Local Haunted houses

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This event is featured in The Current Fall Guide, highlighting both musical and non-musical things to do this summer in the Twin Cities and beyond. What's October without a good scare? Minnesota is home to some particularly inventive annual haunts — including the Haunted Basement, which went virtual last year and has yet to announce plans for 2021. Several haunted houses have already announced their returns, though, including Cottage Grove's Haunting Experience ("the scariest of all the Halloween attractions and haunted houses in Minnesota"); Shakopee's Trail of Terror (offering a "Phantom's Feast" if gore stimulates your appetite); Rochester's Fright Farm (complete with a hemp maze designed to "educate and inform"); Chaska's Scream Town ("Seven massive haunted houses! One low price!"); Valleyfair's Halloween Haunt, which adds a particularly kinetic dimension to seasonal horror; Chaska's Abandoned Hayride ("you will literally be abandoned"); and perennial favorite Molitor's Haunted Acres near St. Cloud. If you like the idea of being able to strike back at the hardworking actors providing your Halloween entertainment, the Zombie Rampage paintball bus makes sure there's never a trigger far from your finger. The Scare Factor maintains a detailed, searchable guide to facilitate your fright finding. (Jay Gabler)