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Chills and Thrills of the FM Area

By Erica Rapp

As the leaves change color and the brisk air falls upon the Midwest, the season of fall brings with it the timeless tradition of Halloween. Fargo- Moorhead and its surrounding areas offer a variety of Halloween activities for people of all ages that go beyond the traditional trick-or-treating and pumpkin carving. Aside from the candy and costumes, Halloween is about horror for some folks and a few of the places listed below will be sure to scare your socks off.

The Haunted Corn Maze

This Halloween spot offers a range of family-fun activities. Guests have the option to navigate through a haunted or un-haunted corn maze, or participate in traditional Halloween day activities. Activities include pumpkin carving, hayrides, mazes, games and more. Party rooms are also available through advanced booking.

10 miles south of Moorhead on Highway 75

hauntedcornmaze.com

When: Sept. 27 – Nov. 2

Pumpkin Patch/Family Fun Days/ Un-Haunted Corn Maze: Saturdays 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Haunted Corn Maze: Fridays & Saturdays 7 p.m. – midnight

Cost: (Un-Haunted) Adult – $12, Youth – $10 (Haunted) Adult – $15, Youth $12 *College nights – $3 off with college ID on the last three Thursdays of October

Acres of Terror

This horror tour is formed out of the abandoned Leonard School House, which only makes sense with the many strange occurrences and claims of the building being haunted. Guests can expect to get a full tour of the acres with a spooky school navigation, a haunted house, strange bus rides and a trek through the grounds. The tour can take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half, depending on how fast you can run.

Leonard, ND – 16 miles south of Casselton, N.D. on Highway 18

acresofterror.net

When: Sept. 12 – Nov. 1

Fridays and Saturdays: Dusk – 1 a.m.

Cost: Adults – $20 each Youth – $12 each (10 and under) Group rates available

Buffalo River Pumpkin Patch

If anyone is looking for a place to have fun with the entire family, this is the place to be. The pumpkin patch offers a wide range of activities and fun weekend events. Guests can enjoy a petting zoo, mazes, a horse drawn wagon ride through their “Not So Scary Haunted Forest,” pumpkin decorating and Cowboy Camp. Parties and events are available for booking as well.

4.25 miles east of Glyndon, MN on Highway 10

buffaloriverpumpkinpatch.com

When: Sept. 20 – Oct. 26

Fridays: 3-6 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Cost: $5 per person | Tickets are $1 for various attractions

The Haunted Farm

Guests will be in for a hair-raising journey at The Haunted Farm. This area features a trek through a haunted house and dangerous woods with various spine-tingling attractions. Expect to have bone-chilling encounters with an insane clown room, a morgue, killer caves, creepy dungeons and more.

10 miles south of Moorhead on Highway 75

hauntedfarm.com

When: Oct. 3 – 25 and Halloween night

Fridays and Saturdays: 7 – 11 p.m.

Cost: $15 per person $20 per person for VIP guided tour

Dakota Carriage Company Pumpkin Patch

This fall attraction offers more than 15 acres of fun for all ages. With all inclusive gate admission, guests have access to over 25 attractions including horse rides, a petting zoo, mazes, outdoor games, train rides and plenty of new activities. This pumpkin patch also hosts special events for assisted living, day cares and schools for anyone interested in fun field trips.

7414 40th Ave. N, Fargo

dakotacarriagecompany.com/PumpkinPatch

When: Sept. 20 – Oct. 26

Fridays: 3 – 6 p.m. Saturdays: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sundays: 1 – 6 p.m.

Cost: Fridays: $5 Saturdays and Sundays: $6 Ages 1 and under free

Written by Erica Rapp

Erica is the former editor for Fargo Monthly magazine and worked with social media and fargomonthly.com's online stories. In her free time she is in Halloween mode year-round, teaches dance, enjoys live music and wishes that dinosaurs still walked the Earth.

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