Ghosts and ghouls come out to scare and delight this October as Fargo-Moorhead prepares for Halloween.
Read below to find events and activities for everyone, from casual, hair-raising fun, to full-on scares.
For those who love ghost stories:
This October, bust out your electronic voice phenomena recorders and head to Bonanzaville in West Fargo for their annual paranormal investigations. The Bonanzaville museum is rich with stories of unexplained phenomena.
During the Halloween season, visitors are invited to tour Bonanzaville with experienced guides and experience firsthand the ghosts of Fargo past. Each group is provided with EMF detectors, infrared temperature readers and voice boxes. Investigations kick off on Friday, Oct. 13.
For fans of true crime:
Midwest Murder Podcast Live
In the Midwest Murder Podcast, hosts Jonah Lanatto and Dawn Palumbo discuss the real crimes that happen right in our corn-rich backyards. The duo will be sharing their podcast live on October 5 at the Sanctuary Events Center in Fargo.
For the spooky movie aficionado:
Spooky and Scary Movies in the Garden
On Oct. 7, enjoy a spooky movie in Moorhead’s Heritage Garden and Amphitheatre. The outdoor venue will be showing two movies: “The Addams Family” (1991) at 8 p.m. and “Little Shop of Horrors” (1986) at 10 p.m. Popcorn, drinks, hand sanitizer and bug spray will be provided, but be sure to bring your own blankets and chairs. Costumes are always encouraged.
Halloween at the Fargo Theatre
The Fargo Theatre in downtown Fargo screens numerous films throughout the year. During October, the theatre will have special features of some Halloween favorites: “Hocus Pocus” (1993) on Oct. 13, “The Descent” (2005) on Oct. 21 and “The Blair Witch Project” (1999) on Oct. 31.
Enjoy cult classic, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975), on Oct. 27 at the theatre’s annual showing. This raucous comedy is a Halloween tradition at the Fargo Theatre. Fans are encouraged to dress up and interact with the screen in some…unusual ways. Get your ticket for only $7 in-person or online.
Dive-In Movie: Halloween Edition
On campus, students can get into the Halloween spirit by diving into spooky movies at NDSU’s aquatic center. Campus Attractions is showing Hayao Miyazaki’s animated “Spirited Away” (2001) at 7 p.m. and the thriller “House at the End of the Street” (2012) starring Jennifer Lawrence at 9:10 p.m. in the pool. Floaties provided, scares guaranteed.
For those who are in for a good scare:
Acres of Terror
Prepared to get scared. Located southwest of Fargo is Acres of Terror, a haunted landscape of corn mazes, abandoned structures and creepy characters waiting to make your acquaintance. Acres of Terror is open September 16 through October 29 for their 20th season.
Haunted Farm in Moorhead has been haunting the community for 30 years. The farm includes a rotating line up of attractions, including Madman Morgue, Killer Cave and the Insane Clown Room, and a bone-chilling walk through the woods filled with fright. Haunted Farm is open every Friday and Saturday from September 22 through the end of October, with special hours on Halloween itself.
For those who like the drama of it all:
Theatre NDSU presents “Dracula”
Theatre NDSU starts their 2023-24 season with an adaptation of Bram Stoker’s popular book, “Dracula.” In London, Dracula and his vampire wives are on the prowl. Dr. Seward calls on the renowned Van Helsing to help catch the count and his brides but is surprised – and irked – when a woman answers his call. This feminist revenge fantasy promises to be as scary and delightful as the original.
FMBallet presents “Spooky Ballets”
Ballet, but make it spooky. FMBallet’s popular “Spooky Ballets” will return this October, featuring a variety of spellbinding concept dance pieces. “Spooky Ballets” will be on the Fargo Theatre stage on Oct. 21 and 22.
FMCT presents “Goosebumps: The Musical”
The Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre presents the regional premiere of “Goosebumps: The Musical” Oct. 19 to 29 at the Hjemkomst Center. The show follows Brooke and Zeke, who are excited to star in the mysterious show, “The Phantom,” despite the rumors it’s cursed. When strange messages appear and a masked menace disrupts rehearsals, the two race to uncover the mystery of the Phantom.