail of Terror is a staple in Minnesota for Halloween. They have an annual Running Dead 5K, a Phantom’s Feast in a haunted mansion, and tons of other haunted attractions sure to help you celebrate Halloween in fear.

3525 145th Street West

Shakopee, MN 55379

Plus More Halloween Attractions!

Valleyscare.

Every Fall, the popular Shakopee amusement park Valleyfair turns spooky for a Halloween experience you won’t forget. They open up the park for a dimly lit haunted walk through the amusement park. Their on-site buildings turn into haunted amusements, and you get to ride their thrills rides in the dark. Valleyscare is a great option for adrenaline seekers. Don’t worry, during the days they have a family-friendly Halloween park with fun for all ages.

1 Valleyfair Dr

Nightmare Hallow Scream Park

27500 Kirby Avenue

Chisago City, MN 55013

Fright Farm

2020 White Bear Avenue North

Maplewood, Minnesota 55109

Haunted Basement

Rosedale Center

Roseville, MN 55113

Fright at the Farm

47385 US-52 Blvd

Zumbrota, MN 55992

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Minnesota haunted houses, hayrides and trails to visit this fall

(FOX 9) - Spooky season is approaching, and Minnesota is home to numerous haunted houses, hayrides and trails to get your horror fix. 

Here's a look at haunted offerings, as well as some less spooky venues for families:

Haunted houses

Anoka Haunted House:

  • Location: 3200 St Francis Blvd. NW, Anoka
  • Tickets: $12 per person

Head to the Halloween Capital of the World for this unique haunted house. The creatures in this house are local high school students raising money for their activities. The house has been operating for over 30 years.

Duluth Haunted Ship:

  • Location: 301 Harbor Drive, Duluth
  • Tickets: $10-$27 per person

The ship, the William A. Irvin, transforms into an October haunt where ghosts come alive. Starting in the engine room, you will travel through the ship until you find your final destination, below Lake Superior's freezing waters in this maze of terror. The belly of the boat is pitch dark, and there may be ghouls around the next corner.

While these haunts may be manufactured, there is a history of paranormal activity aboard this vessel. Three paranormal investigation groups have come aboard the Irvin to check out the potential activity.

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The William A. Irvin, which is said to be haunted, is home to a haunted house in the fall.  (Melissa Turtinen/FOX 9)

Fright Nights:

  • Location: 105 3rd Ave NE Glenwood, MN
  • Tickets: $20 per person

This house features claustrophic passages, jump scares, uneven floors, total darkness, and more! Skull Boy, Zippy, and Buzzkill are three characters that frequent this eerie place! This haunt is not handicap accessible.

The Haunting Experience:

  • Location: 10900 E. Pt. Douglas Road, Cottage Grove
  • Tickets:  $24-$48 per person

This haunted house boasts over 35 years of experience. Guests have to navigate the winding corridors of this terrifying house. An abandoned hospital and the madmen inside greet visitors this year. There is no touching during this attraction, although minimal contact may occur.

Henning Haunted House:

  • Location: 606 2nd St., Henning
  • Tickets: $5 per person

With its low admission fee, the Henning Haunted House is the cheapest haunt in the central Minnesota area. The admission fee is donated to community organizations and projects. Last year, the Henning Lions Club began selling food across the street, so you can have dinner and a show.

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Molitor's Haunted Acres:

  • Location: 3571 5th Ave. NE, Sauk Rapids
  • Tickets: $29-$58 per person

This walk-through haunt added trails through their haunted woods and new thrills throughout the houses for this Halloween season. 

The trail is uneven, so wear appropriate shoes. This haunt is not recommended for children under 12.

Molitor’s Quarry Grill & Bar is steps away from the walk-through, where they fully celebrate the haunted season. The staff organizes themed weekends throughout October, so guests will be sure to find extra entertainment when they sit down for a meal.

Monster Bash:

  • Location: 150 1st St. NW, Harmony
  • Tickets: $13 per person

Monster Bash is a nonprofit haunted house and donates the bulk of its earnings each year to support the arts in the local area. They have donated over $107,000 to music, theater, and arts programs over the years. Each season is uniquely themed, and this year's theme is Slim Chance. 

Nowhere Haunted House:

  • Location: 5300 S Robert Tr. #300 Inver Grove Heights, MN
  • Tickets: From $28 per person

Nowhere Haunted House is a new addition to the haunting options in Minnesota this year! This event is produced by Haunt Armada, a group that aims to expand the scope and quality of the Twin Cities’ Halloween-themed activities and attractions.

After Halloween, Nowhere   will offer holiday haunts at Christmas, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, and May Day, and immersive theater productions throughout the year.

Scream Town:

  • Location: 7410 US-212, Chaska
  • Tickets:  $34-$149 per person

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Scream Town is considered one of the best Halloween attractions in the Minneapolis St. Paul Twin Cities area. (Scream Town / Supplied)

This house was rated one of the top ten haunts in the country by CNN in 2019. 

This year's attractions include:

  • A psychedelic circus.
  • A zombie apocalypse.
  • A demonic forest.
  • Alien abduction.
  • A labyrinth.
  • A Christmas-themed haunt.
  • A possession-themed house with VIP access only.

Scream Town also offers food, including pizza, burgers, cheese curds, cookies, and more.

Haunted hayrides and haunted trails

The Abandoned Hayride:

  • Location: 7525 US-212, Chaska
  • Tickets:  $30-$149 per person

This hayride has new sets, effects, scenes, and scares this year. There are three parts to this haunt, beginning with the hayride. After being abandoned in the woods with only a small lantern to light the way, attendees must find their way out of the creature-infested woods. Guests will then be exiled with one other person. They have to find their way out or risk being banished forever! 

There is a touch element to this haunt, and the experience lasts roughly 45 minutes.

The Dead End Hayride:

  • Location: 28186 Kettle River Blvd. N, Wyoming
  • Tickets:  $12-$47 per person

This hayride travels down trails, through the woods, and into haunted barns and structures throughout the ride. The woods are infested with creatures that appear at every turn. The 2022 season brings back a minimal level of interaction, including touching.

Harvest of Horror:

  • Location: 4108 200th St St. Augusta, MN
  • Tickets:  $29-$49 per person

This haunt begins in the fields of St. Augusta as guests enter into a spooky hayride. If they make it off the hayride alive, they'll be tormented in the woods! The Harvest of Horror is open, rain or shine, and tickets are sold until 10:45 p.m.

This attraction is the oldest haunted hayride in Minnesota. It passes through gnarled trees and deep tunnels, passing into the territory of a two-century-old monstrous family. Other haunts on this ride include cannibalistic monsters, madmen, creatures, and more

There are stairs, steps, and uneven ground throughout this experience, so be sure to dress appropriately. There is no touching during this attraction, although minimal contact may occur.

Family friendly Halloween celebrations

ValleyFair Halloween:

  • Location: One Valleyfair Drive, Shakopee
  • Tickets: $29.99-$34.99 per person

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Valleyfair transformed their Halloween celebration this year. Rather than offering Valleyscare, the theme park is opting for a family-friendly option called Tricks and Treats. (Valleyfair / Supplied)

Halloween at ValleyFair looks different this year. Rather than their traditional ValleyScare, the theme park is introducing Tricks and Treats, a family friendly Halloween event with seasonal treats, drinks, and candy.

The land of treats has two areas: Everfall and Sweet Tooth Acres. Everfall creates the perfect fall oasis with pumpkin decorating, flannel, and softly glowing candles, while Sweeth Tooth Acres is reminiscent of a childhood favorite, Candyland.

The land of tricks features Ickyville and Spooky Spires. Ickyville brings all things creepy and crawly to this Halloween festival, including worms, zombies, and bugs. Spooky Spires is a 1920s gothic village with a silent disco and macabre carnival games. 

Family friendly activities will be available throughout the park, so this event will be fun for everyone.

Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular:

  • Location: 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley
  • Tickets: $20-$24 per person

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Minnesota Zoo

The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular runs Oct. 1-Nov. 5 at the Minnesota Zoo. The event features hundreds of artist-designed pumpkins.

Follow the trails at the Minnesota Zoo to see thousands of artistically carved pumpkins. This year's walk will lead you on a journey through a 'Night at the Library,' featuring new artists' work and plenty of seasonal fun.

Animal viewing is available in Discovery Bay until 8 p.m. The animal buildings close at 4 p.m.

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The Minnesota Zoo in the fall hosts a Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular.

This Haunted Hayride In Minnesota Will Make Your Hair Stand On End

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Betsy Rathburn

Betsy is a Minneapolis-based writer who's lived in Minnesota for 20 years. If you know of any amazing Minnesota restaurants, nature areas, or other attractions, feel free to let her know about them at [email protected] or on Twitter @betsyrathburn.

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By day, Pinehaven Farm in Wyoming, Minnesota, is a charming and homey place to spend a fall afternoon. You can drink hot chocolate, pet cute animals, and pick out the perfect pumpkin. But at night, the farm takes an entirely different form. When the sun sets, the haunted hayride becomes the star of the show. The folks here have one goal in mind: to scare you as much as possible. Sound interesting? Here’s what you can expect from a hair-raising trip to this haunted hayride in Minnesota.

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And if that’s not enough to convince you, check out this freaky trailer from the 2015 hayride.

For more information, visit the Dead End Hayride website. Have you ever been brave enough to ride? Are you going this year? Let us know in the comments below! Don’t forget to take a drive to check out these beautiful fall destinations in Minnesota . Don’t worry, these spots aren’t spooky, they’re scenic.

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What are the most haunted places in Minnesota?

The most haunted places in Minnesota include:

  • Palmer House Hotel
  • Roselawn Cemetery
  • St. Cloud State University

There are so many haunted places in Minnesota, that we’d have to break them down into categories. When it comes to haunted hotels in Minnesota , many people believe the Palmer House Hotel to be the most haunted. For haunted cemeteries in Minnesota , a visit to Roselawn Cemetery would turn even the hardest of skeptics. And don't think that schools are off-limits to ghosts, because St. Cloud State University has had its fair share of paranormal activity, too. Of course, nothing beats Anoka, a city in Minnesota that’s known as the Halloween Capital of the World.  

What are the most popular ghost stories in Minnesota?

One of the most popular ghost stories in Minnesota is that of Glensheen Mansion.

One of the most famous ghost stories in Minnesota centers around one of the most haunted places in Minnesota, and that’s Duluth’s Glensheen Mansion. As the story goes, Elisabeth Congdon was found murdered in the family home in 1977. She had been suffocated and she was found in her older sister’s room, as well as Elisabeth’s nurse, Velma. There was never enough evidence to convict the suspected killer and that may be the reason that so many people have claimed to have seen the apparitions of two women standing in an upstairs window. Others have witnessed lights flickering, objects moving on their own, and even strange mists appearing and disappearing. Could these things be signs that Elisabeth and Velma are trapped between worlds?

What are the creepiest places in Minnesota?

The creepiest places in Minnesota include:

  • Timber Lake Road
  • County Highway 21

The creepiest places in Minnesota are often the ones you least expect, like roads. You might be surprised to learn that there are a few haunted roads in Minnesota and you can drive down one of them and see for yourself if the stories are true. Two of the most famous haunted streets in Minnesota are Timber Lake Road in central Minnesota and a stretch of County Highway 21 near Sherack.  

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Every Halloween, a frightening fever sweeps the nation with thrilling hayrides, creepy mazes and haunted houses. If you dare, Experience a night filled with your darkest nightmares at The Haunting Experience.

The Haunting Experience has all of the scary attractions you need for a fun Halloween scare. We are home to the longest-running haunted hayride in Minnesota, with over 37 years in operation and a legacy of terror that has left guests screaming and jumping out of their seats. After the hayride, head over to our famous haunted house, where you will encounter monsters, maniacs and creatures beyond your imagination.

Do you think you’re brave enough? Get your tickets now and prepare yourself for a night of fright.

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More Than Just Haunted Attractions

Dare to venture through the longest-running haunted hayride in Minnesota and explore our famous haunted house. But that’s not all!

Experience the vibrant fall foliage of Minnesota, adding a stunning backdrop to your Halloween adventure.

Discover Cottage Grove’s charming tourist spots, offering a perfect blend of scares and local attractions.

Unearth nearby creepy places that will leave you with goosebumps and intrigue.

Create unforgettable memories with friends and family as you explore the haunted attraction and beyond.

Immerse yourself in the Halloween spirit with a night filled with thrills, laughter, and unforgettable moments.

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The Haunted Hayride

Gather up your family and friends and take a ride on MN’s longest consecutively running haunted hayride. Now in our 37th year!

Beware as the hayride is not for the faint at heart. It’s filled with spine-chilling surprises as we take you through our haunted forest and the terrors of Wilhelm Steelworks. Along the way, you will also encounter creatures that lurk along the trails. Be careful, they might turn you into one of them.

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Guide to Hay Rides in Minnesota

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Celebrate the Fall time here in Minnesota by jumping on one of the many Hay Rides happening all throughout the season. A popular tradition, Hay Rides are a lovely way to enjoy the nature the Fall brings, and are adored by those of all ages. Some Hay Rides are held during Fall festivals and are offered with other seasonal activities including Corn Mazes, Haunted Houses, Children’s Crafts, Pumpkin Picking and more – leaving you with an endless amount of entertainment to choose from!

So get the family together or round up some friends and take the time to relax this Fall at a Hay Ride near you. Take a peek below at the local events coming up and start planning your adventure – and remember, you have all season long, so who says you have to stop at just one ride?!

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Hay Rides Near Minnesota

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10900 E Pt Douglas Road Cottage Grove, MN 651-459-3001

22702 Hamburg Ave Lakeville, MN 952-985-5425

17270 125th Ave. North Dayton, MN 763-420-6859

2575 Andover Blvd Andover, MN 763-755-5123

450 Apple Orchard Rd White Bear Lake, MN 651-429-7202

90537 273rd St. Austin, MN 507-437-9180

27251 State Highway 30 Hayfield, MN 507-365-8321

14421 So. 90th St Hastings, MN 651-436-8385

1951 Englund Rd SW Alexandria, MN 320-334-1620

8282 Parley Lake Rd Waconia, MN 952-442-1885

54433 Forest Blvd Rush City, MN n/a

4875 37th Street SE Delano, MN 763-972-6673

1903 10th St SW Buffalo, MN 763-682-4284

11890 Hope Rd SE Osakis, MN 320-762-0184

10900 E Pt Douglas Rd Cottage Grove, MN 651-459-3001

23618 CSAH 1 Litchfield, MN 320-693-7750

4706 Lonsdale Blvd E Northfield, MN 651-253-2689

4626 Oakport St N Moorhead, MN

35907 Co.Rd. 15 Saint Peter, MN 507-931-6571

14447 Hwy. 10 Glyndon, MN 218-498-2684

10796 Foss Rd Hibbing, MN 218-966-1354

6903 Wyoming Trail Wyoming, MN 651-462-1516

11211 N 60th Street Lake Elmo, MN 651-439-4156

8018 75th Ave NW Oronoco, MN 507-280-0591

16607 340th St Erhard, MN 218-205-1543

8001 109th Ave N Brooklyn Park, MN 952-992-9326

29355 130th Street Frazee, MN 218-844-5445

19982 Appaloosa Rd Pelican Rapids, MN 218-205-8916

7408 Imperial Rd Royalton, MN 320-584-8159

12860 Old Brick Yard Rd Shakopee, MN 952-906-0247

8174 Lake Drive Lino Lakes, MN 651-780-1207

13650 Government Rd Pine City, MN 320-591-0007

3415 College View Road East Rochester, MN 507-282-4544

6428 Manning Ave N Stillwater, MN 651-439-3127

15953 State Hwy 99 Montgomery, MN 952-221-1051

5716 West 280th Street New Prague, MN 952-758-3729

6530 County Road 26 Minnetrista, MN 763-325-4024

59404 County Road 12 Warroad, MN 218-469-3390

17325 Pleasant Valley Road Shafer, MN 651-257-9159

550 Bunker Lake Boulevard NW Andover, MN 763-757-9445

8846 HWY 10 NW Ramsey, MN 612-483-8995

14529 Danson Rd Grand Rapids, MN 218-259-8111

3010 Douglas Ave Webster, MN 952-461-3355

345 County Road 30 SE Montrose, MN 763-972-3894

663 254th Ave Fairmont, MN 507-773-4547

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'scare actors' reveal how they try to terrify at minnesota's dead end hayride.

As sundown approaches at Pinehaven Farm near Wyoming, Minn., one of the barns is stuffed with cowboys and scarecrows. Butchers and sheriffs. Prisoners and aliens. But because their stage is the sprawling, woodsy acreage of Dead End Hayride , these so-called "scare actors" play a blood-soaked, walking-dead version of the above — a soldier bears a large gunshot wound, a pasty-white monk looks like he just crawled from a crypt.

The scene resembles an enormous Halloween bash, with professional-caliber costumes. Upstairs, in the makeup booths, artists airbrush on fake blood (some of it mint-flavored!). Despite their realistic-looking bruises and gashes, the actors don't seem so scary as they down Monster-brand energy drinks to fuel themselves for the long night ahead.

Once dusk descends and a cowbell signals the call for "places," a crazed-looking clown snuffs out a cigarette and an undead nun hits the porta potty. As soon as the sky turns black, all of these eerie characters become hauntingly real.

Some 200 scare actors are the telltale heart of Dead End Hayride, which has grown from a modest family-run operation into one of Minnesota's largest haunted attractions, welcoming 5,000 guests on a sold-out Saturday night.

Their job is to startle and spook, moan and groan, make creepy conversation, and deftly react to the occasional visitor whose fight-or-flight response causes them to lash out, freeze or panic.

The goal is not to traumatize people, said Dead End's owner Jeremy Hastings, who sold his sports car to start the attraction on his family's farm over a decade ago in his early 20s. He hopes visitors are entranced by the spectacle — and dosed with a hearty adrenaline rush.

"We're not trying to be the scariest, most horrific haunted house," Hastings explained. "Our goal is that our customers are walking to the parking lot kind of looking over their shoulder, but laughing about the experience."

Contortionist Cody Bowen shows off his flexibility while waiting for the show to begin in the actor barn.

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What should newbies do to steel themselves against Dead End's frights? A group of return guests offers advice as they wait in the hayride line. Pretend you're not scared. ("They sense fear.") Close your eyes. Or, you can run — but you might get chased. Last year they raced through the cornfield tailed by a guy with a chainsaw.

The hayride sets off through a dark woods to a Wild West ghost town. Suddenly, a massive fireball explodes, radiating heat for extra realism. In the early years, one of Dead End's sets was little more than a chain-link fence accessorized with garbage bags and strobe lights. Today, there's a sprawling maze of scenes that suggest a Hollywood back lot: a multi-room prison; a mirrored funhouse; a seedy motel with dismembered dolls hanging from the ceiling.

Staff members built this season's new vampire castle scene from foam blocks coated in concrete. Each year, Dead End might spend six figures on props. Some are animatronic creatures created for movies. Other oddities are found on Facebook Marketplace, including the Vietnam War-era helicopter in the military encampment and a sunken ship slated to carry a zombie fishing crew.

Each set is elaborate — rows of skulls lining the crypt were hand-cast; the graveyard contains real headstones, rejected for typos — and enhanced with eerie lighting and fog machines. But it's the actors who bring the scenes to life.

By day, they are personal-care assistants, parents, HVAC technicians, even the branch president of a credit union. By night, they're united in their love of putting on a spooky show.

"They form this kind of ragtag family of unique individuals who all really, really enjoy Halloween," Hastings explained.

Echo Longworth gets airbrush makeup in the actor barn. Dead End provides actors with costumes and makeup to achieve a consistent look.

Horrifying roles

The hayride pulls into an old sawmill, complete with circular blades roaring. Out of nowhere, a tattooed millworker in stained overalls leaps out, revving his chainsaw (it's real, but with a protective cover). Riders scream and duck.

Chainsaw guy is actually Byron Brown, a mechanic from St. Paul, whose skin is still splattered with grease from a car he worked on earlier. He figured it fit with his look, which suggests he's taken a sawmill blade to his face.

Some actors like to repeatedly scare the same visitor. Or eavesdrop on conversations to creepily address guests by name. Brown's favorite scare tactic is the bait-and-switch: One actor distracts the guests while he leaps onto the wagon. "All of a sudden, you're right there and 'boom,' they jump out of their seats!" he said.

After passengers are dropped off outside the prison, they go on a long walk through one scene after another. Some scares unfold slowly, such as the tension-building tiptoe through the aisle of a prison-yard bus, where shadowy figures slump in the seats. Others are literal shockers, including an electric chair execution gone awry.

In the salvage yard, a bloodied mechanic with black eyeballs (costume contact lenses) steps out from the shadow of a junked car. It's Oliver Bauer, a high school thespian from Vadnais Heights playing a role very different from the one he holds in his school production of "Clue."

Bauer likes to bang on oil drums, or crouch under a wreck and grab ankles, or follow guests and trail his fingers up their back while growling and hissing. Unlike many haunted attractions, Dead End allows its actors to touch guests (with limits). It helps break the "fourth wall" and makes guests feel like they're actually in a horror movie instead of just watching it.

"We have people who drop to the floor," Bauer said. "We have people who cry. We have people who pee themselves, and they announce it to everyone, like, 'Omigod, I just peed myself.' "

Scare actor Danelle Rydeen jumps up on the haunted hayride and spooks the riders.

Symbiotic scaring

As acting gigs go, Dead End is no Guthrie. Roles pay about $15 an hour, can stretch into the wee hours and include acting in the rain and mud.

"Sometimes it's not glamorous," Hastings admits. "It's an incredibly physical job. You lose your voice."

Yet each year, a majority of the staff comes back, in part due to the camaraderie Dead End cultivates. (There are post-show meals and pre-season parties.) Sometimes even the owner joins right in the fun. Last season, Hastings spent a night hiding in the show, deploying his signature "jumpscare" (exactly what it sounds like). "I haven't laughed and been so entertained all year," he recalled.

Scaring, Hastings said, is a symbiotic relationship: The scare-ers get as much thrill as the scare-ees. "The customer gets an adrenaline rush from your scaring them, as those brain chemicals get their heart pumping. But as a scare actor, you get that rush, too."

Once they all had their makeup and costumes on, the undead prisoners took a selfie with each other outside the actor barn.

Rachel Hutton is a general assignment reporter in features for the Star Tribune. 

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