Archive for October, 2013

Where to get Spooky Thrills this October

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October is a Haunting time and you can get your spooky thrills at many excellent Halloween attractions around the Twin Cities. Most are open selected dates throughout October and into November. Visit one, visit them all. Many parks offer V.I.P. and fast track passes. Check their websites for features, dates, times, and watch out for a plethora of ghouls.

The Nightmare Hollow Scream Park at Running Aces

The Nightmare Hollow Scream Park at Running Aces is now in its 22nd year of bringing a frightfully good time to visitors.  It was the first park of its kind in the Metro and is run by Jean Sockness, a woman who loves Halloween so much she even drives a 1960’s hearse. Jean loved the experience of Halloween since she was little. “I was out til after ten and my parents were freaking out.”

Jean says, “Halloween is not supposed to be just gross-out type scary, it should be fun and tailored to families so everyone can enjoy it.” She has trained her people to approach kids right. Yet, teens find the Hallow Scream Park terrifyingly spooky.

There is a huge haunted house that takes about 20-25 minutes to enjoy the oddities and crazy sensations. The Hay ride is another feature that takes brave riders through 22 spooky and creepy scenes. The uncanny scenes are set under tall trees, and the riders experience crazy sets that include fog, animatronics, music, special effects, and live monster and ghouls.  The hayride has lots of detail and many people say it is the best haunted hayride in the country.

An artist brainstormed along with the developer to come up with the various wild and crazy ideas. Then the artist worked to bring realism and a surreal feel with the use of unusual lighting and effects. One example is the Hillbilly Hut complete with rundown shack, an old stove, still, and even raccoons hanging on the front porch. Across the road is an outhouse and you do not want the hayride to stop between those buildings. Two live actors work it and give the riders a good scare for their money.

A Graveyard scene has a real Trout Lake Cemetery sign that they obtained from the old yard.  There are animatronics and more than 40 real tombstones many of them are marble tombstones. Jean let us in on the secret that the stones came from a tombstone maker and  these were rejects because they had the wrong dates chiseled into them.  This is a fantastic scene with lots of actors creeping around and crypts opening to have ghouls step out.

The most amazing new attraction this year is the Zombie Hunt paint ball ride.  You get on a trailer and have 100 glow in the dark paintballs to fire at LIVE Zombie actors and other props and targets in the forest.  No one else in MN has glow in the dark pellets. You have a blast during this 25 minute hayride.   You can get a combo ticket that includes this special added attraction. You can even purchase extra paintballs if you have an itchy trigger finger.

Beware as you never know when the Cornstalker or other live haunted actors will creep up on you.  Other features include D.J. every Friday and Sunday night, the White Hot Fire Experts will be there every Friday and Saturday doing amazing fire shows and fire juggling throughout the night. A fun attraction is the Creepy Feature Show with millipedes, rats, live raven and a fox. Watch for KDWB host Dave Ryan giving away Pink tickets one weekend. at Running Aces

Magician for Corporate Banquets

Magic and Comedy add fun to corporate banquets and holiday parties.  I have four already booked for this December, but there is still some availability on the calendar.

When you are considering hiring an entertainer for a banquet, check the website for video and comments from others who have enjoyed the presentation.

Here is a link to You Tube video of comments about – Minnesota Corporate Magician.


Learn more about comedy magic shows for holiday parties at

I have brought comedy magic to the Magic Castle in Hollywood. Jack, the entertainment director said, “Thank you for a great weekend of shows!”
“Your presentation was great! Everyone was talking about the evening the next day. It was great the way you get people involved.”

Ann – FleetwoodGoldcoWyard Co.

I am happy to make people happy. I look forward to being of service to you and your group at your next corporate event, banquet or awards program.


Comedy Magic is fun!


Minnesota Magicians Hockey

Get out and support your Magicians Hockey team this weekend. There are two games Friday and Saturday at 7:00PM – October 4th & 5th, 2013.

Watch for me doing magic for the fans at the Magician’s games this Fall and Winter. I am excited to be invited to be their official Magician.  I will do shows and strolling magic before the game and during breaks.  This will be cool fun.


Bring the family to cheer on the Minnesota Magicians Hockey Team in Richfield.

FrightMares at Buck Hill is Scary Fun for all!

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If you like spooks, FrightMares at Buck Hill in Burnsville, is another ghoul filled haunt you will give you’re a case of the creeps. You will want to explore the various levels and buildings filled with uncountable chills.

A new attraction for 2013 is The Bellharm Asylum. If you are desiring an eerie adventure this is a good place to start. You will discover the story of this asylum that sadly, years ago, burned down, but somehow deep below the ground a strange madness still survives. You will not stroll through this creepy basement at a leisurely pace as you uncover a generation of descendants of the inmates who once lived there. They are barely recognizable as human yet, are still alive in the crumbling, damp, and fetid netherworld of the asylum’s forgotten basement level. Subsisting mostly on phosphorescent fungus scraped from the basement walls, their translucent skin glows a sickly green.

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Not enough? Then another of the many attractions here includes your opportunity to peruse the lovely Orchard Manor, a charming Dead and Breakfast. This five bedroom Victorian manor is nestled in a rustic hillside setting, and offers stained glass windows, preserved moldings, hardwood floors, and an exquisite fireplace in the formal dining room. A walk-in closet in the master bedroom, spacious in-ground basement, and an enchanting attic, provide plenty of additional room. Built in 1892, this house is a historical treasure, and it is still waiting for the right owner. Can you spend even part of a night here? Beware!

FrightMares at Buck Hill has many other haunts and attractions. Also is a great line up of live bands on selected weekends including the Killer Hayseeds October 26th and Good for Gary October 25th. Also watch for danger magic with Magician Kevin Hall on Friday and Saturday Nights.

Buck Hill has a very cool Halloween Park that runs on selected dates in October. Check the details out at their website.