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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.
Halloween likes to bring out two types of people. Those that like to get scared at commercial haunted houses. And those that like the real things.
Minnesota has such a unique history, we have a shortage of ghost stories to keep you entertained. What I love about these Haunted Places in Minnesota, is you can visit them any time of year!
The Real Haunted Places in MN
Minneapolis Institute of Art’s Connecticut Room | Minneapolis MN
Location: 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
How to visit? Stop in during any normal operating houses. It’s free!
Several guests 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. We decided to walk into the Connecticut Room and see for ourselves. I took my sister with me before they closed at night.
The second I walked in, everyone got silent and the temperature in the room dropped. It was like standing outside in winter. I couldn’t get out of it fast enough.
I returned the next day with my husband in the toe to a completely warm and inviting room. The experience made a believer out of me. It is one of my favorite real haunted places in MN.
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The Fitzgerald Theater | St. Paul MN
Location: 10 E Exchange St, St Paul, MN 55101
How to visit? Buy tickets to the show!
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.
The General Manager between 1987 and 2005 got a call from one of the employees. He recounts the story: “I remember one night, it was 6 o’clock, and one of our box office tellers called to report she saw a bluish-green figure moving through the gift shop area,” he says. “She was terrified and locked herself in the box office until her husband came to escort her home.”
Wabasha Street Caves | St. Paul MN
Location: 215 Wabasha St S, St Paul, MN 55107
How to visit? Schedule a tour
Haunted by some gangsters that don’t want to leave. Legend has it that in the 20s it was the site of a deadly massacre by gangsters.
After the shots were flying, the hostess at the restaurant locked herself in the room and called 911. The police went in and came out an hour later.
They told her she must have dreamt it all. But where did the surviving gangsters go? And what happened to the bodies?
According to visitors’ accounts, the gangsters haven’t left the nightclub. Don’t worry, they are totally harmless. Guests of the cave report seeing apparitions and sounds of big band music from prohibition.
The Wabasha Street Caves offers tours, letting you get a peek at what happened there. On the tour, they show you bullet holes left over from the incident and take you back to the rooms.
While they don’t tell you this on the tour, it was rumored that they buried the bodies back there.
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. This is one of the best haunted places in MN to visit.
The Wabasha Street Caves tours are back in action. These will sell out, especially around Halloween. Make sure to get tickets today.
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St. Paul City Hall | St. Paul MN
Location: 15 W Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN 55102
How to visit? Take a tour of the City Hall on Mondays.
Apparitions of a shoeshine man have been seen roaming the halls looking for work. Another man has been seen hanging from a noose, through the floor of what is today the staff’s break room. You may want to think twice the next time you walk into St. Paul City Hall.
Forepaugh Restaurant | St. Paul MN
Location: 276 Exchange St S, St Paul, MN 55102
How to visit? The restaurant closed in 2019. Can see it from the exterior.
Old Mr. Forepahugh got in a little trouble with one of his maids. After he broke off the affair, the distraught maid couldn’t go on living. Today she still lingers around.
The Victorian-styled mansion was turned 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.
Unfortunately, the restaurant lost its chef and has since closed. No word yet on if it’s going to reopen or if someone else will use the space.
Minneapolis City Hall | Minneapolis MN
Location: 350 S 5th St, Minneapolis, MN 55415
How to visit? Self-guided tours.
Haunted by John Moshik — the last man to be hanged in Minnesota. He has decided to spend his time entertaining people at the Minneapolis City Hall.
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. You can go inside and tour the building for yourself.
County Highway 21 Hitchhiker | Warren MN
Location: Highway 21 in Warren
How to visit? Take a drive
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
Location: 75 W 5th St, St Paul, MN 55102
How to visit? Self-Guided Tours are available
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 lady’s 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
Location: 18624 County Rd 34, Norwood Young America, MN 55368
How to visit? Check out the cemetery during dusk or later.
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
Location: 701 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
How to visit? Stop in for one of their legendary concerts
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 lady’s room, from one guest that took her life after hearing that her boyfriend would not be returning back from World War II.
St. James Hotel | Red Wing MN
Location: 406 Main St, Red Wing, MN 55066
How to visit? Stop in or reserve a room
Red Wing MN is one of the oldest towns in Minnesota. Due to its proximity to the Mississippi River, it was common to see many visitors coming in and out of this luxurious hotel.
Today, there are 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’s sleep at this hotel.
Red Wing is a great town to stay in. When you are done with your haunting experience, make sure to check on the other fun things to do.
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Griggs Mansion | St Paul MN
Location: 432 Summit Ave, St Paul, MN 55102
How to visit? Privately Owned
Griggs Mansion, located on Summit Avenue in Saint Paul, is one of the most haunted houses in Minnesota.
The 24-room Romanesque building was built by Civil War veteran and grocery king Chauncey Griggs, but he and his family often spent time in California.
In his absence, a young maid hanged herself on the fourth floor, and she is one of seven entities often seen in the house. The other common apparitions to visit are the former gardener and a young child.
The mansion was converted into an art school and apartment over the years but is now privately owned.
Location: 1029 Hudson Rd, St Paul, MN 55106
How to visit? The theater offers night tours on Fridays and Saturdays in October.
The Dayton Bluff neighborhood’s 1920s theater was one of Saint Paul’s first to show talkie movies. It’s also said to be haunted by a little girl, a man and a former usher. Visitors have reported seeing them seen since the theater reopened in 2001.
Old Jail Bed and Breakfast | Taylors Falls MN
Location: 349 Government St, Taylors Falls, MN 55084
How to visit? Reserve a night at the bed and breakfast
The oldest jail in Minnesota is located in Taylors Falls MN. What I love about this building is how much use it got, transforming into whatever the needs of the community are.
After a jail, it was turned into a funeral home and even had a bootleg tunnel during prohibition. Today it’s a bed and breakfast. You can still see the old bootlegging tunnel.
There are some guests 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?
Taylors Falls is a great small town to explore. Make sure to check out the other fun things to do.
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Milford Mine Disaster Site | Milford MN
Location: Crosby, MN 56441
How to visit? Topside at the Milford Mine Memorial Park
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 exited after hearing screaming sounds from within. I don’t care how much you paid me; I will never go to this haunted place.
Historic Calumet Inn | Pipestone MN
Location: 104 Main St W, Pipestone, MN 56164
How to visit? Reserve a night at the hotel
The Calumet 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, 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 recommend checking some of these haunted places in MN out. If you bring the kids, just don’t tell them the real reason why you are going.
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