Valleyfair bringing new attractions to its Halloween scarefest

The Shakopee attraction will transform for 5 weeks starting Sept. 22.
Publish date:

Yes, we know, summer isn't over yet – we haven't even had the State Fair – but that doesn't mean preparations for Halloween aren't underway.

That's the case at Valleyfair, which has been teasing its followers on social media with a cryptic clue about its upcoming ValleySCARE celebrations.

The Shakopee theme park transforms for 5 weeks starting September 22, becoming a Halloween wonderland that's filled with fun for kids during the day through "The Great Pumpkin Fest," and providing some serious scares for adults at night during its "Halloween Haunt."

And Valleyfair has already revealed some of the new scares it's planning for this year's scarefest, adding to a list of the 75 rides and attractions that will be open during the Halloween Haunt.

Here's a look at what's new this year:

Midway MaSCAREade

During the daytime, this "scare zone" in the Midway will hark back to the days of the French Revolution with a kid-friendly masquerade ball attended by 18th Century royalty.

At night, however, the ball transformed into a haunted horror for adults, as the guests reveal their true faces throughout an "elegant labyrinth."

"The deep dark world behind the centuries-old tradition is revealed with extreme horror and gore," Valleyfair says, "be sure to stay close to your friends or you may find yourself stuck a timeless loop of beauty and fear."


The newest Halloween maze at Valleyfair will take visitors on a trip around the haunted Blood Creek Cemetery.

The route is lined by mausoleums, headstones and coffins, but lurking in the shadows are "demonic villains who can jump out at any moment."

Also roaming the grounds is the Undertaker himself, along with ghosts on the hunt for fresh souls.

"Watch your back, because there is always a reason to be scared of the dark."

Blood Drums

Not so much an attraction as the atmosphere setter. This musical act will fill the air at ValleySCARE with an "explosive apocalyptic blend of high-energy percussion, music, blood, rhythm and sparks."

They'll be performing at the park's Gazebo Stage but their sounds will be heard throughout the Halloween Haunt.

And, for the kids...

If the scares are too much for you, then you'll probably find things a little friendlier during the daytime Great Pumpkin Fest.

There are 9 daytime attractions and activities, including a pirate party, "trick or treat street," and a crafts corner.

Popular with kids is the Van Pelty Derby, a hay bale maze that's a little different, as they will make their way through it on miniature pedal tractors.

There will also be a series of Peanuts-themed spooky shows featuring Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest.

Tickets to Valleyfair start from $37 for a day pass, alternatively if you're looking for a season pass that includes ValleySCARE, then you can buy a Gold Pass for $105.

Next Up

minnesota state fair

Planning for the 2021 Minnesota State Fair is underway

The fair suffered huge financial losses due to COVID-19, but organizers are moving forward with planning "different scenarios" for this summer.

Screen Shot 2021-01-15 at 2.16.44 PM

Heather Brown named as new WCCO 'This Morning' anchor

She will be joining Jason DeRusha on the CBS affiliate's Morning Show.

DPS John Harrington

DPS Commissioner: No credible threats to state Capitol, but ready if something arises

Local and state law enforcement officials have a plan in case a threat arises.

snow, slush (submitted photo, ok to use)

Here are snow totals from Thursday-Friday winter storm

It's a slushy mess in the metro, but snow did pile up in southern counties.

tim walz

Walz fury after report that government's COVID vaccine reserve is nonexistent

The Washington Post reported Friday that the Trump Administration has shipped out all the vaccines it has already, with none in reserve.

closed sign

What's open and closed in Minnesota on MLK Day 2021?

Local government offices will generally be closed on Monday.

BMTN 900x450 (8)

Company that falsely promised student loan forgiveness banned from MN

It's also been ordered to repay $11,499 in fees taken from Minnesotans.

covid-19, coronavirus

Here is Minnesota's COVID update for January 15

Hospitalizations are the lowest in Minnesota since October 25.


Osterholm: B117 COVID strain could become major issue in 6-8 weeks

The B117 variant is believed to be more easily transmitted.

General Mills

General Mills halts donations to Republicans who voted to block Biden win

Two Minnesota representatives voted against certification of results in Arizona and Pennsylvania.


Valleyfair looks to hire 600 workers for its Halloween festivities

The Shakopee theme park is planning for another big Halloween.

Valleyfair to hire 500 workers for its Halloween extravaganza

That includes actors to staff its fear-inducing experiences.

Grand carnivale

Valleyfair to welcome 'Grand Carnivale,' it's largest ever event, in 2020

The Shakopee theme park will host the cultural festival for 23 days next summer.

Screen Shot 2020-11-10 at 9.03.20 AM

ValleyFair the latest to introduce drive-through holiday lights display

The announcement follows similar events planned in Duluth and at the State Fairgrounds.

Rosedale Center

First-of-its-kind Lego Escape Room coming to Rosedale

The two-day pop-up attraction arrives on the weekend of Nov. 9-10.


Valleyfair to hire 1,600 seasonal workers, keeps increased pay rate

The theme park increased its pay last year, with most now getting $14-an-hour.