Halloween Haunt at ValleySCARE in Shakopee, Minnesota

Ghosts, Zombies and Monsters: The Halloween Haunt at ValleySCARE

Every year as autumn sets in, the zombies come out and the haunt begins at ValleySCARE. The lights go down, fog and screams fill the air, and monsters lurk around every corner. Mazes of horror appear, rides are roaring, and Valleyfair is transformed into a world where your deepest fears live.

Halloween Haunt at ValleySCARE in Shakopee, Minnesota

Valleyfair is a theme park located in Shakopee, Minnesota, and it is open all summer long. During the summer months, you can find a water park, roller coasters, shows and more. But come mid-September, the park gets into the Halloween spirit and the Halloween Haunt at ValleySCARE comes alive. We always love thrill rides and Halloween themed activities, so ValleySCARE is right up our alley and it’s one of our favorite fall adventures in Minnesota!

Halloween Haunt at ValleySCARE in Shakopee, Minnesota

During the Halloween Haunt, you can make your way through six haunted mazes and three outdoor scare zones. Each maze and scare zone has a different theme—the scare zones are areas set up in various walkways throughout the park and you walk through them when you are making your way between attractions. The mazes are essentially haunted houses, and to access them you need to hop in line so your group can make your way through the maze on your own.

To start off your haunted evening, attend the Awakening at 6:50 p.m. Watch as the monsters are released into the park for the haunting to officially begin. But be careful because you might get scared every which way you turn!

Halloween Haunt at ValleySCARE in Shakopee, Minnesota

Halloween Haunt at ValleySCARE in Shakopee, Minnesota

During our visit this year, we made it through all of the haunted mazes and on a few roller coasters. A couple of our favorites mazes were Berserkers Unleashed (an ancient Viking ruin), The Chateau (a Renaissance Castle), and Dark Harvest (a haunted corn maze). Even though those were our favorites, the other three were really cool, too—we loved the details that went into the maze designs, and the monsters did a great job of scaring us around almost every corner! The other mazes were Mr. Cleaver’s Bloodshed (a meatpacking plant), Zombie High (a zombie filled high school), and Human[e] Habitat (a science lab in the middle of the forest).

Halloween Haunt at ValleySCARE in Shakopee, Minnesota

Halloween Haunt at ValleySCARE in Shakopee, Minnesota

Halloween Haunt at ValleySCARE in Shakopee, Minnesota

In the scare zones, you will find creepy clowns at Carnevil: Ringmasters Revenge, ghosts in the Blood Creek Cemetery, and deadly pioneers in the old west of Trails End. The scare zones are located in the park walkways, so it makes getting from attraction to attraction quite interesting. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times we turned around only to find a monster breathing down our necks!

Halloween Haunt at ValleySCARE in Shakopee, Minnesota

Halloween Haunt at ValleySCARE in Shakopee, Minnesota

There are five shows each evening at ValleySCARE: Awakening, DJ Tek, Demon Corps, Hacks Live, and Sinister Circus. These shows entertain guests with everything from comedy, to music, to crazy acrobatics. We watched the Awakening and part of Sinister Circus, but didn’t have a chance to make it to any of the others. The rides and haunted houses were calling our names, so they were our main focus for the evening!

Halloween Haunt at ValleySCARE in Shakopee, Minnesota

If you are hungry or thirsty, the Blood Suckers Brew Bar or the Blood Suckers Buffet are both special experiences set up for the Halloween event. Plenty of the regular food and drink options are available, as well, so you don’t have to worry about going hungry if you feel like dinner or a snack!

Halloween Haunt at ValleySCARE in Shakopee, Minnesota

Another experience set up in the park is the Pumpkin Promenade. It is a cute walkway filled with pumpkins and festive lights, and it’s a great spot to stop for a few photos day or night!

Halloween Haunt at ValleySCARE in Shakopee, Minnesota

Halloween Haunt at ValleySCARE in Shakopee, Minnesota

In addition to the haunted happenings of ValleySCARE, you will also find plenty of thrill rides to give you an additional scare. No visit to Valleyfair is complete without a few spins on a roller coaster, and let me tell you…I’m a sucker for crazy rides! A few of our favorite roller coasters are Wild Thing (which has a 200 foot drop!), Renegade, and Corkscrew. I might have to go as far as saying that Renegade is one of our favorite roller coasters of all time—it’s intense! Over the years, we’ve been on all the rides throughout the park more times than we can count, and some other great options are Power Tower with a 275 foot free fall drop, Xtreme Swing, and Steel Venom. All of these rides are sure to make your stomach drop to the floor!

Halloween Haunt at ValleySCARE in Shakopee, Minnesota

Halloween Haunt at ValleySCARE in Shakopee, Minnesota

Halloween Haunt at ValleySCARE in Shakopee, Minnesota

Halloween Haunt at ValleySCARE in Shakopee, Minnesota

If you don’t want to wait in line during your visit, you can purchase a Fright & Fast Lane Pass which allows you to skip the lines to the haunted houses and the rides! Also available with the Fright & Fast Lane Pass is the Skeleton Key, which gives you access to special scare zones with tight spaces and extreme situations.

Halloween Haunt at ValleySCARE in Shakopee, Minnesota

The Halloween Haunt is recommended for guests over the age of 13 because of its scare factor. If you would prefer a scare free evening, you can purchase a “No Boo” necklace which is acknowledged in the walkways throughout the park, but not the mazes so steer clear of those. Alternatively, you can visit Valleyfair during the day for The Great Pumpkin Fest, which is geared towards the entire family. The daytime event is filled with events such as a hay bale maze, trick or treat street, the Great Pumpkin Parade, and even story time.

Halloween Haunt at ValleySCARE in Shakopee, Minnesota

Halloween Haunt at ValleySCARE in Shakopee, Minnesota

ValleySCARE is open weekends from mid-September through the end of October every year. So, if you are up for a scary adventure, make your way out to Valleyfair for some haunted Halloween fun!

Halloween Haunt at ValleySCARE in Shakopee, Minnesota

Have you ever been to ValleySCARE? What are your favorite Halloween activities?

 

Special thanks to ValleySCARE for inviting us to and hosting us at a media preview of the Halloween Haunt event. As always, all opinions are our own.

Ghosts, Zombies, Monsters and Thrill Rides at the Halloween Haunt at ValleySCARE in Shakopee, Minnesota, USA
21 Comments
  • Les Petits Pas de Juls
    Posted at 19:47h, 28 September Reply

    Sounds and looks fantastic! Even this early in the year and so far away from Halloween!
    I remember my first haunted house in years back in 2013 in Portland, OR, and how much fun we had!
    This theme park seems like a whole new experience!
    Thanks for the tour!
    Happy frights!
    Jul’
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  • Anne
    Posted at 01:24h, 01 October Reply

    Oh wow this is awesome. I love how much effort they put into it. I went to something very similiar, but much smaller here in the UK last year and will probably head back there this year again.
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  • Sreekar
    Posted at 03:02h, 01 October Reply

    Just got back from a Zombie themed Lotte world in Seoul! Similar creepy and fun imagery in both these places! My wife and kid painted their face and looked as scary as the Dracula and Zombie, kinda like here!
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  • Fiona Maclean
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    Posted at 03:08h, 01 October Reply

    Oh my goodness, I definitely wouldn’t be on that Power Tower with the free fall drop. Overall it looks really well done though;)
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  • Kavita Favelle
    Posted at 04:00h, 01 October Reply

    What a fantastic themed experience, I love all the attention to detail ValleyFair are putting into the experiences, and that you have so much to see and do and experience and watch throughout the evening. I’m a bit of a scaredy cat so not sure whether I’d be too scared or whether it would be a great giggle, but I’m so impressed with all the theming!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 03:19h, 13 October Reply

      One really nice thing is that if you don’t want to get scared you can get a no boo necklace or go during the day as well! But the scares and rides are a ton of fun too, so there are lots of great options for everyone!
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  • Paige Wunder
    Posted at 02:12h, 02 October Reply

    Oh my gosh, what a fun event! I love the Awakening! I bet it’s a lot of fun to work there as well as visit! I love rollercoasters too, so this would be a must-visit for me some fall. I think it would be a fun double-date trip or something. Adventure, terror and hopefully some cocoa to wind down later or something.

  • anto
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    Posted at 02:27h, 02 October Reply

    So cool! Halloween is getting bigger and bigger here in Holland too. I won’t be around this year but I know more and more special activities get organised these days!

  • Dave Briggs
    Posted at 08:36h, 02 October Reply

    That looks so cool! We don’t have anything like that here in Greece at all, so it’s amazing to see just how much effort is put into the whole concept. The rides look fantastic, and I’d love to visit this at night when it’s at it’s scariest!
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  • Megan Jerrard
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    Posted at 23:23h, 02 October Reply

    I love that they get into the spirit of Halloween for a month! Haha love the concept of the Awakening, and the haunted mazes sound FUN! They’ve done an amazing job of decorating the park, and going all out with their zones. Thanks for the tip on the Fright & Fast Lane Pass, and very cool that they respect those who want to perhaps dip their toes into Halloween without getting scared to death – the no boo necklace is a nice touch.

    I would love to visit this year!

  • Sandy N Vyjay
    Posted at 09:36h, 03 October Reply

    Valleyscare looks like the promise of a really scary experience. The rides look really thrilling too. I bet the experience is enough to send shivers down the sturdiest of spines. Would love to get there and be scared to the bones with family in tow.

  • Suruchi
    Posted at 11:00h, 11 October Reply

    Oh, this looks like super fun along with being scary too. I would love those rides max and for sure they would be enough to drop my stomach out. We would love to experience the festivity of Halloween hunt at Valleyscare someday for sure.

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