Ghost stories and horror movies have never been for the faint of heart; those who don’t believe in the paranormal have no difficulty to refrain from extrapolating from a ghost story. For those who
do believe in ghosts, only a simple few are able to let fear drive them into chasing ghosts, rather than running away from them. The Twin Cities have many grounds that are supposedly haunted by people of the past. These seven haunted places in Minneapolis-Saint Paul will send chills down the spine of even the bravest of souls!
1. The Soap Factory
This old soap making factory has seen a whole lot of paranormal activity! Although no known suicides or homicides happened on the premises, many are skeptical considering making soap involved a ton of animal carcasses, which could easily have hidden a (human) body or two. The factory was also known to make artificial limbs... an odd combination, for sure! The ghosts present here aren't so friendly, and have even been called "demonic." Every October, you can sign a waiver and experience the factory's basement as a haunted house.
The Soap Factory is located at 514 2nd Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN 5514.
2. Forepaugh's Restaurant
In 1871, Joseph Forepaugh and his family constructed this mansion in Saint Paul. The gorgeous structure is three stories tall and has been a Victorian themed restaurant since the 1970s. The ghost of Mr. Foregpauh's wife, Molly Forepaugh, is said to wander the third floor, where she hanged herself after finding out her husband had taken one of their maids as a mistress.
Forepaugh's Restaurant is located at 276 Exchange St. S, Saint Paul, MN 55102.
3. Minneapolis City Hall
John Moshik was the last person to be hanged in the state of Minnesota in 1898. The hanging took place at Minneapolis City Hall, but the execution was botched and Moshik didn't die until three minutes after the floor beneath his feet dropped away. It has been said that Moshik haunts the halls of city hall, usually by rearranging photos or, on his worst days, causing judges and attorneys to fall ill.
Minneapolis City Hall is located at 350 S 5th St., Minneapolis, MN 55415.
4. Wabasha Street Caves
Famous gangsters John Dillinger and Ma Barker used to hang out here in the 1920s, back when one of the caverns was a speakeasy. Two mobsters were murdered in the caves around this time as well; there's speculation that the police helped bury the bodies somewhere within the caves, though they've never be found.
Wabasha Street Caves is located at 215 Wabasha St. S, Saint Paul, MN 55107.
5. The Fitzgerald Theater
The Fitzgerald Theater, the oldest active theater in Saint Paul, has a much friendlier (but rather annoying) ghost than some our other haunted stops. A former stagehand named Ben, who was often drunk at work, died in the theater in the 1940s. It seems he hasn't sobered up since then, as he is known to drop his beer bottles, which frustrates current employees. His shadow can be seen many places within the theater.
Fitzgerald Theater is located at 10 E Exchange St., Saint Paul, MN 55101.
6. Minneapolis Institute of Art
MIA is home to thousands of pieces of art from many eras of human history, so naturally there are bound to be a few hauntings around the museum. Those who run the museum have admitted that there are ghosts on the premises, but are confined mainly to the Connecticut and Tudor period rooms.
If you feel a chill down your spine while visiting the museum, you may have just met one of the resident ghosts!
Minneapolis Institute of Art is located at 2400 3rd Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55404.
7. Minnesota State Capitol
Ghost sightings within the Capitol are incredibly common, predominantly in the East Wing of the building. Many have reported having an eery feeling when working late at night, as if someone was watching them. In the 1990s, the Minnesota Historical Society provided ghost tours for those interested.
Minnesota State Capitol is located at 75 Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Saint Paul, MN 55155.
Are you spooked yet? We are! We know there are so many other haunted places in the Twin Cities and couldn’t possibly list them all. Tell us your favorite ghost story!