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Exploring Minnesota's three most haunted houses

Minnesota haunted houses

When it comes to spooky moments alone in your house, what can you handle? If you can overlook creaking doors or flickering lights, you’re in good company. According to a realtor.com study, more than 60 percent of homebuyers said they would buy a house that is believed to be haunted. Unsurprisingly, the respondents said they would not bid on the home if there had been reports of levitating objects, ghost sightings or objects moving from one place to another.

If you’re a haunted house enthusiast, but don’t want to live in one year-round, you’re in luck! Below, we’ve rounded up the three most famous haunted houses across Minnesota. Visit them if you dare, and please report back if you spot anything spooky.

Gibbs Farmhouse | 2097 West Larpenteur Ave, St. Paul, MN

The farmhouse, now run by the Ramsey County Historical Society (RCHS), was once the scene of a tragic grass fire that took the life of a nine-year old boy in 1867. Visitors have reported seeing a rambunctious young boy on the site, causing mischief and disappearing into thin air. When the house was open for tours, morning workers would often find toys splayed out on a rug in the room, as though someone had been playing with them overnight.

Nowadays, you’re unlikely to see anything too spooky on the site. In fact, the RCHS is hosting a family-friendly Halloween event on October 29, where kids can trick-or-treat, create a pig cookie and navigate a hay bale maze.

 

The Warden's House | 602 North Main Street, Stillwater, MN

As the story goes, Warden Henry Wolfer's family is behind the strange goings on in this building. Wolfer's daughter, Gertrude, died of complications from childbirth in 1914, and the infant was sent to live with the warden. Gertrude has been seen by guests who report that she wanders from room to room looking for her son.

While the Warden’s House tour doesn’t usually discuss the ghost of Gertrude, the Washington County Historical Society is hosting two events for thrill-seekers this year. On October 20, they’ll offer free tours and play The Phantom of the Opera on the front lawn; on October 29, a paranormal group will be on hand to explore what it means for a house to be (or seem) haunted. Check out the details here.

 

Forepaugh's Restaurant | 276 South Exchange Street, St. Paul, MN

Local entrepreneur William Forepaugh built this St. Paul Victorian mansion as the primary home for his family in the 1870s. While beautiful, the home was far from happy; William and his mistress, a maid named Molly, both took their lives in the residence. William and Molly are both known to haunt the premise, which has been converted into a beautiful restaurant with period decor. Molly, ever the mischievous servant, has been known to re-light candles that waiters have previously put out. If you ask her politely to stop, she usually behaves.

Want to support the arts and take in some spooky Halloween happenings at Forepaugh’s? The restaurant is hosting its first-ever Halloween event this year. Tickets and information are available here.

 

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