Halloween haunts close to Dayton’s Bluff campus

Halloween is just around the corner.  Although the semester will be more than half over at the time, Metropolitan State wants students to enjoy themselves — even if it’s the last thing they boo.

We know that our student body comes from all over the state, which is why we want to provide a wide-ranging guide. Some are outright attractions, while some are regular business places that carry a haunted curse. Behold!

Forepaugh’s Restaurant: 276 South Exchange Street, Saint Paul 55102

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Located two miles from the university, Forepaugh’s offers fine dining and a chance to experience the two ghosts that make the restaurant legendary. For more information, click here.

Wabasha Street Caves: 215 Wabasha Street South, Saint Paul, MN, 55107

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Many Minnesotans are aware of the Wabasha Street Caverns. Located beside the Mississippi River in downtown Saint Paul, they were carved out of sandstone in the 1840s and were used for mining glass-making silica. Later, they caves were used for food storage, growing mushrooms, and during the 1920s and 1930s were the ideal hangout for Saint Paul’s wealthy looking to indulge in alcohol during the prohibition. Various gangsters, such as Ma Barker, John Dillinger and Babyface Nelson were known to frequent the Caves as well.

In 2013, USA Today dubbed it, “one of ten great places to discover the cities secrets.” The Caves are also said to be haunted. Some ghostly encounters include:

  • Several gangsters who seem to enjoy interacting with children
  • The ghost of a woman who seems to be looking for something or someone
  • An apparition of a man in 1920s style clothing, including a panama hat
  • In the theater, a ghostly male figure was seen sitting in the audience during a  rehearsal
  • The ghosts of three murdered gangsters are often seen wandering around

For tours and events, call (651) 224-1191 or click here.