With Halloween right around the corner, you're probably hoping to fill up your calendar with some uniquely spooky fun. Here’s a lineup of four of the scariest and most haunted places in Rochester, Minnesota:
1. The Kahler Grand Hotel
20 2nd Ave SW
Built in 1921, The Kahler Grand Hotel has gained popularity in Rochester for its close proximity to The Mayo Clinic. However, the hotel has also become notorious in our community for being haunted by former Mayo Clinic patients. Guests of the hotel have reported hearing eerie sounds, smelling unusual odors, and experiencing rapid temperature changes. The most consistent story from guests is that ghost sightings and unusual activity happen most often near the hotel's elevators.
2. The Quarry Hill Nature Center
701 Silver Creek Rd
The Quarry Hill Nature Center is another location to put on your list this Halloween, as the park is offering a Creatures of the Night event on Friday, October 21, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event involves an hour-long night hike through the woods to see nocturnal animals such as skunks, raccoons, owls, and bats in action.
3. Fright at the Farm
Willow's Keep Farm
47385 Hwy 52 Blvd
Fright at the Farm has been called Southern Minnesota's most “horrifying” attraction and features more than 10,000-square-feet of indoor haunts, a haunted corn maze, and a pumpkin patch. Different than other haunted houses in Rochester, you actually walk through the experience with live actors, which increases the thrill factor. The haunted house opens at 7 p.m. every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening leading up to Halloween, and tickets are $15 at the door.
4. Mantorville Opera House
5th St W
This opera house was built in 1918 and has formerly served as a club, speakeasy, silent movie house, skating rink, city hall, and civic center. It's also said to be home to several spirits and unusual experiences such as flickering lights, cold spots, voices, and more. The basement, in particular, seems to be where most of the paranormal activity takes place.
Have you had a chance to experience any of these haunted places in Rochester, Minnesota? If so, leave your feedback in our comments section below!