Last updated on August 30th, 2019
This year skip the carnival-style haunted houses and check out something that will creep you out. Minnesota is known as a destination with the most haunted places. They spring up all over the place. But did you know that there are some that you can visit all year long? I have known of at least 13 haunted places in MN that will make your hair stand on end. So much so that there are a few on my list that gave me nightmares.
The Real Haunted Places in MN
Minneapolis Institute of Art’s Connecticut Room | Minneapolis MN
Several guest and security guards alike have had all kinds of strange occurrences in the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s Connecticut Room. The upstairs period rooms have been known to have some mysterious figures hanging around that mysteriously vanish. I wanted to check it out for myself. There was one room I couldn’t get out of fast enough. the experience made a believer out of me. It is a truly haunted place in Minnesota.
The Fitzgerald Theater | St. Paul MN
Haunted by an old stagehand named Ben who died in the 40’s. Workers complain of sounds of hammering, shadows and beer bottles still linger.
Wabasha Street Caves | St. Paul MN
Haunted by some gangsters that don’t want to leave. Don’t worry, they are totally harmless. Guest of the cave report seeing apparitions and sounds of big band music from prohibition. For those really brave, check out one of the candlelight tours they offer. I went with all the lights on and was still creeped out. On the tour they show you bullet holes left over from the incident and take you back to rooms. While they don’t tell you this on the tour, it was rumored that they buried the bodies back there.
St. Paul City Hall | St. Paul MN
Apparitions of a shoeshine man have been seen roaming the halls looking for work. Another man has been seen hanging from a noose, though the floor of what is today the staff’s break room. You may want to think twice the next time you walk into the St. Paul City Hall.
Forepaugh Restaurant | St. Paul MN
Old Mr. Forepahugh got in a little trouble with one of his maid. After he broke off the affair, the distraught maid couldn’t go on living. Today she still lingers around. They have transformed the Victorian mansion into a fine dining restaurant. Patrons and staff dining upstairs have experienced all kinds of paranormal activity ranging from cold spots to shaking chandeliers to plates and furniture being rearranged. That’s enough to make me think twice about any noises you might hear in the next room.
Minneapolis City Hall | Minneapolis MN
Haunted by John Moshik — the last man to be hanged in Minnesota. At his worst, he has been blamed for making court attorneys and judges deathly ill. In his spare time, he likes to rearrange the photos on the wall. At least he has a sense of humor.
County Highway 21 Hitchhiker | Warren MN
On stormy nights near the old cemetery just west of Sherack, MN drivers have picked up a hitchhiker. This hitchhiker doesn’t like to stay to get to his destination. He likes to disappear from their car a few minutes later.
The Landmark Center | St. Paul
Jack Pfeiffer, a former bellhop who was in deep with helping gangster launder their money. After being arrested, he poisoned himself in his cell to avoid jail. Today he can be found hanging around the ladies room on the third floor, stealing other people’s beers, and showing up in photographs when people have parties.
Ferguson’s Cemetery | Norwood Young America MN
Ferguson’s Cemetery is home to one little boy that never leaves. He likes to peek out from over a tombstone at the southeast corner of the cemetery. The tombstone is separated from all of the others. Orbs, eery feelings, and dogs barking have all been reported here.
First Avenue | Minneapolis MN
The upper floor of First Avenue is rumored to be haunted. DJ’s have heard mysterious screams and growls in their headphones. People have also reportedly seen apparitions in the ladies room, from one guest that took her life after hearing that her boyfriend would not be returning back from WorldWarII.
St. James Hotel | Red Wing MN
This hotel has many different guests that just won’t leave. Slamming doors, cold spots, a lady in a white dress, and a worker in coveralls are all known to hang around. Guest have been woken by crying babies that aren’t guest there. With all these sightings, it’s hard to get a good night sleep at this hotel.
The Old Jail Inn | Taylors Falls MN
The oldest jail in Minnesota is located in Taylors Falls MN. It was turned into a funeral home and even had a bootleg tunnel during prohibition. Today they have transformed it into an Inn and the tunnel is still present. There are some guest that haven’t checked out. On the 2-3 floors, a young boy has been seen and a woman’s apparition stays on the third floor. Are you brave enough to spend the night?
Milford Mine Disaster Site | Milford MN
Haunted by some of the 41 miners that were trapped in the magnesium mine when it was flooded by the nearby lake. Once the mine was reopened, the men that went down there, quickly excited after hearing screaming sounds from within. I don’t care how much you paid me, I will never go does to this haunted place.
The Calumet Hotel | Pipestone MN
The Calument Hotel in Pipestone MN has been around for over a century now and its time has experienced two tragic fires. One of the guests, Chris E Herschberge staying in Room 308 didn’t flee his room when a fire broke out. It seems like prefers to stay there to this day. Writing in the dust, turning off the TV and moving things around.
Another victim of the fires, a Reverend Orcutt, they think has been ordering room service asking for things like Razors and Toothbrushes to Room 207. When an employee goes to deliver them they find the room locked with no one inside registered to the room. This older well-dressed man has been witnessed hanging around the lobby at times and likes to play the piano in the dining room.
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If you are brave enough, I recommending checking some of these haunted places in MN out. If you bring the kids, just don’t tell them the earl reason why you are going. That’s what I did. Or if these are too much for you, you can always go to the Man-Made haunted houses. We’ve got The Scariest Haunted Houses in the Twin Cities. For a little more detail on some of the haunts, check out these books for some chilling tails.
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