ValleySCARE! at Valleyfair

The fall air is just starting to set in and all of the spookiness that comes with Halloween has just begun. If you’re like me and can’t wait to get started on all things Halloween, I have the perfect thing for you! ValleySCARE at Valleyfair opened this past weekend and doesn’t disappoint! I have to tell you all about it! There are two parts, one for the delightful and one for the frightful – you can guess which is my favorite. For the delightful… The Great Pumpkin Fest
During the day, kids and those who like the not-so-scary Halloween liveliness can enjoy themed rides, live entertainment and great fall activities! There is so much you can do.

Things like; visiting the storytelling witch, seeing the great pumpkin parade, strolling down Trick or Treat street, Charlie Brown’s Pirate Adventure, traversing Peppermint Patty’s Haybale Maze, getting creative in Sally’s Craft Corner, Pig Pen’s People Washer, Sally’s Spooky Sing-a-long, watch It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown with a continual screening of the Halloween classic in the Galaxy Theater!

For the frightful… The Halloween HAUNT
As the night draws in, get your thrills and chills through the scary mazes, creepy walkways and haunted attractions while more than 300 creatures and monsters lurk in the shadows.

Six mazes: Berserkers Unleashed where ancient Vikings spirits descend, Dark Harvest takes you through the cornfield of burlap, pitchforks and sinister scarecrows , Human(e) Habitat will have you shrieking over mad science experiments (or at least I was), Mr. Cleaver’s Bloodshed will have you pushing your way through the meat packing plant, The Chateau is a Renaissance castle where vampires live (can the set creators just come to my house and decorate, seriously) and Zombie High is the scary prom you always wanted to go to.  

Three scare zones: The fog-filled Blood Creek Cemetery where mourners roam, Carnevil: Ringmaster’s Revenge where the blood-soaked clowns and sideshow freaks congregate, and amongst the tumbleweeds is Trails End where the cowboys haunt.
Five shows: Awakening at the Midway Stage, EDM dance club with DJ Tek, Demon Corps, Hacks Live and you can’t miss the Sinister Circus, a death-defying spectacle worthy of viewing!  Some other fun stuff you should check out: Blood Suckers Brew Bar, Buffet and Event Lab, and the luminescent Pumpkin Promenade.

And if you are the type that can’t get enough gloom and doom, get the Skeleton Key experience that includes front of the line access to all six mazes and over 10 rides like Wild Thing and the  Northstar.

Open Saturdays and Sundays now through October.

North Star

With Valleyfair opening soon it seems like the perfect time to tell you about their brand-new ride. Located just next to where the Enterprise, now retired, was. Soaring in at a whopping 230 feet, the North Star is the second tallest ride in the park, with the Power Tower in first at 275 feet. Easily recognizable with its instagram-worthy red, white and blue motif, NS brings you up 20 stories and spins you up to 40mph. It’s the only ride of this type in the upper Midwest. Helpful note: If you sit on the outside, you’ll feel the wind and the spin. If you sit on the inside and look in, you will feel like you’re in a helicopter, reporting the late-breaking traffic news OR like you’re circling Godzilla. I, for one, totally loved the Godzilla-like seat. For those that think, NO WAY! Give it a chance. I went on it twice, no problem. And, with a name like “North Star”, paying homage to the north star state, I can tell you from my own experience, it’s worth checking out!

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

Renaissance FestivalIf you are looking something to do now, or any weekend until October 4th, I suggest the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. Beginning in Jonathan, in 1971, it now calls Shakopee home. The largest of its kind in the U.S., it has become a paradise for cosplay with jousting knights, belly dancers, glinty mermaids, court jesters, glittery fairies, blacksmiths, medieval artisans, Lords, Ladies, royalty, jugglers, steampunkers, palm readers, kilt wearers, floral crown wearing maypole dancers, pirates and even the occasional trekkie. Come stop by to see a show, people watch, attend an event or eat like a King. Everything from a Fairytale Princess Party to a Pub Crawl to Magic the Gathering. Oh! And they have an insult game where you can throw tomatoes! From live music to eating, it’s a one of a kind experience. I personally go for pickle on a stick but others rave about the huge turkey legs, ‘steak on a stake’ and lots of beer. Tickets are $22.95 ($13.95 for kids) at the gate, advanced tickets cost less and can be found online OR you can bring five canned food-shelf donations to receive $5 off a ticket.

The Landing

The LandingYou might remember this next #mnbucketlist addition as ‘Murphys Landing’ BUT its actually been renamed, the Landing in Minnesota River Heritage Park. Located in Shakopee, it was established in 1969 and is an 88 acre, living, history museum that depicts the life in the lower Minnesota River Valley. It’s really cool , like walking through a movie set. It illustrates life from the 1840s to the 1890s using the 19th century buildings. They even have demonstrations and holiday gatherings! Oh, and chickens, obviously.