September positively FLEW by, didn’t it? We fell right into autumn on September 23 with hardly a notice. What this means, though, is all the fun that fall brings to the Twin Cities. We’ve compiled a list of some of the events we think should end up on October’s calendar.
Shafer Corn Maze
A Twin Cities Autumn family favorite, the Shafer Corn Maze has been around since 2006. Located on a 12-acre farm, the corn field contains nearly half a million stalks of corn in an amazing life-sized puzzle. This year you’ll find two mazes, a large one with 2.7 miles of paths and a smaller one that measures 1 mile. The maze is open weekends and, on certain nights you’ll be invited to take to the maze by flashlight ― a great way to spend Halloween! The maze is already open this year and runs until November 1. Learn more at shafercornmaze.com.
Twin Cities Oktoberfest
The Germans sure know how to celebrate their culture and, whether or not you’re German, you’re invited to the fun! Enjoy beer, brats and non-stop fun at this year’s Twin Cities Oktoberfest. Listen to live music, choose from an amazing array of Oktoberfest foods and watch the dancers. It’s happening October 9 and 10 at Progress Center at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Get the details online at twincitiesoktoberfest.com.
The Haunted Basement
Minneapolis’ favorite haunted attraction is back for its eighth year. The Soap Factory’s Haunted Basement presents Unhinged, which some say is the scariest haunted event in the Twin Cities. To give you an idea of the frights that await you, the attraction is for adults only, you’re given a “safe” word to scream if you get freaked out, you have to sign a waiver and they suggest you check coats and handbags. Listening to the rules is a little like watching your surgeon set out his implements as you slowly drift off to sleep.
Oh, did we mention the masks? Patrons don masks before venturing forth into the unknown. Once inside your only solace may be that safe word you’re given at the outset. Utter it and you’ll be escorted to safety.
Don’t feel bad if you chicken out, though. After all, you can wait for the rest of your group with a cocktail in the Exile Lounge.
Unhinged opens tomorrow night, September 1, and then on Wednesdays through Sundays through November 2. Tickets sell out quickly so buy yours a.s.a.p.
The Soap Factory is located at 514 Second St. SE in Minneapolis. Check them out on the web at soapfactory.org.